Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em

Event Info

Players 660
Jugadores vivos 660
Media de puntos 7,500
Puntos Totales 4,950,000
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Día 3 completado

Kakon Wins Event #11 for First Bracelet

William Kakon
William Kakon

You don't have to worry about William Kakon much if you find him at your table early in a tournament, but be on guard if you happen to be facing him later on.

Kakon has taken down five of the 14 final tables he's reached in a live tournament career that's seen him that's seen him amass more than $833,000 in tournament winnings. His most recent and relevant score is the $196,055 he just banked for topping a field of 660 in Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em. He said his excellent final table record is tied to a busy work schedule in the real estate industry that keeps him mostly away from tournament poker.

"I don't really play many tournaments because I don't have time," he said. "Very often, I register for a tournament and I'm like, 'I don't have time for this,' so I just throw my chips. Whenever I get deep, I'm really trying to win it. When I get close to the money, I really focus, and my game is totally different."

A final table that included Shannon Shorr (fifth), Kevin Song (sixth), Brandon Cantu (seventh), and Alexander Kostritsyn (ninth) is no cakewalk for anyone, much less a recreational player like Kakon, who hasn't been a limit regular for some time.

"I'm very familiar with the game," the Morocco-born, Paris-raised, Miami resident said. "I used to play cash a little, but but I stopped five or six years ago because the games are hard to find."

When Kakon's {q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} topped second-place Daniel Needleman's {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} by flopping a jack on the final hand of the tournament, an elated Kakon jumped into the arms of a friend on the rail in celebration.

Final Table Payouts

1William Kakon$196,055
2Daniel Needleman$121,051
3Mike Lancaster$78,693
4Bryan Pimlott$57,799
5Shannon Shorr$43,053
6Kevin Song$32,485
7Brandon Cantu$24,796
8Hector Contreras$19,138
9Alexander Kostritsyn$14,924
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
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