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US player wins SA poker event

24 May 2007

OUTH AFRICA -- (PRESS RELEASE) --The inaugural SA Poker Open, held for the first time in South Africa at the luxurious Montecasino, was a raving success with various All Africa poker champs, veterans and international online qualifiers fighting it out.

PokerTime player, Ryan S from the US, won his all expenses paid trip to sunny South Africa and SA Poker seat earlier this month in the final online SA Poker Main Qualifier. After a bad beat resulted in his unexpected exit from the Tournament he transformed from a poker pro into an overwhelmed tourist.

Not only did the VIP PokerTime team show their player from the US the best party spots in South Africa but they also took him on a tour to Soweto where he ate African cuisine and visited Nelson Mandela's house. It was, however, the African horse back safari and the lion tour that was the highlight of Ryan's trip. "I'd definitely come back to South Africa for the next poker tournament and bring my family with", said Ryan just before he boarded the plane for his long flight back to the US.

With 105 players taking part in the SA Poker Open the prize pool came to R2 million and the first 10 players came in the money. A Roaming television crew and a TV table caught all the action and provided close up shots of the final table that took eight hours to finish.

It was a battle between chip leader Danny K and previous All African runner-up Jaime Vilela that finished in the final showdown when Vilela's four of a Kind crowned him the 2007 SA Poker Open Champion.

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