INCHEON CITY, Korea – The first of three Day 1s in the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Korea Incheon 2022 Main Event has cards flying today even as four events will see champions crowned in what is shaping up to be the busiest day on the schedule at the Paradise City Hotel and Casino here.
Day 1A is 1:00PM (UCT+9).
The Main Event has a guaranteed prize pool of KRW300M (US$210,056) but the trends here have shown that that number could easily be surpassed as the recently concluded (Event #1) Mystery Bounty and the ongoing (Event #3) 2-day NLH have shown that despite the vast international field, the entries look to be on the massive side and could end up shattering records anew for this country.
Japan’s Kono Reiji took down the first of the twenty trophies last night (19th October) by emerging victorious in a field of 264 to claim the top prize of over KRW24M (US$16,730) and also collecting four bounties worth almost KRW4M (US$2,770).
The NLH also has a huge field as 148 entries has made the prize pool balloon to almost KRW72M (US$49,974) with close to KRW17M (US$11,756) going to the eventual titlist.
Meanwhile, world-renowned 2-time WSOP Bracelet winner Fedor Holz of Germany has joined the battles in (Event #2) the KRW4.3M (US$2,994) High-Rollers which had its registration still open until the end of the 10th Level and is now closed with 66 entries. The prize pool is now officially over KRW256M (US$178,830) with the victor taking home almost KRW74M (US$51,617).
Holz, 29, has amassed over US$36M in just over a decade on the circuit and is looking to add an APT trophy in his already vast collection of accolades. He retired from competitive poker in 2019 but slowly returned to the game via the online route in 2020 and made his comeback to live play in 2021 by finishing tenth in the WSOP High-Rollers event.
This is Holz’s first sortie in Asia since his runner-up performance against Indonesia’s John Juanda in the 2017 Triton Macau Main Event.
Two more single-day Side Events also commence today (20th October) with (Event #4) the single-day NLH and (Event #5) the first of the five KRW3.2M (US$2,237) single-day High-Rollers.
In all, four champions will be crowned today; the most in a single competition day in this staging.
A Main Event Day 1B satellite will also be held later at 7:00PM.