Last Updated on April 26, 2024

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After kicking off his poker career in 2020 at the Japan Open Poker Tour, Japanese player Yuta Takazawa gained impressive momentum on the felt in 2023. He commenced his 2023 run with a 1st-place win at the 2023 WPL X KSOP Live Series in Seoul, bagging KRW 17,000,000 (USD 13,026) in prize money.

Takazawa’s next 1st-place win came during the Ace Poker League in Seoul, where he dominated the No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. He achieved a career-high of KRW 350,600,000 in winnings (USD 258,915) and became the second non-Korean to claim a major APL title on Korean soil. 

The Japanese player began his 2024 run on a high, placing 1st in the No-Limit Hold’em Main Event at the 2024 WPL X KSOP Live Series third season, enjoying a prize pot of KRW 270,000,000 (USD 205,567). 

Takazawa is inching his way up the Japan All-Time Money List at 30th place, and has nearly USD 500,000 in live earnings.

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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