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Real Estate Broker William Kakon wins 2015 WSOP $1.5k Limit Hold’em Championship

Friday, June 5th, 2015

william-kakon-wsop-champWilliam 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

The Underground Atlanta Poker Scene

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Outside of Hoyt Corkins (Alabama), Shannon Shorr (AL), Josh Arieh (Georgia) and Greg Raymer (North Carolina), there aren’t a lot of famed poker players from the United States’ “Dirty South.” But that doesn’t mean they don’t still like to play in this area, as evidenced by a recent special on Atlanta’s underground poker scene.

PokerTube gives us a sneak peak of Atlanta poker games, which are said to include everybody from lawyers and entertainers to Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Braves players.

Going beyond the famous and powerful, what makes this segment so cool is that it brings viewers back to the pre-boom days of poker, when the game’s popularity was generated by interesting characters and dangerous settings – not some internet kid meticulously analyzing his opponent’s 5-betting range.

As you’ll see in the video, some of the players talk about being in games that were robbed at gunpoint. Shannon ‘The Mouth’ saw a guy get pistol whipped and have his head cracked open, something that Shannon describes as “freaky.”

One of the most entertaining characters is ‘Little Ricky,’ an energy drink owner who loves the expression, “Let’s get to the money.” He doesn’t seem to be the best player at the table, however, he definitely looks like somebody who makes the games interesting. During the video, Ricky says, “You can’t really have a social life when you tryin’ to get money. I’m married to the money right now.”

A common theme throughout the segment is that these Atlanta underground poker players need to know who’s in their game to avoid law enforcement or getting robbed by thugs. All in all, you’d be much safer playing online at home, but you wouldn’t have half the fun that these guys are.