Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Africa’s First Poker Millionaire Created

In the 4th tournament of the All Africa Poker Series, Africa's first poker millionaire was created. The event was held at the mountainous resort of Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino, Swaziland, between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th February 2006. In a twenty hour, World Series of Poker-style, Texas Hold-Em marathon, Christopher Convery pitted his skill, and luck, against 90 of Africa’s most passionate pokers to claim the winner’s share of the R2 Million prize pool.

The spectrum of players was remarkable, ages ranging from 21 to 74 which included all types from novices to seasoned veterans.

Player strategies varied with grinders playing tight, finding reward against impetuous play, and Lady Luck adding an element of unpredictability. All-ins were anxiously called, defining either the end of a hard fought tournament, or the strengthening of a stack.

The final 20 players shared a prize pool of two million Rand. Convery became the first two-time winner of the increasingly popular All Africa series when he claimed the one million Rand first prize. His Full House held up as the winning hand.

In a post event interview, Convery revealed that his ability to remain calm under pressure is what gave him the winning edge.

The second place winner pocketed a very healthy two hundred thousand Rand. The balance of two million Rand was paid to the remainder of the top twenty players.

The soon to be televised event features a new breed of potential poker legends and promises to be a series to follow.

Tournament organizers raised the ante by announcing the next tournament on 5th May, which features a R2, 250,000 prize pool. The top 5 players, each winning a seat, worth US$10 000, into the main event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

For more information, go to http://www.allafricapoker.com/

Wendy Graaf, Group Marketing Manager
(011) 407 8700Piggs Peak, Swaziland19th February 2006
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