Asian Poker Tour (APT) Korea Incheon Championship wraps up prizing players with hefty paychecks on their win. The championship ran between August 8 to August 19. Paradise City Casino, at Incheon, South Korea hosted the coveted event. Twenty Two gigantic events were rolled out in that tenure which attracted hordes of players from over 21 countries to participate. In total, a grand prize pool of around ₩980,000,000 ($873,851) was collected at the series.
The main attraction of the championship was the APT Player of the Series award. Just like most of the titles at the series, this title was also taken down by a Japanese Player- Inotsume Kazuma. Although he didn’t really take down any event in the series, his deep runs at the felt got him the award.
Kazuma had cashed in 6 of the events of the championship- the Welcome Event (5th for ₩1,064,000), CoinPoker High Rollers (2nd for ₩21,486,000), Main Event (32nd for ₩1,523,000), Super Deep Stack Turbo (4th for ₩2,450,000), Deep Stack Hyper Turbo (9th for ₩246,000) and Championships Event (21st for ₩2,654,000), taking his score to a staggering 953.28 points. Owing to such great performance at the felt, Player Of The Series was awarded to him. He walked back home with the APT Player of the Series race comfortably and took home the 1st place APT POS trophy, a Meister watch, and prize money of $800.
Winners at the APT Korea Incheon Championships 2018:
Jaepil You’s Maiden International Title At The APT
Steering through a strong field of 148, comprising of poker geniuses from over 21 countries, Jaepil You took down his first international poker title at the APT Championships Event. On his first international live poker title, Jaepil banked the top prize of ₩49,770,000 ($44,357) along with the APT Championship Trophy and the coveted APT Championship ring.
25 players cashed at the event and among those the following players scored- Aleksei Seib (11th for ₩4,106,000), Yosuke Otsubo (12th for ₩4,106,000), Konstantin Pogodin (16th for ₩3,000,000), Valeriy Pak (20th for ₩2,564,000) and Preston Lee (22nd for ₩2,564,000).
The tournament started on 15th of August and continued for four more days of gruesome grinding. During this period, players entered through two starting flights. Jaepil entered in the second starting flight. Right from the beginning he played smart and didn’t lose his grip over the ongoing action. He ended the day as chip leader. Although his run deteriorated on Day 2, he came back with a bang the following day.
Jaepil started the Final table, which consisted of 8 players, with the third largest chip stack; Hideki Izutzu (2,363,000) and Tamon Nakamura (2,094,000) being on top and on second place, respectively.
The Final Table
The elimination was quick and occurred in the following sequence:
- Tae Hoon Han for ₩6,636,000 at the 8th place, eliminated by Hyun Kyu Bae
- Hyun Kyu Bae for ₩8,023,000 at the 7th place, eliminated by Tamon Nakamura
- Naoki Morita for ₩9,961,000 at the 6th place, eliminated by Hideki Izutsu
- Hiroyuki Yoshimura for ₩12,744,000 at the 5th place, eliminated by Jaepil You
- Hung Sheng Lin for ₩16,863,000 at the 4th place, eliminated by Tamon Nakamura
- Hideki Izutsu for ₩23,166,000 at the 3rd place, eliminated by Jaepil You
After Izutsu’s elimination, it was the heads-up between Jaepil and Nakamura. Jaepil was dealt with whereas Nakamura had as his hole cards. The at the river round declared You as the champion.
Final Table Results (KRW)
1. Jaepil You – ₩49,770,000
2. Tamon Nakamura – ₩33,181,000
3. Hideki Izutsu – ₩23,166,000
4. Hung Sheng Lin – ₩16,863,000
5. Hiroyuki Yoshimura – ₩12,744,000
6. Naoki Morita – ₩9,961,000
7. Hyun Kyu Bae – ₩8,023,000
8. Tae Hoon Han – ₩6,636,000