APPT Seoul: ElkY survives, Van Dyk leads after day 1

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And then there was one – Bertrand ElkY Grospellier is the only Team PokerStars Pro still standing after the first day’s play in the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event at the Paradise Walker-hill Casino.

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ElkY will be waving the Team PokerStars flag on his own tomorrow.

A total of 165 players took their seats in pursuit of the biggest tournament prize on the Asian mainland this year, and just half (83) will be back for day two.

After Team PokerStars Pro Hevad Khan was eliminated in level five of six played on a relatively short day, Raymer followed on the final hand of the evening. Perhaps not surprisingly, the player who claimed Raymer’s scalp was David Saab.

The pair had been engaged in banter – all friendly – for most of the afternoon after Raymer was moved to the seat vacated by JJ Liu to Saab’s left.

In the small blind, Saab made it 1200 and Raymer immediately reached for chips. “Have you even looked at your cards?” Saab inquired. Raymer squeezed a peek and replied, “now I have, and I still raise.”

In went Raymer’s remaining 9000, with Saab beating him into the pot. “I knew you’d try this on the last hand of the night,” Saab said, followed by his infamous giggle as he showed Ac-Js.

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David Saab led after day one of last year's APPT Manila main event and failed to reach the final table. Unfinished business for the Aussie?

Raymer showed Kh-6c and watched the flop come Jd-10s-9d – not bad for the Team PokerStars Pro. But the turn was a brick (4d) and the river no better (6d) as we farewelled the only WSOP main event winner in the field.

It was a mixed day for the PokerStars Sponsored players as well, with Celina Lin, JJ Liu, Daniel Schreiber, Guillaume Patry, Eddie Sabat, Will Cheong and Ivan Tan all taking their seats. Only Lin, Schreiber, Sabat and Tan will return on day two. APPT Macau main event runner-up Charles Chua and APPT High Roller runner-up Andrew Scott were also KOed.

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Jan Van Dyk packs the biggest stack in the room into the bag at day's end.

Topping the chip count is Oman’s Jan Van Dyk on 51,375, ahead of Saab (47,850), Japan’s Hidenari Shiono (47,175), Justin Jung (44,500) and Tim Davis (42,875).

Players will return at 12.45pm tomorrow (Saturday) for the continuation of play. Blinds will start at level 7 (300/600 with a 75 ante) and play will continue until the final table of nine is decided.

All photography © Joe Giron/IMPDI