Shingo Endo wins WPT Japan 2018 – the first stop in WPT Asia Swing

WPT Japan came to an end just a few days ago on September 17th in Tokyo at Bane Bagus Shibuya Poker Club. This was the first stop of a 20-day period called “Asia Swing” – a succession of events taking place beneath the WPT banner in different Asian countries, providing all players with the perfect opportunity to visit Asia.

WPT Japan Main Event took place from September 15th – 17th, featuring a buy-in of JPY 31,000 (~US$276). Three starting flights were held in Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo (Shibuya) prior to Day 1D. Shingo Endo emerged as the champion after defeating a field of 322 entries. Since cash prizes are prohibited in Japan, players received their rewards in the form of WPT Passport credit which can be used for future WPT events.

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Shingo Endo – Photo WPT

Main Event Final Results

1st: Shingo Endo –  $13,000 WPT Passport credit
2nd: Taro Kimura – $7,000 WPT Passport credit
3rd: Gillian Kelec $3,000 WPT Passport credit
4th: Katsumo Yabuuchi – $3,000 WPT Passport credit
5th:  Jota Kise – $2,000 WPT Passport credit
6th: Furukawa Yuichi – $2,000 WPT Passport credit
7th: Hong Hyunil – $1,000 WPT Passport credit
8th: Fukusawa Takeshi – $1,000 WPT Passport credit
9th: Daicho Ryo – $1,000 WPT Passport credit

WPT Japan also offered a starting flight to WPT Korea’s Main Event . The following four players made it to Day 2 and will bring these stacks with them to Korea:

1st: Harada Yuichiro – 525,000
2nd: Nakanishi Hirotaka – 293,000
3rd: Yokosawa Masato –  227,000
4th: Arai Masatoshi – 125,000

Key side events

WPT Japan also featured several side events, rewarding players with WPT Passport Credit. Below are the key winners:

WPT 250
Total Number of Entries: 64
Buy-in: JPY 25,000
Winner: Mochizuki Hiroyuki ($4,000 WPT Passport Credit)

WPT 150
Winner: Yabuuchi Nobuhiro ($4,000 WPT Passport Credit)
Total entries: 120
Buy-in: JPY 15,000