Red Dragon Festival Sees Bin Sun Rise Above Chinese Opponents

This week, PokerStars hosted 91 entrants to Jeju as the Asia Red Dragon Festival presented a High Roller game to be played with 10 million South Korean Won. Ultimately Bin Sun was the winner as he filled a final table with mostly Chinese players, taking the top prize worth just under $189,500.

Although PokerStars has recently been criticised for having got rid of some big names, including Daniel Negreanu, no one could accuse them of not attempting to spread their wings. With China and the Far East generally a huge growing poker market, recent WPT and WSOP forays across the Pacific have plunged their toes into the poker players’ lucrative Eastern pool.

Many activities recorded excellent numbers with Jeju in South Korea the host city for the festival, with 13 events taking place throughout the week. In the form of the combined prize pool, approximately 5 billion Won were up for grabs, with that number equating to around $4.2 million.

Much of that money was in the high rollers and, of course, the Main Event, which saw 869 players create a $1.25 million prize pool, just over one hundred players helping themselves out of that bounty.

It was Sun’s case in the high roller, but not before an exciting action-packed final table. Lei Yu was the first to leave the final table with 13 players cashing, going all – in with pocket queens, but seeing bad news as the cards were turned over as he was up against pocket kings and was unable to strike. American player Jamie Lee left in eight positions, winning for his efforts $26,402.

Sun Guodong had a great series, entering two final tables, but 5th was as far as he was in the high roller, though an improvement on his’ Baby Dragon ‘ performance the day before when he finished 7th.

With 10 of the players who hit the money being Chinese–and seven of the final table players–at the end of the event there was a real air of superiority over the country’s representation, with some plucky South Korean players wowing the home rail with their own movements.

Heads-up saw both players running a little shallow in chips with the exits of Fei Xiong and Zhiqiang Qian. Nevertheless, Bin Sun pushed forward and his attacking nature gained him the title after just grounding down Yake Wu.

With a very healthy showing in South Korea and promising signs that the following leg of the tour in the Asia-Pacific is in the Philippines to kick off the year’s action in January, the Red Dragon Festival has once again highlighted the growth of the Asian poker market and showed everyone that big money can be won in the Far East without the action coming from the cash tables in Macau.

Asia Red Dragon Festival High Roller results:

Place Winner Prize
1st Bin Sun $189,454
2nd Yake Wu $131,655
3rd Zhiqiang Qian $87,056
4th Fei Xiong $68,146
5th Sun Guodong $54,945
6th Nan Hong $42,814
7th Szymon Wysocki $33,895
8th Jamie Lee $26,402
9th Lei Yu $19,980