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APT Kickoff 2017: Korea`s Byun Choul Seung Wins Charity Event, NLH Welcome Event Down to Final Eight
January 12, 2017, 12:34:01
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The APT Kickoff 2017 series got off to an encouraging start yesterday at Resorts World Manila with Korea`s Byun Choul Seung (cover image) taking down the first trophy of the series in the Ante Up for Charity event.

The series opener NLH Welcome Event attracted 120 entries and is down to a final table of eight players, who will return today to play down to a champion! 

India`s Kunal Patni joined the series yesterday at the NLH welcome event, but made an early exit.


NLH Welcome Event

The opening event at the APT Kickoff 2017, the NLH Welcome Event registered 120 entries collecting a total prize pool of US$17,460. Among the notables present at the series was APT POY 2016 champion Iori Yogo, APT RPOY Korea champion Hung-Sheng Lin, pros Tetsuya Tsuchikawa and former APT Main Event champions In Chul Sin, Joven Huerto, and Alexis Lim. Adda52 Team Pro Kunal Patni also joined the action at the series yesterday. However, all of the aforementioned pros failed to make it in the money.

The opening event resumes today at 1pm with the Final 8 players returning to play on the featured RFID table. The final table will be broadcasted on the APT Twitch channel.

APT Kickoff 2017 Welcome Event Final Table

                                    APT Kickoff 2017 NLH Welcome Event Final Table

Final Table Chip Counts
Seat 1: Sato Sinichiro - 131,000
Seat 2: Jonald Garcia - 79,000
Seat 3: John Tech - 194,000
Seat 4: Jay Aldave - 70,000
Seat 5: Guido Budack - 102,000
Seat 6: Phil Rohm - 216,000
Seat 7: George Taylor - 124,000
Seat 8: Allan Daypuyart - 284,500

Payouts (9th-18th in USD)
9. Jerson Quiras – $530
10. Daryn Sanders – $450
11. Renniel Galvez – $430
12. Joven Huerto – $430
13. Neil Lawrence – $370
14. Alfred Reyes – $370
15. Michael Capinpuyan – $370
16. Diana Tan – $320
17. Edwin Marzan – $320
18. Markus Pitkanen – $320


Ante Up for Charity

23 players signed up for the Ante Up for Charity event raising U$1,150 for the Cancer Warriors Foundation, a non-profit organization for the support and advocacy of children with cancer.

Korea`s Byun Choul Seung made quick work of his heads-up opponent Yul Maravilla from Philippines with his card 1card 1 overpowering the latters card 1card 3 on the board card 1card 1card 3card 3card 3, to win the first trophy at the series.

Byun Choul Seung

                                        Byun Choul Seung

Final Results
1. Byun Choul Seung – $990
2. Yul Maravilla – $620
3. Michael Kim Falcon – $390
4. Trifie Montebon – $300

Keep following the latest updates from the APT Kickoff 2017 series right here on PokerGuru!

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1. Iori Yogo Claims APT POY Title; Sam Razavi, SJ Kim, Mike Takayama & Hung-Sheng Lin Win Awards

2. APT Finale Macau 2016: SJ Kim Wins Third Title, Five More Winners Emerge as Series Concludes

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