J88Poker Tour: Catching up with the side events

With the J88Poker Tour 2019 – Main Event – down to the Final 9 players, it’s time to give the side events a bit of attention. Four events have concluded after opening day. We’ve got those results for you below.

Deep Stack Turbo: CHIH YING LIANG

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Chih Ying Liang

The Deep Stack Turbo drew 147 runners for a prize pool of NT$ 769,986 (~US$25,000). 20 players earned a piece of the pot with Chih Ying Liang claiming the biggest for his victory. Liang pocketed NT$184,896 (~US$6,000).

Top 10 payouts
1st Chih Ying Liang – Taiwan – NT$184,896
2nd En Hao Chan – Taiwan – NT$125,900
3rd Ji Wei Chen – Taiwan – NT$83,200
4th Zhang Zhi Peng – Singapore – NT$68,500
5th Chuan Chang Peng – Taiwan – NT$55,000
6th Sun Shou Peng – Tawan – NT$43,100
7th Tam Hoi Wai – Hong Kong – NT$32,300
8th Edward Yam – Hong Kong – NT$ 23,900
9th Pu Yan – China – NT$18,500
10th Guan Yu Zhang – Taiwan – NT$15,400

Short Deck: TOMMY CHAO

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Tommy Chao and Hsien Pai Tseng

The Short Deck tournament attracted 85 to the felt for a prize pool of NT$ 445,230 (~US$14,500). Only 11 profited. Tommy Chao and Hsien Pai Tseng split the top two prizes down the middle with Chao claiming the trophy for his larger stack.

1st Tommy Chao – Taiwan – NT$104,915 (deal)
2nd Hsien Pai Tseng – Taiwan – NT$104,915 (deal)
3rd Kim Jae Hyuk – Korea – NT$57,000
4th Kim Jiwoon – Korea – NT$43,800
5th Chan Hau Huang – Taiwan – NT$34,700
6th Mark Gruendemann – Ireland – NT$27,100
7th Fung Png Cheong – Hong Kong – NT$21,300
8th Bobby Zhou Xing Hua – Singapore – NT$16,700
9th Guo Yu – China – NT$12,600
10th Nguyen Van Dai – Vietnam – NT$11,100
11th Jung Sang Yup – Korea – NT$11,100


Eemil Tuominen – PLO champion

76 runners took on the Pot Limit Omaha event each one contributing the NT$8,800 buy-in for a prize pool of NT$589,760 (~US$19,100). Taking it to the limit was Finland’s Eemil Tuominen, denying a local the title and the NT$162,260 first prize.

1st Eemil Tuominen – Finland – NT$162,260
2nd Tao Wei Chang – Taiwan – NT$115,300
3rd Kelvin Beattie – Japan – NT$75,500
4th Kim Jiwoon – Korea – NT$58,100
5th UNKNOWN – NT$46,000
6th Che Li Lin – Taiwan – NT$36,000
7th Kwok Chun Lai – Hong Kong – NT$28,300
8th Mahdi – Singapore – NT$22,100
9th Tsai Tsan Wang – Taiwan – NT$16,800
10th Philip Wang – Taiwan – NT$14,700
11th Kim Hyun Jin – Korea – NT$ 14,700

Super KO Bounty: KIM JAE HYUK

Kim Jae Hyuk

The Super KO Bounty drove in 135 to the tables each one hunting down the NT$2,000 bounty per head scalped. The cash prize pool amounted NT$507,590 with 20 paid. Claiming the lion’s share portion of NT$123,700 was Korea’s Kim Jae Hyuk for holding on to his head.

Top 10 Payouts
1st Kim Jae Hyuk – Korea – NT$123,700
2nd Jack Liew – Singapore – NT$84,700
3rd Guan Lun Cheng – Taiwan – NT$55,700
4th Li Chiang Lu – Taiwan – NT$45,900
5th Kim Hak Do – Korea – NT$36,900
6th Anthony Wong – Hong Kong – NT$28,900
7th Tsang Hei Cam – Hong Kong – NT$21,700
8th Ji Wei Chen – Taiwan – NT$16,000
9th Kuo Chen Hung – Taiwan – NT$12,300
10th Chi Chung Ho – Hong Kong – NT$10,300


One of the last events to jump into at the festival was the Pair Event. 18 pairs entered, each one contributing the NT$11,000 entry fee for a prize pool of NT$188,500 (US$6,000). It was a lively tournament that paid out four teams. In the end, it was Taiwan’s Kuan Lin LI and Yang Tsun Yun defeating a Hong Kong pair Edward Yam and Derwin Lai to capture the trophy and NT$79,200.

Kuan Lin Li & Yang Tsun Yun

1st Kuan Lin Li / Yang Tsun Yun – Taiwan – NT$79,200
2nd Edward Yam / Darwin Lai – Hong Kong – NT$52,800
3rd Kim Jae Hyuk / Park Soo Bin – Korea – NT$33,900
4th UNKNOWN – NT$22,600

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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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