APT Incheon, South Korea 2023

APT Main Event - KRW 1,300,000,000 GTD - Flight B (45 mins)




Shoichiro Tamaki

KRW 271M

Russia's Artem Sofronov Tops APT Incheon Main Event Flight B

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The $1,000,000 Guaranteed - APT Incheon Main Event Flight B is in the books. After ten levels of 45 minutes, a total of 207 entries were made and 96 players made it to Day 2. Our Flight B chip leader is Russia's Artem Sofronov. The Russian bagged 202,400. Sofronov's friend Veleriy Pak from Uzbekistan came 300 points short to overtake the Russian as he finished the day with 202,100. The top 3 was completed by Japan's Kazuki Obata who made it to Day 2 with 199,600.

Artem Sofronov has been playing live tournament poker since 2021. He joined the APT before but without any success. This series he cashed in Mystery Bounty Hunter, busting in 21st place for KRW 1,490,000 (~$1,125). Veleriy Pak, the man who finished just behind Sofronov, is a regular on the Asian poker scene. Pak has multiple cashes to his name on the APT, including a 4th place finish four days ago in the Single Day High Roller Event for KRW 12,650,000 (~$9,560).

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Veleriy Pak

American poker superstar Joseph Cheong made it to Day 2 with an under-average stack of 68,900. Cheong already cashed in two High Roller events during this series but is still in the APT record books for winning the biggest prize in APT history when he won the APT Manila Millions for $1,343,370.

Two-time APT Main Event winner Lester Edoc from the Philippines made it to Day 2 with 128,000. The Filipino surely is one of the most dangerous players in the field. Edoc final tabled earlier this year, the APT Taipei Main Event won by Punnat Punsri. Edoc once again proved his poker skills by finishing 6th in that event, winning ~$64,433.

Other notables that made it to Day 2 are Spain's Alan Arbos Fernandez (150,800), Korea's Gary Moon (118,700), Thailand's Pokchat Ratanatabtim (110,500), and APT Da Nang Summer Series High Roller 8-Max 3rd place finisher Matthew Bevin (89,300).

Top-10 Chip Counts Flight B

PlaceNameCountryChip Count
1Artem SofronovRussia202,400
2Veleriy PakUzbekistan202,100
3Kazuki ObataJapan199,600
4Zihao MengChina198,500
5Kazuma OtakeJapan178,600
6Jia ZhuChina167,800
7Hiroaki ManabeJapan165,500
8Yuta MutsuuraJapan161,400
9Masato KashiwabaraJapan159,200
10Hon Cheong LeeHong Kong 152,700   

Tomorrow, the APT Incheon Main Event continues with the last two starting flights of this $1,000,000 guaranteed event. Tune in again at 12 p.m. local time for one of the biggest events of the year in Asia.

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Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

The Bullets To Wrap Up the Day

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While all other tables are already done, there is a 4-way action going on at Table 31. After Tien Loon Ling opened to 2,400, Kei Kumagai 3-bet to 6,000 from the button. Takeya Okada and Lester Edoc from the blinds made the call and Ling also tagged along.

The flop came K♣ J♦ 3♥ and Okada, Edoc, and Ling checked. Kumagai betted 10,000 and all players quickly folded.

With a big smile on his face, Kumagai flashed pocket aces. This was officially the last hand of Flight B. All other tables are finished.

Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Pak Means Business

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Veleriy Pak scooped a nice pot in one of the last hands of the day. The Uzbeki high roller jammed all-in against Anthony An after the American fired 25,000 on a T♦ Q♥ 7♣ flop. Pak's all-in was for over 100,000, and An only had 55,000 behind.

Anthony An was the first player to bust today and decided it was not worth it to return tomorrow for another flight. An folded, and Pak showed him A♦ Q♦ for top pair top kicker.

NameChip Counts
Veleriy Pak160,000
Anthony An55,000
Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Zhu Cripples Quek

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We rushed to Table 36 as a massive pile of chips went into the middle between Sechariah Sheng Quek and Shengchao Zhu.

Quek held 9♦ 9♣ while Zhu showed K♠ K♥. The cowboys were in the lead, but the table was excited when they saw a K♦ Q♦ 3♦ flop. Zhu flopped top set but Quek had still outs as he flopped a flush draw.

The 7♥ on the turn and 4♣ did not hit Quek who was left with only 300 chips. On the next hand the Singaporean would be eliminated.

A massive pot for Zhu just before the market is closing.

NameChip Counts
Shengchao Zhu156,200
Sechariah Sheng Quek0
Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Last Six Hands

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The players are working through their final hands of the day and will soon bag up their chips for Day 2.

Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Bevin Gets a Double

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Matthew Bevin just found himself a late double up in the last level of the day courtesy of Thailand's Uten Ungchusak.

Bevin had shoved the turn on a 6♣ 8♣ 2♠ 6♦ board with 9♥ 9♦ and was called by the 8♦ 9♠ of Ungchusak.

No eight would arrive for the Thai player as the 3♠ river secured Bevin his double up.

NameChip Count
Matthew Bevin80,000
Uten Ungchusak30,000
Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Shih Turns Quads and Eliminates Park

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Christopher Park has just busted in the last level of the day with his chips going to Kenny Shih.

Park had shoved the turn on the 5♣ 7♥ 3♦ 7♣ board and was snapped off by Shih.

Park Q♣ Q♥

Shih 7♠ 7♦

For the second time today we saw quad sevens!

Park was drawing dead and was already up and out of his seat by the time the K♠ fell on the river.

A good last level for Shih who is 10th on the Taiwan All-Time Money List.

NameChip Count
Kenny Shih90,000
Christopher Park0
Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Spanish Kings Send Sukhum to the Rail

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Kiwanont Sukhum's journey in Flight B of the Main Event at the hands of Spain's Alan Fernandez Arbos.

The two got the chips into the middle in a button vs big blind situation with Sukhum needing a lot of help from the dealer.

Sukhum 7♠ 7♦

Arbos K♠ K♥

Sukhum did turn some extra outs but wouldn't be able to find them on the river as the board ran 6♣ 2♠ 4♦ 3♣ 4♣.

NameChip Count
Alan Fernandez Arbos130,000
Kiwanont Sukhum0
Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

When You Realize It is the Last Level of the Day

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Level 9: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Yun Picks Up a Scalp With Cowboys

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South Korea's Hyun Shik Yun has added to his stack late in the day after eliminating Thailand's Sarawoot Ratanatabtim.

The two got the chips in on the turn with the board showing T♣ 7♠ J♦ 3♥ and it was Ratanatabtim the one that was at risk.

Ratanatabtim K♣ J♥

Yun K♠ K♥

The Q♥ river wasn't the two outer that the Thai player was looking for meaning he was eliminated.

NameChip Count
Hyun Shik Yun85,000
Sarawoot Ratanatabtim0