APPT Seoul: The sound of vitality

Welcome back to Seoul, South Korea for our continued coverage of the Season 5 APPT Seoul Main Event.

We're loving our time here at this event. It's only a four-day tournament, which means today could be a long day as the record-setting field are reduced to the final two tables by the end of play. With this knowledge, many of us took the opportunity to get out and about yesterday after play into the chilly night air. We know of some players who were fortunate enough to go to a live StarCraft tournament which would be a very unique experience, while the blogging team ventured out in search of Korean BBQ and cheap electrical goods. We failed on both fronts, but we had a great time doing it. Stay tuned for our reports of those adventures later on in the day.

We have 109 players returning this afternoon with Manila-based Australian Jhana Hale leading the way. Other notables still in contention include Aussie Millions champion Oliver Speidel, along with Aussie Millions runner-up Kenneth Wong, Macau Poker Cup Championship winner Julian Hasse, 2010 APPT Sydney runner-up Ben McLean and our last remaining Team PokerStars Pro, Celina Lin.

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For today's seating draw head to the APPT Seoul Live Reporting page. There you'll also find live updates, chip counts and payouts as the day progresses.

It's a beautiful silence in the mornings here in Seoul. You wake up to the odd car horn, but there are more birds chirping that cars beeping which is a welcome relief for an Asian capital city. That silence will soon be broken in the Paradise Walkerhill Casino by the riffling of chips. For poker players, it's the sound of vitality. Once that sound ends, so does their tournament and their chance at Asian poker glory.

Join us from 12:15pm today as we bring you the sights, sounds and the occasional smells from Day 2 of the APPT Seoul Main Event.

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Heath
@PokerStars in Seoul