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APT Summer Festival Hanoi: New Zealand’s Slade Fisher Wins Championships Event, India’s Deepak Bothra (3rd), Shardul Parthasarathi (4th) & Zarvan Tumboli (8th) Post FT Finishes

2022 APT Summer Festival Championships Event Slade Fisher, Deepak Bothra, Shardul Parthasarathi and Zarvan Tumboli
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  • Namita Ghosh July 24, 2022
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The closing day of the 2022 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP was an eventful one for the Indian contingent attending the series, with three Indians returning on the FT of the record-shattering VND 4 Billion GTD Championships Event.

Deepak Bothra held a commanding chip lead at the start of the final table and had company in two other Indian players – Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi and Spartan Poker Team Pro Zarvan Tumboli. It turned out to be a bitter-sweet ending to the team`s run in the series, with Bothra’s being the best result for the team.

New Zealand’s Slade Fisher was the last player standing in the Championships Event and walked away with the APT trophy and championship ring along with a career-best VND 2,298,440,000 (~$98,200) payday. Coming into the final table with the second-biggest stack, Fisher stepped up the aggression right from the word go and eliminated four players along the way, including his heads-up rival Kevin Lim to win the prestigious title! Lim pocketed VND 1,532,270,000 (~$65,468) in second place.

Fisher’s Hendon Mob profile indicates that he`s been very active in live poker tournaments in and around Australia and New Zealand. However, Fisher is no stranger to success at APT and has several standout finishes in past APT editions in Manila. In fact, Fisher won his first APT trophy in December 2014, when he shipped Event #3: APT Manila Finale PHP 16.5K PLO – Hi/Lo. He added a second APT trophy to his collection with today’s victory.

Talking about his win, Fisher later said – “I feel elated, excited, and happy!”

As for Team India`s run in the Championships Event, the start-of-day chip leader Deepak Bothra had a swingy ride that ultimately landed him a third-place finish. Bothra, who is a former DPT champion, and won the 2017 WPT India ₹20K PLO, reeled his first-ever APT cash in style, banking a career-best VND 1,065,210,000 (₹36.64 Lakhs) in third place.

The APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion Shardul Parthasarathi was chasing his second APT title and fell one place before Bothra in fourth for VND 769.38 Million (~₹24.25 Lakhs). Parthasarathi had entered the final table with 16 big blinds and improved to 24 big blinds at one point. However, he saw wild swings along the way. The accomplished pro scored a massive double-up through Fisher with his queen-jack spiking the queen to dominate the latter’s pocket nines. Parthasarathi didn’t last much longer despite the spin-up as compatriot Deepak Bothra busted him in fourth place.

Spartan Poker Pro Zarvan Tumboli made his short stack earn him VND 287.31 Million (~ ₹9.89 Lakhs) in eighth place.

Overall, Team India’s Championships Event run was nothing short of phenomenal. Sixteen Indians progressed to Day 2 of the headline event from the two starting flights and 11 bagged stacks for Day 3. While Sajal Gupta, Rubin Labroo, Alok Birewar, and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot fell empty-handed, seven made it past the bubble.

Four Indians: PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (11th for VND 166.26 Million, ₹5.67 Lakhs), Rising Star Ritwik Khanna (18th for VND 115.46 Million, ₹3.94 Lakhs), Alok Birewar (23rd for VND 80.18 Million, ₹2.74 Lakhs) and Akshay Nasa (29th for VND 66.82 Million, ₹2.28 Lakhs) cashed the Championships Event on Day 3.

The final table began at noon today and was live-streamed on a 30-minute delay on APT`s YouTube channel. You can watch the replay below.



Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Deepak Bothra – 3,715,000
  2. Slade Fisher – 2,735,000
  3. Kevin Lim – 2,680,000
  4. Chien Than – 1,720,000
  5. Dong Van Tan – 1,345,000
  6. Shardul Parthasarathi – 835,000
  7. Minho Cho – 830,000
  8. Zarvan Tumboli – 545,000


Final Table Recap

Coming in as the shortest stack with just 11 big blinds, Zarvan Tumboli made an early exit in eighth place. The action began with Slade Fisher raising to 130K, and Tumboli put in the extra 70K. After the flop, Tumboli jammed with his remaining 330K, and Fisher called.

Zarvan Tumboli

Slade Fisher

The & completed the board, and Fisher’s top pair won him the pot, eliminating Tumboli.

Zarvan Tumboli
Zarvan Tumboli


The play slowed over the next two and a half hours, during which time, the other short stack, Minho Cho, miraculously held on, even as Chien Than got short. He went on to lose most of his chips to Kevin Lim.

Shardul Parthasarathi scored a crucial double-up through the chip leader Deepak Bothra, with his staying ahead of Bothras through the runout.

Not long after, Chien Than jammed preflop with and Dong Van Than called with . The dealer peeled out , ending Than`s tournament run in seventh place.

Just a few hands later, Kevin Lim raised to 210K with , and Korea’s Minho Cho looked him up with . Both players checked the flop , and Cho shoved for his last 600K on the turn . Lim made the call. Cho was already drawing dead before the on the river sent him packing in sixth place.

Minho Cho
Minho Cho

Shardul Parthasarathi made another big leap upwards after announcing all-in with from the big blind. Fisher called and tabled while Kevin Lim folded. The board ran , and Parthasarathi took down the pot with the better two-pair, scoring a massive double-up.

The last Vietnamese player on the final table, Dong Van Tan, was the next casualty and busted fifth. The hand in question began with Kevin Lim raising to 220K from UTG with . Tan and Fisher called. It was three-way to the flop . Fisher check called Tan`s 150K bet, while the initial aggressor Lim folded. On the turn , Fisher led out for 425K, and Tan raised it to 1.4 Million. Fisher jammed for 3.4 Million, sending Tan into the tank. He eventually called.

Slade Fisher

Dong Van Tan

Both players had a flush, but Fisher held the superior hand. The on the river was inconsequential, and Tan left the final table in fifth place.

Dong Van Tan
Dong Van Tan

The APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion Shardul Parthasarathi was the next player to hit the rail, and it was Bothra scoring the knockout with his dominating Parthasarathi’s on the runout .

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi


The three-handed play turned out to be a long-drawn affair that lasted three hours. Slade Fisher started as the chip leader with 58 big blinds, but Bothra rallied behind with 33 big blinds and Kevin Lim in tow with 28 big blinds.

Deepak Bothra won a crucial all-in showdown against Kevin Lim relatively early in the three-way action to become a serious contender for the title. Bothra opened to 240K, Lim 3-bet that to 600K. Bothra called. The flop fell , Lim checked his option, and Bothra bet 300K. Lim jammed for 2.9 Million in response, and Bothra, who had about 1.8 Million behind, made the call.

Deepak Bothra

Kevin Lim

Bothra had Lim dominated with his cowboys and managed to pass unscathed through the rundown, boosting his stack to 4.90 Million!

Left struggling, Kevin Lim won a big pot off Slade Fisher to gain momentum. Preflop, Fisher raised to 350K with and Lim 3-bet 750K with . Fisher called. Lim fired a bet of 500K on the flop , and Fisher gave it some thought before mucking his cards. Lim added 1.1 Million to his stack, climbing to 33 big blinds, getting almost neck-to-neck with Fisher. By this time, Bothra was the shortest with 23 big blinds.

Having lost several pots and his chip lead, Deepak Bothra found his tournament life cut short in third place. The chips went in after the flop when Bothra jammed with with the top pair. Unfortunately for him, Fisher had hit two-pair with his and made the easy call. It was all over for Bothra as the completed the board, sending the pot Fisher’s way.

Deepak Bothra
Deepak Bothra

Heads-up, Slade Fisher held a virtually unsurmountable chip lead with 13 Million to Kevin Lim’s 1.9 Million and sealed his victory in just 20 minutes. On the final hand of the tournament, Lim jammed , and Fisher called off with . The dealer peeled out the on the board, pronouncing Fisher the champion!

Slade Fisher wins APT Summer Festival Championships Event
Slade Fisher

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Slade Fisher – VND 2,298,440,000
  2. Kevin Lim – VND 1,532,270,000
  3. Deepak Bothra – VND 1,065,210,000
  4. Shardul Parthasarathi – VND 769,380,000
  5. Dong Van Tan – VND 575,380,000
  6. Minho Cho – VND 444,070,000
  7. Chien Than – VND 352,630,000
  8. Zarvan Tumboli – VND 287,310,000

Content & Images Courtesy: Asian Poker Tour

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