Jae Kyung ‘Simba’ Sim took down the APPT Cebu Main Event in the Philippines last night for almost $100,000 after playing what he described as a patient game.
Sim indeed had been patient during the penultimate day of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Main Event in Cebu – starting the day in 24th position of the 25 players remaining and only creeping into the money courtesy of a double up A♦ 10♦ > A♥ 7♦ against Anthony Wright.
Once the bubble had burst, Sim was still the short-stack, but a double up against Michael Allmrodt A♦ 10♣ > A♦ 7♥, and then two more against big chip leader Jim Collopy A♦ 9♠ (flopped top pair) v 6♠ 6♥ and K♣ 9♥ (flopped top pair) > 7♣ 4♣ (flopped second pair) won Sim a seat at the final table.
|#||APPT Cebu – Final Table||Chips|
|2||Bawod Hyunshik Yun||528,000|
|5||Jae Kyung Sim||371,000|
Simba Storms Final Table
There was little of Jae Kyung Sim´s ‘patience’ showing during the early levels of the final table. Within the hour that remained in Level 18 (blinds 4,000/8,000 – ante 1,000) Sim took out Andrew Nguyen (A♥ K♦ > A♣ Q♥), Michael Allmrodt (Q♣ J♠ -flopped top pair > K♠ 6♠) and Timo Kohijoki (A♥ 10♠ > J♥ 10♣).
As Level 19 started (blinds 5,000/10,000 – ante 1,000) Sim continued his final table assault – taking chips from Anthony Wright, Daniel Spence and Jim Collopy before busting out Bawod Hyunshik Yun A♦ A♥ > A♣ K♦ to take the chip lead with over 1.5 million chips – almost half the chips in play.
Karlsson and Wright Emerge as Challengers
While Jae Kyung Sim was repeatedly doing damage to Jim Collopy´s chip stack (Collopy was coolered by Sim in a Full House over Trip Nines hand and then when Sim turned a Flush to best Collopy´s flopped set) Magnus Karlsson and Anthony Wright emerged as the biggest threats to Jae Kyung Sim´s final table superiority.
Magnus Karlsson chipped up to over 800,000 chips when eliminating Daniel Spence in fifth position (A♦ Q♠ > 8♦ 5♦), while Anthony Wright busted the recent WSOP APAC Pot Limit Omaha bracelet winner Jim Collopy in fourth place, when Collopy ran his Q♥ Q♠ into Spence´s A♥ A♠. However, now having two-thirds of the chips in play, Sim´s lead ultimately proved to be unassailable.
Sim´s Patience Runs Out and Luck Takes Over
After an eternity, during which few hands progressed beyond the flop, Jae Kyung Sim´s patience eventually took back seat as the players were about to reach the end of Level 23 (blinds 12,000/24,000 – ante 4,000). In the final hand before the break, Sim opened to 50,000 chips from the small blind, before being met with an all-in for 300,000 chips from Anthony Wright on the big blind.
Sim snap-called, and both players tabled their cards. Anthony Wright was at a slight advantage with 6♦ 6♣ against Jae Kyung Sim´s A♥ K♣, but the A♦ on the Turn gave Sim the top pair and eliminated Wright from The APPT Cebu Main Event in third.
With a 5:1 chip advantage, the heads-up between Jae Kyung Sim and Magnus Karlsson was only to last three hands; however the manner of Sim´s victory was a lucky flop rather than a masterclass in poker.
With blinds now at 15,000/30,000 (ante 5,000) Magnus Karlsson raised to 60,000 chips and Jae Kyung Sim made the call. Following the flop of 4♦ 7♥ 5♠, Sim checked to Karlsson, who bet out 65,000. Sim raised to 155,000 chips to which Karlsson responded by moving all-in and Sim instantly called.
When the two players rolled over the cards, Jae Kyung Sim (8♦ 6♦) had flopped a straight and, with nothing on the turn or river to help Karlsson (10♠ 6♥), Jae Kyung ‘Simba’ Sim became the APPT Cebu Main Event Champion.
APPT Cebu Main Event Result
The currency used for the buy-in and prize money at the APPT Cebu Main Event was the Philippine Peso (PHP). At about 40 PHP to the dollar, Jae Kyung ‘Simba’ Sim´s prize for taking down the Main Event was a little under $100,000.
|#||APPT Cebu – Result||Prize (PHP)|
|1||Jae Kyung Sim||3,948,000|
|6||Bawod Hyunshik Yun||705,000|