Big day at APT Korea Incheon 2019 with 116 runners returning to Paradise City Casino for Day 2 of the Main Event. Over the course of two starting days, the tour’s featured tournament attracted 206 entries – 71 at Day 1A and 135 at Day 1B – and with registration open for one last hour in Day 2, another 30 signed on to bring the total to a series record-setting 236 entrants. This turnout also generated a guarantee smashing prize pool worth KRW 274,704,000 (USD 226,300) of which only 24 will eventually earn a cut. Compared to previous years’ results, this is now the largest field and largest Main Event pot amassed by the APT in Incheon.
Recapping the action at Day 2, at the end of the scheduled eight rounds, 35 players bagged up which meant the money wasn’t reached. With the event paying out only the top ten percent, 11 players will have to crawl out empty-handed in Day 3.
Looking like he won’t have to worry about missing out on the cash is Japan’s Koichi Haruta who ended Day 2 as chip leader with 451,000. He made great strides coming in situated 12th rank then bringing it to the top. Haruta is having an excellent run at the series, he already shipped a High Rollers title on opening day.
Trailing the leader by a small margin was Russia’s Eduard Pak with 434,500. Pak entered Day 2 wedged in the middle of the returnees that his strong performance today makes him a very big threat coming Day 3. To round out the top three was the day’s entering chip leader, USA’s Michael Fan with 381,500 in chips. By the rate Fan is going, he looks to be in fine shape for another great day ahead.
In addition to the three leaders were numerous pros ensuring themselves a spot in the next round. Among them were: Xixiang Luo, Graeme Siow, and Tae Hoon Han. As for the list of APT major title-holders in battle today, only Taiwan’s Hung Sheng Lin survived. Lin will have quite the challenge with a stack of 62,500 (< 16 big blinds) to work with.
Day 2 survivors return to action on Wednesday, August 7 at 1pm for the race to the money and a coveted Final 8 seat.
End of Day 2 survivors (by chip count)
|3||Michael Fan||United States||381,500|
|5||Wu Yu Fai||Hong Kong||268,800|
|11||Tsang Dicky Stu Hang||Hong Kong||209,000|
|16||Tae Hoon Han||New Zealand||164,000|
|18||Jwa Hyoung Kim||Korea||153,000|
|22||Tsai Du Ming||Taiwan||122,000|
|25||Chi Chung Ho||Hong Kong||110,500|
|26||Ng Pui Cheung||Hong Kong||110,000|
|28||Li Yong Feng||China||87,500|
|35||Xiao Tian Yang||China||25,000|