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APT Hanoi Vietnam VSOP: India’s Poker Diva Nikita Luther Brings the Country Her First APT Trophy of 2023; Champions Super Holdem Hyper Turbo For VN₫85.37 Million

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis February 8, 2023
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The first APT stop of the year, the 2023 Asian Poker Tour Hanoi Vietnam VSOP, is shaping up to be an exciting one for Team India, with eight cashes in the bag, including three FT finishes and an APT trophy!

Three days after Spartan Poker Team Pro Zarvan Tumboli`s runner-up finish in the series-opener APT Kickoff, his fellow Team Ambassador Nikita Luther got the country its first APT title of the year. The WSOP bracelet winner raced past the 80-player field in the new addition to the series, Event #22: NLH – Super Holdem (3 hole cards) – Hyper Turbo, to capture her maiden APT trophy, along with a winner’s paycheque worth VN₫85.37 Million. Russia’s Nikolay Ponomarenko pocketed VN₫60.68 Million as the runner-up.

Talking about her win, Luther told PokerGuru, “APT experimented with a new format where we could use 3 cards. Adjusting strategy and figuring out the game was a really fun experience. Glad to bring the first trophy home for India. Great contingent here; here’s hoping for more!”

Seasoned poker operator Praveen Dwarkanath registered his third score of the festival in Super Holdem (3 hole cards) – Hyper Turbo, banking VN₫24.21 Million in fifth place to improve his total earnings in the festival to VN₫50.15 Million.

The Tuesday action saw the series showstopper, VN₫10 Billion GTD APT Hanoi Vietnam VSOP Main Event, hosting its second starting flight, Day 1B. Here again, it was an Indian stealing the spotlight as Prashant Bhutoria (247,500) bagged the day-end chip lead among 74 survivors from a 175-strong starting field.

Bhuotria is the sixth Indian to advance to Day 2 and will be joining Day 1A qualifiers Pranav Bagai (147,000), Praveen Dwarkanath (132,400), Zarvan Tumboli (91,700), Alok Birewar (85,900), and Kunal Patni (60,500).

Adding to the team`s tally was Alok Birewar, who finished fourth in the other featured tournament of the day, Event #19: Single Day High Roller, for VN₫243.780 Million, posting his first cash in the series.

In other side events, the two-time APT Main Event champion, Filipino pro Lester Edoc shipped Event #19: Single Day High Roller for VN₫689.930 Million, adding a 16th APT title to his glittering poker resume.

While Luther certainly did India proud with her title win, the honor of becoming the first woman to win a title in the ongoing series went to China’s Xianling Chen. She shipped the inaugural Event #20: Tuesday Tempest, netting VN₫172.47 Million.


India’s Nikita Luther Champions Event #22 NLH – Super Holdem (3 hole cards) – Hyper Turbo For VN₫85.37 Million

Buy-in – VN₫44 Million

Entries – 47

Re-entries – 33

Prize Pool – VN₫310.40 Million

Places Paid – 11

India finally lifted her first APT trophy of 2023, and the ‘desi’ pro to get the country the coveted title was WSOP bracelet winner Nikita Luther. The Spartan Poker Team Pro trounced an 80-strong field (47 unique) in the unique 3-hold card NLHE variant, winning her first-ever APT title and the VN₫85.37 Million top prize.

Nikita Luther
Nikita Luther


The 2019 DPT ₹15K Deep Dive champion was in phenomenal form last year, picking up numerous live scores, headlined by four FT finishes. Luther has entered 2023 with a bang, closing out a four-year-long title dry spell. The New Delhi gal relegated Russia’s Nikolay Ponomarenko to a runner-up finish worth VN₫60.68 Million.

The top 11 finishers were assured payouts, and India’s Praveen Dwarkanath finished fifth for VN₫24.21 Million – marking his third cash at the series – his first FT finish in Vietnam.

Praveen Dwarkanath
Praveen Dwarkanath


Final Table Results

  1. Nikita Luther – VN₫85,370,000
  2. Nikolay Ponomarenko – VN₫60,680,000
  3. Sandro Burkhard – VN₫39,730,000
  4. Kelvin Tang – VN₫30,570,000
  5. Praveen Dwarkanath – VN₫24,210,000
  6. Khoi Nguyen – VN₫18,930,000
  7. Pham Ngoc Quoc Bao – VN₫14,900,000
  8. Marco Wiederkehr – VN₫11,640,000


India’s Prashant Bhutoria Bags Main Event Day 1B Chip Lead Among 74 Survivors

The second starting flight of the VN₫10 Billion GTD APT Hanoi Vietnam VSOP Main Event was one of the biggest attractions on Tuesday. The turnouts lived up to expectations, with the flight registering 175 entries (133 unique), and after ten levels of play, 74 players carried stacks to Day 2. Leading the charge was India’s Prashant Bhutoria (247,500).

The Kolkata-based player had tried his luck in Day 1A but failed to make the cut. He more than made up for it by bagging the biggest stack on Day 1B. According to our tournament archives, Bhutoria is yet to win a live tournament and will be looking to put his big stack to good use by making a deep run in the Main Event.

Ritesh Khatwani, Nikita Luther, Jasven Saigal, and Amanpreet Singh were all part of the Day 1B field but failed to survive the day`s play.

Local players Victor Em (236,600), Phan Dinh Nam (221,400), Hai Phong Nguyen (204,600), and Tuan Nguyen (180,800) filled in the other four names on top of the Day 1B survivor`s list.

Day 1C is already underway, while Day 1D is scheduled to start at 5 PM (local time) today. Day 2 kicks off at 11 AM (local time) on Thursday, February 9.

Prashant Bhutoria
Prashant Bhutoria


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B

  1. Phashant Bhutoria – 247,500
  2. Victor Em – 236,600
  3. Phan Dinh Nam – 221,400
  4. Hai Phong Nguyen – 204,600
  5. Tuan Nguyen – 180,800
  6. William Kang – 178,000
  7. Jinlong Hu – 158,100
  8. Seung Hun Ko – 157,200
  9. Yiu Yeung Leung – 154,900
  10. Thanh Phat Nguyen – 152,600


Filipino Poker Pro Lester Edoc Dominates Event #19: Single Day High Roller to Win VN₫689.930 Million – His 16th APT Title

Buy-in – VN₫44,000,000

Entries – 42

Re-entries – 19

Prize Pool – VN₫2,366,800,000

Places Paid – 9

The VN₫44 Million buy-in Event #19 Single Day High Roller – 8 Max was the talk of the town beside the APT Main Event yesterday, as 42 of the world’s best high-stakes players (61 total entries) gathered chasing a share of the massive VN₫2.367 Billion prize pool.

The field was filled with some of the biggest names in Asia, including APT Main Event Day 1A chip leader Xixiang Luo, India’s Kunal Patni, and Teddy Pham. Still, it was two-time APT Main Event champion Lester Edoc who emerged as the ultimate champion.

With a chip lead in hand and a dominating performance at the final table, Edoc claimed his 16th APT title and a massive VN₫689.930 Million top prize, shocking the poker world with his remarkable win.

China’s Yake Wu finished second, taking home VN₫497.030 Million for his impressive runner-up performance. Wu’s compatriot Po Wen Fang rounded out the podium with a VN₫323.070 Million third-place cash prize.

The 2022 IPC Megastacks ₹100K High Roller champion Alok Birewar, who has already made Day 2 in the APT Main Event (through Day 1A), was also among the finalists. His run ended in fourth place, fetching him VN₫243.780 Million – his first score in the ongoing series.

Alok Birewar
Alok Birewar


With the top nine places paid, Felix Weis (5th for VN₫189.340 Million), Niroshan Loganathan (6th for VN₫146.740 Million), Ang Mei San (7th for VN₫115.970 Million), Jun Hao Wu (8th for VN₫89.940 Million), and Tran Van Tai (9th for VN₫71 Million) made the payouts line.

This high-stakes event was filled with tension, excitement, and big money, making it a thrilling experience for all involved.

Lester Edoc
Lester Edoc


Complete Results (VN₫)

  1. Lester Edoc – VN₫689,930,000
  2. Yake Wu – VN₫497,030,000
  3. Po Wen Fang – VN₫323,070,000
  4. Alok Birewar – VN₫243,780,000
  5. Felix Weis – VN₫189,340,000
  6. Niroshan Loganathan – VN₫146,740,000
  7. Ang Mei San – VN₫115,970,000
  8. Jun Hao Wu – VN₫89,940,000
  9. Tran Van Tai – VN₫71,000,000


China’s Xianling Chen Wins Maiden APT Title in First-Ever Event #20: Tuesday Tempest For VN₫172.47 Million

Buy-in – VN₫11,000,000

Entries – 54

Re-entries – 7

Prize Pool – VN₫591,700,000

Places Paid – 9

The 2023 APT Hanoi Vietnam VSOP witnessed a significant landmark yesterday, with two female poker pros picking up titles on the same day.

China’s Xianling Chen became the first female APT champion of the year as she took down the first-ever Event #20: Tuesday Tempest, defeating compatriot Ian Lam heads-up. Chen took home the VN₫172.47 Million top prize and the prestige of being crowned the inaugural Tuesday Tempest champion.

Chen’s win, along with the victory of Spartan Poker pro Nikita Luther in the inaugural Super Hold’em Hyper Turbo, made it a double celebration for women in the poker world and will surely inspire more women to take up the challenge.

The VN₫11 Million buy-in Tuesday Tempest – Single Re-Entry drew 61 entries (54 unique), resulting in a prize pool of VN₫591.70 Million. Nine players were assured payouts.

Ian Lam took home VN₫124.26 Million for his runner-up finish, while the USA’s Robert Kiss banked VN₫80.77 Million in third place.

Sing Foong Soo (4th for VN₫60.95 Million), Kwok Chun Yip (5th for VN₫47.34 Million), Terry Nguyen (6th for VN₫36.69 Million), Koji Takagi (7th for VN₫28.99 Million), Yew Fei Lee (8th for VN₫22.48 Million), and Anh Hung Vuong Quoc (9th for VN₫17.75 Million), were the others to make the money.

Xianling Chen
Xianling Chen


Complete Results (VN₫)

  1. Xianling Chen – VN₫172,470,000
  2. Ian Lam – VN₫124,260,000
  3. Robert Kiss – VN₫80,770,000
  4. Sing Foong Soo – VN₫60,950,000
  5. Kwok Chun Yip – VN₫47,340,000
  6. Terry Nguyen – VN₫36,690,000
  7. Koji Takagi – VN₫28,990,000
  8. Yew Fei Lee – VN₫22,480,000
  9. Anh Hung Vuong Quoc – VN₫17,750,000


Content & Images Courtesy: Asian Poker Tour

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