WPT Sanya Day 3 Recap: 20 players left, Li Yuguang in hunt for first WPT title

Twenty players are left standing to contest the title and the $242,555 top purse in the Main Event of the sixth staging of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Sanya with the erstwhile champion dethroned, two ladies still in and a former Macau Red Dragon titlist among the chip leaders.

Early casualties

Chen Hao
Chen Hao

From the beginning of Day 3, it would be an uphill climb for the two international campaigners still in the hunt and after American Noah Friedenberg got railed in the early goings of Level 19, Vasili Milashevskiy of Russia followed not long after.

The same fate befell HKPPA pro Vincent Li who was still able to make the last registration phase of the Hublot Elite High-Roller event upon his exit from the Main Event.

Erstwhile champion Chen Hao also lost his footing and got busted out while at the Featured Table to ensure that a new winner will be crowned in two days’ time.

Two ladies still in contention

Tang Ying
Tang Ying

Team Poker Fish representative Lu Di also got shown the door as one by one the last remaining ladies in the tournament got axed from the competition, with the exception of Team J88 Poker’s Jin Tian and 27-year-old Tang Ying, who has only been playing the game for a mere six months. They are currently occupying the last two spots, though, but can still improve if they continue with their solid play.

 Li Yuguang chasing his first WPT Title

Yuguang Li
Yuguang Li

Qian Zhiqiang presently has the largest stack of over 2.4M in chips while Chen Ke is not that far behind with a little over 2M. However, lurking in third place at the moment is Chinese tournament veteran Li Yuguang, who has the distinction of taking down the Red Dragon tournament in the 2015 Macau Poker Cup and promptly emerged victorious in the High Roller event just a few hours later. He is with just under 2M in chips.

Li’s dream is to win a WPT crown and has the arsenal to achieve his ambitions as action reconvenes tomorrow (November 20th) at 12:00NN (local time) still here at the MGM Grand Hotel main ballroom.

The twenty aspirants remaining will now battle down to the final 9 which will comprise the Final Table on Tuesday (November 21st).

Chip Count Table Seat
Qian Zhiqiang 2,480,000 14 6
Chen Ke 2,040,000 12 3
Li Yuguang 1,985,000 3 3
Huang Dengdong 1,600,000 12 1
Sun Bin 1,540,000 14 1
Fu Peng 1,150,000 12 4
Liu Jinbo 1,140,000 14 4
Wu Xin 1,095,000 3 7
Zhang Junjie 1,025,000 14 5
Pan Yuefeng 1,020,000 12 5
Hu Lingfei 970,000 3 9
Tang Ying 950,000 14 9
Chen Suiyu 855,000 12 6
Li Zhongyao 805,000 3 5
Li Chengbei 735,000 12 2
Jin Tian 705,000 14 8
Chen Yuanzhuo 595,000 14 2
Xu Yahui 435,000 12 9
Zhang Yi 365,000 3 2
Lu Dengshuai 355,000 3 4

Article by Noel Zarate

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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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