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APT Vietnam: Akshay Nasa Finishes 2nd in High Rollers, Vincent Chauve Wins POS Title

Akshay Nasa & Vincent Chauve
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  • Namita Ghosh November 18, 2019
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The year’s third and final Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam edition came to a thundering close on Sunday. On the sidelines of the Championships Event that crowned a champion in France’s Vincent Chauve, five more players walked away with APT trophies.

India was one of the most well-represented countries at the festival, and the results were equally impressive. The star Indian performer at the stop, Akshay Nasa, was once again in the helm of things on Sunday. The seasoned pro with two tournament titles in Vietnam under his belt added title number three to his resume when he came back from a severe chip deficit to win the Main Event title last week. Some of that flair was at display last night when he finished runner-up in the penultimate High Roller event of the series. Nasa eventually lost the title to Korean pro Soo Jo Kim, but a runner-up finish padded his bankroll by VND 347,600,000 (~₹10.76 Lakhs). Like most of his compatriots at the stop, Nasa will next be seen in action at WPT Cambodia.

One of only two players who overshadowed Nasa`s stellar run at the series was French player Vincent Chauve. Incidentally, the Frenchman was denied the Main Event title by Nasa. Still, he came back to take down the second featured event at the stop – the VND 6 Billion GTD Championships Event – the same event that saw India`s Dhaval Mudgal posting a third-place finish. With a top-two finish in the two most prominent tournaments at the series, Chauve won the Player of the Series title with relative ease garnering 1,066 points. He won the coveted APT Player of the Series trophy in addition to the APT POS ring, an exclusive watch, and $800.

Talking about Chauve, this blistering run was no flash in the pan. He is more than familiar with tournament success, having won the WPT Vietnam Main Event back in March. Chauve enjoyed a profitable summer at the WSOP as well and most prominently finished runner-up in the $1,500 Monster Stack. After final-tabling a couple of events at the year’s second edition of WPT Vietnam, Chauve came back to Vietnam in what turned out to a run of a lifetime.

Finishing in second place in the Player of the Series race was Korea’s Jeonggyu Cho (886 points) with India`s Akshay Nasa (803 points) & Dhaval Mudgal (395 points) finishing third and fourth respectively.

Also snagging side event titles were local talent`s Huynh Tan Dung (Deep Stack Turbo for VND 98,190,000) & Trinh Cuong (Monster Stack 2 for VND 289,320,000), Filipino pro David Erquiaga (Deep Stack Turbo for VND 68,650,000), Hong Kong’s Kwok Chun Yip (Deep Stack Hyper Turbo for VND 60,090,000) and Vincent Li (High Rollers for VND 47,420,000).


Akshay Nasa Finishes Runner-Up in VND 65M High Rollers

The penultimate High Rollers event on the schedule, the VND 65 Million buy-in High Rollers drew 18 entries, and only the top three finishers could return with a payout. The latest APT Main Event champion, Akshay Nasa, was in the running to win his second title of the series at the event. He squared off with accomplished Korean pro Soo Jo Kim heads-up but was denied the title and had to concede to a runner-up finish. He has, with this deep run, added VND 347,600,000 (~₹10.76 Lakhs) to his bankroll. Kim took home the title along with a VND 400,000,000 (~₹12.38 Lakhs) payday.

Soo Jo Kims wins the High Rollers
Soo Jo Kim wins the High Rollers

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Soo Jo Kim – 400,000,000
  2. Akshay Nasa – 347,600,000
  3. Lau King Lun Alan – 300,000,000


Huynh Tan Dung Ships Deep Stack Turbo

The VND 6.6 Million buy-in Deep Stack Turbo played out with 57 runners in the fray making for a VND 331,740,000 (~₹10.27 Lakhs) prize pool. Capturing the title and the top prize of VND 98,190,000 (~₹3.03 Lakhs) was Vietnam’s Huynh Tan Dung, who defeated fellow countryman Thai Cuong heads-up.

While Cuong banked a runner-up payday worth VND 65,470,000, the final 10 finishers finished in the money.

Huynh Tan Dung wins Deep Stack Turbo
Huynh Tan Dung wins Deep Stack Turbo

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Huynh Tan Dung – VND 98,190,000
  2. Thai Cuong – VND 65,470,000
  3. Tam Ka Ki – VND 45,520,000
  4. Derek Wang – VND 32,880,000
  5. Seung Yeol Kim – VND 24,590,000
  6. Kjell Ove Dyb – VND 18,980,000
  7. Alberto Fernand – VND 15,070,000
  8. Li Shih Hong – VND 12,280,000
  9. Kim Sunhong – VND 10,230,000
  10. Joakim Andersson – VND 8,530,000


Trinh Cuong Wins Monster Stack 2

The second Monster Stack event on the APT Vietnam calendar featured a VND 11 Million buy-in and played out amid 120 entries. Racing ahead of the competition, Vietnam’s Trinh Cuong snagged the title along with VND 289,320,000 (~₹8.95 Lakhs) in prize money.

It was Korea’s Jeonggyu Cho whom Cuong defeated heads-up. Cho has been in superb form at the stop and already had the NLH –Single Day title to his name. Though he failed to take home another APT trophy, a runner-up finish fetched him a payout of VND 192,880,000 and enough points to finish second on the Player of the Series leaderboard.

Only the top 20 finishers earned payouts and Taiwan’s Ho Chung Yi (11th for VND 25,110,000), Switzerland’s Ng Phuong (13th for VND 20,930,000), China’s

Zhou Jiaping (15th for VND 17,440,000) and Australia’s David Sun (16th for VND 17,440,000) were some of the notable ITM finishers.

Trinh Cuong wins Monster Stack 2
Trinh Cuong wins Monster Stack 2

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Trinh Cuong – VND 289,320,000
  2. Jeonggyu Cho – VND 192,880,000
  3. Ben Ngo – VND 134,090,000
  4. Tam Kwok Tung Gordon – VND 96,850,000
  5. Johannes Felix Hoeld – VND 72,430,000
  6. Tam Ka Ki – VND 55,900,000
  7. Ng Tien Thanh – VND 44,390,000
  8. Quang Ngoc – VND 36,170,000
  9. Che Li Lin – VND 30,140,000


David Erquiaga Wins Deep Stack Turbo

Battling a field of 31 entries, Filipino pro David Erquiaga took down the VND 6.6 buy-in Deep Stack Turbo title. Erquiaga ran past local player Pham Anh Khiem heads-up to pocket the top prize of VND 68,650,000 (~₹2.12 Lakhs).

The event generated a VND 180,420,000 (~₹5.58 Lakhs) prize pool.

David Erquiaga wins Deep Stack Turbo
David Erquiaga wins Deep Stack Turbo

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. David Erquiaga – VND 68,650,000
  2. Pham Anh Khiem – VND 42,160,000
  3. Kwok Chun Yip – VND 27,370,000
  4. Thang Tran – VND 18,720,000
  5. Bin Zhang – VND 13,440,000
  6. Jimi Fanstowe – VND 10,080,000


Kwok Chun Yip Wins Deep Stack Hyper Turbo

The penultimate event at the stop, the VND 5.5 Million buy-in Deep Stack Hyper Turbo, brought together 29 players. Besting them all was Hong Kong’s Kwok Chun Yip, who defeated Vietnam’s Linh Hoang in the heads-up finale. In addition to the APT trophy, Yip pocketed the winner’s cheque worth VND 60,090,000 (~₹1.86 Lakhs).

Kwok Chun Yip wins Deep Stack Hyper Turbo
Kwok Chun Yip wins Deep Stack Hyper Turbo

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Kwok Chun Yip – VND 60,090,000
  2. Linh Hoang – VND 34,830,000
  3. Tobias Napel – VND 21,560,000
  4. Lim Chuesung – VND 14,220,000
  5. Wei Hsun Chen – VND 9,950,000


Vincent Li Wins the High Rollers

The final event on the APT Vietnam schedule was the VND 40 Million buy-in High Rollers that attracted 32 entries. A prize pool of VND 1,241,600,000 (~₹38.47 Lakhs) was collected. Walking away with the lion`s share of this along with his second High Rollers title at the stop was Hong Kong’s Vincent Li. This time Li defeated Oliver Helm in the heads-up play to capture the top prize of VND 47,420,000 (~₹1.46 Lakhs).

Vincent Li wins High Rollers
Vincent Li wins High Rollers

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Vincent Li – VND 47,420,000
  2. Oliver Helm – VND 290,140,000
  3. Im Sangguk – VND 188,370,000
  4. Choi Eng Loong – VND 128,840,000
  5. Yuwen Pan – VND 92,470,000
  6. Ng Bao Chau – VND 69,360,000


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