APT Kickoff Main Event: Jeon, Malziani, Tsuchikawa among the chip leaders

The Asian Poker Tour held day 2 of the APT Kickoff 2016 Main Event with 67 players returning to the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Casino Filipino. By the end of the night, only 20 players remained, many of them notable pros in the APT circuit.

Day 2 Chip Leaders

Bagging the biggest arsenal was Korea’s Seung Soo Jeon with 269,500 chips. Jeon entered the day as the chip leader and impressively maintained his status throughout the day to land back at the top of the rung. Jeon is a regular in the APT circuit and already has one APT Main Event title under his belt. At his heels with 264,000 chips was Germany’s Julius Malzanini. Malzanini emerged in the Asian circuit early last year, and placed second at the PokerStars Live Manila Megastack 2. The next month, he followed it up with a victory at the APT Philippines Main Event. Rounding out the top three is another highly recognized player in the APT circuit, Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa. Out of the three, Tsuchikawa had one of the toughest battles at the felt going from almost completely broke to amassing 241,000 chips by night’s end.

Chip Leader

 Korea’s Seung Soo Jeon is the chip leader 

Notable Players Left in the Field

Out of the 20 survivors of day 2, there were several notables who made the cut such as Korea’s Sim Jae Kyung aka Simba and SJ Kim, and Filipino player Lester Edoc. These players are highly active in the APT circuit, and at this festival, have already had some earnings. Simba won the High Roller Open Face Chinese Pineapple, SJ Kim won the Head Hunter event, and Lester Edoc has already cashed in two side events. Other players who also survived day 2 was APT Vietnam 2015 Main Event champion Hong Kong’s Kwan Kit Kwok and rising young player, John Sayo from the Philippines.

The Fallen

Day 2 also had its fair share of fallen pros such as APT POY 2012-2015 UK’s Samad Razavi, Japan’s Iori Yogo, Russia’s Vladimir Geshkenbein (a former Team PKR Pro), previous APT Main Event champion John Tech, and Norway’s Kai Paulsen.

The APT Kickoff 2016 Main Event will resume tomorrow at 1pm starting with the anticipation of reaching the money at 18 places. This means two players will be going home without a profit unless the bubble boy happens to be a player who has availed of APT’s newest incentive, the Main Event Bubble Protection. After the bubble bursts, play will continue until there are 8 players remaining to form the official final table. We will have a recap for you and a look at the final 8 as soon as day 3 concludes.

Day 3 Chip Counts here 


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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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