APT Main Event Crowns Tamaki with $206,030 Prize in Incheon, South Korea

In a record-breaking event at South Korea’s APT, Japan’s Shoichiro Tamaki took the reign as newly crowned champion. His stunning victory took place at the lavish Paradise City Casino, where Tamaki bested the large field of 930 participants to claim the championship title.

With a whopping prize pool of KRW 1,867,347,000 (~USD $1,419,183.92), the competition was fierce from the start. As the tournament progressed to its fourth day, only 16 of the original contenders remained, each assured a minimum KRW 15,300,000 (~USD $11,628). Yet, the eyes of all participants were firmly set on the Main Event’s top prize.

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Having begun the day as the chip leader, Tamaki faced a few challenges but remained undeterred. He expressed his disbelief after the win, stating, “I hoped, I hoped, but I didn’t expect.” He continued with gratitude, “Thanks to everyone, I was able to win the championship! Thank you for your support. I was happy with your messages – it was really encouraging.”

For his impressive victory, Tamaki took home KRW 271,447,000 (~USD $206,299). His win came after negotiating a three-way deal with China’s Tsz To Wan and Thailand’s Napat Chokejindachai, leaving KRW 26,347,000 (~USD $20,000) along with the title and trophy still up for grabs.

The battle continued with Thailand’s Napat being eliminated first, securing KRW 222,200,000 (~USD $168,871) for third place. Wan, who entered the final round with a slight chip lead, faced off against Tamaki. After 29 intense hands, Tamaki seized victory, leaving Wan with a still remarkable KRW 211,200,000 (~USD $160,512). Notably, Wan had secured his spot in the event through a free online seat, providing a remarkable return on investment.

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Final Table Results APT Incheon 2023 Main Event

Position Name Country Prize in KRW Prize in USD
1st Shoichiro Tamaki Japan KRW 271,447,000 $206,299.92
2nd Tsz To Wan China KRW 211,200,000 $160,512.00
3rd Napat Chokejindachai Thailand KRW 222,200,000 $168,871.20
4th Veleriy Pak Uzbekistan KRW 110,900,000 $84,284.00
5th Abraham Ceesvin Singapore KRW 86,300,000 $65,588.00
6th King Wai Cheung Hong Kong KRW 63,900,000 $48,564.00
7th Jason Lau Malaysia KRW 45,700,000 $34,732.00
8th Masahiro Adachi Japan KRW 32,600,000 $24,776.00
9th Raul Martinez Gallego Spain KRW 25,700,000 $19,532.00

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