TJPT Korea (TJPK) Main Event: Hunt for the money and a final 9 spot underway! 113 players return for Day 2; APL Seoul up next!


After three starting days that drew 659 runners, the inaugural Top Joy Poker Tour Korea (TJPK) Main Event enters Day 2! 113 players are back at the Swiss Grand Hotel hunting down a piece of the enormous US$ 1 Million prize pool. The money starts at 81st place. Once the money flows, the players will battle to reach one of the final 9 spots where a huge ₩261,000,000 (~US$ 192,900) awaits the first ever TJPK champion. 

The final table will be livestreamed on TJPT YouTube channel

Main Event

Buy in: ₩1,500,000 (~US$ 1,110)
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Cumulative entries: 659
Day 2: 113 players
ITM: 81 places

Day 1A: 104 entries / 15 advance
Day 1B: 177 entries / 36 advance
Day 1C: 378 entries / 62 advance


1 261,000,000
2 160,900,000
3 118,600,000
4 88,400,000
5 66,700,000
6 51,000,000
7 39,500,000
8 31,000,000
9 24,600,000
10-12 19,800,000
13-15 16,100,000
16-18 13,200,000
19-21 11,000,000
22-24 9,310,000
25-27 7,940,000
28-30 6,850,000
31-33 5,970,000
34-36 5,270,000
37-45 4,700,000
46-54 4,220,000
55-63 3,850,000
64-72 3,530,000
73-81 3,240,000

Leading the pack is Li Zhong Xian who topped Day 1A with a towering 183 bb stack. Li is one of 32 players from China that advanced to Day 2. In that list are pros Ya Ke Wu and Zinan Xu. 

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Jungho Park

The largest crowd was seen at Day 1C with 378 runners. Jungho Park topped the heat and carries in 126 bb, which is the second largest stack entering today’s race. Other notables making the cut were Je Ho Lee, Soo Jo Kim, and Gab Yong Kim

For those that missed the mark, you can still score trophies via the TJPK side events. 

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Ace Poker League Seoul 2023

Following this event is the much awaited Ace Poker League Seoul 2023 which runs from October 3 to 9 at the Swiss Grand Hotel. The highly revered brand comes out loaded with 19 events and ₩2.5 Billion (~USD 1.88 Million) in guarantees. The Main Event features the most substantial prize pool of ₩1.1 Billion (~USD 827,500).

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The impressive figures achieved by the APL in Korea have piqued the interest of international players, and combined with players drawn by TJPK, this series may witness the largest turnout of poker pros outside the country’s borders. Among those confirmed to attend are David Tai and elite pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier who has been touring the Asian circuit the past few months. 

To win tickets, head to the 2ACE online poker app (GG skin). Wrapping up the series, players also have chance at winning packages to WSOP Paradise Bahamas in December.

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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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