APPT Seoul: It's all about the structure

Unfortunately Team PokerStars have lost their last member in the APPT Seoul Main Event with Celina Lin dropping by our desk to let us know the sad news. Lin recalled to us that she raised ace-king from the cutoff before her opponent three-bet on the button. Lin moved all in but her opponent made the call with pocket kings. There was no ace from space for Lin as she was left to spend her last days in Seoul sightseeing and shopping.


Lin's elimination has thinned the number of females still alive in this event. On Day 1a we mentioned that there were a significant number of women doing well but unfortunately the girls haven't been able to maintain that form into Day 2. With nine tables and 72 players still remaining, our head count sees seven ladies still flying the flag. That represents a little under 10% of the field, which is down on yesterday's numbers, but hopefully it means we should see at least one female reach the final table.

We just entered the 1,000/2,000/300 level after just navigating our way through a couple of unique levels - 700/1,400/200 and 900/1,800/200.

"We made the decision to remove the 250/500/50 from day one as I was worried about having enough tables to fit everyone in for day two," explained APPT chief Danny McDonagh. "We then added in these two new levels to replace the 800/1,600/200 level."


Players have often commented on the big increase in the "cost per round" at this stage of a tournament. The 600/1,200/100 level costs a player 2,700 chips each orbit on a nine-handed table. Move to the 800/1,600/200 level and it will cost 4,200 chips, which represents an alarming 55% increase. McDonagh has helped to alleviate that problem.

"So we've removed a non-crucial level on day one, but given more play during a more crucial period on day two. It was specifically for this event and I think the players will like it," added McDonagh.

McDonagh went on to explain that PokerStars are looking to standardize their structures with the APPT moving more towards an ante structure that is more in line with international tournaments.

Many of the APPT events also employ a rule that ensures that the final table has an average stack of at least 40 big blinds. If the tournament has moved too fast, the clock will be wound back to ensure the big bucks are played for on an even playing field.

There's more to poker tournaments that putting some tables down in a room and letting the players loose, and McDonagh and his APPT team continue to lead the way with the most professionally-run tournaments in this region.

@PokerStars in Seoul