Sam Razavi is truly a remarkable figure, and has been busy etching his name into Asian poker folklore for the last four years. People often talk about tournament poker as being a high variance game, but if anyone can form a counter argument to that, or in fact be the living, breathing counter argument, it is Sam Razavi.
4th APT Player of the year title
He has lifted his 4th APT Player of the Year crown, and has taken each one in successive years. It is unlikely that anyone will ever be able to emulate that accomplishment, but the real question everyone will ask in the new year is, can he make it five in a row? You'd be foolish to bet against it. Sam Razavi has this week picked up the trophy, and the USD$10,000 worth of APT buy ins, but more importantly, he continues to make APT history every year. Iori Yogo had been following him closely throughout the race, but the 5 cashes that Razavi picked up at the last festival was enough to lock up the title.
Sam Razavi continues to make APT history every year (Photo APT)
Sam Razavi Facebook page has been covered with messages from well wishers and congratulations from fellow poker players since, which shows that he is a very popular champion, and a great ambassador for the game. It has been another outstanding year for the Brighton born poker pro, who now lives in Cebu. His current home was in fact the location of his 4 side event wins, during APT Cebu. There aren't many players who can claim four wins in a single festival. He also managed this year to win the APT Vietnam High Roller title and to finish runner up in the APT Weekend Series in Manila. Sam Razavi has once again been a cut above the opposition this year, and despite a busy schedule, even made time for a few other tournaments outside of Asia.
An incredible year
Earlier this month, Razavi almost won the IPC (Indian Poker Championship) Main Event, when he got through a field of 219 players, only to finish up 3rd place for nearl $15,000. That in itself, is an excellent result, but comparatively, it probably didn't feel too special for someone who is so used to winning. This event wasn't even part of the APT Player of the Year race either, which gives an insight into how Sam Razavi feels about poker. Even when the APT events have ended for the year, you can still find him seeking out another tournament to play in. Asia is certainly where he does most of his work, but Razavi has been known to travel further afield, and was recently spotted at the WSOP. Never one for collecting min cashes, he did of course make the final table in a USD$3,000 Holdem event, and won USD$153,682 for 4th place.