Main Event Flight B Attracts 207 Runners, Russia's Artem Sofronov Tops Chip Counts

Japan's Katsuki Yamashita Claims Gold and Maiden Title in Inaugural Event #35: Single Day High Roller - Mystery Bounty - 8 Max (50/50 Bounty)

Ben Wilson / 29 Aug 2023

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Main Event Flight B Attracts 207 Runners, Russia's Artem Sofronov Tops Chip Counts

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INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA, August 29, 2023 – The action is beginning to come to the boil at the APT Incheon, South Korea 2023 with twelve tournaments playing out at the tournament tables of the luxurious Paradise City Casino.

It was Flight B of the KRW 1.3 billion (~USD $1 million) guaranteed APT Main Event that garnered the most attention, attracting 207 entries (171 unique) over the course of ten 45-minute levels.

Notables in action included former APT Main Event champions Lester Edoc, and Joseph Cheong, in addition to bracelet winners Yan Shing "Anson" Tsang, and Mike Takayama and a whole host of others.

However, it was Russia's Artem Sofronov the man sitting on top of the chip counts at the conclusion of play, bagging up a stack of 202,400 – potentially putting him seventh in the overall pecking order with two starting flights still left to play out.

Uzbekistan's Veleriy Pak (202,100) finished a close second, bagging up just 300 chips less, with Japan's Kazuki Obata (199,600) rounding out the top three, with the top ten as follows:

MAIN EVENT FLIGHT B TOP TEN STACKS

  1. Artem Sofronov (Russia) – 202,400
  2. Veleriy Pak (Uzbekistan) – 202,100
  3. Kazuki Obata (Japan) – 199,600
  4. Zihao Meng (China) – 198,500
  5. Kazuma Otake (Japan) 178,600
  6. Jia Zhu (China) – 167,800
  7. Hiroaki Manabe (Japan) – 165,500
  8. Yuta Mutsuura (Japan) – 161,400
  9. Masato Kashiwabara (Japan) – 159,200

A total of 96 players made it through to Day 2, with other notables to find a chip bag including Spain's Alan Fernandez (150,800), the aforementioned Edoc (128,000), South Korea's Gary Moon (118,700), Thailand's Pokchat Ratanatabtim (110,500), Australia's Matthew Bevin (89,300), and Cheong (68,900).

For Main Event Flight B Survivors please CLICK HERE

The final two starting Flights C & D – both boasting ten 30-minute levels – get underway on Wednesday, August 30 at 12pm and 6pm respectively.

You can follow all the APT Main Event Flight A action as it played out via the APT Blog

Japan's Katsuki Yamashita Claims Gold and Maiden Title in Inaugural Event #35: Single Day High Roller - Mystery Bounty - 8 Max (50/50 Bounty)

Event #35_ Single Day High Roller - Mystery Bounty - 8 Max winner Katsuki Yamashita.jpg Japan's Katsuki Yamashita claimed his maiden tournament title in Event #35 Single Day High Roller Mystery Bounty 8 Max

A new addition to the APT schedule, the KRW 4,000,000 Event #35: Single Day High Roller - Mystery Bounty - 8 Max (50/50 Bounty) drew a field of 77 entries comprised of 59 unique players.

With the field paying out the top 11 places, and the bounties coming into play in the top 22 places, the tournament proved to be an action-packed affair as the players jockeyed for a place in the paying positions and a share of the KRW 134,442,000 (~USD $101,220) prize pool, with a further KRW 134,442,000 (~USD $101,220) in the bounty pool.

For Single Day High Roller Mystery Bounty Hunter Bounty Pool Payout Information please CLICK HERE

The field comprised of some of the Asia-Pacific's top players including bracelet winner's Alex Lindop, and Renji Mao, in addition several reigning and former champions in Superstar Challenge champions in Jun Hao Wu, and Joshua Mccully, APT Super High Roller champions Milos Petakovic, and Shung Er Sua, Kickoff champion Hong Ru Zhang, and Mystery Bounty champion and former APT Incheon Main Event champion Dicky Tsang.

Add in Natural8 Ambassador Yu Chung "Nevan" Chang, the Philippines #1 ranked tournament player Marc Rivera and a whole host of others and you have a receipe for a spicy tournament.

However, none of these poker luminaries would claim the prize, although Chang, Zhang, Petakovic, Rivera, Sua, and Wu would all make the money.

The action played out over ten 30-minute levels before registration closed, and it took a further fifteen 25-minute levels for Japan's Katsuki Yamashita to claim gold and the KRW 36,982,000 (~USD $28,050) top prize.

Yamashita fought his way through a stacked final table, defeating compatriot Motoki Jinno heads-up to claim a career best score and his maiden tournament title, with Jinno collecting KRW 26,280,000 (~USD $19,934) for his runner-up finish.

China's Hong Ru Zhang added yet another final table appearence to his tournament tally for the Series, taking KRW 17,210,000 (~USD $13,049) for his third-place finish, with the tournament paying out as follows:

SINGLE DAY HIGH ROLLER MYSTERY BOUNTY RESULTS

For Event #35: Single Day High Roller - Mystery Bounty - 8 Max Results please CLICK HERE

All tournament information can be found on the Official Results page.

OMAHA ACTION

Hong Kong's Alan Lau Crowned Big O King in Event #29: PL Omaha 5 Card - Hi-Lo (Big O)

Event #29_ PL Omaha 5 Card - Hi-Lo (Big O) champion Alan Lau.jpg Hong Kong's Alan King Lun Lau claimed his first APT trophy of the New Era in Event #29 PL Omaha 5 Card - Hi-Lo

Long live the king! Alan King Lun Lau is back to his winning ways, scoring his first live tournament title in five years after taking down the KRW 300,000 Event #29: PL Omaha 5 Card - Hi-Lo (Big O), which played out in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Lau – who now boasts an impressive 17 live tournament titles and over USD $2 million in career tournament winnings – triumphed over a 31-strong field (24 unique) to take the lion's share of the KRW 8,118,900 (~USD $6,130) prize pool.

This victory earned Lau his first New Era APT baby lion trophy and his second APT title, with the Hong Kong native defeating Japan's Daiki Aoki heads-up to lock up the KRW 3,008,900 (~USD $2,270) top prize.

Aoki received KRW 2,070,000 (~USD $1,560) for his runner-up finish, with compatriot Kaoru Kishimoto rounding out the podium and collecting KRW 1,320,000 (~USD $995) for third.

A total of five players made the money, with the tournament paying out as follows:

BIG O RESULTS

For Event #29: PL Omaha 5 Card - Hi-Lo (Big O) Results please CLICK HERE

All tournament information can be found on the Official Results page.

Chunsan Fan Blows Away Competition in Event #34: PL Omaha - Hi-Lo

Event #34_ PL Omaha - Hi-Lo champion Chunsan Fan.jpg China's Chunsan Fan claimed his maiden APT title in Event #34 PL Omaha Hi-Lo

The KRW 500,000 Event #34: PL Omaha - Hi-Lo got underway at 12.15pm local time and drew a 32-strong field (22 unique).

These Hi-Lo connoisseurs competed over twenty-four 25-minute levels to stake their claim to a share of the KRW 13,968,000 (~USD $10,571) prize pool, with five of them clawing their way into the paying positions.

It was China's Chunsan Fan the man who claimed the biggest piece of the pie, blowing away Japan's Tatsuya Imanishi heads-up to take the KRW 5,168,000 (~USD $3,910) top prize.

Fan can now add an APT title to his list of accolades, edging the Chinese player closer to USD $200,000 in live tournament winnings.

Imanishi took KRW 3,560,000 (~USD $2,700) for his runner-up finish, with compatriot Takeshi Goto completing the winner's triumvirate and taking away KRW 2,270,000 (~USD $1,721) for third.

A total of five players made the money with the tournament paying out as follows:

PL OMAHA HI-LO RESULTS

For Event #34: PL Omaha - Hi-Lo Results please CLICK HERE

All tournament information can be found on the Official Results page.

GAME ACTION

Hong Kong's Jeffrey Lo Clinches Maiden APT Title in Event #33: Limit 2-7 & Badugi - Triple Draw

Event #33_ Limit 2-7 & Badugi - Triple Draw champion Jeffrey Lo.jpg Hong Kong's Jeffrey Lo claimed his maiden APT title in Event #33 Limit 2-7 & Badugi Triple Draw

It was the KRW 300,000 Event #33: Limit 2-7 & Badugi - Triple Draw that opened the days tournament action, kicking off at 11.30am local time and drawing a 36-strong field (28 unique).

These triple draw enthusiasts battled it out over twenty-two 25-minute levels for a share of the KRW 9,428,400 (~USD $7,130) prize pool, with Hong Kong's Jeffrey Lo taking it to the limit to top the tournament.

Lo bested Japan's Takayasu Itagaki heads-up to take the KRW 3,488,400 (~USD $2,640) top prize and add a maiden APT title to his lengthy poker resume, which boasts close to USD $500,000 in live tournament winnings.

Itagaki earned a payday of KRW 2,400,000 (~USD $1,810) for his runner-up finish, with the compatriot Kazutero Oka rounding out the podium and taking KRW 1,530,000 (~USD $1,155) for third place.

A total of five players made the money, with the tournament paying out as follows:

LIMIT 2-7 & BADUGI TRIPLE DRAW RESULTS

For Event #33: Limit 2-7 & Badugi - Triple Draw please CLICK HERE

All tournament information can be found on the Official Results page.

Hong Kong's Anson Tsang Saves the Day in Event #39: NL H-E-R-O-S - Turbo

Event #39_ NL H-E-R-O-S (Hold'em Stud Hi-Lo, Razz, Omaha Hi-Lo, Stud) champion Yan Shing Tsang.jpg Hong Kong's Yan Shing "Anson" Tsang can now add an APT title to his list of poker accolades

The KRW 300,000 Event #39: NL H-E-R-O-S (Hold'em Stud Hi-Lo, Razz, Omaha Hi-Lo, Stud) proved to be the most popular of the mixed games played so far this Series, drawing a 50-strong (37 unique) field.

It was Hong Kong's Yan Shing "Anson" Tsang who swooped in to save the day and rescue the lion's share of the KRW 13,095,000 (~USD $9,924) prize pool after the twenty-four fast-paced 15-minute levels played out.

Tsang, who boasts over USD $3.3 million in live tournament winnings on a poker resume that includes two live bracelet wins plus an online one, can now add an APT title to his lengthy list of poker accolades.

The Hong Kong native defeated the UK's Craig Cooper heads-up to take a KRW 4,125,000 (~USD $3,130) top prize.

Cooper – who was on the hunt for his third APT title – collected KRW 2,980,000 (~USD $2,260) for his runner-up finish, with Japan's Kota Nakano taking bronze and a payout of KRW 1,900,000 (~USD $1,440) for third place.

A total of seven players made the money with the tournament paying out as follows:

NL H-E-R-O-S TURBO RESULTS

  1. Yan Shing Tsang (Hong Kong) 4,125,000
  2. Craig Anthony Cooper (United Kingdom) 2,980,000
  3. Kota Nakano (Japan) 1,900,000
  4. Koki Arisako (Japan) 1,440,000
  5. Ka Chun Yuan (Hong Kong) 1,110,000
  6. Mitsuaki Amada (Japan) 850,000
  7. Mitsuru Murata (Japan) 690,000

For Event #39: NL H-E-R-O-S Results please CLICK HERE

All tournament information can be found on the Official Results page.

SIDE EVENT ACTION

Hong Kong's Karen Tsang Claims Maiden Title in Event #31: Deuces Wild - Hyper Turbo

Event #31_ Deuces Wild - Hyper Turbo champion Karen Ka Yan Tsang.jpg Hong Kong's Karen Tsang won her first trophy in Event #31 Deuces Wild Hyper Turbo

The KRW 300,000 Event #31: Deuces Wild - Hyper Turbo concluded in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after the 42-strong field (38 unique) duked it out over twenty-one turbo-charged 10-minute levels to earn a slice of the KRW 10,999,800 (~USD $8,310) prize pool.

It was Hong Kong's Karen Tsang who proved to be queen of the wild bunch, defeating Japan's Hattori Masato heads-up to take the KRW 3,749,800 (~USD $2,830) top prize, earning her maiden live tournament title in the process.

Masato had to settle for silver and the KRW 2,580,000 (~USD $1,950) on offer for second, with Hong Kong's Ki Hin Kong taking bronze and a payout of KRW 1,650,000 (~USD $1,245) for third.

A total of six players made the money, with Canada's Duncan Son (5th for KRW 990,000), and Hong Kong's Yan Shing "Anson" Tsang (6th for KRW 770,000) also making the final table.

DEUCES WILD HYPER TURBO RESULTS

For Event #31: Deuces Wild - Hyper Turbo Results please CLICK HERE

All tournament information can be found on the Official Results page.

Netherland's Martijn Gerrits Clocks Up Second Series Title Victory in Event #32: Midnight Tick Tock

Event #32_ Midnight Tick Tock champion Martijn Gerrits.jpg The Netherland's Martijn Gerrits clocked up his second Series title in Event #32 Midnight Tick Tock

Four of the ten scheduled Midnight Tick Tock events are in the books, and the Netherland's Martijn Gerrits has won two of them.

The Dutchman's fifth Series final table appearance resulted in a second Series title in the KRW 300,000 Event #32: Midnight Tick Tock (Levels decrease every hour 20/15/10/5).

A total of 48 entries (43 unique) competed over twenty-five levels, all looking to earn a piece of the KRW 12,571,200 (~USD $9,500) prize pool with level length decreasing every hour until it reached the 5-minute threshold.

A total of seven players were successful in that regard, with Gerrits defeating Natural8 Ambassador Yu Chung "Nevan" Chang heads-up to claim the KRW 3,961,200 (~USD $2,990) top prize.

Chang, who was making his third final table appearance of the Series, collected KRW 2,860,000 (~USD $2,160) for his runner-up finish, with Yuya Kaneko taking bronze and a payout of KRW 1,820,000 (~USD $1,375) for third place, with the tournament paying out as follows:

MIDNIGHT TICK TOCK RESULTS

For Event #32: Midnight Tick Tock Results please CLICK HERE

All tournament information can be found on the Official Results page.

Japan's Shiina Okamoto Ices the Competition in Event #36: NL Hold'em Freezeout to Claim Maiden Title

Event #36_ NL Hold'em Freezeout champion Shiina Okamoto2.jpg Japan's Shiina Okamoto claimed her maiden live tournament title in Event #36 NL Hold'em Freezeout

Outside of the Main Event the KRW 1,000,000 Event #36: NL Hold'em Freezeout was one of the more popular draws of the day, attracted a 102-strong field and generating a KRW 89,046,000 (~USD $67,040) prize pool.

It took twenty-five 25-minute levels for Japan's Shiina Okamoto to ice the competition to claim her maiden live tournament title.

Okamoto – who came agonizingly close to her first taste of APT glory in the marquee Event #8 Mystery Bounty Hunter - Sponsored by Natural8 – was not to be denied a second time, defeating France's Julien Rouxel heads-up to take the KRW 22,756,000 (~USD $17,250) top prize.

In addition to claiming her maiden live tournament title and APT title, this result represents a career third-best score and brings her total live winnings up to over USD $230,000.

Rouxel, who was also on the hunt for his first live tournament title, had to settle for the KRW 15,670,000 (~USD $11,880) on offer for second.

Japan's Ryuki Shikano completed the winner's podium, taking KRW 10,280,000 (~USD $7,790) for third place.

A total of 15 players made the money, with the final table paying out as follows:

NL HOLD'EM FREEZEOUT RESULTS

Other notables to make the money but come up short of the final nine included Taiwan's Maggie Chien-Chih Weng (10th for KRW 1,870,000), Hong Kong's Hon Leung Ip (12th for KRW 1,740,000), and former APT Main Event Incheon champion Farhad Aghayev (14th for KRW 1,600,000).

For Event #36 NL Hold'em - Freezeout Results please CLICK HERE

All tournament information can be found on the Official Results page.

Japan's Yuri Ishida Wins South Korea's Largest APT Women's Event

Event #37_ Women's Event champion Yuri Ishida.jpg Japan's Yuri Ishida won her fourth APT title in the tour's largest South Korean Women's Event

The KRW 300,000 Event #37: Women's Event set a new APT country record for South Korea, drawing a 63-strong field (53 unique), and generating a KRW 16,499,700 (~USD $12,420) prize pool.

The action played out over twenty-seven 20-minute levels, with Japan's Yuri Ishida topping the field to take the KRW 4,819,700 (~USD $3,650) top prize.

Ishida bested Thailand's Gatmanee Jitlert heads-up to claim her fourth APT title and win her third poker ladies event in total, bringing her total live winnings up to over USD $640,000.

Jitlert collected KRW 3,460,000 (~USD $2,620) for her runner-up finish, with Taiwan's Pei Chen Lee rounding out the top three, taking KRW 2,250,000 (~USD $1,700) for third place.

A total of nine players made the money, with the tournament paying out as follows:

WOMEN'S EVENT RESULTS

For Event #37: Women's Event Result please CLICK HERE

All tournament information can be found on the Official Results page.

Japan's Yuki Hirata Claims Second APT Title in Event #40: Turbo

Event #40_ Turbo winner Yuki Hirata.jpg Japan's Yuki Hirata Claims Second APT Title in Event #40: Turbo

The KRW 500,000 Event #40: Turbo proved to be the most popular draw outside of the Main Event, attracting a 152-strong field (136 unique) and generating a KRW 66,348,000 (~USD $50,285) prize pool.

The action played out over twenty-three fast-paced 15-minute levels, with Japan's Yuki Hirata taking the tournament glory and the KRW 15,918,000 (~USD $12,070) top prize.

Hirata triumphed over Sebastian Dominiak to claim his second APT title, with the German taking KRW 10,810,000 (~USD $8,200) for his runner-up finish.

Thailand's Napat Chokejindachai was the third place finisher, receiving a payout of KRW 7,130,000 (USD $5,405).

A total of twenty places made the money, with the final table paying out as follows:

TURBO FINAL TABLE RESULTS

For Event #40: Turbo Results please CLICK HERE

All tournament information can be found on the Official Results page.

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