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Shinichi Cho Wins Tokyo Poker Tour's Third Ever Event

  • Christian ChuaChristian Chua
Shinichi Cho

With several celebrity professional wrestlers in attendance, the Tokyo Poker Tour (TPT) had another successful run with Shinichi Cho coming out as the winner.

A total of 118 players from all over Japan participated in the event, which was held at the Tokyo Womens Plaza in Omotesando.

A lot of the attention, though, was on three particular players. Choshu Koriki, Ryuichi Takaiwa, and Tobita Survival, well-known professional wrestlers in the wrestling-crazed nation, joined the tournament and were easily spotted by the other players.

None of the three would make it to heads-up play, though, as the distinction for the final two went to Cho and runner-up Jin Yamada.

Choshu Koriki
Choshu Koriki

The two would battle back and forth until they both got it all-in on flop of {8-Spades}{6-Spades}{6-Clubs}. Cho had {4-Spades}{7-Spades} for the straight and flush draws but was still technically behind Yamada's {10-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. The turn {a-Diamonds} did not bring any help but thirteen-year-old dealer Tokio produced the {9-Spades} on the river to give Cho the flush.

That hand left Yamada's stack severely short and he got it all-in on the very next hand with {k-Hearts}{7-Hearts} against Cho's {j-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. A jack immediately came on the flop of {j-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Clubs} and no help came thereafter, giving the rest of the chips on the table to Cho and making him the champion of the event.

For the win, Cho won a Seven Luck Casino Package Tour for two. Meanwhile, Yamada received a pair of high-end Masunaga sunglasses for his runner-up finish.

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The next TPT tournament will be held on October 9 at the Tokyo Womens Plaza in Omotosenado.

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