Valeriy Pak Wins WPT Korea Main Event
Another stop of the World Poker Tour's (WPT) 'Asia Swing' has come to an end, after Shingo Endo won the WPT Japan Main Event last week. Now, action was taking place at the Paradise City Casino in Incheon, South Korea since a week or more, with the inaugural WPT Global Teams Event also taking place - won by Team China.
Then began the WPT Korea Main Event at the same location between 21-24 September where some of the top Asian poker pros were in attendance. The KRW 1,100,000 buy-in Main Event saw a total field of 283 entrants registering to the tournament, including the four members of the winning Team China who won free seats to the tournament.
Coming out on top of this field and taking away the biggest prize from the KRW 274,510,000 (~$246,219) prize pool was Valeriy Pak, who celebrated this WPT Korea victory with his friends and took home the top prize of KRW 63,620,000 (~$57,058), beating players from different countries on the final table.
The Belarus national more than tripled his career live winnings with what became his biggest live cash by a long way. This wasn't his first poker title, but this was the first time he ran good in such a big tournament. In heads-up, he beat Japan's Tsugunari Toma. The board opened two pairs Tens and Fives, while Pak won the final hand with a higher kicker, Ace.
Final table results:
- Valeriy Pak - KRW 63,620,000 (~$57,058)
- Tsugunari Toma - KRW 44,700,000 (~$40,090)
- Hiroyuki Noda - KRW 28,135,000 (~25,233)
- Markus Garberg - KRW 17,180,000 (~$15,408)
- Kevin Ayow - KRW 13,215,000 (~$11,852)
- Paul Hong - KRW 10,950,000 (~$9,821)
- Tatsuki Nakamura - KRW 9,405,000 (~$8,435)
- Yisha Chen - KRW 7,830,000 (~$7,022)
- Yuichiro Harada - KRW 6,365,000 (~$5,709)
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