Great Britain’s Sam Razavi has won the 2012 AAPT Melbourne Main Event to become the first British poker player to win an Asia Pacific Poker Tour Event.
Razavi went into the final table with the second largest chip stack and remained in that position until the tournament was down to three players.
Razavi, Keith Walker and Tom Grigg engaged in an exciting three handed contest and traded the chip lead on several occasions.
However, Razavi took control of the tournament by crippling Grigg’s stack before eliminating him with a set of fives the very next hand.
Razavi had a monster chip lead going into heads-up play and took just ten minutes to defeat Walker and claim the tournament victory.
Razavi was extremely pleased with his performance, especially with the way he came back when the tournament was three handed.
“I feel amazing because when we got three ways I started dwindling and I thought this is it. A lot of people say that are going for the win but it’s a big bubble for the $200k (2nd prize) and that was the figure I had my mind set on, so it felt like it was slipping away and then just like that it turned around,” Razavi said.
The British player was lucky even to make it to Australia for the tournament as an overbooked flight almost saw his tournament end before it had even begun.
“I was playing a tournament in Mauritius and when I went to the airport to get my flight here (Melbourne) I checked in, my bags went through and then they told me that the flight was overbooked and I said look I can’t miss the flight, if I miss the flight I will not make the tournament and with about a minute to spare they told me there may be one seat available on the plane and after I had a good feeling about this,” Razavi laughed.
The $326,125 prize was Razavi’s second big score in Australia after he won $225,000 at the 2011 Aussie Millions.
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