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Daiki Shingae Wins Zodiac Classic Sponsored by Natural8

Jordan C

Sep 1, 2023

Zodiac Classic Single Re-Entry Event Sponsored by Natural8

After busting early on Day 2 of the APT Incheon Main Event, Daiki Shingae of Japan got back on the horse and entered the Zodiac Classic event. After bagging a modest stack of 104,000, he went on a tear on Day 2 to take down his first APT title after making a deal with Yuta Morikawa heads-up. Along with his trophy, he’ll also be taking home a cool KRW 46,826,000 - not bad for a couple of day's work!

Day 2 Action

A total of 54 players remained going into Day 2, with half of the remaining field being paid. There was plenty of action early on, as the big stacks tried to apply pressure to those waiting for the bubble to burst, while the short stacks were desperately attempting to find a double-up and survive into the money. 

We lost several notable players before the money, including the winner of the Deuces Wild Hyper Turbo event here at APT Incheon, Karen Ka Yan Tsang, as well as the Day 1 chip leader Hiroshi Nishiyama of Japan. Hattori Masato also failed to make the money after ending Day 1 second in chips.

Final Tablists

The final table had a healthy mix of experienced players and relative newcomers, making for an interesting table dynamic. We lost one of the more experienced players early on at our final table, as Yang Zhang was eliminated in 7th for KRW 9,260,000, just ahead of Kensuke Yamamoto in 8th place. Zhang has over $3 million in tournament winnings as well as two WSOP bracelets, so he may feel disappointed to bust so soon at the final table.

Xingbiao Zhu is another experienced player who made an appearance at this final table and seems to have a particular affinity for playing in Incheon. He has three APPT titles to his name, as well as multiple AJPC titles, all won here in Incheon! Unfortunately for Zhu, he was unable to add an APT title to that resume, as he busted in 5th place for KRW 16,560,000 ahead of Japan’s Yoshitomo Ishii in 6th.

China’s Yan Li was next to bust in 4th place, followed shortly by Suparerk Totsaponvisad. It’s somewhat fitting that the man who ended Day 1 third in chips ended Day 2 in third place, taking home KRW 25,470,000 for his efforts. 

That left Yuta Morikawa and Daiki Shingae heads-up. With the stacks evenly matched, the two players agreed to a deal, leaving a small amount to play for heads-up. Shingae managed to overcome his countrymate in the heads-up battle to take home his first APT title, along with a payday of KRW 46,826,000.

APT Incheon Event #53 Final Table Results

Place Name Country Prize (KRW) Prize (USD)
1 Daiki Shingae Japan 46,826,000 ~$35,587.76*
2 Yuta Morikawa Japan 45,039,500 ~$34,230.02*
3 Suparerk Totsaponvisad Thailand 25,470,000 ~$19,357.20
4 Yan Li China 20,760,000 ~$15,777.60
5 Xingbiao Zhu China 16,560,000 ~$12,585.60
6 Yoshitomo Ishii Japan 12,720,000 ~$9,667.20
7 Yang Zhang China 9,260,000 ~$7,037.60
8 Kensuke Yamamoto Japan 6,710,000 ~$5,099.60

*Deal made heads-up.

After a string of impressive performances at APT stops, will Daiki Shingae push on and establish himself as a formidable player on the tour? Let us know on social media and subscribe to stay tuned to all the latest poker news and events.

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