Raymond Rahme wins All Africa event
After Raymond Rahme became the first person ever from the continent of Africa to make the final table of the World Series Main Event, there was no doubt he would be a star at home. That, indeed, happened. Now, his star has risen even higher.
Rahme is the newest champion of the All Africa poker tournament and more than $125,000 richer.
This was Rahme's fifth attempt at victory in the All Africa event. Previous tries had seen him finish in 15th, 4th, and 3rd places.
"I played very well to get to the final 27 with a good stack, taking out a lot of top players, and making the final table," he said. "I then got into a lot of big pots and had good reads on the best players."
Rahme collected more than 1,000,000 Rand, equal to more than $125,000.
In the past eleven months, Rahme has cashed in many big events, including in-the-money finishes in Australia, Italy, and Monte Carlo.
"I was over the moon with this win. Although I always played the All Africa well, the win always evaded me," he said. "It has been a tough year proving a lot of people and critics wrong. I have become a hero and I enjoyed every miniute of it."