TJPT Korea (TJPK) Day 2 highlights: Joseph Cheong tops Main Event Day 1B; 281 cumulative entries; Benjamin Heisler, Yake Wu win trophies

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.

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Joseph Cheong

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.

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Hyun Sup Kim

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.

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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

Main Event – Chip Counts (full)

Day 1B results – 36 players

Rank Player Flag Stack
1 Joseph Cheong USA 375,000
2 Jin Ho Lee South Korea 268,000
3 Young Win Kim South Korea 246,000
4 Wei Che China 223,000
5 Yi Meny Wang China 221,000
6 Ye Shu Zhan China 218,000
7 Xing Wang China 216,000
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
2 Marc Inizan UK 422,000
3 Joseph Cheong USA 375,000
4 Jin Ho Lee South Korea 268,000
5 Young Win Kim South Korea 246,000
6 Calvin Lee USA 231,000
7 Chvang Hao China 228,000
8 Wei Che China 223,000
9 Yi Meny Wang China 221,000
10 Ye Shu Zhan China 218,000

Benjamin Heisler wins Seoul Challenge

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Benjamin Heisler

Buy in: ₩600,000 (~US$ 445)
Entries: 47
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

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Ya Ke Wu

Buy in: ₩400,000 (~US$ 296)
Entries: 17
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

TJPK Schedule

tjpk seoul korea 2023 schedule


TJPK Main Event – Chip Counts (full)

Top Joy Poker Korea – Player Guide
Top Joy Poker Korea – Photo Gallery
Top Joy Poker Korea- Day 1 highlights
Seoul Showdown – TJPT and APL

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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