Sung Min Lee wins the J88PT Korea Main Event for KR₩ 100,000,000 (~US$ 85,000)

Korean poker brand J88PT continues to bring live action to players on home soil with one event recently completed and another soon to follow. The latest J88PT Korea event ran on October 8 to 10 with Main Event entry flights starting as early as August 29. The series paid out a hefty KR₩ 690 Million (~US$ 586,000) across seven tournaments. Here are the winners.

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Photo Credit – J88PT

Main Event: SUNG MIN LEE – KR₩ 100,000,000 (~US$ 85,000)

After six weekends of qualifying heats held at various pubs across the nation, the Main Event pulled in 888 entries, each one battling for a piece of the KR₩ 320,000,000 (~US$ 272,000) guaranteed prize pool. Only 176 advanced to Day 2 and a further 26 to the final day. Sung Min Lee was ranked near bottom in 22nd position while Dongsik Jeong was holding court up top, however by night’s end, Lee had all the chips and was crowned the newest J88PT Korea Main Event champion. Lee walked away with a career high KR₩ 100,000,000 (~US$ 85,000) first prize and a trophy for his poker shelf. This was a big moment for Lee whose previous best score was just KR₩ 3,200,000 (~US$ 2,780). 

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Sung Min Lee, Photo Credit – J88PT

Other winners

Super High Roller 
Prize pool: KR₩ 150,000,000 (~US$ 127,500) 
Winner: SEOCHEON HO – KR₩ 60,000,000 (~US$ 51,000) 

High Roller
Prize pool: KR₩ 100,000,000 (~US$ 85,000)
Winner: NAH HYUNG KIM – KR₩ 30,000,000 (~US$ 25,500) 

Based on his stats on The Hendon Mob, Nam Hyung Kim had two previous cashes amounting to a combined US$ 3,562. His maiden High Roller victory will see him catapult up the rung with nearly US$ 30K in earnings. 

Single Day High Roller 
Prize pool: KR₩ 50,000,000 (~US$ 42,500)
Winner: JIN YONG PARK – KR₩ 20,000,000 (~US$ 17,000) 

Prior to this win, Jin Yong Park had one notable cash this summer of KR₩ 12,750,000 (~US$ 11,000) for placing 5th at the 3rd Korea Poker Championship High Roller Event. 

Ultra Stack KO Bounty
Prize pool: KR₩ 40,000,000 (~US$ 34,000) 
Winner: WOO YOON KWON –  KR₩ 4,000,000 (~US$ 3,400)  

Woo Yoon Kwon added another Korean title to his name after taking down the J88PT Korea Ultra Stack KO Bounty. His first win was one year ago at the Korea Series of Poker Main Event for KR₩ 10,000,000 (~US$ 8,500). Last month, he just missed the APT Korea Championship Event title, falling in 2nd place for a decent KR₩ 29,000,000 (~US$ 24,700). This remains his largest career score to date. 

Hyper Turbo 
Prize pool: KR₩ 20,000,000 (~US$ 17,000)
Winner: JAE HYUN LEE – KR₩ 7,000,000 (~US$ 5,950) 

Ladies Event
Prize pool: KR₩ 10,000,000 (~US$ 8,500) 
Winner: KYUNG EUN PARK – KR₩ 4,000,000 (~US$ 3,400) 

Up next for J88PT Korea

Following this event, J88PT will close out the year with an event on December 10 to 12. The festival guarantee has been bumped up to KR₩ 880,000,000 (~US$ 748,000) with the bulk of it at the Main Event featuring a KR₩ 500,000,000 (~US$ 425,000) prize pool. Dates to qualify and locations have yet to be announced. 

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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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