After a period of uncertainty, PokerStars have brought back the prestigious Red Dragon series, with the latest edition being hosted in Jeju, Korea. Events are already under way and winners have been crowned, but there is plenty more poker yet to be played. The series kicked off with the Baby Dragon event and will continue through to the conclusion of the Main Event on December 9th.
James Won Lee wins Baby Dragon
The ₩1,200,000 million (US$1,081) Baby Dragon event got the series rolling, with 298 players buying in, generating a prize pool of ₩312,900,000 (US$281,745). 32 players went on to reach the money and there was a strong Chinese contingent still in the running as the final table was assembled. Regardless, an opening event Chinese victory was not to be. The two surviving Taiwanese players, Chi Ying Tsai and Wei Cheng Yin put in creditable performances, taking 4th and 3rd place respectively, leaving China’s Dong Chen and James Won Lee to duel for the top prize. No deal was made and the players went head to head for the title. Lee rode his luck during the confrontation, winning a flip before rivering a wheel with a small ace when up against the AT of Chen. Once he had grabbed the initiative he kept pressing and was able to grind his opponent down and win his second career PokerStars Live title. Lee picked up ₩74,310,000 (US$66,911) for his win.
The end of the year is a busy one for poker players in the region. One of the ongoing festivals attracting players is the Asian Poker Tour’s last event of the season taking place in the Philippines.
The APT Finale 2018 is currently underway at Resorts World Manila. The festival runs from November 27 to December 6. Half of the games have already concluded including 3 of the 5 guaranteed events. The first featured tournament, the Main Event P10M guaranteed was won last night with Japan’s Mikiya Kudo defeating Korean pro Lim Yohwan at heads up.
Michael Soyza has enjoyed a close relationship with Natural 8 in recent years and has been seen wearing their logo on several occasions when lifting trophies and playing at the tables. While his affiliation was not official back then, it certainly is now. Natural 8 have announced that Michael Soyza is now part of their group of Team Hot ambassadors.
Team Natural 8
As the newest recruit, Soyza will not look at all out of place among the talented stars already assembled by Natural 8. He is the Malaysia and Asia GPI number 1 ranked player with over US$3,000,000 in live cashes and ranks 14th in the world in the GPI standings. He joins a roster of Natural 8 players which includes Kitty Kuo, Bryan Paris, Dong Kim and Henry Buhler.