Japan's Yoshitaka Okawa Wins Macau Poker Cup

Japan's Yoshitaka Okawa Wins Macau Poker CupJapan’s Yoshitaka Okawa has just won the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon, after defeating a field of 532 players on his way to lifting the trophy, and collecting the HK$1.123 million (US$144,843) first place prize.
By the time the tournament held at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex reached its final table of eight, Yoshitaka Okawa was the chip leader with a substantial lead over his remaining opponents.
However, Okawa’s stack would soon grow to over half the chips in play after the first hand saw him battle the second biggest stack at the table. Hong Kong’s Shashank Rathi (K-4) decided to get involved in a massive pot against Okawa (Q-10), who eventually called his opponent’s bluff on a J-J-10-2-A board to eliminate the unfortunate Rathi in 8th.
China’s Zhenwu Wang would then proceed to knock-out France’s Oliver Duran in 7th place followed by Aussie Michael Marvanek in 6th, before Okawa (A-9) would join the fray once more to send US pro Kevin Zhang to the rail in 5th.
Continuing his assault, Yoshitaka Okawa (J-8) outdrew Homan Houshiar (A-Q) on a Q-2-10-5-9 board to send the Canadian to the rail in 4th, before his 3-3 made a straight against Finland’s Eemil Tuominen (K-K) to force heads-up against Zhenwu Wang.
At this stage, Okawa held a 3 to 1 advantage over his opponent and before long both Okawa (10-8) and Wang (8d-7d) were all-in on a 9d-5d-Qc flop. Unfortunately for Wang, the turn and river produced a Jc and 2h to relegate him to a runner-up finish, while Yoshitaka Okawa was crowned the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon Main Event champion.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1: Yoshitaka Okawa — $1,123,000 (€108,726)
2: Zhenwu Wang — $784,000 (€75,930)
3: Eemil Tuominen — $462,000 (€44,745)
4: Homan Houshiar — $353,000 (€34,188)
5: Kevin Zhang — $261,000 (€25,278)
6: Michael Marvanek — $209,000 (€20,241)
7: Oliver Duran — $170,000 (€16,464)
8: Shashank Rathi — $130,500 (€12,639)

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