The Asian Poker Tour 2016 concluded the last day one flight of the APT Kickoff 2016 Main Event with 35 players out of 68 entries surviving the day. Sitting at the top of the rung with the largest stack at bagging was Korea’s Jeon Seung Soo with 134,125 chips. Coming in second-in-rank, though still quite far from the leader, was APT Philippines 2015 Main Event champion, Julius Malzanini from Germany with 85,500 chips.
The day began with 21 players availing of the Main Event Bubble Protection, some of those were regulars and notable pros such as Korea’s Sim Jae Kyung, Germany’s Sebastian Benz, Norway’s Kai Paulsen, William Kang, and Michael Kim Falcon to mention a few. Later in the day, more notables made their way to the felt such as Korea’s SJ Kim, APT Vietnam Main Event champion Kwan Kit Kwok, John Tech, and Sam Razavi.
By the halfway point of the tournament, action kept a steady pace with no major big stacks. However, just after the last break of the day, Jeon began to make his move. He won a couple of sizable pots, and eliminated several players as well, to ensure his top-notch status.
Another player also on the rise during the last two levels of the day were Germany’s Vlad Geshkenbein who landed some very sizable pots to end the day with 63,000. Other players surviving with healthy stacks were Paulsen with 64,275, Kwok with 58,750, APT Asian Series Manila Main Event champion Lim Yah Loon with 44,275, and Simba with 40,075. Despite doubling up very many short stacks, Tech also closed the day with a hefty pile of 64,875.
Among those who were unable to survive today was Korea’s John Kim who busted out very early in the tournament. He re-entered, but even with the second attempt, he was unable to hold on to his chips. Singapore’s Daniel Lim also ended up in the rail for the second time. He was eliminated at yesterday’s flight. For Kang, he was on the brink of elimination a few times and was able to double up on many occasions, but not for long as Malzanini had his number and eventually sent him packing.
For a read on some of the action at Day 1b, Chip Counts, and the prize pool distribution of the Main Event, head to the Live Reporting section of the website.
Day 2 of the Main Event will begin promptly at 1pm tomorrow. The combined total of 67 survivors will be back on the tournament floor and will play down to the money of 18 players.
At 2pm, the Pot Limit Omaha Hi event will take place. Buy-in is P11,000.
At 6pm, the WeLoveSport.com Deep Stack Turbo will be on deck. This popular event has a buy-in of P5,500.
Side Event Results
The No Limit Hold ‘em 1 Day Event saw a total of 43 entries that generated a prize pool of P625,600. Rising to victory was American player Ofer Greenberg defeated Japan’s Kotaro Ozawa at heads up to claim the event trophy and the first place purse of P250,200.
1st Ofer Greenberg – USA – P250,200
2nd Kotaro Ozawa – Japan – P156,400
3rd Ju Young Lee – Korea – P93,800
4th Lim Shyh Chyn – Malaysia – P68,800
5th Lester Edoc – Philippines – P56,400
*The Ante Only Turbo event was still running with 10 players out of 55 entries remaining. Among those left were Iori Yogo, Lester Edoc, Sebastian Benz, and Emman Segismundo. We will have those results posted for you tomorrow.