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The 2018 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Korea Incheon Championships ran from August 8 to August 19 at the Paradise City Casino, at Incheon, South Korea. The packed 22-event series attracted players from all across the globe that resulted in 1,625 total entries represented by players from 21 countries. In total a grand prize pool of around ₩980,000,000 ($873,851) was collected at the series, making the stop a raging success!
While the majority of the events were won by Japanese pros, the key title in contention was the APT Player of the Series award, which was claimed by Japan’s Inotsume Kazuma (cover image). Kazuma did not win any titles at the series but he did post scores in six events including 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). He accumulated a staggering 953.28 points to win 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.
Edward Yam Chun Ho (817.90 points) and Lam Cheuk Nam (812.49 points) took up the second and third places on the APT Player of the Series rankings respectively.
Meanwhile, the winners list at APT Korea Incheon featured the likes of Iori Yogo, Jaepil Geoffrey You, Masato Yokosawa and Kohei Kawanishi.
Beside the Main Event and The Championships Event, several other side events also crowned winners, including CoinPoker High Rollers, CoinPoker Single Day High Rollers, Krw 550,000 Monster Stack, Krw 220,000 Deep Stack Turbo, Krw 220,000 Six Handed Turbo and Krw 165,000 Deep Stack Hyper Turbo 2.
The CoinPoker High Rollers event drew in 57 entries who ponied up the ₩2,150,000 buy-in each, that helped create a prize pool of ₩110,580,000. Topping the field was Taiwan’s Eric Tsai who pocketed ₩32,229,000 ($28,738).
Attracting a player pool of 48 runners, the CoinPoker Single Day High Rollers event was taken down by New Zealand’s Kevin Clark, who bested numerous poker biggies to bank the lion’s share of ₩28,904,000 ($25,773) from a prize pool of ₩93,120,000.
The Monster Stack event pulled in a competitive field of 117 entrants which amounted to a ₩56,745,000 prize pool, all from a ₩550,000 buy-in. With the board running , American pro John Marshall bested China’s Liu Qiao Nan heads-up, when the former picked up a pair of tens with his and the latter failed to improve with his . Marshall collected ₩13,870,000 ($12,367) for his victory.
30 players registered for the Deep Stack Turbo event creating a prize pool of ₩5,820,000, but the heads-up confrontation took place between two Japanese players Makoto Miura and Takeuchi Kotaro. On the final hand of the event, Miura moved all-in with against Kotaro’s . The community cards brought and Miura hit a full house on the turn to take away the top prize of ₩2,460,000 ($2,193).
The six-handed Turbo event found a winner in Japan’s Kohei Kawanishi, who bested fellow countryman Shinryo Nonin in a hard fought heads-up battle to win the first-place prize money of ₩3,723,000 ($3,319).
The final event of series, the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo 2, was taken down by yet another Japanese player Kosaku Akashi. Akashi dominated the 50 runners who made it to the final day of the event and collected the top prize of ₩2,182,000 ($1,945) from a prize pool of ₩7,275,000.
Nevertheless, the action on the Asian circuit does not end here. With the APT Philippines Championships II scheduled to take place from September 13 till September 24, at Resorts World Manila, poker aficionados have a lot to look forward to.