Akira ‘Clutch_Hero’ Ohyama clinches 888poker Major Double

Sunday majors see Ohyama cement his online credentials

Akira Ohyama - Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars
Akira Ohyama – Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars

Akira ‘Clutch_Hero’ Ohyama is one of several talented players who have been rising through the ranks of the poker world lately. On Sunday, Ohyama completed a major accomplishment which suggests he may be set to outshine his fellow Japanese pros. He already has $2 million in online earnings spread across PokerStars, Ongame and 888poker and on Sunday, he boosted his 888poker earnings considerably as he simultaneously won two majors on the site. The two tournaments in question were the $109 Sunday Lightning 6-max and the $320 Baby Whale. The field sizes were 167 and 203 respectively, and gave Ohyama cashes of $5,904 and $18,898.

Accomplishments mounting up

While his exploits on Sunday were something special, they certainly shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Each of his accounts, at PokerStars, Partypoker and Microgaming show strong consistent results, and he has previously picked up a $24,000 win on 888Poker two years ago. That doesn’t come close to his largest ever online score though, which is $63,000, earned for his 12th place finish in the WCOOP Main Event two years ago. PocketFives shows that Ohyama hit $2 million in online profits in 2015, and he continues to prove his quality on the virtual felt each week. His total profits for PartyPoker MTTs stands at $60,352 and his PokerStars account shows $373,941 profits according to Sharkscope.

Early beginnings

Akira ‘Clutch_Hero’ Ohyama began his online journey in 2009, by grinding SnG’s and heads up cash, slowly building his $50 investment up to $20,000. As with most poker pros living in the U.S though, Black Friday turned everything on its head for Ohyama. He was forced to relocate, opting for his home country of Japan, where he later gained greater recognition as an online pro and was signed by 888Poker in 2015. Japan currently prohibits live casinos, meaning that Ohyama had to travel when he started taking a keen interest in live tournaments more recently.

His significant live cashes so far include a 1st place on the WSOP Circuit back in 2011 for $29,843, 4th in an ACOP Knockout event for $15,991 in 2013, 2nd place in the same event the following year for $23,964 and 7th in the ACOP Warm-Up event last year for $32,042. Ohyama has been adding more events to his live schedule in recent years, which means we shouldn’t be surprised if he takes down a major live title before much longer.

Article by Craig Bradsaw


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