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The 2022 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP is two days away from going down the history books, and Team India looks eager to close out the series on a strong note.
Thursday saw another two side events crown champions, while the VND 4 Billion GTD Championships Event ran its second starting flight, Day 1B. Event #18: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo champion Amit Kaushik almost repeated Zarvan Tumboli`s back-to-back feat from last month with his deep run in the very next event, Event #19: Super Deep Stack Turbo. The poker pro from Kurukshetra fell two places short of the title, cashing VND 50.64 Million (~₹1.73 Lakhs) in third place. Deepak Bothra was another Indian giving Kaushik company among the ITM finishers in Event #19. He placed tenth for VND 9.48 Million (~₹32,360), picking up his first-ever APT cash.
Vietnam’s Nguyen Tuan Hung championed Event #19: Super Deep Turbo to collect the APT trophy and the VND 109.20 Million (~$4,665) top prize.
In Event #20: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo, Malaysia’s Chang Xiang Guang overcame a 53-player field to win the title and VND 62.48 Million (~$2,665).
As we publish this report, Day 2 of the Championships Event is well underway. Day 1B brought in 131 players, and 59 of them bagged stacks for Day 2. Vietnam’s Chien Than (414,000) topped the day-end chip counts, with Francis Garson (323,800) and Spartan Poker Team Pro Zarvan Tumboli (323,000) advancing with the subsequent top stacks.
2022 has been a breakout year for Zarvan Tumboli, who has already won four live titles this year – three of them in Vietnam. He got his first break in the BPT High Roller in March. While initially scheduled to visit Las Vegas for the 2022 WSOP, visa issues forced him to change his travel plans to Vietnam instead, and what a godsend it turned out to be. The Mumbai-based poker pro wrote his name in the history books as the first-ever WPT Prime champion after winning the WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event in May and followed it up by taking down two events in last month’s APT Vietnam Hanoi festival.
While Tumboli is third in chips from the Day 1B qualifiers, he is well positioned to chase the title since he is fifth overall among the 87 survivors (including the 28 qualifiers from Day 1A) from the two starting flights combined.
Team India in almost guaranteed at least a few deep runs in the Championships Event as apart from Tumboli, another 12 Indians advanced through Day 1B. The list includes several notable names like PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (178,400), Alok Birwar (154,300), PokerGuru Ambassadors Ankit Wadhawan (137,700), and Laksh Pal Singh (63,400), Jasven Saigal (57,000), Ankit Jajodia (55,900), Event #16: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo champion Siddarth Singhvi (52,300), APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion Shardul Parthasarathi (47,500), Young Gun Kanchan Sharma (44,200), Deepak Bothra (38,400), Rubin Labroo (36,100), and Sajal Gupta (23,100).
Added to three Indian qualifiers from Day 1A brings the total Indian head count for Day 2 of the Championships Event to 16.
Team India Chip Counts For Day 2 of Championships Event
Day Player Chip Count
Day 1B Zarvan Tumboli 323,000
Day 1B Ashish Munot 178,400
Day 1B Alok Birwar 154,300
Day 1B Ankit Wadhawan 137,700
Day 1B Laksh Pal Singh 63,400
Day 1B Jasven Saigal 57,000
Day 1B Ankit Jajodia 55,900
Day 1B Siddarth Singhvi 52,300
Day 1B Shardul Parthasarathi 47,500
Day 1B Kanchan Sharma 44,200
Day 1B Deepak Bothra 38,400
Day 1B Rubin Labroo 36,100
Day 1B Sajal Gupta 23,100
Day 1A Anuj Yadav 105,000
Day 1A Ritwik Khanna 92,000
Day 1A Kamal Kumar Sogani 51,800
The Championships Event has already crushed its prize pool guarantee by collecting VND 7 Billion on the back of 209 entries through the first two starting flights. However, with late registrations open through the first three levels on Day 2, the final numbers will be higher.
The APT Player of the Series (POS) race has intensified with the series now on the home stretch. Filipino player Vamerdino Magsakay (895.26 points) continues to lead the rankings and is a safe distance ahead of Event #20: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo champion Chang Xiang Guang (798.79 points). India`s Ankit Kumar Jajodia (716.63 points) rounds out the top three names in the leaderboard rankings.
Vietnam’s Chien Than Headlines 59 Survivors on Day 1B of VND 4 Billion GTD Championships Event
Day 1B of the VND 38.50 Million (~$1,640) buy-in Championships Event drew 131 runners, and 59 advanced further. Vietnam’s Chien Than (414,000) bagged the day`s top stack, with France’s Francis Garson (323,800) and India’s Zarvan Tumboli (323,000) in tow.
Tumboli headlines a group of 13 Indians who progressed from Day 1B. This includes PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (178,400), Alok Birwar (154,300), PokerGuru Ambassadors Ankit Wadhawan (137,700) and Laksh Pal Singh (63,400), Jasven Saigal (57,000), Ankit Jajodia (55,900), Event #16: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo winner Siddarth Singhvi (52,300), APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi (47,500), Young Gun Kanchan Sharma (44,200), Deepak Bothra (38,400), Rubin Labroo (36,100), and Sajal Gupta (23,100).
Counting the Day 1A qualifiers, Young Gun Anuj Yadav (105,000), Rising Star Ritwik Khanna (92,000), and Kamal Kumar Sogani (51,800), a total of 16 Indians have made the cut for Day 2, and more can still enter with late registrations open for the first three levels on Day 2.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B
Nguyen Tuan Hung Wins Event #19: Super Deep Stack Turbo For VND 109.20 Million
Event #19: Super Deep Stack Turbo attracted 65 entrants, creating a VND 378.30 Million (~$16,130) prize pool. Vietnam’s Nguyen Tuan Hung outlasted them all to capture the VND 109.20 Million (~$4,665) first-place cash prize and the APT trophy after defeating Jaewook Han heads-up. Han collected VND 72.79 Million (~$3,019) in second place.
Two Indians cashed the event. Event #18: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo champion Amit Kaushik almost won back-to-back titles, finishing third for VND 50.60 Million (~₹1.73 Lakhs), while Deepak Bothra cashed VND 9.48 Million (~₹32,360) in 10th place.
The bubble burst after Luong Van Quang dominated an opponent’s pocket nines with his pocket kings. It didn’t take much longer for the field to whittle down to the unofficial eight-handed final table. The elimination of Luong Viet Thai Duong (8th for VND 13.65 Million) and Luong Van Quang (7th for VND 16.75 Million) got the six-handed final table in motion.
Final Table Recap
Event #13: High Rollers champion Tran Nam Trung was the first to depart from the final table.
Down to the final five players, a series of all-in showdowns ensued, and one of them led to Quach Chi Cong eliminating Vu Van Lich in fifth place.
Quach Chi Cong had spun into the chip lead but lost two back-to-back pots to Hung to eventually fall out in fourth place.
Hung then sent Event #18: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo winner Amit Kaushik packing in third place. Hung`s hit a straight on the rundown to dominate Kaushik’s .
Hung held a commanding 10-to-1 chip lead over Jaewook Han at the start of the heads-up match and took no time to beat the latter to claim his first APT trophy.
Final Table Results (VND)
Malaysia’s Chang Xiang Guang Wins Event #20: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo For VND 62.48 Million
Malaysia’s Chang Xiang Guang ran past a field of 53 players to win Event #20: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo for VND 62.48 Million (~$2,665). The victory marked Guang’s sixth cash of the series and vaulted him to #2 on the APT Player of the Series (POS) leaderboard.
The VND 4.4 Million (~$188) buy-in tourney collected a VND 212 Million (~$9,040) prize pool, and the top nine places got paid.
Final Table Results (VND)
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