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APT Vietnam 2018: Nikita Luther Chip Leads 194 Survivors on Day 2 of Main Event, Nishant Sharma Headlines 13 Indians Who Made it Through Day 1C

Nikita Luther and Nishant Sharma
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  • PG News October 9, 2018
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The action at the Pro Poker Club where the 2018 Asia Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam is currently underway seems to be intensifying. Monday saw bigger numbers at the final flight of the Main Event, even as two side events ran alongside to crown winners.

Vietnam has been a fertile land for Team India and after a trailblazing performance at WPT Vietnam; Indian challengers have scripted a phenomenal story at this series too. Headlining the Day 1C flight of the Main Event was Nishant Sharma (213,200). Sharma kept to his aggressive game and remained one of the front-runners in the flight that saw a total of 236 entries. He concluded the day as the eight-largest stack among the 105 survivors who advanced through to Day 2.

12 other Indians namely, Sajal Gupta (120,100), Sahil Agarwal (110,400), Aman Dhamija (107,600), Zarvan Tumboli (101,500), Rubin Labroo (76,100), Akshay Nasa (67,500), Banman (66,700), Rahul Marwaha (55,400), Sumit Sapra (55,200), Dhaval Mudgal (51,500), Alok Birewar (50,000) and Paawan Bansal (29,200) also found a bag for Day 2.

194 players have survived through the three starting flights and will be seen in action on Day 2 today. Sitting at the top is Day 1B chip leader and World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Nikita Luther (422, 300) who recently captained the Indian team at the first-ever Global Teams event hosted at 2018 World Poker Tour (WPT) Korea.

With seven Indians joining from Day 1A flight and another five from Day 1B flight, a total of 25 Indians will be in the running for the title on Day 2.

In the side events, we saw Tetsuya Enoki taking down the NLH Single Day 2 Event for a payout of VND 149,640,000, while Tang Kok Wei won the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo for VND 71,720,000.

Main Event – Day 1C

It was a busy day at the felts in the 2018 APT Vietnam Main Event on Monday, as a huge crowd gathered to register for the third and last starting flight of the event. In all, a total of 236 entries, including 169 players and 67 re-entries were in the mix, making for the biggest turnout among the event’s three opening flights.

End of day, 105 players bagged chips for Day 2, with Mei San Ang (292,200) in firm control as the day`s chip leader. Indian pro Nishant Sharma (213,200) headlined Team India’s strong presence and he even managed to storm through as one of the top ten stacks from the flight.

Nishant Sharma
Nishant Sharma

However, Sharma was not alone as he had 12 other compatriots who made it through to Day 2 on Day 1C.

Indian Chip Counts For Day 2

Indian Chip Counts For Day 2
Indian Chip Counts For Day 2

Following Ang in chips were Nick Gorman (279,000) and Pham Van Thang (273,600). Among the notables who are still in running include five former APT Main Event champions, Linh Tran (46,500), Sam Razavi (48,000), Feng Zhao (53,500), Iori Yogo (113,200),and defending championDang Xuan Canh (172,000).

Victor Chong (237,700), who won the CoinPoker Super High Roller event and Duong Vi Khoa (183,000), who won the Monster Stack event in the ongoing series, are also in the running.

And Mei San
Ang Mei San

Top 10 Chip Counts At The End Of Day 1C

1. Ang Mei San – 292,200

2. Nick Gorman – 279,000

3. Pham Van Thang – 273,600

4. Mak Wai Cheong – 246,400

5. Victor Chong – 237,700

6. Golfy – 235,600

7. Anthony Bui – 235,000

8. Nishant Sharma – 213,200

9. Daniel Tang – 209,700

10. Hoang Long – 199,700

Overall, a total of 194 runners including 38 survivors from Day 1A, 52 from Day 1B and 105 from Day 1C will be coming back for Day 2 today. Leading the way is India`s Nikita Luther (422,300) with Korea’s Soo Jo Kim (365,700) and Singapore’s Tzai Wei Phua (341,400) close on her heels.

Nikita Luther
Nikita Luther

NLH Single Day 2 Event

Another NLH Single Day 2 Event that was part of the 2018 APT Vietnam roster is now in the books, with Tetsuya Enoki winning the event for VND 149,640,000. Enoki fielded through 101 entries, defeating Indian-origin Dhanesh Chainani heads-up to win the title.

A prize pool of VND 6,600,000 was generated in the tournament and the top 17 places made it in the money. The pace of eliminations was quick and in just five hours, the field whittled down to the bubble round where 18 players jostled to cross the money bubble. After four hands, the money was reached when Wanchana Valaikarok knocked out a player with his card 3card 3 cracking an opponent’s card 3card 1 on a board that ran card 2card 3card 2card 3card 1.

In the heads-up play, Enoki confronted Dhanesh Chainani and the two players exchanged chips for several hands before the final hand was dealt. On the final hand, Enoki held card 3card 3 dominating Chainiani’s card 1card 3. The board ran card 3card 2card 1card 3card 3 pronouncing Enoki the champion!

Tetsuya Enoki
Tetsuya Enoki

Final Table Results (VND)

1. Tetsuya Enoki – VND 149,640,000

2. Dhanesh Chainani – VND 99,760,000

3. Cheng Xiong – VND 69,650,000

4. Shigeho Yoshioka – VND 50,700,000

5. Ying Lin Chua – VND 38,320,000

6. Chou Kai Jan – VND 29,950,000

7. Dang Cao Thang – VND 24,120,000

8. Do Quang Tien – VND 19,950

Deep Stack Hyper Turbo

Another star attraction of the day was the fast paced Deep Stack Hyper Turbo event that registered 49 entries. The event culminated with Singapore’s Tang Kok Wei taking down the title along with VND 71,720,000 in prize money.

The prize pool of VND 237,650,000 was divided among the nine finalists.

The battle for the title eventually came down between Wei and German pro Steffen Endres. Wei first doubled up with card 3card 1 over Endres card 2card 3 on a board that ran card 3card 2card 1card 3card 3. Not long thereafter, the final hand was dealt. Wei held card 2card 3 against Endres’ card 3card 1 and it all came to close as the board brought card 1card 3card 3card 2card 3.

Tang Kok Wei
Tang Kok Wei

Final Table Results (VND)

1. Tang Kok Wei – VND 71,720,000

2. Steffen Endres – VND 47,510,000

3. Ngo Van Quy – VND 33,170,000

4. Nguyen Chi Thinh – VND 24,150,000

5. Juan Salgado – VND 18,250,000

6. Tran Huy Hoang – VND 14,260,000

7. Chew Zi Chee – VND 11,490,000

8. Michael Grisaffi – VND 9,500,000

9. Oliver Helm – VND 8,050,000

It promises to be another busy day at the series on Tuesday with a full schedule of side events on tap. Scheduled tournaments are the NLH 1 that features a buy-in in VND 7,700,000 and the WeLoveSports.com Deep Stack Hyper Turbo event with a VND 5,500,000 buy-in. Adding to the glamour is the CoinPoker Players Party that will be held later tonight at the Xing Xing night club.

Keep following all the latest updates from APT Vietnam 2018 right here on PokerGuru!

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