Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Five local players win World Series of Poker Seats

Piggs Peak Casino, Swaziland is becoming synonymous with making millionaires and for good reason. In the 5th tournament of the All Africa Poker Series, Africa's second poker MILLIONAIRE cashed in. The event was hosted at the Orion Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino, in Swaziland on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May 2006.

After twenty five hours of Texas Hold-Em Poker, and in excess of 2,700 hands being played, Peter Vermaas revealed his winning hand as having King High Club Flush at 01.55am on Sunday morning, walking away with one Million Rand in cash and a package worth R100,000 to the World Series of Poker being held in Las Vegas in July 2006.

Play commenced on Friday 5th May 2006 at 4pm, with a field of 90 players travelling from as far as Canada, St Francis Bay and Zambia to battle for the title of Africa’s Poker champion.

With 17 players knocked out on Friday night, the atmosphere was intense and the remaining players settled in for 16 challenging hours of poker. By 22h00 on the Saturday night, the top 10 were revealed and the final hours of poker action commenced.

The top 10 players shared a prize pool of R2,250,000, and the top 5 players each walked away with a package to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas worth R100,000.

Peter Vermaas, having placed in the top 10 twice previously, showed that his lengthy poker career and experience placed him in a perfect position to play his winning hand.

The All Africa Poker Tournament launched a new era in poker when the February Tournament was filmed and packaged into 6 exciting episodes, and was screened on DSTV Channel 111 in April this year!

Players were distinctly aware that they were in the new realm of televised poker and potential poker celebrities raised their game and their TV persona, providing both exciting and compelling viewing. The next series of All Africa Poker is scheduled to run on DSTV Channel 111 from 10th July 2006. Be sure to watch your screens for all the action.

Tournament organizers announced the next Tournament from 18th -20th August 2006.

For further please contact Leanne Godden on Telephone : (011) 407 8700, email : or log on to

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