We’re back at Paradise City for Day 1C of the PokerStars Festival Korea Main Event! It’s an 11am start today (the morning after the Players Party… so cruel) to make room for the final Day 1 flight tonight. The turbo Day 1D is scheduled for 9pm tonight but for now it’s another 12 45-minute levels as players duke it out through Day 1C.
PokerStars LIVE’s Fred Leung was allegedly knocking back drinks during the festivities last night but he still appeared as chipper as ever when he took to the microphone to welcome today’s poker hopefuls.
“Good morning folks…” Leung began, “Good luck, and without further ado, shuffle up and deal!”
Yesterday’s flight saw 66 runners take to the felt and with 62 already registered today, and seven hours of late registration, that number is expected to be eclipsed once again. It was a story of redemption for Yuki Ko. He busted five bullets in the High Roller before setting his sights on the Main Event and ultimately bagging up the chip lead.
Ko hammered home in the final stages last night, making quads to send a player packing 15 minutes before play concluded. He’ll be bringing back 226,300 to Day 2.
Also returning come Sunday will be Justin Chan who made it through boasting 203,700, Takashi Ogura on 140,200, and Geoffrey Mooney with 59,000.
Today’s field, however, will be trying to outdo Ko here on Day 1C. That includes both Team PokerStars Online Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew and Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin. Lew is in fine form after a fifth place finish in the High Roller this week and undoubtedly looking to go four spots better in the Main Event.
Fortune didn’t favour Lin in the High Roller event but she’s off to a good start today. Lin just took down a four-way pot and has already climbed to over 32,000 in chips.
We’ll be keeping an eye out for any other notable names that make use of late registration.
It’s a huge day in store with two flights on the cards. One already underway and one starting tonight. We hope you can stick with us throughout. PokerStars Blog has you covered with updates and feature content but if you’re chasing some live coverage you can check in with PokerNews. And be sure to get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #PSFKorea.