WPT Korea: Yong Zhao bags big at Main Event Day 1B; Tony Dunst, Xixiang Luo among 282 entries; Yamazaki Ryosuke wins NLH Turbo


Day 4 at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Korea festival drew another 232 entrants to the Main Event to bring the combined turnout to 484 after two starting days. Among the attendees were pros flying in from Las Vegas, WPT commentator Tony Dunst, Chinese pro Xixiang Luo, and Taiwan’s Kitty Kuo. 

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WPT Commentator Tony Dunst

By the end of registration, only 82 players remained, 65 were from China. Yong Zhao bagged the chip lead with a massive 233 bb. This easily earned him the highest rank  in the cumulative Day 2 survivor list.

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Yong Zhao

Top 10 of Day 2 survivor list – 181 players

Player Flag Chips BB
Zhao Yong China 582,000 233
Gu Huidong China 381,000 152
Pak Valeriy Russia 371,500 149
Zhang Zeyu China 332,500 133
Cangsheng Ni China 313,000 125
Yan David New Zealand 300,500 120
Wang Yujia China 300,000 120
Jin Xu Dong China 296,000 118
Chen Chuan Shu China 280,000 112

For the complete Day 2 list, WPT Korea Main Event – Chip Counts

You can watch some of the action via the livestream by Sharehand broadcasted in the WPT YouTube page with Tony Dunst, Matt Savage, Scott Baumstein, Bryan Paris, Henry Kilbane, Chris Soto, Jamie Kerstetter, and AJ Rudolph alternating on the commentary. You can also read up on the action via the Live Updates.

For the livestream, WPT Korea – Livestream 
For hand for hand action, WPT Korea Main Event – Live Updates

Players looking to jump in still have one final chance with Day 1C on deck starting at 1pm on Wednesday, July 19. For those just hearing of the event, WPT Korea kicked off on July 15 at Jeju Shinhwa World Landing Casino and will run until July 24.

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The Main Event is the first of three key events lined up. It comes with a jaw-dropping  KR₩ 2 Billion guarantee, which is roughly USD 1,575,600. This is the biggest prize pool ever offered by the brand in Asia. In addition, for the buy in price of KR₩ 3,400,000 (~USD 2,680), players get to experience a Main Tour structure at just half the price! Make sure to click the link below for more info.

Main Event info: Main Event KR₩ 2 BN guaranteed
WPT Korea: Schedule and Structures

Yamazaki Ryosuke wins the NLH Turbo

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Yamazaki Ryosuke – NLH Turbo champion

At the NLH Turbo, 127 entered for a prize pool of KR₩ 75,393,000 (~USD 59,400). Japan’s Yamazaki Ryosuke dominated the final table to enter heads up with a commanding 10:1 chip lead. It took only two hands to seal the win for a payout of KR₩ 19,633,000 (~USD 15,470). 

Date: July 18, 2023
Buy in: KR₩ 680,000 (~USD 535)
Entries: 127
Prize pool: KR₩ 75,393,000 (~USD 59,400)
ITM: 18 places

Place Player Flag
Payouts in KR₩
1 Yamazaki Ryosuke Japan 19,633,000
2 Yang Ren Jun China 13,120,000
3 Mou Chunxu China 9,100,000
4 Shih Pei Chih Taiwan 6,510,000
5 Morishita Shogo Japan 4,800,000
6 Teng Yun China 3,650,000
7 Lin Jiang China 2,870,000
8 Shimizu Masafumi Japan 2,330,000
9 Huang Huangbo China 1,970,000

WPT Korea – Festival Results
WPT Korea – Schedule and Structures

Other Key Events

Following the main is the WPT Alpha8 One Drop Korea charity event which features a buy-in of $133,930. A portion of the buy-in goes to the One Drop foundation to help bring access to water to communities in need of clean water.

Cards for a Cause: WPT Alpha8 for One Drop in Jeju Island, Korea from July 21 to 22

To complete the key three is the WPT Korea High Roller with a buy in of KRW 17,000,000 (~USD 13,400). Expect elite players from the region to populate the tables.

Getting to Jeju Shinhwa Landing Resort

Jeju Shinhwa World

Jeju Shinhwa World

For arriving players, getting to the venue couldn’t be any easier. Just look for the WPT Korea banner with the bus schedule and hop in once it arrives. It takes approximately one hour to get to the venue. The bus runs daily on a two hour schedule starting at 6am. The last bus to the venue is at 10pm.

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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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