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Chou Chien Fa Leads Last 32 Players After Day 2 of the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event

Chou Chien Fa holds the chip lead coming into the final day of the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event

In what proved to be a short but action-packed day, play concluded for Day 2 of the 2019 Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event after six 60-minute levels with 32 of the 114 returning survivors from the three starting flights bagging up chips.

It is Taiwan's Chou Chien Fa who leads the pack after concluding play with a massive 762,000 in chips. Fa seemed extremely comfortable in the chip leader's position for a man with only four live cashes on his poker resume — a spot he occupied for the majority of play before briefly being usurped by South Korea's Jae Wook Shin.

Fa's Rise

However, Fa finished with a flourish, chopping a gigantic three-way pot with the Philippines' David Erquiaga with the duo railing the unfortunate Jun Zhu Huang not long after the money bubble had burst.

Fa lit the fuse on a hand that would have explosive results, picking up two callers in button Erquiaga and big blind Huang. The trio got all the chips in on a king-queen-four flop with two hearts on the board, Fa and Erquiaga both holding ace-king and Huang drawing extremely live with ace-jack of hearts.

Blanks on the turn and river saw Huang depart in 35th place, becoming the second paying casualty, while Fa and Erquiaga divvied up Huang's chips, with that pot putting Fa squarely at the top of the counts, where he would remain.

Shin was the only other player to bag over 700,000 in chips after crippling the unfortunate Jia Tang in another huge pot that saw the South Korean player briefly flirt with the chip lead before Fa reclaimed the top spot.

Tang was the architect of his own demise after getting frisky on the button and bubble with six-four offsuit, and while that dominated big blind Shin's five-four offsuit, the later check-raised the flop with the same bottom pair as Tang, who made two pair on the turn.

Unfortunately for Tang, that gave Shin a straight draw, which he played aggressively and got there on the river to leave the former short, departing at the hands of Kun Han Lee shortly afterward on the last level of the day when his ace-queen lost a race to the Taiwanese player's pocket jacks to guarantee all 36 remaining players a TWD 50,500 (~$1,610) payday.

Jia Tang falls at the hands of Kun Han Lee to burst the money bubble in the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event
Jia Tang falls at the hands of Kun Han Lee to burst the money bubble in the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event

Notables Still in the Running

Other notables still in contention for the title include Taiwan's Terry Fan (460,000), Hong Kong's Howard Sun (321,000), the UK's Alex Lindop (302,000), Hong Kong's Wing Kei Chan (194,000), Singapore's Richard Lim (169,000) and the USA's Edwin Gerard (154,000).

With 114 player returning for Day 2 and only 36 of them making the money, the action was frantic from the get-go. Notables to come up short of the cash spots included Hong Kong's Sparrow Cheung, Ireland's Mark Gruendemann, the UK's Ben Andrews, current Taiwan No. #1 on the GPI Taiwan List, Pete Chen, and Taiwan All Time Money List No. #1 James Chen.

Of these, Pete Chen came the closest to the cash, departing one off the bubble after coming out on the wrong side of a blind on blind battle against fellow countryman Zong-Ping Yang, who woke up with jacks when Chen shoved with king-six from the small blind.

In addition to the aforementioned Huang, three other players busted in the cash spots before play concluded, with Taiwan's Li-Kuwang Ma, and Hong Kong's Ming Sang Chung and Wei Fan the other players in question, all earning themselves a min-cash of TWD 50,500. The eventual winner is set to receive a payday of TWD 1,639,000 (~$1,639,000).

The 32 survivors will return for the penultimate third day at 1:00 p.m. local time (GMT+8) to determine who will earn their place at the final table, with blinds recommencing at 4,000/8,000 with and 8,000 running ante, so join us then.

Day 3 Seat Draw

NameCountry/RegionTableSeatChip CountBig Blinds
Lee Kuan WeeMalaysia19122200028
Alex LindopUnited Kingdom19230200038
Chunsan FanChina19313900017
Lin Yu ShengTaiwan19431900040
Dicky TsangHong Kong19527800035
Edwin GerardUnited States19615400019
Terry FanTaiwan19746000058
David ErguiagaPhilippines19833800042
      
Wai King CheungHong Kong20157500072
Howard SunHong Kong20232100040
Bing Chang FengTaiwan20336400046
Chou Chien FaTaiwan20476200095
Ling HeChina20532200040
Alejandria ArgyleUnited States2069700012
Kun Han LeeTaiwan20729000036
Michael HuangTaiwan20816300020
      
Jae Wook ShinSouth Korea21172900091
Shih Wei EnTaiwan21232000040
Kuang Hung LeeTaiwan21326000033
Henry HouSingapore21412900016
Ping Hsien ChanTaiwan21531300039
Tsai Yu You CiTaiwan21647200059
Chia-Hui TuTaiwan217680009
Cliff ChowHong Kong21818500023
      
Sheng-Chien ChengTaiwan23110900014
Chi HangTaiwan23246800059
Richard LimSingapore23316900021
Wing Kei ChanHong Kong23419400024
Shao-Hung LeeTaiwan23528700036
Toh Soon LeeSingapore23611600015
Zong-Ping YangTaiwan23710300013
Chen-An LinTaiwan23811800015
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