The Asian Poker Tour 2019 Main Event attracted a robust field of 234 entrants across starting flights featuring a JPY 30,000 Buy-in. Thailand’s Kannapong Thanarattrakul topped the competition who claimed the title to win his maiden APT Mythical Golden Lion Trophy. He came into the final table with an average stack of 608,000, but he made to the top skillfully. He defeated Japan’s Masakatsu Setoguchi heads-up to lift the trophy.
Along with a ticket worth JPY 120,000 to the APT Philippines Main Event 2019, Thanarattrakul bagged tickets for Championships Event (JPY 240,000) and High Rollers (JPY 240,000) at the upcoming stop with free air travel and hotel stay.
Along with the Main Event was the JPY 25,000 buy-in Championships Event that crowned a winner in Japan’s Yuki Hirata. He topped a 75 strong field to win the APT Trophy and a package worth JPY 280,000. The series culminated with Narutoshi Otsuka taking down the NLHE 3(JPY 160,000) side event.
The participation numbers increased at the Main Event as the starting flights played out one after other. On 2nd February, the Day1 hosted and registered 52 entries, Day 1B played out February3 saw 65 entries. Day1C which was held on 9th February saw the most well attended with 117 entries. The field grew with 79 among them advancing to Day2. Koreo’s In Ho Song Day1C chip leader was in the driver’s seat at the start of play on Day2 with a stack of 224,200.
In Ho Song with other prominent players including Kenji Hata, APT Japan Kickoff champion 2019 Go Mori and former APT Main Event champion Takumi Samejima failed to secure a place in the eight handed final table that was reached as Day2 concluded.