Professional poker player Bryan Huang from Singapore emerged leader on Day 3 of the WPT Beijing Main Event. This is the first Main Event from the WPT series to take place on Chinese soil and is held at the luxurious NUO Hotel Beijing. The buy-in for the tournament is invitational.
Day 3 of the event saw as many as 50 players returning to compete for the champion crown and each of them was all in the money. The number of participants was eventually reduced to 27 with Huang qualifying for Day 4 of the tournament as a chip leader.
The field was reduced to the 27 survivors after three levels of play only, with Huang holding the lead with 1.104 million in chips. So far, the Singapore poker pro has been the only participant in the event, who succeeded in boosting his chip stack to a seven-figure amount.
Huang’s rival Yunxiang Fan follows closely behind and comes second on the leaderboard with a total of 894,000 in chips. Fan is followed by Guifang Liu, who finished Day 3 with 840,000 in chips. Liu dominated the table at the start of the event but failed to repeat his Day 1 success, when he emerged as chip leader.
The first player to get eliminated on Day 3 of the WPT Beijing Main Event was Yuan Weidong. Despite his early elimination, Weidong was also the first participant to go home with a cash prize from Season XVI of the World Poker Tour. Weidong suffered an elimination on behalf of opponent Gao Wenling and finished at 50th place.
Lu Wen from the Philippines was also among the players who failed to qualify for Day 4 of the tournament. Wen suffered his elimination at the hands of Huang as his pocket threes proved to be powerless against the [Ah][10c] of his opponent. Huang prevailed when the flop brought yet another Ace. It is this Ace that allowed the Singapore player to emerge as chip leader on Day 3 – a position he succeeded in maintaining from there.
The last player to get eliminated on Day 3 of the WPT Beijing Main Event was Zghang Lei, from China. Lei moved all in and was aiming for an open-handed straight draw with his starting hand of [8c][7c] as [9h][6d][3c] came on the flop. However, the [As][Ad] of his opponent Chen Yanhan was bad news for Lei. A [3s] came on the turn while the river brought [2d]. This enabled Yanhan to maintain his dominance and led to the elimination of Lei.
As many as 27 players have secured a payday of ¥66,477 and will return for Day 4 of the event to compete for the first-place prize ¥2,063,454. In addition, the winner will be granted entry to the WPT Tournament of Champions which is to end the season.
Chip leader Huang is among the most well-known poker players in Singapore and used to be a member of Team PokerStars. His current result is a first WPT Main Tour cash for the player who sits on $1.1 million in total live tournament earnings.