Main Event Day 1A ends with John Kim leading; Sakurai Kengo and Liu Xiang win trophies

APT Korea Seoul 2019 wrapped up its third day at Grand Walkerhill Paradise Casino with Day 1A of the Main Event as the top attraction. This was the first of two starting days offered. The event comes backed by a KRW 180 million guarantee.

By the end of the scheduled eight rounds of play, 56 runners registered with only 22 surviving the heat. Bagging the lead was USA’s John Kim with 107,400 in chips. 

John Kim – Day 1A Chip Leader with APT GM Lloyd Fontillas

Not too far behind the leader was Hong Kong’s Choy Wai Tak with 105,000. And to round out the top three was Macau’s Gu Huidong with 94,500. This was another strong showing for Huidong who took down the High Rollers #1 event yesterday. Also making it through was APT decorated champion Tetsuya Tsuchikawa

Day 1A chip counts

Rank Name Country Chip Count
1 John Kim United States 107,400
2 Choy Wai Tak Hong Kong 105,000
3 Gu Huidong Macau 94,500
4 Jin Yun Long China 90,500
5 Andrei Pak Russia 88,400
6 Su Tianhong China 81,100
7 Ryan Park United States 79,900
8 Cui Hong Ri China 72,700
9 You, Jaepil Geoffrey United States 67,300
10 Jinwoo Kim United States 63,900
11 Daniel H. Lee United States 62,900
12 Michal Mrakez Czech. Republic 61,100
13 Antoine Medemans Belgium 55700
14 Wang Jiabin China 54,200
15 Tong Tsz Fui Hong Kong 53,800
16 Cona Joseph New Caledonia 52,500
17 Tetsuya Tsuchikawa Japan 51,300
18 Lin Peng Yu China 40,400
19 Wayne Heung Hong Kong 39,400
20 Zhou Bing China 32,200
21 Shawn Busse United States 26200
22 Sviatoslav Belov Russia 20,100

Congratulations to all of these players. They advance to Day 2 taking place on Sunday, June 2 at 1pm. Next up is Day 1B, the last starting day to jump in. Everything you need to know on the Main Event can be found via this link. 

For a quick rundown… 

Main Event:  May 31 to June 4
Buy-in: KRW 1,320,000 (~USD 1,100)
Entries: multiple; best stack forward rule
Starting stack: 25,000 (500x opening blinds 25-50)
Registration: closes at the start of Level 10 in Day 2

Day 1A: Friday, May 31 – 22 advanced out of 56 entries
Day 1B: Saturday, June 1 – play 8 levels
Day 2: Sunday, June 2 – play 8 levels
Day 3: Monday, June 3 – play to Final 8 players
Final 8: Tuesday, June 4

There are two Main Event incentives to take advantage of: Main Event Bubble Protection and Dafabet APT Survivor

Side Event results

Running alongside the Main Event were two side events up for grabs. Those concluded with Sakurai Kengo and Liu Xiang lifting a golden lion trophy off the awards table. 

The High Rollers single day drew 29 entries, and with each buy-in at KRW 2,150,000, it produced a prize pool of KRW 56,260,000. Of that, 5 players claimed a cut. Sakurai Kengo won the largest of KRW 24,036,000. 

1st Sakurai Kengo – Japan – KRW 24,036,000
2nd Harita Koichi – Japan – KRW 13,932,000
3rd Wong Fukoh – Hong Kong – KRW 8,624,000
4th Shinagawa Kei – Japan – KRW 5,687,000
5th Yun Bawoo Kyupshik – Korea – 3,981,000

The other side event was the first KRW 330,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Only 10 players took interest for a prize pool of KRW 2,910,000. Closing that out was China’s Liu Xiang to pocket KRW 2,037,000. The only other player to also profit was 2nd placer Japan’s Nonaka Masayuki for KRW 873,000. 

More side events are lined up and more trophies to capture. All of the players that cashed in these events now join the list of players in the APT Player of the Series leaderboard

Full APT Korea Seoul 2019 schedule