The Season 21 Grand Ultimate of the Japan Open Poker Excursion (JOPT) happened in January and set a brand new attendance file for the JOPT. Some 1,128 avid gamers had purchased in by the point past due registration slammed close, blowing the former file of 818 entries, set by means of last season’s JOPT Grand Final, out of the water.
Tournaments a part of the JOPT Grand Ultimate’s agenda got here with mixed prize swimming pools of ¥100 million ($865,200) with a fab ¥15 million ($129,700) paid out by means of the principle tournament on my own. Avid gamers flocked to the Takeshiba Port Corridor to compete within the JOPT Grand Ultimate now not just for the really extensive prize cash presented however since the Primary Tournament champion additionally receives a sponsorship bundle, opening the door to a pro poker profession.
GGPoker sponsors the JOPT such a lot of JOPT champions have used GGPoker’s reference to the Global Sequence of Poker (WSOP) to make use of their sponsorship prize in WSOP occasions, gratifying their poker goals within the procedure. Avid gamers can qualify for JOPT occasions in venues throughout Japan or on-line at GGPoker.
This yr’s largest champion was once Masao Araki who defeated Maaku Tanaka heads-up to safe the identify, the winner’s trophy, and the be offering of a sponsorship contract price ¥4,500,000 ($38,950). There could have been a case of novice’s success relating to Araki as a result of he published in a post-tournament interview that he simplest began enjoying poker one month in the past. Success or now not, Araki will get to name himself a JOPT champion and can constitute the excursion together with his sponsorship bundle.
It was once now not simplest the Season 21 JOPT Grand Ultimate Primary Tournament that drew in a large crowd since the collection as an entire was once a roaring good fortune. Greater than 6,000 avid gamers battled it out on the poker tables around the scheduled occasions, and the fields had been frequented by means of some Eastern celebrities.
Well-liked manga artists Antony Matenro and Yashiro Azuki had been in attendance. As had been YouTubers “Pyokotan” and Usatani Paisen, GGPoker Ambassador “Nanachara” a backgammon specialist Akiko Yazawa who gained the Las Vegas Open Championship two years in a row.
The following JOPT tournament is scheduled for April 28 through May 5. Once more, it takes position on the Tokyo Takeshiba Port Corridor and sees a number of new tournaments added to the aspect occasions agenda. Those come with a “Knockout Legends” event and a “Colossus” which takes inspiration from the WSOP tournament bearing the similar title.
In fact, all eyes will probably be at the Primary Tournament. It has the possible to overcome the attendance file set for the Season 21 Grand Ultimate as a result of along with Day 1s happening in Tokyo, avid gamers can input a Day 1 in each Osaka and Nagoya. The Eastern poker neighborhood can’t look forward to the following leg of the JOPT to start out.