Japanese YouTuber/Poker Pro Masato Yokosawa Bounces Back From the Final Table Short Stack to Win Event 20

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 20
$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  177
Prize Pool:  $177,000
Bounty Prize Pool:  $88,500
Aug 1-2, 2021

Masato Yokosawa
Masato Yokosawa

When the nine-handed final table started in Event 20 ($1,700 Purple Chip Bounty), Masato Yokosawa was the short stack with just six big blinds. But he fought his way back, refused to discuss any deals, and won the event outright to earn $44,925.

This is Yokosawa’s first visit to Seminole Hard Rock. He arrived on Sunday, and this was the first tournament he entered — and now he has his first SHRPO trophy.

“I was running so good,” said Yokosawa after his victory. “I think I played well, but I was too lucky.”

However, Yokosawa started the day with some bad luck, losing a very big pot when he made a straight, but his opponent made a higher straight.

That led to Yokosawa being the short stack when the final table began. But he picked his spots well, and scored a couple of double-ups to rebuild his stack. Yokosawa praised the structure for allowing him to make his comeback.

“This is a very good tournament,” said Yokosawa. “The structure was very good. I always play cash games, so I have confidence to play short-handed and deep.”

“I had a lot of strong hands — aces, kings, ace-king suited,” said Yokosawa. “The biggest one was the kings.”

With three players remaining, Yokosawa raised, Kyrylo Kobzyev reraised, and Igor Tretyakov four-bet all in from the big blind with AhKs. Yokosawa called with his KhKc, and it held up for Yokosawa to double into a big chip lead that he carried to victory.

“It was a cooler,” said Yokosawa. “So it was totally lucky.”

Yokosawa is Japanese, and he has a popular YouTube channel with nearly 600,000 subscribers who watch him as he travels and plays poker. He has dozens of videos that have surpassed a million views each.

Yokosawa’s channel is in Japanese, but he is ready to branch out, and the first step is providing translated captions for all of his videos — past, present, and future.

“I’m making English subtitles for my channel,” said Yokosawa. “I’m trying to publish my videos for everyone all over the world. I wish for my channel to be worldwide.”

Expect one of Yokosawa’s upcoming videos to cover his first visit to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and his first victory here at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.


Final Table Results:

1st:  Masato Yokosawa  –  $44,925 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  Kyrylo Kobzyev  –  $29,975
3rd:  Igor Tretyakov  –  $18,145
4th:  Scott Baumstein  –  $11,035
5th:  Josh Reichard  –  $8,525
6th:  Artem Metalidi  –  $7,065
7th:  George Ruby  –  $6,020
8th:  Elvis Toomas  –  $5,285
9th:  Chad Gallimore  –  $4,590

Event 20: Masato Yokosawa Wins! ($44,925); Kyrylo Kobzyev Eliminated in 2nd Place ($29,975)

$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 177

Masato Yokosawa
Masato Yokosawa

Masato Yokosawa raised to 55,000 from the button and Kyrylo Kobzyev defended from the big blind.

The flop was 4h3s7c and Kobzyev check-called 35,000 from Yokosawa.

The turn was the 3h and Kobzyev check-called 205,000 from Yokosawa.

The river was the 9d, Kobzyev checked, Yokosawa shoved for effectively 665,000 and Kobzyev thought it over for about 30 seconds before he called all in.

Yokosawa tabled 6s5s for a seven-high straight, besting Kobzyev’s holdings to win Event 20 outright for $44,925.

Kyrylo Kobzyev finished runner-up for $29,975.

Kyrylo Kobzyev
Kyrylo Kobzyev

Event 20: Igor Tretyakov – 3rd Place ($18,145)

$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 177

Igor Tretyakov
Igor Tretyakov

Igor Tretyakov moved all in from the button for 475,000, and Kyrylo Kobzyev called all in from the big blind for 345,000 with Ac9s. Tretyakov turned over As3s, and Kobzyev needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came QhJd4s5s8d, and Kobzyev won the pot with his nine kicker to double up in chips.

Kyrylo Kobzyev  –  730,000  (29 bb)
Igor Tretyakov  –  130,000  (5 bb)

The next hand, Masato Yokosawa raised from the button to 50,000, Igor Tretyakov moved all in from the big blind for 105,000, and Yokosawa called with Kc7c. Tretyakov turned over Js10s, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Kd8h5cAd2d — Tretyakov turned a gutshot straight draw, but improved no further. Yokosawa won the pot with a flopped pair of kings to eliminate Tretyakov in third place.

Igor Tretyakov  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($18,145)

Masato Yokosawa vs Kyrylo Kobzyev
Masato Yokosawa (left) vs. Kyrylo Kobzyev (right)

Here are the updated chip counts for the start of heads-up play, followed by the remaining payouts:

Masato Yokosawa  –  2,825,000  (113 bb)
Kyrylo Kobzyev  –  715,000  (29 bb)

1st:  $44,925 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  $29,975

Event 20: Masato Yokosawa Holds a Massive Lead at the Break

$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 177

Masato Yokosawa
Chipleader Masato Yokosawa has 73.7% of all the chips in play.

The final three players return from break to begin Level 23, with increased blinds of 15,000-25,000 with a big blind ante of 25,000.

Here are the official chip counts from the table, followed by the remaining payouts at stake:

Seat 1.  Igor Tretyakov  –  430,000  (17 bb)
Seat 2.  Masato Yokosawa  –  2,610,000  (104 bb)
Seat 3.  Kyrylo Kobzyev  –  500,000  (20 bb)

1st:  $44,925 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  $29,975
3rd:  $18,145

With three players remaining from a field of 177, the average chip stack is about 1,180,000 (47 big blinds). The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $18,145 each.

Event 20: Igor Tretyakov Lost Some Chips, Then Got Some Back

$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 177

Igor Tretyakov
Igor Tretyakov

Igor Tretyakov raised from the button to 45,000, and Masato Yokosawa called from the small blind.

The flop came Js10h5s, Yokosawa checked, Tretyakov bet 65,000, and Yokosawa called.

The turn card was the 6h, Yokosawa checked, Tretyakov bet 135,000, and Yokosawa check-raised all in. Tretyakov folded, and Yokosawa took the pot.

Masato Yokosawa  –  2,585,000  (129 bb)
Igor Tretyakov  –  251,000  (13 bb)

A short while later, Kyrylo Kobzyev raised from the button to 50,000, Igor Tretyakov moved all in from the small blind for 231,000, and Kobzyev called with 2d2c. Tretyakov turned over Ah8s, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Qc3h3dQdAd, and Tretyakov paired his ace on the river to win the pot and double up in chips.

Igor Tretyakov  –  502,000  (25 bb)
Kyrylo Kobzyev  –  460,000  (23 bb)

With three players remaining from a field of 177, the average chip stack is about 1,180,000 (59 big blinds). The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $18,145 each.