William Kakon, among the top 1 percent of all real estate brokers in the United States for six consecutive years - with more than $3 billion in overall sales, earned his first bracelet and $196,055 in prize money for making it through a field of 660 entries in the $1,500 BUY-IN LIMIT HOLD'EM CHAMPIONSHIP.
"Coming out here, this is my vacation every year," he said only moments after winning the tourney. "I'm very familiar with this game, so I really do feel comfortable playing it. It's harder to find now in casinos, so I try to make an effort to play them at the WSOP."
"I'm a very competitive person," Kakon revealed, somewhat overstating the obvious given his domination of the later stages of this tournament. "If it's business or poker, I just play to win all the time."
MEET THE LATEST WSOP GOLD BRACELET CHAMPION
Name: William Kakon Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
Age: 38 Current Residence: Miami, FL (USA)
Marital Status: Married
Profession: Real Estate Broker / Healthcare Business
Number of WSOP Cashes: 7
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 2
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories (with this tournament): 1
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 6th (2010)
Total WSOP Earnings: $324,936
Personal Facts: Has lived in Casablanca, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami
FUN FACTS: For many years during the 1980s and 1990s, $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold'em was the first event listed on the WSOP schedule. It routinely drew the biggest field sizes, even larger than the Main Event Championship during an era when Limit Hold'em was far more popular than No-Limit in public cardrooms. The popularity of this event began to decline about eight years ago, as field sizes dipped below 500 for the first time in two decades. However, each of the last two years has seen a significant increase in turnout for this event, as 657 turned out in 2014, which increased up to 660 this year.