On November 30 to December 9, the PokerStars Red Dragon series took place in Jeju, Korea for the first time. The ten-day festival drew players from all over the world resulting in massive prize pools across the board. The event culminated in the Red Dragon Main Event, the largest and most distinguished freezeout tournament in Asia-Pacific. Rising above the record 613 attendance was China’s Yuechun Shi who shipped ₩266,060,000 (~US$240,000) and the highly coveted Red Dragon trophy.
Yuechun Shi wins the Red Dragon
The Red Dragon Main Event ran from December 5-9 with 613 players seeking the glorious title. With the buy-in set at ₩2,200,000, a jaw-dropping prize pool of ₩1,226,000,000 (~US$1,088,000) was generated. 72 players earned a cut with champion China’s Yuechun Shi awarded the biggest portion of ₩266,060,000 (~US$240,000).
This was Shi’s first major victory, in fact, it was his only win and his third-ever live tournament cash per The Hendon Mob. Shi overcame a tough final table led by New Zealand’s Tae Hoon Han, a decorated PokerStars Festival Main Event champion. Han took 3rd place and also pocketed a career high of ₩102,370,000 (~US$92,300).
Another player Shi denied was 2014 Red Dragon champion Zhenru Xie. Xie finished in 4th place and took home ₩78,100,000 (~US$70,000). Although he wasn’t able to make it two, Xie certainly earned a very healthy return for his first and only cash of the year.
Final table payouts
Prizepool: ₩1,226,000,000 (~US$1,088,000) – Buyin: ₩2.2M – Entries: 613 – ITM: 72
1st Yuechun Shi – China – ₩266,060,000
2nd Bin Di – China – ₩164,900,000
3rd Tae Hoon Han – New Zealand – ₩102,370,000
4th Zhenru Xie – China – ₩78,100,000
5th Zhibin Zhang – China – ₩53,940,000
6th Qi Wang – China – ₩42,910,000
7th Guangliang Xiao – China – ₩34,940,000
8th Ho Yuen Kwok – Hong Kong – ₩29,420,000
9th Christopher Young Park – USA – ₩24,520,000
Other players cashing in but outside of the final table were Xuming Qi (24th), Victor Chong (38th), and Huu Dung Nguyen (70th).
The Red Dragon Main Event was the largest Main Event field ever seen in Korea. Alike in Macau, the Chinese came out in full force. They dominated throughout claiming 50 of the 72 payouts.
Other big winners
At the series, the Chinese also topped the charts winning 14 out of the 20 events. Here are several other big winners from the country:
- Guofeng Wang won the ₩15M buy-in Short Deck Ante Only event, besting the 55 player field. He earned the lion’s share ₩244,270,000 (~US$218,000) out of the ₩775,500,000 (~US$688,000) prize pool. This was Wang’s largest live tournament payout. Romain Arnaud finished 5th adding ₩65,920,000 to his win at the Super High Roller event.
- Yingui Li won the ₩12M buy-in High Roller Event for ₩285,010,000 (~US$254,600). This event had a ₩300M guarantee that was easily crushed by the 95 entries. The prize pool fattened to ₩1,073,500,000 (~US$959,000) with 13 places paid. Among them were Wenling Gao (6th), Chin Lim (10th),m and John Juanda (12th).
- Ye Wang won the ₩15M buy-in Single Day High Roller event defeating Michael Soyza at heads up. Wang claimed the ₩253,800,000 (~US$225,000) first prize. The event drew 60 entries for a prize pool of ₩846,000,000 (US$750,000). 8 places paid, among them was Xixiang Luo in 3rd.
- Yuanjun Lu won the ₩3.6M buy-in NLH ( ₩300M GTD) event that saw 220 entries for a guarantee smashing prize pool of ₩721,600,000 (~US$640,000). Lu earned a career high ₩176,800,000 (~US$156,700) by defeating well-known recreational player Li Yan. Yan also claimed a career high payout of ₩115,460,000 (~US$103,100). Other cashers were Andy Ying Kit Chan (10th), Tsolmon-Erdene Ochir (12th), Jack En Ching Wu (18th), and Carson Ka Wong (22nd).
Article by Tricia David