APT Incheon, South Korea 2023



#24: APT Main Event - KRW 1,300,000,000 GTD - Day 2 (Reg Open Till Start)




Shoichiro Tamaki

KRW 271M

Australia's Aaron Lim Leads Day 2 of South Korea's Largest-Ever APT Main Event

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Chip leader Aaron Lim.jpg Aaron Lim

Day 2 of the APT Incheon Main Event had drawn its curtains with 134 players making it into the money who will all come back tomorrow to play out Day 3. Australia's Aaron Lim sits at the summit of the leaderboard after bagging up 1,083,000 chips and was the only player to break the one-million-chip milestone.

It's to be noted that Masaki Nakamura brought two stacks into the money after qualifying both online and live. The Japanese player's shortest stack (101,000) will be removed from play and he will be credited with a min-cash of KRW 3,700,000 (~$2,800) and his largest stack (197,000) is what he will be starting Day 3 with.

The total number of entries for the Main Event rose to 930 which included 709 from the initial four flights, 171 online entries, and 50 that bought into Day 2 before the start of play today. Two records were broken with the prize pool of KRW 1,867,347,000 (~USD $1,411,975) being the largest ever for a Main Event in South Korea and the number of entries crushing the previous high of 540 set at APT Korea in 2021.

Lim, who sits fifteenth on Australia's All-Time Money List, came into the day with 154,800 after making it through Flight D in seventh place. The Australian quickly rose up the leaderboard and eliminated Japan's Masato Shimizu with pocket aces after the Japanese player four-bet shoved all in with pocket eights during level fifteen. Lim also was the player to burst the bubble after his nine-seven turned a pair of nines to take down the ace-queen of Gary Moon and bring the field into the money.

M_M05383.jpg Hon Cheong Lee

Hong Kong players occupy the second and third biggest chip counts in the room with Cheuk Him Tsang (919,000) and Hon Cheong Lee (882,000) both representing the region. Lee won a monster pot towards the end of the day after he flopped a set of fives on a king-high flop and got all the chips of Yosuke Takagi after the Japanese player shoved over Lee's turn bet with king-jack.

The Filipino phenom Lester Edoc again found himself in a familiar situation in an APT Main Event after bringing 658,000 chips into Day 3. The sixteen-time APT title holder and two-time Main Event champion eliminated the reigning APT Incheon Main Event winner Farhad Aghayev with pocket aces after the Azerbaijani player committed his stack with pocket jacks. Edoc finished the day strong and seemed as confident as ever and now has his sights set on becoming the only player in history to win three APT Main Event titles.

Milos Petakovic won the APT Super High Roller earlier this series for a payday of KRW 145,650,000 (~$109,990) and finds himself in another promising position to tame himself another flagship lion trophy after bagging up 609,000 chips. The Serbian player won a three-way all-in pot holding pocket aces and eliminated countrymate Bojan Berberovic who held pocket kings and Thailand's Pitt Karchai who was holding pocket jacks in the same hand which sent his stack flying up the leaderboard.

M_M05376.jpg Milos Petakovic

Shinya Maeda finished runner-up in the APT Summer Series Da Nang Main Event for a career-best score of VND 2,429,580,000 (~$102,040) and is back for more after accumulating exactly 500,000 chips throughout the day. The Japanese player won a lot of those chips with pocket aces after he eliminated Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier who held pocket queens when the two got all the chips in on a nine-high flop.

There are a number of previous APT Main Event winners in the field including the aforementioned Edoc, Dicky Tsang (258,000), Punnat Punsri (216,000), Mike Takayama (108,000), and Hung Sheng Lin (83,000).

Other notables to make it through were Darko Svesko (634,000), Abraham Ceesvin (522,000), Kokwai Sim (456,000), Chin Wei Lim (432,000), Sparrow Cheung (262,000), Jun Hao Wu (238,000), Napat Chokejindachai (212,000), Kevin Choi (180,000), and Natural8 Ambassadors Yu-Chung Chang (129,000) and Danny Tang (82,000).

The top ten stacks from the live Day 2 Main Event can be found below.

1Aaron LimAustralia1,083,000
2Cheuk Him TsangHong Kong919,000
3Hon Cheong LeeHong Kong882,000
4Dongying LingSingapore816,000
5Anthony AnUnited States682,000
6Chao Ting ChengTaiwan675,000
7Lester EdocPhilippines658,000
8Darko SveskoRussia634,000
9Milos PetakovicSerbia609,000
10Xiaohua FuChina593,000

A full APT Main Event Day 2 Survivor List can be found by CLICKING HERE.

The APT Main Event Day 3 Draw (including online Day 3 qualifiers) can be found HERE

The payouts for the final table can be found below.

PlacePrize (KRW)Prize (~USD)

A full APT Incheon Main Event Payout List can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Day 3 of the Main Event will get underway at 12:15pm local time and as always you can keep up to date with all the latest action right here.

There will be a feature table that will be streamed live and you can tune into that by clicking through the following links.




See you tomorrow.

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Level 17: Blinds 3000-6000, 6000 ante

Gary Moon Bubbles APT Incheon Main Event

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APTIncheon2023_Event24_Day2_093.jpg Gary Moon watching on as his ace-queen falls to the sevin-nine of Aaron Lim

The bubble has popped and it's South Korea's Gary Moon who is the last player to leave the APT Main Event empty-handed after an encounter with Aaron Lim.

Everybody else at the table had folded with the action on Moon in the small blind who limped in. Lim then shoved all in to apply maximum pressure on the bubble and Moon made the call for his last 170,000 or so to put himself at risk.

Moon A♥ Q♠

Lim 7♠ 9♣

A brave call from Moon who had plenty of chips behind if he wanted to fold his way to the money but he chose not to do so and now is at risk facing two undercards.

Moon stayed ahead on the 5♣ 8♣ 3♦ flop but Lim had added another four outs as now any six would give him a straight and end the hand.

Lim jumped ahead in the hand after he paired his nine on the 9♦ turn card and Moon looked down in disbelief. The South Korean had one card to save his Main Event and the river needed to be an ace or a queen but it wasn't to be as the 2♥ rolled off which earned Lim the pot and eliminated Moon in 136th place.

The stack of Australia's Lim broke a million after that hand which ended Day 2 of the Main Event.

NameChip Count
Aaron Lim1,083,000
Gary Moon0
Level 17: Blinds 3000-6000, 6000 ante

Komai Busted in 137th

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Japan's Koki Komai just pushed all-in for his last ten big blinds and was called by Cheung Sparrow from Hong Kong. Sparrow covered Komai by 20 big blinds.

Sparrow: K♠ K♥.

Komai: J♠ J♦.

The board ran out 7♠ A♠ 3♣ Q♣ Q♥. No miracle jack for Komai, who is our pre-bubble. We are now on the official bubble.

Level 17: Blinds 3000-6000, 6000 ante

Nan Zhu Eliminated

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We are hand-for-hand and on two different tables all-in situations were happening. On Table 15 Nan Zhu pushed all-in for his last 8 big blinds and was called by Xiaolu Li.

Li: A♣ K♠.

Zhu: A♥ J♠

Zhu was in terrible shape as his Li had him dominated. The board ran out K♣ 7♣ 8♦ 5♥ 7♦ which meant we lost Nan Zhu in 138th place.

Level 17: Blinds 3000-6000, 6000 ante

Jia Zhu Survives

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Jia Zhu had shoved all in for 28,000 and was called by Aaron Lim.

Zhu 5♣ 5♠

Lim A♣ 6♣

The player from China managed to survive when the board ran out 5♥ 3♥ T♠ 4♥ K♠.

NameChip Count
Aaron Lim900,000
Jia Zhu60,000
Level 17: Blinds 3000-6000, 6000 ante

We Are Hand-For-Hand, 138 Players Left

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We are down to 138 players in the Main Event which means we are hand-for-hand now. Three more players need to be eliminated before we make it into the money. Who is going to miss out on a min-cash worth KRW 3,700,000 (~$2,800)?

Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000, 5000 ante

Notable Chip Counts at the Start of Level 17

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NameChip Counts
Aaron Lim915,000
Cheuk Him Tsang900,000
Hon Cheung Lee873,000
Anthony An730,000
Lester Edoc709,000
Chao Ting Cheng690,000
Milos Petakovic660,000
Hao Wang610,000
Jieming Xu555,000
Xiaohua Fu525,000
Darko Svesko510,000
Chi Hung Lam504,000
Teng-Luei Hsu500,000
Kokwai Sim490,000
Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000, 5000 ante

Break Time

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Players are on a 15-minute break.

There are 139 players remaining and just 135 spots in the money which means after four eliminations play will stop and the survivors will bag up their chips for Day 3 tomorrow.

Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000, 5000 ante

Lee Flops a Set to Win Monster Pot and Eliminate Takagi

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M_M05386.jpg Hon Cheong Lee

Hon Cheong Lee just won a huge pot to bring his stack over the 800,000 mark.

Lee opened to 11,000 and was three-bet by Yosuke Takagi to 32,000 from the next seat. The action folded back around to Lee who made the call for 21,000 more to see a flop.

They saw a flop of K♣ 5♣ 2♥ and Lee checked it over to Takagi who fired out a bet of 32,000. Lee took his time before counting out a raise to 110,000 and Takagi seemed a bit confused at what to do next. It appeared he wanted to make the call but first he wanted to make sure his stack of blue 5,000-denomination chips was the same height as Lee's so he slid the stack forward to compare and then pulled it back into his stack.

"That's a call, right?" asked Lee.

Takagi did eventually make the call by sliding the same stack of blue chips into the pot and the two went to a turn card.

The 2♦ fell on the turn and this time Lee led for 80,000 and Takagi didn't take too long before shoving all in for around 230,000 total. Lee couldn't call quicker and the two flipped over their cards.

Takagi K♠ J♥

Lee 5♦ 5♠

Takagi was in a dire situation and had invested all of his 370,000 chips into the pot after flopping a king and would need to find another on the river if he wanted to survive.

The river wasn't what Takagi needed as the 7♠ peeled off which earned Lee the huge pot and brought us one step closer to the money.

NameChip Count
Hon Cheong Lee830,000
Yosuke Takagi0
Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000, 5000 ante

Ota's Hand Gets Caught in the Cookie Jar

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We joined a 3-way action at Table 8 on a board off 5♣ Q♣ 4♠ A♥. From the big blind Tuyoshi Ota checked as well as UTG+1 initial raiser Samy Snoussi. The third player involved from the middle position was Shinya Maeda and he decided to fire for 18,500. Ota and Snoussi tagged along and we went 3-way to the river.

Action on Ota after the J♦ on the river was dealt. Ota put his opponents under pressure as he fired 48,000. Snoussi looked annoyed and released his hand after thinking about it for a good 2 minutes. His countryman Maeda made the quick call and saw Ota tabled 3♠ 5♥ for bottom pair. Maeda showed A♣ T♣ for top pair after he flopped a nut flush draw.

Snoussi told Maeda after the hand he had pocket kings. The Tunisian is in trouble now as he plays only 9 big blinds.

NameChip Counts
Shinya Maeda375,000
Tuyoshi Ota247,000
Samy Snoussi44,000