Sam Razavi is the latest Grosvenor 25/25 winner

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One of the most important tournaments held in Great Britain this time of the year is the Grosvenor 25/25 Series and the Portsmouth event has just crowned this winner. Sam Razavi spends most of his time competing in Asia against rich opponents, but he made the right choice to attend this series on home soil. The fact that he is nominated for the Poker Personality of the Year also helped him make his mind and given his success in Portsmouth, he has a decent shot at winning a prize at the British Poker Awards.

The Grosvenor 25/25 Series has the reputation of attracting some of the best players and this edition was no different, with a total of 264 players participating. The G Casino was the gracious host for the event and Sam Razavi emerged victorious at the final table after cutting a deal with runner-up Manuel Bardon. The two players decided to split the prize according to their chip stack at the time the deal was made, and as a result Bardon claimed £11,000, while the winner took home £13,156.

This is how the final table looked like at the end of the day:

  1. Sam Razavi – £14,520.00 (£13,156*)
  2. Manuel Bardon – £9,636.00 (£11,000*)
  3. Chak Chan – £6,336
  4. Ellie Biessek – £3,828
  5. Mark Roberts – £2,852
  6. Stewart Szumski – £2,323
  7. James Browning – £1,795
  8. Andrew Miles – £1,452
  9. Hoss Parhizkar – £1,056

Razavi made his big break in 2010 at the Aussie Millions where he reached the final table and finished in  sixth place to collect an amount exceeding AU$200,000. He has been a constant presence at tournaments held in Asia and the South Pacific and now spends most of the time in this part of the world. As poker players go, Sam is quite a traveler and somehow he finds the resources to attend important tournaments regardless of how far apart.

Sam has been less successful in Europe and South America but plans on changing all that and his recent success at the Grosvenor 25/25 Series proves his commitment. One of the main reasons for why he chooses to live in Asia is the weather and the fact that life is more laid back here. The downside is that there are not many big tournaments hosted by casinos in Asia and he is not a big fan of playing cash games in Macau, which means that Sam has to frequently go beyond borders.