APPT9 Seoul Day 1A: Tough competition

The poker room is buzzing now here at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino with cards in the air for the APPT9 Seoul Main Event.

Poker room operator and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Kevin Song kicked us off as players settled in to begin a day of eight, sixty-minute levels. Blinds began at 50/100 and chip stacks 20,000.

Kevin Song at APPT Seoul 2015 MainEvent Day1A

Kevin Song announces shuffle up and deal

Over 100 players have already registered for Day 1A, and with late registration open for four levels that number is expected to climb.

With a quick glance around the room any poker fan can see there's some tough competition here. It's still early on Day 1A and we've already spotted a few notable names and prominent players.

The Team PokerStars pros are out in force. Newest Indian pro Aditya Agarwal is among the field, as is Singapore's number one all-time money winner, Bryan Huang. Fresh off an ANZPT Perth final table, Huang will be looking to add to his already impressive resume.

Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier was also spotted making a late entrance to represent the PokerStars contingent. With a World Series of Poker bracelet, World Poker Tour title and European Poker Tour title to his name, we'll see if ElkY can claim an APPT Main Event title this week in Seoul.

The Main Event here has two Day 1s and more familiar faces are expected to arrive tomorrow.

It's been confirmed that the reigning APPT Seoul Main Event champion is back to defend the title as Thailand's Chane Kampanatsanyakorn pulled up a seat today. After finishing runner up at APPT Seoul Season 7, he did one better last year to claim victory. We'll be following his progress this week to see if he can continue the run good in South Korea.

Chane Kampanatsanyakorn APPT Seoul

Defending APPT Seoul Main Event champion Chane Kampanatsanyakorn

The sounds of chips shuffling and players chatting fills the air as boxes of Subway wraps are carried in for the upcoming break. With no easily accessible food court nearby the tournament operators ensure players and event staff are looked after.

The ten-minute break will give players a chance to recharge and grab a quick bite to eat before it's back to the action. We'll be here after the break and all week here for APPT9 Seoul, be sure to stay with us!

Brad Kain
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour