World Series of Poker Africa
The World Series of Poker Africa (WSOPA) is the second expansion effort of World Series of Poker-branded poker tournaments outside the United States. Since 1970, participants had to travel to Las Vegas if they wanted to compete in the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Although the WSOP started holding circuit events in 2005 in other states, the main tournaments, which awarded bracelets to the winners, were exclusively held in Las Vegas. In 2007, the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe marked the first time that a WSOP bracelet was awarded outside of Las Vegas. In 2010, the WSOP expanded overseas once again, only this time to Gauteng, South Africa. While the WSOPE awarded bracelets, the WSOPA was considered a circuit event with the winners receiving Championship Rings instead of bracelets. The WSOPA did not occur in 2011, but the series of tournaments resumed in 2012.
The first WSOPA was held in October 2010 at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark near Johannesburg, South Africa. Emerald Resort and Casino CEO Martin Rice said "Poker has, over the past half-decade, accelerated in popularity. Our Emerald Poker Series, and its growing fields, is testament to the unlimited success of the sport. It was only natural to follow-on its popularity with the greatest tournament on the planet." The tournament consisted of two events, which were a $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha event with $300 rebuys and the $5,000 No Limit "Main Event."
Although the 2010 event was part of the WSOP Circuit, winners did not earn a gold ring or standing for the WSOP Circuit National Championship, both of which were common for other circuit events. This policy changed in 2012.
|$1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha (Rebuy)||$36,786||Filipe Ramos|
|$5,000 No Limit Hold'em||$231,956||Warren Zackey|
The 2012 WSOPA was moved to 21–26 February and expanded to six circuit events, each of which counted towards Circuit National Championship standing and awarded a gold ring. In addition to the six ring events, the week included a Ladies No-Limit Tournament and a Celebrity Tournament. All events at the 2012 tournament were no-limit.
|$350 No-Limit Hold’em||$22,842||Gregory Ronaldson|
|$3,300 Main Event||$158,595||Joe-Boy Rahme|
|$10,400 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em||$97,000||Rob Fenner|
|$560 Six Handed No-Limit Hold'em||$25,979||Jason Strauss|
|$350 No-Limit Hold'em||$17,610||Armand Saayman|
|$350 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em||$7,784||Heau Pienaar|
2013 World Series of Poker Africa
The 2013 WSOPA was moved to 5-10 February and expanded to seven circuit events, each of which counted towards Circuit National Championship standing and awarded a gold ring.
|$365 No-Limit Hold’em||$20,018||Jarrod Solomon|
|$580 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em||$12,920||Greg Tucker|
|$3,300 Main Event||$101,267||Michael Mizrachi|
|$580 No-Limit Hold'em||$19,741||Todd Neville|
|$10,400 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em||$38,400||Roman Szymonowicz|
|$365 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em||$7,753||Ahmed Karrim|
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