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Michael Soyza triumphant in 2019 APPT Korea SHR Poker
Gutshot Editorial
Posted on 11 Apr, 2019
By Gutshot Editorial
On 11 Apr, 2019
By Gutshot Editorial
On 11 Apr, 2019

Michael Soyza triumphant in 2019 APPT Korea SHR

The 2019 APPT Korea, which began at the Paradise City Casino in Incheon, started on 5th April 2019 and will be hosted till 14th April. The Main Event of the series will begin today, and apart from that another marquee event, KRW 10 million APPT Super High Roller saw Day 1 being hosted yesterday.

The event drew in a total of 62 players and only 21 successfully progressed to Day 2 which started today. India’s Yasheel Doddanavar was in the mix on Day 1 and was running good for the most part of the day, with a big stack  but was railed by China’s Jiang Chen (pictured a tthe bottom) before the bubble burst at 10th place.


The progressors started the final day today at level 13 with blinds at 10k/20k/20k (big blind ante) with Japan’s Ken Obara in lead. Notably, Malaysia’s Michael Soyza (pictured above) railed Kun Jiang early in the game with Fours. A little later, Soyza crashed with Jiang Chen again but this time Chen’s Aces prevailed over Soyza’s ladies.

About an hour later, the 9-max FT was reached with Soyza, Chen,Obara, Russia’s Irshat Shaykhov and 5 other players in it.  Obara was eliminated at 8th place, after fellow countryman Hideki Izutsu fell down (9th – KRW 17,736,000), for KRW 23,240,000. Soyza went aggressive later and won a big pot against the Russian and Chen but Chen doubled up through Soyza himself a few hands later.

After the elimination of China’s Huahuan Feng at 3rd place (KRW 83,480,000) by Soyza, he entered heads-up with Chen again and a little back and forth happened before finally Soyza put the tournament to an end making a club flush beating Chen’s gutshot straight draw that didn’t materialize. Soyza took home the first-place cash prize of KRW 178,890,000 (~INR 1.08 Crores) and Chen KRW 128,432,000 (~INR 77.73 Lakhs).

Soyza later commented after his win, “What can I say, you run like God, and you’re gonna win – get it in bad and then just suck out. There’s no secret to it; I just run good in Korea I guess. You just need to play a lot; play tons and put the practice in and the results will come. I don’t have any goals, I’m not chasing any all-time money lists, or any rankings or whatever, I just hopefully keep on making some money, that’s enough for me. It’s all about the money, the trophies don’t matter so much, and I already have them.

Soyza became Natural8’s Team Hot member last December. He is a major figure in worldwide poker and more so on Asian felts. He recently earned a colossal amount of ~INR 10 Crores for winning a Triton event this year at Jeju. His career graph looks like a roller coaster that’s only going upward. He is in top form and will look to earn more such titles in coming high-stakes tournaments.

Final Table Results –

  1. Michael Soyza – KRW 178,890,000
  2. Jiang Chen – KRW 128,432,000
  3. Huahuan Feng – KRW 83,480,000
  4. Irshat Shaykhov – KRW 62,992,000
  5. Wayne Heung – KRW 48,925,000
  6. Yake Wu – KRW 37,920,000
  7. Wai Wa Chan – KRW 29,970,000
  8. Jun Obara – KRW 23,240,000
  9. Hideki Izutsu – KRW 17,736,000

Keep reading GutshotMagazine.com for more such tournament round-ups, results and for general poker news from around the world.

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