Masashi Oya Beats Jason Koon in WSOP Paradise $100,000 Ultra High Roller Championship ($2,940,000)

Masashi Oya Beats Jason Koon in WSOP Paradise $100,000 Ultra High Roller Championship ($2,940,000)

The biggest buy-in of the 2023 World Series of Poker Paradise at Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas has come to a close as Masashi Oya took down Event #9: $100,000 Ultra High Roller Championship. Oya bagged the bracelet and the $2,940,000 up top after besting GGPoker ambassador Jason Koon in heads-up play.

The tournament ran over the course of three days and garnered 111 entries, creating a $11,100,000 prize pool. Oya began the final day as the chip leader and stayed atop of the counts throughout the session.

$100K Ultra High Roller Championship Final Table Payouts

1stMasashi OyaJapan$2,940,000
2ndJason KoonUnited States$1,817,000
3rdLeon SturmGermany$1,322,000
4thQuan ZhouChina$976,000
5thNick SchulmanUnited States$731,000
6thIvan LucaArgentina$555,000
7thBen HeathUnited Kingdom$430,000
8thDanny TangHong Kong$336,000

Winner's Reaction

Oya expressed through a translator that he was absolutely elated to take down his first bracelet in such a huge tournament.

The accomplishment was sweetened as Oya doubled his lifetime career live earnings, while the victory also marked Japan's ninth bracelet. Oya's job still isn't done just yet, as he plans to finish out WSOP Paradise before heading to Las Vegas for the WPT World Championship, where he'll look to put himself in position to chase down another seven-figure score.

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Action of the Day

The departure of Leonard Maue set up the official final table. He lost to the ace-high of Koon before dropping out in tenth. Lucas Greenwood soon followed after finding the exit in a sick three-handed preflop all-in situation that saw aces cracked by queens.

Danny Tang was next to go when he called off from the big blind only to be out-flopped. Ben Heath became the seventh-place finisher after the runout gave Oya a runner-runner straight to crack Heath's aces.

Ivan Luca found the rail in sixth place after getting his remaining chips all-in with king-high and remaining unimproved after five cards.

The final table lost its most decorated member when four-time WSOP bracelet winner Nick Schulmanlost a preflop all-in from a dominating position. Koon spiked a king on the turn to close the door on bracelet number five for Schulman.

Quan Zhoushoved his sub-ten big blind stack against the eventual champion and couldn't stave off elimination when Oya turned a straight.

Leon Sturm was pushed close to the exit in a massive pot where the German prodigy bet huge on the river with two pair only to lose to Oya's baby flush. Sturm would bust at the hands of Koon the following deal.

Unfortunately for Koon, that battle was short-lived as only a few hands into the heads-up play, Koon called off his remaining chips to Oya's river jam. When the cards were on their backs, Koon showed a straight to the nine only to have his suspicions confirmed. Oya turned over a ten-high straight to end the high-stakes crusher's run at a second bracelet.


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