Jin Bei Cup certain to crush $5M guarantee as Day 1 attracts 95 entries

Jin Bei Cup
Jin Bei Cup

The Jin Bei Cup Short Deck Main Event stands out as Asia’s most ambitious event this year, boasting a staggering US$ 5 Million prize pool. As the first of its kind, many wondered how such an enormous guarantee would be met especially with its hefty US$ 53,000 buy-in. Those questions were finally answered as Day 1 of the inaugural event came and went attracting an impressive 95 entries.

This is just five entries shy of reaching the guarantee, and with registration plus add-ons open until the start of Day 2, the record prize pool is on track to exceed expectations, setting the bar very high for a Short Deck event in Asia.

Read up on the action via the Live Updates – Short Deck Main Event

Jin Bei Cup – Day 1 Recap

Martin Nielsen at Jin Bei Cup
Martin Nielsen

Kicking off on May 8, 2024, the highly anticipated Jin Bei Cup opened at the Jin Bei Palace with WSOP bracelet winner Martin Nielsen among the early sluggers. As the 30-minute levels progressed, the American celebrities made their appearance Tom Dwan followed by Dan Cates, as a large rail built to watch the action.

Esti Wang at Jin Bei Cup
Esti Wang

The rest of the field was made up of nearly 100% Chinese players, among them were decorated pro Quan Zhou, Ivan Lirui Zhang, Esti Wang, and Xiao Yao, the first side event winner of the series,

Daniel Cates at Jin Bei Cup
Daniel Cates

As expected, it was action packed from the start with shoves in rapid fire. This resulted in multiple bullets exhausted. By the end of day, Cates had re-entered three times, buying the maximum at the end and was still unable to find a bag. Nielsen re-entered during the last level and was decimated in just two hands. For Dwan, he stayed conservative, opting not to re-enter after losing the initial load. For Xiao Yao, his Day 1 race was unsuccessful, and was seen re-entering multiple times.

Many of the fallen players will likely be back with registration still open until the start of Day 2 and add-ons allowed.

Rise of the Chip Leader

Quan Zhou at Jin Bei Cup
Quan Zhou

On the opposite end of the totem pole, Zhou turned his re-entry into one of the largest stacks of the day of 2,180,000 (90 bb). Another major force was player Kobe who parked himself at table 3 and held court knocking out player after player to amass a fortress by the last hands called.

Sun Da Seng at Jin Bei Cup
Sun Da Seng

However, Kobe’s bid for the top spot was stolen by Sun Da Seng who went on a heater. Sun knocked out Liu Cheng on an intense showdown then went head to head against Kobe to win a massive pot that earned him the chip lead of 3,903,000 (162 bb). Kobe bagged up 3,175,000 (132 bb).

Read up on the action via the Live Updates – Short Deck Main Event

Day 1 survivors – 23 players

Player Stack Table
Quan Zhou 2,180,000 3 1
Bao Zong 970,000 3 2
Gavin 2,083,000 3 3
Yan Ming 714,000 3 4
Joy 750,000 3 5
Xu Ke 1,435,000 4 1
Aori 1,021,000 4 2
Xiao Hu 861,000 4 3
Xu Fei 821,000 4 4
Chen 740,000 4 5
Feng 329,000 5 1
Liu Ming Zhong 850,000 5 2
Sun Da Seng 3,900,000 5 3
Ivan Lirui Zhang 774,000 5 4
Ye Hong 429,000 5 5
Kobe 3,175,000 6 2
Yang 880,000 6 3
Hua Ge 1,098,000 6 4
Luo Guang Hui 379,000 6 5
S.T. 1,206,000 7 2
Duan 1,474,000 7 3
Tao Zong 1,541,000 7 4
Hu Chao 276,000 7 5

The Main Event resumes on May 9, 2024 at 2pm.


Jin Bei Cup $5M guaranteed Short Deck Main Event takes center stage

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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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