2024 WSOP Main Event Underway With Asians Representing


The 2024 World Series of Poker Main Event is in full swing at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. There have been 9,353 total entries so far across four starting days to create a prize pool of $86,982,900. That number will continue to rise as registration remains open for two hours in Day 2. Only 5 levels have been played thus far running two hours each. After the opening heats, the field was trimmed to 7,148 survivors. Several poker players from Asia are a part of that bulk with plenty of representation from China and Japan.

Asians at 2024 WSOP Main Event

Shiina Okamoto at 2024 WSOP
Shiina Okamoto – Photo by WSOP / Pokernews

Recent bracelet winners having much success in this 2024 series and hoping to make history are Santosh Suvarna (India), Xixiang Luo (China), Shiina Nakamoto (Japan), and Wing Po Liu (Hong Kong).

Other notable WSOP bracelet winners also in the running are Dicky Tsang (Hong Kong), Weiran Pu (China), Sejin Park (South Korea), Sung Joo Hyun (Sout Korea), Anson Tsang (Hong Kong), Carlos Chang (Taiwan), Motoyoshi Okamura (Japan), Shota Nakanishi (Japan), Pete Chen (Taiwan), Guoliang Wei (China), and Dong Chen (China).

Making headlines in this main event was Jie Wu of China who bagged one of the bigger stacks on Day 1A along with Japanese bracelet winner Naoya Kihara, who won his first bracelet in 2012.

There are some players who may not have seen WSOP gold, but have been successful with multiple WSOP cashes. Some of these notables to watch leading into Day 2 are listed below:

Malaysia players: Michael SoyzaVictor Chong, Natalie Teh, Ben Loo
India player: Zarvan Tumboli, Ashish Munot, Yasheel Doddanavar, Akshay Bharadwaj, Kunal Punjwani
Taiwanese players: Yu Chung ChangYusheng Lin, Teng Kuei Hsu, Kitty Kuo, Chen-An Lin, Justin Chi Jen Chu, Chi Jen Chen
Hong Kong players: Ying Chan, Hon Cheong Lee, Keshu Peng, Kitson Kho
Singapore players: Yujian Eugen Zhou, Feng Zhao, Tong Tan
Vietnam players: Dao Minh Phu, Tien Pha, Khoa Ngo
China players: Yake Wu, Chuanshu Chen, Linglin Zeng, Yunsheng Sun, Quan Zhou, Zinan Xu
Japan players: Hisashi Yamanouchi, Yudai Futai, Tomomitsu Ono, Kosei Ichinose
Korea players: Yohwan LimSteve Yea, Dohang Na
Thailand players: Pakinai Lisawad
Philippine players: Marc Rivera, Vamerdino Magsakay, Florencio Campomanes

Day 2 underway at the time of posting.

*Article by JJ Duque

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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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