Highlights of the APT Korea Incheon 2017; Iori Yogo wins the APT Player of the Series

After nine thrilling days at Paradise City, the inaugural APT Korea Incheon 2017 is a wrap! The Asian Poker Tour would like to thank everyone that came out to support our first event here. It was a great series and a great success. In total, there were 1,212 entries with players from 22 different countries in attendance. The overall prize pool amounted to a whopping KRW 620,570,000. Here are the main highlights of the festival including the winners of the APT Player of the Series.

Main Event champion: USA’s Albert Paik

APT Korea Incheon 2017 Main Event Champion, Albert Paik

The featured tournament at the festival was of course the APT Main Event which ran a course of five days with a thundering 185 entries for a hefty prize pool of KRW 179,450,000. A majority of the players were newcomers to the APT circuit and odds were one of them would capture the prestigious title. Emerging as the first-ever series Main Event champion was USA’s Albert Paik who seized the APT championship trophy, the exclusive APT Championship Ring, and the largest single payout of the series, the KRW 44,860,000 first prize.

You can read up on all the thrilling moments and view the payouts in the Live Updates page.

Japan’s Iori Yogo wins the APT Player of the Series

APT Executive TD Lloyd Fontillas and Geuterbruck Director Dom Choi awards Iori Yogo for being the APT POS at APT Korea Incheon 2017

The reigning APT Player of the Year champion, Iori Yogo, added another achievement to his poker shelf for his stellar performance at the festival. Yogo topped the APT Player of the Series charts with 283.72 points which was pretty much a slam dunk win against his closest challenger. He was awarded the fist-pumping APT POS 1st place trophy, the customized APT POS ring, an exclusive Meister watch, and he adds more qualifying points towards the Game of Champions. Here’s a look at Yogo’s accomplishments:

APT Main Event – 3rd place
Welcome Event – 1st place
No Limit Hold’em 1 – 2nd place

The next two places in the APT POS race were very close with Japan’s Nobuaki Mitsumori taking 2nd with 192.46 points and Singapore’s Tyler Tan in 3rd with 191,62 points. Mitsumori cashed in a total of three events: 3rd at the Monster Stack, 5th at the WeLoveSport.com, and 10th at the Deep Stack Turbo 2. Although he didn’t bag a title, he will bring home a runner up trophy and qualifies into the Game of Champions.

As for Tan, he was seen in quite a number of final tables. He cashed in three of them with a victory at the Ante Up for Charity. Tan earned the APT POS 3rd place trophy and qualifies into the Game of Champions.

Tetsuya Tsuchikawa maintains lead in the 2017 APT POY race

Tetsuya Tsuchikawa still atop the 2017 APT POY rankings

Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa didn’t run deep in as many events as he has done in the previous APT festivals but he did bring home a trophy at the High Rollers 1. Due to this, he earned more points to maintain his lead in the 2017 APT Player of the Year race. He now has 5 titles and 13 total ITMs. Yoichi Uesugi remains in second rank and Hung Sheng Lin in third.

While the top three stayed solid, below them saw heavy movement. Yogo climbed up six notches jumping from 10th to 4th rank; Hajime Iwakura won the High Rollers 2 and moved up two slots to 5th rank; and the biggest rise of all was Paphawin Laodee who went from the shadows (below rank 30) into the light in 9th rank.

Current rankings can be found in the 2017 APT POY leaderboard

We have daily video highlights of the festival uploaded for your viewing enjoyment in the APT YouTube channel. You can also view all the results right here.

Although this event is officially in the books, the fun certainly doesn’t end with the APT headed back to Manila, Philippines for the APT Philippines 2017 II. The event will take place from September 13-21, 2017 with a one day break on Saturday, September 16th. See you all there!