Daisuke Endo Leads Final 16 at APPT Seoul

March 10th 2012

The APPT Seoul Main Event was down to the penultimate day of play with the final 109 players all eyeing that trophy that would await them if they could topple the high-calibre field that still remained.

After the 268-player field had been reduced to 109 players over the first two flights, Day 2 would be action day as the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Seoul Main Event looked to firstly play through to the money and then hopefully to the final table depending on the speed of play throughout the day. Jhana Hale was still the overwhelming chip leader, while it would be Day 1a chip leader Christopher Park that would be a surprisingly early victim when his pocket kings were crunched by an opponent’s set of fives.

Jacky Wang, Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin and Macau Poker Cup Championship winner Julian Hasse were just a few that were bounced to the rail as Chris Lee became the first player over 200,000 when he flopped a straight and doubled. Andrew Scott made a move with his short-stack holding 6 clubs5 clubs but wouldn’t be able to improve against his opponent’s Q diamsQ clubs to hit the rail as Guillaume Patry, Sparrow Cheung and Casey Kastle also joined him while Hale returned to the lead with a mammoth 395,000.

Aussie Millions Champion Oliver Speidel wouldn’t be able to progress as far as he hoped – or as many expected – after he was all in holding 9 spades9 hearts against Valeriy Chupin’s J spadesJ clubs. The Q clubs4 diams10 diamsJ diams5 diams board would be unable to connect with Speidel’s pair as he was bundled to the rail.

Unfortunately for Barry O’Callaghan, he would become the bubble boy after 30 minutes of hand-for-hand play when he moved all in for A heartsK diams and was called by Michael Guzzardi’s 2 hearts2 diams. The 2 clubs in the window was enough to send O’Callaghan to the rail as the remaining 28 players were all guaranteed a KRW 5,000,000 payday. A few eliminations would follow before the final 24 headed on a 90-minute dinner break.

Kenneth Wong, Vincent Rubianes and Guzzardi all started moving up the leaderboard before Daren Yoon finally snagged a cash (following two exact bubbles in Macau a few weeks ago) when he busted in 21st place. Yoon’s button-shove holding 10 diams8 hearts was called by Rubianes’ A diamsJ diams, and when Yoon gained no help, he was out the door. As the day began to wind up, Wong would soar to the top of the leaderboard when he called the five-bet shove from Fakher Alizai holding A clubsK clubs to be in a race against Alizai’s pocket tens. The king on the river was enough to send Wong soaring to 725,000 in chips. However the end-of-day chip leader honours would go to Daisuke Endo when he was all in holding A heartsA diams against Ryan Kim’s A clubsJ spades and Taewook Kwon’s 10 diams10 hearts. A raggedy seven-high flop would see Endo soar up the leaderboard before finishing the day with an amassed 650,000 in chips.

With Endo rising from nowhere to top the remaining 16 players, he would have Wong (527,000) and Rubianes (505,000) right on his tail. Hale (487,000), Guzzardi (203,000) and Elton Tsang (192,000) are all in contention as the final day of play will see the APPT Seoul Champion crowned.

Day 3 Seating Draw
Table 11

Seat 1: Jose Severino (397,000 in chips)
Seat 2: Hideo Kimura (200,000)
Seat 3: Kenneth Wong (527,000)
Seat 4: Daisuke Endo (650,000)
Seat 5: Elton Tsang (192,000)
Seat 6: Andrew Kim (173,000)
Seat 7: Mortiz Ortmann (126,000)
Seat 8: Chris Lee (103,000)

Table 12
Seat 1: Takuya Kikuchi (338,000)
Seat 2: Sasa Zorc (270,000)
Seat 3: Jhana Hale (487,000)
Seat 4: Michael Guzzardi (203,000)
Seat 5: Taewook Kwon (495,000)
Seat 6: Rafael Rodrigo (305,000)
Seat 7: Tom Alner (153,000)
Seat 8: Vincent Rubianes (505,000)

Day 3 action starts at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino where a new APPT Champion will be happily heading home with KRW 194,000,000 in prizemoney.


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