WPT Korea 2024: WPT Opener – Day 2 (Live Updates)

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20:33: Zhang Lirui clinches WPT Opener title!
Level 28: 75,000 – 150,000 ante 150,000

Zhang Lirui ships WPT Opener title
Zhang Lirui

Following nearly three hours of final table gameplay, China’s Zhang Lirui secured the victory after defeating Australia’s Ai Rex Hunt in heads up play. Zhang started the heads up duel with 2:1 advantage and locked in the win in just under an hour. The final hand saw Ai all-in with AdKc against Zhang’s AhJc. Whilst dominated, Zhang continued his run good and locked in the win on board AsJs9hJd8c.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Final Table Results

Rank Player Flag Prize (KRW)
1 Zhang Lirui China 57,624,000
2 Ai Rex Hunt Australia 38,380,000
3 Lin Yan China 28,150,000
4 Nielsen Martin Denmark 20,880,000
5 Liu Yin China 15,670,000
6 Yang Xi China 11,890,000
7 Zhang Chenxu China 9,130,000
8 Augutis Vilius Lithuania 7,090,000
9 Iakimenko Anton Russia 5,570,000

16:40: Final Table is set!
Level 22: 20,000 – 40,000 ante 40,000

WPT Opener Final Table
WPT Opener Final Table

The final nine players is set with China’s Lin Yan leading the final table action with 2.7 M (67 BB) in chips. Average stack is listed at just a little over a million, giving Lin a huge advantage in the final games. Each contender is now guaranteed a minimum payout of KRW 5,570,000.

16:37: Tu Guanlan exits as final table bubble
Level 22: 20,000 – 40,000 ante 40,000

Tu Guanlan shoved his short stack in with 10h10c and was called by two opponents – Zhang Lirui 4d7d and chip leader Lin Yan JdQh. The board ran 3d3c2dAcJh and left Lin to pick up the pot with his two pair jacks and threes. Tu exits in 10th place and  takes with him KRW 5,570,000 in winnings.


WPT Korea’s opening event locked in a total of 387 entries recorded across three starting flights and found its player base hailing a strong representation from neighboring China. Each Day 1 played down to the money, resulting in only 48 players returning to battle today. Day 1A chip leader Iakimenko Anton continues to lead, holding down a massive 108 big blind stack to start the Day 2 games.

Action resumes at Level 15: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000, 12 noon.

Date/s: March 25 – 27, 2024
Buy-in: KR₩ 850,000 (~USD 630)
Prize pool: KR₩ 287,173,400 (~USD 213,590)
Entries: 387 (221 unique)
ITM: 50 players

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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