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Mike Takayama Wins the Metro Card Club's Labor Day Special

  • Christian ChuaChristian Chua
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Just weeks after winning a brand new BMW in a freeroll tournament at the Metro Card Club, Mike Takayama struck again as he won the card room's recently concluded Labor Day Special tournament.

Takayama, who had only started playing poker regularly less than a year ago, accumulated chips throughout the final table but was seemingly overmatched as heads-up play started.

His opponent and good friend, Renniel Galvez, was significantly ahead in chips and at one point had a 9-1 chip advantage against Takayama. Undaunted, Takayama kept plugging away at Galvez's chip stack until he took the lead.

Finally, Galvez decided to shove from the small blind with {10-Hearts}{3-Spades}. Unfortunately for him, Takayama held {a-Clubs}{q-Spades} and it was an instant call from him.

The {8-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop kept Takayama ahead but he looked to be in deep trouble as a {10-Clubs} on the turn. It was Takayama's time to shine, though, as the {a-Hearts} landed on the river, completing his comeback.

For the win, Takayama walked away with the big championship trophy and Php 318,000 in prize money.

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