Kannapong Thanarattrakul wins first ever APT Tokyo ME
The prestigious Asian Poker Tour (APT) brand ventured into new territory by hosting a series in the capital of Japan, Tokyo. The APT Japan Tokyo 2019 began on 1st February and ended yesterday i.e. 11th February. The JPY 30k Main Event was hosted with three starting flights and two other days following the flights. The Final Table was also live streamed on various APT social media.
After first two flights hosted in the fist half of the series, Masahiro Kikuchi was leading in chip counts from Day 1B. From a total of 234 entrants to the event, the whittled-down field of 8 players were playing for the 1st place yesterday and some great poker ensured.
Kannapong Thanrattrakul bagged the 1st place title. Since there is no monetary prize in Japan, the champion got an APT Philippines I Main Event ticket worth JPY 120k, Championships Event ticket worth JPY 240k, High Roller ticket worth JPY 240k, airfare and free accommodation at the series’ venue later (24 April - 5 May) this year.
The champion Thanarattrakul hails from Thailand and has about $8k in live cashes till date, which he made from finishing 7th in 2018 PPPoker Festival Main Event, Taiwan. He has a few cashes till now, but since the prize here were tickets to the next biggest APT series. It will be worth his while since he’ll get to hone his skills further and make some deep runs too.
The runner-up, the 3rd place and the 4th place were the ones paid out. The runner-up turned out to be Japanese local Masakatsu Setoguchi who also earned an APT Philippines I Main Event ticket worth JPY 120k and the Championships Event ticket worth JPY 240k with free airfare and accommodation.
The 3rd place saw China’s Fu Jiangbin fill it, bagging an APT Philippines I ME ticket. The 4th place finisher was another Japanese player Kohei Iwaki who earned the same prize as Jiangbin. Only the top 4 positions were paid in the tournament. The APT Tokyo Championships Event is also in the books so stay tuned to GutshotMagazine.com for more details on it as well as for general poker news from around the world.
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