CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENT KRW 200 Million GTD begins today; Pete Chen, Xiaoyin He, & Hirotsugu Ueno win trophies

Now that the Main Event has been captured with Hong Kong’s Tsang Dicky Siu Hang  shipping his first major live title,  we move on to the second highlight tournament of APT Korea Incheon 2019 – the CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENT. This is another one of the tour’s highly praised events and it comes with a KRW 200,000,000 (~USD 170,000) guarantee. It runs from August 9 to 13 at the luxurious Paradise City Casino.  See info below. 

Date: August 9 to 13 
Guarantee: KRW 200,000,000 (~USD 170,000)
Buy-in: KRW 1,980,000 (~USD 1,700)
Starting time: 1pm

Starting stack: 50,000 (250 times the opening big blind)
Opening blinds: 100 – 200
Blind intervals: 60 minutes

Festival booklet – event structure in page 7

Day 1A: Friday, August 9
Day 1B: Saturday, August 10
Day 2: Sunday, August 11
Day 3: Monday, August 12
Final Day: Tuesday, August 13

Several things to know:

  • The Championships Event utilizes the Ante BB format
  • Shot clock will be implemented when the tournament is down to the final six tables
  • Blinds escalate every 60 minutes
  • Day 1A, Day 1B, and Day 2 play a total of 8 levels
  • Multiple stacks allowed but only best stack advances
  • Registration closes at the start of level 10 in Day 2
  • Day 3 plays to the final 8 players
  • Official final table is 8 players

Bubble Protection

Bubble Protection will be in effect. It is one of the best Championships Event incentives to take advantage of. For those new to this promo, it is a type of insurance policy during the bubble round. If a protected player busts on the bubble, that player will receive their buy-in back in the form of APT tournament credits. Since its inception, numerous protected players have been saved from walking away empty-handed.

To be eligible, all you need to do is follow these three simple steps:

  • Pre-register
  • Draw for your seat before the starting time of 1pm
  • Have your chips put into play on the first deal of Level 1

*Eliminated players wanting bubble protection on the next starting day will have to qualify again.

Side Events today

Also taking up a bit of the tournament floor space today is Event 12: NLH Single Day #2. Buy-in is KRW 440,000. Cards in the air at 2pm. 

Side Event winners 

At yesterday’s action-packed day, several side event players found their way to the APT paparazzi spotlight. Claiming trophies were Pete Yen Han Chen, Xiaoyin He, and Hirotsugu Ueno. Results below. 

All players in the money at the events, with the exception of the Super High Rollers, earned points towards the APT Player of the Series race. Make sure to check your standings via the link below. 

APT Player of the Series standings

Pete Yen Han Chen wins the Super High Rollers event

The Super High Rollers event extended the largest buy-in of the series at KRW 5,300,000 (~USD 4,400). 21 star studded players coughed it up for an enticing pot worth KRW 101,850,000 (~USD 84,300). Only four of them filled their pockets with one of Taiwan’s leading pros, Pete Yen Han Chen, banking the largest share of KRW 49,818,000 (~USD 41,200). 

By no means was this Chen’s first APT event title however it was his first APT Super High Rollers win. Chen defeated Hong Kong’s Vincent Li at heads up (pictured above standing).  

1st Pete Yen Han Chen – Taiwan – KRW 49,818,000
2nd Vincent Li – Hong Kong – KRW 26,722,000
3rd Nozomu Shimizu – Japan – KRW 15,529,000
4th Kengo Sakurai – Japan – KRW 9,781,000

*This event did not award towards the APT Player of the Series race. 

Xiaoyin He wins the Short Deck High Rollers Single Day

Another high buy-in event was cracked today. China’s Xiaoyin He rose above the six man field of the KRW 2,150,000 entry Short Deck High Rollers Single Day event. With the tournament only drawing one table, it was a winner take all affair. Xiaoyin pocketed KRW 11,640,000 (~USD 9,600) for his first APT career triumph. 

Xiaoyin He – Short Deck High Rollers winner

Hirotsugu Ueno wins the Short Deck event

The two-day KRW 440,000 buy-in Short Deck event attracted a sizable field of 61 runners to bring about a KRW 23,668,000 (~USD 19,600) prize pool. Only 11 players took pieces of the pot. Tearing his way up to the champion’s throne by defeating highly decorated Singaporean pro Wilson Lim, was Japan’s Hirotsugu Ueno for a KRW 6,831,000 (~USD 5,600) takedown. 

Ueno has already cashed at two side events prior but this one was special. It was his first-ever career win and largest career payout.  

1st Hirotsugu Ueno – Japan – KRW 6,831,000
2nd Wilson Lim – Singapore – KRW 4,554,000
3rd Li-Ta Hsu – Taiwan – KRW 3,166,000
4th Tyler Tan – Singapore – KRW 2,287,000
5th Hiroshi Suzuki – Japan – KRW 1,710,000
6th Qian Song – China – KRW 1,320,000
7th Liu Yue – China – KRW 1,048,000
8th Nobuaki Sasaki – Japan – KRW 854,000
9th Hanaz Thisuke – Japan – KRW 712,000
10th Kenji Kurashina – Japan – KRW 593,000
11th Melvin Bender – Germany – KRW 593,000