It was a short day at the APT Kickoff 2016 Main Event with the final table of 8 players decided in just four hours. Some of them were highly recognized players in the APT circuit.
The Final 8 (Photo APT)
Thong Botho Boekel – 610k chips
A new face in the APT circuit, Thong Botho Boekel zoomed into the chip leader's seat after landing a big double up through Germany's Julius Malzanini. With a big stack to play with, he pushed Korea's Seung Soo Jeon out of a pot to bring him up to where he ended the day.
Julius Malzanini – 457k chips
Malzanini has been on a consistent run the entire event, ending all the days as one of the chip leaders. He eliminated five players in day 3 which included Korea's SJ Kim on the bubble to the money and Korea's Kwang Suk Yuh on the bubble to the final table of 8. Malzanini is looking to claim his second-ever APT Main Event title having won his first at the APT Philippines in 2015.
Byeongcheol Kim – 400k chips
Claiming the third spot was Korea’s Byeongcheol Kim with 400k chips. Kim earned a big double up when his ace-ten out-drew a player’s pocket jacks. At nine-handed, he won a sizable pot against Malzanini to end his day with a healthy stack.
Seung Soo Jeon – 358k chips
Korea’s Jeon entered day 3 as the chip leader and was well on his way to keeping that status until Boekel took a big chunk of his chips. He was able to recover when his big slick turned into a dominating full house. Alike Malzanini, Jeon is looking to add another APT Main Event trophy to his shelf having won his first at the APT Asian Series Cebu in 2013.
Dong Hyun Kim – 283k chips
Another Korean native has claimed a final table berth, Dong Hyun Kim. Kim entered day 3 at the top of the chip ladder and immediately was the bane of fellow countryman SJ Kim at the bubble stage. Kim had a series of swings throughout the day but managed to stay within average stack range.
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa – 223k chips
One of the most decorated players in the Asian circuit, Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa has many titles under his belt including a couple of big ones, champion of the PokerStars Live Manila Megastack 4 Main Event 2015 and champion of the WPT National Philippines 2014 Main Event. Tsuchikawa is looking for his first APT Main Event tite.
Jim Bonanno – 198k chips
Casual player Jim Bonanno from Guam has been seen at several APT events and cashed in a couple of the side events. He had quite a scare at nine-handed when he doubled up Jeon bringing his stack in critical level. Luckily, his all ins after that were successful to keep his seat intact for the final table.
Terry Gonzaga – 152k chips
Filipino player Terry Gonzaga experienced multiple ebb and flows to his stack in day 3 and managed to stay afloat to claim a final table berth. His biggest live cash to date was at the APT Main Event in May 2008 in Manila where he placed 8th and earning $25,000.
The APT Kickoff 2016 Main Event will resume at 130pm tomorrow. Players will be battling it out for the big prizes at stake, the P1,660,000, the APT Main Event title and trophy, and the first-ever APT Championship Ring. We will have a recap for you as soon as the winner has been declared.
9th Kwang Suk Yuh – Korea – P198,000
10th John Sayo – Philippines – P171,000
11th Nick Blackburn – USA – P159,000
12th Sim Jae Kyung – Korea – P159,000
13th Jun Saito – Japan – P136,000
14th Kwan Kit Kwok – Hong King – P136,000
15th Gerald Casey – USA – P136,000
16th Andrei Dementev – Russia – P120,000
17th Lim Yo Hwan – Korea – P120,000
18th Bell John Perez – Philippines – P120,000