After the first break on Day 1b, a new attendance record for a PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Korea Main Event had been set and once the registration for the ₩1,800,000 ($1,586) buy-in was closed, the 449 entries of the previous year were surpassed by a landslide thanks to an additional 359 entries on the second and final starting day.
Along with the 222 entries of Day 1a, a field of 581 entries has emerged, and the record for the biggest event on Korean soil was narrowly missed. Day 1b saw 94 hopefuls advance and combined with the 59 Day 1a survivors, a total of 153 players remain in contention at the Paradise City Casino in Incheon, South Korea.
More than half of the remaining field will leave empty-handed when the cards go back in the air on Saturday, April 13th, 2019, as of 1 p.m. local time, as just 72 spots receive a portion of the ₩912,983,400 ($803,425) prize pool with ₩3,290,000 ($2,895) as min-cash and a top prize of ₩198,100,000 ($174,32).
Best-positioned to lift the trophy for the winner shots on Sunday thus far is Russia’s Konstantin Pogodin, who skyrocketed to the lead in the penultimate level of the night. Pogodin got his above-average stack in with a king-high flush draw on a ten-high board and was called by an opponent with a pair of nines. Instead of hitting a diamond, the Russian went the more difficult path of runner-runner straight and went on to boost his stack further after that to bag up an impressive 359,500.