Japan finally gets a WSOP win

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posted Friday Jun 22nd 2012 at 09:45 PM

by Oscar Vallet

Wednesday was the first time a Japanese player won a coveted WSOP bracelet. Naoya Kihara was the last man standing after event #34 (PLO/Six-Handed).

Wednesday marked a historic moment for Naoya Kihara and japanese poker. He became the first player from Japan to claim a title at the world's most prestigious poker tournament - the world series of poker. 

Kihara's victory ended a streak of more than 1,000 tournaments played at the WSOP without a japanese title. 

At the final table Kihara defeated a couple of high profile players in Chris DeMaci and Triple Crown winner Davidi Kitai. 

Afterwards Kihara claimed that PLO is actually the poker variant he plays least well. 

When playing PLO you have to hit your draws and Kihara really succeeded in doing that. For the win he gets $512,029.

The 30-year-old Kihara has only cashed twice live before yesterday - his best result a sopt as 653rd at the WSOP Main Event last year. 


Final standings - Event #34 (419 players @ $5,000)

1. Nayoa Kihara $512.029
2. Chris DeMaci $316.038
3. Daniel Hindin $203.369
4. Hans Winzeler $134.857
5. Davidi Kitai $92.064
6. Tommy Le $64.671

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