APT Incheon Main Event: Japan’s Shoichiro Tamaki stacks high up on sixteen player survivor list; KRW 346,647,000 (~US$ 262,090) awaits champion


The nonstop APT Incheon Main Event action across the past five days has rounded the field down to its remaining sixteen contenders after another ten levels of play. The final numbers recorded a total of 930 entries (564 unique) across the event’s four onsite and slew of online starting flights, with 134 having returned to the tournament tables at Paradise City Casino for yesterday’s Day 3 action. 

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Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Listing a prize pool of KRW 1,867,347,000 (~USD $1,411,975), today’s games are set to play down to a winner, with each of the sixteen survivors already guaranteed a minimum payout of KRW 15,300,000 (~US$ 11,555). Japan’s Shoichiro Tamaki leads the two table list through to the final day where the country’s largest APT Main Event champion will claim the lucrative KRW 346,647,000 (~US$ 262,090) top prize by the end of the day.

Day 3 Recap

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Shoichiro Tamaki, Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Day 3 saw its 134 player field cut a piece of the pie as eliminations turned up early on left and right. It took nearly thirteen hours on the clock before action capped with Hong Kong’s Cheuk Him Tsang on the losing end of a three way all-in. Tsang’s bust in 17th place finish by the hands of Tran Tu meant the final two table player list was set in stone.

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Veleriy Pak, Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Among those sitting high up the ranks are Japan’s Shoichiro Tamaki who locked up a massive flip with JsJd against big stacked Veleriy Pak’s AdKh at the last level of the day, and APT Superstar Challenge 4th placer Abraham Abdulla Ceesvin. Tamaki secured the 6,600,000 in chips or 106 BB pot after spiking a one card flush to his Kh on the river, leaving his opponent still 7th in chips. On the other hand, Singapore’s Ceesvin has shown great prowess in this season’s festivities, having already bagged an APT title from Event #2: Single Day High Roller Freezeout 8-Max, aside from two other final table appearances.

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Abraham Ceesvin, Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Notable runners who did not make the cut include USA’s Andrew An (23rd), Day 2 chip leader Aaron Lim (52nd), sixteen time APT champion Lester Edoc (58th), Australia’s Joshua McCully (59th), and Sparrow Cheung (61st). Bracelet winners Renji Mao (18th), Yan Shing Tsang (30th), Chin Wei “Webster” Lim (50th), and Alex Lindop (78th) likewise failed to secure a spot in the final games but will still have Event #64: APT High Roller 8-Max to look forward to.

Final Day plays down to a champion today, September 2nd at 12:15 pm sharp. Blinds resume on Level 27: 30,000 / 60,000 – ante 60,000 following 60 minute blind intervals throughout.

APT Incheon Main Event Final Day Chip Counts

Pos. Name Flag Chip Count
1 Shoichiro Tamaki Japan 6,740,000
2 Abraham Abdulla Ceesvin Singapore 6,210,000
3 Tsz To Wan China 3,170,000
4 King Wai Cheung Hong Kong 2,535,000
5 Masahiro Adachi Japan 2,515,000
6 Adrian Boon Chye Chua Singapore 2,515,000
7 Veleriy Pak Uzbekistan 2,340,000
8 Artem Sofronov Russia 1,835,000
9 Tran Tu New Zealand 1,695,000
10 Napat Chokejindachai Thailand 1,555,000
11 Zhanhui Zheng China 1,540,000
12 Milos Petakovic Serbia 1,345,000
13 Jason Lau Malaysia 1,145,000
14 Raul Martinez Gallego Spain 850,000
15 Wataru Kosugi Japan 580,000
16 Inaba Katsuhiro Japan 425,000

Final Table Payouts

Place Prize (KRW) Prize (~US$)
1st KRW 346,647,000 $262,090
2nd KRW 210,500,000 $159,150
3rd KRW 147,700,000 $111,670
4th KRW 110,900,000 $83,850
5th KRW 86,300,000 $65,250
6th KRW 63,900,000 $48,310
7th KRW 45,700,000 $34,550
8th KRW 32,600,000 $24,650
9th KRW 25,700,000 $19,430

APT Incheon Main Event Review

Date/s: August 28 – September 2, 2023
Buy in: KRW 2,300,000 (~US$ 1,725)
Guarantee: KRW 1,300,000,000 (~US$ 1,000,000)
Prize pool: KRW 1,867,347,000 (~US$ 1,411,975)
Entries : 930 (564 unique)
ITM: 135 players

Day 1 Results

Flight A: 223 entries / 80 advanced
Flight B: 207 entries / 96 advanced
Flight C: 156 entries / 85 advanced
Flight D: 123 entries / 70 advanced
Online: 171 entries

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