TJPT Korea (TJPK) Day 1 highlights: Li Zhong Xian bags Main Event Day 1A chip lead; Van Quoc Tran, Wonhyong Choi, Si Yeoul Lee win trophies

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Day 1 of Top Joy Poker Tour‘s debut in Seoul, South Korea is in the books! Plenty of thrilling action took place as players from China, Korea, and outside lit up host venue Swiss Grand Hotel for the irresistible USD 1 Million guaranteed Main Event. At night’s end, China’s Li Zhong Xian set the bar very high for the next starting days to follow. Li will bring in a stack of 183 bb into Day 2.

Li Zhjong Xian
Li Zhjong Xian

Surviving the heat in a strong second rank was Marc Inizan (WPT Prime Taiwan 2022 champion), though very far from the leader with 84 bb to bring into Day 2. Other pros through to the next stage were Yake Wu, Jin Woo Kim, and recently crowned WPT Super High Roller champion, Nam Hyung Kim

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Marc Inizan

TJPK continues with Day 1B on the felt Friday, September 29, 2023. Cards in the air at 12pm with late registration closing at 730pm, before the start of Level 9. Buy in is ₩ 1,500,000 (~US$ 1,110) in TJPT vouchers which can only be won via the TJPT Online App.

You can watch some of the Day 1A action via the livestream on TJPT YouTube channel.

Main Event – Day 1A results

Buy in: ₩1,500,000 (~US$ 1,110)
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000

Day 1A: 104 entries / 15 advance
Day 1B: Friday, September 29, 2023
Day 1C: Saturday, September 30, 2023

Rank Player Flag Stack
1 Li Zhong Xian China 918,000
2 Marc Inizan UK 422,000
3 Calvin Lee USA 231,000
4 Chvang Hao China 228,000
5 Yake Wu China 168,000
6 Han Jong Soo South Korea 148,000
7 Kim Jun Hyung South Korea 148,000
8 Kim Jin Woo South Korea 147,000
9 Shen Long Hao China 139,000
10 Do Heon Shin South Korea 121,000
11 Liu Xia Ohu China 119,000
12 Nam Hyung Kim South Korea 109,000
13 Kim Jong Wook South Korea 99,000
14 Jeong Jae Bong South Korea 89,000
15 Bae Sung Yoon South Korea 39,000

tjpt onlineSide Event results

Van Quoc Tran wins first Asia title at Single Day High Roller

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Van Quoc Tran

Australia’s Van Quoc Tran locked up his first trophy outside of home soil. Tran topped the Single Day High Roller event, outlasting a heavy weight field of 39 entries. He pocketed a career high  36,796,500 (~US$ 27,247). Famous pro / ex-gamer Yo Hwan ‘BoxeR’ Lim finished in 4th place for ₩11,934,000 (~US$ 8,837).

Buy in: ₩3,000,000 (~US$ 2,220)
Entries: 39
Prize pool:
₩66,333,450 (~US$ 49,120)
ITM: 5 places

1 Van Quoc Tran Australia 36,796,500
2 You Hyun Kim South Korea 24,862,500
3 Yi Lu Yuan China 14,917,500
4 Yo Hwan Lim South Korea 11,934,000
5 Jeong Yim South Korea 10,939,950

Korean-American Wonhyong Choi wins Reg NLH

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Wonhyong Choi

Buy in: ₩ 600,000 (~US$ 445)
Entries: 33
Prize pool: ₩15,840,000 (~US$ 11,730)

1 Wonhyong Choi South Korea 5,860,800
2 Jong Chan Lee South Korea 3,960,000
3 Se Han Park South Korea 2,376,000
4 Se Hwan Kim South Korea 1,900,800
5 Weon Jae Yoon South Korea 1,742,400

Event 4: Omaha KO Bounty

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Si Yeoul Lee – Photo by TJPT

Buy in: ₩400,000 (~US$ 300)
Entries: 20
Prize pool: ₩6,400,000 (~US$ 4,740)

1 Si Yeoul Lee South Korea 3,200,000
2 Hessuam Iran 1,920,000
3 Gab Yong Kim South Korea 1,280,000

TJPK Schedule

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About Top Joy Poker Tour

Emerging into the Chinese poker scene in 2019, Top Joy Poker Tour has quickly become one of the most popular brands in the mainland. In April, the TJPT Shanghai Poker Tournament drew 1,771 Main Event entries for a prize pool of CNY 9,160,000, equivalent to over USD 1.33 Million.

TJPT’s biggest event was in February 2023, the 4th annual TJPT Grand Finale which drew 2,183 entries for a brand record Main Event prize pool of CNY 17,426,000, equivalent to over USD 2.5 Million.

Top Joy Poker Tour: Rising Star of Chinese Poker Festivals

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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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