China’s Yuechun Shi has made history after winning the first ever Jeju Red Dragon Main Event at Korea’s Jeju Shinhwa World.
Held outside of Macau for the very first time, the Red Dragon – formerly the central event of the Macau Poker Cup – attracted a Korean main event record field of 613 players and a hefty KRW1.23 billion (US$1.09 million) prize pool.
After four days of action, it was 47-year-old logistics manager Shi, from Ningbo, who emerged victorious to claim the Red Dragon trophy and a first prize of KRW266 million (US$237,700).
The Jeju Red Dragon was moved to Korea after its former home – PokerStars LIVE Macau at City of Dreams – was shut down in April after five years. Hong Kong-listed International Entertainment Corp has since purchased the rights to operate PokerStars branded live events across much of Asia and is said to be currently looking for a new Macau home.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
1st: Yuechun Shi – ₩266,060,000
2nd: Bin Di – ₩164,900,000
3rd: Tae Hoon Han – ₩102,370,000
4th: Zhenru Xie – ₩78,100,000
5th: Zhibin Zhang – ₩53,940,000
6th: Qi Wang (China) –₩42,910,000
7th: Guangliang Xiao – 34,940,000
8th: Ho Yuen Kwok – ₩29,420,000
9th: Christopher Young Park – ₩24,520,000