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(Japan Times)   Tokyo pro gambler uses his experience in shogi and backgammon to win a 2012 World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas, hopes to become ambassador of poker in Japan   (japantimes.co.jp) divider line 23
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2012-06-24 10:54:20 PM  
That headline doesn't even make any sense.

Shogi is a chess game and Backgamon is dice with simple strategy. You can wear your heart on your sleeve in a dice game, and still walk away with the big money.

Also, the big gambling games in Tokyo are Majong and Pachinko. I've never seen anyone playing Backgamon and never a Japanese playing poker.

What the dude did do is play poker online for ages. That's the real story, subby.
 
2012-06-24 10:57:14 PM  
Spoiler that crap, Subby.
 
2012-06-24 11:01:44 PM  
collected $512,029, or about ¥41 million, in prize money and was awarded the WSOP gold bracelet. A total of 419 players from more than 25 countries participated in the competition, the website said.


Not the main event
 
2012-06-24 11:16:33 PM  
In Vegas can you bet on tournament-poker players?
 
2012-06-24 11:58:10 PM  
He IS real...O.O

i279.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-25 02:15:12 AM  

sweetpeteman: collected $512,029, or about ¥41 million, in prize money and was awarded the WSOP gold bracelet. A total of 419 players from more than 25 countries participated in the competition, the website said.


Not the main event


I was wondering, because 400 is tiny.
 
2012-06-25 02:33:50 AM  

namatad: sweetpeteman: collected $512,029, or about ¥41 million, in prize money and was awarded the WSOP gold bracelet. A total of 419 players from more than 25 countries participated in the competition, the website said.


Not the main event

I was wondering, because 400 is tiny.


It was a Omaha tournament the guy didn't even know how to play, just lucked it up
 
2012-06-25 02:45:46 AM  
Link

The fellow won an event at the WSOP, while quite an accomplishment, its not the same as "winning the WSOP" main event as the article implies. I hope that he does well in Japan, they have already forgotten his name here.

namatad: I was wondering, because 400 is tiny.


Pot limit omaha is a very specialized game and is not widely played.
 
2012-06-25 07:05:35 AM  

violentsalvation: In Vegas can you bet on tournament-poker players?


Yes, yes you can.
 
2012-06-25 07:59:10 AM  

Captain Steroid: He IS real...O.O

[i279.photobucket.com image 300x400]


That wouldn't be the gateway card game I was looking for...

/...I'm betting he logged plenty of hours of Magic: The Gathering in Tokyo...
//...It's not even special anymore when a Magic player wins a bracelet, they've won enough of 'em.
 
2012-06-25 08:50:30 AM  

Captain Steroid: He IS real...O.O

[i279.photobucket.com image 300x400]


P1: "I have a full house"
P2: "Well I have a Blue Eyes White Dragon"
P1: "... dammit."
 
2012-06-25 08:51:28 AM  
He is the most efficient poker player in the world!
 
2012-06-25 09:10:56 AM  
Great, another Asian dominating a major sport.
 
2012-06-25 10:04:16 AM  
smells_like_meat:
Pot limit omaha is a very specialized game and is not widely played.

And that's the problem with America in a nutshell. Omaha is a great game.
 
2012-06-25 10:15:57 AM  

Komplex: smells_like_meat:
Pot limit omaha is a very specialized game and is not widely played.

And that's the problem with America in a nutshell. Omaha is a great game.


...if you have OCD. "I need EXACTLY 2 cards from my hand and EXACTLY 3 cards from the table, or else GRANDMA'S HOUSE CATCHES FIRE AND THE KIDS ALL GET DENGUE FEVER AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!"

And don't get me started on Hi-Lo Omaha. That and Limit games can go sark a fark.
 
2012-06-25 10:24:59 AM  

doglover: and never a Japanese playing poker.


Plenty of Japanese poker players about. There's even a league (AJPC). I'll be playing in a tournament in Osaka next month and I'll probably be the only foreigner there.

One reason it's not popular or very well known is that there are no official cash games or cash-prize tournaments. What I can win, though, is a trip to a major tournament somewhere else, like Macau.

Bloody gambling laws! Hehe.
 
2012-06-25 11:54:03 AM  
This isn't that big of a deal. I mean... Norman Chad made a farking WSOP final table yesterday.
 
2012-06-25 12:07:41 PM  

desertgeek: This isn't that big of a deal. I mean... Norman Chad made a farking WSOP final table yesterday.


I wish it was in an event they planned to televise. Having him do commentary on his own play has great comedic potential.
 
2012-06-25 08:54:49 PM  

desertgeek: This isn't that big of a deal. I mean... Norman Chad made a farking WSOP final table yesterday.


He's actually a pretty decent Stud and Stud 8 player.
 
2012-06-25 09:31:27 PM  

bigpeeler: Spoiler that crap, Subby.


WTF subby? You fark!
 
2012-06-26 01:46:00 AM  
Article writer either is a bad journalist or a troll. As i stated aove, this was a small event and not "The" event. Good for him but not going to prope him to worldwide fame.

Incidentally i busted out of the $1500 NLHE event on Saturday during level 3 with KK all in preflop against AA.
 
2012-06-26 02:05:40 AM  

king of vegas: Article writer either is a bad journalist or a troll. As i stated aove, this was a small event and not "The" event. Good for him but not going to prope him to worldwide fame.

Incidentally i busted out of the $1500 NLHE event on Saturday during level 3 with KK all in preflop against AA.


Was listening to a WSOP final table stream earlier and the poker pro helping on commentary said he busted out of an event a few minutes prior bluffing off all of his chips on the 1st hand he was dealt. I instantly disregarded anything he said after that point, the dumbfark.
 
2012-06-26 02:11:43 AM  

10000 Marbles: desertgeek: This isn't that big of a deal. I mean... Norman Chad made a farking WSOP final table yesterday.

He's actually a pretty decent Stud and Stud 8 player.


Oh, I know that now. And it was a Stud 8/Omaha 8 event.

/I was being a bit sarcastic with my original comment anyway
//To be fair, he called it a sign that the Mayans may be right
 
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