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PokerStars prepares major software update, partypoker about to restrict HUDs

The online poker landscape is evolving quickly with private applications taking a growing share of the cash game market and Asian poker sites like Natural8 investing massively in expanding their tournament offerings.
In response to this increased competition, the market leaders PokerStars and partypoker have too keep innovating and double down on safety and trust.
Major software update for PokerStars
As revealed by pokerfuse.com,  new game engine is being rolled out market by market. From players’ perspective most of this will probably not be visible at first. However, online giant PokerStars is showing off what can be done on the surface alone.
Currently only available for the .net client, a first real money rollout of project “Aurora” will be available for the Portuguese market with new animations, sound effects and interactive elements. The old game engine is planned to be retired by the end of the year.

The possibilities are almost endless. Once the new engine is fully in place, we can expect PokerStars to be a lot faster, more creative, fun and innovative.
Restriction on HUDs on partypoker
And while PokerStars makes the headlines with a more stable and faster game engine, partypoker takes another step towards players in gaining their trust with more safety measures..
Recently, partypoker had announced a big move against bot accounts, shutting down 277 of them and paying back players more than $735,000.
The discussion around the use of HUDs and other third party tools has been going on for a long time. Many online poker sites have already decided to ban HUDs, but up until now the two big leaders in poker held off any changes to current policies.
This will now change for partypoker. It was just announced that the world’s second biggest site will drastically reduce the use of tracking tools or HUDs starting early May. read more

 

Natural8 is bringing back the GG Series with $10M GTD across 157 events

This May 12th, Natural8 is bringing back the much anticipated Good Game Series. Since its first installment last November featuring $3.5M in guarantees, Natural8 is making a leap to $10M GTD this May.
The Natural8 Good Game Series 2 (N8GGS2) is a MTT festival comprising of 157 events across 15 days, from May 12 – May 26. This series will cater to all types of MTT players — from low-stakes grinders to the major league high-rollers.

In the second season of this series, the Championship Event is structured as a Phased Tournament (Day1/2) and will feature the largest guarantee of the series. There will be five separate Day1 tournaments (May 19, 23, 24, 25, 26) for an entry to GGS Championship [Day2] $500K GTD on May 26th.
For players who are more tight-fisted on coughing up the buy-in amount in its entirety, there is an alternative – Gain entry to the Championship and various Main Events through different satellites with over $40,000 guaranteed. There will be more than 3,000 seats across 700+ satellites starting on May 1. Buy-ins start from $1. read more

 

Everything you should know about the upcoming APL Ho Chi Minh City

The Asia Poker League Taiwan was wrapped up last week and we can already look forward to the next stop of this popular poker festival series.

It will be the first APL event in Vietnam in 2019 from 9th to 20th May at the Pro Poker Club HCMC.
Players are encouraged to travel to the 17-event festival on the first day as there will be a freeroll for one VND 16,500,000 (~US$709.62) Main Event and two VND 11,000,000  (~US$472) Massive Stack seats.
The Main Event and High Rollers
APL TrophiesThe VND 16,500,000 Main Event will have four starting flights starting on 12th May and conclude with the final 9 on 18th May. The prize pool is guaranteed at VND 8 billion (~US$343,984).
The festival will also feature two high roller tournaments. The VND 30,000,000  (~US$1,290)  High Roller from 16th to 19th May with three starting days and the 2-day VND 50,000,000 (~US$2,149) Super High Roller on 19th & 20th May with VND 5 billion guaranteed (~US$214,952).
A guaranteed kick-off and strong finish
Besides the freeroll on 9th May there will be another good reason to arrive early, the VND 6,000,000 (~US$258)Kick Off event with  VND 1,5 billion guaranteed (~US$64,498). It will have three starting days and conclude on 12th May.
Other notable events in the schedule are the two K.O. Bounty events for VND 6,600,000  (~US$283) on 10th May and VND 8,800,000 (~US$378) on 18th May, the VND 6,600,000 (~US$283) Pot Limit Omaha on 12th and a selection of satellites into various bigger events.
This stop for the Asia Poker League will be one of two in Vietnam this year with the second one taking place 7th to 17th November.
More: APL Ho Chi Minh City – Full Schedule
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APT Philippines early highlights: Christopher Mateo wins the Main Event; Iori Yogo & Narutoshi Otsuka win High Rollers

The Asian Poker Tour is currently running its fourth event of the year with APT Philippines 2019 ongoing at Resorts World Manila. Games began on April 24th and is scheduled to conclude on May 5th. Through the years, this leg has proven to be the most popular. With this year’s festival falling during Japan’s Golden Week, it certainly has reflected on the numbers. The Main Event said it all with a new series record set of 503 entries and a prize pool of P24,395,500 (~US$ 470,700). Owning all the glory was Filipino Christopher Mateo.
The festival also wrapped up several side events. Among the biggest winners were Japanese players Iori Yogo and Narutoshi Otsuka. Each one shipped a High Rollers event. Other big winners were Low Zi Cheng and Louis Bilodeau.
Christopher Mateo wins the Main Event
The Main Event set a new APT Philippines series record of 503 entries and a prize pool of P24,395,500 with buy-in at P55,000 (~US$1,064). This figure more than doubled the advertised P10M guarantee. 51 players earned a cut. Emerging victorious was Filipino player Christopher Mateo to capture his first-ever major career title and his largest score of P4,376,000 (~USD 84,400).
Christopher Mateo – Photo APTThe Main Event ran a course of five days from April 26 to 30. Well known players were of course in attendance with a couple of them grabbing headlines. Singaporean pro Alex Lee topped the starting days overall count, Filipino pro Marc Rivera led at the end of Day 2, and Mateo entered the final 8 round in charge. Among the players also looking to ship it was German pro Marvin Rettenmaier. He eventually finished in 7th place.
Throughout the final race, Mateo held the chip lead and knocked out four players along the way. At heads up, he struck a deal with Singapore’s Lu Zhenghao. Despite a brief switch in stack leadership, Mateo quickly reclaimed it and went on to win it.
Final 8 payouts
1st Christopher Mateo – Philippines – P4,376,000 (deal)
2nd Lu Zhenghao – Singapore – P4,100,000 (deal)
3rd Vamerdino Magsakay – Philippines – P2,357,100
4th Su Tianhong – China – P1,702,500
5th Jung Seungmook – Korea P1,273,200
6th Keichiro Sugimoto – Japan – P982,600
7th Marvin Rettenmaier – Germany – P780,300
8th Jessie Supnet – Philippines – P635,700
Iori Yogo wins the High Rollers #1
The APT announced there would be six high rollers events in the lineup. The first one was the High Rollers #1 with a buy-in of P107,500. It ran for two days attracting 43 runners for a prize pool of P4,171,000 (~US$80,000). Japanese pro Iori Yogo triumphed over John Tech at heads up to pocket a lion’s share P1,308,900 (~US$25,000).

Final 8 payouts
1st Iori Yogo – Japan – P1,308,900
2nd John Tech – Philippines – P872,500
3rd Tobias Peters – Netherlands – P606,600
4th Argyle Alejandria – USA – P438,100
5th Kannapong Thanarattrakul – Thailand – P327,600
6th Linh Tran – Vietnam – P252,900
7th Hirasawa Fumimasa – Japan – P200,800
8th Markus Garberg – Norway – P163,600
Narutoshi Otsuka wins the High Rollers Single Day #1
The next High Rollers was a single day event with the shot clock activated to help speed things up. Buy-in was P86,000 (~US$1,700) for a prize pool of P2,871,200 (~US$55,000). Another Japanese player navigated his way to the top. Narutoshi Otsuka overcame the 37 entries to win the P986,800 (~US$19,000) first place purse. This was Otsuka’s first-ever recorded live tournament victory.
Narutoshi Otsuka – Photo APTPayouts
1st Narutoshi Otsuka – Japan – P986,800
2nd Koichi Aiba – Japan – P634,100
3rd Kosaku Akashi – Japan – P427,500
4th Lester Edoc – Philippines – P301,200
5th Roger Spets – Switzerland – P221,000
6th Ryo Kotake – Japan – P168,200
7th Tobias Peters – Netherlands – P132,400
Low Zi Cheng wins the Dream Maker opening event
Awarded the first trophy of the festival was Singapore’s Low Zi Cheng for his triumph at the Dream Maker opening event. Impressively, Cheng also won last year’s opener at the same series. The draw of the Dream Maker was its payout structure with only 5% of the field earning. With 88 entries at P16,500 each, the prize pool amounted to P1,280,400 (~US$24,500). Only 5 players gained with Cheng defeating Christopher Mateo at heads up to claim P547,000 (~US$10,500).
Low Zi Cheng – Photo APTPayouts
1st Low Zi Cheng – Singapore – P547,000
2nd Christopher Mateo – Philippines – P317,100
3rd Samad Razavi – UK – P196,300
4th Netnapit Muksatean – Thailand – P129,400
5th Hiroyuki Yoshimura – Japan – P90,600
Louis Bilodeau wins the No Limit Hold’em #1
The largest side event so far was the No Limit Hold’em #1 pulling in 143 entries for a pot of P2,496,800 (~US$48,000) with buy-in at P19,800 (~US$382). Out of the 24 players paid shipping the largest share of P593,600 (~US$11,500) was Canadian Louis Bilodeau. This was his first-ever APT victory.
Louis Bilodeau – Photo APTFinal 8 payouts
1st Louis Bilodeau – Canada – P593,600
2nd Kohei Kawai – Japan – P395,600
3rd Roger Spets – Sweden – P275,000
4th Keisuke Okamura – Japan – P198,600
5th Otake Michitaka – Japan – P148,600
6th Wei Xu – China – P114,700
7th Sato Yoshinori – Japan – P91,00
8th Matt Ericson – Thailand – P74,200
APT Philippines 2019 is now running its second featured event, the Championships Event – P10 Million (~US$193,300) guarantee. Buy-in is P82,500 (~US$1600). Somuchpoker will have that result for you once it concludes along with other big winners of the series.
Article by Tricia David
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Taiwan’s own Chi Hang ships the J88Poker Tour Main Event and wins seat to WSOP

It took over 8 hours of intense final table action for the J88Poker Tour Main Event to complete.  When it did, it was local player Chi Hang reveling in all the glory. Chi spiked a lucky two-outer on the turn against Jin Ho Hong to capture NT$2,152,000 (~US$69,000), the J88PT champion’s golden bracelet, and a seat to the WSOP 2019 Main Event.
Chi Hang winning momentFinal 9 recap
Chi Hang was impressive throughout. Prior to reaching today’s final 9, he entered Day 2 in the top ten out of the 134 players that advanced from the starting days. To close Day 2, he was third in the count.
Final 9 playersKicking off the final day, Hang quickly picked up the first pot, and it wasn’t a small one either. With progressive betting at every street, his full house bested Vincent Li’s (seat 5) full house on a board of . This sent Li down to 8bbs and was soon railed in 9th place by Patrick Liang with pocket tens over pocket sixes.
Entering the final day with a monstrous stack was Lin Yu Sheng. He padded that further by sending Sam Chen Yu Hung (8th) to the rail. It was a flip with Sam holding and Lin with the board running .
Ray Chiu stands beside all in player Sam Chen Yu HungBefore the next casualty, Hang shaved some towers off Sunny Jung to climb closer to the leader Lin. Hang had full house, Jung two pair, on a board . Jung would eventually fall to Liang but not before Ray Chiu sent Wu Chun Hui out in 7th place with dominating throughout.
Wu Chun HuiJung’s last hand was that lost to Liang’s on a board of . 
Sunny JungThe five-handed round was a long one. During its three hour-run, Hang continued to climb, picking up pots off the leader Lin to send him down to earth. Short-stacked Chiu doubled up twice with pocket sixes holding up and his getting full pay from Liang on a board . Liang had . The all in was on the turn.
The table finally trimmed to four with Liang knocking out Lin (5th). Liang shoved on a board . Lin tanked then called for his tournament life with only to see Liang’s .
Lin Yu ShengDown to four players, Liang led with one-third of the chips in play until he ran into a costly pot against Jin Ho Hong. Hong was all in on the turn holding set and Liang held draw. The river didn’t help Liang and Hong doubled up into the chip lead.  Despite Liang’s loss in chips, he was still way ahead of Chiu’s stack. Liang eliminated Chiu in 4th place with over on a board .
Ray ChiuThe three-handed round was a tough one for Liang. His stack was on a perpetual downturn and finally put it all in with that was called by Jin Ho with . The board offered no help instead improving Jin Ho to trips and Liang was out in 3rd place.
Patrick LiangThis left Jin Ho up against Chi Hang for the title, the top prize money, the bracelet, and the WSOP 2019 Main Event seat. In the end it was Chi Hang who prevailed. The last hand was a dramatic two-outer spiked on the turn. Jin Ho with , Hang with , the final board .
Jin Ho Hong – 2nd placeCongratulations to Chi Hang for his victory at the J88Poker Tour Main Event!
Chi Hang – Main Event championFinal 9 Payouts
1st Chi Hang – Taiwan – NT$ 2,152,000 + WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket + customized golden bracelet2nd Jin Ho Hong – Korea – NT$ 1,348,5003rd Patrick Liang – Brazil – NT$ 832,0004th Ray Yik Yin Chiu – Hong Kong – NT$ 631,2005th Lin Yu Sheng – Taiwan – NT$ 459,1006th Sunny Jung – Korea – NT$363,5007th Wu Chun Hui – Taiwan – NT$ 287,7008th Chen Yu Hung – Taiwan – NT$ 239,9009th Vincent Li – Hong Kong – NT$ 192,100
Final Table Replay
Watch 2019 J88 Taiwan from 華人德州撲克俱樂部 on www.twitch.tv
The Main Event ran from March 30 to April 3 with 452 entries each one coughing up the NT$25,000 (~US$800) buy-in. This huge turnout doubled the advertised guarantee to a lucrative NT$10,170,000 (US$330,000). Day 2 saw pieces of the pot distributed starting with 54th place which was shared due to two players busting on the bubble round. The final 9 returned today and after 8 hours of competition, Chi Hang seized his first-ever live tournament victory and scored his largest win.
More: J88Poker Tour Full Coverage
Article by Tricia David
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J88Poker Tour: Catching up with the side events

With the J88Poker Tour 2019 – Main Event – down to the Final 9 players, it’s time to give the side events a bit of attention. Four events have concluded after opening day. We’ve got those results for you below.
Deep Stack Turbo: CHIH YING LIANG
Chih Ying LiangThe Deep Stack Turbo drew 147 runners for a prize pool of NT$ 769,986 (~US$25,000). 20 players earned a piece of the pot with Chih Ying Liang claiming the biggest for his victory. Liang pocketed NT$184,896 (~US$6,000).
Top 10 payouts
1st Chih Ying Liang – Taiwan – NT$184,896
2nd En Hao Chan – Taiwan – NT$125,900
3rd Ji Wei Chen – Taiwan – NT$83,200
4th Zhang Zhi Peng – Singapore – NT$68,500
5th Chuan Chang Peng – Taiwan – NT$55,000
6th Sun Shou Peng – Tawan – NT$43,100
7th Tam Hoi Wai – Hong Kong – NT$32,300
8th Edward Yam – Hong Kong – NT$ 23,900
9th Pu Yan – China – NT$18,500
10th Guan Yu Zhang – Taiwan – NT$15,400
Short Deck: TOMMY CHAO
Tommy Chao and Hsien Pai TsengThe Short Deck tournament attracted 85 to the felt for a prize pool of NT$ 445,230 (~US$14,500). Only 11 profited. Tommy Chao and Hsien Pai Tseng split the top two prizes down the middle with Chao claiming the trophy for his larger stack.
Payouts
1st Tommy Chao – Taiwan – NT$104,915 (deal)
2nd Hsien Pai Tseng – Taiwan – NT$104,915 (deal)
3rd Kim Jae Hyuk – Korea – NT$57,000
4th Kim Jiwoon – Korea – NT$43,800
5th Chan Hau Huang – Taiwan – NT$34,700
6th Mark Gruendemann – Ireland – NT$27,100
7th Fung Png Cheong – Hong Kong – NT$21,300
8th Bobby Zhou Xing Hua – Singapore – NT$16,700
9th Guo Yu – China – NT$12,600
10th Nguyen Van Dai – Vietnam – NT$11,100
11th Jung Sang Yup – Korea – NT$11,100
PLO: EEMIL TOUMINEN
Eemil Touminen – PLO champion76 runners took on the Pot Limit Omaha event each one contributing the NT$8,800 buy-in for a prize pool of NT$589,760 (~US$19,100). Taking it to the limit was Finland’s Eemil Touminen, denying a local the title and the NT$162,260 first prize.
Payouts1st Eemil Touminen – Finland – NT$162,260
2nd Tao Wei Chang – Taiwan – NT$115,300
3rd Kelvin Beattie – Japan – NT$75,500
4th Kim Jiwoon – Korea – NT$58,100
5th UNKNOWN – NT$46,000
6th Che Li Lin – Taiwan – NT$36,000
7th Kwok Chun Lai – Hong Kong – NT$28,300
8th Mahdi – Singapore – NT$22,100
9th Tsai Tsan Wang – Taiwan – NT$16,800
10th Philip Wang – Taiwan – NT$14,700
11th Kim Hyun Jin – Korea – NT$ 14,700
Super KO Bounty: KIM JAE HYUK
Kim Jae HyukThe Super KO Bounty drove in 135 to the tables each one hunting down the NT$2,000 bounty per head scalped. The cash prize pool amounted NT$507,590 with 20 paid. Claiming the lion’s share portion of NT$123,700 was Korea’s Kim Jae Hyuk for holding on to his head.
Top 10 Payouts
1st Kim Jae Hyuk – Korea – NT$123,700
2nd Liu Zhen Jie – Singapore – NT$84,700
3rd Guan Lun Cheng – Taiwan – NT$55,700
4th Li Chiang Lu – Taiwan – NT$45,900
5th Kim Hak Do – Korea – NT$36,900
6th Anthony Wong – Hong Kong – NT$28,900
7th Tsang Hei Cam – Hong Kong – NT$21,700
8th Ji Wei Chen – Taiwan – NT$16,000
9th Kuo Chen Hung – Taiwan – NT$12,300
10th Chi Chung Ho – Hong Kong – NT$10,300
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April fools the poker community

As serious as poker can be, when April 1st comes around we often get surprised by the creativity of the April Fools jokes in the poker community. 2019 was no different. Here are some highlights of this year’s April 1st.
Blom’s Bankroll Management course on Upswing Poker
Poker’s biggest troll Doug Polk had a field day. He tweeted about a series of new courses that will be offered on his poker coaching site Upswing Poker and started with a Bankroll Management course by the notorious splasher Viktor Blom:

Really excited about the new material we’ve got lined up in the near future @UpswingPoker. Heres just a taste of some of it. pic.twitter.com/8rbbsQ9cik
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkPoker) April 1, 2019 read more

 

Meet the Final 9 of the J88Poker Tour Main Event

After four days of competition that saw 452 total entries and a prize pool that fattened up to NT$ 9,562,900 (~US$310,000), the J88Poker Tour Main Event is now down to its final 9 players. This was established earlier today at Day 2 with 134 runners back at CTP Club – Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association. Ten hours later, the finalists emerged. 
Final Table – J88Poker Tour Main EventFinal 9 players
Seat 1: Ray Yik Yin Chiu – Hong Kong – 615,000Seat 2: Chen Yu Hung – Taiwan – 665,000Seat 3: Jin Ho Hing – Korea – 850,000Seat 4: Lin Yu Sheng – Taiwan – 2,330,000 (chip leader)Seat 5: Vincent Li – Hong Kong – 795,000Seat 6: Patrick Liang – Brazil – 935,000Seat 7: Sunny Jung – Korea – 1,485,000Seat 8: Chi Hang – Taiwan – 950,000Seat 9: Wu Chun Hui – Taiwan – 440,000
For one of these players, it will be a very huge payday. The eventual winner stands to earn several prizes: NT$ 2,152,000 (~US$69,800) first prize, a customized golden bracelet, and a WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket. Here’s a brief look at the final 9 contenders.
Lin Yu Sheng – Taiwan – 2,330,000
Lin Yu ShengLin Yu Sheng stormed to the leader’s seat after shipping a monster pot (close to 2M) that sent Chi Hung Ho out in 13th place. Action folded to the blinds, Lin opened, bb Chi three-bet, Lin four-bet shoved, and Chi called for his tournament life. Lin , Chi , no improvement for Chi on the board.
With his double average stack, Lin is on his way to claiming his largest career score. No matter where he places, this will be his deepest-ever Main Event run.
Sunny Jung – Korea – 1,485,000

Sunny Jung may not be in the live tournament circuit often but his stats clearly show he is a strong Main Event player. Jung won the APPT ACOP Main Event in 2013 and nearly pulled a back-to-back finishing runner-up the following year. Per Hendon Mob, Jung is ranked 2nd in Korea.
 
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J88Poker Tour – Day 2 Main Event Qualifier & Chip Count

 
NO.
NAME
CHIPS COUNT
COUNTRY
1
KWAN NGAI VINCENT LI
183000
HK
2
CASEY KASTLE
176000
SLOVENIA
3
SEBASTIAN TAN
172500
SINGAPORE
4
HSU WEN KANG
171000
TW
5
JEONGGYU CHO
168500
KOREA
6
HE RU WU
167500
TW
7
BEN FONG
158000
HK
8
JU YUK PARK
146500
KOREA
9
GRAEME SIOW
141500
SINGAPORE
10
CHI HANG
141000
TW
11
KUANG HUNG LEE
133000
TW
12
KAR WEE CHEE
131500
MALAYSIA
13
CHUN KONG KWOK
119500
HK
14
HONG JIN HO
117000
KOREA
15
YU HYUN CHANG
117000
KOREA
16
YU WEI PENG
117000
TW
17
CHIH CHUN CHANG
115000
TW
18
KUO CHEN HUNG
113000
TW
19
DARWIN LAI
112000
HK
20
REX CLINKSCAIES
108500
U.S.A
21
MARK YEOW
106500
SINGAPORE
22
TETSUYA TSUCHIKAWA
106000
JAPAN
23
GUO YU
101500
CHINA
24
ZHI NENG ZHOU
101000
CHINA
25
CO CHUNG CHUEN
100000
HK
26
RAYMOND WANG
99000
MALAYSIA
27
JAE WIIK SHIN
95500
KOREA
28
CHUN HUI WU
94000
TW
29
KIM KAE HYUK
93000
KOREA
30
CHI CHUNG HO
90500
HK
31
MING NAN CHOU
90000
TW
32
WAI KWOK HUI
90000
TW
33
CHEN YU HUNG
88500
TW
34
TUSI HAN HSIAO
87500
TW
35
LI CHEN TSAI
85000
TW
36
CHEN HAUSN CHAO
85000
TW
37
CHUNG YI HO
84500
TW
38
LIM CHUE SUNG
83500
KOREA
39
PO YI YEH
82500
TW
40
HUANG HSIN YUAN
82000
TW
41
SI YANG PHUA
80000
SG
42
PATRICK LIANG
76000
BRAZIL
43
LEE SUNG HEE
76000
KOREA
44
LUBOV PAVEL
76000
RUSSIA
45
WANG CHIEN HSUN
75500
TW
46
JUNL KIAT LEE
75500
MALAYSIA
47
TZU CHENG CHIU
74500
TW
48
TERRY FAN
74500
TW
49
JIN TIAN
74000
CHINA
50
SPARROW CHEUNG
74000
HK
51
FENG WEN CHEN
72500
TW
52
LIANG RUEI JIUN
71500
TW
53
YOON CHANG HWAN
71500
KOREA
54
HEO DONG RYUL
70000
KOREA
55
AZUSA MAEDA
68500
JAPAN
56
CHIO CHUL HAN
67500
KOREA
57
WEI GUO LIANG
67500
CHINA
58
CHUN HO EDWARD YAM
67000
HK
59
ELVIRA ROUK CLARIT
66500
AUSTRALIA
60
TING YI TSAI
65000
TW
61
SHAO LESHI
63000
CHINA
62
YU CHUNG CHANG
62500
TW
63
STEVEN GREEN
62000
AUSTRALIA
64
JIA TANG
61000
CHINA
65
LI HAN CHEN
60500
TW
66
BONG KIL JEONG
59000
KOREA
67
CHI HUNG LOGAN HO
58500
TW
68
LEE WON SEO
58000
KOREA
69
YIK RAY YIN CHHIU
58000
HK
70
SHIH HUNG YU
57000
TW
71
LEE SEOK YOUNG
55000
KOREA
72
WONGWICHIT PHACHARA
53500
THILAND
73
YEN JU LEE
53000
TW
74
KONG SEONG SU
53000
KOREA
75
YUN YANG HSIAO
52500
TW
76
RI AO CHEN
52500
CHINA
77
WAYNE HEUNG
52500
HK
78
TZU WEI WANG
51000
TW
79
KAI FONG HSUEI
51000
TW
80
PI YING HSU
51000
TW
81
YEN HAN CHEN
50000
TW
82
CHONG CHIE KUAN
50000
TW
83
PARK TAE HUAY
49500
KOREA
84
WEI HUANG
48500
TW
85
KWOK CHUN YIP
47500
HK
86
TZU CHIEH LO
47500
TW
87
TAK YAN
45500
HK
88
CHAO HUAI WANG
45500
TW
89
KUOK CHUN LAI
45000
HK
90
YAO CHUNG MEI
44500
TW
91
PO CHENG YANG
44000
TW
92
JIN YONG
44000
USA
93
TING LIN WANG
42500
TW
94
LOK TIN CHAN
42000
HK
95
XIN YU FENG
42000
CHINA
96
SEUN KAM SANG
42000
HK
97
JEON SEUNG SOO
41500
KOREA
98
JONG YEOL LEE
41500
KOREA
99
DAVID TAI
40500
TW
100
LEE WON SEO
40500
KOREA
101
KELVIN BEATTIE
40000
JAPAN
102
EEML TUOMINEN
38500
FINLAND
103
YU NOZAKI
37500
JAPAN
104
STEPHEN LAI
37000
HK
105
HSU SHENG WANG
37000
TW
106
YUNG BING CHU
36500
TW
107
WANG FUK ON
36000
HK
108
PARK SU CHEOL
36000
KOREA
109
MARK GRUENDEMANN
32000
IRELAND
110
SONG IN HO
32000
KOREA
111
JIAN DE ZANG
30000
CHINA
112
WEI CHENG YIN
29500
TW
113
WEI TE TAI
29500
TW
114
SHU NAN OU
29500
TW
115
LAU KING LUN ALAN
28500
HK
116
WING KEI CHAN
28000
HK
117
CHONG ZHI LEE
27500
SINGAPORE
118
SUNNY JUNG
27500
KOREA
119
PARK SOO BIN
26500
KOREA
120
JEONE JU HYANG
25500
KOREA
121
CHAO TING CHENG
25500
TW
122
CHING CHIAO TSENG
25000
TW
123
TIAN YOU LIU
24000
CHINA
124
KOH HYUN WOO
23500
KOREA
125
TOMMY KIM DONG HYUN
22500
KOREA
126
YU SHENG LIN
22000
TW
127
CHENG CHIEH YANG
21200
TW
128
TING SHUM KWIK
20500
HK
129
CHOU SUN CHEN
20000
TW
130
WILSON YEH
20000
USA
131
CHI NGAI LAM
15000
HK
132
LUEN HEI KWOK
14500
HK
133
DANNY TANG
12500
HK
134
HOI WAI TAM
12000
HK
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J88Poker Tour sees a large Main Event turnout of 452 entries; He-Ru Wu tops Day 1C

For just their second-ever live tournament, J88Poker Tour surely did not disappoint. The Main Event produced another impressive result attracting a combined total of 452 entries over the three starting days. With a buy-in of NT$25,000 (US$810) each, this doubled the 5M advertised guarantee. Also, the eventual winner will receive a WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket worth US$10,000 (deducted from the prize pool). Let’s take a look at the numbers, chip count, and what to expect in Day 2. We also have a brief recap of Day 1C at the bottom.
Day 1CMain Event review
Day 1A: 27 advanced out of 105 entriesDay 1B: 35 advanced out of 121 entriesDay 1C: 72 advanced out of 226 entries
Total: 452 entriesDay 2 qualifiers: 134 players
Prize pool: NT$9,562,900 ~US$310,000)ITM: 54 places1st place: NT$2,152,000 (~US$69,800) + WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket
Top 10 chip leaders entering Day 2:
1 – Vincent Li – Hong Kong – 183,000 (Day 1B chip leader)2 – Casey Kastle – Slovenia – 176,0003 – Sebastian Tan – Singapore – 172,5004 – Hsu Wen Kan – Taiwan – 171,000 (Day 1A chip leader)5  – Jeonggyu Cho – Korea – 168,5006 – He-Ru Wu – Taiwan – 167,500 (Day 1C chip leader)7 – Ben Fung – Hong Kong – 158,0008 – Park Ju Yuk – Korea – 146,5009 – Graeme Siow – Singapore -141,50010 – Chi Hang – Taiwan – 141,000
Total chips in play: 9,040,000Average stack: 67,463Opening blinds: 1000-2000 ante 2000Blinds intervals: increase every 40 minutes
Day 2 gets underway on Tuesday, April 2 at 1pm local time. The agenda is to play until the final 9 is reached. 
Day 2 chip count
J88Poker Tour – Day 2 Main Event Qualifier & Chip Count
Day 1C recap
As expected, Day 1C drew a massive crowd of 226 entries which so happened to be the same number as the combined entries of Day 1A and Day 1B. This last heat saw the arrival of numerous Asian pros with some of them finding their way to bagging time. In the aftermath, it was a local player that claimed the chip lead. Taiwan’s He-Ru Wu topped the 72 survivors with his 167,500 stack.
He-Ru Wu – Day 1C chip leaderHong Kong had a representative at the top as well with Ben Fung closing with 158,000. Fung railed a player during the last hands called with pocket tens winning the flip over A-K to slide into second rank at the end of Day 1C.
Ben FungNotable players through to Day 2 were: Opening Event winner Yi Wei Peng (117,000), Darwin Lai (112,000), Chi Chung Ho (Hong Kong), Terry Fan (74,500), Phachara Wongwichit (53,500), Mark Gruendemann (32,000), and Danny Tang (12,500). 
The Main Event has been running since March 30 to conclude at the festival’s closing day on Wednesday, April 3. For those that bumped the rail, there are a few events to enjoy on the sidelines. The Super KO Bounty begins at 3pm with buy-in at NT$6,600. This will be followed by the High Roller Day 1 at 4pm. Buy-in for that is NT$88,000. Then at 6pm is the Monster Stack Day 1 with an NT$11,000 entry.
Somuchpoker is onsite and will continue to provide you with the latest news as they unfold.
More: J88PT Full Coverage
 
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Criminal charges against Paul Phua Dropped

Two weeks ago Paul Phua went to trial in Macau and has now been “found innocent of all charges in a criminal case file against him years ago in Macau.” The news was distributed this week via a press release.
Paul PhuaJust as it was the case in the U.S. trial, things basically fell apart and charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence. In the U.S. it was, because evidence had been obtained illegally and was so dismissed, in Macau “experts testified that his phone and computer records conclusively showed that he had not participated in taking any bets and had not cooperated with any betting ring.”
The press release also states: “In fact, the defense witnesses showed, Paul had arrived in Macau only just before the police raid and was there for an important meeting on a potential business project. The prosecution was unable to identify any evidence that he had engaged in any illegal activity.”
The charges on both sides of the big pond
In both cases, Phua was charged with allegations to have run and masterminded multi-million dollar, if not multi-billion dollar, illegal betting rings around the World Cup in 2014. In Macau, he was accused to run his betting operations from multiple Wynn casino hotel rooms and in Las Vegas it was a suite at Caesar’s Palace.
When he got charged in Macau, he was still allowed to travel the world while awaiting trial. After the arrest in Las Vegas, he and his son were bailed out by none other than high stakes poker pros Phil Ivey, Andrew Roble and Daniel “Jungleman” Cates for around $4.5 million total.
Phua was considered the head of the operations by government officials, but in both cases, others had also been arrested and everybody pleaded not guilty, at least in the Macau case.
Now that Phua is able to breathe freedom again, he can finally focus back on his business, the high stakes poker games and his own poker school site, PaulPhuaPoker.com.
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Bryn Kenney wins the Aussie Millions Main Event for AU$ 1,272,598

Like we said, despite Bryn Kenney entering the final day at the bottom of the rung, he was undoubtedly the biggest threat at the Aussie Millions Main Event. He was the most decorated and experienced player with over US$25 Million in live earnings, and he displayed it. After a grueling three-handed battle running over four hours, a deal was struck with Michael Del Vecchio and Andrew Hinrichsen to end the game abruptly. Kenney was granted the victory and now adds Australia to his impressive list of accomplishments.
Final 7 payouts
1st Bryn Kenney – USA – AU$ 1,272,598 (deal)
2nd Michael Del Vecchio – USA – AU$ 1,272,162 (deal)
3rd Andrew Hinrichsen – Australia – AU$ 1,097,739 (deal)
4th Clinton Taylor – Australia – AU$ 483,000
5th Matthew Wakeman – Australia – AU$ 380,300
6th Gyeong Byeong Lee- Korea – AU$ 309,000
7th Hamish Crawshaw – New Zealand – AU$ 242,000
Record-breaking field
The record-breaking Main Event drew 822 players. The final day round saw back-to-back final tableist Michael Del Vecchio leading in the pack however it was Andrew Hinrichsen who outshined early. He eliminated, Hamish Crawshaw (7th) and Gyeong Byeong Lee (6th). Then after the fall of Matthew Wakeman (5th), Hinrichsen claimed his third victim with Clinton Taylor falling to him in 4th place.
Entering three-handed, Hinrichsen was in charge with nearly 70 percent of the chips in play at his disposal. An hour in, that lead was history with Del Vecchio doubling up to reclaim the command he once held. Another two hours in, it switched hands again with Kenney finding his way to the top. The game ended on a deal, and though Kenney was slightly behind in chips, he was still granted the title and the higher payout. As for both Del Vecchio and Hinrichsen, they pocketed the largest cash of their live tournament career.
Full Replay
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Article by Tricia David
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Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event: Meet the Final 7 players

From a record-breaking 822 entries, the Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event has reached the final table rounded by the last remaining seven players. While each one is a force to reckon with, only one player will earn the title and the AU$1,850,000 (US$1.34M) top prize.
Here’s a brief review on each of the players:
Michael Del Vecchio – USA – 5,465,000
Mike Del Vecchio – Photo Crown Poker / PokerNewsLast year Michael Del Vecchio finished 5th at this same event. Impressively, he is back in familiar territory and with the largest stack of the final crew. Del Vecchio has been picking up momentum since his first-ever live tournament career victory at the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event in March 2017. He then capped that year with a massive six-figure payday at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – US$10,400 Main Event earning US$ 752,196 for 3rd place. To kick off 2018, he took 5th at the Aussie Millions.
Andrew Hinrichsen – Australia – 5,300,000
Andrew Hinrichsen has been racking up stats for a decade and has amassed over US$1.3M in live tournament earnings. He has shown success in various festivals around the globe such as the ANZPT, APPT Sydney, Macau Poker Cup Championship, WSOP Europe (Cannes), and APPT- Asia Championship of Poker. He also ran very deep at the 2011 WSOP Main Event finishing 23rd for his largest payday of US$ 302,005. Throughout the years, he has accumulated numerous cashes at the Aussie Millions. Prior to this one, his deepest Main Event finish was 32nd place.
Matthew Wakeman – Australia – 4,010,000
Matthew Wakeman has a highly commendable list of deep runs piled up since 2010. While plenty of five figure payouts are scattered throughout, last year was a big one earning a couple of first-ever six figure cashes. His first one was in August at the 2018 Sydney Championships AU$20K No Limit Hold’em High Roller event. He placed 2nd for AU$ 159,600 (~US$118,500). Then in December, he won the WSOP International Circuit Sydney AU$5K Challenge for an even bigger AU$256,496 (~US$188,800). Although this is his largest career payout, it is likely he will surpass it with his current stack at the Main Event.
Clinton Taylor – Australia – 3,845,000
Not much is known of Clinton Taylor however he did eliminate Michael Egan (13th) to form the final two tables. It was a grind from there, successfully defending some of his forced blinds. If this is indeed to be marked as his first live tournament cash then he is one to watch for with no prior history to size him up.
Hamish Crawshaw – New Zealand – 3,640,000
Hamish Crawshaw is the last player holding up the flag for New Zealand. His fans would be very proud in that Crawshaw is already booked for his first six-figure score, possibly seven if he takes it all the way. Among his latest achievements, last year he won a small Main Event in Auckland for around US$ 38,000. He is running well at the Aussie Millions with two cashes already pocketed.
Gyeong Byeong Lee – Korea – 1,540,000
Gyeong Byeong Lee may not have the extensive list of achievements to boast of but getting this far is already an honorable accomplishment. Playing mostly in Asia, his first major victory was at the Asian Poker Tour Manila Series back in May 2016. The following year he trekked to America for the WSOP and earned his largest live cash of US$ 61,929 at the Main Event for 91st place. Lee is already guaranteed to surpass that previous score no matter where he places. In fact, he will more than double his total live tournament earnings.
Bryn Kenney – USA – 920,000
Bryn Kenney is undoubtedly the most decorated player in the lineup. Kenney boasts of over US$25 Million in live tournament earnings and is the only player that has scored a seven-figure payout. In fact, he has four scores in the million range and an incredibly long list of six-figures cashes. Kenney is a WSOP bracelet winner, and has also won events all around the world: Prague, Barcelona, Amsterdam, England, Monte Carlo, Bahamas, plus High Roller events in Las Vegas. Although he has the shortest stack coming in, he is certainly a threat. No matter where he falls, this will be largest win in Australia with only one prior cash in the country.
Remaining payouts
1st AU$ 1,850,000
2nd AU$ 1,130,000
3rd AU$ 662,500
4th AU$ 483,000
5th AU$ 380,300
6th AU$ 309,000
7th AU$ 242,000
Notable players in the money
Plenty of notable players found their way to the money round. 88 places were paid. Among the receivers were: Robert Glasspool (8th), Michael Addamo (17th), Jack Salter (18th), Quan Zhou (28th), Jesse Sylvia (45th), Michael Soyza (57th), Do Hoang (60th), Yosuke Sekiya (69th), and Aditya Sushant (87th).
The Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event resumes on Sunday, February 3. Somuchpoker will have the results as soon as it concludes.
Article by Tricia David
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PokerStars announces APPT 2019 date

Hot off the press, PokerStars has just announced two dates to one of their most popular tours, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). The last time this event took place was in August 2018 in the Philippines with a record-breaking 1,364 entries for the Main Event. The tour will come back back to Manila once again but first, they head to Incheon, Korea.

According to the announcement,
APPT Korea will take place from April 5 to 14 at Paradise City in the Incheon complex, The KRW 1,800,000 buy-in Main Event, starting April 11 will feature a KRW 300,000,000 guarantee, with other event highlights including:
APPT Korea Kick Off – April 5-6, 2019 – Buy-in KRW 350,000 (KRW 50 million GTD)APPT Korea National – April 7-8, 2019 – Buy-in KRW 700,000 (KRW 80 million GTD)APPT Korea High Roller – April 13-14, 2019 – Buy-in KRW 5,000,000
Following that leg, the tour heads to Manila from July 26 to August 4. The event will take place at the official hub of PokerStars LIVE Manila in Okada Manila.
Events highlighted are:
APPT Main Event – August 1-4, 2019 – Buy-in PHP 65,000 (PHP 20 million GTD)APPT Manila Kick Off – July 26-27, 2019 – Buy-in PHP 16,000 (PHP 3 million GTD)APPT Manila National- July 28-29, 2019 – Buy-in PHP 33,000 (PHP 5 million GTD)
PokerStars future in Asia
OkadaEver since the International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) headed by Stanley Choi was granted the rights to handle all PokerStars LIVE events in Asia – with the exception of the Philippines hub – the hype seems to have fallen flat. So far, only one festival has been produced in Korea last year, and this year, only Korea again has been announced.
This is unlike the recently relocated PokerStars LIVE Manila room in Okada Manila with its busy schedule. The year already kicked off with the Manila Super Series 10 and will be followed by the Okada Millions.
Several questions loom. Will the APPT 2019 season surpass its 2018 edition of four events?
Also will they be able to draw the same big numbers as last year without the PSPC Platinum Pass powerful marketing tool? At this time, no incentive of such kind has been offered. Another pressing question is Macau. PokerStars drew players from all over the world to Macau for their events.
Will there be a return to Macau? If so, when? Currently the only festival organized is handled by the Poker King group.
Article by Tricia David
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Record-breaking 822 players at the Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event; 169 remain; numerous Asian players in contention

The ground was shaking down under with a record-breaking 822 players turning up for the AU$10,600 buy-in Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event. Year after year, this annual event never fails to draw players from all around the world that it has now become one of the most sought after titles next to the WSOP Main Event.
As expected, the list of highly decorated players in the field was extensive. Since this was a freezeout tournament, everyone gunned to survive the first stage. By the completion of all the starting days, only half the field advanced to Day 2 – 405 players (to be exact) – which was further cut to 169 at the end of the day.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:
Day 1A – 165 – 79 advanced
Day 1B – 268 – 135 advanced
Day 1C – 364 – 191 advanced
Day 2 – 25 late registration
Total entries – 822
Prize pool of AU$8,220,000 (~US$5.9 Million)
ITM: 88 places

With an addional 25 entries this today, the 2019 #AussieMillions Main Event has been officially locked out at 822 players – the largest field in its 20+ year history!!! pic.twitter.com/8KwzUBoClo
— Crown Poker (@CrownPoker) January 30, 2019 read more