PokerStars Festival Korea: Slow and Steady
"Shuffle up and deal. Game on. Good luck!"
With those words from PokerStars Live's Rex Cheong cards were officially in the air for Day 1A of the PokerStars Festival Korea Main Event.
For now it's just a modest few tables to kick things off, but with nine levels of late registration and three more opening flights to follow, the total field is sure to grow monumentally. The nine levels mentioned are part of the 12 that will be played today - all 45 minutes apiece. That means including breaks the action is set to conclude right around 9:30pm local time.
Everyone who ponies up the ₩1,650,000 entry fee will receive 30,000 in chips with blinds commencing at 50/100. They'll all be trying to survive to the official Day 2 on Sunday and we'll highlight who climbs the highest on Day 1A tonight when play wraps up.
As it's still early on the opening Day 1 flight this burgeoning field isn't riddled with notable names just yet. A few familiar faces have been spotted on the tournament floor but they have all pulled up seats for the High Roller that kicked off at noon (more on that later).
While the Main Event is for the most part a flurry of new faces, two players we're well acquainted with - Jack Wu and Bryan Huang - just sat down. Wu is the reigning Asia Player of the Year and currently at the 6th spot on this season's ladder, Wu will be looking to climb the ranks even higher in a bid to secure back-to-back APOY titles.
Huang is ranked Number 1 on Singapore's all-time money list and it was actually here in Seoul that he secured the third biggest live score of his career. That was April of 2015 when Huang finished runner-up to Jason Mo in the APPT Seoul Main Event for $89,398. We'll be watching to see if he can do one better this week here at the inaugural PokerStars Festival Korea.
While Wu and Huang have just joined the hunt, it's Taiwan's Weihsun Lu who's making the most of the early stages on Day 1A. He appears to be the frontrunner at the moment having already spun his starting stack of 30,000 up to 52,000. Most of that came when Lu turned the nuts with K♣J♦ on a board of T♦7♣9♠Q♥6♦ where Lu got value on both the turn and river.
That's how the Main Event has progressed so far - slow and steady. Be sure to stay with us throughout the day for stories from on and off the felt. And don't forget to get in touch on Twitter using the hashtag #PSFKorea.