Jiyoung Kim

Last Updated on June 10, 2024

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As the first Asian female to win a WSOP bracelet, South Korea’s Jiyoung Kim is an undeniable force in the poker world. Her WSOP bracelet victory in the Ladies Championship event at Las Vegas also marked her biggest live cash of USD 167,308. Previously, the small coffee shop owner hadn’t cashed in Las Vegas and had only played part-time. 

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Leading up to her big win, Kim participated in APT Cebu and Manila in the Philippines and the PokerStars Championship and APT in Macau. Her second-biggest cash prize occurred at APT Cebu in 2016, when she placed second in the Main Event and took home PHP 1,044,000 (USD 21,939). 

Since her WSOP bracelet win, Jiyoung Kim’s success has transcended borders. She made her first-time appearances in Phnom Penh, earning USD 13,146 for her ninth-place win in the Main Event, and in Melbourne, taking home a prize fund of AUD 9,700 (USD 6,683). Her achievements have not only brought her significant cash prizes but also international recognition. 

Kim returned to Las Vegas in 2021 and 2023 for WSOP, the Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series, and the Wynn Summer Classic. She made her Vietnamese debut at USOP Da Nang, where she cashed VND 382,600,000 (USD 15,691). 

As it stands, Kim has a healthy total live earnings record of USD 330,235.

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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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