APPT Seoul: Song soothes the savage beasts

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The calming sound of Kyungki Minyo provided the perfect antidote to the chaos that precedes the start of any major poker tournament as players packed the Paradise Walker-hill Casino for the start of play in the KRW 3,000,000 (approximately USD $2600) PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Seoul main event.

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Kyungki Minyo delivers a taste of Korean culture to players in the APPT Seoul main event.

After welcomes from APPT President Jeffrey Haas and APPT Tournament Director Danny McDonagh, the order to “shuffle up and deal” was delivered by 2004 WSOP main event winner and Team PokerStars Pro Greg Raymer.

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Greg Raymer prepares to harness the power of kimchi in the poker room at Paradise Walker-hill.

“I shouldn’t be welcoming you as this is also my first trip to Korea, but I can safely say that Korean is one of my favourite cuisines,” Raymer said as he wished players all the best for the tournament.

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Hevad Khan makes acquaintances with his table-mates.

The field for the second event on season two of the PokerStars.net APPT looks set to exceed 160, with the field including a trio of Team PokerStars Pros (Raymer, Hevad RaiNKhaN Khan and Bertrand ElkY Grospellier), several PokerStars Sponsored players such as Celina Lin, JJ Liu, Daniel Schreiber, Guillaume Patry plus several players who final-tabled at the last APPT event in Macau, including main event champion Eddie Sabat, China’s Tian ‘Tim’ Chen, Kuok Wai ‘Will’ Cheong from Macau, and High Roller place-getters Will Ma (Canada) and Zhong Wei ‘Ivan’ Tan (Singapore).

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Ivan Tan, one of only four players to make the final table at more than one APPT event.

Other players in action today include top Aussie pros David Saab and Van sirens Marcus, APPT High Roller runner-up Andrew Scott, Japanese pro Wooka Kim, and the only player who reached the final table of both APPT events in Macau, Charles ‘Chuck Truck’ Chua.

Fresh from a stunning WCOOP on PokerStars where he cashed seven times, ElkY has been quick to carry that form into today’s action and has already been involved in several pots with Eddie Sabat.

The format that proved so popular in Macau has been retained for Seoul, meaning there will be seven 60-minute levels today with dinner at the conclusion of play.

Level 1: 25/50
Level 2: 50/100
Level 3: 100/200
Level 4: 100/200 (ante 25)
Level 5: 150/300 (ante 25)
Level 6: 200/400 (ante 50)
Level 7: 300/600 (ante 75)