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₩2,500,000 Main Event

A New Red Dragon Champion Will Be Crowned in Jeju

Zhihao Zhang

Only nine players out of a field of 869 entries remain in the biggest live poker event in the history of South Korea at the Jeju Shinhwa World - Landing Casino and will aim to become the 28th Red Dragon Main Event champion in the 2019 PokerStars LIVE Asia Red Dragon Jeju ₩2,500,000 Main Event.

So far, all finalists are guaranteed at least ₩32,242,000 ($27,728) for their efforts, but the unique red dragon trophy in the most influencial poker event of the Asia-Pacific Region is up for grabs. The winner can look forward to the top prize of ₩393,553,500 ($338,456) and a luxurious Rolex watch worth USD$14,000, exclusively sponsored by 6UP – the official partner of PokerStars in Asia.

Zhihao Zhang enters the final day with 11,750,000, 45% of the chips in play, and there is a massive gap to Xin He (2,450,000) and Ting Yi Tsai (2,445,000), who sit in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Tsai is the only remaining non-Mainland Chinese player in contention and one of the most accomplished finalists with 40 live cashes – including five live tournament titles – to his name for live tournament winnings just shy of US$147,000.

All further remaining six finalists have between 10 and 20 big blinds at their disposal and one double up would significantly alter the chances of a possible top-three finish. Yifan Cao (2,045,000), Cangsheng Ni (1,880,000), Wenyan Liu (1,875,000), Dapeng Wang (1,570,000), Zhenhua Lu (1,190,000) and Rongshan Li (1,020,000) complete the line-up for the final day.

Lu has reached his second Red Dragon Main Event final table as he finished fourth to Alvin Yifang Zhang in February 2018 out of a field of 1,122 in Macau and received his largest score of HK$800,000 ($102,293) so far. Ni is the next most successful player in terms of money won, with over US$118,000 in live tournament cashes, though he has yet to win a title.

Seat Assignments for the Final Table

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Wenyan LiuChina1,875,00019
2Rongshan LiChina1,020,00010
3Ting Yi TsaiTaiwan2,445,00024
4Yifan CaoChina2,045,00020
5Cangsheng NiChina1,880,00019
6Dapeng WangChina1,570,00016
7Xin HeChina2,450,00025
8Zhenhua LuChina1,190,00012
9Zhihao ZhangChina11,750,000118

The action is set to resume at 1 p.m. local time with 40:42 minutes remaining in level 29 at blinds of 50,000-100,000 with a big blind ante of 100,000 and the final showdown will be broadcasted live on the Red Dragon Poker website with Mandarin commentary and hole cards displayed on a security delay of 30 minutes.

All PokerNews updates until the conclusion of the tournament will be published according to the delay on the live stream.

Final Table Group Picture
Final Table Group Picture

Tags: Cangsheng NiDapeng WangRongshan LiTing Yi TsaiWenyan LiuXin HeYifan CaoZhenhua LuZhihao Zhang