Jason Koon Misses Second Bracelet as Masashi Oya Wins WSOP Paradise $100K Event
In the Bahamas, the name of the main champion has already become known in the WSOP Paradise series, and almost simultaneously the winner in the prestigious expensive event Ultra High Roller Championship with a buy-in of 100,000 dollars has been determined. It was Japanese player Masashi Oya, who received the $2,940,000 top prize and a precious gold bracelet.
Spanning three action-packed days, the tournament attracted a field of 111 entries, generating a massive prize pool of $11,100,000. Oya, who started the final day as the chip leader, maintained his dominant position throughout the event.
The final table was an array of elite high roller regulars, featuring several bracelet winners. However, the journey to the top was not without its twists. The table saw the departure of its most accomplished player, four-time WSOP bracelet winner Nick Schulman, in fifth place.
Oya's path to victory saw him outlast a lineup of poker's finest, including Danny Tang (8th), Ben Heath (7th), Ivan Luca (6th), Nick Schulman (5th), Leon Sturm (3rd).
A head-to-head showdown between renowned GGPoker ambassador Jason Koon and Masashi Oya was intense but brief. Koon's attempt to secure his second bracelet was cut short when he went all-in against Oya's river bet. The reveal was sad for Jason: his nine-high straight was outdone by Oya's ten-high straight.
That’s how Koon’s quest for another bracelet triumph ended. Despite missing out on the trophy, Koon's performance at the WSOP Paradise has elevated him to eighth place in the Player of the Year rankings. His remarkable 2023 track record now includes 17 final tables and six titles, underscoring his status as a formidable force in the world of poker.