Kimijima Shoki has triumphed over a record 1,291 entries to take down WPT Japan 2021.
For the second time the event was held at Sammy Inc headquarters in Tokyo and this year's entries eclipsed the 2020 WPT Japan 726 entry record. Also, the prizepool was significantly boosted to USD$91,680.
The event concluded on a Japan Monday holiday with three events decided - the last 43 Main Event players playing down to the champion, 22 players returning in the 174 strong Under 23 Student Poker Championship and a 307 player freeroll offering $3,190 in WPT Passports to the top 4.
In the Main Event 12 players would unfortunately go home empty handed with players setting their sights on making the top 31 and especially the top prize of USD$30,270. All prizes were awarded as WPT Passports, which can be utilised for any WPT Live Event/s globally.
Ken Okada was the one familiar face from the WPT Asia Pacific tour making it to the final table and he ultimately fell in 3rd place.
That saw the event move to Heads up between Furihata Jumpei and Kimijima Shoki.
Ultimately Kimijima Shoki prevailed, extremely proud to win the biggest WPT Japan event in it's five year history.
Final Main Event Results as follows:
While the prizes for the Under 23 Students Championship were smaller than for the Main Event, the intensity of play and will to win was obvious and we ended up with a very happy champion, Keishi Kawato, collecting a USD$910 WPT Passport, Phoenix Seagaia Resort accommodation voucher and trophy.
And finally the WPT Japan Freeroll attracted a massive 307 players. Ohira Ayumu came out on top taking the lions share of the prizepool.
The World Poker Tour is immensely proud of the success of WPT Japan 2021, and thanks must go to Sammy Inc. and Japan Poker Union for such a professionally run event and venue.
WPT.ASIA truly hopes international players will have the opportunity to join WPT Japan 2022!!!!
To check out pics and recaps of all the action for WPT Japan, presented by Sammy, head to https://wpt.asia/all-events/wpt-japan-2021.