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Joe-Boy Rahme Wins World Series Of Poker Africa Main Event

Second Annual WSOP Africa Main Event Is Won By South African


The winner of the second annual World Series of Poker Africa $3,300 main event is Joe-Boy Rahme. The restaurateur-turned-poker pro topped a field of 218 after three action-fueled days at Johannesburg’s Emerald Resort and Casino for the lion’s share of the $634,380 prize pool.

The very popular South African had to battle a tough final table including two winners from earlier events; Gregory Ronaldson from event no. 1 and Jason Straus from event no. 2.

His final opponent was self-employed, father of two Ivan Pakkiri. The heads up was short-lived and Pakkiri was put out when his Q-10 could not better Rahme’s J-J. Rahme received $158,595 (R1,197,100) while Pakkiri was consoled by $98,012.

After his win, Rahme said, “This feels great; I’ve been working toward a WSOP championship for 25 years. This is fabulous.”

Here are the final results and payouts:

1. Joe-Boy Rahme $158,595
2. Ivan Pakkiri $98,012
3. Jason Straus $71,368
4. James Parker $52,780
5. Gregory Ronaldson $39,649
6. Marc Joseph $30,196
7. Brad Flynn $23,409
8. Matt Mullhall $18,397
9. Brian Bouwer $14,654