On Thursday, the first starting flight of the 2013 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Seoul Main Event kicked off at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino. Day 1a saw 122 players hit the felt for the first main event of the APPT Season 7 schedule. By the end of eight levels, only 50 players remained with Benjamin Richardson (111,600) leading the pack. Right on Richardson's heels, Manami Hayamizu (104,800), who sat near the top of the leaderboard for most of the day.
Although Richardson and Hayamizu finished in the top positions, they weren't the only ones to find success. Other players who will be returning with chips on Day 2 include Wang Ping Yuan (102,400), Park Yu Cheung (90,000), PokerStars Team Online member Naoya Kihara (88,700), Foster Hays (85,500), Casey Kastle (58,100), and Nicky Tao Jin (43,100).
Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
|3||Wang Ping Yuan||102,400|
|5||Park Yu Cheung||90,000|
|8||Yi Po Lee||85,000|
Xuan Liu will also be returning for Day 2. Liu found success early in the day, but crashed before the last break. On the last hand of Level 6, Liu was involved in a hand that saw her seven-bet shove all in holding pocket queens. Although Liu's ladies were strong, they were nothing against the pocket kings and pocket aces of her opponents. After that hit, Liu was able to nurse her short stack back to life during the last two levels of the day and will be returning for Day 2 with 53,500 in chips.
Joseph Cheong made the trip to Seoul and was eager to participate in this event but was eliminated before play ended for the day. Cheong took a substantial hit early when his was cracked by an opponent's . Eventually, he was all in before the flop holding against an opponent's but was forced to the rail when the board ran out .
Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang also sat down at the tables only to come up short by the day's conclusion. Huang saw his final hand against two other opponents on a board of . Huang fired a bet of 2,250 and one of his opponents called to see the strike the turn. Huang moved all in for about 13,000. His opponent announced a call.
Huang needed to either make a flush or pair his jack on the river to stay alive. Unfortunately for Huang, the completed the board, and he made an early exit on Day 1a.
Other notables who failed to survive the day were Sam Grafton, Phil Huxley, Robert Acton, Stevan Chew, David Steicke, JJ Liu, and Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu.
Play will resume at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino on Friday when a new group of players will take their seats for the second starting flight. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as we provide you with all of the latest updates from the tournament floor.