Another Akkari moment


I'm not sure there's anyone who works in at poker tournaments who has not had an "Akkari moment".

It typically follows the same process. In a crowded tournament room a man with a beaming grin picks you out to shake your hand and say hi, or do one of those half man-hugs we British find so hard to perform with any élan. Then you watch Andre Akkari walk off, your new favourite player, flattered he even remembered you.

It's not just we reporters who get a kick out of Akkari. It seems internationally famous footballing megastars get a little awe struck in Akkari's presence too. Even Neymar Jr wanted a selfie when he was introduced to his new poker mentor last month.

Akkari_Neymar+26june15.jpgWho's hero is who?

Such is his popularity among the poker community that if Akkari wasn't running deep in a poker tournament, he'd probably be running for office.

So when Akkari was still around in Event #47 at the World Series late yesterday it wasn't just soccer legends waiting to cry Vamos!, and it wasn't just PokerStars Bloggers. A good part of the poker community, each with their own Akkari moment, was doing the same.

But while Akkari has a bracelet, won back in 2011, his pursuit of a second will continue a little longer. He finished eighth last night for a payday worth $50,658. Disappointment for the Brazilian perhaps but a fourth cash this summer, the sign of a player in form. Put it this way, each of the last six Main Event winners won after a strong showing over the summer.
Just saying.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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