Day 1B of the inaugural Top Joy Poker Korea (TJPK) Main Event $1 Million guaranteed drew a larger field of 177 entries, among them was Joseph Cheong, one of the most decorated American pros with multi-million in live career earnings. Cheong was a force to reckon with as he bagged up the largest stack of 75 bb.
Cheong wasn’t the only superstar gracing the felt. Other well known pros seen in action were Hyun Sup Kim (APL Seoul City Series champion), Dong Hyun Kim, Soo Jo Kim, Xuming Qi, Yo Hwan Lim, Daewoong Song, and Gyeong Byeong Lee. You can catch some of the action via the livestream on the TJPT YouTube channel.
By the end of the scheduled 14 rounds of play, only 36 players remained. They join the 15 survivors of Day 1A into the next stage. Before doing so, they await the results of the last entry day, which takes place on Saturday, September 30 at the Swiss Grand Hotel.
Cards in the air at 12pm with late registration closing at 730pm, before the start of Level 9. Buy in is ￦ 1,500,000 (~US$ 1,110) in TJPT vouchers which can only be won via the TJPT Online App.
With only 281 cumulative entries so far, an overlay is possible to the US$ 1 Million guarantee. Currently in the lead is Day 1A chip leader, Li Zhong Xian with a towering 183 bb stack. That’s 100 bb more than second ranked Marc Inizan.
Main Event – updated results
Buy in: ￦1,500,000 (~US$ 1,110)
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Starting stack: 30,000
Cumulative entries: 281
Day 1A: 104 entries / 15 advance
Day 1B: 177 entries / 36 advance
Day 1C: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Day 1B results – 36 players
|2||Jin Ho Lee||South Korea||268,000|
|3||Young Win Kim||South Korea||246,000|
|5||Yi Meny Wang||China||221,000|
|6||Ye Shu Zhan||China||218,000|
|8||Hyun Sup Kim||South Korea||209,000|
|9||Dong Hyun Kim||South Korea||209,000|
|10||Tae Yeon Kim||South Korea||181,000|
Day 2 – Top 10 players
|1||Li Zhong Xian||China||918,000|
|4||Jin Ho Lee||South Korea||268,000|
|5||Young Win Kim||South Korea||246,000|
|9||Yi Meny Wang||China||221,000|
|10||Ye Shu Zhan||China||218,000|
Benjamin Heisler wins Seoul Challenge
Buy in: ￦600,000 (~US$ 445)
Prize pool: ￦22,559,000 (~US$ 16,700)
ITM: 6 places
|1||Benjamin Whan Heisler||USA||￦7,896,000|
|2||Chan Young Choi||South Korea||￦4,963,200|
|3||Hyeok Ki Lee||South Korea||￦3,384,000|
|4||Sangbeom Lim||South Korea||￦2,481,000|
|5||Zhi Xia Huang||China||￦2,030,000|
|6||Ho Jin Choi||South Korea||￦1,804,800|
Ya Ke Wu Short Deck
Buy in: ￦400,000 (~US$ 296)
Prize pool: ￦5,440,000 (~US$ 4,027)
ITM: 3 places
|1||Ya Ke Wu||China||2,720,000|
|2||Junghyun Lee||South Korea||1,632,000|
|3||Jaeho Lee||South Korea||1,088,000|
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.