Korean player Jae Wook Shin aka Justin got his start in 2010 playing poker in a Korean online site. Discovering his passion for the game, he delved deeper into a larger online arena in 2012, playing both cash games and tournaments in PokerStars.
His success online was noticed by fellow Korean players and through their encouragement, he stepped out of the confines of the virtual felt, and transitioned into the Asian live tournament scene in 2015. Though he had a few deep runs, it wasn’t until the following year where he began to produce significant results.
In April 2016, at the Metro Card Club 3 Million Guaranteed event in the Philippines, Shin celebrated his first-ever victory. On a five-way deal that secured him a payout of PHP 295,000 (~$6,286), he battled for the trophy and went on to win it.
Riding on the victory high, he returned to Manila in May and won the APT Asian Poker Series Welcome Event for PHP335,000 (~$7,173). In June, he produced another deep run, finishing 3rd at the Poker King Cup National Philippines Main Event for a payout of PHP386,800 (~$8,402).
The rest of the year saw Shin’s live tournament career continue to soar. In September he took 20th at the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon event for HK$71,400 (~$9,205). Two months later, he was back in Macau for the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP). He final tabled in two events, pocketing nearly US$20,000 in combined earnings. Shin closed 2016 with 12 cashes.
2017 was a quieter year for Shin. He cashed in only four events with none as big as his previous year’s scores. Into 2018, he was back on the beat. He is currently signed as one of the J88Poker Team Pros.
Shin is up to 8 cashes for the year with a big one earned in May at the Manila Megastack 9 Main Event for his 2nd place finish. He earned PHP2,413,000 (~$46,555) which is his largest live tournament score. Another one of his deep runs was an 8th place finish at the APPT Manila HIgh Roller Shot Clock & BB Ante event for PHP741,000 (~$13,948).
To add to his winnings, on September 7, Shin placed 3rd at the WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) $2,100 NLHE [4-Max] $500K GTD for $55,438.92.