Day 1b

APPT Seoul: A Hale-storm hits Seoul

The morning after the night before. It was another romantically peaceful day in Seoul, South Korea, but it was a slow start to the day for many following the antics of last night's PokerStars player's party. Break dancing, topless Japanese men and too much soju saw many players nursing a sore head...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on March 9, 2012 3:22 AM

APPT Seoul: Hale to the chief

Energy. With all of our lights, computers and electronics, it's what powers the modern world. There's a killing to be made for anyone who can either devise new forms of energy or exploit existing ones. The current chip leader on Day 1b, 34-year-old Jhana Hale, falls into the latter camp.Hale, a nati...more

by Dave Behr on March 9, 2012 2:48 AM

APPT Seoul: By the numbers

During the course of tournaments, we bloggers often come across little factoids that never make it into the blog for a variety of reasons. Having collected several of those factoids during the first two days of the 2012 APPT Seoul Main Event, I decided to take a page from my colleague Jess Welman at...more

by Dave Behr on March 9, 2012 1:37 AM

APPT Seoul: A rough day in the office

The Day 1b flight of the APPT Seoul Main Event has come in at 139 entrants, and when combined with yesterday's numbers, has produced a total field of 268 players to shatter all previous records for a poker tournament in Seoul in terms of both number of entrants and prizepool. They'll all be fightin...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on March 8, 2012 11:57 PM

APPT Seoul: Rub-a-dub-dub

As I was packing up my laptop in my hotel room this morning, I spotted a stand-up on the nightstand advertising hotel massage services available by dialing Guest Services. Forty minutes of what massage go for the very reasonable rate of KRW 49,000, or about $45. I made a mental note that if I have a...more

by Dave Behr on March 8, 2012 11:06 PM

APPT Seoul: A breath of fresh air

Here's a little story that should make PokerStars Blog guru Brad Willis pretty happy. You may recall his public health message at the PCA to spread the word amongst poker players to wash their hands after exiting the bathroom. We appreciate Brad's contribution towards a better planet, and while hy...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on March 8, 2012 9:58 PM

APPT Seoul: In the bright white noise

While some people were busy mixing it up in a crazy PLO game last night, the rest of us sought a less stomach-churning way to decompress. The APPT stepped up with free alcohol, free food, some live DJs "dropping mad beats" (as I believe the kids say), and a break-dancing crew.Our venue: Ark Lounge, ...more

by Dave Behr on March 8, 2012 9:29 PM

APPT Seoul: That was a crazy game of poker

Arriving into the Paradise Walkerhill Casino this morning and it was business as usual. We found our desk, fired up the old laptop and settled in for another day of blogging duties. It was pretty quiet in the poker room, with tournament staff setting up tables and dealers getting last minute instr...more

by Heath "TassieDevil" Chick on March 8, 2012 7:50 PM

APPT Seoul: Korean duality

There's a limited amount of floor space to work with in the Paradise Walkerhill Casino for the 2012 APPT Seoul Main Event. That's both a bad thing and a good thing.It's a bad thing because limited amount of floor space means that the tournament staff have to cap the entries at a rather modest 250 pl...more

by Dave Behr on March 8, 2012 6:53 PM