Kosei Ichinose

GPI Rank : 22387
GPI Nat. Rank : 167
Total Earnings : $655,796
GPI Score : 204,03
First Cash : 2006-11-21
Last Updated on June 7, 2020

Last Result

Date Country Place Prize
May 30, 2019 No Limit Hold'em - Dafabet Head Hunter (Event #3)
4 u20a91,575,000


Born in Japan, Kosei Ichinose has been a keen poker player for some time, but it took him a while to become a fully fledged pro in the live arena.

His first 3 live cashes were between 2006 and 2009, and the he only truly gained attention starting 2012. Before this time, Ichinose was honing his talents at the online tables, where he operated under the name ‘shinbunshi’ on PokerStars, and ‘shimbunshi’ on FullTilt. He had 10 recorded five figure online scores, and was the first Japanese player to reach Supernova Elite.  Because of this, PokerStars took notice and in January 2015 , they made him a member of Team Pro, making Ichinose the very first member from Japan.  Since then, his online name had changed to K. Ichinose.

Kosei’s first significant  live cash came at a side event in the Macau Poker Cup, where he won USD$24,812. Soon after, a 400th place at the WSOP Main Event followed, adding over USD$28,000 to his career cashes. March 2013 saw Ichinose register his biggest ever cash to date, when he won the APPT Seoul High Roller event for USD$46,918. He followed that result up with a 5th place at the Macau Poker Cup a month later, for over USD$25,000. He rounded the year off with 4th place at WPT Korea, for USD$28,500. February 2014 saw him take 1st place in the APT Cebu High Roller, which added a further USD$29,292 to his all time winnings.

Recently, true to his beginnings, Ichinose cashed online during PokerStars’ Sunday Million by placing 4th and bagging cash winnings of USD$81,000 after a deal was struck between the final 4 players.

Kosei Ichinose is widely respected as one of the best Japanese poker players to have arrived on the Asian poker scene over the last 5 years.

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