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WPT Korea 2024: Main Event – Day 4 (Live Updates)

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19:50: Hungary’s Hanusi Mate wins the WPT Korea Championship Event from behind
Level 35: 400,000 – 800,000 ante 800,000

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Hanusi Mate

Coming into the final table with the smallest stack of 15 big blinds, Hungary’s Hanusi Mate emerged as this year’s WPT Korea Championship Event winner, having outlasted the 1,065 entry field and besting the final nine from behind. Hanusi patiently waited for the right spots and overtook the lead only by the heads up battle against China’s Ma Li. It took nearly seven hours of final table play before Hanusi secured the overall victory with a final flip to knock his last opponent out and claim the KRW 434,936,000 (~USD 323,500) top prize, WPT Korea Main Event trophy, along with the inaugural WPT Korea Main Event Ring.

Final Table Results

Rank Player Flag Prize (KRW) Prize (~USD)
1 Hanusi Mate Hungary 434,936,000 $323,500
2 Ma Li China 290,150,000 $215,800
3 Zhang Chi China 214,400,000 $159,460
4 Dai Linghui China 160,100,000 $119,080
5 Fang Po Wen China 120,750,000 $89,810
6 Aghayev Farhad Azerbaigian 92,050,000 $68,460
7 Ding Yayun China 70,950,000 $52,770
8 Fokin Valeriy Russia 55,250,000 $41,090
9 Nguyen Pham Duy Khanh Vietnam 43,500,000 $32,350

19:46: Hanusi Mate wins final flip
Level 35: 400,000 – 800,000 ante 800,000

Ma Li
Ma Li

Button Hanusi Mate limped in with 8h8c and saw big blind Ma Li raise to 11,000,000 with Ad9s. Hanusi moved all-in for 26,300,000 and Ma called off for her remaining chips. Flipping for the victory, the board Jd5sQdKh4c ran in favor of the pocket pair, earning Hanusi the WPT Korea 2024 Championship Event title.

Hanusi Mate – 53,000,000
Ma Li – Eliminated


19:34: Hanusi Mate gives it up
Level 35: 400,000 – 800,000 ante 800,000

Button Ma Li limped in with 10h5h, checked by big blind Hanusi Mate with 6c4h. Both players checked flop 8s3cJh through, revealing turn 7s. Hanusi this time, led for 1,200,000, called by Ma. On river 3s, Hanusi check folded after Ma pushed out a 4,000,000 bet.

Ma Li – 26,000,000
Hanusi Mate – 28,000,000


18:35: Heads up!
Level 35: 400,000 – 800,000 ante 800,000

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The Main Event is down to its final two players!

Ma Li – 40,000,000
Hanusi Mate – 13,000,000


18:34: Zhang Chi eliminated in 3rd place – KRW 214,400,000
Level 35: 400,000 – 800,000 ante 800,000

Zhang Chi
Zhang Chi

Button Ma Li opened to 2,400,000 with AdQc and called off small blind Zhang Chi’s 18,000,000 all-in. Zhang shows JdJh and is at risk for his tournament life. The board ran Ks4c3h2sAc with Ma spiking the river for the win.

Ma Li – 40,000,000
Zhang Chi – Eliminated


17:47: Dinner Break!
Level 35: 400,000 – 800,000 ante 800,000

Three players remain in battle for the Main Event glory with China’s Ma Li in the forefront.

Chip Counts

Ma Li – 21,000,000
Zhang Chi – 18,000,000
Hanusi Mate – 15,000,000

Remaining Payouts

Rank Prize (KRW)
1 434,936,000
2 290,150,000
3 214,400,000

17:46: Hanusi Mate gets a boost
Level 34: 300,000 – 600,000 ante 600,000

Small blind Zhang Chi limped in with 9d6c, followed by a check back from big blind Hanusi Mate with 9h8s. Flop came 9c3h8c and saw Hanusi bet 1,000,000. Zhang check raised to 3,000,000 and Hanusi moved all-in for 11,000,000 total. Zhang gives it up and throws his hand in the muck.

Hanusi Mate – 15,000,000
Zhang Chi – 18,000,000


17:34: Ma Li pumps up the aggression
Level 34: 300,000 – 600,000 ante 600,000

Small blind Ma Li limped Ah4d and found big blind Zhang Chi put in a raise to 2,000,000 with 9s5c. Ma answered with a three bet to 6,600,000 and Zhang folds.

Ma Li – 21,000,000
Zhang Chi – 21,000,000


17:30: Ma Li hero calls for the win
Level 34: 300,000 – 600,000 ante 600,000

Button Ma Li opened to 1,300,000 with 9h6h and was called by small blind Zhang Chi with Qd10c. Flop came Jd4dKh and saw Zhang check call another 1,300,000. Turn 4h was checked through, revealing river 6s. Zhang led for 2,000,000, Ma with a call for the win.

Ma Li – 16,000,000
Zhang Chi – 24,000,000


17:26: Hanusi Mate takes it down
Level 34: 300,000 – 600,000 ante 600,000

Utg Hanusi Mate opened to 1,300,000 with AhKd, called by big blind Zhang Chi with 8c6s. On flop 7cAd8s, Zhang check called for 1,300,000 and headed to turn Qh. Action went check check and proceeded to river Qh. Hanusi fired 3,000,000, Zhang with a check fold.

Hanusi Mate – 14,000,000
Zhang Chi – 28,000,000


17:18: Dai Linghui heads for the rails in 4th place – KRW 160,100,000
Level 34: 300,000 – 600,000 ante 600,000

Dai Linghui
Dai Linghui

Button Zhang Chi open shoved his big stack in with 2s2c and saw big blind Dai Linghui call off with 10h10c for his remaining 7,400,000. At a huge advantage, Dai was left in pieces after the flop 7h8s2hKc7c quickly landed his opponent a set to eventually knock him out.

Zhang Chi – 33,000,000
Dai Linghui – Eliminated


17:13: Hanusi Mate doubles up
Level 34: 300,000 – 600,000 ante 600,000

Hanusi Mate
Hanusi Mate

Button Hanusi Mate shoved in his 4,400,000 stack with AcQc and was called by small blind Dai Linghui with Ad3d. In great shape, Hasuni secured the double up after landing a better two pair on the turn 3hAs4dQdJc.

Hanusi Mate – 10,000,000
Dai Linghui – 6,500,000


17:08: Dai Linghui fills up on the river
Level 34: 300,000 – 600,000 ante 600,000

Button Dai Linghui opened to 1,100,000 with 7s9s, joined by big blind Zhang Chi with QdJh. On flop 2d6d3d, Dai continued for 600,000, check called by Zhang. Turn 10s went check check, revealing river 8s. Zhang leads for 1,100,000, called by Dai. Dai with a straight, takes the boost and is back to 18 BB.

Dai Linghui – 11,000,000
Zhang Chi – 23,000,000


16:55: Ma Li doubles through Dai Linghui
Level 34: 300,000 – 600,000 ante 600,000

Folded to small blind Dai Linghui, he shoved all-in with Ah4s, called by Ma Li for her reamaining 7,400,000 with KcJc. At risk, Ma earned the pot after the board 2h9cJh8h5c landed her top pair.

Ma Li – 17,000,000
Dai Linghui – 8,700,000


16:27: Dai Linghui unable to continue
Level 33: 300,000 – 500,000 ante 500,000

Dai Linghui
Dai Linghui

Utg Dai Linghui opened to 1,000,000 with Ah3h and found big blind Hanusi Mate completing with 10c8s. On flop 8c6dQc, Hanusi check jammed 7,000,000 and Dai folds.

Hanusi Mate – 11,000,000
Dai Linghui – 9,600,000


16:24: Zhang Chi takes down another pot
Level 33: 300,000 – 500,000 ante 500,000

Zhang Chi defended his Jc9d on the big blind vs utg Hanusi Mate’s 1,100,000 open and saw flop 9c6sKc. Zhang check called another 1,100,000, revealing turn 2s. Both players checked it through and headed to river Kh. Zhang this time, led for 2,400,000, Hanusi with a fold.

Zhang Chi – 21,000,000
Hanusi Mate – 8,500,000


16:16: Zhang Chi four bet jams it through
Level 33: 300,000 – 500,000 ante 500,000

Button Zhang Chi opened to 1,100,000 with QhQs and saw big blind Dai Linghui fire a three bet to 2,600,000 with 7c8h. Zhang answered with an all-in, leaving Dai no choice but to give it up.

Zhang Chi – 19,000,000
Dai Linghui – 9,200,000


16:07: Ma Li ahead all the way
Level 33: 300,000 – 500,000 ante 500,000

Ma Li
Ma Li

Utg Ma Li open shoved her 5,700,000 in with AcQh and was called by big blind Dai Linghui with AdJd. Ma quickly landed two pair on the flop Qc5hAh7c5c and cruised to a double up.

Ma Li – 12,000,000
Dai Linghui – 13,000,000


15:58: Fang Po Wen busts in 5th place – KRW 120,750,000
Level 33: 300,000 – 500,000 ante 500,000

Fang Po Wen
Fang Po Wen

Folded to small blind Fang Po Wen, he shoved his 4,100,000 stack in with Kc3c and was called by big blind Dai Linghui with Qd9d. In for a race, the board 8dJc3d4dQc, unfortunately for Fang, landed a flush for Dai to take it down.

Dai Linghui – 18,000,000
Fang Po Wen – Eliminated


15:42: Break Time!
Level 33: 300,000 – 500,000 ante 500,000

Five players remain in the running for the Main Event title.

Chip Counts

Zhang Chi – 16,000,000
Dai Linghui – 14,000,000
Hanusi Mate – 13,000,000
Fang Po Wen – 5,600,000
Ma Li – 5,300,000


15:39: Zhang Chi gives it up
Level 32: 200,000 – 400,000 ante 400,000

Small blind Zhang Chi opened to 900,000 with Qh6d, called by big blind Hanusi Mate with 8d7c. Flop came 6hKc8s and Zhang continued for 400,000. Hanusi bumped it up to 1,600,000 with Zhang calling behind. However on turn 9s, Zhang check folded after Hasuni moved all-in for 7,300,000.

Hanusi Mate – 13,000,000
Zhang Chi – 16,000,000


15:34: Hanusi Mate continues to dominate
Level 32: 200,000 – 400,000 ante 400,000

Hijack Hanusi Mate opened to 875,000 with 7d7c and saw big blind Ma Li complete with KdQh. On flop 9d3h5h, Ma led for 800,000 yet shortly folded after Hanusi pushed a raise to 2,300,000.

Hanusi Mate – 10,000,000
Ma Li – 5,500,000


15:29: Hanusi Mate shoves for the win
Level 32: 200,000 – 400,000 ante 400,000

Cutoff Hanusi Mate opened to 875,000 with AcQs, joined by big blind Dai Linghui with 7c5d on flop 8d5h2s. Hanusi continued for 800,000, check called by Dai. On turn 4h, Hanusi over bet jammed 4,700,000 in and picked up the pot after Dai check folded.

Hanusi Mate – 8,500,000
Dai Linghui – 13,000,000


15:24: Aghayev Farhad exits in 6th place – KRW 92,050,000
Level 32: 200,000 – 400,000 ante 400,000

Aghayev Farhad
Aghayev Farhad

Cutoff Zhang Chi opened to 800,000 with 5h5c and called off big blind Aghayev Farhad’s 2,900,000 all-in. Aghayev shows Ad7d and is in for a flip for his tournament life. The board Kd8c4s3cQc turned up on the felt with Zhang’s pocket pair holding up all the way.

Zhang Chi – 19,000,000
Aghayev Farhad – Eliminated


15:20: Ding Yayun bows out in 7th place – KRW 70,950,000
Level 32: 200,000 – 400,000 ante 400,000

Ding Yayun
Ding Yayun

Utg Ding Yayun open shoved 6,800,000 in with AcJc and was called by button Zhang Chi with AhKd. Dominated, Ding headed for the exit after the board 2d6s9d2sQs sealed her fate.

Zhang Chi – 16,000,000
Ding Yayun – Eliminated


14:57: Zhang Chi shoves it through
Level 32: 200,000 – 400,000 ante 400,000

Zhang Chi
Zhang Chi

Small blind Ma Li opened to 2,000,000 with Qh10d and folded shortly after Zhang Chi stuffed his 4,600,000 stack with 6s4d. Zhang picks up the 8 BB boost.

Zhang Chi – 7,000,000
Ma Li – 5,500,000


14:46: Ding Yayun drops down
Level 32: 200,000 – 400,000 ante 400,000

Hijack Ma Li open shoved her 3,800,000 in with AhJs and was called by big blind Ding Yayun with KhQd. In for a race, the board 4s3c3h2d7h missed to pair either player with Ma’s ace high good for the taking.

Ma Li – 8,300,000
Ding Yayun – 4,200,000


14:38: Fokin Valeriy crashes in 8th place – KRW 55,250,000
Level 32: 200,000 – 400,000 ante 400,000

Valeriy Fokin
Valeriy Fokin

Utg Hanusi Mate opened to 650,000 with KdKc and called cutoff Fokin Valeriy’s 2,000,000 jam. Fokin shows Ad10d and headed for the exit after the board 3c4d9hQc8d spared no aces.

Hanusi Mate – 8,900,000
Fokin Valeriy – Eliminated


14:15: Ma Li shoots back down
Level 31: 150,000 – 300,000 ante 300,000

Folded to small blind Ma Li, she shoved once more with Ah7h and was called by big blind Zhang Chi with Ac8s. A potential chop, Zhang locked in the double after the board Qc2d4h10sKc ran on the felt.

Zhang Chi – 6,000,000
Ma Li – 1,900,000


14:13: Ma Li doubles through Dai Linghui
Level 31: 150,000 – 300,000 ante 300,000

Ma Li
Ma Li

Folded to small blind Dai Linghui, he shoved all-in with 5h3d and saw big blind Ma Li call off for her 2,200,000 stack with Ad8h. The board ran 4h8d10sAhKs, earning Ma the much needed double up.

Ma Li – 4,700,000
Dai Linghui – 15,000,000


13:55: Aces good for Dai Linghui
Level 31: 150,000 – 300,000 ante 300,000

Utg+2 Dai Linghui opened to 625,000 with AdAc and saw big blind Ding Yayun complete with 2c3c. Action on flop 8h8c5s was checked through, revealing turn 3s. Ding led out for 525,000 and a final 900,000 on river Js with Dai calling both streets. Ding wins the pot with two pair aces and eights.

Dai Linghui – 16,000,000
Ding Yayun – 9,500,000


13:40: Nguyen Duy Pham Khanh eliminated in 9th place – KRW 43,500,000
Level 31: 150,000 – 300,000 ante 300,000

Nguyen Duy Pham Khanh
Nguyen Duy Pham Khanh

Button Dai Linghui open shoved his 6,800,000 stack in with AdJh and saw big blind Nguyen Duy call off his 3,400,000 with Ac7s. Dominated, Nguyen was drawing dead by the turn 3hKh10dQs10c, leaving him to exit in 9th place.

Dai Linghui – 11,000,000
Nguyen Duy Pham Khanh – Eliminated


13:17: Ding Yayun spikes the river
Level 30: 125,000 – 250,000 ante 250,000

Hijack Fang Po Wen defended his open with AhQc against a 1,200,000 three bet from Ding Yayun and saw flop 3s8c5s. Fang proceeded to check call 800,000 and another 925,000 on turn 9c. River 10d went check check, revealing Ding’s Ad10s for the win.

Ding Yayun – 12,000,000
Fang Po Wen – 10,000,000


13:06: Mate Hanusi chips up once more
Level 30: 125,000 – 250,000 ante 250,000

Hanusi Mate
Hanusi Mate

Button Mate Hanusi opened to 525,000 with Qd9c, called by big blind Ding Yayun with Qh7s. On flop 6cKc7d, Ding check called for 700,000 and got to showdown after the turn 9h and river Ah were checked through. Hanusi picks up the pot with his pair of nines.

Mate Hanusi – 7,100,000
Ding Yayun – 8,500,000


13:00: Mate Hanusi lands a double up
Level 30: 125,000 – 250,000 ante 250,000

Utg Ding Yayun opened to 525,000 with 6s7s and called off small blind Mate Hanusi’s 2,500,000 jam. Hanusi shows JsJd, earning a double up with a full house on board 3h6d3sAdJc.

Mate Hanusi – 5,500,000
Ding Yayun – 10,000,000


12:34: Ding Yayun and Aghayev Farhad chop it up
Level 30: 125,000 – 250,000 ante 250,000

Ding Yayun
Ding Yayun

Folded to small blind Ding Yayun, she opened for 525,000 with QsQc and called big blind Aghayev Farhad’s 3,500,000 all-in. Aghayev shows Ac3s and was at risk up until the board landed 5s4h2d6s3h for a split pot.

Ding Yayun – 12,000,000
Aghayev Farhad – 3,600,000


12:29: Chip Count Update
Level 30: 125,000 – 250,000 ante 250,000

Fang Po Wen – 13,000,000
Ding Yayun – 12,000,000
Dai Linghui – 6,000,000
Nguyen Duy – 4,700,000
Zhang Chi – 4,300,000
Fokin Valeriy – 4,200,000
Aghayev Farhad – 3,800,000
Ma Li – 3,000,000
Hanusi Mate – 2,400,000


12:07: Shuffle up & deal!
Level 29: 100,000 – 200,000 ante 200,000

Main Event Final Table action begins, good luck to the final nine!


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The WPT Korea 2024 festivities at Landing Casino, Jeju Shinhwa World, South Korea has been packed with action since day 1 with a full house right on the floor day after day. Currently underway is the headlining Championship Event where the 1,065 entry field has drawn down to its final nine players. Day 3 saw 45 runners battle for a spot into the final table and ended with China’s Fang Po Wen leading the pack. A champion is deemed to be crowned today, April 2nd, listing a massive KR₩ 434,936,000 (~USD 323,500) up top, along with the highly coveted WPT Korea Main Event Trophy and the region’s inaugural WPT Main Event Ring in addition.

Date/s: March 28 – April 2, 2024
Buy-in: KR₩ 2,800,000 (~US$ 2,100)
Guarantee: KR₩ 2,000,000,000 (~US$ 1,500,000)
Prize pool: KR₩ 2,603,286,000 (~US$ 1,936,270)
Entries: 1,065 (587 unique)
ITM: 134 players

Day 1 Results

Day 1A: 319 entries, 84 qualified
Day 1B: 361 entries, 108 qualified
Day 1C: 385 entries, 129 qualified

Day 2: 321 runners, 45 qualified
Day 3: 45 runners, 9 qualified
Day 4: Tuesday, April 2

Chip Counts

Pos. Player Flag Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Fang Po Wen China 12,350,000 62
2 Ding Yayun China 12,175,000 61
3 Dai Linghui China 6,025,000 30
4 Zhang Chi China 4,350,000 22
5 Fokin Valeriy Russia 4,325,000 22
6 Nguyen Pham Duy Khanh Vietnam 4,275,000 21
7 Aghayev Farhad Azerbaigian 3,750,000 19
8 Ma Li China 3,375,000 17
9 Hanusi Mate Hungary 2,975,000 15

Remaining Payouts

Rank Prize (KRW)
1 434,936,000
2 290,150,000
3 214,400,000
4 160,100,000
5 120,750,000
6 92,050,000
7 70,950,000
8 55,250,000
9 43,500,000

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