Elite Korean players converge at Crown Poker Series; Min Jung Kim wins first trophy; 12 players advance to Opener Event Final Day


The newest poker series in town, Crown Poker Series (CPS), kicked off on April 21, 2023 at the Crown Plaza Da Nang, Vietnam. This highly anticipated event has already seen elite players from Korea arrive and jump straight into the action. This may well be the beginning of a Korean driven high roller series in the region.

Crown Poker Series 2023

Created by renowned poker enthusiast Dong Hyun Kim aka Tommy Kim, and powered by Lucky Poker Tour, CPS features a VN₫ 14 billion guarantee and is set to run for eight days, concluding on April 28, 2023. Two opening events have already taken place. Scroll down for the results.

As it enters Day 2, the headliner VN₫ 10 Billion (~US$ 426,500) guaranteed MAIN EVENT gets on the floor. Buy in is a whopping VN₫ 44,000,000 (~US$ 1,875), the largest Main Event price tag extended by any brand (Triton  excluded). A total of four entry flights are scheduled running on April 22 to 24 followed by Day 2 and the Final Day. A long list of Korean pros are already in action: Soo Jo Kim, Gab Yong Kim, and Hyun Sub Kim. 

Day 1 recap

The CPS opener drew 99 entries across three flights for a prize pool of over VN₫ 1,200,000,000 (S$ 51,100). 12 players reached ITM with WSOP bracelet winner Aaron Siyang Phua bagging the chip lead. He is trailed closely by Yohwan Lim aka BokeR.

Buy in: VN₫ 14,300,000 (~US$ 610)
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 42,560)
Entries: 99
Prize pool: VN₫ 1,200,000,000 (~US$ 51,100)
ITM: 12 places

End of Day 1 survivors – 12 players

Player Flag Stack
Aaron Siyang Phua Singapore 285,000
Yohwan Lim Korea 262,000
Namhyung Kim Korea 223,000
Joeng Gyu Cho Korea 201,000
Eun Youn Choi Korea 198,000
Lukasz Jankowski Poland 149,000
Pyeong Kang Kim Korea 149,000
Yoo Jin Kim Korea 142,000
Ta Na Lee Korea 119,000
Seongsu Kong Korea 117,000
Sang Jin An Korea 113,000
Hyung Woon Kim Korea 22,000
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Min Jung Kim

The first CPS trophy was also awarded at Day 1 with Min Jung Kim taking down the High Roller Single Day for VN₫ 354,860,000 (~US$ 15,100). Kim is no stranger to victory with multiple titles earned on home turf. This is his first outside of Korea.

Buy in: VN₫ 44,000,000 (~US$ 1,875)
Entries: 27
Prize pool: VN₫ 1,047,600 (~US$ 44,560)
ITM: 4 places

Place Player  Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Min Jung Kim Korea 354,860,000
2 Jung Gyu Cho Korea 300,240,000
3 Woo Jin Sung Korea 212,500,000
4 Chun Seok Choi Korea 180,000,000

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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