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Huang Tops Day 1 of the Red Dragon High Roller in Jeju; Soyza Among Big Stacks

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Michael Soyza

The 2019 PokerStars LIVE Asia Red Dragon Jeju festival is off to a great start as the second tournament of the festival at the Landing Casino on the island of Jeju in South Korea exceeded the expectations. A field of 140 entries for Day 1 of the ₩5,000,000 High Roller (~$4,315) emerged, including 117 unique players and 23 re-entries. After nine levels of 40 minutes each, only 96 players bagged up for the night with a familiar name appearing near the top of the leader board.

Yiqing Huang earned the merit of Day 1 chip leader after a very late surge that boosted his stack to 194,000, and he is closely followed by Zhen Wang with 181,600. However, it is Michael Soyza that stands out as the big name with a big stack, claiming 172,700 chips to his name. Soyza had to fire a second bullet in order to finish in the top five and sent Chang He to the rail before firing three barrels against Yake Wu to become a contender for the lead in the final level.

Soyza has sweet memories from South Korea as he won the ₩10,000,000 APPT Super High Roller and finished 20th in the ₩1,800,000 Main Event during the last APPT festival on Korean soil in Incheon earlier this year. With two seven-figure scores in the Triton Poker festivals right here in Jeju and London on top of that, it was the most successful year on the poker circuit for Soyza and he may add yet another trophy to his collection in the days to come.

Other notables and big stacks that advanced to Day 2 were Jieming Xu (167,900), Ngoc Anh Cao (165,100), Joshua Zimmerman (159,000), Kazuhiko Yotsushika (125,800), Xixiang Luo (123,100), Guofeng Wang (107,100), Natalie Teh (106,200), Phachara Wongwichit (101,600), Lester Edoc (100,000), Ben Lai (98,500), and Lei Yu (97,200).

The High Roller kicked off nearly on time and three tables brought plenty of action right away. It didn't take long to attract plenty of notables of the Asian poker circuit such as reigning APPT Korea Main Event champion Sparrow Cheung, Pete Chen, Alex Lee, Chen An Lin, tas well as the WSOP bracelet winners Guoliang Wei and Calvin Lee.

Tournament Room at Landing Casino Jeju
Tournament Room at Landing Casino Jeju

Among the rather unexpected additions to the field were UK's Paul Newey and EPT11 Barcelona champion Andre Lettau. While Newey saw his aces cracked when he had dropped below 20 big blinds in the penultimate level of the day, Lettau bagged up a profit of a mere 300 chips to end Day 1 with 50,300.

Huahuan Feng became the first player with a six-digit stack and Carson Wong was responsible for one of the first eliminations of the Day when his kings held up against Fei Xiong, who mentioned in table chat he had called with ace-queen for a pair of queens and top kicker. Several dozen hopefuls would run out of chips in the next four hours such as Ben Lai, Kazuhiko Yotsushika, Yake Wu, Yang Zhang, Jamie Lee and Sparrow Cheung.

Yotsushika's second entry for the tournament almost ended in the very last hand of the night when he got it in with an open-ended straight and king-high flush draw. Huijie Zhou made the call with a pair of tens and Yotsushika rivered a flush to score a vital late double for an above-average stack.

For the first time ever, several tournaments of the festival will be streamed live on a security delay of 30 minutes on the Red Dragon Poker website with commentary in Mandarin. including Day 2 of the ₩5,000,000 High Roller as of the first break.

All those that busted and other poker enthusiasts that wish to join the action still can do so for the first 40-minute level on Day 2, which gets underway at 1 p.m. local time. By then, the stunning poker room of the Landing Casino will also be filled further as Day 1a of the highly anticipated Red Dragon Main Event kicks off at the same time.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be providing updates of the ₩5,000,000 High Roller from start-to-finish along with an intro and recap for the Main Event.

₩5,000,000 High Roller Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
12Carson WongChina65,20041
13Heng WangChina73,20046
14Kannapong ThanarattrakulThailand114,50072
15Zhanwei DuChina40,60025
16Chang ShiChina100,00063
17Xin JinChina32,80021
18Jieming XuChina167,900105
21Jiajun LiuChina90,80057
23Jun ObaraJapan59,60037
24Bin WangChina100,50063
25Xianglai LiChina41,70026
26Huahuan FengChina64,80041
27Bin SunChina17,10011
28Dingxiang OngSingapore73,50046
31Na WeiChina35,70022
32Yang ZhangChina48,20030
34Jamie LeeUnited States39,00024
35Joshua ZimmermanUnited States159,00099
36Kairan JinChina122,60077
37Lei YuChina97,20061
38Hao TianChina54,90034
41Phachara WongwichitThailand101,60064
42Bawoo YunUnited States130,20081
43Yan RaoChina10,6007
45Kosumosu YamanakaJapan38,50024
46Bo JinChina76,70048
47Nan ZhaoChina28,70018
48Nan HongChina85,00053
51Lijiang LiuChina34,40022
52Zedao MaChina51,30032
53Mengdian PengChina71,40045
54Xinglong HuangChina28,90018
56Calvin LeeUnited States65,50041
57Zhiqiang QianChina67,40042
58Cangsheng NiChina42,50027
61Huu Dung NguyenVietnam123,50077
62Ang LiChina23,40015
63Zhiao HeChina84,00053
64Yake WuChina24,10015
65Yiqing HuangChina194,000121
67Yao BaiChina139,10087
68Thanh Binh NguyenVietnam31,70020
71Tung Chun YungChina95,70060
72Yuan YiluChina110,10069
73Natalie TehMalaysia106,20066
74Derek IpChina59,40037
75Guofeng WangChina107,10067
76Ben LaiChina98,50062
78Ye YuanChina60,00038
81Lester EdocPhilippines100,00063
82Pete ChenTaiwan28,90018
83Ting Yi TsaiTaiwan23,10014
84Tamon NakamuraJapan23,80015
85Chunqing WangChina35,10022
86Jiahuan HeChina51,10032
87Feng ChenChina122,60077
91Andre LettauGermany50,30031
92Fei XiongChina27,80017
93Sparrow CheungChina42,50027
94Dong ChenChina74,80047
95Chang HeChina87,50055
96Liuheng DaiChina83,00052
98Liang ChenChina60,00038
101Kai KangChina59,00037
102Zhiyong LongChina81,60051
103Hengren TuChina88,20055
104Xiaqing JiChina66,10041
105Yunsheng SunChina67,60042
107Mike TakayamaPhilippines94,00059
108Leshi ShaoChina64,00040
111Zhen WangChina181,400113
112Weiwen ZhengChina47,00029
113Alex LeeSingapore67,30042
114Huidong GuMacau73,40046
116Tao FanChina77,00048
117Xixiang LuoChina123,10077
118Bing ZhouChina21,80014
121Chi Chung HoUnited Kingdom85,10053
122Chang TanChina77,30048
123Bo XuChina27,90017
125Jiayu RuanChina81,90051
126Duc Trung VuVietnam18,80012
127Guoliang WeiChina36,80023
128Jin SuChina151,60095
132Ngoc Tai HoangVietnam64,90041
134Kazuhiko YotsushikaJapan125,80079
135Michael SoyzaMalaysia172,700108
136Takashi OguraJapan102,20064
137Huijie ZhouChina21,30013
138Ngoc Anh CaoVietnam165,100103
141Zejin ShenChina8,2005
143Quan ZhouChina35,80022
144Xiaohang NiChina68,00043
145Victor ChongMalaysia51,70032
147Ruihong TaoChina51,40032
148Yu NozakiJapan89,90056

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