• Takahiro Nakai From Osaka Wins WSOP Event 57

    06 July 2015


    A total field of 2,497 players were in attendance for the World Series of Poker event 57, a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em event. This event used nine-handed tables, the norm for this style of poker, and it was won by Takahiro Nakai. Nakai is 36 years old, and he resides in Osaka, Japan. This was his first trip to Las Vegas, his first time playing in the World Series, his first final table and his first World Series bracelet. Talk about making a lot of firsts at the same time.

    Fierce Heads-Up Play

    One-time bracelet winner Mel Weiner was Nakai's opponent in the heads-up stage of the event. First place would score $399,039, and second would take home $248,034. Neither are small prizes, but this meant that over $150,000 was on the line for the heads-up stage of this tournament. Heads-up play carried on an extra day because it was taking so long, and Nakai started with about 60 percent of the chips in play, and the lead went back and forth during scheduled play. On the extra day, however, Nakai closed it out pretty quickly to take home almost $400,000 in cash and a bracelet for his troubles.

    The Final Table

    The remaining players on the final table scored some pretty good payouts as well. Third went to Paul Vas Nunes for $175,559, and fourth place was Glenn LaFaye for $126,612. Jonas Lauck came in fifth place for a $92,453 payout, and Robert Piltz received $68,317 for his sixth-place win. David Martinezcano scored $51,103, Frederico Dabus got $38,676 and Barry Schultz was awarded $29,619 for the seventh, eighth and ninth place wins, respectively.

    The Nature of These Events

    One of the things about the World Series of Poker these days is that there are a lot of "throwaway" no-limit hold'em events. With buy-ins in the range of $1,000 to $2,000 most of the time, these events are mostly just added in for added profit because there's such a demand for them. While it makes sense financially, some people have complained that this has effectively turned it into the "World Series of Hold'em." In 2015, however, they've been much better about adding non-hold'em events to address these complaints.

    Related News

    • Yggdrasil launches nitro circus slot with bmx event

      Gambling News

      Yggdrasil Launches Nitro Circus Slot With BMX EventJesse Eddleman12 September 2018

      The latest Yggdrasil slot release has come recently in the form of Nitro Circus. This BMX-themed game was launched with a big event recently in Malta that helped to mark off the launch of their first branded slot, and that comes along with the territory since Nitro Circus is the biggest brand for these types of extreme sports in the world. Details on the Event

      Read full article
    • Affiliate grand slam event  coming to kiev %281%29

      Gambling News

      Affiliate Grand Slam Event Coming to KievJesse Eddleman03 July 2018

      The affiliate side of the online gambling industry has a number of events from all over the globe that bring together people from everywhere who love promoting the newest casinos as well as proven favorites. One of these upcoming events is the Affiliate Grand Slam, and it's been announced that it will be coming to Kiev, Ukraine, this time around. Why Ukraine?

      Read full article
    • Intertops casino runs  150000 dream city competition

      Casino Bonus Promotions

      Intertops Casino Runs $150,000 Dream City CompetitionJesse Eddleman28 April 2018

      Intertops Casino is known for giving players a lot of big promotions and special offers that come down the pipe on a regular basis. They've done it again with their big $150,000 Dream City Bonus Competition that's running for five weeks leading up to May 28, 2018. It's a pretty big deal because it'll be giving players six figures worth of goodies one week at a time. How to Qualify for This Event Whenever you play any of their real money games, you'll earn frequent player points on that play.

      Read full article