Soichiro Kojiya and Toshimasa Sakato share Main Event Day 1A lead; Aleksei Sei wins the PLO Hi 1

The APT Korea Championships 2018 ran another set of games at Paradise City Casino in Incheon and first up was the Main Event. A big contingent of Japanese players quickly heated up the floor that it was no surprise to see several of them up in the rankings. By the end of the scheduled eight rounds, two players bagged up the largest stacks, separated by just one 100 denomination chip.

Soichiro Kojiya – 109,400

Soichiro Kojiya

Toshimasa Sakato – 109,300

Toshimasa Sakato

Another player advancing was Junichi Nakagiri. Seen below, Nakagiri railed a fellow Japanese player with A-Q over A-K with the shoves taking place on a queen-high flop. He bagged up the third largest stack of 87,200.

Junichi Nakagiri

In addition to the leaders, notable player Tetsuya Tsuchikawa was also in the field. He enjoyed a late game rush, winning three consecutive pots – two of which were double ups – to bring his stack back in fighting form at bagging. His first double up was with 6 4 two pair over 8 8 on a board of 6 A 4 K 3 with the shoves seen at the flop.

Tetsuya Tsuchikawa

For his second win, he was all in on a turn board 7 6 8 4 with 10 9 straight over a player’s 7 7 set. The river 3 ensured the double up. Tsuchikawa bagged up 56,500.

A total of 22 players survived the day. You can view their chip counts below:

Day 1A Chip Counts

1 Soichiro Kojiya Japan 109,400
2 Toshimasa Sakato Japan 109,300
3 Junichi Nakagiri Japan 87,200
4 Rintaro Kahgawa Japan 70,900
5 Pak Valeriy Uzbekistan 66,200
6 Keith Ong Singapore 63,300
7 Marc Raymond Canada 60,000
8 Tetsuya Tsuchikawa Japan 56,500
9 Takahiro Abe Japan 50,600
10 Tsubasa Kamei Japan 46,600
11 Tomoharu Furuya Japan 44,500
12 Saitoh Ryuichi Japan 44,300
13 Aya Kagawa Japan 39,900
14 Yam Chun Ho Edward Hong Kong 39,500
15 Wei Fan China 38,800
16 Yosuke Kijima Japan 32,900
17 Shinji Sugeta Japan 32,600
18 Shcherbakov Roman Russia 31,500
19 Huang Zhu Jun China 31,200
20 Ruiko Mamiya Japan 30,300
21 Lam Cheuk Nam Hong Kong 9,000
22 Seishiro Tanaka Japan 5,500

Day 1A survivors will have a day break before moving on to Day 2 held on Sunday, August 12 at 1pm.

For all of today’s satellite winners and for everyone else looking to jump in the game, Day 1B takes place tomorrow, Saturday, August 11 starting at 1pm. For players unable to make it to Day 1B, registration stays open until the start of Level 10 in Day 2.

Aleksei Sei wins the Pot Limit Omaha Hi 1

Running alongside Main Event Day 1A was the Pot Limit Omaha Hi 1 event. This brought in a small field of 14 players each one funding the pot ₩330,000 for a prize pool of ₩4,074,000.

Aleksei Sei, PLO Hi 1 winner

Awarded the victory was Russia’s Aleksei Sei. After Sei eliminated Kyungmin Lee in 3rd place, he quickly opted to split the first and second place cash down the middle with Jae Hoon Lee. Since Sei had the most chips, he automatically claimed the title and the event trophy.

1st Aleksei Sei – Russia – ₩1,731,500
2nd Jae Hoon Lee – ₩1,731,500
3rd Kyungmin Lee – USA – ₩611,000

Tomorrow’s events: August 11, 2018

13:00: MAIN EVENT Day 1B – Buyin: ₩1,100,000 (Full info here)

14:00: NLH Single Day Event 1 – Buyin: ₩330,000

18:00: Championships Event Satellite – Buyin: ₩180,000 (one seat awarded per 10 players)

Full APT Korea Championships 2018 schedule