The largest and richest poker tournament in Korea’s history has come to an end with Andrew Kim emerging as its deserving victor. The Amercian-born Korean picked up KRW 145,000,000 (USD $129,719) for his hard labour at the felt and outlasted a field of 268 players in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Seoul KRW 3,000,000 (USD $2600) buy-in Main Event.
Day 3 got underway on Sunday with 16 players remaining and it only took a few hours before Day 1B chip leader Jhana Hale exited in 10th place and they were down to the final table nine. Hale’s A♦ 7♦ lost a flip to the big stack of Taewook Kwon holding Pocket Sixes, and Kwon took the lead going into the final table with 973,000 in chips. Here’s how the other stacks looked:
Seat 1: Andrew Kim – 624,000
Seat 2: Vincent Rubianes – 687,000
Seat 3: Jose Severino – 402,000
Seat 4: Daisuke Endo – 577,000
Seat 5: Taewook Kwon – 973,000
Seat 6: Moritz Ortmann – 650,000
Seat 7: Kenneth Wong – 115,000
Seat 8: Rafael Rodrigo – 362,000
Seat 9: Sasa Zorc – 775,000
Kenneth Wong was the short stack but looking to go one better than his second place AUD $1 million score at the 2012 Aussie Millions in January. He managed to double up on the first hand of the final table but then lost a race with 9♦ 9♠ against Vincent Rubianes’ A♥ Q♥.
Next to go was overnight chip leader Daisuke Endo when he tried to bluff at the wrong time. Meanwhile, Kwon was unable to make the most of his chip advantage going into the final table and hit the rail in 7th before Moritz Ortmann knocked out both Panama’s Jose Severino (6th) and Croatian Sasa Zorc (5th).
At four-handed, the players took an unscheduled break to strike a deal based on chip counts while leaving KRW 35,000,000 in the pot for the winner. With the details agreed upon, it was back down to business as Rubianes’ K♥ Q♥ busted Ortmann’s Pocket Deuces and Kim’s A♠ K♠ took care of Rafael Rodrigo’s K♥ 5♣.
At heads up, Kim held a 3:2 chip advantage and the pair began a war of attrition. However, as with many heads up duels, it took just one big hand for it all to be over. The money went in preflop with Kim holding A♠ K♦ against the Pocket Tens of Rubianes. Kim paired his ace on the flop and kept the lead till the end, ensuring he would be taking the APPT title back to his home town of Seattle.
APPT Seoul Final Table Payouts:
1st Andrew Kim – KRW 145,000,000
2nd Vincent Rubianes – KRW 90,500,000
3rd Rafael Rodrigo – KRW 94,500,000
4th Moritz Ortmann – KRW 106,000,000
5th Sasa Zorc – KRW 43,000,000
6th Jose Severino – KRW 34,000,000
7th Taewook Kwon – KRW 27,000,000
8th Daisuke Endo – KRW 21,400,000
9th Kenneth Wong – KRW 15,889,600
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