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The ongoing Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam is a day closer to crowning a champion in its headliner Main Event VND 8 Billion GTD. It was an action-packed Sunday that saw 182 survivors from the three starting flights coming together for the first time to play Day 2. With late registrations open for the first two levels of play, 47 more entry slips got sold, logging in a guarantee-smashing field of 436 entries. The turnout fell short of the 458 entries that the event had gathered in its July run. Nonetheless, with a generous VND 8.45 Billion (~₹2.60 Crores) prize pool that has a massive VND 1,818,450,000 (~₹55.91 Lakhs) reserved for the champion, there is a lot to play for!
End of Day 2, only 52 players were left standing with Sweden’s Sofia Lovgren (567,000 – 133 BBs) bagging the overnight chip lead.
There was a massive group of 13 Indians who returned to action on Day 2, and at least three others, namely Pankaj Kothari, PokerGuru Ambassadors Kartik Ved, and Ashish Munot were reported to have made use of the late registration option to enter. By the end of the play, only six among them were able to find bags for Day 3.
The most impressive run of them all came from Akshay Nasa, who was sporting the shortest stack among the Indian players at the start of the day but ended Day 2 as the second-largest stack. Nasa had started his day with a short stack of 13 big blinds but played exceedingly well to chart an impressive climb up the rankings. Like Lovgren, Nasa rose to prominence in the final level of the night. Just a few hands before the play was halted, Nasa booted two players out of the game to close his day with a stack of 504,000 (109 BBs). Nasa is placed second to Lovgren in chips and is the only other player in the field to be sporting a 500K-plus stack.
Following Nasa in stacks among the Indians are Dhaval Mudgal (250,000 – 50 BBs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Madhav Gupta (242,000 – 48 BBs). Vietnam is familiar territory for both players. This is where Mudgal had won the WPT Vietnam Main Event title last year. Gupta, too, has several deep runs at the APT, and WPT stops in the country to his name.
Vinay Agarwal (169,000 – 34 BBs), and the two other in-form PokerGuru Ambassadors Ankit Wadhawan (137,000 – 27 BBs), and WPT India Main Event champion Ashish Munot (114,000 – 23 BBs) round out the Indians who’ve secured a berth for Day 3.
Team India Chip Counts For Day 3
|Akshay Nasa||504,000 - 109 BBs|
|Dhaval Mudgal||250,000 - 50 BBs|
|Madhav Gupta||242,000 - 48 BBs|
|Vinay Agarwal||169,000 - 34 BBs|
|Ankit Wadhawan||137,000 - 27 BBs|
|Ashish Munot||114,000 - 23 BBs|
Day 3 will begin with the blinds starting at 2,500/5,000. Crossing the money bubble should be the most significant hurdle for players today, and the same should burst relatively early as only the top 44 finishers among the 52 remaining players are to get paid.
Main Event – Day 2 Recap
The day started with 182 survivors (Day 1A – 21, Day 1B – 49, Day 1C – 112) taking their seats. Another 47 players joined the action over the first hour of play on Day 2, making for a 436-strong entry field (320 unique players and 116 re-entries) that generated a VND 8,458,000,000 (~₹2.60 Crores) prize pool.
Only 52 players could make it to Day 3, and leading this group is 888poker ambassador Sofia Lovgren (567,000 – 133 BBs).
However, the biggest mover and shaker on Day 2 was India’s Akshay Nasa – a top Indian pro who has the knack of performing well at major events. Starting the day with a short stack of 13 big blinds, Nasa kept climbing up the ranks – level after level. His first elimination of the day was Yang Peng whom he eliminated with over . He got a significant boost in the last level of the night when he eliminated two more players in back-to-back hands to reach 460,000 in chips. He eventually closed out the day with a heavy bag of 504,000 (109 BBs) and is the second biggest stack among the surviving field for Day 3.
Former WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Dhaval Mudgal continued his blistering run at the event. Mudgal was first reported in Level 13 when he was chip leading the field with a stack of 280,000. In Level 16, Mudgal dropped to 195,000 after losing a sizeable pot to Vincent Chauve where his lost out to Chauve’s on the runout . He did get his feet back up and bagged a stack of 250,000 (50 BBs), keeping himself very much in contention.
PokerGuru Ambassador Madhav Gupta (242,000 – 48 BBs), Vinay Agarwal (169,000 – 34 BBs), and two more PokerGuru Ambassadors – Ankit Wadhawan (137,000 – 27 BBs) and Ashish Munot (114,000 – 23 BBs) were the other four Indians who have made the cut for Day 3.
Among those who fell out of Sunday was India`s Yasheel Doddanavar. He was a prominent force on the felts through the early levels and among the top stacks in Level 13 after he won a sizeable through the start-of-day chip leader Jeonggyu Cho. Sadly the day didn’t end well for Doddanavar, who eventually ran out of steam and hit the rail before the end of the day.
PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved was among the 47 late entrants on Day 2 but busted early after losing a flip to Jin Yong holding pocket queens to Yong`s ace-king. A king on the turn ended Ved’s tournament run.
The other Indians who failed to advance to Day 3 were Vivek Rughani, Meherzad Munsaf, Sahil Chuttani, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, Sumit Sapra, Maria Kirloskar, Abhinav Iyer, and Pankaj Kothari.
Huynh Duc Tai (470,500), Vincent Chauve (352,500), Nguyen Duc Bien (284,500), Soo Jo Kim (191,000), Go Mori (166,000), and Le Ngoc Kanh (112,500) were among the other notables who have made it to Day 3.
Day 3 action begins at Level 18 with the opening blinds of 2,500/ 5,000.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2
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