British pro-Sam Razavi has won a record-breaking fourth Asian Poker Tour Player of the Year title after holding off an impressive challenge by the likes of Lori Yogo and John Tech.
The British pro, currently residing in the Philippines, cashed in 27 events, winning seven of them, to become the first player ever to win four APT POY titles on the spin. His remarkable achievement comes after a summer that saw him come mightily close to winning his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet finishing fourth for $153,682 in a $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) event.
Razavi finished on top of the leaderboard with 2,905 points. Integral to his success was a strategic decision to avoid playing in the final Main Event so he could concentrate on side events to give him the maximum possibility to earn points. Had he played in the Main Event he would have missed 7-8 side events and second placed Lori Yogo may have caught him. Yogo ended the series with 2,584 points (22 ITM and six titles), and John Tech finished third with 1,838 points (9 ITM and three titles).
The former actor picked up the 2015 Asian Player of the year trophy, $10,000 worth of APT buy-ins for next season, and a customized APT jacket. Here he is receiving his award from the APT Tournament Director Lloyd Fontillas.
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So when does this end?
According to an interview with APT.com, he could very well make it title number five.
“I have to keep going until I lose a race,” said Razavi, “I feel like I want to keep beating that record until I can’t beat it anymore. Only then will I slow down a bit.”
Razavi has $1.5m in live tournament earnings.