The phlippine’s Mike Takayama, a 29 year old former billiards pro from Mandaluyong city, was recently named the 2018 Asia player of the Year (APOY), becoming the first Filipino to win the title. The race which ran from November 27, 2017 through August 12 of this year, awarded a $20,000 prize, which Takayama plans to invest in a billiards themed cafe.
“I feel very happy because winning the APOY is a dream” he told to the blog. “A lot of players also aspire to win this award. I hope they use me as an inspiration. There are a lot of excellent Filipino poker players who are still waiting for their big break. Just continue playing and you can also win like me”.
Road to the Title:
Takayama poker career started when he won a local invitational event for a Brand New BMW car. Since 2010, Takayama has amassed $936,583 in tournaments earnings, which puts him third on the philippines all time money list.
Takayama’s most notable score during the APOY race was topping a field of 2,065 entries to win the 2018 World Series of Poker Events. It was the first ever WSOP bracelet collected by a player from the philippines.
Takayama, who is a metro team pro, has already secured a seat in January’s PSPC after capturing a $30K platinum pass at the PokerStars Live Manila Super Series Season 5.