Tetsuya Tsuchikawa Too Tough to Scalp
With the sun already on the rise, it was an early morning breakfast trophy for Japanese pro Tetsuya Tsuchikawa after overcoming a field of 95 players at the Head Hunter event to scoop up the $10,290 first place cash prize. Tsuchikawa also earned an additional $600 for six bounties under his belt.
Tsuchikawa is one of the most well-recognized and active players in the Asian circuit. In addition to his many career titles, he won his biggest career pot when he won the first-ever WPT National Philippines Main Event back in 2014. Tsuchikawa had four titles last year, one of which was the PokerStars Live Manila Megastack 4 Main Event last month. Tsuchikawa is the fourth Japanese player to claim a trophy at the WPT National Philippines poker festival.
One more trophy for Tetsuya Tsuchikawa
Linh Tran Wins the High Roller event
Vietnamese player Linh Tran faced one of the toughest fields at the WPT National Philippines with many top poker pros in attendance at the High Roller Event. With a roster consisting of players who participated in the Triton Super High Roller Series such as Dominic Nitsche, Philip Gruissem, Brian Rast, Devan Tang, and Winfred Yu, Linh Tran had his work cut out for him. With 11 entries coughing up the $5,400 entry fee, the pot grew to $53,630 with first place awarded $32,000.
The event ran for a scheduled two days. When the event was down to four players, Tran was on a roll with approximately half of the total chips in play in his arsenal. He proceeded to eliminate Rast and Gruissem to face Norway's Henrik Tollefsen at heads up. Despite his overwhelming lead, Tran had difficulty closing it out quick, but he eventually did with his ace-queen taking him to the finish line in first place.