APT Incheon Main Event surpasses $1M guarantee, Philippines’ Mike Takayama and Thailand’s Punnat Punsri wrap up final flight 


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Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

The prestigious APT is showing no signs of slowing down with another outstanding Main Event turnout for its fifth return to South Korea. Tournament tables across the Paradise City Casino were heavily packed as the thrilling KRW 1,300,000,000 (~US$ 1,000,000) guaranteed APT Incheon Main Event played down its final two flights yesterday. The biggest tour in APT history completed four qualifiers on schedule, racking up a collective 709 entries with each posting the KRW 2,300,000 (~US$ 1,725) entry fee towards the prize pool. 

The generated pot from the four flights alone so far amounts to KRW 1,467,630,000 (~US$ 1,128,946) in prizes, enough to cover the ambitious million dollar guarantee. This record serves as the second largest tournament in brand history and the biggest APT event in the country. With registration remaining open until Day 2 action starts at noon today, chances are the stakes are about to get higher and the top prize looking as lucrative as ever.

Flight C and D Recap

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Zhanghui Yu, Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

A combined 331 players survived the initial ten levels of play with Flight A chip leader Yu Sheng Lin maintaining his position atop with a massive 246,500 chip count. Yesterday’s action saw the first of two 30 minute flights cap the day with 85 entrants advancing through out of the 156 entry field. China’s Zhanghui Yu led the pack with a healthy 184,100 bag, ranking 15th in the overall Day 2 counts. Among those joining Yu in the felt today are notables John Tech, Winfred Yu, APT Superstar Challenge champion Jun Hao Wu, and runner-up Kevin Choi.

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Mike Takayama, Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

With the evening games giving players the last chance to build a stack, the last flight on schedule drew in a total of 123 entries with a lesser 70 players qualifying through the next round. Action wrapped up with several poker superstars topping the ranks including WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama, APT Taipei Main Event champion Punnat Punsri, Japan’s Kazuhiko Yotsushika and Australia’s Aaron Lim. PhilippinesTakayama stands to be a solid crusher across the Asian tournament scene with a whopping 16 APT titles under his belt, in search for his third APT Main Event in this season’s games. The Filipino pro topped the Flight D counts with 205,000 in chips, putting him sixth in the overall pecking order.

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Punnat Punsri, Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Thailand’s Punnat Punsri followed closely behind with 201,300 after a crucial flip against Huidong Gu on the ninth level of the day propelled him to the top. Punsri claimed the richest APT Main Event in history earlier this May after besting the 1,434 Taiwan entry field  for NT$ 11,210,400 (~US$ 364,300)

Day 2 action resumes on Level 11: 800 / 1,600 – ante 1,600 for 60 minute intervals and plays down to ITM. Day 3 returns at exactly 12:15 pm on September 1, Friday, playing to the final nine. Full payouts will be revealed once registration closes at the start of Day 2.

APT Incheon Main Event Day 2 Top Chip Counts

Place Name Flag Chip Count
1 Yu Sheng Lin Taiwan 246,500
2 Nan Zhu China 229,400
3 Adrian Boon Chye Chua Singapore 223,000
4 Taago Tamm Estonia 215,000
5 Xiaohua Fu China 205,700
6 Mike Takayama Philippines 205,000
7 King Wai Cheung Hong Kong 203,400
8 Artem Sofronov Russia 202,400
9 Veleriy Pak Uzbekistan 202,100
10 Punnat Punsri Thailand 201,300
11 Kazuki Obata Japan 199,600
12 Zihao Meng China 198,500
13 Wayne Chi Wah Lau Canada 198,000
14 Taiki Uragami Japan 190,000
15 Zhanghui Yu China 184,100
16 Peerathat Sukpaisarn Thailand 180,300
17 Kazuma Otake Japan 178,600
18 Yunfeng Sun China 177,800
19 Tomochika Kamiya Japan 175,700
20 Kazuhiko Yotsushika Japan 175,400

Main Event Day 2 seat draw can be accessed here.

APT Incheon Main Event Review

Date/s: August 28 – September 2, 2023
Buy in: KRW 2,300,000 (~USD 1,725)
Guarantee: KRW 1,300,000,000 (~USD 1,000,000)

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

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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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