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
Toshimasa Sakato – 109,300
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.
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.
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
|14||Yam Chun Ho Edward||Hong Kong||39,500|
|19||Huang Zhu Jun||China||31,200|
|21||Lam Cheuk Nam||Hong Kong||9,000|
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.
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)