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Talk about fast and furious! Today’s Day 3 took less than five hours to whittle the starting field of 22 remaining players down to an official final table of seven.

In that time we saw the bubble burst (with only 18 players getting paid); we saw some sick beats (a particular two-outer – scroll down to 4:30pm post for that one); but mostly we saw the USA’s Albert Paik crush and build up a momentous stack of 952,000 to take into the final day tomorrow.


Albert Paik is the chip boss

But what of the 15 players we lost? Poland’s Daniel Demicki – who made this final table last year – came into the day as our chip leader. Unfortunately for him, though, he won’t be back tomorrow as he ended the day finishing in eighth place for ₩15,297,000 as our final table bubble boy.

Many of the strong Japanese contingent that came into the day left us before all was said and done. Those who busted throughout the course of action include Masanori Ishihara (17th – ₩5,099,000), Kengo Nishihara (11th – ₩7,139,000), and Yakuta Nakamara (9th – ₩11,218,000).

Our bubble boy was China’s Vincent Li. He came into the day as the shortest stack, and seemed set on making the money even if it meant he got blinded out. That’s exactly what happened in the end as he was essentially forced to call all-in with the 82 and was crushed by Yakuta Nakamura’s A8. He couldn’t hit anything and made his exit in 19th place.

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Bubble boy Vincent Li

Here’s how our official final table will look when they come back tomorrow:

Seat Last Name First Name Country PokerStars Status Chip Count
1 Hirosawa Ken Japan            185,000 
2 Egan Michael Australia PokerStars Player          354,000 
3 Qian Shenghua China            771,000 
4 Tomita Tetsuro Japan            542,000 
5 Nguyen Windsor Canada              82,000 
6 Ochiai Satsuki Japan            234,000 
7 Paik Albert USA            952,000 

Final table action kicks off at 12pm tomorrow (Monday) so make sure you join us back here at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino for the last of the APPT10 Seoul action.

In the meantime, scroll down to catch up on all of today’s play, or check out the player profiles for our final seven here. –JS

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Day 3 coverage

4:45pm: Cold deck sends Demicki home in 8th place (₩15,279,000)
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Daniel Demicki is our last elimination for the penultimate day. He exits in 8th place after running QQ into the KK of Shenghua Qian.

It was Qian who opened the action with an under the gun raise to 22,000 before Tetsuro Tomita repopped him to 58,000. It folded to Demicki and he pushed all in for 202,000. Back to Qian, he pushed all in over the top and with Tomita out of the way the two tabled their hands.

Demicki needed to find some sort of help but the deck didn’t oblige with a runout of A610J8.

And that marks the end of today’s proceedings. Our final seven will be back tomorrow to battle it out for the Seoul poker crown. We’ll have a full recap of today’s proceedings soon. – BK

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Daniel Demicki

4:30pm: Qian hits two-outer to cripple Nyugen
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

“Wow. That’s disgusting. That is disgusting.”

Those were the words coming from Windsor Nyugen’s friend after this sick hand.

Pre-flop it started when Shenghua Qian opened and Nguyen called. The two saw a 623 flop and Qian continued for 18,000, only for Nguyen to make it 41,000 to go. Qian thought for a couple of minutes before carefully pulling back his initial bet and replacing it with an even stack worth 100,000.

Nguyen glanced at the board one last time and announced he was all-in, which Qian called.

Qian: JJ
Nguyen: KK

It was a fantastic spot for Nguyen, who had Qian covered. If he won this pot he’d have plenty going into tomorrow’s final and we’d end play for the day.

The J hit the turn. The room gasped, sighed and hollered. But nobody was more disappointed that Nguyen himself. The 9 completed the board and Nguyen sunk to 80,000, while Qian is up to 475,000. –JS

4:15pm: Yutaka Nakamura says sayanara in 9th (₩11,218,000)
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Popular Japanese player Yutaka Nakamura is the latest to leave us, bringing us just one more elimination closer to the end of play today.

Albert Paik opened to 18,000 and it folded to Windsor Nguyen on the button. He flat called, only for Nakamura to pop it up to 58,000. Paik called, but Nguyen let his hand go.

J67 came the board and Nakamura fired again for 48,000. Paik called once more and we saw the 8 on the turn. Now Nakamura jammed.

Both players had similar sized stacks but Paik just had Nakamura covered. He made a quick call and showed his JJ for top set, currently leading against Nakamura’s A2 flush draw. He’d need a spade on the river to survive, but it came the 10 and all the chips went Paik’s way, shooting him up to 900,000. –JS


Yutaka Nakamura

4:00pm: Final table set
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

We’ve reached our final table of nine. Play will continue until only seven remain, and they’ll be back tomorrow before a champion is crowned.

Tetsura Tomita currently leads the way with 616,000. — BK

Seat Last Name First Name Country Chip Count PokerStars Status
1 Hirosawa Ken Japan 479,000  
2 Egan Michael Australia 380,000 PokerStars Player
3 Qian Shenghua China 275,000
4 Tomita Tetsuro Japan 616,000  
5 Nguyen Windsor Canada 357,000  
6 Nakamura Yutaka Japan 387,000 Paradise Walkerhill Qualifier
7 Ochiai Satsuki Japan 330,000  
8 Demicki Daniel Poland 133,000 PokerStars Qualifier
9 Paik Albert USA 436,000  


3:45pm: Thoo finished in 10th place (₩9,178,000)
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

It wasn’t long until our next elimination with Mingken bubbling the final table and finishing in 10th place.

Yutaka Nakamura started with a raise to 18,000 before Thoo moved all in from the small blind from 143,000. It folded back around to Nakamura and he snapped it off with the superior hand.

Thoo: JJ
Nakamura: QQ

Thoo wouldn’t be able to improve when the cards fell 8434Q and he leaves us on the final table bubble.

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Mingken Thoo

3:35pm: Nishihara departs in 11th place (₩7,139,000)
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Kengo Nishihara has met his demise after an action flop and a clash with Tetsuro Tomita.

It was Nishihara’s 54 versus Tomita’s A3 on a flop of 4107 with Nishihara holding bottom pair and a flush draw, but it was a draw he didn’t want to hit as Nishihara had the draw to the nuts.

The 8 changed nothing but the A saw Tomita spike top pair to send Nishihara packing two from a final table appearance. – BK

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Kengo Nishihara

3:30pm: Chan chopped down in 12th place (₩7,139,000)
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Tsun Ming Chan was eliminated in 12th place after a brutal river card crushed his dreams of making the final table.

The flop read A37 and Chan got it all in against Windsor Nguyen. Chan had the best of it with A9 and looked good to double up against Nguyen’s A5.

The turn was a brick but a five on the river sent Chan sliding back in his chair with disbelief.

“Sick man” Nguyen admitted after catching the lucky river card.

Chan would have to be content with 12th as Nguyen climbed to 320,000 in chips. — BK

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Tsuh Ming Chan

Level Small Blind Big Blind Ante
18 4000 8000 1000

3:25pm: Mizuno busts in 13th (₩6,119,000)
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

We’ve lost another one here in the main event, and the most recent unfortunate soul is Eechi Mizuno. The hand started with a 14,000 open from Michael Egan, and Windsor Nguyen, Daniel Demicki called – as did Mizuno from the big blind.

The flop came the 4K6 and it checked to Demicki who bet 21,000. Mizuno thought for a while whilst counting his chips and eventually just flat called with 46,000 behind. The other players folded and we saw the Q hit the turn. Mizuno then jammed and Demicki wasted no time in calling with his KQ for top two pair, whilst Mizuno had the QJ for a pair and a flush draw.

The river had to be a heart for Mizuno but it came the J. Mizuno tapped the table and made his exit, taking home ₩6,119,000 for his deep run. Demicki now has 311,000. –JS


Eechi Mizuno

3:10pm: Hirosawa gets a boost while Chan gets in trouble
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Ken Hirosawa moved all-in on the button for 51,000 with the A10 and got a call from Tsuh Ming Chan in the big blind with the A6. The dealer put out the 9Q78Q and Hirosawa moved up to 118,000, while Chan is now our short stack with 45,000. –JS

3pm: Qian doubles through Mizuno
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Action folded to Shenghua Qian on the button and he jammed for his last 60,000 with the Q7. Eechi Mizuno woke up with the AJ in the big blind and made the call, but would find himself behind at the end of the 286Q5. A luxky lady for Qian saw him double to 136,000, while Mizuno dropped to 76,000. –JS

2:50pm: Demicki gets it done
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Poland’s Daniel Demicki just caught a lucky break to stay alive after a confrontation with Australia’s Michael Egan. Demicki found himself all in on the turn with the community cards showing A673.

Demicki held 85 for an open ended straight draw and needed to catch a nine or a four to beat Egan’s A7 two pair. The 4 river appeared to save Demicki and take a chunk from Egan’s stack.

Demicki raked in the pot while Egan moved down to 370,000. — BK

2:40pm: Otani outta here in 14th place (₩6,199,000)
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Norihiro Otani found the rail next after a big jam preflop holding A9 spelled disaster when Albert Paik woke up with AA.

Otani had moved in for around 150,000 and needed a miracle to stay in the tournament. He found a nine on the turn but couldn’t get there as the board ran out J2593.

He picks up ₩6,199,000 for his showing this week while Paik moves back up over 500,000. — BK

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Norihiro Otani

2:30pm: Yang bounced in 15th place (₩6,199,000)
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

China’s Renjun Yang was eliminated in 15th spot by Australia’s Michael Egan. The two got all the money in with the flop reading 910A.

Yang: J9
Egan: KJ

“Oh wow” exclaimed Egan as the cards were turned up.

Yang was in front with a pair of nines but Egan could catch any heart, king or queen to catch the lead. He received immediate service as the 3 on the turn meant Yang was drawing dead.

Yang departs as Egan moves up to 453,000 in chips. — BK

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Renjun Yang

2:20pm: Chip counts
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Coming back from the break, here’s how the players stack up:

Last Name First Name Country Chip Count PokerStars Status
Nguyen Windsor Canada 400,000  
Paik Albert USA 345,000  
Tomita Tetsuro Japan 315,000  
Thoo Mingken Malaysia 283,000  
Egan Michael Australia 280,000 PokerStars Player
Nishihara Kengo Japan 260,000  
Mizuno Eechi Japan 230000  
Ochiai Satsuki Japan 225,000  
Nakamura Yutaka Japan 190,000 Paradise Walkerhill Qualifier
Demicki Daniel Poland 160,000 PokerStars Qualifier
Yang Renjun China 100,000 PokerStars LIVE Macau Qualifier
Hirosawa Ken Japan 90,000  
Chan Tsun Ming Hong Kong 85,000  
Otani Norihiro Japan 82,000  
Qian Shenghua China 75,000

2:07pm: Break time

Players have gone on a ten-minute break. We’ll be right back. –JS

2:05pm: Nakagawa hits the rail in 16th (₩5,099,000)
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

We’ve now seen the first pay jump (aside from the bubble) as Masaya Nakagawa has been eliminated in 16th. He got it all in with the A10 but was just trailing Satsuki Ochiai’s AJ, and when the board ran out J254Q that was all she wrote. We’re now down to 15. –JS


Masaya Nakagawa

2pm: Egan’s bluff doesn’t get through
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Michael Egan opened to 11,000 and was immediately three-bet to 25,000 by Windsor Nguyen. The Aussie called and we went to the J43 flop. It checked to Nguyen who continued for 27,000, and Egan matched it once again. The K hit the turn causing both to check, and the 7 completed the board. Now Egan led out for 63,000, but Nguyen called and took it down with his K10. Egan had the A3. –JS

1:55pm:Ishihara eliminated in 17th place (₩5,099,000)
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Japan’s Masanori Ishihara was the next to go. He was knocked out by fellow countryman Kengo Nishihara.

Ishihara moved all in preflop from the hijack before Nishihara snapped all in over the top from the button. Ishihara let out a sigh at the bad sign and with the rest of the table folding, the cards went on their backs.

Ishihara: 88
Nishihara: JJ

Ishihara’s instincts were right and he needed some help to keep his tournament alive. He wouldn’t find it as the cards fell Q56A10 and he departs in 17th place for (₩5,099,000) — BK

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Masanori Ishihara

1:45pm: Thoo spikes a set
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Albert Paik raised to 12,000 under the gun and next to act Mingken Thoo came along, as did the player in the big blind. The flop landed K72 and the action checked to Thoo who bet 12,000.

The big blind called but Paik popped it up to 30,000. With the decision back on Thoo, he moved all in for 110,000. That was enough to take down the pot and Paik looked relieved as Thoo flipped up 77 for a flopped set.

That was the second hit to Paik’s stack after recently paying off a player with a rivered flush, so he is now hovering around 420,000. — BK

1:35pm: Muto gone in 18th (₩5,099,000)
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

The first player to leave us after the bubble burst is Katsuhiro Muto. He jammed for 37,000 with the A5 and was called by Albert Paik who held A10. A ten on the flop was all it took for Paik to do the job and Muto hit the rail to collect ₩5,099,000. –JS


Katsuhiro Muto

Level Small Blind Big Blind Ante
16 2500 5000 500

1:25pm: Vincent Li bubbles APPT10 Seoul
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

When Vincent Li found himself in the big blind, he had just 2,500 behind. Yutaka Nakamura opened to 9,000 in the cut-off and it folded to Li, who looked tormented. Is he supposed to call any two? Could he possibly wait for the chance for a better hand in the small blind when he’d be officially all-in?

Eventually he opted with the former and made the call with the 82, but brutally for him he was dominated by Nakamura’s A8. The board ran out AK692 and he was sent to the rail.

“Congratulations, you’re all now in the money!” announced the tournament floor staff. With 18 players left, we’re now down to two tables. –JS


Our bubble boy – Vincent Li

1:20pm: Big double for Nakamura through Demicki
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Picking up the action on the Q10A flop, start-of-day chip leader Daniel Demicki made it 20,000, and the action was on his sole opponent Yutaka Nakamura. He raised it up to 55,000, only for the Polish player to announce “All-in.” Nakamura made a quick call for his 134,500 stack.

This was all welcome news to Vincent Li, who was sitting with just 7,500 and in two hands’ time would be in the big blind.

Nakamura: A7
Demicki: J9

Nakamura had flopped huge with top pair and the nut flush draw, while Demicki had got frisky with an open-ended straight draw. The turn came the 9 which gave Demicki more outs, but the Q river wasn’t one of them. Nakamura doubled to around 300,000, Demicki dropped to 130,000, and Vincent Li is biting his nails right now as his big blind creeps up. –JS

1:15pm: Thoo can never be too careful
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

With money officially now on the line, it makes people play differently – both the bigger stacks and those most at risk. We’ve just seen an example of this from Mingken Thoo.

Albert Paik opened to 9,000 on the button and Thoo called from the small blind, as did Satsuki Ochiai out of the big blind. The three saw a J35109 board run out as they all checked on every street.

We didn’t expect to say much in any of their holdings, so when Thoo turned over pocket Queens there were gasps. “Wowwww!” said Paik, amazed.

Thoo clearly didn’t want to build a big pot, and afterwards claimed he was just hoping Paik would bet. –JS

1:05pm: Matsuo falls in 20th – we’re on the stone bubble
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

The majority of our remaining field are Japanese, but we’ve just lost one of the pack as Japan’s Ryusuke Matsuo is felted in 20th place.

He moved all-in for 45,500 from middle position with the A10 after it had been folded to him but Renjun Yang woke up with the AA from the small blind and made the call. The board ran out 104K – which gave Matsuo some hope – but it wasn’t to be as it was completed by the K and 9.

With 19 players left, we’re now officialy on the hard bubble. The next player who busts will receive nothing, and right now it looks like it might be Vincent Li who is very short stacked and on the verge of being blinded out. –JS


Ryusuke Matsuo

12:55pm: Yang doubles through Nguyen
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Renjun Yang was nursing a short stack and he moved all in for his last 30,000. It folded around to Windsor Nguyen in the big blind who looked down at his cards.

“One card is good. How much?” Nguyen asked.

He got confirmation on the amount and called to put Yang at risk.

Yang: 55
Nguyen: K8

They were flipping but the A5Q saw Yang hit bottom set and almost lock up the hand. Needing to fade running cards to remain in the tournament he did exactly that as the K turn and 10 river completed the board.

Yang stacks his newly found chips while Nguyen drops to 180,000.

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12:50pm: Rail for O’Rourke
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

It was a one-two punch that brought an end to Liam O’Rourke’s tournament. He started today sixth in chips but unfortunately for the Australian a string of bad luck sees him leave us just shy of a payday.

The first hand had the board showing 8Q2J and after O’Rourke checked, Satsuki Ochiai barreled for 22,000. O’Rourke called and the J river fell on the end.

A final check from O’Rourke saw Ochiai continue for 48,000 and O’Rourke paid him off. Ochiai held KJ for runner-runner trips which was good to take down the pot. That knocked O’Rourke down to 46,000 and into the danger zone.

Not long after that hand it was Albert Paik who would finish O’Rourke off. It folded to the Australian in the cutoff and he moved all in for around 10 big blinds before Paik made the call from the small blind.

“That’s not good” O’Rourke said after he saw he’d been called, but it turned out he was in front with A2 against Paik’s KJ.

That was until the 9K9 flop left him chasing an ace or running clubs to stay alive. He wouldn’t find any help, however, as the 8 turn and 8 river signaled the end of his tournament run. – BK

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Liam O’Rourke

12:40pm: Li lives
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Vincent Li started today as the short stack but he is still kicking with the money bubble looming after finding a double up through Norihiro Otani.

Li was all in preflop holding AJ and ahead of Otani’s Q9. He lost that lead on the 978 flop but the J turn arrived to save his tournament. The 4 river bricked off and Li moved back up to a still-short 27,000 in chips. — BK

12:30pm: Tsuji gone in 22nd
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

The first player to be eliminated today is Yasuyuki Tsuji. He made a bold and aggressive play, but it didn’t pay off in the end.

Tsuji opened to 10,000 only for Norihiro Otani to raise it up to 28,000. When the action folded back to Tsuji he paused for a moment before announcing he was all-in for 85,000 total.

Otani went deep into the tank and remained for around five minutes. Eventually the clock was called – the bubble is approaching after all and there are other short stacks in play – and Otani had one more minute of thinking.

“Call,” he said.

Otani: 1010
Tsuji: A9

Tsuji needed to see an Ace but instead what he saw on the 310Q flop was his opponent make a set. That improved to quads on the 10 turn, and the 8 completed the board.

Tsuji is out in 22nd, while Otani moves up to 220,000. –JS


No cash for Tsuji

12:20pm: Paik gets stronger courtesy of O’Rourke
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

At the end of Day 1A, our chip leader was Albert Paik. He had a great Day 2 yesterday too, ultimately finishing second in chips.

He’s started the day as he means to go on by adding even more to his arsenal. Liam O’Rourke opened to 8,500 before Paik three-bet to 20,000. With the action folded back to the Australian, O’Rourke then four-bet to 38,500, and Paik made the call.

The dealer spread a 10K10 flop and O’Rourke decided not to continue with his aggression. He checked, allowing Paik to take control with a 40,000 bet. That was enough to take it down.

Paik is now playing around 340,000, while O’Rourke has dropped to 150,000. –JS

12:10pm: Great start for Egan
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Australia’s Michael Egan has managed to find a double-up in one of the very first hands of the day. While we didn’t see the action that led up to it, in the end Egan’s J10 had made a straight on the 5KA9Q board, and he’s now playing a much healthier stack of 205,000. –JS

12:05pm: Shuffle up and deal!
Level 15: Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Cards are now in the air here on Day 3. With 18 places paying and 22 remaining we could be in for a slow start. We’ve also been informed that we’ll be playing down to a final seven today.

Let’s see who can survive the bubble and make it all the way to the final table. — BK

11:45pm: The penultimate day is almost underway!

Only 22 remain in the hunt for ₩119,097,600 (~$101,600) in cash and prizes, the prestigious APPT trophy, and the chance to have themselves etched into Korean poker history.

Potentially another short day as we believe the plan is to play down to a nine-handed final table, before those lucky few return tomorrow to battle down to a champion.

Poland’s Daniel Demicki leads the way at the start of proceedings. He finished 3rd in this event last year and has found himself in a good position to make another deep run. Demicki starts the day with 292,000, only just ahead of Day 1a chip leader Albert Paik with 287,000.

You can find full chip counts here and the Day 3 table draw here.

The players are now making their way onto the tournament floor with action set to begin shortly. Be sure to keep your browser locked to the PokerStars Blog for all the live updates from right here in Seoul. — BK

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PokerStars Blog reporting team in Seoul: Brad Kain and Jack Stanton. Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography.

The APPT Seoul festival at Paradise Walkerhill Casino runs until Monday, June 27th. Full details are available on the official APPT website page.

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