Taiwan’s own Chi Hang ships the J88Poker Tour Main Event and wins seat to WSOP

It took over 8 hours of intense final table action for the J88Poker Tour Main Event to complete.  When it did, it was local player Chi Hang reveling in all the glory. Chi spiked a lucky two-outer on the turn against Jin Ho Hong to capture NT$2,152,000 (~US$69,000), the J88PT champion’s golden bracelet, and a seat to the WSOP 2019 Main Event.

Chi Hang winning moment

Final 9 recap

Chi Hang was impressive throughout. Prior to reaching today’s final 9, he entered Day 2 in the top ten out of the 134 players that advanced from the starting days. To close Day 2, he was third in the count.

Final 9 players

Kicking off the final day, Hang quickly picked up the first pot, and it wasn’t a small one either. With progressive betting at every street, his JcJh full house bested Vincent Li’s (seat 5) 10s9h full house on a board of 7c7d9d7h4s. This sent Li down to 8bbs and was soon railed in 9th place by Patrick Liang with pocket tens over pocket sixes.

Entering the final day with a monstrous stack was Lin Yu Sheng. He padded that further by sending Sam Chen Yu Hung (8th) to the rail. It was a flip with Sam holding QhQs and Lin AsKs with the board running 4d10dJhKh6d.

Ray Chiu stands beside all in player Sam Chen Yu Hung

Before the next casualty, Hang shaved some towers off Sunny Jung to climb closer to the leader Lin. Hang had 8c8s full house, Jung As10s two pair, on a board Jc8hAc5h5c. Jung would eventually fall to Liang but not before Ray Chiu sent Wu Chun Hui out in 7th place with AsKc dominating Ah9d throughout.

Wu Chun Hui

Jung’s last hand was 10s10h that lost to Liang’s Ac9h on a board of JcJh7hAd8s

Sunny Jung

The five-handed round was a long one. During its three hour-run, Hang continued to climb, picking up pots off the leader Lin to send him down to earth. Short-stacked Chiu doubled up twice with pocket sixes holding up and his Kd7c getting full pay from Liang on a board Kc4cQs7h3c. Liang had Kh3h. The all in was on the turn.

The table finally trimmed to four with Liang knocking out Lin (5th). Liang shoved on a board 10s8dJdKs8h. Lin tanked then called for his tournament life with AdJc only to see Liang’s Kh9d.

Lin Yu Sheng

Down to four players, Liang led with one-third of the chips in play until he ran into a costly pot against Hong. Hong was all in on the turn Qs7d8s2c holding 2h2s set and Liang held 9s6s draw. The river Jd didn’t help Liang and Hong doubled up into the chip lead.  Despite Liang’s loss in chips, he was still way ahead of Chiu’s stack. Liang eliminated Chiu in 4th place with Jc9c over Ks3h on a board AhJhJs2c4d.

Ray Chiu

The three-handed round was a tough one for Liang. His stack was on a perpetual downturn and finally put it all in with Kh2h that was called by Hong with Ad5h. The board offered no help instead improving Hong to trips and Liang was out in 3rd place.

Patrick Liang

This left Jin Ho Hong up against Chi Hang for the title. Up for grabs was the top prize money, the bracelet, and the WSOP 2019 Main Event seat.

Heads up – Jin Ho Hong vs Chi Hang

In the end it was Chi Hang who prevailed. The last hand was a dramatic two-outer spiked on the turn that sent Hang’s rail erupting. Hong with QsQc, Hang with 10d10s, the final board 9d7h2c10c6d

Jin Ho Hong – 2nd place

Congratulations to Chi Hang for his victory at the J88Poker Tour Main Event!

Chi Hang – Main Event champion

Final 9 Payouts

1st Chi Hang – Taiwan – NT$ 2,152,000 + WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket + golden bracelet
2nd Jin Ho Hong – Korea – NT$ 1,348,500
3rd Patrick Liang – Brazil – NT$ 832,000
4th Ray Yik Yin Chiu – Hong Kong – NT$ 631,200
5th Lin Yu Sheng – Taiwan – NT$ 459,100
6th Sunny Jung – Korea – NT$363,500
7th Wu Chun Hui – Taiwan – NT$ 287,700
8th Chen Yu Hung – Taiwan – NT$ 239,900
9th Vincent Li – Hong Kong – NT$ 192,100

Final Table Replay

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The Main Event ran from March 30 to April 3 with 452 entries each one coughing up the NT$25,000 (~US$800) buy-in. This huge turnout doubled the advertised guarantee to a lucrative NT$10,170,000 (US$330,000). Day 2 saw pieces of the pot distributed starting with 54th place which was shared due to two players busting on the bubble round. The final 9 returned today and after 8 hours of competition, Chi Hang seized his first-ever live tournament victory and scored his largest win.

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Article by Tricia David

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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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