Day 1A of the much-anticipated HKD $25,000 buy-in Asian Poker Tour (APT) Main Event started with 102 players taking their seats at Starworld in Macau and just 62 making it through to day two.
Leading the charge is Korea’s Han Wook Kim with 57,450 in chips, which is only marginally in front of Norway’s Kai Paulsen on 56,850 and France’s Barouk Philippe on 56,375. With a tightly bunched field there are also a number of notables nipping at the chip leaders’ heals. These include Germany’s Bjoern Wiesler (46,075), 2012 APT Asian Series Goa champion Martin Nilsson (45,100) and Winfred Yu (41,150).
Others to navigate the day successfully include Marc Rivera (33,375), Raiden Kan (32,575) and Kenneth Wong (21,800), Aussie Millions champ Oliver Speidel (18,125), Nam Le (16,000), Charles Chua (15,450), William Reynolds (15,425), along with Aussies Michael Marvanek (15,300) and Jeff Rossiter (14,950).
APT ambassador Joe Hachem was one of the day 1A casualties, heading to the rail courtesy of Haifeng Xue. Both players got all their money in on a flop of Ks-7c-5s but Hachem couldn’t beat Xue’s Ad-Kh and after the turn 10d and river 5h, the 2005 WSOP Main Event champion was out but thanks to the repechage format, he gets another chance in day 1B.
Day 1A top 10 chip count
1 Han Wook Kim (Korea) 57,450
2 Kai Paulsen (Norway) 56,850
3 Barouk Philippe (France) 56,375
4 Haifeng Xue (Hong Kong) 53,000
5 Bjoern Wiesler (Germany) 46,075
6 Hakan Sofuoglu (Turkey) 46,050
7 Martin Nilsson (Sweden) 45,100
8 Kenny Shin (Taiwan) 44,350
9 Li Tiam Fang (USA) 43,925
10 Winfred Yu (Hong Kong) 41,150