Fan, Cheung, Kihara, and other Asian players at the WSOP 2016

Winning a WSOP bracelet is without a doubt what every poker player dreams of. Every year, thousands of players make the trek to Las Vegas in pursuit of that dream. But with only a limited amount of bracelets awarded, the next best consolation is going deep and making a profit. At the ongoing WSOP 2016, many players from the Asian region were present and though none of them have strapped the gold, there are some who have raked it in with multiple cashes in several events.

Terry Fan with six cashes

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Terry Fan (Photo Facebook)

Taiwanese poker pro Terry Fan made his annual pilgrimage to the WSOP once again. Fan has been frequenting the WSOP ever since he turned pro, and with last year’s impressive performance of six cash outs, he earned the WSOP 2015 Asia Player of the Year title. At this year’s ongoing festival, Fan has matched his previous stats by cashing in yet another six events with his deepest run at the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) event finishing 6th out of 1,397 entries. Fan pocketed $38,452 in that tournament alone which is his largest intake at the festival so far.

Over 100 ITM’s for Park Yu Cheung aka Sparrow

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Sparrow Cheung – APPT Macau 2016 (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)

Hong Kong pro Park Yu Cheung aka Sparrow is also doing well at the WSOP 2016 having already visited the cage seven times for a payout. Although his profit for each of those events is just slightly above the buy-in, this is still a highly remarkable feat for Sparrow as it is the highest number of ITMs he has reached at any WSOP festival that he has attended. Sparrow also participated in the MSPT Deep Stack Extravaganza III $1,100 No Limit Hold’em event at the Venetian, finishing 4th out of 95 entries. He earned $9,025 in winnings. With all these deep runs, Sparrow has now profited in over 100 recorded events (according to Hendon Mob) throughout his poker career.

Naoya Kihara mixes it up for nine payouts

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Naoya Kihara (Photo PokerStars)

Out of all the Asian players at the WSOP 2016, one player with the strongest portfolio for a WSOP bracelet this year is Japanese poker pro Naoya Kihara. If successful, it will be his second. Kihara won his first bracelet back in WSOP 2012 where he shipped in his largest career winnings of $512,029 at the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. What truly sets Kihara apart from a majority of Asian players is his extensive knowledge and depth of skill in a variety of poker games. While most Asians play the No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha events, Kihara is able to participate in practically every type of game in the festival, especially the mixed events, and excel in all of them. At the ongoing festival, Kihara boasts of nine payouts which include a 19th place finish at the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event and a 21st place finish at the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. Throughout his poker career, Kihara has continued to perform well both live and online, consistently posting great results year after year.

Another Japanese player who has earned some good pay at the WSOP 2016 is Takuya Suzuki. Suzuki has already collected some dough in two events with his highest of $56,044 earned at the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em after finishing up in 7th place. Chinese poker pro Yang Zhang also found success in two events with a deep finish of 8th out of 6,761 entries at the $888 No Limit Hold’em Crazy Eights 8-Handed event. He earned $74,888 for that event.

With just over one week left at the 47th WSOP 2016, many players are still battling it out at the felt in hopes of securing themselves a coveted bracelet on the remaining events. So stay updated here at Somuchpoker for more upcoming WSOP 2016 results.

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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