Englishman Samad Razavi has just been named the Asian Poker Tour’s ‘Player of the Year’ after scooping the final major event of the season in Goa at the Casino Carnival. In total, Razavi has amassed over $550k in prize money this season and that brings his career tournament earnings to more than $1 million.
The season started well for Razavi in Cebu, Philippines, where he would have two second place finishes, one of which was worth $45,000. Following on from that he final-tabled events in Macau and Bavet city. He then went on to win his first title of the year at the APPT Melbourne ahead of strong finishes in Macau and Cambodia before finishing the season in style, claiming his second victory of the season in Goa for $14,500.
Heading into the final event of the year Razavi was only 300 points ahead of Sweden’s Martin Nilsson in the POY standings, but the win in Goa made sure of it, eventually stretching his lead to 900 points.
Final APT Player of the Year 2012 Top Ten Standings
1. Samad Razavi – England- 1955.80 points
2. Martin Sampath Nilsson – Sweden – 1085.40
3. Liam John Anderson – Thailand – 963.60
4. Tetsuya Tsuchikawa – Japan – 747.80
5. Marc Rivera – Philippines – 691.80
6. Abishek Goindi – India – 667.30
7. Conrad Coetzer – South Africa – 608.00
8. Sangeeth Mohan – India – 594.00
9. Hisashi Ogi – Japan – 590.00
10. Robert Browning – Philippines – 571.50