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Day 2 Completed

Chou Chien Fa Leads Last 32 Players After Day 2 of the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event

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Chou Chien Fa holds the chip lead coming into the final day of the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event
Chou Chien Fa holds the chip lead coming into the final day of the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event

In what proved to be a short but action-packed day, play concluded for Day 2 of the 2019 Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event after six 60-minute levels with 32 of the 114 returning survivors from the three starting flights bagging up chips.

It is Taiwan's Chou Chien Fa the man who leads the pack after concluding play with a massive 762,000 in chips. Fa seemed extremely comfortable in the chip leader's position for a man with only four live cashes on his poker resume — a spot he occupied for the majority of play before briefly being usurped by South Korea's Jae Wook Shin.

However, Fa finished with a flourish, chopping a gigantic three-way pot with the Philippines' David Erquiaga with the duo railing the unfortunate Jun Zhu Huang not long after the money bubble had burst.

It was Fa the man who lit the fuse on a hand that would have explosive results, picking up two callers in button Erquiaga and big blind Huang. The trio got all the chips in on a king-queen-four flop with two hearts on the board, Fa and Erquiaga both holding ace-king and Huang drawing extremely live with ace-jack of hearts.

Blanks on the turn and river saw Huang depart in 35th place, becoming the second paying casualty, while Fa and Erquiaga divvied up Huang's chips, with that pot putting Fa squarely at the top of the counts, where he would remain.

Shin was the only other player to bag over 700,000 in chips after crippling the unfortunate Jia Tang in another huge pot that saw the South Korean player briefly flirt with the chip lead before Fa reclaimed the top spot.

Tang was the architect of his own demise after getting frisky on the button and bubble with six-four offsuit, and while that dominated big blind Shin's five-four offsuit, the later check-raised the flop with the same bottom pair as Tang, who made two pair on the turn.

Unfortunately for Tang, that gave Shin a straight draw, which he played aggressively and got there on the river to leave the former short, departing at the hands of Kun Han Lee shortly afterward on the last level of the day when his ace-queen lost a race to the Taiwanese player's pocket jacks to guarantee all 36 remaining players a TWD 50,500 (~$1,610) payday.

Jia Tang falls at the hands of Kun Han Lee to burst the money bubble in the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event
Jia Tang falls at the hands of Kun Han Lee to burst the money bubble in the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event

Other notables still in contention for the title include Taiwan's Terry Fan (460,000), Hong Kong's Howard Sun (321,000), the UK's Alex Lindop (302,000), Hong Kong's Wing Kei Chan (194,000), Singapore's Richard Lim (169,000) and the USA's Edwin Gerard (154,000).

With 114 player returning for Day 2 and only 36 of them making the money, the action was frantic from the get-go. Notables to come up short of the cash spots included Hong Kong's Sparrow Cheung, Ireland's Mark Gruendemann, the UK's Ben Andrews, current Taiwan No. #1 on the GPI Taiwan List, Pete Chen, and Taiwan All Time Money List No. #1 James Chen.

Of these, Pete Chen came the closest to the cash, departing one off the bubble after coming out on the wrong side of a blind on blind battle against fellow countryman Zong-Ping Yang, who woke up with jacks when Chen shoved with king-six from the small blind.

In addition to the aforementioned Huang, three other players busted in the cash spots before play concluded, with Taiwan's Li-Kuwang Ma, and Hong Kong's Ming Sang Chung and Wei Fan the other players in question, all earning themselves a min-cash of TWD 50,500.

The 32 survivors will return for the penultimate third day at 1:00 p.m. local time (GMT+8) to determine who will earn their place at the final table, with blinds recommencing at 4,000/8,000 with and 8,000 running ante, so join us then.

Day 3 Seat Draw

NameCountry/RegionTableSeatChip CountBig Blinds
Lee Kuan WeeMalaysia19122200028
Alex LindopUnited Kingdom19230200038
Chunsan FanChina19313900017
Lin Yu ShengTaiwan19431900040
Dicky TsangHong Kong19527800035
Edwin GerardUnited States19615400019
Terry FanTaiwan19746000058
David ErguiagaPhilippines19833800042
Wai King CheungHong Kong20157500072
Howard SunHong Kong20232100040
Bing Chang FengTaiwan20336400046
Chou Chien FaTaiwan20476200095
Ling HeChina20532200040
Alejandria ArgyleUnited States2069700012
Kun Han LeeTaiwan20729000036
Michael HuangTaiwan20816300020
Jae Wook ShinSouth Korea21172900091
Shih Wei EnTaiwan21232000040
Kuang Hung LeeTaiwan21326000033
Henry HouSingapore21412900016
Ping Hsien ChanTaiwan21531300039
Tsai Yu You CiTaiwan21647200059
Chia-Hui TuTaiwan217680009
Cliff ChowHong Kong21818500023
Sheng-Chien ChengTaiwan23110900014
Chi HangTaiwan23246800059
Richard LimSingapore23316900021
Wing Kei ChanHong Kong23419400024
Shao-Hung LeeTaiwan23528700036
Toh Soon LeeSingapore23611600015
Zong-Ping YangTaiwan23710300013
Chen-An LinTaiwan23811800015

Tags: Ben AndrewsChen An LinChou Chien FaChunsan FanDavid ErquiagaJae Wook ShinJames ChenJia TangJun Zhu HuangKun Han LeeMark GruendemannPete ChenSparrow CheungWai King CheungWing Kei ChanZong Ping Yang

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

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Chou Chien Fa TW 762,000 2,000
Jae Wook Shin kr 729,000 129,000
Wai King Cheung HK 575,000 310,000
Yu You Ci Tsai TW 472,000 72,000
Chi Hang TW 468,000 190,200
Terry Fan tw 460,000 372,700
Ping Cheong Fung HK 364,000 288,600
David Erquiaga PH 338,000 -22,000
Ling He CN 322,000 -78,000
Howard Sun HK 321,000 -49,000
Wei En Shih TW 320,000 40,000
Lin Yu Sheng TW 319,000 319,000
Ping Hsien Chan TW 313,000 230,900
Alex Lindop gb 302,000
Kun Han Lee tw 290,000 -85,000
Shao-Hung Lee TW 287,000 217,000
Dicky Tsang HK 278,000 145,800
Kuang Hung Lee tw 260,000 198,600
Lee Kuan Wee MY 222,000 -138,000
Wing Kei Chan hk 194,000 -86,000
Cliff Chow HK 185,000 51,200
Richard Lim sg 169,000 -271,000
Michael Huang ca 163,000 83,000
Edwin Gerard us 154,000 -96,000
Chunsan Fan cn 139,000 -31,000

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Fan Departs at the Close of Play

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Wei Fan
Wei Fan

Play in the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event has concluded for the day, with 32 players finding a bag at the end of the six 60-minute levels.

It was close to being 33 players, but Hong Kong's Wei Fan departed in the final hand, getting the last of his chips in preflop with {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and finding a caller in the form of the UK's Alex Lindop, holding {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

Lindop had Fan covered and while the {5-Spades}{8-Spades}{q-Clubs} was a good one for the latter, disaster struck on the {10-Hearts} turn, with Lindop making a set. The {2-Diamonds} river would be the last card Fan would see dealt in the tournament and he hit the rail in 33rd place for a TWD 50,500 payday.

The rest of the field has bagged and tagged, with play resuming for the penultimate Day 3 at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 19. Full end of day counts and wrap to follow.

Alex Lindop gb 302,000 102,000
Wei Fan HK Busted

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Last Three Hands

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The clock has been paused with 15-minutes remaining in the level and 33 players remaining in the field as the last three hands of Day 2 have been announced.

Three-way Action Spells the End for Huang; Fa Takes Lead

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Chou Chien Fa
Chou Chien Fa

A massive three-way pot played out between China's Jun Zhu Huang, Taiwan's Chou Chien Fa, and the Philippines' David Erquiaga that saw Huang bust and Fa climb back into the chip lead.

It was Fa who sparked the action with a middle position open to 15,000, with Erquiaga calling on the button and Huang coming in from the big blind. The {k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{q-Hearts} flop proved to be an explosive one, with Huang jamming for 133,000 and Fa calling, before Erquiaga re-shoved for another 97,000 more. After stacks were counted down and Fa saw how much more it was to call he did so and the three players flipped over their hole cards.

Jun Zhu Huang: {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}
Chou Chien Fa: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
David Erquiaga: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

Huang had the nut flush draw and a gutshot straight draw, while both Fa and Erquiaga held top, top and would need to fade some outs. The {3-Clubs} was a clean turn, as was the {7-Diamonds} river and a disappointed Huang hit the rail in 35th place, while Erquiaga and Fa chopped up her chips. When both players ahd stacked up, it appears that Fa has a monstrous 760,000 stack, making him the current chip leader by some margin.

Chou Chien Fa TW 760,000 270,000
David Erquiaga PH 360,000 30,000
Jun Zhu Huang CN Busted

Tags: Chou Chien FaDavid ErquiagaJun Zhu Huang

Jia Tang's Departure Bursts the Bubble

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Jia Tang (hat) departs on the money bubble
Jia Tang (hat) departs on the money bubble

The bubble has burst, guaranteeing all 36 remaining players a TWD 50,500 (~$1,610) payday. The last man to depart empty-handed was the unfortunate Jia Tang, who was unable to recover from losing that huge pot to Jae Wook Shin just minutes earlier.

Although Tang found {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades} with which to make a stand, he was unable to best the {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} of Kun Han Lee, with Tang's final board in the Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event running out {4-Spades}{k-Spades}{9-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}.

Tang hit the rail, Lee stacked up to 375,000 and the rest of the field congratulated themselves on their good fortune at making the money.

Kun Han Lee tw 375,000 175,000
Jai Tang Busted

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Shih Gives Toh a Sweat

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A relieved Soon Lee Toh survives shoving on the bubble
A relieved Soon Lee Toh survives shoving on the bubble

Soon Lee Toh was getting short, and the bubble is the worst time to be a short-stack. Eventually, Toh elected to make his stand, moving all-in preflop for ~60,000, and with chips to spare, big blind Wei En Shih made the call and the cards were turned over.

Wei En Shih: {6-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}
Soon Lee Toh: {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Toh looked to be in great shape for a double-up until the {4-Hearts}{9-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop came down to gasps from the rest of the field, who had all crowded around the table to watch the action play out.

The {3-Hearts} turn gave Toh some additional flush outs, though the Singaporean was teetering on the brink of elimination. Fortuitously, the {9-Diamonds} river was just what the doctor ordered, counterfeiting Shih's two pair and giving a relieved looking Toh the pot.

Wei En Shih TW 280,000 -60,000
Soon Lee Toh SG 120,000 40,000

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Shin Doubles Through Tang

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Jae Wook Shin
Jae Wook Shin

Jia Tang was cruising along with a decent-sized stack, but that is no longer the case after tangling with Jae Wook Shin in a hand. It was Tang who was the initial aggressor, raising on the button with Shin defending from the big blind.

The flop came down {4-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}, Shin checked the action over to Tang, who made a continuation bet, and Shin busted out the check-raise, which Tang called to bring the pair to the {6-Hearts} turn.

Now he had seized the betting lead Shin was loath to lose it, and came out firing, with Tang making the call to keep the duo in action to the {7-Hearts} river. Shin shoved for 190,000 into the already sizable pot and Tang hit the think tank hard. Eventually, he reached a decision and slammed down the call.

Jae Wook Shin: {4-Clubs}{5-Hearts}
Jia Tang: {4-Spades}{6-Diamonds}

Given the heavy nature of the betting both pre and post-flop, it came of something of a surprise to see the hands both players turned over, but it was Shin who had the best of it with a straight, which was good for a chunky pot and he powered into the chip lead with a stack of 600,000, while Tang was left with a 27,000 bowl of rice.

Jae Wook Shin kr 600,000 435,000
Jia Tang cn 27,000 -313,000

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Chen's Departure Brings in the Bubble

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Pete Chen
Pete Chen

Pete Chen came agonizingly close to the money but has become the latest casualty to bring play to hand-for-hand. It was a battle of the blinds that left Chen crippled, with the Taiwanese player moving all-in from the small blind for around 85,000 with Zong-Ping Yang making the call for his tournament life from the big blind with just 2,000 less.

Pete Chen: {k-Hearts}{6-Spades}
Zong-Ping Yang: {j-Clubs}{j-Spades}

It proved to be the right move at the wrong time for Chen, with Yang waking up with pocket jacks, which held on the {8-Spades}{10-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Clubs} runout to leave Chen with a paltry 2,000 and shoot Yang up to 160,000.

Chen managed to stall for a couple of hands after, but eventually decided to make a stand and tossed in his last two chips three hands later, with Wei En Shih (small blind) and Zong-Ping Yang (big blind) content to check the {k-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{8-Spades}{3-Hearts}{4-Hearts} board down the whole way.

Chen rolled over {a-Spades}{6-Hearts}, Zong-Ping Yang showed {a-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Wei En Shih won the hand with the mighty {j-Spades}{3-Clubs} to bring the 37 remaining players to the bubble. The clock is now paused as hand-for-hand play commences.

Wei En Shih TW 340,000 30,000
Zong-Ping Yang TW 160,000 138,600
Pete Chen tw Busted

Tags: Pete ChenWei En ShihZong Ping Yang