Crown Poker Series: More stars arrive; ElkY in the house! Soojo Kim bags lead at Main Event Day 1B, Seungmook Jung tops SHR Day 1; Yap Guan Leong wins Turbo

Day 3 of the inaugural Crown Poker Series (CPS) showcased some of the best poker action as elite Korean pros and international players clashed all day. Showing their support were Gabyong Kim, Daewoong Song, Jaewook Shin, Bien Mai, Alex Lee, and Soojo Kim who quickly made his presence felt by topping the counts at Main Event Day 1B. Over at the Super High Roller, Seungmook Jung did the same, bagging up the lead at Day 1.

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Another top story was the arrival of triple crown champions Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Gediminas Uselis. According to reports, ElkY will attend the Main Event while Uselis has already advanced to Day 2 of the SHR event. Over at the NLH Turbo, Yap Guan Leong gave Singapore its first win.

Here are the highlights.

Soojo Kim takes command of Main Event Day 1B

Since the onset of  the pandemic, it has been a rarity to see Korean pro Soojo Kim touring the Asian circuit. Lucrative poker festivals on home soil are enough to fill his poker appetite. However, the Korean powered CPS is one of the exceptions, especially with its highly attractive VN₫ 10 Billion guaranteed Main Event.

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Soojo Kim – Photo credit Soojo FB page

Day 1B of the Main Event attracted 44 entries with 7 advancing to Day 2. Kim bagged big, exactly 100K more than his closest challenger Vietnamese pro Bien Mai. He now sets the bar for the next two flights. Also advancing was Namhyung Kim who took APPT Cambodia by storm last year.

Date: April 23, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 44,000,000 (~US$ 1,875)
Guarantee: VN₫ 10,000,000,000 (~US$ 426,500)|
Day 1B entries: 44
Day 1B survivors: 7 players

End of Day 1B survivors – 7 players

Soojo Kim Korea 355,500
Bien Mai Vietnam 255,500
Jun Hee Kim Korea 200,000
Yu Shin Lee Korea 181,000
Namhyung Kim Korea 143,000
Seongmin Lee Korea 108,000
Dongjae Lee Korea 77,000

Day 2 qualifiers after two flights – 20 players

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Super High Roller – Day 1 results

As expected, a heavy duty lineup was seen at the two-day Super High Roller event. Among them was Lithuanian star Gediminas Uselis who was also seen at WPT Prime Cambodia last month. Uselis is still hunting down his first Asian turf title.

By the end of Day 1, only 12 remained. Korean pro Seungmook Jung bagged the chip lead. This was another strong run for Jung who closed Main Event Day 1A second in chips.

Date: April 23-24, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 107,000,000 (~US$ 4,550)

Entries: 25
Prize pool: VN₫ 2,425,000,0000 (~US$ 103,210)
ITM: 3 places

Day 1 survivors – 12 players

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NLH Turbo winner Yap Guan Long gives Singapore its first series win

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Despite the Korean-heavy turnout, it was Singapore’s Yap Guan Leong claiming the win after a heads up deal with UK’s Anuy Voong. Leong bested a field of 28 entries.

Buy in: VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 470)
Entries: 28
Prize pool: VN₫ 271,600,000 (~US$ 11,560)
ITM: 4 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Yap Guan Leong Singapore 88,270,000*
2 Anuy Vooong UK 88,270,000*
3 Youhyun Kim Korea 54,320,000
4 Nam Doo Sik Korea 40,740,000

*Heads up even deal

Crown Poker Series – Schedule

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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