Michael Soyza Wins 2019 PokerStars APPT Korea Super High Roller for $157,423

Michael Soyza Wins 2019 PokerStars APPT Korea Super High Roller for $157,423

Michael Soyza wins the 2019 PokerStars APPT Korea Super High Roller

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  • 2019 APPT Korea Super High Roller Results
  • PokerStars APPT Korea Super High Roller Final Day Action

A champion has been crowned in the 2019 PokerStars APPT Korea ₩10,000,000 APPT Super High Roller ($8,767). It was a very familiar face that ended up posing for the winner shots at the Paradise City Resort & Casino in Incheon, South Korea: Malaysia’s Michael Soyza.

Soyza, who scored back-to-back victories at this very venue one year ago, took home the lion’s share of the ₩611,585,000 ($537,210) prize pool and claimed a payday of ₩178,890,000 ($157,423) after defeating China’s Jiang Chen in a brief heads-up encounter to best a field of 65 entries.

"What can I say, you run like God, and you’re gonna win – get it in bad and then just suck out."

Soyza doubled his shorter stack in the very last hand of Day 1 and entered the final day in the middle of the pack. On the last two tables, Soyza suffered a big setback when he ran queens into aces. But from there on out it was all about the Malaysian. Even on the final table, Soyza was short just once and won a vital flip against Huahuan Feng before dispatching all four remaining opponents.

"What can I say, you run like God, and you’re gonna win – get it in bad and then just suck out."

For Soyza, it is yet another victory and his fourth title in South Korea after winning the APPT Korea Main Event and a Side Event in 2018, followed by a victory in the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series HK$500,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Event a few weeks ago.

"There’s no secret to it; I just run good in Korea I guess. You just need to play a lot; play tons and put the practice in and the results will come."

The Triton triumph in March 2019 added another $1.4 million to his poker resume and Soyza has now locked up his fourteenth live event victory, which includes six PokerStars Live tournaments for just shy of $5.2 million in cashes and a fifth place in the Malaysian all-time money list.

"I don’t have any goals, I’m not chasing any all-time money lists, or any rankings or whatever, I just hopefully keep on making some money, that’s enough for me. It’s all about the money, the trophies don’t matter so much, and I already have them."

While Soyza claimed the trophy, other big names just missed out on the money. PokerStars ambassador Celina Lin was eliminated two spots from the money, and Randy Lew became the bubble boy. Start-of-day chip leader Jun Obara had to settle for eight place, and Irshat Shaykhov became a victim of the hot run of Soyza; the Russian had to settle for fourth place.

2019 APPT Korea Super High Roller Results

Place Winner Country Prize (in KRW) Prize (in USD)
1 Michael Soyza Malaysia ₩178,890,000 $157,423
2 Jiang Chen China ₩128,432,000 $113,020
3 Huahuan Feng China ₩83,480,000 $73,462
4 Irshat Shaykhov Russia ₩62,992,000 $55,433
5 Wayne Heung Hong Kong ₩48,925,000 $43,054
6 Yake Wu China ₩37,920,000 $33,370
7 Wai Wa Chan Hong Kong ₩29,970,000 $26,374
8 Jun Obara Japan ₩23,240,000 $20,451
9 Hideki Izutsu Japan ₩17,736,000 $15,608
Michael Soyza wins the 2019 PokerStars APPT Korea Super High Roller
Michael Soyza wins the 2019 PokerStars APPT Korea Super High Roller

PokerStars APPT Korea Super High Roller Final Day Action

Yinsheng Yang ran out of chips right away, and Dongsheng Peng saw his aces cracked by ace-jack. Calvin Lee and Lei Yu were among those who fell much earlier than they had hoped for and the final two tables only briefly featured Wai Kiat Lee and Sparrow Cheung. The latter ran with ace-nine suited into the ace-king of Christopher Park. However, there was no happy end for Park either, as he fell short of the money too.

After an early double up, Wayne Zhang cruised among the big stacks. However, that all changed when he ran into the pocket aces of Irshat Shaykhov twice in back-to-back hands. Dong Chen followed, and a series of double ups for shorter stacks suddenly sent Celina Lin into the danger zone. The PokerStars ambassador couldn’t get there with ace-four against pocket jacks and hit the rail in eleventh place with nine spots paid. Randy Lew followed a few minutes later with fives versus queens, bursting the bubble.

APPT Korea Super High Roller Final Table
APPT Korea Super High Roller Final Table

The final table started in dramatic fashion for the last two Japanese players in contention. Jun Obara and Hideki Izutsu lost most of their chips, the latter in a flip with king-queen against the pocket eights of Yake Wu. Obara then moved all in, and Izutsu called for less than one big blind to bow out in ninth place. A few minutes later, Obara got it in with ace-jack against the ace-trey of Jiang Chen and flopped top pair, but running clubs gave Chen an unlikely four-card flush.

Michael Soyza took over the top spot when his straight and flush draw got there against the pair and gutshot of Wai Wa Chan. Soyza soon after lost a big portion of his stack when he jammed with queen-nine into the ace-queen of Huahuan Feng. Soyza doubled back into the lead against Feng with jack-ten versus sevens as he rivered a straight, and from there on out never surrendered the top spot.

First Soyza jammed the button with king-jack, and Wayne Heung called with queens only for a king to appear right in the window. Another Soyza jam was called by Irshat Shaykhov with king-six suited and Soyza flopped an eight with his queen-eight. The third casualty in a row for the Malaysian was Feng, who saw the pocket eights of Soyza hold up against his queen-jack.

Down to the final two, Soyza had an overwhelming lead against Jiang Chen. One double up brought short-lived hope, as the aggression of Soyza prevailed. Down to ten big blinds, Chen called a jam with eight-six suited and was even ahead of the six-trey of clubs of Soyza. Two clubs on the flop spelled trouble, and another club on the turn sealed the victory for Soyza.

That brings an end to the PokerNews updates for the Super High Roller here in Incheon, but Day 1a of the Main Event is already in full swing, and the guaranteed prize pool of that has been surpassed in the first six levels.


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