J88Poker Tour sees a large Main Event turnout of 452 entries; He-Ru Wu tops Day 1C

For just their second-ever live tournament, J88Poker Tour surely did not disappoint. The Main Event produced another impressive result attracting a combined total of 452 entries over the three starting days. With a buy-in of NT$25,000 (US$810) each, this doubled the 5M advertised guarantee. Also, the eventual winner will receive a WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket worth US$10,000 (deducted from the prize pool). Let’s take a look at the numbers, chip count, and what to expect in Day 2. We also have a brief recap of Day 1C at the bottom.

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Day 1C

Main Event review

Day 1A: 27 advanced out of 105 entries
Day 1B: 35 advanced out of 121 entries
Day 1C: 72 advanced out of 226 entries

Total: 452 entries
Day 2 qualifiers: 134 players

Prize pool: NT$9,562,900 ~US$310,000)
ITM: 54 places
1st place: NT$2,152,000 (~US$69,800) + WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket

Top 10 chip leaders entering Day 2:

1 – Vincent Li – Hong Kong – 183,000 (Day 1B chip leader)
2 – Casey Kastle – Slovenia – 176,000
3 – Sebastian Tan – Singapore – 172,500
4 – Hsu Wen Kan – Taiwan – 171,000 (Day 1A chip leader)
5  – Jeonggyu Cho – Korea – 168,500
6 – He-Ru Wu – Taiwan – 167,500 (Day 1C chip leader)
7 – Ben Fung – Hong Kong – 158,000
8 – Park Ju Yuk – Korea – 146,500
9 – Graeme Siow – Singapore -141,500
10 – Chi Hang – Taiwan – 141,000

Total chips in play: 9,040,000
Average stack: 67,463
Opening blinds: 1000-2000 ante 2000
Blinds intervals: increase every 40 minutes

Day 2 gets underway on Tuesday, April 2 at 1pm local time. The agenda is to play until the final 9 is reached. 

Day 2 chip count

J88Poker Tour – Day 2 Main Event Qualifier & Chip Count

Day 1C recap

As expected, Day 1C drew a massive crowd of 226 entries which so happened to be the same number as the combined entries of Day 1A and Day 1B. This last heat saw the arrival of numerous Asian pros with some of them finding their way to bagging time. In the aftermath, it was a local player that claimed the chip lead. Taiwan’s He-Ru Wu topped the 72 survivors with his 167,500 stack.

He-Ru Wu – Day 1C chip leader

Hong Kong had a representative at the top as well with Ben Fung closing with 158,000. Fung railed a player during the last hands called with pocket tens winning the flip over A-K to slide into second rank at the end of Day 1C.

Ben Fung

Notable players through to Day 2 were: Opening Event winner Yi Wei Peng (117,000), Darwin Lai (112,000), Chi Chung Ho (Hong Kong), Terry Fan (74,500), Phachara Wongwichit (53,500), Mark Gruendemann (32,000), and Danny Tang (12,500). 

The Main Event has been running since March 30 to conclude at the festival’s closing day on Wednesday, April 3. For those that bumped the rail, there are a few events to enjoy on the sidelines. The Super KO Bounty begins at 3pm with buy-in at NT$6,600. This will be followed by the High Roller Day 1 at 4pm. Buy-in for that is NT$88,000. Then at 6pm is the Monster Stack Day 1 with an NT$11,000 entry.

Somuchpoker is onsite and will continue to provide you with the latest news as they unfold.

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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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