Korea’s John Kim takes down the PKC National Head Hunter event

Another Poker King Cup National side event trophy was awarded to a Korean with the Head Hunter event claimed by John Kim. Impressively, Kim battled from a crippled stack of four big blinds to rightfully earn the first place purse of PHP89,500 ($1938)

John Kim claims the Head Hunter

There were a total of 47 entries for the Head Hunter event with a buy-in of P7,700 ($166) each. The total prize pool amounted to PHP319,000 ($6908) with the bounty of PHP1,500 per head included in the pot.

The Koreans clearly dominated the late stages of the Head Hunter event. On the bubble stage, Alan Honyin eliminated Filipino player Armand Bermundo while fellow countryman Byungil Park booted Peter Tan, the last Filipino left at the table, in 5th place. With an all-Korean final four, the battle for each scalp was fierce. As they say, there are no friends at the poker table. First among them on the chopping block was Honyin whose ace-four off-suit was not good enough against Dong Kyun Nam’s ace-king suited. Despite his bust in 4th place, Honyin claimed an additional wad for his six bounties.

Three handed play

At three-handed, the chips swung around the table with Park, Nam, and Kim each claiming the chip lead. Unfortunately for Nam, his quest for the title ended at the hands of Park when his jack-ten top pair was defeated by Park’s ace-ten backdoor straight. The heads up match between Park and Kim went quick with Park’s open-ended straight draw failing to improve against Kim’s mid-pair. Kim collected two bounties throughout the day and a third for keeping his head intact.

A new success for team Korea

Head Hunter Payouts

1st – John Kim – Korea – PhP89,500
2nd – Byungil Park – Korea – PhP62,100
3rd – Dong Kyun Nam – Korea – PhP39,800
4th – Alan Honyin – Korea – PhP32,300
5th – Peter Tan – Philippines – PhP24,900


Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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