Crowd favourite Sam Razavi added yet another Philippines flag to his Hendon Mob page on Friday when he narrowly missed out on taking down the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Cebu High Roller event.
Razavi was one of 34 players who ponied up 108,000 Pesos (PHP) (approx. £1,450) in the High Rollers event, which started on Thursday. Joining Razavi in the High Rollers circle were players such as Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang, J.J. Liu and Japan’s first Supernova Elite Kosei “Shinbunchi” Ichinose.
Only seven of the 34 starters made it through to the finale, Iori Yogo leading the way with 209,000 chips, followed by Masato Yokosawa (169,000), Razavi (169,000), Tan Jung-Jung (125,000), Ichinose (70,000), Liu (62,000) and Canada’s Dwayne Sherbina (49,500).
According to Razavi’s Facebook status, the popular Brit was card dead throughout the final table and was “pretty please with my job of laddering since I actually got ZERO hand the whole final table. Razavi eventually fell in second place taking the PHP 824,000 runner-up prize (approx. £11,050), leaving “the unstoppable” Ichinose to scoop the PHP 1,319,800 (approx. £17,675) first place prize.
It is a great start to the 2014 APT season for Razavi who has won the Player of the Year title in both 2012 and 2013. His volume may be reduced in the coming months as he and his fiancée Menchu Ouano are expecting their first child – congratulations from everyone at PokerNews by the way! – so his title defence will be difficult, but at least with this nice score to kick of the season, Razavi won't have to worry about buying Baby Eli nappies for the foreseeable future!
Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog and Neil Stoddart.