APT MAIN EVENT: 515 total entries, PHP 24.9M prize pool; Sim Jae Kyung tops the 66 Day 2 survivors

Record-breaking field at APT Philippines II 2019 with a total of 515 entries at the MAIN EVENT. This is officially the largest field gathered by the Asian Poker Tour in the country breaking its previous record of 503 set last April. With each buy-in at PHP 55 millon (~USD 1,100), the prize pool ballooned to an enormous PHP 24,977,500 (~USD 480,000). They  have yet to reach the money which starts at 52nd place. The eventual winner is due to become PHP 5,185,500 (~USD 99,700) richer.

Main Event Day 2 recap

Day 2 rolled in with 219 players returning from the starting day heats. With registration open one final hour, another 54 signed on filling the poker area of Resorts World Manila‘s new Grand Wing to capacity. 

Day 1A: 148 entries
Day 1B: 313 entries
Day 2: 54 entries

Total entries: 515 entries

At the end of the heat’s scheduled eight rounds, only 66 players remained. Bringing his stack to the top was Korea’s Sim Jae Kyung aka Simba with 522k bagged. Simba was the only player to amass over half a million in chips. 

Sim Jae Kyung aka Simba

The pot that sent Simba’s stack soaring was a three-way showdown that shaved off a chunk from Seina Asigiri and sent fellow countryman Jeonggy Cho out of contention. You can read up on the details here.  On a raised pot preflop, heavy betting followed at the flop  K 6 5 leading to all three players pushing their stacks out front. Asigiri 5 6 two pair, Cho A A, Simba A 5 nut flush draw. The turn 3 immediately granted the flush and with the river 4 he tripled up. 

Top 10 players

2 Simba “J.K Sim” Korea 522,000 18 7
3 Xiao Sheng Zheng China 437,500 16 8
4 Gavin Flynn Ireland 397,500 8 8
5 Daiki Horikawa (BP) Japan 379,000 16 3
6 Dang Mai Anh Vietnam 376,500 7 6
7 Tetsuya Enoki Japan 375,500 6 1
8 Yonghyun Yoo Korea 368,000 6 3
9 Khoo Kah Hook  Malaysia 344,000 7 7
10 Heng Li China 329,500 7 2
11 Yip Wai Shing Hong Kong 308,000 17 1

You can view the chip counts via this link —-> Day 3 chip counts and seat draw

Main Event Day 3 info

Date: Monday, September 16 at 1pm
Remaining: 66 players
ITM: 52 places 
Opening blinds: 2500 – 5000 ante 5000 (Level 18)
Total chips in play: 12,875,000
Average stack: 195,075
Bagging time: Final 8 players

APT major title-holders 

There are two more stages before a winner is crowned. APT major title-holders still in the running are: 

Lester Edoc 264,500
Yo Hwan Lim 202,500
John Tech 154,500
Iori Yogo 53,000

We will continue to post Live Updates in Day 3 starting at 1pm. 

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