APT Incheon, South Korea 2023

APT Main Event - KRW 1,300,000,000 GTD - Flight D (30 mins)




Shoichiro Tamaki

KRW 271M

Sixteen-Time APT Title Holder Mike Takayama Cruises to Top of the Leaderboard in Flight D of the APT Incheon Main Event

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Chipleader- Mike Takayama.jpg Mike Takayama

The fourth and final flight of the APT Incheon Main Event has come to an end and there is a familiar face at the top of the leaderboard. Sixteen-time APT title holder Mike Takayama topped the flight's count with 205,000 chips after 123 entries (102 unique) were recorded with 70 players surviving the ten 30-minute levels to bring their stack forward into Day 2.

It brings the total number of entries from the four opening flights to 709 – with the online entries still to be added to that number – with a total of 331 combined survivors from the four starting flights winning their way through to Day 2. A full breakdown of the entries including prize pool will be posted when registration is closed at the start of Day 2.

Thailand's Punnat Punsri joined the flight late but still managed to bag up the second-biggest stack of 201,300 with the bulk of those coming after he won a huge flip with ace-king against Huidong Gu's pocket jacks which pushed his stack toward the top of the leaderboard. Punsri won the biggest-ever APT Main Event in Taipei earlier this year for TWD 11,210,400 ($365,270) and is looking to repeat his success in the second-biggest APT Main Event in history.

Second - Punnat Punsri.jpg Punnat Punsri

Japan's Kazuhiko Yotsushika pulled through in third after accumulating 175,400 chips throughout the day which puts him in a great position coming into Day 2. The Japanese player has almost $2,400,000 in live tournament earnings and sits third on Japan's All-Time Money List.

Australia's Aaron Lim brought through a respectable stack of 154,800 as he continues to seek his first APT title. Lim also boasts almost $2,400,000 in live tournament cashes with the Australian player sitting fifteenth on his country's All-Time Money List.

Other notables to make it through were Joseph Talamayan (116,600), Chi Zhang (88,800), APT Cambodia 2016 Main Event champion Hisashi Ogi (84,200), Masato Shimizu (77,900), Sechariah Quek (54,300), Milos Petakovic (52,300), and Daniel Brugman (41,300).

The top ten stacks can be found below.

1Mike TakayamaPhilippines205,000
2Punnat PunsriThailand201,300
3Kazuhiko YotsushikaJapan175,400
4Takaya KuroseJapan161,800
5Dongying LingSingapore158,600
6XiaoHui WangChina154,900
7Aaron Matthew Zhi Hua LimAustralia154,800
8Ho Lam ManHong Kong147,400
9Joseph TalamayanPhilippines116,600
10Shunsuke IshikawaJapan112,500

A full APT Main Event Flight D Survivor List can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Day 2 of the Main Event will kickoff at 12pm local time on Thursday August 31 and live updates will be posted right here for you to follow along too. There will also be a feature table that will be streamed live, with a 30-minute delay, which you can find by clicking through the following channels.




See you tomorrow.

Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Takayama On Fire

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Filipino Mike Takayama has been on fire in the past hours. In the last five hands of the day, he won two pots making him shoot up in the ranking.

Hand 1

Short stack Keshu Peng went all-in for his last 9,000 and was called by Takashi Miyamoto. Mike Takayama was not happy with the situation and made it 50,000 to put Miyamoto all-in as the Japanese played 25,800 total. Miyamoto made the call.

Keshu showed 5♦ 5♣ while Takayama had 7♠ 7♦ and Miyamoto 9♣ 6♣.

The board ran out A♦ A♣ 5♠ 3♦ 8♠ Keshu found a fortune triple up while the rest of Miyamoto's chips went to Takayama.

Hand 2

The second hand we saw Takayama win we joined the action on the turn when the board was J♥ Q♠ 5♠ 2♦. Takayama and his opponent Takahiro Nakai both checked. Nakai fired out 6,500 on the 3♦ river and saw Takayama 3-bet to 20,500. Nakai thought about it while most other tables started to bag their chips. With pain on his face, Nakai made the call and saw Takayama's A♥ 4♥ for a rivered straight. To show how unfortunate the Japanese was he flashed his 3♥ 3♣ for a rivered set.

Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Enoki Hits One Outer to Triple Up

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In one of the last hands of the day, we saw a 3-way preflop all-in on Table 32 between Tetsuya Enoki, Eiji Kano, and Naoki Matsumoto. Enoki started the hand with 21,700, Kano played 29,700 and Matsumoto covered both playing 50,000.

Enoki: K♠ K♣.

Kano: A♠ A♣.

Matsumoto: A♥ J♥.

The board ran out 8♥ 4♠ 4♥ K♦ 2♣ for an unbelievable triple up for Enoki as only the king of diamond was good for him after Matsumoto flopped a nut flush draw.

On the next hand, Matsumoto jammed all-in for his last 20,300 and was called by Takaya Kurose. Matsumoto's A♦ T♦ stood no chance against Kurose's A♠ K♦. Matsumoto hits the rail after losing two all-ins in a row.

NameChip Counts
Takaya Kurose140,000
Tetsuya Enoki68,000
Eiji Kano16,000
Naoki Matsumoto0
Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Martinsson's Gamble Did Not Pay Off

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martinsson.jpg Adam Martinsson wondering where it all went wrong

Adam Martinsson wanted a late double up here in Flight D so shoved all in for around 27,000 and Milos Petakovic made the call.

Martinsson 3♦ 4♥

Petakovic J♠ J♥

The Swedish player wanted to run up a stack and chose the mighty three-four offsuit to do it with but ran into the pocket jacks of the APT Super High Roller champion Petakovic.

They both caught a piece of the J♣ 3♠ Q♦ but it was Petakovic's set that had Martinsson almost drawing dead. The Swedish player was drawing dead on the J♦ turn as Petakovic improved to quads with the 2♦ filling out the board.

Martinsson is left wondering where it all went wrong. Probably when he shoved three-four off?

NameChip Count
Milos Petakovic60,000
Adam Martinsson0
Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Nakagiri Looking For Some Momentum

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Junichi Nakagiri has some work to do if he wants to bring any kind of stack forward into Day 2 as the Japanese player currently sits with just 10,000 chips.

Nakagiri was the unfortunate final table bubble boy in the APT Summer Series Da Nang Main Event where he cashed for VND 264,000,000 (~$11,090).

The Japanese playing isn't lacking in APT final table appearances though as he has racked up 14 to date which includes one victory in a No Limit Hold'em event at APT Cebu back in 2015.

Nakagiri has a little over twenty minutes to work his magic!

Level 9: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Punsri Busts Gu in a Massive Pot

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From UTG, the action gets opened by Punnat Punsri to 3,200. From the CO Emika Senda made the call, but Huidong Gu from the button popped up the action to 15,200. The blinds got out of the way, and the action was back on Punsri.

The APT Taipei Main Event winner counted out his stack before he announced an all-in for around 85,000. Senda made the quick fold, but Gu wasn't going anywhere. Showdown:

Gu: J♠ J♦.

Punsri: A♠ K♣.

It's a massive flip between two poker pros. The A♣ 2♣ K♥ gave Punsri a hammerlock on the hand. A disappointed Gu got up out of his chair and rooted for a jack. The 7♠ meant only the river could save Gu. Punsri received some extra icing on the cake, however, when the A♥ came off. Gu observed the stack of Punsri before walking out in disappointment. The dealer counted out the stacks, and Gu played only 1,000 less than Punsri.

The Thai superstar is nearing the chip lead after this pot.

NameChip Counts
Punnat Punsri173,500
Huidong Gu0
Level 9: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Flight D Update

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So far there have been 120 entries recorded in Flight D of the APT Main Event and we are fast approaching bagging-up time.

There are 77 players still with chips in front of them with some big names still in contention.

Stick with us to find out who can make it through the last level and who will finish on top of the pack.

Level 9: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Gu Scores a KO

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Macau's Huidong Gu is doing his part in thinning down the field after eliminating Japan's Yusuke Hinaka.

Hinaki committed the last of his chips with K♠ 9♠ on the :3: T♦ 4♦ flop but was way behind the K♦ Q♦ of Gu.

The runout of 2♥ 7♥ didn't improve either player but Gu's king-queen high was best and he picked up the pot.

NameChip Count
Huidong Gu80,000
Yusuke Hinaka0
Level 8: Blinds 500-1000, 1000 ante

Zhou Eliminated By Ogi

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Normally the third time is the charm, but not for He Zhou. She was eliminated from the Main Event (on her third bullet) after she shipped her last 12,000 into the middle with Q♥ T♥. She was called down by Hisashi Ogi's 7♣ 7♦.

The J♣ 8♦ 6♠ flop gave Zhou a bit of hope, but the 4♣ turn and 4♠ river meant no dice.

Zhou walked out in the opposite direction of the registration desk, which means she will not re-enter for today. Registration is open till the start of Day 2. This means we might see Zhou back before 11:30 AM.

NameChip Counts
Hisashi Ogi89,000
He Zhou0
Level 8: Blinds 500-1000, 1000 ante

Takayama Jumps Up the Leaderboard

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APTIncheon2023_Event24_FlightD_078.jpg Hajime Murase

Mike Takayama taken a big leap toward the top of the leaderboard after the latest hand he played with Hajime Murase.

We join the hand on the turn with the board reading 4♣ 8♠ J♦ 6♣ and Takayama had fired 12,000 into two opponents, Murase and China's Jing Xu. Japan's Murase did make the call but Xu released her cards back to the dealer after some consideration.

The river 4♠ completed the board and Takayama quickly moved all in for around 70,000 total, more than covering the 50,000 chips that Murase had behind. The Japanese player clearly had a difficult decision to make and took off his glasses and moved them to the top of his head while thinking about what to do. It took around 90 seconds before Murase shrugged his shoulders and flicked a single chip into the pot to signify a call.

Takayama confidently rolled over K♣ K♥ and Murase let out a sigh, knowing he had been eliminated. The Japanese player did show that he called down the Filipino with 9♦ 9♥ after a lot of the draws had bricked off.

NameChip Count
Mike Takayama160,000
Hajime Murase0