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APT Vietnam: Dhaval Mudgal Takes Overall Chip Lead on Day 1B of Championships Event

Dhaval Mudgal, Madhav Gupta, Sahil Chuttani, Kartik Ved & Sajal Gupta
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  • Namita Ghosh November 15, 2019
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With the Main Event title firmly in its grasp, Team India has next set its sights on the second featured event at the 2019 Asian Poker Tour Vietnam – the VND 6 Billion GTD Championships Event!

The second and last starting flight of the Championships Event played out on Thursday amid 82 entries, and 45 among them found a berth for Day 2. This makes for a total field size of 148 (Day 1A – 66, Day 1B – 82) entries in the event so far with late registrations open for the first hour of play today. Coming out on top of the field was seasoned pro Dhaval Mudgal, who, with a stack of 294,200 (245 BBs), assumes the role of the start of Day 2 chip leader among the 81 total qualifiers. The musician turned poker pro has been on a run of a lifetime these last few months and even managed a decent run in the Main Event just a few days ago – finishing 14th for ₹3.38 Lakhs. It is worth pointing out that Mudgal has final tabled an incredible seven major tournaments since his smashing victory in the WPT Vietnam Main Event in September last year. Still, that second title has somehow eluded him. He will be looking to break the title jinx here.

Dhaval Mudgal
Dhaval Mudgal

Mudgal is the not the only desi advancing from Day 1B as another four Indians were successful in bagging a stack for Day 2, which combined with the five qualifiers on Day 1A makes for a total tally of 10 Team India challengers entering Day 2. The list of Day 1B survivors features two PokerGuru Ambassadors – Madhav Gupta (115,000 – 96 BBs) and Kartik Ved (57,800 – 48 BBs). After almost a decade playing the game, Gupta finally won his first major tournament title last month when he took down the ₹20K MegaStack title at the WPT India. He looks hungry for another deep run, and his 11th place finish in the Main Event earlier this week should have warmed him up nicely!

Madhav Gupta
Madhav Gupta

Giving them company are Sahil Chuttani (82,700 – 69 BBs), and Sajal Gupta (39,000 – 33 BBs), both having already posted final table finishes in separate side events at the stop.

Sahil Chuttani, Kartik Ved & Sajal Gupta
Sahil Chuttani, Kartik Ved & Sajal Gupta

Along with the five Indian Day 1A qualifiers, there are now 10 Indians who’ll be coming back on Day 2.


Team India Chip Counts for Day 2

PlayerChip Counts
Dhaval Mudgal294,200 - 245 BBs
Abhinav Iyer131,600 - 110 BBs
Yasheel Doddanavar120,000 - 100 BBs
Madhav Gupta115,000 - 96 BBs
Vivek Rughani98,700 - 82 BBs
Meherzad Munsaf94,300 - 79 BBs
Sahil Chuttani82,700 - 69 BBs
Kartik Ved57,800 - 48 BBs
Sajal Gupta39,000 - 33 BBs
Laksh Pal Singh32,000 - 27 BBs

In side event action, Vietnam’s Hieu Ngo (NLHE – Single Day for VND 168,610,000), France’s Philippe Ma (WeLoveSport Super Deep Stack Turbo for VND 488,880,000) and Yuwen Pan (Deep Stack Hyper Turbo for VND 79,580,000) lifted APT trophies.

Day 2 of the Championships Event begins at 1 PM (ICT) today and is expected to play down to the money. The race to make it on the final table resumes tomorrow with a winner expected to be crowned on Sunday.


Dhaval Mudgal Headlines 5 Indians from Day 1B of Championships Event

Day 1B of the APT Vietnam Championships Event VND 6 Billion GTD saw a total of 82 players hit the felts. After eight levels of play, only 45 survived to Day 2. Rising to the top was India’s Dhaval Mudgal, who managed to work his way up to a massive stack of 294,200 (245 BBs).

In addition to Mudgal, four more Indians have succeeded in advancing to Day 2. The next top stacks from the team belong to PokerGuru Ambassador Madhav Gupta (115,000 – 96 BBs) and Sahil Chuttani. The latter is fresh off a sixth-place finish at the High Rollers and is back in the hunt to win the APT trophy with 82,700 (69 BBs).

PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved is another Indian advancing to Day 2. He was last seen late-regging the Main Event on Day 2 but lost a crucial flip early to bust. Ved bagged 57,800 (48 BBs).

Rounding out the Indian group of Day 1B qualifiers is Sajal Gupta (39,000 – 33 BBs), who has already posted a final-table finish in the series-opener Monster Stack 1.


Team India Chip Qualifiers from Day 1B

PlayerChip Counts
Dhaval Mudgal294,200 - 245 BBs
Madhav Gupta115,000 - 96 BBs
Sahil Chuttani82,700 - 69 BBs
Kartik Ved57,800 - 48 BBs
Sajal Gupta39,000 - 33 BBs

While the day ended with Mudgal in the lead among the 45 qualifiers, following Mudgal in stacks were US-based Ruth Graham (215,400 – 180 BBs) and Vietnam’s Le Ngoc Khanh (200,300 – 167 BBs).

Quite a few other notables were able to advance from Day 1C and the list includes David Erquiaga (114,600), Johannes Hoeld (96,800), Iori Yogo (93,800), Go Mori (92,700), Vincent Li (78,700), Qian Xubo (76,100), Nguyen Binh Minh (65,900), Stephane Carrier (35,200), Nguyen Chi Thinh (26,000) and Yohn Paredes (11,000).

Day 2 begins with the opening blinds of 600/1,200. Late registration for the event is open for the first hour on Day 2 that plays out from 1 PM (ICT) today so the field size is sure to grow larger.

Dhaval Mudgal leads 45 from Day 1B of APT Vietnam Championships Event
Dhaval Mudgal

Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 1B

  1. Dhaval Mudgal – 294,200
  2. Ruth Graham – 215,400
  3. Le Ngoc Khanh – 200,300
  4. Fu Bang Huang – 195,800
  5. Hong Kong Nguyen – 164,000
  6. Piet Pape – 161,800
  7. Choi Eng Loong – 153,900
  8. Huy Cong Kieu – 149,700
  9. Chauve Vincent – 144,800
  10. Jerome Bradpiece – 126,200


Hieu Ngo Wins NLHE – Single Day

A total of 80 players signed up for the NLHE – Single Day, each adding VND 880,000 to the prize pool that eventually swelled up to VND 620,800,000 (~₹19.28 Lakhs). Dominating a final-table that was dominated by Korean pros, local player Hieu Ngo came out trumps to win VND 168,610,000 (~₹5.23 Lakhs).

Hieu Ngo won NLHE - Single Day
Hieu Ngo won NLHE – Single Day

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Hieu Ngo – VND 168,610,00
  2. Jaeho Lee – VND 112,410,000
  3. Zinmo Kim – VND 78,150,000
  4. David Erquiaga – VND 56,450,000
  5. Vi Ngo – VND 42,210,000
  6. Dang Thi Hue – VND 32,580,000
  7. Seung Yeol Kim – VND 25,870,000
  8. Kim Jung Whan – VND 21,080,000


You can watch the final table in action here:


Philippe Ma Takes Down WeLoveSport Super Deep Stack Turbo

The WeLoveSport Super Deep Stack Turbo opened to action on Thursday, attracting 72 runners, each of them ponying up the VND 7.7 Million. The final 12 players earned a slice of the VND 488,880,000 (~₹15.18 Lakhs) prize pool, and walking away with the title was France’s Philippe Ma, who defeated Australia’s Nguyen Duc Bien heads-up to pocket the top prize of VND 138,200,000 (~₹4.29 Lakhs).

Jorge Paredes (10th for VND 12,000,000) and Tomassone Brice (11th for VND 12,000,000) also earned payouts.

Philippe Ma won WeLoveSport Super Deep Stack Turbo
Philippe Ma won WeLoveSport Super Deep Stack Turbo

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Philippe Ma – VND 138,200,000
  2. Nguyen Duc Bien – VND 92,150,000
  3. Kang Feng Lien – VND 64,060,000
  4. Kelvin Tang – VND 46,270,000
  5. Jung Tae Won – VND 34,600,000
  6. Jose Martin – VND 26,710,000
  7. Sera Ota – VND 21,210,000
  8. Suh Seong Hyun – VND 17,280,000
  9. Jimin Won – VND 14,400,000


Watch the final table in action here:


Yuwen Pan Ships Deep Stack Hyper Turbo

Topping a field of 54 entries, China’s Yuwen Pan captured the title in the VND 5.5 Million buy-in Deep Stack Hyper Turbo for VND 79,580,000 (~₹2.47 Lakhs). Pan squared off with Korea’s Choi Moon Seok heads-up and went on to defeat the latter to clinch his first-ever APT trophy.

The event generated a prize pool of VND 261,900,000 (~₹8.13 Lakhs).

Yuwen Pan won Deep Stack Hyper Turbo
Yuwen Pan won Deep Stack Hyper Turbo

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Yuwen Pan – VND 79,580,000
  2. Choi Moon Seok – VND 53,050,000
  3. Dang An Quoc Bao – VND 36,880,000
  4. Ng Quang Huy – VND 26,640,000
  5. Phan Anh Khiem – VND 19,920,000
  6. Pak Hang Pun – VND 15,380,000
  7. Tan Wah Meng – VND 12,210,000
  8. Duy Ho – VND 9,950,000
  9. Dao Minh Phu – VND 8,290,000


Content & Images Courtesy: Asian Poker Tour

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