Over the next few months poker enthusiasts and professionals stand a chance at winning their share of an estimated prize pool of R5 million in the Showdown at the River Poker Tournament, hosted and presented by Emerald Resort & Casino.

 In the runup to the Showdown at the River Poker Tournament between 22 October- 1 November, Emerald Resort & Casino’s casino floor will be the new home for everything poker related as satellite tournaments will be announced after Cyril’s speech 25 July to give everyone a chance at qualifying for the big buy-in tournaments in October.

Brought to Emerald Resort & Casino by the MonsterJam Poker Tour (MJPT), the Premier Poker Tour in Southern Africa, the Vaal tournament brings something for everyone, ranging from Freeroll satellites to High Roller buy-ins of R40 000.

With the Resort being just a short 45-minute drive from Johannesburg, why not take the entire family for a ‘poker vacation’? There are plenty of amenities and fun activities for the whole family and accommodation specials that are reserved for poker players.



Emerald Resort & Casino

From High-stakes tables to progressive jackpots, adventure awaits. The casino offers 22 gaming tables consisting of Blackjack, Raise 'em Poker and Baccarat. With some of the highest betting limits in the country, you are certain to be entertained. With 430 slot machines available in a range of games, there is plenty of excitement at your fingertips. The Salon Prive is available to those that prefer exclusivity, and affords them an enjoyable gaming experience, with a dedicated VIP team in place.

777 Frikkie Meyer Boulevard, Vanderbijlpark
Emerald Resort & Casino

From exclusive rooms, to family sized lodges, adventure awaits! Enjoy exceptional comfort and style in one of our 3 accommodation options! The 4 star Emerald Hotel, is a sanctuary set far from the bustling city, offers spacious comfort and amenities at your fingertips. Thatched wooden bush lodges are built for ultimate comfort and luxurious style, hidden away in a natural setting. Self catering River Resort chalets offer stunning views of the Vaal River, the perfect backdrop for braais, fishing and picnics in the sun!

777 Frikkie Meyer Boulevard, Vanderbijlpark

Friday 22 October

Time Event Buy In Levels Startstack Reg Close Entry Type
4pm GRAND SLAM R40 000 45 mins 150 000 End Level 12 Re-entry View Structure

Saturday 23 October

Time Event Buy In Levels Startstack Reg Close Entry Type View Structure
5pm LITTLE SLAM R4 000 45 Mins 150 000 End level 11 Re-entry View Structure

Tuesday 26 October

Time Event Buy In Levels Startstack Reg Close Entry Type View Structure
6pm KEVIN KALIL MEMORIAL R2 000 20 mins 20 000 End Level 12 Rebuy with add on View Structure

Wednesday 27 October

Time Event Buy In Levels Startstack Reg Close Entry Type View Structure
4pm SUPER SLAM R 25 000 40 mins 100 000 End level 12 Re-entry View Structure

Friday 29 October

Time Event Buy In Levels Startstack Reg Close Entry Type View Structure
4pm MJPT MAIN EVENT R15 000 60 mins 50 000 End level 10 Re-entry View Structure

Saturday 30 October

Time Event Buy In Levels Startstack Reg Close Entry Type View Structure
5pm MONSTER STACK TURBO R4 000 15 mins 50 000 End level 12 Re-entry View Structure

Sunday 31 October

Time Event Buy In Levels Startstack Reg Close Entry Type View Structure
10am SEMI-FREEZE R3 000 30 mins 25 000 | 50 000 End level 8 Single re-entry View Structure

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# First

End Of Boardwalk Season 2

All good things come to an end and unfortunately, that time is now. It’s been an absolute pleasure bringing The MonsterJam Poker Tour back to Boardwalk for season 2. We have managed to fill the poker room with an amazing atmosphere and energy with the help of all the staff at the casino, the players and the engagement we’ve seen online. To wrap things up here is a recap of all the winners:

Event 1 The Monster Freeroll winner: LAUREN PHIA

Event 2 Millions Accumulated winner: TBD

Event 3 The Grand Slam winner: RUDOLF FOURIE

Event 4 The 6 Max winner: MAURICE DE LA MARE

Event 5 The MonsterJam Main Event winner: NIC IOANNOU

Event 6 The Monster Stack Turbo winner: CLIVE KIKIA

Event 7 The Semi-Freeze winner: KEVIN KALIL

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who cashed. We are looking forward to getting back here next season. Until then we hope to see you all at our next event in Sibaya, KZN.


Aug 11, 2019

Kevin Kalil Is The Semi Freeze Winner

After a few hands of heads up with Lauren Scott, Kevin Kalil picked up A♠️6♠️ and called an all-in from Scott who had J♦️9♦️. The board ran clean for Kalil who takes down the trophy and first place cash to go with it. We’re grateful Kevin Kalil spent his birthday with the MonsterJam team and took home a trophy as the icing on the cake. Congratulations Kalil and Happy Birthday!

Semi Freeze Payouts

With the last event of the Boardwalk Season 2 we are down to our final 3 tables. This event has seen 62 entries with 54 add-ons which has amounted to a prize pool of R302,760.00 with 7 players cashing.

Main Event Winner: Nic Ioannou.

Top 3 players Nic Ioannou, Muaaz Gani and Daniel Lamberti make an ICM deal after a few hands of 3 handed play seeing Nic Ioannou taking down the trophy, Muaaz Gani coming 2nd and Daniel Lamberti coming 3rd. After 3 days of grinding it out on the poker tables, Ioannou outlasted and outplayed a field of 138 entries to come out on top of The MONSTERJAM MAIN EVENT. We saw some really exciting play over the course of The Main Event and would like to thank everyone who got involved both on and off the tables. See you all in Sibaya for another amazing Main. Congratulations Nic Ioannou!

Harold Brooks Out In 4th

Blinds 40000/80000 with an 80000 big blind ante.

Action on Muaaz Gani who moves all-in on his SB and Brooks calls in the BB for 370k.

Gani – 3♦️4♦️

Brooks – Q♦️3♠️

The flop comes [4♥️-5♥️-J♦️] giving Gani bottom pair. The turn is the [6♦️]. Brooks needs to hit a Queen on the river to double. The river is the [6♥️] eliminating Brooka in 4th for R148,574.30. Well played Harold!

Martin Maroun Out In 5th

Blinds 40000/80000 with an 80000 big blind ante.

Action on Maroun in the SB who moves all-in for an additional 75k and gets called by Muaaz Gani.

Maroun tables A♣️K♣️

Gani tables A♦️8♠️

Flop comes [5♦️-8♥️-4♣️] giving Gani top pair. The turn is the [A♠️] and the river of [9♦️] eliminates Maroun out in 5th for R112,556.30. Well played Martin!

David Rosenthal Out In 6th

Blinds 30000/60000 with a 60000 big blind ante.

Muaaz Gani opens to 125k and gets a call from Nic Ioannoy. Rosenthal snap shoves for a total of 350k. Both Gane and Ioannoy call.

The flop comes [7♦️-Q♣️-9♠️]. Gani checks and Ioannoy fires 250k. Gani calls. Both players check on the [T♣️] turn. The river is the [8♥️]. Gani bets 225k and Ioannoy goes all-in and has Gani covered. Gani tosses in a chip and makes the call.

Rosenthal shows K♥️K♠️

Ioannoy shows Q♦️J♥️

Gani shows J♠️T♦️

Ioannoy and Gani chop with a Queen high straight eliminating Rosenthal in 6th for R90,045. Well played David!

Henni Appel Out In 7th

Blinds 30000/60000 with a 60000 big blind ante.

Nic Ioannoy opens the action to 120k in mid position. Appel on the BTN moves all-in for 470k total and Ioannoy makes the call.

Appel – 9♦️T♦️

Ioannoy – 6♦️6♥️

The flop of [J♥️-5♦️-7♦️] gives Appel 14 outs. The turn is the [J♣️] and the river bricks out with the [5♠️] eliminating Appel in 7th for R72,036. Well played Hennie!

Edgar Antezana Out In 8th

Blinds 15000/30000 with a 30000 big blind ante.

Antezana is automatically all-in on his big blind. Action on Nic Ioannoy who opens up to 75k in late position. Everyone else folds and cards go on their backs

Ioannoy – 6♣6♥

Antezana – 2♦9♣

The board comes [Q♦-K♣-2♠][J♥][Q♣] eliminating Antezana in 8th for R54,027. Well played Edgar!

JP Okes Out In 9th

Blinds 15000/30000 with a 30000 big blind ante.

Action on David Rosenthal who opens up to 75k in early position. JP Okes takes some time to think out his decision and counts his chips before pushing all-in in mid position. Action back on Rosenthal who makes the call.

Okes – A♦Q♥

Rosenthal – A♣K♠

Okes is in bad shape as he is dominated here. The flop is [4♠-A♥-3♣] giving both players top pair. The turn is the [A♠] and Okes needs to hit a Queen to double or either a three or four to chop. The [5♠] bricks for Okes eliminating him in 9th for R36,018.00. Well played JP!

Lauren Scott Out In 10th

Blinds 12000/24000 with a 24000 big blind ante.

Action on Scott in early position who opens up to 65k. The player on left of Scott, Harold Brooks, re-raises all in. Action folded around back to Scott who makes the call. Brooks has Scott covered.

Brooks tables A♣K♠

Scott tables J♥J♠

The flop comes [7♥-A♦-5♥] putting Brooks ahead. The turn is the [T♠]. Scott has only one out as the other Jack had been folded. The river is the [5♦] eliminating Scott in 10th for R27,013.50. Well played Lauren!


Main Event Final Table

After 3 days theses 10 players have outplayed and outlasted a field of over 138 entries and now they find themselves at the final table playing for Rx up top and to be crowned the MONSTERJAM MAIN EVENT CHAMPION. Congratulations to all 10 players! We’re in for some amazing poker for the duration of The Main Event. Keep up with all the live coverage over on

Twitch.tv – https://m.twitch.tv/monsterjampoker

Website – https://monsterjampoker.com/live-feed-3/

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpGN1rPrns4



Nahum Lum Out In 11th

Blinds 10000/20000 with a 20000 big blind ante.

We catch the action with the chips already in on a board of [4♥️-8♦️-K♣️][3♦️][A♠️]

Harold Brooks has A♣️7♥️

Lum has 6♠️6♦️

Well played Nahum for cashing out R27,013.50


Leenesh Naidoo Out In 12th

Blinds 10000/20000 with a 20000 big blind ante.

Action on Naidoo on the BTN who moves all-in for 278k and gets called by Nic Ioanny in the SB.

Naidoo tables K♦️K♣️

Nic tables A♥️A♣️

The board comes [Q♣️-6♥️-6♣️][2♦️][A♦️] eliminating Naidoo in 12th for R27,013.50. Well played Leenesh!

Warrick Weigand Out In 13th

Our bubble in The Main Event has burst and Weigand is the first player to cash for an amount of R27,013.50. Well played Warrick!

Boardwalk day 7

After 6 days of full on poker action we have reached the FINAL day here at Boardwalk Season 2. What a great stop it has been and before it comes to an end we have some more action to bring you. We kick the day off with day 3 of The Main Event where 16 players will be competing for a prize pool of R1,800,900.00 From there we have our final event of this stop – 1 Life Semi-Freeze kicking off at 12pm.

Main Event End Of Day 2

We’ve made it… tomorrow we will crown our Main Event champion!! It’s been a long grind for the 16 players who’ve run this deep into the tournament and it’ll all come to fruition starting at 11am tomorrow. Congratulations toall of you who have made it and we’re looking forward to seeing some crazy cool poker. And to you the viewer – we’re looking forward to having your company tomorrow where you can keep up with all the action over on our live stream for the final time here in Boardwalk Season 2.

Final Table Time In The Turbo

9 players remain in The 6th event of Boardwalk Season 2. All the best to the remaining players


Our Main Event players have just gotten back from break and here are the chipcounts. Players are currently on level 15 with blinds being 5000/10000 with a 10000 big blind ante.

Aug 10, 2019

Event 6 The MonsterStack Turbo Has Begun

For a R4000 buy-in players will get 50,000 chips. This is a 1-day event and late reg will end after 12 levels – each level being 15mins. All the best to the players involved and those still to join

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