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Action continues to march ahead at the 2019 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam being hosted at Pro Poker Club, Ho Chi Minh city. Friday saw fresh challenges on the felts as the second starting flight of the VND 8 Billion GTD Main Event played out. Day 1B saw a much larger turnout with 152 runners converging on the field and was full of drama as a number of accomplished players fought hard to make it through to Day 2.
Only 63 hopefuls were able to progress to Day 2 and leading the pack was Vietnam’s Quang Nguyen (164,000). Nguyen was denied the title at this very stop last edition in October where he was defeated in the Main Event by Tetsuya Tsuchikawa, but he seems determined to set that record straight this time around!
However, the biggest news for the Indian rail back home is the strong Indian contingent that has invaded the series. If the opening flight saw six Indians making it through to Day 2, Day 1B added another four Indian challengers to the Day 2 player list. Headlining the 10 Indian players who have progressed through to Day 2 is Manish Lakhotia (108,100). Not far behind is the trailblazing Meherzad Munsaf (107,700), who has already picked up two scores at the series so far. Young Gun Abhinav Iyer (95,200) and Vinod R. Megalmani (69,000) are the other Indian pros that made the cut for Day 2.
Come Day 2, these four will be joined by Day 1A survivors Aditya Sushant (88,600), Akash Malik (56,600), Nishant Sharma (54,900), EkaVedantham (46,100), Siddarth Jain (36,200), and Siddharth Kapoor (9,500).
The two starting flights have brought in a total of 257 entries, with 105 among them making it to Day 2 already. There is a third starting flight that will kick off today.
In side events, Hong Kong’s Ray Chui took down the Dafabet Head Hunter event, even as Chung Yin Chan and Russia’s Alex Okruzhnoy claimed the High Rollers Single Day and NLH Single Day events respectively.
The second starting flight of the VND 8 Billion GTD Main Event at the ongoing APT series hit the floors on Friday, registering a total 152 runners. Seasoned Vietnamese player Quang Nguyen (164,000) topped the 63 survivors who made it through the day. Nguyen won a couple of pots towards the fag end of play to climb up the rankings.
Next to Nguyen is Duy Ho (135,500) who was in dominant position for the better half of the day and would have topped the stacks had Nguyen not got the late surge.
Indian challenger Manish Lakhotia (108,100) is among the big stacks as he sits with the sixth biggest stack among the Day 1B survivors. Meherzad Munsaf (107,700) has already made an energetic start to the year by posting two scores at the ongoing series. He is however far from done here, as he is among the big stacks going forward to Day 2. Young Gun Abhinav Iyer (95,200) rounds off the top 10 stacks on Day 1B. The fourth Indian player to make it past Day 1B was Vinod R. Megalmani (69,000).
Other notables who made it through on Day 1B include Lim Yohwan (93,700), Vi Khoa (83,400), Alex Lee (82,400), Le Ngoc Khanh (50,000), Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (45,300), Nguyen Hoang Bach (39,200), and Jae Wook Shin (38,000).
Also on tap today is the NLH Single Day 2 (Shot Clock) that offers a fresh chance to bag a coveted APT title. The 22-event series utilizes the Ante Big blind format that applies the ante-first rule before the big blind.
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