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APT Summer Festival Hanoi: Kyle Bao Diep Wins Mystery Bounty; India`s Shardul Parthasarathi, Jasven Saigal, Rubin Labroo & Ritwik Khanna Cash the Series-Opener

APT Summer Festival Hanoi - Kyle Bao Diep, Shardul Parthasarathi, Jasven Saigal, Rubin Labroo and Ritwik Khanna
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  • Namita Ghosh July 14, 2022
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Tournament action has again fired up in Vietnam with the 2022 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP now well underway at the VSOP Club in Hanoi. The 29-event series commenced its run on July 12 and will continue until July 24.

The results of the first two events are already in! Local player Kyle Bao Diep bested the 252-entry field in the VND 1.5 Billion GTD Mystery Bounty to lift the first APT trophy of the series and VND 520.66 Million (~$22,260).

The victory didn’t come easy for Kyle Bao Diep, who had to battle accomplished pro Pham Tien Dung heads-up. However, it took Diep a little over 30 minutes to walk away with the title! Along with winning the APT trophy, Diep has catapulted into an early lead in the APT Player of the Series (POS) standings.

On the sidelines, Nguyen Hoang Nam took down Event #4: Deep Stack Turbo for VND VND 36.84 Million (~$1,575), and the eventual runner-up Tran Manh Hung, collected the same, courtesy of an even heads-up deal.

Vietnam has become the hotbed of tournament action in Asia, and the ongoing series is the third major festival taking place in the country this year. Indian pros put up a strong show at the two live tournament stops, the first-ever WPT Prime Vietnam (May 19 – 30) and the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam Hanoi (June 7 – 19).

A total of seven Indians, including the reigning APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi, were among the 49 players returning on Day 2 in the Mystery Bounty. Four among them crossed the money line, and Parthasarathi ran the deepest, pocketing VND 30.03 Million (~₹1.02 Lakhs) in ninth place. Parthasarathi was also the only Indian player to collect bounties on Day 2. His total winnings in the event stood at VND 36.03 Million (~₹1.23 Lakhs), including VND 6 Million in bounties.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi


Jasven Saigal (11th for VND 20.85 Million, ~₹71,005), Rubin Labroo (22nd for VND 12.07 Million, ~₹41,104), and Rising Star Ritwik Khanna (26th for VND 10.06 Million, ~₹34,259) were the other Indians who cashed the series-opener.

PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan, the freshly appointed Spartan Poker Team Pro Zarvan Tumboli, and Ankit Jajodia were others who busted before the money bubble burst.

Team India has tasted resounding success in Vietnam in recent years, but 2022 has seen the best showing by the team ever. It all started with Zarvan Tumboli shipping the WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event for a career-best VND 3.050 Billion (~₹1.02 Crores) towards the end of May. He bested compatriot PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot, heads-up.

The team carried that form to APT Vietnam Hanoi last month, with Shardul Parthasarathi lifting the Main Event trophy. The first-ever WPT Prime Main Event champion, Tumboli, grabbed back-to-back titles at the stop, winning Event #17: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo and Event 18: Pot-Limit Omaha. Alok Birewar’s victory march in Event #13 NLHE 2 and Ankit Jajodia’s four final table appearances, including a deep run in the Championships Event, made for a hugely successful series for the team.

With four cashes in the APT Summer Festival Mystery Bounty, Team India seems to have started right where it left things last month!

The Mystery Bounty registered a guarantee-crushing 252-player field across its two starting flights (Day 1A – 134 and Day 1B – 118), with the top 26 finishers digging into the hefty VND 1,995,520,000 prize pool. A min-cash was worth VND 10.06 Million.

From the prize pool, VND 756,000,000 was kept aside for the mystery bounty rewards that kicked in after the money bubble burst, and the jackpot bounty was worth VND 154.40 Million.

Vietnam’s Nguyen Tuan Anh claimed one of the top bounty prizes after eliminating India’s Rubin Labroo in 22nd place.

The eight-handed final table took off following the elimination of Shardul Parthasarathi, whose ace-queen were busted by Nguyen Van Chien’s ace-king.

The final table was live-streamed on a delay on APT’s YouTube channel. You can watch the FT replay below.


Final Table Recap

Phan Tien Dung scored the first knockout, eliminating Chang Xiang Guang in eighth place.

Up next, Nguyen Van Hoang sent Le Xuan Huy, followed by Nguyen Tuan Tai out in seventh and sixth places, respectively.

Diep got to work by eliminating Nguyen Van Hoang and Nguyen Van Chien, aka ‘Joker,’ in fifth and fourth place.

Ngo Khoa Anh fell at the hands of Dung in third place. The latter`s hit top pair on the board , cracking Anh’s .

Diep (36 BBs) held the upper hand over Pham Tien Dung (26 BBs) at the start of the heads-up play. The match lasted over 30 minutes and Diep finally took it down after his flopped top pair on the runout , beating Dung’a .

Kyle Bao Diep wins Mystery Bounty
Kyle Bao Diep

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Kyle Diep Quoc Bao – VND 288,260,000
  2. Pham Tien Dung – VND 192,180,000
  3. Ngo Khoa Anh – VND 133,600,000
  4. Nguyen Van Chien – VND 96,500,000
  5. Nguyen Van Hoang – VND 72,170,000
  6. Nguyen Tuan Tai – VND 55,700,000
  7. Le Xuan Huy – VND 44,230,000
  8. Chang Xiang Guang – VND 36,030,000


Nguyen Hoang Nam Wins Event #4 VND 3.3 Million Deep Stack Turbo For VND 36,840,000

The VND 3.3 Million buy-in Event #4: Deep Stack Turbo drew 50 entrants, generating a VND 145.50 Million (~$6,220) prize pool. The fast-paced event took five hours to play down to a winner, and just as in the Mystery Bounty, the title went to a local player, Nguyen Hoang Nam, who struck an even heads-up deal with compatriot Tran Manh. Both players banked an equal VND 36.84 Million (~$1,575).

Nguyen Hoang Nam wins Deep Stack Turbo
Nguyen Hoang Nam


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Nguyen Hoang Nam – VND 36,840,000*
  2. Tran Manh Hung – VND 36,840,000*
  3. William Rogers – VND 20,490,000
  4. Mokaru Catalin – VND 14,800,000
  5. Tran Anh Tuan – VND 11,070,000
  6. Duyeon Jeong – VND 8,540,000
  7. Satoshi Kuriga – VND 6,780,000
  8. Terence Lim Wei Jie – VND 5,530,000
  9. Jo Jung Sik – VND 4,610,000

*denotes a heads-up deal

Content & Images Courtesy: Asian Poker Tour

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