Full house continues at APL Seoul as Main Event Day 1J draws 465 entries, Kim Kwang Yeol bags big


Poker fever continues at Ace Poker League Seoul! Day 2 of the ongoing festival witnessed another jam-packed house as the games raged on at the Swiss Grand Hotel. The top attraction was none other than the Main Event featuring the ₩1,100,000,000 (~US$ 807.460) guarantee, and according to the organizers, that figure has already been breached.

Players have two more chances to enter, October 5 and 6, 2023 starting at 12pm. For those that have already qualified for the next round, take advantage of the daily side events where you can win one of those cool APL trophies. We will have side event results posted as soon as it has been made available.

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Main Event – ₩ 1,100,000,000 (~US$ 807,460) guaranteed

Main Event Day 1J added another 464 runners to bring the total count to 1,320 entries. With buy in at ₩1,385,000 (~US$ 1,015), the prize pool has already surged way past the guarantee. The top prize is currently ₩220,000,000 (~US$ 161,900) with only 150 reaching the money round. 


Rising to the top of Main Event Day 1J was South Korea’s Kim Kwang Yeol who bagged up a towering 646,500 that’s equivalent to 129 bb entering Day 2. Kim has overtaken Day 1I chip leader Joo Chul Woong for the overall top spot.

International players have also been spotted at the scene since the start. Among those were Taiwanese players David Tai, I-Wen Chiu, En-Ching Wu aka Jack Wu, and Singapore Poker League’s Jack Liew. Elite pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier qualified via a much earlier flight and will be seen at Day 2.

Main Event numbers

Buy in: ₩1,385,000 (~US$ 1,015)
Guarantee: ₩ 1,100,000,000 (~US$ 807,460)
Cumulative entries: 1,320
Day 2: 209 players (cumulative)

Day 1A – Day 1H: 383 / 50 advanced
Day 1I: 473 entries / 84 advanced
Day 1J: 464 entries / 75 advanced

*Full chip counts to be posted

Day 2 – Top 10 players

1 Kim Kwang Yeol South Korea 646,500
2 Joo Chul Woong South Korea 535,000
3 Go Baek Lee South Korea 451,000
4 Choi Yong Sung South Korea 444,500
5 Kim Kwang Min South Korea 438,500
6 Lee Jang Ho South Korea 435,500
7 Sang Woon Kim South Korea 435,000
8 정재봉 South Korea 429,000
9 Kim Hyeong Seok South Korea 423,000
10 Cho Jang Hee South Korea 420,500

You can catch some of the Main Event action via the livestream on Ace Poker League YouTube channel.

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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