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WSOP Circuit -- Warren Zackey Wins WSOP Africa Main Event

Takes Home Circuit Ring and More Than $200,000


Warren Zackey. Credit: WSOPOn Sunday Oct. 31, South African Warren Zackey won the inaugural World Series of Poker Circuit Africa main event.

The 187-player field for the $5,000 buy-in event, which was held at the Emerald Resort and Casino in South Africa, was bested by the 43-year-old plumbing supplies salesman from Johannesburg. Zackey recorded his first major tournament win by picking R1 554 212 (the equivalent of $231,956).

Zackey endured a lengthy battle with fellow South African Melanie Banfield. The final hand saw Zackey’s QHeart Suit 8Spade Suit win with two pair, queen high, to capture the WSOP Circuit ring. Banfield took home R941 398 ($143,348) for the runner-up finish.

Notables who competed in the main event include Gus Hansen, Vanessa Rousso, Beth Shak, Tyron Krost, James Bord, and six-place finisher Maria Ho. Ho was the only player from the United States to cash in the event.

The WSOP Circuit stop was comprised of two events. The first was a three-day pot-limit Omaha tournament, and the second was the four-day no-limit hold’em main event. The pot-limit Omaha event was won by Brazilian Felipe Mojave Ramos.

“It’s particularly appropriate that the inaugural WSOP Africa main event has been won by a South African, and that he had played for the title against a compatriot,” Emerald Resort and Casino CEO Martin Rice said. “It proves that South African players are a force to be reckoned with in the world of poker. I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to Warren Zackey on his historic win, and I look forward to seeing many more great results from him in future.”

Here is a look at the final results:

1. Warren Zackey — $231,956
2. Melanie Banfield — $143,348
3. Kyri Patsalos — $103,845
4. Raj Aiyalavajjala — $76,650
5. Rob Fenner — $57,603
6. Maria Ho — $44,045
7. Hugh Todd — $34,250
8. Jason Strauss — $27,081
9. Muaaz Gani — $21,759