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Over the past few months, Team India has dominated the South-Asian tournament circuit, winning multiple titles and posting numerous standout finishes. After literally crushing the last three live poker stops in Vietnam, our Indian challengers have carried that momentum to the 2022 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila!
Just two days after Young Gun Gaurav Sood shipped the ₱55K Deepstack, the team bagged its second title of the series with Akshay Nasa (cover image) championing Event #12: ₱100K NLH Shotclock – Freezeout.
The 2019 APT Vietnam Main Event champion, Nasa, bested a 19-player field and defeated local pro Florencio Campomanes heads-up to win his maiden PokerStars LIVE title and the top prize of ₱712,200 (₹10.15 Lakhs) – the biggest score by an Indian in the ongoing series so far.
Nasa has a history of running hot in the South-Asian circuit, specifically in Vietnam. The New Delhi-based pro won the 2019 WPT Vietnam VND 6.6 Million NLHE Supestack and finished runner-up in 2019 APT Vietnam VND 65 Million NLHE, 2019 APT Philippines II PHP 86,000 NLHE, and 2019 APT Vietnam VND 65 Million High Rollers. He recently cashed four events at the 2022 APT Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP, with his deepest run being a fourth-place finish in Event #25: Super High Rollers for VND 312.85 Million (~₹10.66 Lakhs).
Nasa’s heads-up rival Florencio Campomanes is also a celebrated name in the Asian poker circuit. The 2019 APPT Manila Main Event champion, Campomanes, is ranked fourth on the Philippines’ All-Time Money List. He picked up ₱474,800 (~$8,571) for his runner-up finish.
Monday had three events running at the PokerStars LIVE poker room inside the iconic Okada Manila, and Philippines’ Clyde Morales was the other title winner of the day as he topped a 79-entry field in Event #11: 15K NLHE SuperDeep – Single Re-entry to collect ₱278,000 (~$5,018).
Two Indians sailed past the money bubble round, with seasoned pro and the 2018 WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Dhaval Mudgal finishing third for ₱129,500 (~₹1.85 Lakhs) – his first cash of the series. Last Sunday, Mudgal had a breakout run on the domestic felts, collecting two runner-up finishes for a whopping ₹15.19 Lakhs.
Siddarth Singhvi placed 11th for ₱25,300 (~₹36,036). This was Singhvi’s second score in the ongoing series. The 2022 APT Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP Event #16: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo winner had previously finished fourth in the ₱15K Knockout for ₱70,100 (~₹1 Lakh).
One of the featured events of the series, Event #10: ₱35,000 APPT National, ran its second and last starting flight, Day 1B, on Monday. Here again, Indian player Deepak Bothra (466,500) bagged the most giant stack among 61 survivors. Young Gun Shardul Parathasarathi (89,000) and PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh (63,500) were the other two Indians advancing, bringing the total count of Indians heading into Day 2 to nine (including the six qualifiers from Day 1A).
Bothra recently banked his career-best finish in the 2022 APT Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP VND 4 Billion GTD Championships Event, placing third for VND 1,065,210,000 (₹36.64 Lakhs).
India’s Akshay Nasa Captures Event #12: ₱100K NLH Shotclock – Freezeout For ₱712,200 (₹10.15 Lakhs)
Event #12: ₱100K NLH Shotclock – Freezeout brought in 19 challengers, creating a ₱1,695,560 (~$30,620) prize pool. Only the final four players earned a payout, and India’s Akshay Nasa walked away with the title and the ₱712,200 (₹10.15 Lakhs) up top. Philippines’ Florencio Campomanes came second for ₱474,800 (~$8,571).
Some notables who fell out empty-handed include Deepstack champion Young Gun Gaurav Sood, WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer, and Philippines’ Lestor Edoc.
Final Table Results (PHP)
Philippines’ Clyde Morales Wins Event #11: ₱15K NLHE SuperDeep – Single Re-Entry For ₱278,000
Event #11: ₱15K NLHE SuperDeep – Single Re-entry brought in a field of 79 entrants – 66 being unique players. The ₱1,011,516 (~$18,255) prize pool was distributed among the top 11 finishers. The Philippines’ Clyde Morales made his way to the top, winning ₱278,000 (~5,020) after denying Hong Kong’s Tsz Him Pun the title in the heads-up showdown. Pun, who fought a long and hard battle, pocketed ₱197,800 (~$3,571) in second place.
It took 18 25-minute levels for the field to narrow down to the final nine players, with Pun leading the way. From there, Morales took over two hours to clinch the victory.
The heads-up between Morale and Tsz Him Pun was a lengthy affair, and Morales held a slight edge after busting India`s Dhaval Mudgal in third place. Mudgal banked ₱129,500 (~₹1.85 Lakhs) for his efforts.
Siddarth Singhvi was the second Indian to finish in the money and min-cashed for ₱25,300 (~₹36,036) in 11th place – his second cash in the series.
Two Indians, Jasven Saigal and Chirag Shah, could not convert their efforts into a payday.
Final Table Results (PHP)
Event #10: ₱35,000 APPT National – Day 1B
Day 1B of Event #10: ₱35,000 APPT National registered 273 entries (205 unique), and 61 made the onward journey to Day 2. Counting the 134 entries from Day 1A, the headline event logged in a total of 407 entries, generating a juicy ₱12,435,885 (~$224,590) prize pool.
The 61 Day 1B survivors will join the 29 Day 1A survivors, creating a starting field of 90 runners on Day 2. Only 55 among them will make it in the money, with a min-cash worth ₱60,500 (~$1,090). The eventual champion is assured a whopping ₱2,465,000 (~$44,515).
Like the Day 1A flight, Indians came out in good numbers for the last flight, and Deepak Bothra (466,500) accumulated the most massive stack of the day. Ludovic Soleau (325,000) and Edilberto Gopez (308,000) finished a distant second and third in chips, respectively.
Bothra was the only player to accumulate over 400K chips on Day 1B and holds the second chip lead coming into Day 2 behind Day 1A chip leader China’s Lanling Yang (498,000).
Young Gun Shardul Parathasarathi (89,000) and PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh (63,500) also survived the Day 1B flight, bringing the total count of Indians heading into Day 2 to nine.
A total of six Indians had bagged stacks on Day 1A, headlined by Sameer Agarwal (268,500), who carried the third-biggest stack of the day. The other Day 1A qualifiers from India included Dhanesh Chainani (180,000), Jasven Saigal (100,000), Dhaval Mudgal (99,000), Young Gun Gaurav Sood (89,500), and PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (74,500).
Anil Adiani, Romit Advani, WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer, ₱100K NLH Shotclock champion Akshay Nasa, Rajiv Sachdeva, and Siddarth Singhvi were also seen in action on Day 1B but failed to make much headway.
Day 2 got underway at 3 PM (local time) on Tuesday, August 2, where the plan is to play down to the nine-handed final table. The final table will commence at 3 PM on Wednesday, August 3.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B
Top 10 Chip Counts at the Start of Day 2
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