The sun is shining in Seoul this morning as we prepare for Day 3 – the final day – of the 2012 PokerStars.net APPT Seoul Main Event. It’s winter so the temperatures are a little brisk, but all things considered it’s a fine day to mint a hundred millionaire.
That’s what we’re aiming to do. By the end of the night, one of the 16 players still standing in this Main Event is going to win KRW 194,000,000. The man in the pole position is Japanese national Daisuke Endo, whose pocket aces held up in a three-way all-in late in the day yesterday against ace-jack and pocket tens to bag the overnight chip lead with 650,000.
Fifteen other players are chasing Endo, including 2012 Aussie Million Main Event runner-up Kenneth Wong (527,000), American Vincent Rubianes (505,000), and Day 1 chip leader Jhana Hale (487,000). Lurking at the back of the pack are, among others, Michael Guzzardi (203,000) and Elton Tsang (192,000).
As we did the last time we were in Seoul four years ago, we’ll be playing from our final two tables all the way to the winner tonight. It has the makings of a long day – three to four hours just to get to a final table and then however long it takes from there for one player to accumulate all the chips.
The last couple of days have been a pleasant mix of poker and fun. We’ve had a few nights to get out on the town, a few nights to search for (and fail to find) Korean BBQ, and a few nights to re-connect with old friends made from years of traveling the circuit.
Today, however, it’s all business. We’re spending the long haul in the Paradise Walkerhill Casino until someone raises the winner’s trophy over his head. By that point, the sun is likely to long have set. But someone will be beaming on the tournament floor.