Japan Resident Wins Baccarat Challenge
The Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino hosted the 4th Baccarat Challenge this past weekend and the winner of the event was a baccarat player from Japan. Nishikido Shigeru was able to outlast the competition to take down the first place finish.

The event had almost sixty players competing and Shigeru had to get past nine players in the final round this past Sunday to be able to earn the first place win. Shigeru earned $30,000 for the first place win while Takasaki Hideo of Japan earned $12,000 for a second place finish. Sang Ho Park earned the third place finish of $9,000 and fourth to tenth place would take home $1,000 each.

The final round of play would last about an hour and only ten of the fifty eight players were able to advance to this round. Shigeru was first in chips during the last five heats as well as the final one with 17,300 and this allowed him to earn the first place win.

Hideo ended up with 15,000 and Park held 14,000 in the final heat. Chell Funtanar the promotions and marketing manager of the Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino commented that the majority of the players in the tournament were regular participants of tournaments the casino host while just a few were first time players.

The Baccarat Challenge is a popular option for gamblers but has declined in the past few years. The event used to reward players with prizes ranging from $60,000 to $80,000 but that was when more players were competing. The organizers are hoping that more players will enter the tournament next year so they can get back on track as a larger baccarat tournament as they have in the past.

- 2012-07-11

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