The Hijack Poker Festival is now set to reach its crescendo, with Jon Choong emerging as chip leader at the conclusion of Day 2 of the $200 buy-in Main Event.
After the field was capped out at 357 total entries on Day 1D, Choong was one of 78 players who returned to The Civic Hotel in Inglewood last Saturday afternoon to battle it out for their share of the $50,000 prize pool.
Having started the day with just 106,000, Choong was able to steadily build his stack before his fortunes changed dramatically in the lead-up to the bubble, felting Adriano Scagneti over the course of two hands. Choong first delivered the crippling blow after his K♥K♣ against Scagneti’s Q♠Q♦, filling up on the river after the runout of A♣A♦10♥6♠K♠.
The pair then went at it again shortly after play went hand-for-hand, getting all their chips into the middle after a flop of 9♠8♦K♥. Although Scagneti was ahead with two pair holding 9♣8♠ against Choong’s K♣Q♣, the bubble was burst after the turn and river completed 7♠, Q♠.
From there, Choong was able to coast through to the end of day’s play to end the session with 1,665,000 in chips, with Richard Larkin (1,225,000) and Mehdi Amiri (1,215,000) also finishing Day 2 north of one million.
HJPF Champions Blair Hampton and Jacky Chan are both still in the hunt for their second title, while Scott Roderick will return as the short stack out of the 11 players heading to the Swan River Hotel for the final and the top prize of $12,000.
HIJACK POKER FESTIVAL MAIN EVENT – DAY 3 SEAT DRAW
REMAINING PAYOUTS ($200 buy-in, 357 entries, 36 players paid)
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