Record-largest APT Main Event in South Korea sees Australia’s Aaron Lim leading the 134 pack through Day 3


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Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Final numbers are in for this year’s APT Incheon Main Event where the tour recorded yet another outstanding feat in this season’s games. The tournament tables at Paradise City Casino welcomed a total of 709 entries across its four starting flights and a further 50 registrants for Day 2 in addition to the 171 online entries collected. Altogether, this brings the 2023 APT Incheon Main Event tally up to 930 entries (564 unique) for a generated prize pool of KRW 1,867,347,000 (~USD $1,411,975). The colossal pot stands to be a new country record for the largest ever APT Main Event with Australia’s Aaron Lim leading the 134 survivors by the end of Day 2.

Day 2 Recap

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Aaron Lim, Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Action on Day 2 closed in after ITM was reached at 135 entries by the seventh level of the day. Chip leader Aaron Lim delivered the bubble after eliminating local runner Gary Moon with 7s9c against the latter’s AhQs in a blind vs blind all-in preflop race. In doing so, Lim breached the one million mark after claiming the 350,000 pot and sits with a massive 180 BB stack heading into Day 3.

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Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Only 134 will return to the felt this afternoon considering Japan’s Masaki Nakamura managed to make the money across both live and online setting. Nakamura’s smaller stack will be pulled out of play and credited a minimum payout of KRW 3,700,000 (~US$ 2,800), with his larger 197,000 chip count moving forward.

Today’s games are where decisions start to matter more with the money trickling in and the field drawing some of the fiercest contenders in the industry. Among those are previous APT Main Event champions including sixteen-time APT champions Lester Edoc (658,000), and Mike Takayama (108,000), and APT Taipei Main Event champion Punnat Punsri (216,000).

Lester Edoc, Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Series winners APT Super High Roller champion Milos Petakovic (609,000), four-time APT champion Dicky Tsang (258,000) and APT Superstar Challenge winner Jun Hao Wu (238,000) also made the cut and are joined by APT Da Nang Main Event runner-up Shinya Maeda (500,000), Chin Wei Lim (432,000), Sparrow Cheung (262,000), and Natural8’s Yu-Chung Chang (129,000) and Danny Tang (82,000).

Day 3 plays down today, September 1st at 12:15pm, to the tournament’s final nine players. Blinds resume on Level 17: 3,000 / 6,000 – ante 6,000 following 60 minute blind intervals throughout.

APT Incheon Main Event Day 3 Top Chip Counts

Pos. Name Flag Chip Count
1 Aaron Lim Australia 1,083,000
2 Cheuk Him Tsang Hong Kong 919,000
3 Hon Cheong Lee Hong Kong 882,000
4 Dongying Ling Singapore 816,000
5 Anthony An United States 682,000
6 Chao Ting Cheng Taiwan 675,000
7 Lester Edoc Philippines 658,000
8 Darko Svesko Russia 634,000
9 Milos Petakovic Serbia 609,000
10 Xiaohua Fu China 593,000

Full Main Event Day 3 seat draw can be accessed via this link.

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

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