|Apr 2, 2018||
No Limit Hold'em - Six Handed Turbo w/ Antes (Event #17)
Mike Takayama was born in the Philippines, and came from humble beginnings. He was a professional pool player until poker captured his attention. Early in his career, in his early 20s, he impressed the local community with his performance in an invitational event where he placed first and won a brand new BMW car. Since then, Takayama has become one of the most formidable players in the Philippine poker scene and one of the most consistent ITM finishers in Asia.
His first recorded ITM finish was March 2010 less than a year after he had learned to play. It happened at the The Poker Circuit: Plugged In, a local event of the Asian Poker Tour (APT), for a measly USD$175. At the time, he seemed to fare better against the locals than against an international field. He was earning more locally as compared to his consistent albeit paltry cashes as evidenced by his recorded performance from the years 2010-2013. But by 2014, Takayama started to shine even against players from all over the world. In July 2014, he claimed 6th place in an Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Main Event, taking home his first five figure score of USD$11,733. That summer, the floodgates opened for Takayama, whose determination was finally paying off. He took just over USD$15,000 for winning a Holdem 6 max event at the Macau Poker Cup, before taking 1st place in the APT Manila Main Event in September 2014. This fantastic result saw Takayama add USD$79,041 to his list of career cashes. After this victory, however, Takayama once again fell into the 4-figure finishes despite making it In-the Money almost every month. In August of 2016, he placed 4th at the APPT Manila Main Event for USD$34,420.
His most significant victory, so far, happened in May 2017 where he stood triumphant as the winner of the APT Manila Main Event for USD$105,530, his biggest cash prize to date. He joined an exclusive group of players with two APT Main Event titles under their belt. To close out his 2017 year, Takayama maintained his GPI Philippines #1 ranking which he has held for the past two years.
Mike Takayama has consistently added small scores to his bankroll and continues to work hard on the Asian tours each year. To kick off 2018, he finished 2nd at the Baby Dragon tournament of the Macau Poker Cup 28. He earned roughly around US$96,000 to move him up one notch to 3rd position in the Philippines All Time Money List. He now has accumulated over US$540,000 in live tournament earnings.
Read more about this player on Somuchpoker :
- February 5, 2017: MPC 28 Early Highlights: China ruling the charts; Siyou Cao wins Baby Dragon, Mike Takayama runner-up
- May 4, 2017: Filipino pro Mike Takayama wins his second APT Main Event title
- December 27, 2017: Who are the most consistent ITM finishers in Asia?
- June 28, 2016: Mike Takayama: The Iconic Enigma of Philippine poker
- January 20, 2015: Tournaments in Asia: 13 Month Bonus at Solaire, Megastack Results, APT Cebu Schedule