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The five-day long Main Event at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines II drew 132 runners, each ponying up the $1,650 buy-in to take the prize pool to $192,060 with the top 18 players making it in the money.
After eight hours of intense battle, a champion emerged in Korea’s Sung Ho Kim, who defeated fellow countryman Jae Hyun Lim to seal his first APT Championship trophy, the APT Championship Ring along with $40,250 first prize.
Ho who has been playing poker for many years now but didn`t have any title to his name before this win, but all of that changed yesterday, when he took his seat as the chip leader and put up a solid performance that saw him railing four players to finally lift the trophy!
Final Table Recap
The first head claimed by Ho Kim came early on the final day in Lebanon’s Hanna Khalife. Ho Kim’s two pairs dominated Khalife’s top pair and the latter became the first casualty of the day.
Japan’s Zentaro Nakayashiki was the next to fall, again at the hands of Ho Kim in seventh place. Nakayashiki’s couldn’t match Ho Kim’s with the board blanking out.
Down to 6-handed action, past APT champion Mike Takayama hit the rails next. Takayama first lost the majority of chips to Korea’s Soo Jo Kim and was finally eliminated by Jae Hyun Lim in sixth place.
Opening event champion Eugene Co was the next one out and he too lost his tournament life to the eventual champion – Ho Kim. The last hand for Co saw him jamming with but unfortunately for him, HoKim picked up .
Japan’s Daiki Kohagi was one player who kept under the radar. Despite picking spots well Jae Hyun Lim took things in control and showed him the doors next in fourth place.
It was then all-Korean table and after several hands, an ICM deal was discussed and agreed upon with $5,000 and title left aside for the champion.
A few hands later, Jae Hyun denied Soo Jo Kim a second title and eliminated him in third place to set up the heads-up finale with Sung Ho Kim.
Ho Kim was trailing behind at the start of the heads-up battle but he reclaimed the lead by winning a big pot with a higher flush and sealed his victory shortly thereafter.
The last hand of the event saw Ho Kim’s against Hyun Lim’s on a board reading . Ho Kim rivered top pair to win the trophy!
Sung Ho Kim
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Sung Ho Kim – $40,250*
2. Jae Hyun Lim – $28,880*
3. Soo Jo Kim – $28,530*
4. Daiki Kohagi – $14,500
5. Eugene Co – $12,000
6. Mike Takayama – $9,890
7. Zentaro Nakayashiki – $8,160
8. Hanna Khalife – $6,820
*denotes three-way deal