WPT Korea takes off; Li Yan wins THC Charity Event

The 2nd offering of the World Poker Tour (WPT) National Korea for the year kicked off with a shaky start due to weather conditions that delayed the flight of most of the renowned participants of its first event – The Texas Holdem Charity (THC) Charity Event.

Winfred Yu (Photo PKC)

Despite this slight snag, the 2-day THC Charity tournament, which had a buy-in of ₩800,000+ ₩100,000 administrative fee, continued with its scheduled start being pushed back 4 hours.  Players were still in high spirits as they knew that the fruits of this tourney’s labor were going to improve living and educational conditions for students in the poorer areas of Mainland China.

Prominent players that participated in the event included the THC founder Zhou Quan, Leon Hsu, Ye Bilian, Wang Chen, Team PKC Juicy Li and Poker King Club Winfred Yu. At the end, Li Yan from China emerged as the victor taking home ₩7,087,000 after deductions from the charity were made. It was not her first big score on the Asian circuit. Last August, she took down the APPT Manila High Roller. Few weeks before that, she was runner up in the exact same event in Seoul.

Read more: APPT10 Manila: A juicy High Roller event sees Li Yan at the top

In 2nd place was another Chinese player, Rang Ren Jun with ₩4,252,000 as prize followed by Patty Lai in 3rd place winning ₩2,678,000. A total of around ₩4,250,000 went to the charity.

Li Yan (Photo WPT)

Other events commenced as well.

The first day of the Deepstack Event, which has a buy-in of ₩600,000+50,000, has ended with Man Kit Ko from Macau leading with 127,400 chips followed by Xiao Fu from China with 104,300 chips.  The Main Event Day1 A sees Li Ang from China leading that pack into day 2 with 129,500 followed by Kazuma Tanaka from Japan with 75,200.

Li Ang (Photo PKC)
Li Ang (Photo PKC)

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker for more news as the exciting WPT National Korea Event further unfolds this weekend.

Article by Gabrielle Ruiz-Barredo

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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