2013 PokerStars.net APPT Seoul Day 1a: Benjamin Richardson and Manami Hayamizu Lead

Manami Hayamizu

On Thursday, the first starting flight of the 2013 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Seoul Main Event kicked off at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino. Day 1a saw a total of 122 players hit the felt for the first main event of the APPT Season 7 schedule. By the end of eight levels only 50 players remained with Benjamin Richardson (111,600) leading the pack. Right on Richardson's heels was Manami Hayamizu (104,800) who sat near the top of the leaderboard for the majority of the day.

While Richardson and Hayamizu finished in the top positions, they weren't the only ones to find success. Other players who will be returning with chips on Day 2 include Wang Ping Yuan (102,400), Park Yu Cheung (90,000), PokerStars Team Online member Naoya Kihara (88,700), Foster Hays (85,500), Casey Kastle (58,100), and Nicky Tao Jin (43,100).

Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

1Benjamin Richardson111,600
2Manami Hayamizu104,800
3Wang Ping Yuan102,400
4Takahisa Watanabe98,700
5Park Yu Cheung90,000
6Naoya Kihara88,700
7Foster Hays85,500
8Yi Po Lee85,000
9Stephen Depew72,600
10Jordan Westmorland70,200

Xuan Liu will also be returning for Day 2. Liu found much success early in the day, but that all came crashing down before the last break. On the last hand of Level 6, Liu was involved in a hand that saw her seven-bet shove all in holding pocket queens. While Liu's ladies were strong, they were nothing against the pocket kings and pocket aces of her opponents. After that hit Liu was able to nurse her short stack back to life during the last two levels of the day and will be returning for Day 2 with 53,500 in chips.

Joseph Cheong made the trip to Seoul and was eager to participate in this event but was eliminated before play ended for the day. Cheong took a substantial hit early when his {a-}{a-} was cracked by an opponent's {q-}{q-}. Eventally, he was all in before the flop holding {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} against an opponent's {8-Spades}{8-Hearts} but was forced to the rail when the board ran out {j-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}.

Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang also sat down at the tables only to come up short by the day's conclusion. Huang saw his final hand against two other opponents on a board of {5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}. Huang fired a bet of 2,250 and one of his opponents called to see the {4-Spades} strike the turn. Huang moved all in for about 13,000. His opponent announced a call.

Huang: {j-Spades}{9-Spades}
Opponent: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}

Huang needed to either make a flush or pair his jack on the river to stay alive. Unfortunately for Huang, the {a-Clubs} completed the board and he made an early exit on Day 1a.

Other notables who failed to survive the day were Sam Grafton, Phil Huxley, Robert Acton, Stevan Chew, David Steicke, JJ Liu, and Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu.

Play will resume at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino on Friday when a new batch of players will take their seats for the second starting flight. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as we provide you with all of the latest updates from the tournament floor.

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