July 14, 2016 (Jeju, KR) – After a highly successful summer run in May, WPT® National Korea is set to return this fall to the luxurious island of Jeju from October 5-11. The WPT National Korea festival is highlighted by the 500,000 + 50,000 KRW buy-in Warm-Up event, an 8,000,000 + 400,000 KRW buy-in High-Roller Event, and the 300,000,000 KRW Guaranteed, 1,800,000 + 200,000 buy-in Main Event.
For a third consecutive season, WPT National Korea will be hosted at the Paradise Grand Jeju Casino in Maison Glad Hotel Jeju, and will be organized jointly by Poker King Club and J&P Entertainment. Autumn is said to be the best time of the year to visit the fascinating melting pot of Korean culture in Jeju, which bursts into full color during the season, boasting of cobalt blue skies and spectacular golden hued foliage. The upcoming WPT National Korea will continue its emphasis on the overall stay and event experience of the players while in Jeju, putting priority on their comfort, immersion to the local culture, and tourism, rather than focusing solely on the games. WPT National Korea is once again partnering with local Korean brands to offer a variety of sponsored goods and notable discounts for the benefit of both the local businesses and the tournament players. During the last festival, players who won the events were delighted to find high-end sunglasses from the Korean eyewear shop, Vivant, among their many prizes.
Last May’s WPT National Korea Main Event attracted 160 entries, generating a total prize pool of KRW 310,400,000. The summer festivities attracted a multinational group of players from 13 different countries, including Mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong, the USA, Germany, Ukraine, Southeast Asia, Canada, and Russia. The eight side events, including the second-ever Poker King Cup, and the KRW 6,000,000 + 600,000 high-roller event, attracted a total of 370 entries, creating a total prize pool of KRW 254,500,000.
Notable winners included the second-ever Poker King Cup winner, Fan Fan, not one, but two Team PKC members: Juicy Li winning the NLH Deepstack event and Jason Lo winning the KO Bounty event, and Yiguang Xu, who completed a storybook ending to the tournament by crushing the competition and emerging as champion of the Main Event.
About Poker King Club Korea
Poker King Club Korea opened its doors to the public in November 2015, coinciding with the first WPT National Korea event to be held at the Paradise Grand Jeju Casino at Maison Glad Jeju Hotel. In partnership with J&P Entertainment, Poker King Club Korea has five cash game tables, offering both NLHE and PLO ranging from 2,000/5,000 KRW to 20,000/40,000 KRW and higher, and has gained status as co-organizer during the summer hit that was WPT National Korea 2016-17 this past May.
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