The remaining 48 players in the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour Seoul tournament returned to the felt to play down to the final table yesterday in Seoul, Korea. Dan Schreiber started the day with a big chip lead, and finished in the middle of the pack at the final table. The top five chip stacks looked like this when play began on Day 2 -
Daniel Schreiber 164500
Uwe Brauckhoff 85900
Jason Min 83900
Zhiwei Ang 74100
Jozef Berec 71000
Giant-killer Jacques Zaicik was one of the first to bust on Day 2, after a remarkable Day 1 in which he claimed the scalps of both Vanessa Rousso and Joe Hachem. Zaicik caught a lucky flop of with his , but Elton Tsang caught a Queen on the river with his to send Zaicik to the rail.
The pace of play was deliberate on Day 2, as it took nearly eight hours to bust the requisite 32 players to get to the money. Finally, Haward Speers shoved all in preflop with , and Sid Kim called with pocket sevens. No help on the board for Haward, and he busted in 17th, guaranteeing a payday for the 16 remaining players.
Isabelle Mercier was the first to bust post-bubble, when she ran pocket eights into James Honeybone's Aces. Uwe Braukhoff lost a coin flip shortly afterwards when his couldn't hold up against Ulf Martensson's . Elton Tsang busted in 14th when he got it all in with Aces on a board of , only to be called by Ziv Bachar with a set of deuces. Heige Vatne went to the rail in 13th when his nines were no good against Paul Adams' pocket Kings. Mercier, Braukhoff, Tsang and Vatne all collected $4,371 for their finishes.
Ziv Bachar busted another one when Michael Collins moved all in over the top of his preflop raise with . Bachar called with and the flop was all undercards. Collins finished in 12th for $6,557.
As the final table bubble neared, play tightened up a bit, but Kent Justice couldn't make it past Jozfef Berec to the final table. Berec flopped a straight on a board of , and busted Justice's two pair. No help for Justice on the river and he was done in 11th ($6,557). Ulf Martensson called a preflop raise from Jozef Berec with , and was ahead on the flop of . Berec held , and the on the river made Berec's straight and sent Martensson to the rail in 10th.
Ziv Bachar was the chip leader at the end of Day 2, and will head to the final table with a slight chip lead over 2nd-place Jozef Barac. The chip counts look like this for the final table -
Seat 1: Ziv Bachar - 415,000
Seat 2: James Honeybone - 171,500
Seat 3: Jozef Berec - 350,000
Seat 4: Dan Schreiber - 185,500
Seat 5: Paul Adams - 184,000
Seat 6: Roger Spets - 168,000
Seat 7: Sid Kim - 110,500
Seat 8: Michel St Pierre - 149,500
Seat 9: Seval Haegeland - 127,500