Concurrently to Day 1 of the ₩10,000,000 Super High Roller, the ₩1,500,000 Baby Dragon has played down to a champion and it was Xian Liu that emerged victoriously after cutting a deal with Yunsheng Sun in heads-up and winning the duel for the extra money and trophy.
Liu bested a 593-strong field – a new country record for the event – and the top 72 players were guaranteed a portion of the ₩776,534,000 (~US$662,815) prize pool after both starting days had played down to the top 12% and money. The victory comes with a payday of ₩142,946,000 (~US$122,080) while Sun is taking home ₩130,000,000 for his runner-up finish.
One year ago, James Won Lee topped a field of 298 entries to earn himself the Baby Dragon trophy and payday of ₩74,310,000 (US$66,361), and the American was also in the running on Day 1 of the ₩10,000,000 Super High Roller as well where he bagged and tagged for Day 2. The attendance of the 2018 edition was nearly doubled and increased by a mighty 98.9%.
Final Result ₩1,500,000 Baby Dragon
|Place||Winner||Country/Region||Prize (in KRW)||Prize (in USD)|
|8||Jung Chou Lee||Taiwan||₩18,637,000||$16,028|
Returning notables to come up short of the final table included Day 1 frontrunner Qiuning Zhang (15th for ₩8,542,000), Australia's Kelvin Beattie (22nd for ₩4,659,000), Taiwan's Chen An Lin (27th for ₩4,271,000), Malaysia's Victor Chong (39th for ₩3,572,000) and a former Red Dragon Main Event Champion in the form of Dengfeng "Denny" Yu (54th for ₩3,261,000).
Phachara Wongwichit, who had cashed in the ₩5,000,000 Single-Day High Roller, made it to another final table and nursed a shorter stack for most of the day before going on a heater late on. He was denied the victory and ultimately fell in third place, following Japan's Jun Obara to the payout desk who had to settle for 4th place.