Hong Kong’s Chan Yu Hoi leads 59 players through to Main Event Day 3, Japanese snare two more Side Events

INCHEON CITY, Korea – Japan no longer has a stranglehold on the ongoing Asian Poker Tour (APT) Korea Incheon 2022 Main Event as Chan Yu Hoi from Hong Kong emerged as the overall chip-leader heading into Day 3 and leading 59 survivors from the rigorous Day 2 hostilities into Day 3 of the competition at the Paradise City Hotel and Casino here.

With the 486 total entries sending the guaranteed prize pool into a ridiculous KRW942,840,000 (US$659,740), the Main Event is officially ten eliminations away from ITM when it resumes later (24th October) at 1:00PM (UCT+9).

More than half the remaining field is below the average stack of 205,900 so there could be a spate of bust outs early that could have the ITM Bubble burst and guarantee the last 49 players at least KRW4M (US$2,799). Blinds in Day 3 begin at (Level 17) 2,500/5,000 (5,000 BB Ante).

Chan won’t be having that problem as his stack of 527,000 dwarfs even that of his closest pursuer in Azerbaijan’s Farhad Argayev who has 488,000. However, a Japanese player did manage to sneak into the top three as Yosuke Takagi carries 416,500 into the penultimate day in the hunt for the top prize of KRW198,228,000 (US$138,760).

APT Korea Incheon 2022 Main Event
Day 3 Chips Counts
Rank Name Country Chips    
1 Chan Yu Hoi HKG 527,000    
2 Farhad Arghayev AZE 488,000    
3 Yosuke Takagi JPN 416,500    
4 Ta Wei Tou TPE 401,500    
5 Hasan Onay AUS 387,000    
6 Malcolm Tiong MAS 382,000    
7 Kazuma Kanbayashi JPN 376,500    
8 Buyu Sakurai JPN 331,500    
9 Tetsuma Ishizu JPN 331,500    
10 Gary Moon KOR 323,500    
1A = 58 / 1B = 107 / 1C = 220 / Day 2 = 101 / Total 486 Entries
12,150,000 Chips in Play / 205,900 Average

Meanwhile, only two Side Events played out alongside the Main Event’s Day 2 as (Event #11) the Super Deep Stack Turbo (S-DST) was canceled. 

In (Event #12) the Hyper Deep Stack Turbo (H-DST), 100 entries were tallied and Japan continued its winning ways as four of their players in the Final Four of the event decided to make a deal and and the ICM chop had Katsuhiro Mori emerge as the champion for KRW5,320,000 (US$3,723). 

Katsuhiro captures his second APT after triumphing in the 2018 Deep Stack Turbo (DST) event in APT Manila Championships. It was also his first live cash in Asia since 2019. 

Second place went to Hideo Uehara for KRW5,155,000 (US$3,607) while Hiromasa Syuto got third for KRW4,193,000 (US$2,934). Masahito Masu was fourth in the deal for KRW3,902,000 (US$2,730)

The intriguing (Event #13) KRW1.5M (US$1,050) Turbo High-Rollers, Japan continued in its shutout efforts against the competition by going 6-for-6 thus far as the top six were all Japanese in yet another High-Rollers event.

Makoto Watanabe won the title and the KRW27,296,000 (US$19,100) top prize. 

The second prize of KRW18,198,000 (US$12,734) went to Rintaro Kagawa while Masayuki Utsumi finished third for KRW12,651,000 (US$8,852)

Three Side Events accompany Day 3 of the Main Event with (Event #14) the NLH Short Deck tiff at 2:00PM, followed by (Event #15) the fourth KRW3.2M (US$2,237) single-day High-Rollers at 3:00PM and finally (Event #16) the second running of the Deep Stack Turbo (DST) at 6:00PM.