WSOP Africa 2010: Warren Zackey Wins Main Event
The 2010 WSOP Africa Circuit Event in South Africa kicked off its Main Event on October 28th and drew a total of 188 players.
WSOP Africa 2010 did not award rings or entries in any Regional or National Championship events. As such, players had to be content to settle for prize money. First in this event was schedule to make over 1.55 Million ZAR, or about $222,856 U.S.
Several big names took part in this event including Vanessa Rousso, Gus Hansen, and Maria Ho. Ho would make the deepest run out of any of the pros in the event and made the final table. She started the final with the 3rd shortest stack. Warren Zackey was the chip leader heading into final table action. Here are how the final nine players started action on the last day:
Warren Zackey 2,169,000
Hugh Todd 1,084,000
Mel Banfield 893,000
Jason Strauss 832,000
Rob Fenner 819,000
Muaaz Ghani 479,000
Maria Ho 430,000
Kyri Patsalos 421,000
Raj Aiyalavatjjia 393,000
Ho never go much going and eventually finished the event in 6th place. Heads-up play in the event was between Warren Zackey and Melanie Banfield. Both players started relatively even in chips with Banfield holding a 3.8 Milllion to 3.7 Million lead.
The lead changed several times between the two players before Zackey took a solid lead. The final hand saw Banfield move all-in from the big blind and receive an insta-call from Zackey. Banfield was caught stealing as she showed 8d-4h and Zackey showed Qh-8s. A queen on the flop left Banfield needing running straight cards to win the hand. The Kd on the turn left Banfield drawing dead and Warren Zackey was the champion.
Warren Zackey is the first ever WSOP Africa winner, taking home the title and $222,856.