William Kakon has been going to Las Vegas for years on vacation to play in the World Series of Poker. And this year, his vacation turned into a victory in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship, along with a $196,055 payout.
Kakon, who’s a real estate broker and healthcare professional, topped a 660-player field to win this low buy-in tournament. And it appears that his experience with Limit Hold’em is a big reason why he was able to triumph here.
“I’m very familiar with this game, so I really do feel comfortable playing it,” he said. “It’s harder to find now in casinos, so I try to make an effort to (play them at the WSOP).”
It’s believed that Kakon, a native of Casablanca, Morocco, is the first Moroccan-born player to win a gold bracelet. And this only adds to an already interesting background, that’s seen the married 38-year-old live all over the world.
He moved from Casablanca to Paris at age 18, then New York, Los Angeles, Paris (again), and to his family’s current residence of Miami. Aside from his vagabond lifestyle, Kakon has also been in the top 1% of real estate brokers in the United States for six straight years, and he recently opened a business in the healthcare field.
“I’m a very competitive person,” he explained. “If it’s business or poker, I just play to win all the time.” Well, it’s pretty obvious that Kakon is a very competitive person when you consider that he plays for WSOP gold bracelets – and wins them – on his supposed vacations!
Although overshadowed by Kakon’s James-Bond-like lifestyle, there were some other famous players who made a run at this bracelet, including Shannon Shorr (5th), Brandon Cantu (7th) and Alexander Kostritsyn (9th).
2015 WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship Final Table
1. William Kakon – $196,055
2. Daniel Needleman – $121,051
3. Mike Lancaster – $78,693
4. Bryan Pimlott – $57,799
5. Shannon Shorr – $43,053
6. Kevin Song – $32,485
7. Brandon Cantu – $24,796
8. Hector Contreras – $19,138
9. Alexander Kostritsyn – $14,924