Japanese Player Who Is One of HCL’s Biggest Winners Hit with Scam Allegations

Last Updated on April 19, 2023 Author:Dusan Jovanovic


  • Ryusuke allegedly owes $15 million to several people, including fellow poker players
  • The Japanese player previously played on Hustler Casino Live
  • He suddenly disappeared and nobody knows his whereabouts

A Japanese poker player who goes by the name Ryusuke and previously competed in some of the biggest games on Hustler Casino Live (HCL) has been accused of defrauding fellow players and others out of $15 million.

The guy has cut all communication with his alleged victims and is currently nowhere to be found.

Nik “Airball” Arcot Exposes Ryusuke as Scammer

Ryusuke’s name came up recently after high-stakes player Nik “Airball” Arcot revealed while playing on HCL that the Japanese player owes him money. Nik said Ryusuke can no longer be contacted and has gone silent after incurring massive debts from lots of people. Nik called Ryusuke a “scammer” who owes about $500,000 to him and other players locally. The Japanese player also owes money in Japan, Nik claimed.

The allegations against Ryusuke grabbed Doug Polk’s attention who recently sat down with Garrett Adelstein after another HCL Scandal and he recently posted a video discussing the scandal. According to Polk, there is limited information regarding Ryusuke’s poker background. Nobody knows where and how he started playing the game. In fact, his real name is also unknown.


Ryusuke won more than $600,000 in his cash game endeavors on HCL and also reportedly won big in other poker games elsewhere but he never bothered to return any of the money he owes.

Nik said Ryusuke personally owes him $160,000 and hasn’t heard from him for several months now. “Mars”, also an HCL regular, shared that one of his friends also fell victim to Ryusuke’s unscrupulous activities.

The Japanese player allegedly won 800,000 in a home poker game hosted by Mars’ friend and walked away with the entire amount. But after losing a game, he never came back, leaving a $170,000-$180,000 debt. Mars said his friend is keen on retrieving the money and is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who can help.

Poker Fans Shocked

The scandal involving Ryusuke shocked the poker community, especially those who have watched his games on HCL. Many were surprised by the allegations as the player seemed like a genuinely nice guy on stream.

With Ryusuke now missing in action, there are speculations he may still be in the US, with others saying he could be in the Philippines or Cambodia.

A Twitter account with the name, “Ryusuke 72master” suddenly surfaced and even interacted with “ThePokerKaren” when the controversy erupted.

The user led others to believe he was Ryusuke and said he is working to resolve his financial issues. But HCL co-founder Ryan Feldman was quick to dismiss the Twitter account as bogus, saying it was not the real Ryusuke account.

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