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Four days into the 2018 PokerStars LIVE Asia Jeju Red Dragon and six events have already crowned champions, with many more events yet to unfold, especially the much-awaited ₩2.2M Red Dragon Main Event.
A select group of Indians consisting of Young Gun Abhinav Iyer, Kalyan Chakravarthy, Adda52 Team pro Kunal Patni, Sumit Sapra and MadOverPoker pro Zarvan Tumboli are in attendance at the series.
The latest event to witness a large Indian participation was the ₩800K Megastack which saw Abhinav Iyer, Kunal Patni, Sumit Sapra and Zarvan Tumboli in action. However, only Sapra progressed to Day 2 with a stack of 284,000. Hong Jun Zhao leads the 40 Day 1 survivors with 462,000 in chips.
Meanwhile, a number of top pros from the Asian circuit were spotted in action at the ₩12M High Roller. With the event allowing unlimited re-entry, many players fired multiple bullets and the field size expanded to 73 entries. Team India’s Kalyan Chakravarthy (300,000) is carrying a big stack among the 45 runners who have advanced to Day 2 with China’s Huahuan Feng (415,000) is in pole position. Re-entries remain open on Day 2, so we can expect to see the final field grow bigger today.
The ₩2.2M NLH played down to the nine-handed final table from the 62 runners who had started Day 2. On the list of eliminated players was Abhinav Iyer, who had qualified for Day 2 with a stack of 61,500 but was unable to progress any further. Shiqiang Lin (776,000) leads the remaining players moving on to the final day.
The inaugural Short Deck Ante Only Event was trounced by Chinese high roller specialist Guo Feng Wang who bagged ₩244,270,000 for his win.
Starting with 55 entries (30 unique and 25 re-entries) on Day 1, the playing field was reduced to the seven-handed final table with Super High Roller champion Romain Arnaud topping the chip counts chart with 2,114,000 in the bag.
1. Romain Arnaud – 2,114,000
2. Jun Wah Yap – 1,637,000
3. Tianle Wang – 1,554,000
4. Wai Kin Yong – 1,293,000
5. Wei Hsiang Yeu – 781,000
6. Guo Feng Wang – 467,000
7. Nan Wei – 390,000
It took less than four hours for the final table proceedings to wrap up with Hong Kong’s Nan Wei becoming the first casualty of day in seventh place. Next to go was Wai Kin Yong who reached his second final table in the series and busted out in sixth place.
Romain Arnaud‘s desire of winning back-to-back titles came to an end with his fifth-place exit. China’s Tian Le Wang hit the rail in fourth place less than a level later to take play down to three-handed.
Following Wei Hsiang Yeu‘s third-place elimination at the hands of Yap, the heads-up was set up. Malaysia’s Jun Wah Yap had the lead at the start of the final showdown, but China’s Guo Feng Wang came from behind and defeated the Malaysian pro after a short heads-up battle.
On the final hand, Yap jammed from the button with and Wang called with . The board opened missing both players, but Guo Feng Wang‘s pocket kings were strong enough to win him his maiden tournament title for a ₩244,270,000 payday.
1. Guo Feng Wang – ₩244,270,000
2. Jun Wah Yap – ₩176,430,000
3. Wei Hsiang Yeu – ₩112,450,000
4. Tian Le Wang – ₩85,310,000
5. Romain Arnaud – ₩65,920,000
6. Wai Kin Yong – ₩50,410,000
7. Nan Wei – ₩40,710,000
The NLH event had opened to a field of 151 entries which was whittled down to 62 runners by the end of Day 1. The event comprised of 60-minute levels, with only the top 18 players assured payouts and a top prize of ₩77,020,000 set aside for the winner.
From India, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer had made Day 2 with a stack of 61,500, but he fell short of the final table and busted out before the money bubble.
Other notables who failed to reach the money line included Day 1 chip leader Ben Lai, Singapore’s Tzai Wei Phua and Malaysia’s Michael Soyza.
After the money bubble burst, the first players to finish in the money were China’s Xu Zhu (18th for ₩3,780,000) and Wei Jiao (17th for ₩3,780,000). Play slowed considerably following their exit.
After seven more eliminations which included Daniel Hyongin Lee (10th for ₩6,790,000), Yue Deng (11th for ₩5,280,000), Andy Ying Kit Chan (12th for ₩5,280,000), winner of ₩450k Kickoff event Jian Guo Chen (13th for ₩4,530,000), Xiaotian Yang (14th for ₩4,530,000), Wei Zhao (15th for ₩4,530,000) and Donghui Xu (16th for ₩3,780,000), the nine-handed final table was set up.
Even though the event was scheduled to concluded on December 3, the nine finalists decided to return the next day, adding an additional day for the event. Leading the finalists coming into the final day will be Shiqiang Lin with a stack of 776,000, with Jian Hiao Zhong (740,000) not far behind.
1. Shiqiang Lin – 776,000
2. Jian Hiao Zhong – 740,000
3. Zhuo Jie Mao – 535,000
4. Xin Jin – 324,000
5. Yi Long Wang – 311,000
6. Hui Dong – 244,000
7. Chung Sui Yung – 238,000
8. Zizheng Huang – 236,000
9. Tao Fan – 214,000
The 2018 Jeju Red Dragon ₩12M High Roller that had a juicy ₩300 Million Guarantee kicked off with 73 entries that included 61 unique entries. After a full day of play, 45 contenders sidestepped elimination and will be returning for Day 2.
The event featured a shot clock and unlimited re-entries so many runners who fell out on the opening day could join the action again. The prize pool has already touched ₩824,900,000.
In the spotlight is Indian challenger Kalyan Chakravarthy (300,000) who comes in fresh off his win in the ₹100K High Roller at the 2018 World Poker Tour (WPT) India for ₹37.53 Lakhs. Chakravarthy will be the lone Indian challenger on Day 2 where he would be looking to add yet another High Roller title to his name.
Topping the 45 survivors is China’s Huahuan Feng (415,000), while another High Roller regular from China – Huang Shan (412,500) and Nan Wei (336,000) from Hong Kong round off the top three stacks.
Towards the fag end of the play, Shan jostled with Chen An Lin (310,500) in a bid to add to his stack, but Feng catapulted to the top after scooping a big pot.
Among the other notables coming back on Day 2 is John Juanda (213,500). The Poker Hall of Famer fired two bullets in the event to make it through.
Winner of Baby Dragon James Won Lee (84,000) and runner-up Dong Chen (171,500) are also in contention, and so is Jun Wah Yap (125,500) who finished runner-up in the Short Deck event, while Michael Soyza (67,500) who final-tabled the Super High Roller will have to work hard to stay afloat with his short stack when Day 2 kicks off.
It didn’t go so well for 2017 APT Korea Main Event champion Albert Paik who busted out and it was the same for Ivan Leow, Quan Zhou and Kok Weng Beh all of whom had a rocky day and busted out.
1. Huahuan Feng – 415,000
2. Huang Shan – 412,500
3. Nan Wei – 336,000
4. Chen An Lin – 310,500
5. Wenjun Long – 306,500
6. Kalyan Chakravarthy – 300,000
7. Qi Luo – 297,000
8. Xing Long Huang – 250,000
9. Wei Hsiang Yeu – 246,000
10. Yin Gui Li – 245,000
The Megastack event pulled in a total of 227 entries creating a prize pool of ₩158,900,000.
Team India was prominently represented by Abhinav Iyer, who jumped into the event after busting out from the ₩2.2M NLH, Adda52 Team pro Kunal Patni, Sumit Sapra and MadOverPoker pro Zarvan Tumboli. Only Sapra (284,000) advanced to Day 2 and currently holds the sixth-largest stack among 40 survivors.
Other notables who also carried a bag to Day 2 include Weng Sing Lee (237,000), Darren Tiquan (162,000) and Pete Yen Han Chen (142,000).
The top 24 places will receive payouts, with a min-cash worth ₩1,430,000 and the eventual winner will take home ₩38,930,000 in first-place prize money.
1. Hong Jun Zhao – 462,000
2. Gerald Huk Cher Goh – 365,000
3. Yu Zhang – 365,000
4. Qiang Xu – 356,000
5. Bin Sun – 325,000
6. Sumit Sapra – 284,000
7. Wu Yi Wang – 266,000
8. Jun Zhou – 258,000
9. Xiao Zhu – 249,000
10. Kok Wai Sim – 245,000
While we eagerly anticipate the start of the ₩2.2M Red Dragon Main Event, the ₩2.2M NLH, ₩12M High Roller and ₩800K Megastack are all set to declare winners soon!
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