APPT Seoul: Saab silences Suen's Singapore sling

With 24 players remaining after five levels on day two of the APPT Seoul main event at the Walker-hill Casino, four big stacks have emerged.


Sam Faqiryar has slipped under the radar today but made his move when it mattered.

Japan’s Yoshihiro Tasaka is the clear leader with 230,000, followed by Brit Sam Faqiryar (190,000), Brian Kang of Canada (165,000) and PokerStars qualifier David Saab (145,000), who briefly held the chip lead when he eliminated James Suen.


David Saab celebrates after taking down a big pot, which eliminated James Suen.

After a pre-flop raising war, Suen was all-in with Qc-7h but found himself up against Saab’s pocket jacks. The board ran out 5s-9d-4d-6d-4c, and Suen entourage burst into celebrations thinking he’d made a straight. Not so fast boys – the jacks were good and Saab celebrated in, well, typical Saab fashion. With the field down to 24, players were redrawn into three tables of eight:

Table 1

Seat 1: Bryan Huang (PokerStars Sponsored Player)
Seat 2: Kwok Yeung
Seat 3: Yoshihiro Tasaka
Seat 4: Fai Kam Yat
Seat 5: Robert Campitiello (PokerStars Qualifier)
Seat 6: Chanon Phucharoenyos
Seat 7: Hori Katsiyoshi
Seat 8: Robert Vujevic (PokerStars Qualifier)

Table 2

Seat 1: Jae Jung
Seat 2: David Horvath (PokerStars Qualifier)
Seat 3: Daniel Williams (PokerStars Qualifier)
Seat 4: Brian Kang
Seat 5: Terry Gardiner
Seat 6: Hidenari Shiono
Seat 7: Wooka Kim
Seat 8: David Saab (PokerStars Qualifier)

Table 3

Seat 1: Robert Acton (PokerStars Qualifier)
Seat 2: Masayuki Nagata (PokerStars Qualifier)
Seat 3: Sam Faqiryar
Seat 4: Yuji Masaki
Seat 5: Michiyuki Kondo
Seat 6: Mitsuhiro Nakao
Seat 7: Lily Bui
Seat 8: Dan Schreiber (PokerStars Sponsored Player)

Australia’s Lily Bui outlasted her partner Van sirens Marcus but could consider herself unlucky when she pushed in her remaining chips with pocket aces – nice spot – and found herself up against the pocket queens of the final PokerStars Sponsored player in the field, Dan Schreiber.

With a big crowd starting to gather near the table to cheer on rekrul, Schreiber allowed himself a brief celebratory clap when the board landed Ks-Qh-Kh. Bui shrugged picked up her things and headed out to enjoy Saturday night, Seoul-style.