APPT Seoul: Walker-hill is turning Japanese

The field for the APPT Seoul main event has been confirmed at 165 – slightly down on last year’s figure but still an impressive figure given that many of the world’s best players are firmly entrenched in London for the WSOP Europe and PokerStars EPT London events.

However, APPT Seoul can safely lay claim to being the biggest tournament to be played on the Asian mainland this year. It’s also interesting to note that compared to the 2007 event, the numbers of Asian-based players have increased dramatically.


Singapore's Bryan Huang is back for more after final-tabling in the APPT Macau main event.

And the field could potentially have been much bigger – Korean nationals are not permitted to play in the Walker-hill Casino (only foreigners are allowed to enter the casino), while no Filipino players were allowed to enter Korea for this event.

However, the proximity of Japan to Korea has again ensured a big contingent from the Land of the Rising Sun, as our Japanese blogger Jenn Barr reports.

“Poker has boomed in Tokyo with the Japan Poker League and many of the players cultured there have taken the two-hour flight to Seoul to try their hand at the biggest poker tournament on the Asian continent.

After qualifying for the 2008 APPT Macau main event, Yu Kurita is back in Seoul and ready to avenge her day one finish a few weeks ago. Also back is PokerStars Qualifier Kenichi Takarabe, who made it to day two at the Grand Waldo earlier this month.


Kenichi Takarabe is hoping to go deep in Seoul after an impressive showing in Macau.

Living in Japan of Korean descent, Wooka Kim, based in Osaka, is no stranger to the felt. She played in APPT Seoul 2007, the APPT Macau main event this year and has played in many other events throughout the world like the Aussie Millions and the WSOP. Put your money on her for a strong finish for Team Japan.

Also joining us from the “Land of the Gods” is Ireland national Liam Hearns, based in Tokyo is sitting next to popular Korean-based American, Dan Schreiber. Liam holds most of his experience in cash games, but took a few days off of his office job to try his hand at APPT Seoul.”

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