"2008 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Seoul"
October 08, 2008
The second leg of the 2008 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour saw 165 players descend to the Walker Hill Hotel and Casino in Seoul, South Korea for the US$2,870 Main Event.
As the players found their seats on day one, it would be a cosy atmosphere with little breathing room, but it didn’t take long for players to drop away and table break. Some of the notable players in the field were Hevad Khan, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Ivan Tan, Celina Lin, David Saab, JJ Liu, Wooka Kim Andrew Scott, 2008 APPT Macau Champion Eddie Sabat, duel Macau final tablist Charles Chua and 2004 World Champion Greg Raymer, who uttered the immortal words “Shuffle Up and Deal!”
Eddie Sabat started the day off well but couldn’t make it back to back titles, after his big combo draw didn’t hit against the top pair-top kicker
of Sam Faqiryar. Meanwhile Japan’s Yoshihiro Tasaka stormed to the top of the leaderboard after flopping a set of sevens on a flop
. His opponent, Tim Davis committed himself with
for a flush draw. The turn was the
and although the
on the river gave Davis the flush, it made a full house for Tasaka as he stacked up a mountain of chips.
As the field thinned to three tables Lily Bui was unfortunate to have her pocket aces cracked by the pocket queens of Dan Schreiber to send her to the rail, however the story of the day came during a dramatic money bubble period where David Saab went from hero to zero in a matter of minutes.
After being with the chip leaders for most of the day, Saab first doubled up Brian Kang and then found himself in an incredible three-way all in clash.
With Saab raising every hand, Hidenari Shiono made the call in the small blind before Wooka Kim moved her short stack in from the big blind
. Both opponents called and the saw a flop of
. Shiono checked and with a dry side pot Saab moved all in! After several minutes Shiono made the call. Saab held
for top two pair as Kim flipped
for an overpair and flush draw with Shono holding
for straight and flush draws. In amazing scenes that resembled a rock concert the crowd swarmed the table and amongst the yelling the
hit the turn and
fell on the river, giving both of Saab’s opponents a flush. Shiono fell off his chair in delight at winning a massive side pot while Kim tripled up, leaving Saab in a state of shock.
The 16 remaining players returned on Day 3 to battle it out for the title. The key hand of the final day came on the final table when PokerStars Pro Dan Schreiber, who final tabled this same event last year, flopped a straight holding
on a board of
. However Brian Kang wasn’t going anywhere with his
and after a series of raises between the chip leaders, all of the chips were in the middle. The turn brought a repeat
giving Kang a full house and leaving Schreiber drawing dead as he made a shock exit from the tournament in 6th
Here are the final table results:
1st Yoshihiro Tasaka - $128,216
2nd Hidenari Shiono - $80,135
3rd Brian Kang - $44,074
4th Fam Yat - $32,054
5th Yuji Masaki - $26,043
6th Dan Schreiber - $20,033
7th David Horvath - $16,027
8th Daniel Williams - $12,020
9th Sam Faqiryar - $8,013