2019 PokerStars Red Dragon Jeju

₩5,000,000 High Roller
Day: 1
Event Info

2019 PokerStars Red Dragon Jeju

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
5,000,000 KRW
Prize Pool
684,093,000 KRW
Level Info
30,000 / 60,000
Players Info - Day 1
Players Left

₩5,000,000 High Roller

Day 1 Completed

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

Level 9 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Michael Soyza
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

Tags: Alex LeeAndre LettauBen LaiCalvin LeeCarson WongChen An LinGuoliang WeiHuahuan FengKazuhiko YotsushikaLanding CasinoLei YuMichael SoyzaNatalie TehPaul NeweyPete ChenSparrow CheungXixiang LuoYake WuYang ZhangYiqing Huang

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Level 9 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Player Chips Progress
Yiqing Huang cn
Yiqing Huang
194,000 4,000
Day 1 Chip Leader
Zhen Wang cn
Zhen Wang
181,400 1,400
Michael Soyza my
Michael Soyza
172,700 2,700
Jieming Xu cn
Jieming Xu
167,900 -2,100
Ngoc Anh Cao vn
Ngoc Anh Cao
165,100 45,100
Joshua Zimmerman us
Joshua Zimmerman
159,000 9,000
Jin Su cn
Jin Su
151,600 11,600
Yao Bai cn
Yao Bai
139,100 4,100
Bawoo Yun kr
Bawoo Yun
130,200 130,200
Kazuhiko Yotsushika jp
Kazuhiko Yotsushika
Huu Dung Nguyen vn
Huu Dung Nguyen
123,500 123,500
Xixiang Luo cn
Xixiang Luo
123,100 -6,900
Feng Chen cn
Feng Chen
122,600 52,600
Kairan Jin cn
Kairan Jin
122,600 122,600
Kannapong Thanarattrakul th
Kannapong Thanarattrakul
114,500 19,500
Yuan Yilu cn
Yuan Yilu
110,100 110,100
Guofeng Wang cn
Guofeng Wang
107,100 -32,900
Natalie Teh my
Natalie Teh
106,200 48,200
Takashi Ogura jp
Takashi Ogura
102,200 102,200
Phachara Wongwichit th
Phachara Wongwichit
101,600 28,600
Bin Wang cn
Bin Wang
100,500 100,500
Lester Edoc ph
Lester Edoc
100,000 100,000
Chang Shi cn
Chang Shi
100,000 5,000
Ben Lai hk
Ben Lai
98,500 48,500
Lei Yu cn
Lei Yu
97,200 -2,800

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Day 1 Completed

Level 9 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

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.

Zhou Makes the Right Call; Loses to Yotsushika

Level 9 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Kazuhiko Yotsushika
Kazuhiko Yotsushika

After the heads-up turn of {j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, 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.

Kazuhiko Yotsushika: {k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}
Huijie Zhou: {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

Zhou was ahead with his pair of tens but Yotsushika had plenty of outs with the open-ender and flush draw. Sure enough the {q-Clubs} hit on the river to let Yotsushika double and send Zhou into a world of pain.

Player Chips Progress
Kazuhiko Yotsushika jp
Kazuhiko Yotsushika
125,800 55,800
Huijie Zhou cn
Huijie Zhou
21,300 -64,700

Tags: Huijie ZhouKazuhiko Yotsushika

Three Barrels From Soyza

Level 9 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

Michael Soyza opened to 2,500 in the cutoff and Yake Wu made the call in the big blind to see the {7-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop on which Wu checked and called a bet worth 5,000. After the {k-Clubs} turn, Wu checked once more and called a bet of 11,500 and opted to check the {9-Diamonds} 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.

Player Chips Progress
Michael Soyza my
Michael Soyza
170,000 20,000
Yake Wu cn
Yake Wu
30,000 -20,000

Tags: Michael SoyzaYake Wu

Late Double for Xu

Level 9 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Jieming Xu
Jieming Xu

With some 50,000 in the middle and the board reading {k-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}, Jieming Xu moved all in for 62,500 on the button and his sole remaining opponent tank-called. Xu tabled {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and his opponent in the hijack mucked.

Player Chips Progress
Jieming Xu cn
Jieming Xu
170,000 93,000

Tags: Jieming Xu

Chen Wins a Flip

Level 9 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Pete Chen
Pete Chen

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 {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} for Chen and the {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} for Ruihong Tao, which saw both players connect with the {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{5-Spades} flop. The {3-Spades} turn secured the double for Chen and made the {j-Hearts} river a formality.

Player Chips Progress
Ruihong Tao cn
Ruihong Tao
65,000 -41,000
Pete Chen hk
Pete Chen
55,000 38,000
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Pete ChenRuihong Tao