New All Africa Poker King crowned


Greg Ronaldson is hoping to follow in Raymond Rahme's footsteps after winning the All Africa Poker Tournament recently at the Piggs Peak Casino in Swaziland.

With the win, Ronaldson, 24, walks away with a million-Rand prize plus a $10,000 seat in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event. During the 2007 Main Event, Rahme turned the seat he won in a Piggs Peak tournament into a third-place finish for $3 million.

Rahme returned to Piggs Peak to try to win his seat again, but was knocked out. He didn't leave empty-handed, though.

Rahme came back to win the second-chance tournament and take home R80,000.

Ronaldson was the big winner though, taking the title of the main event as well as the R1 million top prize.

Ronaldson has been a regular face on the poker scene and a top finisher at final tables over the past months. His best placement previously had been fourth place.

He went heads-up with Michael Simoes to earn his win. As the runner-up, Simoes earned R400,000 and a seat in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event as well.

Piggs Peak Casino added even more value to the tournament by deciding to give the third-place finisher a WSOP seat as well. That honor went to Daniel Callighan, who took home R300,000 as well.

The rest of the televised final table included Peter Kortleve, Jaco Mouton, Jaco Storm, Clyde Sham, Barry Shum, Hennie Appel and Andre Clark.

"It was an exciting tournament with 111 entries and totaling 32 hours of play," said Wendy Graaf, Piggs Peak Casino marketing manager. "We also had a great balance with both new and regular players. The lady entrants also proved that there are fists of steel under those velvet gloves."

She continued to say that the casino was pleased to live up to its reputation of hosting the richest freezeout poker tournament in Africa by creating yet another instant poker millionaire.

Adding to the casino's generosity, it had a little extra prize for the final-table bubble player. Bob Mason, who went out in 11th place, missed the money and the television time, but received a seat in the 12th All Africa Poker Tournament. That tournament will be taking place Feb. 28 to March 2.

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