World Series of Poker Online 2021 is well underway, with Event #5: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship taking place on October 24th. Natural8 player Kazuki “8809” Ikeuchi emerged victorious here, topping an 854-entry field to claim a coveted WSOP gold bracelet and $152,797 prize.
Kazuki hails from Tokyo, Japan, and started playing poker from as early as 2007, when he cashed in 16th place in the WSOP Las Vegas $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em event. Since then, he has gone on to rack up wins not only in the US, but also in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Macau.
Kazuki currently has 42 WSOP cashes to his name, of which 22 were earned online. This bracelet, however, is his first. This Japanese pro and grinder previously came close when he finished 2nd (for $830,783) out of 8,809 entries in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Millionaire Maker event back in 2019.
The year before, Kazuki and his two partners, Hiroki Iwata and Sho Mori, again finished 2nd (for $36,202) in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Tag Team event. This year, however, he finished strong by topping Event #5 and defeating some of the best players in the game, including Daniel “DNegs” Negreanu (96th place for $1,614) and David “dwpoker” Williams (70th place for $1,998).
This latest result is also his 11th WSOP Online cash of the year, with another three in the previous fortnight alone at the Rio Convention Center. He also came close last month after finishing runner-up to Arnaud Enselme in the WSOP Online $500 No Limit Hold’em – The Closer event for $270,127.
Kazuki “8809” Ikeuchi joins Natural8 ambassador Pete Chen – who took down Event #3 $400 NLH Ultra Deepstack for $82,560 – as one of the players to win online bracelets at this live WSOP 2021. His latest win bumps his career earnings to more than $1.2 million, and he now ranks 6th on The Hendon Mob’s All Time Money List for Japan.
Congratulations to Kazuki, and we wish him all the best!
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