Tetsuya Tsuchikawa is a well-known name in the Asian circuit. The Japanese professional player entered the live tournament scene in 2010 and since then has earned many achievements. 2014 was a big year for him as he won the WPT National Philippines Main Event for his largest payout.
By the mid of 2014, Tsuchikawa climbed up the leaderboard. He continued his good run and ended 2017 with another 25 cashes, 3 coming from Main Events. Out of 25 cashes 7were victories. One of those deep runs was at APT Finale Macau Championships Event where he finished 4th.
Given Tsuchikawa’s character, dedication, and performance as a whole, there was no better poker player who deserved the APT POY title this year. In addition to the APT Player of the Year trophy and a customized winner jacket, he got US$2,000 worth of Asian Poker Tour event buy-ins.
Tsuchikawa is widely recognized for pioneering the growth of Japanese players into the live poker circuit. At the APT Championships Philippines 2017 taking place in April, he spearheaded a team that saw over 100 Japanese players attending the event spread over 12 days. His continuous efforts have been drawing more and more of his fellow poker countrymen to take part in APT Events in Asia.
|APT Player of the Year 2017 Standings|
|4||Hung Sheng Lin||Chinese Taipei||1||17||939.30|
|6||Kai Danilo Paulsen||Norway||3||10||522.81|
|10||Andre Morachini||New Caledonia||3||5||444.27|
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