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2012 WSOP Event #34: First Japanease Player to Win A Gold Bracelet at the WSOP

Tags: 2012 wsop, Chris De Maci, event 34, NAOYA KIHARA, WSOP.
Posted on 21 June 2012 by "M".

Naoya KiharaThe winner of event #34, Naoya Kihara took his nation's first ever WSOP Gold Bracelet last night when he won the Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha event and won $512,029 in prize money.

The 30 year old Japanease player made his WSOP debut in last year's WSOP where he managed to get in the money by finishing 653rd in event #58 which gave him $19,359. The former school teacher turned poker pro is mostly playing online poker but according to WSOP.com Kihara now "hopes to travel around the world and play in more live tournaments with this victory".

At the final table in event #34, Kihara was accompanied by two former Gold Bracelet winners; the 2008 Pot-Limit Hold'em winner Davidi Kitai (finished at 5th) and the No-Limit Hold'em winner of 2010 Jason DeWitt (finished at 8th). The runner-up was Chris De Maci who's WSOP record shows a 12th placement in 2005's Hold'em event #9.

As for the future, Kihara is hoping to get an online sponshorship deal but also, according to WSOP.com, to "become a poker ambassador in his home country, as well as throughout Asia".


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9 comments for "2012 WSOP Event #34: First Japanease Player to Win A Gold Bracelet at the WSOP"

 noonlion21/06/2012 11:03:52 GMT
That's awesome, I wondered a while back how come there's hardly any Japanese people representing poker and now there is one.

Really good to see someone other than a US player winning at the WSOP.
 Fakiry21/06/2012 12:10:47 GMT
Having so much more north americans than foreigners in the event and still be able to go against all odds, Naoya Kihara sure must be happy and proud of what he just did. He says he wants to become a poker ambassador, but adding this victory to his already good curriculum, i think he already is one!
 pochui21/06/2012 19:47:50 GMT
the tide is coming- japanese, chinese and the rest of the east are getting richer and richer (this doesn't go with japan- they are doing good a long time) - more and more players can afford themselves playing at higher limits, so naturally if more are playing more will be winning, that's the reality
 Somaks21/06/2012 22:16:22 GMT
It is surprising how few there are japanease poker players taking into consideration how many vietnamese and half-vietnamese players there is.. And also considering the stereotype that most asians are great at math and calculations! Big Smile Tournaments should be full with japanease poker players!
 Plexo22/06/2012 00:09:14 GMT
Well this only confirm how poker is growing around the world. Asian player tend to play good poker, so it is not surprising, at least for me.

I would like to see now some guy/girl from my country winning a WSOP bracelet, specially if it is the Main event ahahah Big Smile Cool
 Fakiry22/06/2012 12:30:57 GMT
Posted by Plexo:
Well this only confirm how poker is growing around the world. Asian player tend to play good poker, so it is not surprising, at least for me.
I would like to see now some guy/girl from my country winning a WSOP bracelet, specially if it is the Main event ahahah Big Smile Cool

My guess is that we just don’t see this happening more often nowadays because there are still few Asian players investing on entering WSOP. When this starts to happen, things will get more difficult to north-americans, and more interesting in the tables.
 AA-Daelt-AA22/06/2012 18:00:31 GMT
Nice to see some new countries coming into poker world.

If this victory can make poker more famous in Japan that's a very good thing.
 Macubaas22/06/2012 19:35:48 GMT
I actually always wondered why in Japan the poker game is not really that popular.

I think so far i only saw some plyers from Japan on pokerstars and 888 poker and thats it...

Congrats to the winner and i really hope that he will be able to get more jap players online Smile
 Neptunus2130/07/2012 12:49:33 GMT
i think they're more into anime and manga rather than poker,i myself am an anime fac

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