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Another popular annual poker extravaganza in the eastern hemisphere, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Korea Incheon Championships 2018 ran from August 8 to August 19 at the Paradise City Casino, at Incheon, South Korea. Featuring 13 tournaments, the series was headlined by the KRW 1,100,000 Main Event that opened to a robust 192-player field.
Proving his mettle on the felts once again, accomplished Japanese pro Iori Yogi (cover image) won the Main Event, also taking home his second APT Championships title for ₩40,463,000 (~$35,875).
Yogo sent many to the rail, trailblazing his way to the top. In the final moments, he defeated Daiki Horikawa heads-up to claim the title.
In addition to the Main Event, a slew of side events crowned winners. While the opening KRW 330,000 Welcome Event was won by Sungha Kim (₩3,390,000), Ting-ti Tsai (₩32,229,000) took down the popular KRW 150,000 Coinpoker High Rollers, while Masato Yokosawa was crowned champion in the KRW 16,000,000 Coinpoker Super High Rollers Special Event.
The Main Event KRW 1,100,000 APT Korea Incheon 2018 featured a buy in of ₩1,100,000 and with the player field, the prize pool reached ₩186,240,000. A total of 32 places were paid.
Yogo entered the eight-handed final table second in chips, and went on to send half the field to the rail, building up his stack along the way.
Final Table Recap
Toshimasa Sakato, who had won the NLH Single Day event at the poker festival, lost his chance to win another title as he fell in eighth place. Sakato was already short in stacks when play commenced on the final table, and his fell to Tomoharu Furuya’s on the runout @8s.
Soon after, Shiga Mitsuhiro was sent packing in seventh place by Yogo. Mitsuhiro moved all in a number of times with his short stack but got no calls. When he was finally called by Yogo, who held against his , the board supported Yogo who turned a king-pair and collected the pot.
Stu Terakawa was the next to exit in sixth place. Terakawa went all in with but Daiki Horikawa’s landed a lucky set on the river on the rundown.
The chip lead moved around the table for some time before Tsubasa Kamei fell in fifth place with his trailing Yogo’s .
By now Yogo’s stack was nearly double the average stack. He then eliminated Yosuke Murata in fourth place with against the latter’s . Murata hit the rail, while winning the CoinPoker ‘Last Man Standing’ promo that earned him a free Main Event seat to the APT Philippines Championships 2018 in September.
Tomoharu Furuya had survived on the final table till then despite sporting a short stack but his dream run ended in third place when he moved all in with and fell to Yogo’s that improved to a straight on the board .
With Furuya’s elimination, the heads-up match was set between Daiki Horikawa and Yogo, who was holding a 6-to-1 chip lead against the former. Two hands later, Yogo claimed the title when Horikawa moved all in with and Yogo called with . The board ran , declaring Yogo the champion!
Final Table Results (KRW)
1. Iori Yogo – ₩40,463,000
2. Daiki Horikawa – ₩26,975,000
3. Tomoharu Furuya – ₩18,833,000
4. Yosuke Murata – ₩13,709,000
5. Tsubasa Kamei – ₩10,361,000
6. Tatsuya Terakawa – ₩8,098,000
7. Mitsuhiro Shiga – ₩6,522,000
8. Toshimasa Sakato – ₩5,395,000