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APT Kick-Off Vietnam: Sumit Sapra Places 6th in the Main Event; Sapra, Munsaf & Mudgal Through to Day 2 of Championships Event

Sumit Sapra, Meherzad Munsaf & Dhaval Mudgal
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  • Namita Ghosh January 19, 2020
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The Asian Poker Tour (APT) Kick-Off Vietnam is currently underway at Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The 12-day long series that had a packed 25 events on the schedule began proceedings on January 10 and is fast approaching the finish line.

The most awaited event at the stop, the Main Event VND 8 Billion GTD, kicked off the first of its three starting flights on January 12. Along with late registrations on Day 2, the event clocked in 365 entries. Day 2 closed out with 50 survivors and the eight-handed final table was formed by the end of Day 3. Coming out on top was South Africa’s Rayhaan Adam, who collected a hefty paycheque of VND 1,731,440,000 (~₹53 Lakhs) for the win.

Vietnam is increasingly finding favor among Indian players, and even though two back-to-back domestic stops were playing out in Goa, several Indian pros took the opportunity to fly down to Vietnam for the series. The outing has been profitable for the group with Sumit Sapra tasting success in the Main Event with a sixth-place finish worth VND 334,530,000 (₹10.23 Lakhs). He was the only Indian player to cash.

The action has since shifted to the Championships Event VND 6 Billion GTD that garnered 137 entries (Day 1A – 76, Day 1B – 61) across two starting flights. Only 71 have survived through to Day 2, and this includes three Indian players. Meherzad Munsaf (99,700) and Dhaval Mudgal (24,000) advanced through Day 1A, while Sumit Sapra (111,800) made it from Day 1B.

Day 1A chip leader, Japan’s Seitaro Aso (319,000), will come in as the start of day chip leader among the 71 qualifiers when Day 2 begins at 1 PM (local time) on January 19.


Rayhaan Adam Wins Main Event, Sumit Sapra Finishes 6th

The VND 22 Million buy-in Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam Main Event VND 8 Billion GTD began proceedings on January 12, attracting 328 entries across three starting flights. While only 140 (Day 1A – 35, Day 1B – 31 and Day 1C – 75) of them could make it to Day 2, 37 more players joined the field on Day 2, expanding the field to 365 entries.

After a five day marathon, the tournament eventually crowned a champion in South Africa’s Rayhaan Adam. Adam had entered the final table with an overwhelming chip lead and retained his dominance until the end. He eventually lifted the trophy to win the VND 1,731,440,000 (~₹53 Lakhs) up top.

A total of four Indians had made it to Day 2 from all the starting flights. Vikas Sahni, who had come in through Day 1A, busted on Day 2. Sumit Sapra, Dhaval Mudgal, and Meherzad Munsaf – all of whom had come in from Day 1C sailed through to Day 3.

Both Mudgal and Munsaf had a tough ride on Day 3 and fell out before the money bubble. Munsaf came agonizingly close to crossing the money line but ended up hitting the rail right on the bubble.

Sapra ran exceedingly well and bagged up for Day 3 along with 49 others. He was also able to find his way into the eight-handed final table that was formed at the end of Day 3. Though he was looming among the bottom of the stacks at the start of the eight-handed final table, Sapra did well to eventually finish sixth for a VND 334,530,000 (₹10.26 Lakhs) payout.

The tournament paid out the top 37 finishers at least VND 41,950,000, and some notables who earned payouts included Qian Xubl (11th for VND 125,250,000), Linh Tran (21st for VND 72,480,000) and Le Ngoc Khanh (29th for VND 50,340,000).

Rayhaan Adam
Rayhaan Adam


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Rayhaan Adam – VND 1,731,440,000
  2. Brandon Mifsud – VND 1,154,300,000
  3. Francis Garson – VND 802,450,000
  4. Tuan – VND 579,590,000
  5. Yuwen Pan – VND 433,440,000
  6. Sumit Sapra – VND 334,530,000
  7. Hwang Sang Yeon – VND 265,650,000
  8. Ho Yin Shek –VND 216,430,000


Championships Event – Day 1A & Day 1B Recap

The VND 38,50,000 buy-in Championships Event VND 6 Billion GTD opened to action on January 17 with the first of its two starting flights. Day 1A attracted 76 entries, and at the end of it, only 37 could qualify for Day 2. Ending his day in pole position was Japan’s Seitaro Aso (319,000).

Two Indians, namely Meherzad Munsaf (99,700) and Dhaval Mudgal (24,000), made the cut for Day 2 from this flight.

Meherzad Munsaf and Dhaval Mudgal
Meherzad Munsaf and Dhaval Mudgal


Day 1B ran on January 18 and drew 61 entries, bringing the overall field size to 137. End of play, only 34 found bags for Day 2, with local pro Harry Duong (231,600) advancing with the biggest stack.

Sumit Sapra, fresh off his final table finish in the Main Event, was the lone Indian who bagged up on Day 1B. Sapra carried forward an above-average stack of 111,800 for Day 2.

Day 1A chip leader Aso remains at the forefront of the 71 players who will be taking their seats for Day 2. Other notable stacks coming into Day 2 belong to David Erquiaga (153,800), Vincent Li (136,700), Song Daewoo (113,400) Yohwan Lim (56,600) and Linh Tran (49,800).

With late registration open for the first two hours on Day 2, this number will increase, and that`s when the final prize pool and payouts will be announced.

Day 2 begins at 1 PM (local time) with the opening blinds at 600/1,200 and a running ante of 1,200.

Seitaro Aso
Seitaro Aso


Top 10 Chip Counts For Day 2 (Day 1A & Day 1B Combined)

  1. Seitaro Aso – 319,600
  2. Terry Nguyen – 309,200
  3. Zhewen Hu – 248,300
  4. Harry Duong – 231,600
  5. Kim Dongkyu – 204,500
  6. Nguyen Thanh Binh – 196,200
  7. Alex Lee – 185,900
  8. Iori Yogo – 177,400
  9. Christopher Mateo – 169,200
  10. Do Hoang Long – 156,000


Content & Images Courtesy: Asian Poker Tour

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