As I begin writing we are around 20 minutes from the start of play on Day 1b of the APPT Seoul Main Event and the staff and dealers are starting to wander into the Paradise Casino Walkerhill poker room. I would say that usually APPT President Danny McDonagh, Media Coordinator Fred Leung and the like are here earlier than this, but last night was the player’s party and so it’s not too surprising to see them taking a little extra time to arrive.
“How was the party last night Fred?” I asked once Leung strolled in.
“You weren’t there?” asked Leung. “Oh right, you weren’t. You need to get out more!”
He’s perhaps right, but with a bit of jet lag and a long few days ahead, I’m glad to have got plenty of sleep last night. For the time being I will have to continue asking some of the players here at APPT Seoul how the party was and live vicariously through them.
For now though, we must get the thought of parties out of our minds and focus on what is important – the second and final Day 1 flight of South Korea’s premier poker tournament.
Considering this is the second and final Day 1 flight of the APPT Seoul Main Event, today is all about the numbers. Yesterday there were 118 entrants, which puts on target to surpass last year’s field, but we are hopeful to make this a record year. With 268 players the record, we will need to see a field of 151 today.
We asked APPT President Danny McDonagh how things were tracking.
“Same as yesterday, plus a few,” quipped McDonagh. “If we get more than 150 today then we will beat the record, but at the very least we should beat the year-on-year record as we should get more than 222 total players.”
The players are starting to filter in as we finish writing this piece and at the moment the tournament clock tells us there are 116 players registered. Players can buy in to the KRW 3,000,000 tournament for the first four hours, so a few more should certainly hit the felt before registration is closed.
While there were a huge amount of notable players at the felt yesterday, we aren’t expecting a shortage of big names on Day 1b. Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier is one of those big names as he returns to a country beloved to him after spending so much of his life before poker here. It’s the first time Grospellier has played poker in this country since 2008, so he will certainly be hungry for some South Korean success.
ElkY, and all the rest of the players on Day 1b, will be hoping to chase down the Day 1a chip leader Masato Yokosawa. The player from Japan bagged up 146,800 in chips and so that sets the benchmark today.
Once again yours truly will be here at the PokerStarsBlog all day long providing feature stories, while the live reporting team will be bringing some of the major hands and chips counts, which can be found at the top of the APPT8 Seoul page.