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Escondido man wins top poker jackpot

Rafi Azam of Escondido with the River Card trophy.

Rafi Azam of Escondido took home the $4,600 in the River Card Red, White and Blue Tourney that was held July 9 at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, when he and Kevin Newkirk of Phelan, agreed to a two-way chop.  Newkirk won $3,563 for second.

A total of 136 players vied for the $19,700 prize pool and 14 finalists cashed.  There were two other Escondido winners: Charles Fisher of Escondido, who won $1,065; Mike Heintschef,  who won $606 and David Trumble who won $303.

Each finalist also earned $100 after qualifying for Day 2.

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