British born poker pro Sam Razavi is on course to win an unprecedented fourth Asian Poker Tour (APT) Player of the Year title after winning four titles in a single week.
Sam Razavi is the king of the Asian Poker Tour (APT).
The UK-born player, who has been living in Asia for the past decade, is on course to win an unprecedented fourth APT Player of the Year (POY) award after winning four side events at APT Cebu this past week.
“Good deed done for the day after I took trophy No.4 under my wing and sheltered it from the rain and cold.” Tweeted Razavi.
Razavi rose to prominence in 2011, finishing sixth in the Aussie Millions Main Event for $222,530. He then became the first player to reach Black Belt status at Black Belt Poker, an online poker skin managed by former Irish Poker Open champion Neil Channing. Later that year he won the United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Main Event in Cork for $100,628.
The 35-year old settled in the Philippines. He lives with his fiancée Menchu and his two children. Last year he set a new record by becoming the first player to win three successive APT POY awards. In the summer he made the final table of a $3k World Series of Poker (WSOP) No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) event finishing fourth for $153,682.
His whacky week started by picking up $1,350 for his first of four victories at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino Cebu. His second victory came in a Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) event where he defeated 50 entrants capturing the first prize of $3,481. He then went on to beat 73 entrants in a NLHE Turbo event for $2,115, before winning a NLHE 6-Handed Turbo event beating 67 entrants for $3,879.
The APT legend started out in life as an actor. He would love to return to the stage, but believes he has one problem: “My CV would say that I’ve been bumming around gambling for a living.”
That bumming around has now earned him close to $1.5m in live tournament earnings, a healthy profit in online cash games and more trophies than Ryan Giggs.