WPT Korea 2024: WPT Opener – Day 1C (Live Updates)

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00:40: China’s Zhang Ding stacks high in Day 1C
Level 18: 6,000 – 12,000 ante 12,000

Zhang Ding
Zhang Ding

After nearly six hours of play, the 113-entry field drew down to its final 14 players led by China’s Zhang Ding. Zhang capped the night with a 525,000 stack, joining the top ranks going into Day 2. Just below him is fellow countryman Chen Kaile with a sizeable 428,000 chip count.

Chip Counts 

Pos. Last Name First Name Flag Chip Count
1 ZHANG DING China 525,000
2 CHEN KAILE China 428,000
3 YANG XI China 377,000
4 LI CHAO China 264,000
5 WANG SONG China 234,000
6 JIANZHONG SONG China 183,000
7 Liu LI JIANG China 161,000
8 DESIMONI BRUNO Brazil 149,000
9 YANG XIAOTIAN China 108,000
10 YU YUNCHAO China 70,000
11 NING BO China 41,000
12 LI XIANG China 31,000
13 HIRANO KEITA Japan 29,000
14 YU JIANQIANG 23,200

00:38: Two players exit as the bubble
Level 18: 6,000 – 12,000 ante 12,000

Dwindled down to 1.5 BB, big blind Mamiya Ruiko flicked in her last 5,000 with KsJs and was called by small blind Jianzhong Song with 4d5s. The board ran 4sQc10c5c6h, landing Jianzhong two pair for the win.

Jianzhong Song – 183,000
Mamiya Ruiko – Eliminated


Action on the other table saw Hanusi Mate shove his short stack in with 8h8c and was called by Desimoni Bruno with AcQh. Up for a flip, a roller coaster board Qs6h8dQc6d turned up on the felt which left Hanusi’s flopped set crushed by the river.

Desimoni Bruno – 149,000
Hanusi Mate – Eliminated

The two eliminated players will split a minimum payout while 14 additional runners head on to Day 2.

21:00: Registration is closed!
Level 9: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500


The last flight on schedule for the WPT Opener added another 113 entries to the tally, recorded across eight levels of registration. Set to play down to ITM (12.5% of the field), only 15 players are guaranteed a spot into Day 2.

WPT Korea

The last flight for WPT Korea’s first trophy event on schedule, WPT Opener, plays down this evening, running a faster paced gameplay all throughout. Each player starts off with a 25,000 stack, equivalent to 125 BB and is set to course through 20 minute blind levels. The qualifier will conclude once ITM is reached where 1 in 8 players will survive onto Day 2, guaranteed a share of the pot.

Date: March 25 – 27, 2024
Buy-in: KR₩ 850,000 (~USD 630)

Day 1A: 68 entries, 9 qualified
Day 1B: 206 entries, 26 qualified
Day 1C Turbo: 113 entries, 15 qualified
Day 2: March 27, 2024

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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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