Yoshitaka Okawa slays Red Dragon

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Yoshitaka Okawa slays Red Dragon

Postby DM101 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:44 pm

Japanese 38-year old beats 532-player field to win HKD $1,123,000 at the second largest ever Macau Poker Cup

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MACAU, CHINA, January 19, 2013 – PokerStars Macau concluded its 17th installment of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) on Sunday. The Far East's most popular regional poker series took place from January 11-20.

Through 9 events, the MPC attracted a total of 1,700 players and awarded HKD $10,093,879 (US $1.3M) in prize money.

"It's a great result and when you consider that the Macau Poker Cup was held between the PCA and Aussie Millions it's that much more remarkable." said Danny McDonagh, PokerStars Director of Live Operations for the Asia-Pacific. "Those are two of the biggest poker events in the entire year and this week just shows how much Asia loves the Red Dragon."

Headlining the weekend was Japan's Yoshitaka Okawa who won the Red Dragon main event after beating a 532-player field and took home the HKD $1,123,000 grand prize for his 3-day effort.

The Red Dragon was the second largest ever where the Top 65 players made it in the money for their share of the HKD $5,222,325 in prize money.

RED DRAGON - FINAL TABLE RESULTS

Yoshitaka Okawa (Japan) -- $1,123,000
Zhenwu Wang (China) -- $784,000
Eemil Tuominen (Finland) -- $462,000
Homan Houshiar (Canada) -- $353,000
Kevin Zhang (USA) -- $261,000
Michael Marvanek (Australia) -- $209,000
Oliver Duran (France) -- $170,000
Shashank Rathi (Hong Kong) -- $130,500

For Official Red Dragon Results please CLICK HERE

Hong Kong resident Shashank Rathi started Sunday afternoon with nearly 1.3M in chips and led the remaining field of 18 players to begin the Day 3 final.

With the Red Dragon in sight, those warriors charged into action from the word GO. In only 52 minutes of play, an unbelievable 10 eliminations -- including 2 double KOs -- would set the stage for the final table.

Sent to the rail amongst the carnage were Day 1B chip leader Hong Zhu (16th), Day 1A chip leader Vyacheslav Kuzmin (13th) and Raiden Kan (12th).

Former Red Dragon winner Zhenjian Lin appeared to finish his day in 10th place but China's Jiarong Qiu busted at the same time. The two would officially tie for 9th place and the Final Table would have just 8 players instead of the traditional 9.

Final Table - Seat Draws

Seat 1 - Yoshitaka Okawa (Japan) -- 2,517,000
Seat 2 - Shashank Rathi (Hong Kong) -- 2,130,000
Seat 3 - Zhenwu Wang (China) -- 569,000
Seat 4 - empty
Seat 5 - Oliver Duran (France) -- 171,000
Seat 6 - Michael Marvanek (Australia) -- 298,000
Seat 7 - Eemil Tuominen (Finland) -- 318,000
Seat 8 - Kevin Zhang (USA) -- 1,735,000
Seat 9 - Homan Houshiar (Canada) -- 158,000

An astonishing first hand at the final table saw Rathi make a triple barrel bluff for his entire stack against Japan's Yoshitaka Okawa. Okawa made a tough call with just Q♦T♣ on a board of J♦J♥T♦2♣A♣ to send the overnight chip leader home in 8th place.

Okawa's stack grew to a staggering 4.7M which represented approximately 65% of the chips in play.

That hand prompted a response from Aussie poker pro Michael Marvanek who said to Okawa, "Remind me to never bluff you, ever!"

Marvanek would end his day in 6th place at the hands of China's Zhenwu Wang.

4 more players would swiftly hit the rail setting up a heads up battle between Wang and Okawa who had built his stack to nearly 6M or three times as many chips.

The duel started slowly with the neither player gaining any sustainable momentum until an unorthodox series of bets and raises finished the night.

Here's how PokerStars blogger Josh Bell described the final hand:

Heads-up may have started slow, but it certainly didn't end that way. The final hand of the tournament was fast-paced and it began when Zhenwu Wang limped the button. Yoshitaka Okawa then raised it up to 230,000 from the big blind, at which point Wang limp-raised it up to 580,000. Okawa opted to make a call and the dealer flipped three cards onto the felt.

Flop: 9♦5♦Q♣

Okawa asked Wang if he was going to go all-in, before sliding out a bet of 250,000. Wang then wen't all in for around 1,200,000 and Okawa made the call. Wang held 8♦7♦, with the flush draw behind Okawa's meager T♣8♣.

Although Okawa only held ten-high on the flop, by the time the J♣ hit the turn, he had made a straight and would only need to dodge one more street to win the tournament.

When the 2♥ completed the board on the river, Okawa's rail shouted in joy, while Wang's gave him a pat on the back for a job well done.

This was Okawa's first major title after only learning the game 3 years ago. The 38-year old said he didn't have any plans for the prize money but regularly plays the PokerStars Macau events a few times each year.

The next major event on the Asian poker circuit is APPT Seoul held at Paradise Walkerhill Casino from March 14-17.

For a Recap of the Red Dragon Event please visit:

PokerStarsBlog.com (ENGLISH)

PokerStarsBlog.CN (CHINESE)

For Official Side Event Results please CLICK HERE

For 2013 Asia Player of the Year Rankings please CLICK HERE

The Macau Poker Cup runs from January 11 to 20 and features the HKD $11,000 Red Dragon main event begins on January 17.

Players can qualify to the Red Dragon at PokerStars Macau where live satellites are running daily.

Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon Schedule

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