It was just yesterday that we spoke about the first starting flight of the APPT Korea Main Event, where Takao Shimizu and Michael Soyza headlined the day due to their large chip stacks. Day 1B was played out yesterday, the second and final starting flight of the ME, where a few more top names ended in the spotlight.
359 entries registered on Day 1B, adding to the 222 entries of 1A, making a combined field of 581 entries, which ensured this became the largest ever APPT Korea Main Event; it also narrowly missed becoming the largest on Korean soil itself. 94 survivors advanced from this flight, joining the 59 survivors from 1A.
PokerStars Team Pro and the very popular Celina Lin was among the top names to progress, finishing with a bag of 186,500 chips, and ending within the top ten chip counts. However, the chip lead was taken by Russia’s Konstantin Pogodin, who takes away a heavy bag of 359,500 chips. No one else crossed the 300k mark for the day.
From this total of 153 players that continue on Day 2 today at the Paradise City Casino in Incheon, South Korea, more than half will go home empty-handed. Only the top 72 spots receive a portion of the KRW 912,983,400 (~INR 5.56 Crore) prize pool, with the minimum cash prize being KRW 3,290,000.
Among the top names to progress was also Randy Lew, who was also a PokerStars ambassador right until yesterday. The pro quit the brand after nearly a decade and here, has progressed with a stack of 113,000. For Team India however, it wasn’t the best of days. Yasheel Doddanavar and Meherzad Munsaf both tried again on Day 1B but were unfortunate to not progress once again.
Top 10 chip counts on Day 1B:
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