Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
While the final day of the ₩5,000,000 High Roller gathered most of the attention at the Landing Casino on Jeju Island in South Korea, the flagship event of the 2019 PokerStars LIVE Asia Red Dragon Jeju festival has seen an excellent turnout for the ₩2,500,000 Main Event.
Rich in history throughout 11 years in Macau, it was the second time the Red Dragon Main Event was held in Jeju and a new record for a major live poker event on South Korean soil may be set as the 613-entry strong field of 2018 may be surpassed with two starting days remaining.
Yuechun Shi was the man to slay the dragon back during its last outing at the Jeju Red Dragon 2018, taking home the iconic red dragon trophy and top prize of ₩266,060,000 (US$237,700) one year ago at the Landing Casino. Expectations were already high thanks to the impressive turnout in the High Roller and Day 1a certainly did'nt disappoint.
A total of 252 entries including 223 unique players and 29 re-entries were generated and after 12 levels of 40 minutes, only 80 players bagged and tagged for the night. Shi's countryman Xiaqing Ji took over the pole position after the opening flight, bagging up 355,500 in chips.
Ji has previously tasted success in South Korea, having won his first PokerStars LIVE title after taking down the ₩250k APPT Korea Short Deck Event back in April for a ₩6,400,000 (US$5,644) payday and boasts three live titles to his name, in addition to over US$180,000 in live tournament winnings
China’s Hanze Wang (332,000) finished close behind Ji in the counts - the only other player to bag over 300k in chips.
China’s Yifan Cao (248,000) and Dong Jiang (240,000) also enjoyed the rub of the green, with Taiwan’s Wen Kai Chen (235,500) rounding out the top five.
Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Stacks
|5||Wen Kai Chen||Taiwan||235,500|
|7||James Lee||United States||228,000|
|8||Ben Lai||Honh Kong||220,000|
Other notables to succeed in their quest to lock up a Day 2 berth included Singapore’s Alex Lee (133,500), reigning APPT Korea Main Event Champion Sparrow Cheung (99,500), Taiwan’s Pete Chen (58,500), Hong Kong’s Carson Wong (45,000) and Malaysia’s Natalie Teh (38,000).
Notable eliminations included APPT Jeju Main Event Champion Huidong Gu, former APPT Korea Main Event Champion and high roller extraordinaire Michael Soyza, New Zealand’s Tae Hoon Han and a former Asia player of the year in Taiwan’s Hung Sheng Lin.
All those that busted have another two chances to earn a stack for Day 2 and retain their chances at a portion of the guaranteed prize pool of ₩1,000,000,000. Day 1b gets underway at 1 p.m. local time on Monday, November 11th, 2019, with the same 40-minute levels as Day 1a, while the third and final flight, Day 1c, sports slightly faster 20-minute levels and kicks off at 8 p.m local time.
The PokerNews team will be on the floor to provide updates for both flights and until a champion has been crowned in the flagship event of the festival in Jeju on Wednesday, November 13th, 219.
Originally launched as part of the Macau Poker Cup Series back in 2008 when poker in Macau was in its infancy, just 33 players entered the first-ever Red Dragon Main Event, which boasted an HK$10,000 buy-in and was held at the Grand Waldo Hotel.
The first Red Dragon champion back then was Kenny Leong who took home the lion’s share of the HK$316,000 (US$40,612) prize pool and one of live poker's most-unique looking tournament trophy, in addition to the HK$126,700 (US$16,242) top prize.
Since then, the Red Dragon Main Event has established itself as one of the most popular live events in Asia and set records for the largest freeze-out tournament ever held in the Asia Pacific Region multiple times. The Red Dragon still holds the current record, set during the September 2017 edition of the Main Event, which drew a staggering 1,308 runners and generated a HK$17,128,260 (US$2,189,058) prize pool, with China’s Qiuming Qin slaying the dragon for a HK$3,141,000 (US$401,432) payday.
There were a total of 29 Red Dragon Main Events throughout the last 11 years and just two players managed to claim two titles to their name: PokerStars ambassador Celina Lin and UK's Tom Alner. Furthermore, Lin also has an additional runner-up finish as well. She won't be around this time, however, after giving birth to her daughter Nova just one week ago.
The first Red Dragon Main Event outside of Macau took place one year ago right here at the Landing Casino in Jeju and it was also the first time the freezeout format changed to a single re-entry per flight. China’s Yuechun Shi was crowned the first-ever Jeju Red Dragon Main Event Champion, defeating a 613-strong field for a payday of ₩266,060,000 (~US$237,700). It was also the largest field for a Main Event in South Korean history and this record may fall in the 2019 edition.
There will be three starting days for the 2019 PokerStars Red Dragon Jeju Main Event on November 10th and 11th, 2019, with 12 levels scheduled in each flight. The tournament comes with a buy-in of ₩2,500,000 (~$2,150) and a guaranteed prize pool of ₩1,000,000,000 (~$862,990).
Day 1a and 1b will feature levels of 40 minutes each while the turbo Day 1c has a level duration of 20 minutes. The registration and single re-entry period for each flight conclude after the end of level nine.
Day 1 Level Structure
|Level||Small Blind||Big Blind||Big Blind Ante|
While the PokerNews live updates for the day will focus on the conclusion of the ₩5,000,000 High Roller, the full chip counts for all Day 1a survivors and a recap of the day will be published at the end of the night.
Day 1a Started