APPT Seoul: Khan's Korean quest over

APPT Tournament Director Danny McDonagh has just announced that the opening day of the APPT Seoul main event has been reduced to six levels, meaning there’s less than one hour of play remaining.

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That’s small comfort for New Zealander James Honeybone, who’s free to pursue any meal option he likes after he pushed all-in with A-K and found himself up against pocket nines.

The only remaining nine in the deck landed on the flop, along with a king to rub salt into the big man’s wound. Not one to hide his feeling, a steaming Honeybone stormed from the tournament area as his dreams of emulating his fifth-place here last year evaporated.


Hidenari Shiono: threads worthy of a chip leader.

A new chip leader has emerged in the opening minutes of level six, and not surprisingly, it’s a member of the Japanese contingent. Hidenari Shiono flopped a full-house (pocket eights on a flop of 8-3-3) to send another player to the rail. Shiono becomes the first player to break the 50,000-chip barrier.

On the adjacent table, Team PokerStars Pro Greg Raymer continues to turn on a world-class display, and his poker’s cruising along nicely too.


Greg Raymer is talking the talk with David Saab.

Displaying the patience and temperament that is required to win a WSOP main event, Raymer has out-chatted the mechanical voicebox that is David Saab throughout the afternoon. Saab has been reduced to a bit-player in the theatre at table three.

Three seats to Raymer’s left is his PokerStars teammate Bertrand ElkY Grospellier, who has also given Saab a working over this afternoon. ElkY is in third chip position on 37,000 and well placed for a charge towards a final table berth.


ElkY takes a deep breath before plunging into another pot.

But the tournament is over for the other Team PokerStars Pro Hevad Khan after two punches sent him to the rail by TKO. There was already money in the pot before the flop of 2d-3d-9s, which Khan bet 1800. His opponent pushed all-in for 8500 and Khan called, showing Ah-Kd while his opponent held Ad-10d. The turn was safe – 7h – but a diamond (Q) sent the majority of his stack across the table.


It's sayonara to Seoul for Hevad Khan.

Khan made his final stand from the small blind (Qs-8h), and received a call from the big blind, who held pocket kings. The flop (6s-8s-Js) gave Khan plenty of outs but the board ran out Jh 10h to give Khan a run at the buffet before the crowd arrived.