The six-handed final table has been set in the WPT Korea Main Event, with Chane Kamapanatsanyakorn holding a narrow chip advantage over Masato Yokosawa.
137 players ponied up the $3,000 buy-in to compete in the first-ever World Poker Tour Korea Main Event at the Ramada “Club Phoenix” Casino on the island of Jeju and, after two opening flights, a frantic Day 2 and a rapid Day 3 just six players remain.
At the head of the chip counts is Chane Kamapanatsanyakorn – a player from Thailand who has already featured on a couple of APPT final tables this year, and who made a deep run in the WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event won by Daniel Negreanu in April – finishing in 18th place for A$25,778.
Kamapanatsanyakorn Burns a Trail from the Start
Kamapanatsanyakorn entered Day 3 of the WPT Korea Main Event second in chips behind Jae Kyung Sim, but enjoyed some significant good fortune as the 21-player bubble burst – rivering the 8♥ to crack Zhang Jian´s Aces 8♠ 8♦ > A♥ A♦ and send Jian to the rail in twenty-first place, before finding the K♦ on the Turn to bust Liu Chun Jie in twentieth place K♣ 10♣ > 6♥ 6♣.
Kamapanatsanyakorn (A♥ A♦) was also responsible for the dual knockout of Jason Park (K♥ K♠ – out in 16th) and Wang Kun (Q♣ Q♦ – out in 17th) to chip up to 913,000 chips before the end of the day´s second level. A double up by Zhou Quan K♠ Q♥ > 7♣ 7♥ made a small dent in Kamapanatsanyakorn´s stack; but he recovered with a win in a valuable pot against Kosei Ichineese to close the day with 984,000.
Masato Yokosawa Makes an Incredible Recovery
Masato Yokosawa had a real roller-coaster of a day – doubling up on the fringes of the bubble 9♠ 9♣ > A♥ 9♥ against overnight chip leader Jae Kyung Sim, before being crushed to just 4 big blinds when Wang Kun (Q♥ J♥) flopped an Ace-high straight to crack Yokosawa´s (A♦ A♥) flopped set of Aces.
A couple of double-ups against Linh Tran (J♣ 9♦ > 7♣ 7♥) and Dong Sheng Peng (A♠ Q♠ > K♠ J♠) gave him enough chips to cover Yoshimichi Makoto´s (A♠ Q♠) shove with Q♦ 2♦, and incredibly four diamonds appeared on the board to move Yokosawa out of danger.
Further K.O.´s of Yuri Ishida in thirteenth when Yokosawa flopped set of Jacks to beat top pair and top kicker, and Takashi Ogura in eighth Q♥ J♣ > A♦ 10♣ – when he rivered a Queen to prevent his stack from being crippled – enabled Masato Yokosawa to finish the day second on the leaderboard with 932,000 chips.
Ichineese Enjoys a More Subdued Day
Kosei Ichineese had started the day with just 19 big blinds (97,500 chips), but like Masato Yokosawa (above) enjoyed a double-up on the fringes of the bubble (10♣ 10♥ > A♣ K♦ against Jason Park). That is pretty much where the comparison between the two players ends.
Ichineese was responsible for the elimination of Narutoshi Otsuka in 15th place A♣ Q♦ > 5♣ 5♥, and temporarily moved into the chip lead when busting out Chong Xian Yang in eleventh place J♣ J♥ > 10♣ 10♥ and forcing Jae Kyung Sim out of a valuable pot when the ten remaining players congregated around one table.
Kosei Ichineese would have undoubtedly been the overnight chip leader going into the climax of the WPT Korea Main Event had he not lost a substantial pot to Chane Kamapanatsanyakorn (K♣ 9♣ – rivered a flush draw) and doubled-up Hyunshik Hun A♥ 10♠ > 4♦ 4♠ just before the close of play.
Final Table Completed by Sim, Park and Hun
The final three seats at the WPT Korea final table will be occupied by Jae Kyung Sim, Chris Park and Hyunshik Hun – who, with almost 25 big blinds after his late double-up against Kosei Ichineese is more than just making up the numbers.
Sim seemed to be the player that everybody wanted to take on during the penultimate day of the WPT Korea Main Event, but he managed to maintain his chip stack throughout most of the action – drawing the play on Day 3 to a close when eliminating last-woman-standing Asaka Matsunaga in seventh place 9♣ 9♦ > A♠ Q♥ (Doh!).
Chris Park also sealed his place at the final table in dramatic fashion, busting both Dong Sheng Peng (K♣ Q♠) and Jun Saito (A♣ K♥) in ninth and tenth places respectively when his pocket Aces held on a Nine-high board.
Looking Ahead to the WPT Korea Final Table
When the six players take their seats at the Ramada “Club Phoenix” Casino, there will be a few hands left in Level 22 (blinds 8,000/16,000 – ante 2,000). The next player out is due to receive $17,100 for sixth place, and then there are big pay jumps all the way up until the first prize of $100,000.
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