2012 PokerStars.net APPT Seoul Day 2: Daisuke Endo Leads Into Final Day

Daisuke Endo

What started as 109 players on Day 2 of the 2012 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Seoul Main Event was whittled down to just two tables, with one of the 16 remaining players set to be crowned champion on Sunday. The player in the best position to take it all down is Daisuke Endo, as he stormed his way to the head of the chip counts with 650,000.

Endo was on a roll late into Saturday evening. The biggest hand for Endo came when he took down a three-way all in holding {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} against {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}.

For only 16 to remain there had to be a lot of casualties throughout the day and it really didn’t take long for the players to start hitting the rail on Day 2. Some of the players who weren’t able to weave their way through the day included Ben McLean, Andrew Scott, Julian Hasse, Sparrow Cheung and Michael Mariakis.

Also never managing any momentum was the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro, Celina Lin. Playing with a short stack for much of the early part of the day, Lin eventually moved her stack all in holding {a-}{k-} and ran into the {k-}{k-} of an opponent. No help came for Lin and she was sent out the door.

As play went into the evening stomachs started grumbling as the dinner break was looming. Before dinner though, the bubble needed to burst and that player ended up being Barry O’Callaghan. The player to deal the fatal blow to O’Callaghan was Australia’s Michael Guzzardi.

O’Callaghan was all in holding {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and was up against Guzardi’s {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. A {2-Clubs} in the window was a bad card for O’Callaghan and when he received no help on the turn or river, he made his way out the door empty handed in 29th place.

With the bubble burst, a few more were eliminated with a KRW$5,000,000 min-cash before just 24 players went to a dinner break.

With full stomachs and rested minds, the returning players were set to play down to just two tables. Some of the players who exited just a short while after dinner included Darren Yoon in 21st place and Valeriy Chupin in 20th place. The last player eliminated before the chips were bagged up was Fakher Alizai in 17th place. Alizai was one of the chip leaders for much of the evening but that all changed toward the end of the night. In the end all it took was losing a flip holding {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} against {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and it was all over for Alizai.

APPT Seoul Day 3 Table Draw

TableSeatPlayerChips
111Jose Severino397,000
112Hideo Kimura200,000
113Kenneth Wong527,000
114Daisuke Endo650,000
115Elton Tsang192,000
116Andrew Kim173,000
117Moritz Ortmann126,000
118Chris Lee103,000
    
121Takuya Kikuchi338,000
122Sasa Zorc270,000
123Jhana Hale487,000
124Michael Guzzardi203,000
125Taewook Kwon495,000
126Rafael Rodrigo305,000
127Tom Alner153,000
128Vincent Rubianes505,000

Also returning on Sunday with plenty of chips and a chance at taking down the KRW194,000,000 first place prize are Kenneth Wong (527,000), Vincent Rubianes (505,000) and Taewook Kwon (495,000).

The final day of play at the 2012 APPT Seoul Main Event is set to begin on Sunday at 1215 KST (1915 PST Saturday) and the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back on the floor to catch all the action in the lead up to crowning a victor.

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