Top Joy Poker Tour concluded its first venture outside of mainland China with five days of games taking place at the Swiss Grand Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. Running from September 28 to October 2, 2023, the brand experienced tough challenges with a lower Main Event turnout than expected but ultimately, it was a highly praised festival that paid out a sizable KR￦1,874,169,450 (US$ 1.37 Million).
Date: September 28 to October 2, 2023
Venue: Swiss Grand Hotel
Festival prize pool: ￦1,874,169,450(~US$ 1,375,740)
Main Event prize pool: US$ 1,000,000
Biggest Earner: Hyeon Ho Shin – ￦261,000,000 (~US$ 192,900)
Most final table cashes: Woo Seok Kim – 4th (Mini NLH), 4th (Deep Stack Turbo), 7th (Super Deep Stack Rush)
Trophies by Flag: South Korea (6), China (6), Australia (1), USA (1)
In addition, the festival awarded the final three side event winners. Jaesung Lee topped the 91 entry field of the Mystery Bounty while Yu Wen Pan accrued the highest amount of bounties. Immediately following his bust out in 3rd place, Pan jumped in the Super Deep Stack Rush and finished in an impressive 4th place for back to back final tables.
At the two-day High Roller, Xu Chen emerged as champion after a grueling heads up match against Young Hee Park. It ended dramatically with Chen’s improving to a set on the river to deny Park’s top pair at the flop.
At the Super Deep Stack Rush, it was China’s Tong Zhao claiming the last TJPK trophy of the festival. Zhao outlasted the 72 entry field for a career high score of ￦10,368,000 (~US$ 7,600).
In other news, numerous players cashed and reached the final table however only South Korea’s Woo Seok Kim cashed at the final table three times. Although Kim missed out on a trophy, those deep runs were an achievement. In the trophy race, it was a tie between China and South Korea, both flags capturing six trophies.
That concludes our coverage of the inaugural TJPT Korea. Congratulations to all of the winners! Stay tuned for the next TJPT festival with takes place in Xiamen, China from December 22 to 27, 2023 at the Tefang Portman Seven Stars Bay Hotel & Resort. More info coming soon.