2023 WSOP Main Event: Shiina Okamoto, Victor Chong, Punnat Punsri, Anson Tsang, Lok Chan among Asian survivors of Day 2D; 11 remain for the Survivor Promo

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A crowd of over 3,200 players returned to Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas ballrooms for Day 2D of the 54th Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship aka WSOP Main Event. They were joined by around 500 new entries to surpass the 10,000 entry mark. The official announcement was made by WSOP Circuit Tour Director, Dennis Jones,

“History has unfolded today with 10,043 entries, $93,399,900 prize pool! Thanks to every player, dealer, staffer, partner, and poker fan who paved the way and thanks to everyone who is here for the biggest one ever.”

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Joe Hachem – Photo by Pokernews

By the end of the scheduled five 2-hour levels, more than half the field fell with 1,660 players remaining. Day 1D chip leader Nicholas “Dirty Diaper” Rigby continued to dominate as he bagged up the second largest stack of 368 bb. He was outranked by Maurice Hawkins who racked up 376 bb. Also making it through were Tom Dwan (170 bb), Chance Kornuth (20 bb), Barry Greenstein (94 bb),  and WSOP Main Event champions Chris Moneymaker (126 bb) and Joe Hachem (131 bb).

55 players from Asia advance

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Shiina Okamoto – Photo by Pokernews

Shining the spotlight on Asia, 55 players survived the day’s onslaught. Korea’s Kwanghwan Park (244 bb) and Taiwan’s Nai Hu (231 bb) closed the day in the top 10. Down the rung was Japan’s Shiina Okamoto who finished 2nd at the Ladies Event. Okaomoto closed the heat strong with a healthy 171 bb.

Victor Chong – file photo

Malaysia’s Victor Chong and 3x bracelet holder Anson Tsang from Hong Kong both entered Day 2D with 18,000 (22 bb) and 15,700 (20 bb). Mimicking the 2023 Main Event champion Espen Jorstads rise from just 17K at the end of Day 1, both players spun it up to survive the day. Chong racked up one of Asia’s top stacks of 409,500 (164 bb). This put him 9th in the Asia Day 2 survivor list while Tsang closed with a healthy 170,000 (68 bb).

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Lok Ming Chan – Photo by Pokernews

Other notables making the cut were Thailand super star Punnat Punsri (141 bb), Soo Jo Kim (87 bb), bracelet holder from Hong Kong, Lok Ming Chan (61 bb), China’s decorated pro Xixiang Luo (46 bb), and Taiwan’s Hung-Sheng Lin (40 bb).

On the flip side, among the Asian fallouts were bracelet holders Mike Takayama, Jiyoung Kim, and Kartik Ved. Also missing the mark were highly decorated Malaysian high roller Michael Soyza, Indian pro Aditya Agarwal, and Taiwan’s Zong Chi He. 

Asia stats

End of Day 1: 305 players
End of Day 2: 148 players

Top 10 players at the end of Day 2D

Rank Player Flag Stack BB
1 Kwanghwan Park Korea 610,500 244
2 Nai Hu Taiwan 577,500 231
3 Kojiro Mizukami Japan 571,000 228
4 Shiina Okamoto Japan 428,500 171
5 Victor Chong Malaysia 409,500 164
6 Punnat Punsri Thailand 353,000 141
7 Hajime Watanabe Japan 338,500 135
8 Dongyan Wang China 290,500 116
9 Atsushi Takeuchi Japan 255,000 102
10 Nana Sanechika Japan 248,500 99

Top 10 players from Asia – end of Day 2 (combined)

# Player Flag Stack BB
1 Kwanghwan Park Korea 610,500 244
2 Nai Hu Taiwan 577,500 231
3 Nikita Luther India 572,500 229
4 Kojiro Mizukami Japan 571,000 228
5 Sebastin Kolman India 504,000 202
6 Shota Nakanishi Japan 500,500 200
7 Satoshi Isomae Japan 443,000 177
8 Shiina Okamoto Japan 428,500 171
9 Victor Chong Malaysia 409,500 164
10 Abhishek Paul India- Canada 407,000 163

End of Day 2 Chip Counts – Asia and Pacific players

Top 5 players from Pacific region

12 players from the Pacific region survived Day 2D, among them was bracelet holder James Obst who overtook Gary Benson for the top spot. As mentioned above, also through was 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem with 131 bb.

#1 Player Flag Stack BB
1 James Obst Australia 593,000 237
2 Gary Benson Australia 572,000 229
3 Daniel Neilson Australia 421,500 169
4 Jesse Mason Australia 370,500 148
5 William Jia Australia 368,000 147

Flag race – end of Day 2D

At the end of Day 2D, 55 players from Asia advanced. Below is the flag breakdown. Japan powered through with a strong force of 26 survivors out of 54 Day 2 qualifiers.

Bangladesh 1
China 8
Hong Kong 2
India 1
Japan 26
Korea 6
Malaysia 1
Philippines 2
Singapore 2
Taiwan 4
Thailand 1
Vietnam 1

[Update] Somuchpoker Survivor Promo

11 players remaining for the Somuchpoker Survivor Promo $10,000 cash prize. Aroha Ngata said she plans to take it up to 800K today! We’ll keep tabs and post profiles on those that survive the day.

Abhishek Paul India -Canada 407,000
Lester Edoc Philippines 359,000
William Ysmael Philippines 176,000
Loic Muller Vietnam-France 167,500
Cezar Quiambao Philippines 131,000
Trent Fechter Cambodia-USA 100,500
Jose Drilon Philippines 97500
Aroha Ngata Australia 81,500
Anton Lu Australia 66,500
Vincent Li Hong Kong 37,500
Keng Yong Tan Singapore 28,000
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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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