NAOYA KIHARA WPT L.A. POKER CLASSIC (TV + LIVE STREAM) PROFILE

Naoya Kihara

Naoya Kihara

Career Stats

Earnings $137,935
Cashes 2
Final Tables 0
Titles 0
Tournaments Played 2

Current Standings

Ranking
9th

Payout
$96,780

Points
500

Chipcount History

Day 1
48,025

Day 2
260,400

Day 3
299,000

Day 4
654,000

Day 6
9th

 

WPT L.A. Poker Classic, Day 5 Recap

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

By BJ Nemeth


Here's a look back at some of the highlights from Day 5 of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic as they played down from 18 players to the final six.

(Official seating and chip counts for the WPT Final Table are at the bottom of this photo recap.)


4166 David Tuthill Eliminated by Danny Fuhs
The hand pictured here -- pocket aces losing to queen-jack suited -- would be pivotal to the story of Day 5. This is just a teaser, as the details will be revealed later in this recap.


3473 Final Two Tables
The Royal Flush Girls check out the action at the start of the day, as two-thirds of these final 18 players would miss out on the WPT Final Table.


3577 Paul Klann
Paul Klann (pictured above) started the day second in chips, but had a very strong first level, adding nearly a million to his stack to take a big lead. Day 5 was a steady one for Klann, who was never very far from the top of the leaderboard.


3633 Paul Volpe vs Garrett Greer
In a blind-vs.-blind situation, Paul Volpe (left) and Garrett Greer (right) bet back and forth over a board of Kdiamond7heart2clubAclub8diamond. Volpe check-folded the river, claiming he had seven-deuce (two pair).

Greer then smiled and turned over 7club2spade as he pulled in the pot.


3668 Michael Squeaky Winnett All In vs Bruce Kramer
Michael "Squeaky" Winnett (standing, right) was just as hyper and talkative on Day 5 as he had been on previous days, and can't resist talking to anyone and everyone after moving all in preflop against Bruce Kramer (left). Kramer would eventually fold, giving Winnett the pot.


3433 Final Two Tables
WPT Camera Operator Jon Gay set up a tall tripod to get an overhead shot on one of the final two tables.


3744 Michael Squeaky Winnett Eliminated by Benjamin Zamani
Michael Winnett (right) three-bet all in with Aspade5diamond, but he ran into the dominating AclubJheart of Benjamin Zamani (left). Winnett turned a gutshot straight draw, but improved no further, and he was eliminated in 16th place, earning $49,630.


3788 Michael Squeaky Winnett Eliminated
Michael "Squeaky" Winnett may not have been a favorite among his fellow players in this event, but he received heartfelt congratulations from the Royal Flush Girls after his elimination. (And yes, he was still carrying his cardboard tablet of "Seven Poker Commandments" and his homemade book, "The Poker Bible.")


3813 Naoya Kihara vs Paul Volpe
With 15 players left and the board showing 8diamond5club4diamond3heart, Naoya Kihara (left) check-raised all in. Paul Volpe (right) would fold, forfeiting the pot to Kihara.

Though Kihara won this pot, he would eventually be eliminated in ninth place, earning $96,780.


3875 Alexander Venovski Eliminated by Paul Volpe
Alexander Venovski (right) was all in preflop with JdiamondJheart, and a favorite against the Aspade3spade of Paul Volpe (left). But an ace on the flop was all it took to end Venovski's tournament in 11th place, earning $70,970.


3934 Final 10 Players
After Venovski's elimination, the remaining 10 players combined to a single table. In seat order: (1) Bruce Kramer, (2) Garrett Greer, (3) Paul Klann, (4) Toby Lewis, (5) David Tuthill, (6) David Fong, (7) Jesse Yaginuma, (8) Naoya Kihara, (9) Danny Fuhs, and (10) Paul Volpe.


4122 David Tuthill Eliminated by Danny Fuhs
One of the key hands of the day was played between David Tuthill (center) and Danny Fuhs (foreground, right). With the board showing 10heart9heart5spade10club8heart on the river, Fuhs moved all in, and Tuthill tanked for a long time, saying, "I really want to die right now," and "You guys might want to go on break."

For his part, Fuhs seemed completely comfortable, eating some soup from a side table while Tuthill was clearly conflicted. (Continued in the next photo.)


4149 David Tuthill Eliminated by Danny Fuhs
Eventually, somebody called the clock on David Tuthill (left), and about 10 seconds later, he called. Danny Fuhs (right) turned over QclubJclub to win the pot with a queen-high straight. Tuthill mucked as he was eliminated in eighth place, but since it was an all-in situation, the dealer revealed his cards to the table.

Tuthill had AclubAheart.


3603 Garrett Greer
Garrett Greer (pictured above) was the unfortunate person who busted on the TV bubble. Greer three-bet all in from the small blind with AdiamondKspade, but he lost a race against Paul Volpe's 9club9diamond. Greer earned $161,300 for his seventh-place finish.


3550 Paul Volpe
Winning the last hand of the night helped cement Paul Volpe (pictured above) as the chipleader, heading into the televised WPT Final Table with nearly 4.2 million in chips.



Here are the official chip counts for the televised WPT Final Table:

Seat 1.  Paul Klann  -  3,375,000  (67 bb)
Seat 2.  Toby Lewis  -  1,125,000  (22 bb)
Seat 3.  David Fong  -  2,295,000  (45 bb)
Seat 4.  Jesse Yaginuma  -  1,235,000  (24 bb)
Seat 5.  Danny Fuhs  -  3,280,000  (65 bb)
Seat 6.  Paul Volpe  -  4,195,000  (83 bb)

The televised WPT Final Table begins Thursday at 4:00 pm PT. Return to WPT.com for complete hand-for-hand coverage, along with updated chip counts after each hand.

You should also check out the WPT Live Stream, which provides all the action (including hole cards and expert commentary) on a 30-minute delay.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Paul Klann, Toby Lewis, David Fong, Jesse Yaginuma, Danny Fuhs, Paul Volpe, Garrett Greer, David Tuthill, Naoya Kihara, Bruce Kramer, Alexander Venovski, Benjamin Zamani, Michael Winnett, Royal Flush Girls, Commerce Casino, Season XI, L.A. Poker Classic
11:51 PM, 02/27/13

Hand #37: Naoya Kihara Out in 9th Place ($96,780)

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

3518 Naoya Kihara
Hand #37  -  Paul Klann min-raises UTG+1 to 80,000, Naoya Kihara (pictured above) moves all in from the button for 690,000, and Klann calls with AclubKspade. Kihara turns over 9heart9spade, and he'll need it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes KclubJdiamond8heart5heartAdiamond, and Klann wins the pot with two pair, aces and kings, to eliminate Naoya Kihara in ninth place.

Paul Klann  -  3,010,000  (75 bb)
Naoya Kihara  -  Out in 9th Place  ($96,780)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Naoya Kihara, Paul Klann, Commerce Casino, Season XI, L.A. Poker Classic
06:07 PM, 02/27/13

Jeremy Ausmus Doubles Thru Naoya Kihara

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Naoya Kihara raises UTG+1 to 52,000, Jeremy Ausmus moves all in from middle position for 338,000, and Kihara tanks for a while before he calls with KclubJheart. Ausmus turns over AdiamondQclub, and he'll need it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes 8spade5spade2diamond7club8diamond, and Ausmus wins the pot with his ace to double up in chips.

Jeremy Ausmus  -  844,000  (35 bb)
Naoya Kihara  -  1,230,000  (51 bb)

Sorted In: Jeremy Ausmus, Naoya Kihara, Commerce Casino, Season XI, L.A. Poker Classic
03:02 PM, 02/27/13

Naoya Kihara vs. Paul Volpe, Part 2

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Naoya Kihara raises from the button to 52,000, and Paul Volpe calls from the big blind. The flop comes Jspade7diamond2heart, Volpe checks, Kihara bets 48,000, and Volpe calls.

The turn is the 6heart, Volpe checks, Kihara bets 108,000, and Volpe calls. The river is the 4club, Volpe checks, Kihara bets 282,000, and Volpe calls.

Kihara shows QclubJclub (pair of jacks) to win the pot, and Volpe mucks.

Naoya Kihara  -  1,580,000  (65 bb)
Paul Volpe  -  775,000  (32 bb)

Sorted In: Naoya Kihara, Paul Volpe, Commerce Casino, Season XI, L.A. Poker Classic
02:53 PM, 02/27/13

Naoya Kihara vs. Paul Volpe, Part 1

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

3813 Naoya Kihara vs Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe (right) min-raises UTG+1 to 48,000, and Naoya Kihara (left) calls from the big blind. The flop comes 8diamond5club4diamond, Kihara bets 46,000, and Volpe calls.

The turn is the 3heart, Kihara checks, Volpe bets 122,000, and Kihara moves all in for 713,000. Volpe tanks for a while before he folds, and Kihara takes the pot.

Naoya Kihara  -  1,030,000  (42 bb)
Paul Volpe  -  1,245,000  (51 bb)

Sorted In: Naoya Kihara, Paul Volpe, Commerce Casino, Season XI, L.A. Poker Classic
02:43 PM, 02/27/13

Andrew Whitaker Eliminated in 17th Place ($49,630)

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

3272 Andrew Whitaker
Andrew Whitaker (pictured above on Day 4) moves all in under the gun for 127,000, and Naoya Kihara moves all in over the top from the small blind. Jeremy Ausmus folds the big blind.

Kihara turns over Aclub6heart, and Whitaker is a dominant favorite to double up with his Aheart10spade.

The board comes Kdiamond6diamond2club4club4spade, and Kihara pairs his six on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Andrew Whitaker.

Naoya Kihara  -  705,000  (29 bb)
Andrew Whitaker  -  Out in 17th Place ($49,630)

Sorted In: Naoya Kihara, Andrew Whitaker, Commerce Casino, Season XI, L.A. Poker Classic
02:24 PM, 02/27/13

Garrett Greer Picks Up Chips From Naoya Kihara

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

3603 Garrett Greer
Photo: You can't tell from this photo, but Garrett Greer is in a wheelchair. (Not that it matters in poker, of course.)

Naoya Kihara raises under the gun to 52,000, Garrett Greer reraises from the hijack to 125,000, and Kihara calls. The flop comes 10heart9diamond2spade, Kihara checks, Greer bets 106,000, and Kihara calls.

The turn is the 6heart, Kihara checks, Greer moves all in for about 350,000, and Kihara folds. Greer takes the pot.

Garrett Greer  -  800,000  (33 bb)
Naoya Kihara  -  560,000  (23 bb)

Sorted In: Garrett Greer, Naoya Kihara, Commerce Casino, Season XI, L.A. Poker Classic
02:17 PM, 02/27/13

Ana Marquez Eliminated in 20th Place ($43,180)

Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Naoya Kihara raises from the cutoff, Ana Marquez moves all in from the big blind for about 240,000, and Kihara calls with AspadeKclub. Marquez turns over 4club4heart, and she'll need it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes KdiamondJspade2spade8heart6spade, and Kihara pairs his king on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Ana Marquez -- the last female standing -- from the tournament.

Naoya Kihara  -  720,000
Ana Marquez  -  Out in 20th Place  ($43,180)

Sorted In: Naoya Kihara, Ana Marquez, Commerce Casino, Season XI, L.A. Poker Classic
08:18 PM, 02/26/13

Jesse Yaginuma vs. Naoya Kihara

Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

The board reads Jdiamond6heart5heart9heart when Naoya Kihara bets 56,000 and Jesse Yaginuma raises to 113,000 behind him. Kihara tanks for a minute and then moves all in. Yaginuma calls all in for 519,000 and they flip over their hands.

Kihara: 9diamond8diamond
Yaginuma: Jheart10heart

Turn and River: Aspade

Yaginuma wins the hand to double up and Kihara is down to 600,000 after the hand.

Jesse Yaginuma - 1,160,000 (96 bb)
Naoya Kihara - 605,000 (50 bb)

Sorted In: Jesse Yaginuma, Naoya Kihara, Commerce Casino, Season XI, L.A. Poker Classic
06:01 PM, 02/26/13

Warwick Mirzikinian Eliminated in 24th Place ($38,710)

Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Naoya Kihara raises from the button to 25,000, Warwick Mirzikinian moves all in from the small blind for about 290,000, and Kihara calls with AheartKdiamond. Mirzikinian turns over Adiamond9spade, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.

The board comes Jspade10heart6spade7diamondQheart, and Kihara rivers an ace-high straight to win the pot and eliminate Mirzikinian from the tournament.

Naoya Kihara  -  940,000  (78 bb)
Warwick Mirzikinian  -  Out in 24th Place  ($38,710)

Sorted In: Naoya Kihara, Warwick Mirzikinian, Commerce Casino, Season XI, L.A. Poker Classic
05:41 PM, 02/26/13
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