It is not a secret many players heading to the WSOP event silently pray that they at least finish within the money bracket. For Ashka Razavi, 30, his prayers were answered in handsomely. He not only won his first golden bracelet but a whopping $781,398 in the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em title making him the player to receive the highest payout in such an event in four years.
Ashka victory is well deserved. His victory comes from a backdrop of one of the largest turnout in the $1,500 level buy-in event. A total of 3,404 participants turned up for the event. His moment of fame came on the last day of the event when he was able to defeat a formidable line-up of some of the most distinguished names in poker and new comers such as Amanda Musumeci who is slowly building her reputation in Poker circles. Musumeci, first raised eyebrows when she finished in the 62nd position in last year’s WSOP event in a field of over 6,000 players. Another player who was impressive in the final day was Jonathan Duhamel. Although he finished in the 21st position, he showed that he is a player whose future is certainly bright.
Ashkan Rawazi is a Canadian citizen of Iranian Origin. He is not a new name in the Poker scene although he has previously not won a significant amount of money. He is a full time professional poker player. His best previous placing in a WSOP event was in the fifth place in the 1500 Pot-Limit Omaha in 2010. His win brings his total WSOP wins to date to $5864, 433. The father of one fully trust his instincts a fact attributed by the shirt he won during the event christened “Ash can do it”