Sam Razavi Wins Third Consecutive APT Player of the Year
Most poker player go their entire careers without winning a coveted Player of the Year title, but Sam Razavi isn't like most poker players. The fun-loving British grinder, who now calls the Philippines home, has won not one, not two but three Asian Poker Tour (APT) Player of the Year titles, and what makes his feat even more remarkable is he won the award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In 2012, Razavi finished with 1,955.80 points off the back of three titles and 14 cashes, some 870.40 points ahead of his nearest rival, Sweden's Martin Nilsson. Razavi put his prize of $8,000 worth of APT buy-ins to good use in 2013, bagging five titles and an impressive 21 in-the-money finishes to pip his fiancée, Menchu, to the POY trophy.
Fast forward to the 2014 POY standings and Razavi obliterated the opposition once again, finishing the tour with four more victories, 15 cashes and 727.30 more points than Singapore's Feng Zhao!
For winning yet another APT Player of the Year trophy, Razavi scoops US$8,000 worth of APT and APT Asian Series Main Event buy-ins, some of which he will likely use during the opening leg of the 2015 tour in late January.
That opening stop takes place at the All In Poker Sports Club Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu between January 27 and February 4 before heading to Pasay City in the Philippines on April 14. From there, the APT heads to Cambodia (where Razavi won two titles in 2014) in May then Manila in September.
Congratulations to Sam Razavi on his remarkable feat of winning back-to-back-to-back APT Player of the Year titles, here's to making it four-in-a-row in 2015!