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₱110,000 Main Event



₱110,000 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Sun Shines With Huge Chip Lead, Campomanes in 2nd; 9 Left in the PokerStars Red Dragon Manila Main Event

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Xijie Sun
Xijie Sun

A short Day 3 ensured that the PokerStars Red Dragon Manila Main Event was culled from 34 players to the final nine. Those players are all guaranteed at least ₱1,221,000 ($23,879) when they return on Friday, January 10, at 1 p.m. local time to the gorgeous Okada Manila to play down to a winner. With 669 entries, the inaugural Red Dragon event in Manila created a total prize pool of ₱64,244,070 ($1,256,428) and 81 players got paid.

It is China's Xijie Sun bringing in a humongous chip lead with 6,550,000 – more than double that of his closest competitor Florencio Campomanes. The 36-year old poker professional from Suzhou (near Shanghai) has been playing for almost a decade, with his biggest score coming during a Jeju event four years ago when he finished in second place. Sun is mainly a cash game player, but enjoys the occasional tournament.

“This is my first visit to Manila; I’ve never been before and wanted to see what the poker was like. I only came to Manila to be the champion,” said Sun via the aid of a translator when asked what prompted him to play the Red Dragon Manila.

Florencio Campomanes
Florencio Campomanes finished second in the chip counts after Day 3

Campomanes bagged 3,305,000 at the end of Day 3 to finish second in the counts for another great result in Manila. In addition to winning the 2019 APPT Manila Main Event, Campomanes also laid claim to the first Platinum Pass of 2020 when he won the flip-out at the start of Day 2. The Filipino player also finished runner-up in the Super High Roller a few days ago. This could become one of the best poker weeks ever for the self-proclaimed “retired” player.

Zejin Shen rounds out the podium with 2,300,000 in chips and is the only other player to return with an above-average stack. Yufei Hui, Andres Korn, Tetsuro Tomita, Gerardo Lubas, Martin Stausholm, and Tao Chen round out the final table.

Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Xijie SunChina6,550,000131
2Zejin ShenChina2,300,00046
3Martin StausholmDenmark1,225,00025
4Gerardo LubasPhilippines1,255,00025
5Tetsuro TomitaJapan1,435,00029
6Tao ChenChina810,00016
7Yufei HuiChina1,630,00033
8Andres KornArgentina1,565,00031
9Florencio CampomanesPhilippines3,305,00066

The most dangerous player outside of the top 3 might be Korn with over $2 million in live tournament cashes according to The Hendon Mob; the Argentinian has cashed more than the other five players combined. But don’t count the other players out though. Stausholm won an event here in Manila a few months ago and also reached a final table in one of the biggest tournaments of the summer of 2018 in Las Vegas. Tomita is also no stranger to the final stages either with several APPT side-event wins under his belt in addition to reaching final tables in four different PokerStars LIVE Main Events (APPT/Championship/Megastack).

From 34 Players to the Final Table

With all surviving players in their seats, it would only be one level before there the redraw took place for the final three tables. By the time the first break came around, one-third of the field had already been eliminated. Jehun Hong, the Day 2 chip leader, was still ahead and even eliminated Shiyu Li to increase his lead but went on a bit of a downward spiral after that.

Alan Lau
Alan Lau finished in 20th place for ₱450,000 ($8,801)

Alan Lau was the last champion left but busted when he check-raised the bet of Daewoong Song and then called the shove with the shorter stack holding top pair. Song held the flush draw and got there on the river to send the 2017 Red Dragon Event champion to the rail in 20th place to join his brother King Sing Lau, who had also managed to make the money.

During the second break, Hong had lost the chip lead to Sun, who didn’t look back from then onwards. Sun took out Song, Shen then claimed Anthony Abram as his victim, while Lubas busted Hong. Korn eliminated Chulwoo Park before Sun burst the final table bubble by knocking out Euryd Rivera.

PokerStars Red Dragon Manila Main Event Final Table Players
PokerStars Red Dragon Manila Main Event Final Tablists

All in all, with this line-up, the final table looks to be a good one with lots of action to come when they return to finish the last 27 minutes of Level 26, which features a small blind of 25,000, big blind of 50,000, and a big blind ante of 50,000. A 15-minute break has been scheduled after every two full levels of play.

This is what they are all still competing for:

PlacePrize (PHP)Prize (USD)

The PokerNews live reporting team will be there from the moment the first player takes their seat at the final table until the Red Dragon has been slain.

Tags: Alan LauAndres KornAnthony AbramChulwoo ParkDaewoong SongEuryd RiveraFlorencio CampomanesGerardo LubasJehun HongMartin StausholmShiyu LiTao ChenTetsuro TomitaXijie SunYufei HuiZejin Shen

Euryd Rivera Eliminated in 10th Place (₱1,028,000 / $20,105)

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Euryd Rivera
Euryd Rivera

Euryd Rivera shoved from under the gun for 370,000 and was called by Xijie Sun in the big blind.

Euryd Rivera: {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Xijie Sun: {9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}

The flop came {j-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{5-Spades} for Sun to hit middle pair.

The turn was the {2-Diamonds} which didn't change things, only an ace or ten could save Rivera but the river completed the board with the {8-Clubs} for Sun to improve to trips to eliminate Rivera in tenth place for ₱1,028,000 ($20,105).

The nine remaining players will be taking their final table photos before bagging up their chips for the final table tomorrow.

The full chips counts, seat draw, and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Xijie Sun CN
Xijie Sun
CN 6,550,000 450,000
Euryd Rivera PH
Euryd Rivera
PH Busted

Tags: Xijie SunEuryd Rivera

Chen Doubles Through Campomanes

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Florencio Campomanes raised to 105,000 from the button and Tao Chen shoved from the small blind for 305,000. Zejin Shen folded his big blind and Campomanes took some time to consider what to do before deciding to make the call in the end.

Tao Chen: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}
Florencio Campomanes: {q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

The board ran out {4-Spades}{8-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{a-Spades} for Chen to stay ahead throughout the board and even improve to a set to double up with.

Florencio Campomanes ph
Florencio Campomanes
ph 3,600,000 -175,000
Tao Chen cn
Tao Chen
cn 710,000 -110,000

Tags: Florencio CampomanesTao ChenZejin Shen

Chulwoo Park Eliminated in 11th Place (₱835,000 / $16,330)

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Chulwoo Park
Chulwoo Park

Chulwoo Park shoved from the button for around 530,000 and was called by Andres Korn in the big blind.

Chulwoo Park: {k-Hearts}{5-Hearts}
Andres Korn: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}

The flop came {10-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{k-Spades} for Korn to hit a set and Park to make top pair.

The turn was the {9-Clubs} which now gave Park chopping outs but the river completed the board with the {9-Spades} for Korn to improve to a full house to eliminate Park in eleventh place.

Xijie Sun got moved to this table to balance things out.

Andres Korn ar
Andres Korn
ar 1,690,000 600,000
Chulwoo Park KR
Chulwoo Park
KR Busted

Tags: Andres KornChulwoo ParkXijie Sun

Jehun Hong Eliminated in 12th Place (₱835,000 / $16,330)

poolshir • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Jehun Hong
Jehun Hong

Gerardo Lubas raised to 125,000 from under the gun and action folded to Jehun Hong in the big blind who shoved for 605,000. Lubas called.

Jehun Hong: {a-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Gerardo Lubas: {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

The board ran out {4-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{q-Clubs}{9-Spades} for Lubas to improve to a set on the river to send the Day 2 chip leader packing in twelfth place for ₱835,000 ($16,330).

Gerardo Lubas ph
Gerardo Lubas
ph 1,505,000 920,000
Jehun Hong cn
Jehun Hong
cn Busted

Tags: Gerardo LubasJehun Hong


Anthony Abram Eliminated in 13th Place (₱675,000 / $13,201)

poolshir • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Anthony Abram
Anthony Abram

Anthony Abram shoved from under the gun for 180,000 and was called by Zejin Shen when the action was folded to him.

Anthony Abram: {q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Zejin Shen: {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}

The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{5-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{9-Spades} for Shen to flop two pair and stay ahead throughout the rest of the board to eliminate Abram in thirteenth place for ₱675,000 ($13,201).

Florencio Campomanes was moved to this table to balance everything out.

Zejin Shen CN
Zejin Shen
CN 2,240,000 90,000
Anthony Abram AU
Anthony Abram
AU Busted

Tags: Anthony AbramFlorencio CampomanesZejin Shen

Campomanes Gets Hong to Fold

poolshir • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante

Florencio Campomanes raised to 100,000 from under the gun and Jehun Hong three-bet to 255,000 from the middle position. Action folded back to Campomanes who called.

The flop came {10-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{5-Clubs}, Campomanes check-raised the 170,000 continuation-bet of Hong to 520,000 which was called.

The turn brought them the {2-Clubs} and Campomanes bet 500,000 which was enough to get Hong to fold.

Florencio Campomanes ph
Florencio Campomanes
ph 3,775,000 1,075,000
Jehun Hong cn
Jehun Hong
cn 635,000 -865,000

Tags: Florencio CampomanesJehun Hong