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Wesley Wiegand Claims WPT National Johannesburg for $81k
South Africa's Wesley Wiegand kept one of the continent's most esteemed poker prizes in the hands of the locals with a big win at WPT National Johannesburg today.
Coming into the final table third in chips Wiegand had to outlast one of Africa's most highly regarded players in Warren Zackey before polishing off Anand Kumar heads-up.
Wiegand claimed $81,026 for the win while Kumar settled for $48,016.
While that might seem modest by North American or European poker standards it was enough to jump Wiegand up from 63rd on South Africa's all-time money list to 32nd.
Zackey, 5th all time in earnings for South Africa, finished in seventh.
Rahme, Rousso Push then Fall Back
One of the most anticipated events on the continent WPT National Johannesburg drew an impressive 325 entries for a total prize pool of just under $300k.
Among the more prominent runners to take the felt were Raymond Rahme, former WSOP Main Event final tablist and South Africa's highest all-time money winner, and former PokerStars pro Vanessa Rousso.
Both got off to great starts on Day 1 and surged into the early chip lead but both were bounced well before the end of Day 2.
All told 36 players hit the money with a min-cash worth $1,951. Other local notables to hit the felt were Jarred Solomon, Darren Kramer and Greg Ronaldson. The final 10 and payouts:
1. Wesley Wiegand - $81,026
2. Anand Kumar - $48,016
3. Hilton Nortje - $31,510
4. Nahum Lum - $31,757
5. Ciro Koncke - $16,056
6. Max Sartirana - $12,754
7. Warren Zackey - $9,753
8. Greg Tucker - $7,053
9. Davor Dadic - $5,102
10. Marius Lange - $3,901
Check the WPT Live Updates for a full rundown of all the action.