It was questionable how big this event would get, considering the Korean government isn't exactly welcoming when it comes to letting people through its borders. We were fine, being from Canada, but we've heard reports that others weren't so lucky.
Add to that the fact that the check here for the conversation we had after he won the event in China.
Sabat was showing us the meaning of running good for the first few levels, but unfortunately he would be unable to keep it up for the entire day. He did manage to survive but his once-mighty stack took some serious damage before the day was done.
As the afternoon progressed another person rose to lead the pack, Oman's Jan Van Dyk. To the best of our knowledge, we've never met a poker player from Oman, which means Van Dyk may already be the country's most successful grinder.
When the chips went in the bags at the end of the night Van Dyk had retained the lead and amassed an impressive $51,375. Here's a look at the Top 10 counts. For a full rundown click through to the chip count tab.
|1||Jan Van Dyk||$51,375|
Day 1 was originally slated to take us to Level 8 but about halfway through the sixth level of the evening all that changed. It seems the players were too hungry to play another level and demanded the day be cut short so they could adjourn to the buffet.
PL.com wasn't going to argue, but it does raise some concerns about how long it'll take to make it down to the final table tomorrow.
PL.com was on the tournament floor all day long so click through and check out the intel we recovered.
We'll be back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. KST, when we'll pare the field down to the final nine. Make sure to follow along with us to find out who will become this year's APPT Seoul champion!