PokerStars Festival Korea: Final table hunting on Day 2
It's the penultimate day here at PokerStars Festival Korea and the 98 remaining players will all be final table hunting. The plan today is to play through 12 one-hour levels or until we're down to just eight players.
Blinds will recommence at 1,200/2,400 (400 ante) with the average stack sitting at 87,244. Leading the charge is Japan's Yuki Ko who is returning with an impressive 226,300 in chips, ahead of American Scott Janik with 215,800.
Ko has one six-figure live score to his name from final tabling the Aussie Millions Main Event last year for $112,011 and is in a great position to find another big score in Korea this week.
Ko and the rest of the field will all have their eyes on the ₩83,130,000 ($74,293) top prize and while there can only be one winner, 39 places are paying dividends with the min-cash set at ₩2,860,000 ($2,550). That means the bubble will definitely burst today as we edge closer to the final table.
Team PokerStars will be represented today by the return of Celina Lin and Randy 'nanonoko' Lew. After finishing fifth in the High Roller Lew bagged up 52,700 on Main Event Day 1C, and while he seems excited to return, someone should probably tell him to check the exchange rate.
Lin on the other hand busted Day 1C but returned last night and fared much better in the turbo Day 1D. It looked like she would finish the flight with the chip lead but a few beats in the final hands of the day saw Lin draw to 73,900 to start Day 2.
Along with the PokerStars contingent we still have a host of notables among the field. Daniel Demicki (209,500), Justin Chan (203,700), Dmitrii Kovalevskii (201,000), Sparrow Cheung (158,100), Takashi Ogura (140,200), Bryan Huang (90,200), Albert Paik (86,000), Linh Tran (68,000), Boyuan Qu (66,800), Geoffrey Mooney (59,000) and Pete Chen (41,900) are all in the building.
Play is already underway now so we'll be keeping an eye out to see how the chips fall. Let's find out if Ko can maintain his lead and if Lew and Lin can ride it out all the way to the final table. We'll have updates and stories all day right here on the PokerStars Blog!