2019 PokerStars Red Dragon Jeju

₩2,500,000 Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2019 PokerStars Red Dragon Jeju

Final Results
Zhihao Zhang
Winning Hand
345,370,000 KRW
Event Info
2,500,000 KRW
Prize Pool
1,896,592,500 KRW
Level Info
100,000 / 200,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Players Left

₩2,500,000 Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Strong Turnout for Day 1a of the 2019 PokerStars Red Dragon Jeju ₩2,500,000 Main Event

Day 1a chip leader Xiaqing Ji
Day 1a chip leader Xiaqing Ji

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

PlacePlayerCountryChip Count
1Xiaqing JiChina355,500
2Hanze WangChina332,000
3Yifan CaoChina248,000
4Dong JiangChina240,000
5Wen Kai ChenTaiwan235,500
6Jun SuChina232,000
7James LeeUnited States228,000
8Ben LaiHonh Kong220,000
9Nan ZhaoChina175,500
10Tianliang GuanChina170,000

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.

Tags: Alex LeeCarson WongHuidong GuHung Sheng LinMichael SoyzaNatalie TehPete ChenSparrow CheungTae Hoon HanXiaqing JiYuechun Shi

End of Day 1A Chip Counts

Player Chips Progress
Xiaqing Ji cn
Xiaqing Ji
Day 1A Chip Leader
Hanze Wang cn
Hanze Wang
Yifan Cao cn
Yifan Cao
Dong Jiang cn
Dong Jiang
Wen Kai Chen tw
Wen Kai Chen
Jun Su cn
Jun Su
James Lee us
James Lee
Ben Lai hk
Ben Lai
Nan Zhao cn
Nan Zhao
Tianliang Guan cn
Tianliang Guan
Yifu Zhai cn
Yifu Zhai
Renjun Gla Yang cn
Renjun Gla Yang
Quan Zhou cn
Quan Zhou
Alex Lee sg
Alex Lee
Zhengshan Hao cn
Zhengshan Hao
Zhenhua Lu cn
Zhenhua Lu
Bin Di cn
Bin Di
Tao Chen cn
Tao Chen
Xianchao Shen cn
Xianchao Shen
Jamie Lee us
Jamie Lee
Zejin Shen cn
Zejin Shen
Yun Teng cn
Yun Teng
Junwei Sun cn
Junwei Sun
Jianbiao Zhong cn
Jianbiao Zhong
Yu Tian cn
Yu Tian

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Welcome to Day 1a of the 2019 PokerStars Red Dragon Jeju ₩2,500,000 Main Event

Red Dragon Trophy
Red Dragon Trophy

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

LevelSmall BlindBig BlindBig 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.

Tags: Celina LinTom AlnerYuechun Shi

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