Rahme wins way to WSOP again

Raymond Rahme
Rahme picks up a win in Swaziland.

The identity of the winner of the most recent All Africa Poker tournament at Piggs Peak in Swaziland will probably not come as much of a surprise to many who follow the tournaments in southern Africa. Raymond Rahme came away with another win this month.

Rahme, from South Africa, was the first African to make a World Series of Poker Main Event final table in 2007. He won his seat to the tournament through the May 2007 All Africa Poker tournaments.

His latest win will add R1 million to the more than $3 million he won for coming in third in the Main Event.

"This is my best tournament so far," Rahme said after his win.

Rahme will also be returning to the WSOP in Las Vegas once again courtesy of the All Africa Poker tournament. Players who made the final table of the tournament were awarded WSOP packages that include the buy-in for the Main Event.

Joining Rahme on Team All Africa this year will be Michael Simoes, Greg Ronaldson, Peter Vermaas, Gordon Harris, James Gubb, Ryan Eber, Darren Miller, Nik Rujevic, David Spangenberg, Reynhart van Rooyen and Allistair Didloff.

Didloff is probably the most surprising player to win a package, according to a press release from the All Africa tournament. He was a late entry and ended up outlasting a tough field of experienced players and former All Africa Poker champions to go heads-up against Rahme.

Didloff made it nearly to the winner's spot without having to purchase any rebuys or add-ons, meaning that he spent only R77 to walk away with R400,000 and a trip to Las Vegas for his second-place finish.

"If the quality of play we saw at the All Africa Poker Tournament during this weekend is an indication of what we can expect from these guys at the World Series of Poker, then the southern African players will definitely hold their own against the rest of the world," says Wendy Graaf, Piggs Peak Casino group marketing manager.

"We hope that more poker history will be made, to even improve on Ray's magnificent achievement last year. So hold on World Series of Poker 2008, here comes Team All Africa Poker!"

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