₩5,000,000 High Roller

Event Info

Nagradni sklad 684,093,000 KRW
Players 155

Informacije o trenutnem nivoju

Nivo 26
Slepe stave 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 60,000

Informacije o igralcih - Dan 2

Število preostalih igralcev 1
Vseh prijavljenih 155
₩5,000,000 High Roller
Dan 2 končan

Liuheng Dai Wins Back-To-Back PokerStars High Rollers in Jeju (₩159,052,000)

[user38873] • Nivo 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Liuheng Dai Wins the ₩5,000,000 High Roller High Roller
Liuheng Dai Wins the ₩5,000,000 High Roller High Roller

The first major event of the 2019 PokerStars LIVE Asia Red Dragon Jeju festival has crowned a champion at the Landing Casino and China dominated the final table of the ₩5,000,000 High Roller on Jeju Island to showcase once more why they have been the most successful country in the 11 years of Red Dragon poker history in Asia.

A field of 155 entries exceeded the expectations to create a prize pool of ₩684,093,000 ($590,366), which was split among the top 23 spots and the top four were all from China. In heads-up, Liuheng Dai defeated Yang Zhang to claim his biggest payday on the live circuit thus far.

Heading into the festival with $135k in cashes according to his Hendon Mob profile, Dai doubled that amount thanks to the top prize of ₩159,052,000 ($137,270) and put the cherry on top of a very successful year on South Korean soil. His last five cashes were all from Incheon and Jeju and he claimed back-to-back victories in PokerStars sponsored Shot Clock High Rollers at the Landing Casino after coming out on top of a 39-entry strong field in the 2019 APPT Korea ₩6,000,000 High Roller in June.

“On day 1 everything went smoothly, and because I was the APPT High Roller Champion I wanted to defend my title and I had my own expectations for my self,” Dai said through a translator in the interview after his victory.

The 32-year-old has been playing MTT's for just a year and already showed tremendous results, while poker has just been a hobby so far. Dai owns his a software company and now walks home with a golden Red Dragon trophy that was specifically designed for the previous and inaugural Red Dragon Jeju festival in 2018.

His heads-up opponent Zhang was already boasting nearly $2 million in live cashes, good enough for the 10th place on the Chinese all-time money list, and had to settle for second place, which came with a payday of ₩107,745,000($92,990).

Both Dai and Zhang were among the shorter stacks when the nine-handed final table was set. Kazuhiko Yotsushika went from the prime position as the dominant chip leader to 6th place finisher. Bin Sun suffered the same fate and bowed out in 5th after losing back-to-back all-ins against Zhang, who was unable to come out on top of a roller-coaster heads-up battle.

“Then, when I got to the final table I was very short but I was consistent in sticking to my plan and my strategy. And of course, being lucky is another part, but most important was the fact that I stuck to my plan,” Dai pointed out. He was also supported by a boisterous rail that remained in place until the early morning hours.

Liuheng Dai Wins the ₩5,000,000 High Roller High Roller
Liuheng Dai Wins the ₩5,000,000 High Roller High Roller

Final Result ₩5,000,000 High Roller

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in KRW)Prize (in USD)
1Liuheng DaiChina₩159,052,000$137,270
2Yang ZhangChina₩107,745,000$92,990
3Feng ChenChina₩71,830,000$61,990
4Bin WangChina₩58,832,000$50,775
5Bin SunChina₩47,202,000$40,735
6Kazuhiko YotsushikaJapan₩36,599,000$31,585
7Duc Trung VuVietnam₩27,090,000$23,380
8Lei YuChina₩19,907,000$17,180
9Bawoo YunUnited States₩15,871,000$13,700

Big Names Fall Before the Money

Out of a field of 140 entries after nine levels of play on Day 1, 96 players returned to their seats and the registration remained open for the first level. Another 15 new entries and re-entries boosted the already impressive field further. Many familiar names on the Asian poker circuit were among those hoping to claim the High Roller title but had to leave empty-handed without anything to show for such as Yake Wu, defending APPT Korea Main Event champion Sparrow Cheung, Victor Chong, Guoliang Wei, Ben Lai, Hiroyuki Noda, Alex Lee, and Pete Chen.

Former EPT Barcelona Main Event champion Andre Lettau and Michael Soyza also came up short of the money spots with the later experiencing a roller-coaster day on and away from the feature table. Lester Edoc, Quan Zhou and Carson Wong were also ousted before the dinner break. Especially a spell of half an hour saw pocket aces cracked three times to send Ye Yuan into a world of pain.

From Money Bubble to Final Table in Quick Succession

Only 24 players remained when the dinner break was reached and it took just a few hads to let the bubble burst. Hengren Tu was the last player to leave without anything to show for when his pair of eights came up short against the ten-six of Duc Trung Vu. It wouldn't take long to reduce the field to the final two tables after that. Among others, Nan Hong, Yao Bai, Zhiao He and Derek Ip in his first-ever live MTT were eliminated.

Liang Chen lost a flip to Kazuhiko Yotsushika, who then also knocked out Joshua Zimmerman and Kannapong Thanarattrakul en route to enter the final table as clear chip leader. Other notables such as Phachara Wongwichit and WSOP bracelet winner Mike Tayakama didn't make the cut and bowed out in 12th and 11th place respectively.

Kazuhiko Yotsushika
Kazuhiko Yotsushika

Yotsushika and Sun fall in dramatic fashion

Kazuhiko Yotsushika entered the final table with double as many chips as his nearest follower while the short stacks Bawoo Yun and Lei Yu bowed out rather quickly. Duc Trung Vu went from a middle stack to the rail in 7th place and Yotsushika's aggression backfired as he lost a big pot to Bin Sun and then doubled eventual runner-up Yang Zhang.

It was all over for the Japanese in 6th place and Sun then went from chip leader to 5th place finisher in back-to-back hands. Sun flipped twice against Zhang who flopped and turned a set to emerge as the far biggest stack among the final five. Not even 15 minutes later, Bin Wang and Feng Chen ran out of chips and that set up the duel for the title between Liuheng Dai and Zhang.

Zhang was two cards away from victory when his flopped top two pair clashed with the jack-high flush draw of Dai, but another club hit the river and changed the circumstances in brutal fashion. The lead changed several times and it took another unfortunate cooler to determine the champion. Dai five-bet jammed with pocket treys and Zhang called with tens right away only to see a trey appear on the turn to end the tournament.

That wraps up the PokerNews updates from the ₩5,000,000 High Roller but plenty of poker action in Jeju awaits in the days to come as the Red Dragon Main Event is off to an excellent start with 252 entries on the first of three starting days.

Oznake: Alex LeeAndre LettauBin SunBin WangCarson WongDerek IpDuc Trung VuGuoliang WeiHengren TuJoshua ZimmermanKazuhiko YotsushikaLanding CasinoLei YuLester EdocLiuheng DaiMichael SoyzaNan HongPete ChenPhachara WongwichitPokerStars Live AsiaRed DragonSparrow CheungVictor ChongYake WuYang Zhang

Yang Zhang Eliminated in 2nd Place (₩107,745,000)

[user38873] • Nivo 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Yang Zhang
Yang Zhang

Yang Zhang raised to 135,000 and Liu Heng Dai three-bet to 560,000. Zhang cut out a reraise to 1,200,000 and Dai pulled the trigger by moving all in. Zhang double-checked his cards and called within one second.

Yang Zhang: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Liu Heng Dai: {3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

A blank {7-Hearts}{4-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop brought no upset yet but the {3-Clubs} turn sent Dai into the lead, while the {8-Diamonds} on the river failed to provide any help to Zhang. He crosses $2 million in live cashes and has to settle for second place which comes with a payday of ₩107,745,000.

Dai has been crowned the champion and receives a golden dragon as trophy along with with the top prize of ₩159,052,000.

That wraps up the High Roller and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Liuheng Dai cn 7,900,000 3,300,000
Yang Zhang cn Izpadel

Oznake: Liu Heng DaiYang Zhang

Flush on the River for Zhang

[user38873] • Nivo 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Yang Zhang limped the button with the {j-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and Liu Heng Dai checked in the big blind with {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}. After the {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{a-Clubs} turn, Dai check-called a bet of 180,000 and the {5-Clubs} came on the river to improve Zhang to a flush.

Dai checked and Zhang fired a bet of 425,000. That sent Dai into the think tank and he invested one of his remaining time banks before making the call. Despite losing this pot, Dai remains with a slight chip lead ad odds-on favorite to emerge victoriously.

Liuheng Dai cn 4,600,000 -500,000
Yang Zhang cn 3,100,000 400,000

Oznake: Liu Heng DaiYang Zhang

Dai Establishes Comfortable Lead as Zhang Gets Gutsy

[user38873] • Nivo 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Liu Heng Dai limped the button with the {9-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Yang Zhang checked with the {10-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}. They checked the {q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop and {6-Clubs} turn. Zhang checked the {7-Clubs} river and Dai made it 80,000 to go.

Zhang raised it up to 300,000 and Dai made the call after using a time bank to scoop a decent pot.

Liuheng Dai cn 5,100,000 600,000
Yang Zhang cn 2,700,000 -700,000

Oznake: Liu Heng DaiYang Zhang

Slepe stave:

Dai Pulls Further Ahead

[user38873] • Nivo 25: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Liu Heng Dai opened to 150,000 with the {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and Yang Zhang three-bet to 500,000 with {k-Hearts}{3-Clubs}, which Dai called. He flopped a gutshot on {10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and Zhang continued for 350,000 with his king-high, Dai made the call.

After the {4-Hearts} turn, Zhang slowed down and checked his option which resulted in a bet of 800,000 by Dai. Zhang quickly got out of the way and his profit of the previous hands vanished into thin air.

Liuheng Dai cn 4,500,000 200,000
Yang Zhang cn 3,400,000 -200,000

Oznake: Liu Heng DaiYang Zhang

Zhang Regains The Lead Twice

[user38873] • Nivo 25: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Yang Zhang opened to 125,000 with the {10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and Liu Heng Dai called with the {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}. On the {k-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop, Dai check-called a bet of 75,000 to see the {10-Hearts} turn and both players checked.

Dai then bet the {10-Spades} river on which he bet 300,000 into 480,000. Zhang used a time bank extension and raised to 1,000,000, no call by Dai followed.

In the next hand, Dai raised to 125,000 with the {6-Spades}{6-Clubs} and Zhang three-bet to 400,000 with {q-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. Dai studied his opponent for half a minute and squeezed to 1,100,000, Zhang folded and was shown a six.

Zhang raised to 125,000 with the {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and Dai came along in the big blind with {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. Dai check-called a bet on the {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop and they checked the {10-Diamonds} turn.

Dai then checked the {6-Spades} river and Zhang bet 250,000 for half the pot with his rivered pair, no call by Dai followed to see the lead change once more.

Yang Zhang cn 4,100,000 400,000
Liuheng Dai cn 3,800,000 -400,000

Oznake: Liu Heng DaiYang Zhang

No River Value for Zhang

[user38873] • Nivo 25: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Yang Zhang three-bet successfully with pocket deuces and then raised to 125,000 with the {9-Spades}{8-Hearts} on the button. Liu Heng Dai three-bet to 500,000 with {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and Zhang sent his cards into the muck.

Dai opened to 125,000 with the {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and Zhang called with {6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} to spike bottom pair and a gutshot on {5-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs}. Zhang checked and called a bet worth 100,000 to see the {2-Hearts} turn on which both players checked.

Zhang bet the {7-Diamonds} river for 500,000, exactly the size of the pot. Dai gave it some consideration and sent his cards into the muck.

Liuheng Dai cn 4,200,000 -100,000
Yang Zhang cn 3,700,000 100,000

Oznake: Liu Heng DaiYang Zhang