Winning a player of the year title is something just about every poker player dreams about. Winning multiple? Many would consider that out of this world.
British poker player Sam Razavi has just accomplished an amazing feat by winning the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Player of the Year title in his third straight year.
Although Razavi is originally from the United Kingdom, he now calls the Philippines his home, giving him easy access to every APT event. Razavi makes winning APT events seem easy and has crushed the competition in 2012, 2013, and 2014 to win the Player of the Year title each year. Each title has rewarded Razavi with a generous prize of $8,000 worth of APT buy-ins for the following year.
In 2012, Razavi won three APT events and found himself in the money 14 times to dominate the competition with 1,955.80 points. Second-place finisher, Martin Nilsson, was far off the pace, finishing 870.40 points behind Razavi. Razavi outperformed himself in 2013 by finishing the year with five victories in APT events and an impressive 21 in-the-money finishes. 2014 was not the year we witnessed Razavi slow down, as he once again crushed the competition with four more APT wins and 15 in-the-money finishes. This was good enough for the player to finish 727.30 points ahead of the second-place finisher Feng Zhao.
Razavi took to Twitter to proclaim his victory and show his excitement: "We got there! Won the side event for $11k and locked up three time b2b2b @AsianPokerTour Player Of The Year!"
The question now remains, will Razavi become the first four-time champion of the APT Player of the Year title in 2015?
He will likely use some of his $8,000 in free buy-ins when the APT tour resumes at All In Poker Sports Club Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu, between Jan. 27 and Feb. 4, 2015 before heading to Pasay City in the Philippines on April 14.