APPT10 Seoul: It's showtime
Welcome to Seoul! One of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour's most breathtaking stops. Not only is there another exciting week of poker in store here but players get the chance to enjoy the rich cultural experience that the city has to offer when they're away from the tables.
Those tables began filling up on Monday when the 2-day Deepstack event signalled the start of this 8-day festival. So far the poker room here at Paradise Walkerhill Casino has been buzzing and the electric atmosphere is sure to continue as players set their sights on the KRW3,000,000 Main Event.
They'll be looking to lift Seoul's poker crown just as Jason Mo did last year. The American overcame a star-studded field of 241 to emerge as champion and collect KRW165,590,200 ($151,359) and the coveted APPT trophy.
Among that field was a strong force of Team PokerStars Pros. That might be putting it too lightly, actually, considering Celina Lin and Bryan Huang both booked final table finishes. Lin ultimately bowed out in 4th place while it was Huang who came up just one shy of victory after a heads up battle with Mo.
The two Team Pros have confirmed they'll be in attendance this week and will undoubtedly be looking to improve on last year's result. And it looks like they'll have some teammates to contend with if this APPT tweet is anything to go by.
"Team PokerStars will be well represented this week at #APPTSeoul!" read the tweet, accompanied by a picture of Lin, Huang, Vivian Im, Kosei Ichinose, Yaxi Zhu and Chen An Lin.
Zhu and Chen An Lin both joined Team PokerStars in September last year so it will be their first time donning the Red Spade for this event. Chen An Lin is in fine form after cashing the APPT Macau Main Event last month, and finishing third in the HK$3,000 event from the same series to pocket HK$57,730. These two and a couple hundred other poker hopefuls will be battling it out over the next five days.
Our final table will begin at midday on Monday before a new APPT champion is crowned. As always we'll have all the action from the felt right her on the PokerStars Blog. We hope you can join us!