The KRW2,200,000 (USD$1,888) buy in WPT National Korea Main Event attracted 160 players, and created a prize pool of KRW310,400,000 (USD$266,000.) The two starting days saw a number of well known names accumulate big stacks, but unusually, almost all of them fell before making the final table. We have nine players still in with a chance to become a well known name today though.
Here is how the final table shapes up:
Seat 1 – 1,307,000 – Xi Jie Sun Our
Chipleader coming into the final table is a Chinese player named Xi Jie Sun. He does not have any previous live wins recorded on the international circuit, but clearly wasn’t sitting back yesterday when he had enough chips to do so. He kept winning pots, showed no fear, and now has twice the chips of his nearest challenger.
Xi Jie Sun is the cheapleader (Photo PKC)
Seat 2 – 652,000 – Qifeng Duan Qifeng
Duan occupies seat 2 and has the second largest stack going into tomorrow. He has played and cashed in several tournaments on the Asian tour previously, and will be full of confidence after a side event win at APPT Macau two months ago, for USD$16,784. Duan will have his work cut out chasing down the chip leader, but clearly has a decent chance.
Seat 3 – 311,000 – Yubing Wang
Yubing Wang is one of several Chinese players to have reached the final table of this tournament, and with 311,000 chips, he can still have a say in who takes this one down. While you wouldn’t describe this player as prolific on the live circuit, he does have USD$18,866 in live cashes to his name.
Seat 4 – 154,000 – Henrik Tollefsen
Norwegian pro Henrik Tollefsen is possibly the best known player on this final table, having been a regular on the Asian circuit for some years. He has an APT Main Event title, an APPT High Roller title, and seven cashes at the WSOP, so experience will certainly be on his side going into the final fight for this title. With a fairly small chipstack, he will need every bit of that experience if he is to win tomorrow.
Seat 5 – 145,000 – Chang Ting Chen
This player has several cashes to her name, including 2nd at the APT Cebu Ladies of Poker Event. She may not have won a live event yet, and doesn’t have the biggest chip stack by any means, but could still cause an upset tomorrow.
Seat 6 – 54,000 – Shaobo Li
Chinese player Shaobo Li appears to have the bleakest chances of taking victory tomorrow, starting proceedings with a very short stack. The great thing about poker though, is that nothing is certain until it happens, and two double ups tomorrow can quickly bring Li back into contention. He may not be a regular on the circuit with a long list of cashes to his name, but anything is possible.
Seat 7 – 611,000 – Yiguang Xu
Xu brings a very strong chipstack into the final day of play, and has every chance of walking away with the title tomorrow. His previous live cashes may be minimal, but his only cash so far was a 1st place, which is a perfect record in a sense. Another player flying the Chinese flag at this final table, he will be one to watch when play gets underway.
Seat 8 – 411,000 – Xin Xu
Xin Xu is another Chinese player who stands an excellent chance of taking this event down, with plenty of chips to work with. He may only have one prior cash to his name, but a comfortable stack size is a great foundation upon which he can build his challenge tomorrow.
Seat 9 – 379,000 – Phachara Wongwichit
This Australian player is one of the frontrunners when it comes to tournament experience at this final table, with over USD$164,000 in live cashes, all over the last 8 months. Of his seven cashes, three have been 2nd places, and he will be hoping to go one better here in Korea. With experience on his side, and a good chip stack , he will surely be a danger tomorrow.