Hyeon Ho Shin wins Top Joy Poker Tour Korea Main Event for ₩261 Million!

After five days of heavy competition, South Korea’s Hyeon Ho Shin emerged as the first-ever Top Joy Poker Korea (TJPK) Main Event champion! Shin walked away with his first ever live title and a career high payout of ₩261,000,000 (~$192,900).


The TJPK festival was the first leg of a two-part series with games running from September 28 to October 2 at the Swiss Grand Hotel. The Main Event took center stage, drawing 659 total entrants, all vying for a share of the coveted $1 Million prize pool.

Buy in: ₩1,500,000 (~US$ 1,110)
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 659
Prize pool: US$ 1,000,000
ITM: 81 places

Final 9 payouts

Place Player Flag
Payout in KR₩
1 Hyeon Ho Shin South Korea 261,000,000
2 Xiao Hui Wang China 160,906,500
3 Zhong Xian Li China 118,624,500
4 Long Hao Shen China 88,413,750
5 Gab Yong Kim South Korea 66,776,850
6 Jung Ho Park South Korea 51,090,750
7 Young Seok Lee South Korea 39,580,650
8 Kyung Heum Cho South Korea 31,045,950
9 Nan Hong China 24,651,450

For the complete payouts heads to TJPK Festival Results

Main Event recap

On Day 2, the money flowed after the fall of Jae Ho Lee on the bubble. The day wrapped up with 13 players remaining led by Hyeon Ho Shin. Also in the lineup were two well known poker pros, Gab Yong Kim and Jung Ho Park.

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Final 9 players

You can relive the final table action via the livestream on Top Joy Poker Tour YouTube channel

Returning to action on the final day, the field downsized to the final 9 players in just half an hour. At the final table, Shin proceeded to win three out of four all in showdowns then eliminated Kim with AdAh dominating Ac10d. Shin’s s big stack further ballooned on a lucky two-outer with 8h8c set on the river to oust Shen Long Hao JsJd in 4th place.

At three-handed, Shin pushed with 10c7h then outdrew Li Zhong Xian AdQh on a board running 10hJc6d9s4c. Heads up play against Xiao Hui Wang, Shin dominated with 68 bb over 11 bb He shaved Wang further with  6d5d trips over pair. The final hand was Shin As10c over Ac2d on a board Qh4c7dJd8h.

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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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