APPT9 Seoul Day 1B: Nakai leads the way

After the Welcome Party last night it was back to grind mode for the players as Day 1B kicked off this afternoon. The cards have now been retired and chips bagged up for the night after another eight levels of exciting poker action in the APPT9 Seoul Main Event.

By the close of late registration it was another 125 players in contention for the title this week, nine more entrants than we saw yesterday for Day 1A. At the end of play, there were 47 remaining, who will join yesterday's 42 qualifiers tomorrow for Day 2.

As the blinds began to climb later into the night, a whole host of players hit the rail. Taiwanese rap sensation MC HotDog found the exit, as did Team PokerStars Pro Kosei Ichinose. Australia's Stevan Chew and China's Nicky Tao Jin also came up short of Day 2.

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MC HotDog salutes the crowd in the poker room

Celina Lin is still among the field, representing Team PokerStars and the ladies here at Seoul. Lin finished the day with 33,400 in chips. Regular on the circuit, Japan's Iori Yogo will also be back tomorrow, he accumulated 25,000 throughout this Day 1B.

All eyes are on Japan's Takahiro Nakai though, who leads the charge going into Day 2 with 186,700 in chips. Nakai only has one previous live cash to his name, but he looks primed to add a second here this week.

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Chip leader heading into Day 2, Takahiro Nakai

APPT9 Seoul Day 1B Top Ten Chip Counts
Takahiro Nakai (Japan) - 186,700
Hajime Iwakura (Japan) - 153,900
Hirotoshi Nakobo (Japan) - 135,200
Masato Yokosawa (Japan) - 106,100
Taewook Kwon (Canada) - 99,500
Tomoyasu Arai (Japan) - 98,600
Masaki Nakano (Japan) - 94,200
Dong Kim (USA) - 82,700
Takuya Suzuki (Japan) - 76,800
Kelvin Beattie (Australia) - 75,400

The 91 remaining players will be back tomorrow for Day 2 as they continue to do battle for the Main Event title. Play resumes at 12pm local time and it's expected to be a long day.

As usual we'll be right here covering the action, until then you can view the full chip counts in the live reporting section. Join us tomorrow as we see who can edge closer to victory here in Seoul.

Brad Kain
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour