Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
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.
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
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||4||Jamie Lee||United States||39,000||24|
|3||5||Joshua Zimmerman||United States||159,000||99|
|4||2||Bawoo Yun||United States||130,200||81|
|5||6||Calvin Lee||United States||65,500||41|
|6||1||Huu Dung Nguyen||Vietnam||123,500||77|
|6||8||Thanh Binh Nguyen||Vietnam||31,700||20|
|7||1||Tung Chun Yung||China||95,700||60|
|8||3||Ting Yi Tsai||Taiwan||23,100||14|
|12||1||Chi Chung Ho||United Kingdom||85,100||53|
|12||6||Duc Trung Vu||Vietnam||18,800||12|
|13||2||Ngoc Tai Hoang||Vietnam||64,900||41|
|13||8||Ngoc Anh Cao||Vietnam||165,100||103|
It appears that around 100 players out of 140 entries have bagged up for the night and will return to their seats at 1 p.m. local time to play down to a champion. The full chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.
After the heads-up turn of , Kazuhiko Yotsushika was all in for 42,200 and Huijie Zhou eventually made the call as a small rail had gathered around the table in the final hand of the night.
Zhou was ahead with his pair of tens but Yotsushika had plenty of outs with the open-ender and flush draw. Sure enough the hit on the river to let Yotsushika double and send Zhou into a world of pain.
Michael Soyza opened to 2,500 in the cutoff and Yake Wu made the call in the big blind to see the flop on which Wu checked and called a bet worth 5,000. After the turn, Wu checked once more and called a bet of 11,500 and opted to check the on the river.
Soyza pushed forward his stack of T-5,000 chips worth 100,000 to force a fold from Wu and push Soyza near the top of the leader board.
With some 50,000 in the middle and the board reading , Jieming Xu moved all in for 62,500 on the button and his sole remaining opponent tank-called. Xu tabled and his opponent in the hijack mucked.
Four hands will be played before the remaining players get to bag and tag for the night.
Pete Chen was below 20 big blinds not long ago and just doubled to get back above the starting stack.
It was a classic flip with the for Chen and the for Ruihong Tao, which saw both players connect with the flop. The turn secured the double for Chen and made the river a formality.
There are 100 players out of 136 players remaining as the number of re-entries in the final stages of Day 1 has suddenly increased.