Mike Takayama wins $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty

Posted On 30 Jun, 2018 0

History was made once again at the 2018 World Series of Poker, with Mike Takayama becoming the first Filipino to win a WSOP gold bracelet. He beat a massive field of 2,065 entries and took home $198,568 for first place, shipping Event #59: $1,000 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty.

The pro has been a regular in various Asian tournaments, with several titles and big scores to his name. However, the participation is lower in Asia tournaments and so are the prizes, so Takayama decided to fly down to the World Series and he tasted success, winning his first gold bracelet, and first for the country too.

After this career best win, he now has over $850k in live poker winnings. He defeated Italian poker player Lorenc Puka in heads-up, who also walked away with a career best $122,627 for second place. The Super Turbo Event saw over 2,000 entries being busted, all within one day's play.

"I'm very happy with how I played, and it is everyone's dream to win a bracelet. Two suck-out hands then I kept building and building. I am now the first Filipino to ever win a bracelet," said Takayama after this historic win. This was his second 6-figure score in his live poker career, following the $105k he earned for shipping the APT (Asian Poker Tour) Manila Main Event title in April last year. Earlier today, Nikita Luther also created history by bringing home India's second gold bracelet.

Final table results:

  1. Mike Takayama - $198,568
  2. Lorenc Puka - $122,627
  3. Matthew Smith - $88,938
  4. Steve Jelinek - $65,145
  5. Spencer Baker - $48,196
  6. Kavish Shabbir - $36,019
  7. Elizabeth Montizanti - $27,193
  8. Jack Duong - $20,743
  9. Oliver Rusing - $15,988

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Event Dates Buy In
WPT Japan 2018 1 Sep - 17 Sep JPY 30,000
2018 APT Philippines Championships II 13 Sep - 24 Sep PHP 55,000
WPT Korea 2018 18 Sep - 24 Sep KRW 1,100,000
WPT Vietnam 2018 26 Sep - 4 Oct VND 22,000,000
Deltin Poker Tournament Xpress 27 Sep - 30 Sep INR 15,000
PokerStars Live Manila Super Series 9 1 Oct - 7 Oct PHP 10,000