First Japanese WSOP Bracelet winner in 43-year history
Naoya Kihara has become the first Japanese WSOP bracelet winner in the 43-year history of the Series.
Kihara had played in seven WSOP events before, including the 2011 main event where he finished 653rd for $19,359, but this was by far his best career win. The 30-year-old beat the 419-strong field to win WSOP Event 34, the $5,000, six-handed pot-limit Omaha, earning himself $512,029 and securing his place in poker history.
Despite the bracelet win, Kihara suggested that Omaha was not one of his stronger games and insisted that he has more experience in Hold’em.
"I really got lucky, and lucky, and lucky again," said Kihara in typical Japanese honesty. "Every flip I won, so because of that, I ran so nice. And then I got the bracelet."