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APT Vietnam Hanoi 2022: Alok Birewar Wins Event #13 NLHE 2 For VND 191.84 Million

APT Vietnam Hanoi 2022 - Alok Birewar
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  • Namita Ghosh June 16, 2022
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The 2022 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam Hanoi is quickly approaching the finish line, with the series set to close its inaugural run on Sunday, June 19. Team India has been a dominating force in this first-ever series, and the last few weeks in Vietnam have been nothing short of spectacular for several Indian players.

Hot on the heels of Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi’s victory in the Main Event, Alok Birewar reeled in a second APT Trophy for the country. The IPC Megastacks Highroller champion Birewar ran past a field of 94 entries to win the VND 8.8M buy-in Event #13: NLHE 2 for VND 191.84M.

Having entered the final day’s play as the chip leader, Birewar sent four final table opponents to the rail, including fellow countryman Ankit Jajodia. He eventually defeated Nguyen Viet Anh heads-up to win the APT Trophy, picking up his first live title outside India!

Ankit Jajodia, who had earlier placed fifth in the VND 11M buy-in PLO Event, placed sixth in Event #13 for VND 37.07M (~₹1.25 Lakhs).

Jajodia already has three FT finishes in the series – his other deep run being a seventh-place finish in Event #15: NLHE Single Day – 2 for VND 14.06M (~₹47,231). Vietnam’s Nguyen Quang Ha took down the title for VND 76.345M (~$3,288) and chopped the title heads-up with Nguyen Van Hoang.

The other headline event of the series, the Championships Event, is currently underway, with a Players Party scheduled for June 16. A total of 63 players registered for Day 1A, and 32 advanced to Day 2. Event #14 champion Quang Nguyen (255,800) bagged the top stack.

Two Indian players were part of the 32 survivors – Zarvan Tumboli (121,000) and Vaibhav Sharma (74,000), even as several other Indian players are currently playing the Day 1B flight in hopes of getting the team its third title victory at the stop.

In other side event action, Vietnam’s Chu Thai Thinh captured the VND 65M (~$2,800) buy-in Event #11: High Rollers title for his career-first APT Trophy and VND 858.35M (~$36,975) in prize money.

Singapore’s Tan Wah Meng, aka Roa Baxooka, won the two-day VND 8.8M buy-in (~$380) Event #10: NLHE 1 for VND 13.87M (~$5,990).

Mongolia’s Janag Battulga shipped the VND 11M (~$475) buy-in Event #12: Short Deck for VND 111.89M (~$4,815).

Local pro Nang Quang Nguyen took down the VND 43M (~1,852) buy-in Event #14: High Rollers Single Day for VND 379.57M (~$16,335).


APT Vietnam Hanoi Player of the Series (POS) Standings

Following eight days of action, the APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi, sits on top in the APT Player of the Series (POS) standing with 780.24 points. From what we hear, Parthasarathi, the captain of the PSL Season 4 winning team Kolkata Kings, is in the reckoning to bag a stack on Day 1B of the Championships Event. The 29-year-old poker pro, who is one of the PBCI coaches, has already pulled a career-best live score of (₹64.84 Lakhs) for his victory in the Main Event and will be looking to repeat the feat if he makes it to Day 2 of the Championships Event.

Huy Quang Nguyen (678.76 points) and Tran Duc Son (589.49 points) are the following two names in the POS standings.

The Main Event runner-up Ashish Munot (555.17 points) is also in the POS race, ranked #4.

1Shardul Parthasarathi678.76
2Huy Quang Nguyen589.49
3Tran Duc Son589.49
4Ashish Munot555.17
5Pham Tien Dung527.39
6Hoang Thai Son449.83
7Kajomnut Prirungrueng428.04
8Nguyen Van Trung417.95
9Tran Huy Hoang408.09
10Terry Nguyen404.90


Alok Birewar Wins Event #13: NLHE 2 For VND 191,840,000 (~₹6.44 Lakhs)

Ninety-four players joined the action in Event #13: NLHE 2, each paying up the VND 8.8M Million buy-in. The entry field created a sizeable VND 729.44M (~$31,420) prize pool.

After a two-day run, India’s Alok Birewar topped the field and defeated Nguyen Viet Anh heads-up to claim the top prize of VND 191.84M.

The bubble burst on Day 1, and Vi Quang Hai (16th for VND 11.57M) was the first player to finish in the money.

UK’s Stephen Nathan (9th for VND 19.98M) bubbled the final table, bringing the day’s play to an end.

Birewar was a dominant force right from the opening day of the event, and by the time the final table was formed, he had already become the top contender for the title.

Tan Luan Le showed Kohei Nakai the door in eighth place.

Not long after that, Birewar won a big pot off Tan Luan Le to climb into the chip lead. He was unbeatable from there on and was responsible for the eliminations of Anton Widjaya and fellow Indian Ankit Jajodia.

The two Indians, Birewar and Jajodia, went at each other for over two hours on the final table. However, only one Indian was left standing as Jajodia announced all-in with and Birewar called off with . The runout saw Birewar flopping top pair, ending Jajodia’s run in sixth place. Jajodia earned VND 37.07M (~₹1.25 Lakhs) for his efforts.

Ankit Jajodia
Ankit Jajodia


After Tan Luan Le exited in fifth place, Birewar eliminated Anthony Abram in fourth place.

For all his aggression, Birewar lost his chip advantage during three-handed play, even becoming short-stacked at one point. But he charted a steady climb and soon knocked Ito Akira out in third with his ace-jack busting Akira’s queen-ten.

The heads-up between Birewar and Nguyen Viet Anh lasted all of 15 minutes. On the final hand, Anh jammed with , and Birewar called off with . The dealer peeled out the , and Birewar took down the pot and his first-ever APT Trophy!

The final table was live-streamed on a delay on APT’s YouTube channel. You can watch the replay below.

ALok Birewar wins 2022 APT Vietnam Hanoi NLHE 2
Alok Birewar


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Alok Birewar – VND 191,840,000
  2. Nguyen Viet Anh – VND 127,900,000
  3. Ito Akira – VND 88,910,000
  4. Anthony Abram – VND 64,220,000
  5. Tan Luan Le – VND 48,030,000
  6. Ankit Jajodia – VND 37,070,000
  7. Anton Widjaya – VND 29,430,000
  8. Kohei Nakai – VND 23,980,000


APT Vietnam Hanoi Championships Event – Quang Nguyen Tops 32 Survivors on Day 1A

With the VND 5B GTD Main Event in the books, all eyes are on the other flagship event on the schedule, the Championships Event. Day 1A of the VND 4 Billion GTD (~$172,300) Championships Event clocked in 63 entries.

After a full day’s play, only 32 made it through with stacks for Day 2. Event #14 champion, Vietnam’s Quang Nguyen (255,800) topped the day-end chips counts, with Hajime Murase (206,300) and Hasagi (202,300) bagging the other 200K+ stacks.

The recent WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event winner Zarvan Tumboli (121,000) and Vaibhav Sharma (74,000) also made it through the flight, with more Indians expected to join the action on Day 1B.

Day 1B got underway on Thursday, June 16, while Day 2 is slated for Friday, June 17. Late registrations will remain open for the first three hours on Day 2.

Championships Event Day 1A chip leader Quang Nguyen
Quang Nguyen


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1A

  1. Quang Nguyen – 255,800
  2. Hajime Murase – 206,300
  3. Hasagi – 202,300
  4. Dinh Duc Linh – 198,600
  5. Louis Tran – 178,100
  6. Janag Battulga – 164,800
  7. Pham Thanh Dat – 163,400
  8. Pham Bao – 157,200
  9. Robert Kiss – 147,300
  10. Nguyen Van Trung – 134,800


Nguyen Quang Ha Wins Event #15: NLHE Single Day -2

The second of the NLHE Single Day events at the APT Vietnam Hanoi ran from start to finish. The VND 7.7M (~$332) buy-in event clocked in 43 entries, generating a VND 291.97M (~$12,577) prize pool. Only eight places got paid and Vietnam’s Nguyen Quang Ha walked away as the champion.

Ha was slightly ahead of Nguyen Van Hoang at the start of their heads-up match, but the latter quickly doubled up to exchange the lead. The stacks evened out a few hands later, and the duo played another few hands before striking a heads-up. Both players locked in an equal payday of VND 76.345M (~$3,288), and Ha claimed the APT Trophy.

India’s Ankit Jajodia posted a seventh-place finish in the event for VND 14.06M (~₹47,231).

Nguyen Quang Ha Wins NLHE Single Day
Nguyen Quang Ha


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Nguyen Quang Ha – VND 76,345,000*
  2. Nguyen Van Hoang – VND 76,345,000*
  3. Dolgorsuren Dorjsuren – VND 42,460,000
  4. Terry Nguyen – VND 30,670,000
  5. Tadafumi Mizoguchi – VND 22,940,000
  6. Tran Thanh Hung – VND 17,700,000
  7. Ankit Jajodia – VND 14,060,000
  8. Jiang Yongbo – VND 11,450,000

*denotes a heads-up deal


Chu Thai Thinh Wins Event #11: High Rollers for VND 858,350,000 (~$36,975)

The VND 65M (~$2,800) buy-in Event #11: High Rollers brought in 47 challengers, making for a prize pool collection of VND 2,735,400,000 (~$117,829). After over 10 hours of play, Vietnam’s Chu Thai Thinh was the last player standing and won his first-ever APT Trophy and a career-best VND 858.35M (~$36,975) in prize money.

Thinh had entered the heads-up final against UK’s Alex Lindop holding an overwhelming lead, but Lindop soon evened out the stacks. An hour into heads-up play, Lindop jammed with queen-nine, and Thinh, who had ace-eight, called. Thinh hit a full house on the board to lift the trophy!

Chu Thai Thinh wins Event 11 High Rollers
Chu Thai Thinh


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Chu Thai Thinh – VND 858,350,000
  2. Alex Lindop – VND 572,230,000
  3. Dennis Ng – VND 397,800,000
  4. Ng Khoa Anh – VND 287,330,000
  5. Florencio Campomanes – VND 214,870,000
  6. Nguyen Nam Duong – VND 165,840,000
  7. Ngo Trong Hieu – VND 131,690,000
  8. Nguyen Duc Nhat – VND 107,290,000


Tan Wah Meng Ships Event #10: NLHE 1 For VND 138,870,000 (~$5,990)

Singapore’s Tan Wah Meng, aka Roa Baxooka, topped a 62-player field in the two-day VND 8.8M buy-in (~$380) NLHE 1 for VND 13.87M (~$5,976). Only the top 11 places were paid a share from the VND 481.12M (~$20,754) prize pool.

Day 1 halted with the formation of the eight-handed final table.

Meng entered the final table as the chip leader but suffered an early setback after losing a massive pot to Le Minh Phuc. To recover, Meng went on to eliminate Dejima Yuta and Bui Ngoc Quoc Linh in sixth and fifth place.

Meng was also responsible for busting Le Minh Phuc in third place before taking down Chu Quang Dung in the heads-up showdown with his pocket kings dominating Dung’s king-seven.

Tan Wah Meng wins NLHE 1
Tan Wah Meng


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Tan Wah Meng – VND 138,870,000
  2. Chu Quang Dung – VND 92,580,000
  3. Le Minh Phuc – VND 64,360,000
  4. Radev Vasil Radoslavov – VND 46,480,000
  5. Bui Ngoc Quoc Linh – VND 34,760,000
  6. Dejima Yuta – VND 26,830,000
  7. Daiki Kohagi – VND 21,310,000
  8. Hisashi Ogi – VND 17,360,000


Mongolia’s Janag Battulga Wins Event #12: Short Deck For VND 111,890,000

The VND 11M (~$475) buy-in Event #12: Short Deck drew 27 entrants, collecting a prize pool of VND 261.9M (~$11,300) that paid out five places.

Mongolia’s Janag Battulga won the event for VND 111.89M (~$4,815) with Hoang Thai Son finishing runner-up for VND 64.85M (~2,791).

On the final hand, Battulga`s got lucky and hit a flush on the runout , crushing Son’s .

Janag Battulga wins Event 12 Short Deck
Janag Battulga


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Janag Battulga – VND 111,890,000
  2. Hoang Thai Son – VND 64,850,000
  3. Nguyen Anh Minh – VND 40,150,000
  4. Tran Huy Manh – VND 26,480,000
  5. Nguyen Minh Hoang – VND 18,530,000


Vietnam’s Nang Quang Nguyen Wins Event #14: High Rollers Single Day For VND 379,570,000

The VND 43M (~$1,852) buy-in Event #14: High Rollers Single Day was among the events drawing to a close recently. The event drew 20 players, creating a VND 776M (~$33,427) prize pool. Only the top four spots got paid, with accomplished local pro Nang Quang Nguyen winning the APT Trophy and VND 379.57M (~$16,335).

The FT also featured the series’ first High Rollers Single Day winner Phachara Wongwichit who finished fourth for VND 74.25M (~3,195).

Nguyen dispatched the short-stacked Tran Duc Son in third, bringing on the heads-up duel.

At the start of heads-up play, Nguyen held the advantage against the recent Two-Day Super High Rollers runner-up, France’s Floren Benlloch, but the latter proved a formidable opponent and scored several double-ups to keep Nguyen on edge. Nguyen finally got the job done with his pocket tens flopping a set, dominating Benlloch’s ace-deuce!

Nang Quang Nguyen Wins High Rollers Single Day
Nang Quang Nguyen


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Nang Quang Nguyen – VND 379,570,000
  2. Florent Benlloch – VND 203,600,000
  3. Tran Duc Son – VND 118,310,000
  4. Phachara Wongwichit – VND 74,250,000


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