Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Chip Lead for Hong in the PokerStars Red Dragon Manila Main Event; Lau Brothers and Campomanes Also In Contention
After missing out on the chip lead on Day 1b by a mere 500 in chips, Jehun Hong has more than made up for that fact as he claimed the Day 2 chip lead with 1,910,000. That is a whopping 770,000 more than his closest competitor in the PokerStars Red Dragon Manila Main Event. Out of the 669 entries, 212 players returned to the felt at the start of the day and at the end of the day, only 34 players will come back for Day 3 on Thursday, January 9 at 1 p.m. local time.
Hong seems to have started playing tournaments last year as he has only cashed in 2019 according to The Hendon Mob. But he certainly seems to know what he is doing as he stayed around the top of the chip counts for most of the day. It was in one of the final hands of the day where he clashed with Xijie Sun when he five-bet and got the latter to fold.
Hong is followed by Yufei Hui with 1,140,000 and Piet Pape with 1,015,000 as the only other players to have bagged above the 1,000,000-mark. Shiyu Li and Florencio Campomanes complete the top 5.
PokerStars Red Dragon Manila Main Event Day 2 Top 5 Chip Counts
|Place||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Jehun Hong||South Korea||1,910,000||119|
Even though all 34 players are guaranteed at least ₱308,000 ($6,024), there is one player who has already gotten more out of the Main Event than anyone else for now. Campomanes won the APPT Manila in 2019 and is still in the running for the lion-share of the ₱64,244,070 ($1,256,428) prize pool but he’s also the first player in 2020 to have won a Platinum Pass for the PSPC in Barcelona in August.
Also, still in with a shot of becoming the third-ever two-time Red Dragon champion is Alan Lau with 779,000 in chips. Lau was up to over a million at one point but lost half of his stack with a wrongly timed bluff. His brother, King Sing Lau also made it through with 682,000, two spots below him in the chip counts.
Sandro Bruni has already won an event here in Manila a few days ago, he took down the Turbo and is now eyeing up another win. Bruni bagged 377,000 in chips which is below average but anything can happen in poker. Alexis Lim has gone home as the absolute short stack with 81,000 chips in his bag and will be looking up to double up a few times immediately at the start of Day 3.
Fang Kai Yang burst the bubble when he eliminated Zeyu Zhang with king-queen while the latter had ace-king. Yang's flopped two pair ensured that the remaining 81 players were all in the money. Familiar names to cash include Mike Takayama, Huidong Gu, Ryan Yu, Natalie Teh, Sparrow Cheung, Paul Hong, Sebastian Wong, and Victor Chong. Chip leaders Hwany Lee (1b) and Sahil Agarwal (1a) both busted but managed to cash.
When the 34 remaining players return to the beautiful Coral Lounge at the Okada Manila, they will start with Level 21 which features a small blind of 8,000, big blind of 16,000, and a big blind ante of 16,000. Play will continue until the final table of nine players has been reached. A 15-minute break will take place after every two levels.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be back when the players open their bags and follow along with the action until the final table has been reached so keep reading the updates right here!
Day 3 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||5||Daewoong Song||South Korea||610,000||38|
|1||7||Quan Zhou (CH)||China||301,000||19|
|2||3||Jeon Seung Soo||South Korea||515,000||32|
|2||4||Jehun Hong||South Korea||1,910,000||119|
|2||8||Jin Woo Kim||United States||303,500||19|
|3||3||Fuk On Wong||Hong Kong||895,000||56|
|3||5||Kunwoo Kim||South Korea||308,000||19|
|3||8||Alan Lau||Hong Kong||779,000||49|
|3||9||Dongkyoon Seo||South Korea||362,000||23|
|4||1||King Sing Lau||Hong Kong||682,000||43|
|4||9||Chulwoo Park||South Korea||530,000||33|
The 34 remaining players have bagged their chips for Day 3. The full chip counts and a recap are to follow.
Piet Pape raised to 25,000 from the middle position and Shang Yan Zhou shoved from the cutoff. Action folded back to Pape who made the call.
Shang Yan Zhou:
The board ran out for Pape to flop the full house to eliminate Zhou before the end of the day.
The tournament clock has been paused and the players need to play five more hands before they can bag and taga their chips for Day 3.
King Sing Lau raised to 27,000 from the hijack and Xijie Sun called on the button. Jehun Hong three-bet to 86,000 from the small blind for Shang Yan Zhou to fold his big blind. Lau folded too but Sun four-bet to 273,000. Hong responded with a five-bet to 783,000 which sent Sun into the tank. About 2 or 3 minutes later, Sun opted to fold.
Piet Pape raised to 25,000 from the hijack and action folded to Tao Chen in the big blind who three-bet to 65,000 which Pape called.
They both checked through the flop and the on the turn to the on the river. Chen fired a bet of 60,000 over the line which was enough for Pape to fold to.
Day 1b chip leader, Hwany Lee, has also been eliminated.