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The countdown to the grand finale of the 2018 PokerStars LIVE Asia Jeju Red Dragon has already begun with only three more days to go. December 6 proved to be a record-breaking day in Korea`s poker history as the ₩2.2M Red Dragon Main Event broke the record for the largest Main Event field in the country.
Registering a total of 613 entries (376 on Day 1A and 237 on Day 1B), the event collected ₩1,226,000,000 in prize pool. Tian Le Wang bagged the largest stack for Day 1B and leads the 93 survivors from the flight to Day 2.
Day 1A chip leader Hao Qi Xie (218,600) holds the biggest stack overall heading into Day 2.
Team India’s Sumit Sapra will also be seen in action on Day 2 today after he qualified from the first starting flight with a bag of 87,700.
The other two side events that ran alongside Day 1B of the Main Event were Events 12 and 13, both of which incidentally named ₩800,000 NLH Turbo. Jia Tang won Event 12 for ₩14,175,000, following a heads-up deal with runner-up Yinglong He who also took home the same amount of ₩14,175,000. Tyler Jennens shipped Event 13 for a payday of ₩21,330,000.
Pulling in 237 players in the second starting flight, Day 1B, the Main Event registered a total field of 613 entries which broke the record for largest Main Event field in Korean history. The Main Event collected a monstrous prize pool of ₩1,226,000,000 and a ginormous ₩266,060,000 has been set aside for the winner who will eventually tame the dragon, while the top 71 places are assured a min-cash of ₩4,410,000.
Numerous big names were seen in the hunt for the ultimate prize including defending champion Alvan Zheng, two-time champion and Team Pokerstars Pro Celina Lin, Malaysia’s Michael Soyza, APPT Manila Champion Wilson Lim, Hong Kong’s Sparrow Cheung, China’s Wayne Zhang and Juicy Li, and Australia’s Kelvin Beattie. But none of them were able to make the cut for Day 2.
After the twelve 40-minute levels were concluded, China’s Tian Le Wang topped the 93 Day 1B survivors and bagged a chip lead of 144,100. He narrowly beat his namesake Kun Wang (139,500) for the top spot.
Other notables to bag big included China’s Xuming Qi (113,800), PokerStars Festival Korea Main Event Champion Tae Hoon Han (95,200), High Roller Champion Yin Gui Li (63,600), and reigning Baby Dragon Champion James Won Lee (31,600).
The 141 Day 1A survivors will join the 93 hopefuls from Day 1B, and Day 2 will open to field of 234 runners on December 7.
1.Tian Le Wang – 144,100
2. Kun Wang – 139,500
3. Yipeng Huang – 115,900
4. Xuming Qi – 113,800
5. Tao Fan – 112,400
6. Song Yang – 104,200
7. Xing Long Huang – 101,700
8. Kevin Tse – 97,900
9. Tae Hoon Han – 95,200
10. Jianfeng Yang – 95,200
The 12th and 13th were both titled ₩800,000 NLH Turbo.
Event 12 drew in a player pool of 90 players creating a prize pool of ₩63,000,000.
The final showdown took place between the two pros from China, Jia Tang and Yinglong He. The duo agreed to a deal once play reached heads-up, with both players walking away with ₩14,175,000 when the two decided on an even chop, playing out for the trophy and title.
It was Tang who ultimately prevailed and won his second PokerStars LIVE title. His first title had come in the HK$1,000 NLH Re-Entry at the 2017 Asia Championship of Poker. His present live tournament winnings stand at $180,000.
1. Jia Tang – ₩14,175,000*
2. Yinglong He – ₩14,175,000*
3. Xing Long Huang – ₩7,560,000
4. Tzu Wei Wang – ₩6,300,000
5. Zi Gao Yu – ₩5,040,000
6. Yi Kun Feng – ₩4,410,000
7. Hanwei Qiu – ₩3,780,000
8. Tiansheng Qi – ₩3,150,000
9. Chih Chun Chang – ₩2,520,000
10. Jian Guo Chen – ₩1,890,000
*denotes a heads-up deal
Canada’s Tyler Jennens took down a 151-strong entry to claim his second PokerStars LIVE title and grab the lion’s share of the ₩80,500,000 prize pool, for ₩21,330,000.
Jennens duelled against Chinese player Bin Zhang in the heads-up match and the denied the latter to win his second PokerStars LIVE title and relegated Zhang to a runner-up finish for ₩14,485,000.
Apart from the final nine, the only other runners to finish in the money were Ching Wei Chen (10th for ₩2,015,000), Chengbei Li (11th for ₩1,610,000) and Guang Chen (12th for ₩1,610,000).
1.Tyler Jennens – ₩21,330,000
2. Bin Zhang – ₩14,485,000
3. Mian Wei – ₩9,660,000
4. Wenlong Ma – ₩7,640,000
5. Tao Wang – ₩6,040,000
6. Tzu Wei Wang – ₩5,235,000
7. Xiaolong Qian – ₩4,430,000
8. Vincent Li – ₩3,625,000
9. Shou Dien Chen – ₩2,820,000
Besides Day 2 of the ₩2.2M Red Dragon Main Event that is slated to play out later today, some of the events still left in the pipeline are the ₩220,000 Flipout, ₩800,000 Deepstack, and ₩3,600,000 NLH.
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