The WPT National Korea festival has already served up some interesting side event action, but today, we are on to the Main Event, with day 1a and 1b now in the books.
WPT Korea Main Event (Photo PKC)
The opening day of the tournament saw many important names in the Asian poker world pay the KRW2,200,000 buy in ($1888) and take their seats. The final number of entries for the day 1a reached 68, with only 24 of those surviving to the end of the day.
Raymond Wu, Bryan Huang, Sixiao Li, Jason Lo, Tetsuya Tsuchikawa, and Sparrow Cheung are just a few of the big names who were heavily involved in day 1a action. Some of the names mentioned in that list have not only survived the first day, but taken sizable chip stacks forward to day 2. At the end of two starting days, Bryan Huang is 51st in the chip counts, Sparrow Cheung is 46th, Tsuchikawa 25th, but it was Jason Lo and Sixiao Li who really stole the show. Both are members of Poker King Club’s team of pros, and they are now 1st and 3rd in the chip counts. Lo leads the way with 176,000, and is fresh off the back of winning the bounty tournament a couple of days ago.
Jason Lo (Photo PKC)
The second starting day always had a tough task ahead to match the excitement of day 1a, but with many more top pros taking to the felt today, it certainly did a good job. The total number of entries for day 1b grew to 92 giving us a final field size of 160 for the Main Event. The total prize pool is now set at KRW310,400,000 ($266,000). Of the more notable names to participate in today’s action, the following are still alive and carrying stacks forward into day 2: Sam Ng (160,600), Alex Lee (140,400), Kai Paulsen (38,600). The chip leader at the end of day 1b was James Lee and he will be joining the big stacks from day 1a as the field merges.
WPT Korea Main Day 1B (Photo PKC)
The top 3 finishers in this event are also set to win a free seat into the next Poker King Cup which will take place in the Philippines on June 9th.
Day 2 Seat draw
|Player Name||Country||Chip Count||Table||Seat|
|Jason Wai Tung Lo||Hong Kong||176,000||4||1|
|Ling Dong Meng||China||131,500||2||2|
|Hoi Wong||Hong Kong||122,100||2||9|
|Eddy Liang||Chinese Taipei||121,200||4||8|
|Chung Wei Wu||Chinese Taipei||102,400||2||1|
|Zhi Chao Zhang||China||88,400||3||1|
|Meng Dian Peng||China||81,300||6||5|
|Xi Jie Sun||China||70,500||3||9|
|Shang Shang Liu||China||65,300||5||1|
|Gareth Pepper||New Zealand||53,800||1||9|
|Chuan Song Chen||China||50,300||1||4|
|Jie Xin Liu||China||38,000||7||7|
|Sparrow Cheung||Hong Kong||31,500||4||6|
|Chang Ting Chen||China||31,400||7||2|
|Kai Jun Xiao||China||31,100||2||5|
|Vincent Kwun Ngai Li||Hong Kong||29,200||7||6|