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APT Vietnam Hanoi 2022: Nguyen Van Sang Wins Championships Event, India’s Ankit Jajodia Finishes Fifth (~₹15.31 Lakhs)

APT Vietnam Hanoi 2022: Nguyen Van Sang Wins Championships Event
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  • Arpit Jain June 20, 2022
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It’s relatively quieter at the Grand Loyal Poker Club in Hanoi, which played host to the first-ever Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam Hanoi from June 7 to 19. The tournament rush at the inaugural stop wound down to a close on Sunday, with Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Sang coming out on the top of the 216-player field in the guarantee-crushing VND 4 Billion GTD Championships Event to claim the coveted APT Trophy. Sang pocketed a hefty VND 1.82 Billion (~$78,481), while Jiang Yongbo collected VND 1.21 Billion (~$52,320) in second place.

Team India pulled out one of its most dominating runs in an Asian stop ever, and two Indian players added to the team’s tally with deep runs in the Championships Event. Ankit Jajodia made it to the final table in the flagship event – his fourth final table appearance in the series – and finished fifth for VND 456.49 Million (~₹15.31 Lakhs). Long-time poker pro Sumit Sapra was the other Indian to cross the money line. He finished 12th on the penultimate day of the event, cashing VND 131.91 Million (~₹4.43 Lakhs) – his first cash of the series!

Ankit Jajodia
Ankit Jajodia


With four APT Trophies and multiple FT finishes, our Indian challengers can look proudly over their shoulders at their performance in the 13-day live stop. India began its title spree with Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi grabbing the APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event, making him the fifth Indian player to win a Main Event title in Vietnam. Alok Birewar (Event #13: NLHE 2) and Zarvan Tumboli ( Event #17: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo and Event #18: PLO) only added to the title count.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi


Interestingly, Tumboli was planning to go to Las Vegas for the WSOP, but visa issues derailed those plans. He made the trip to Vietnam instead, making an extended stay first for the WPT Prime Vietnam, followed by APT Vietnam Hanoi. The poker pro from Mumbai should have little regrets about missing the WSOP this year as he landed a career-best eight-figure score across the two stops, headlined by the WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event title he won before grabbing two titles (and a litany of deep runs) at APT Vietnam Hanoi.

Tumboli closed out his Vietnam trip with a bang by posting a final table finish in the second-last event on the schedule, Event #21: Monster Stack, for VND 44.18 Million (~₹1.48 Lakhs). Japan’s Mokoto Fujiya overcame the 70-player field in the event to capture the title for VND 287.94 Million (~$12,393).

The APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi, was another Indian posting a deep finish towards the end of the series. He placed third in the VND 86 Million buy-in Event #20: High Rollers for VND 412,070,000 (~$17,735 – ₹13.83 Lakhs). Hong Kong’s Dennis Ng eventually claimed the tournament for VND 1,033,390,000 (~$44,476).

Long-time circuit regular Jasven Saigal was seen in action in Event #22: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo. Saigal made it to the final table, eventually placing fourth for VND 19.93 Million (~₹66,877). Mongolia’s Battulga Janag captured the title for VND 73.08 Million (~$3,145).

Jasven Saigal
Jasven Saigal


Incidentally, this was Janag’s third title victory in the inaugural series. Last week he shipped Event #12: Short Deck and won Event #19: Deep Stack Turbo for VND 82,010,000 (~$3,530) over the weekend.

Malaysia’s Victor Choong Fook Kiong won Event #23: Single Day High Rollers after striking a heads-up deal with Japan’s Kawai Katsuhito – both banking VND 277 Million (~$11,922) each.


Tran Duc Son Named Player of the Series (POS)

Tran Duc Son topped the APT Player of the Series (POS) leaderboard. He final tabled six events, including runner-up finishes in the Mystery Bounty opener and Event #9: High Rollers Single Day.

Tran Duc Son
Tran Duc Son


Son`s third-place finish in Event #23: High Rollers Single Day on the last day of the stop ensured him the #1 position in series standings, fetching him the coveted APT POS Trophy, the APT POS Ring, an exclusive watch, and $800 in prize money.


Nguyen Van Sang Wins Championships Event, India’s Ankit Jajodia Finishes Fifth (~₹15.31 Lakhs)

The VND 38.5 Million buy-in Championships Event came to a thundering close on Sunday. Local pro Nguyen Van Sang was the last player standing and won the prestigious title for VND 1.82 Billion. Jiang Yongbo placed runner-up for VND 1.21 Billion (~$78,481).

Keeping their dominating run at the series going, two Indian players made ITM finishes. Ankit Jajodia, who had FT-ed three events at the stop earlier, made his fourth final table appearance of the series in the Championships event. The poker pro from Shimla entered the eight-handed final table with the second shortest stack and laddered up to finish fifth for VND 456.49 Million (~₹15.31 Lakhs).

Sumit Sapra was the only other Indian player who finished in the money, placing 12th for VND 131.91 Million (~₹4.43 Lakhs).

The Championships Event logged in 216 entries to generate a guarantee-crushing VND 7.33 Billion prize pool. The top 22 places were assured a payday with a min-cash worth VND 76.34 Million.

The Championships Event final table was live-streamed (on delay) on APT`s YouTube channel. You can watch the replay below.

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Dang Duy Thanh – 2,415,000
  2. Nguyen Van Sang – 2,125,000
  3. Tran Huy Hoang – 1,695,000
  4. Thai Son Hoang – 1,500,000
  5. Jiang Yongbo – 1,095,000
  6. Dinh Tien Thanh – 790,000
  7. Ankit Jajodia – 670,000
  8. Rijad Hasani – 510,000


Final Table Recap

The first elimination came by quickly. Nguyen Van Sang opened UTG+1 with , and the action folded to Rijad Hasani in the small blind, who woke up with . Van Sang called and rivered a flush on the runout , knocking Hasani out in eighth place.

After around half an hour, Dinh Tien Thanh in UTG open-shoved with , and Dang Duy Thanh looked him up with . The board ran , and Duy Thanh took down the pot, busting Tien Thanh in seventh place.

The six-handed play went on for a while without an elimination. Getting things going was Van Sang, who opened with pocket kings. Hoang Thai Son 3-bet shoved with , and Van Sang snap-called. The community cards opened , and Sang took down the pot while Thai Son hit the rail in sixth place.

India’s Ankit Jajodia, who started the final table with the second shortest stack, managed to get a few pay jumps, and his dream run ended in fifth place. The hand in question saw Tran Huy Hoang opening from the small blind with pocket aces, and Jajodia in the big blind picked the wrong spot to shove with . Huy Hoang instantly called. The rundown kept the aces ahead, bringing an end to Jajodia`s run in fifth place.

Dang Duy Thanh was the next player to fall after he open-shoved pocket jacks and got a caller in Jiang Yongbo, who tabled . Yongbo rivered a three-of-a-kind on the runout, knocking out Duy Thanh in fourth place.

Dang Duy Thanh
Dang Duy Thanh


On the very next hand, Tran Huy Hoang moved all-in with , and Nguyen Van Sang called off . The dealer fanned out the on the board, and Huy Hoang bit the dust in third place.

Tran Huy Hoang
Tran Huy Hoang


Entering the heads-up, Jiang Yongbo (6.9 Million) held the chip advantage over Nguyen Van Sang (4 Million), but the latter quickly doubled up to grab the lead.

The final hand came shortly after that. The action saw Van Sang opening the pot with , and Yongbo called off with . Sang c-bet the flop , and Yongbo check-called. Sang fired another bet on the turn , only to see Yongbo check-raising all-in. Van Sang snap-called and held on through the river to win the APT Championships Event!

Nguyen Van Sang
Nguyen Van Sang


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Nguyen Van Sang – 1,823,500,000
  2. Jiang Yongbo – 1,215,660,000
  3. Tran Huy Hoang – 845,110,000
  4. Dang Duy Thanh – 610,410,000
  5. Ankit Jajodia – VND 456,490,000
  6. Thai Son Hoang – VND 352,310,000
  7. Dinh Tien Thanh – VND 279,770,000
  8. Rijad Hasani – VND 227,940,000


Hong Kong’s Dennis Ng Wins Event #20: High Rollers For VND 1,033,390,000

Thirty-five players paid the VND 86 Million buy-in to enter Event #20: High Rollers, collecting a prize pool of VND 2,716,000,000. Hong Kong’s Dennis Ng beat Phan Tien Dung heads-up to win the title for VND 1,033,390,000 (~$44,476).

The freshly-minted APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi, made a valiant attempt to grab his second title of the series but ran out of chips in third place, collecting VND 412.07 Million (~₹13.83 Lakhs).

Dennis Ng
Dennis Ng


Final Table Results

  1. Dennis Ng – VND 1,033,390,000
  2. Pham Tien Dung – VND 634,680,000
  3. Shardul Parthasarathi – VND 412,070,000
  4. Dang Thi Hue – VND 281,840,000
  5. Nguyen Quang Huy – VND 202,290,000
  6. Ngo Trong Hieu – VND 151,730,000


Japan’s Mokoto Fujiya Ships Event #21: Monster Stack For VND 287,940,000

Japan’s Mokoto Fujiya was among the 70 challengers who entered Event #21: Monster Stack and made his way past them all to win the APT Trophy and the VND 287.94 Million (~$12,393) top prize.

One of the hottest players on the Asian circuit this year, India’s Zarvan Tumboli was chasing his third title of the series (his fourth this year) and placed seventh for VND 44.18 Million (~₹1.48 Lakhs).

The event collected a VND 1,018,500,000 prize pool and paid out 12 places.

Mokoto Fujiya
Mokoto Fujiya


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Mokoto Fujiya – VND 287,940,000
  2. Mathias Schell – VND 191,970,000
  3. Martin Schamaun – VND 133,460,000
  4. Nguyen Quan – VND 96,390,000
  5. Dang Hoang Viet – VND 72,090,000
  6. Junji Matsubara – VND 55,640,000
  7. Zarvan Tumboli – VND 44,180,000
  8. Ng Chow Han – VND 36,000,000


Battulga Janag Wins Event #22: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo For Titles at the Series & VND 73,080,000

Mongolia’s Battulga Janag grabbed one of the last APT Trophies in the series, winning Event #22: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo for VND 73.08 Million (~$3,145) and his third APT Trophy at the stop.

Thirty-three players paid the VND 6.6 Million buy-in to enter, generating a VND 192.06 Million prize money. Janag sailed past the competition, eventually beating Japan’s Daiki Kohagi heads-up to lift the trophy. Kohagi took a runner-up payday of VND 44.88 Million (~$1,932).

Indian pro Jasven Saigal finished fourth for VND 19.93 Million (~₹66,877).

Battulga Janag
Battulga Janag


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Battulga Janag – VND 73,080,000
  2. Daiki Kohagi – VND 44,880,000
  3. Maaku Tanaka – VND 29,140,000
  4. Jasven Saigal – VND 19,930,000
  5. Pak Hang Pun – VND 14,300,000
  6. Dinh Van Tien – VND 10,730,000


Mongolia’s Battulga Janag Wins Event #19: Deep Stack Turbo For VND 82,010,000x

Event #12: Short Deck champion Mongolia’s Janag Battulga repeated his title-winning feat in the VND 6.6 Million buy-in Event #19: Deep Stack Turbo. Janag topped the 41-entry field in the event and defeated Malaysia’s Lim Shyh Chyn heads-up to capture the title for VND 82.01 Million (~$3,530). Chyn picked up a runner-up payday of VND 52.70 Million (~$2,268).

The 41-strong entry field created a VND 238,620,000 prize pool that was distributed among the top seven finishers.

Battulga Janag
Battulga Janag


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Battulga Janag – VND 82,010,000
  2. Lim Shyh Chyn – VND 52,700,000
  3. Hu Jin Long – VND 35,530,000
  4. Nguyen Vu Huy – VND 25,030,000
  5. Ng Chao Ca – VND 18,370,000
  6. Tran Tuan Minh – VND 13,980,000
  7. Kimitsuki Yoshihito – VND 11,000,000


Malaysia’s Victor Choong Fook Kiong Ships Event #23: Single Day High Rollers For VND 277,000,000

Malaysia’s Victor Choong Fook Kiong proved the last player standing in the last event on the schedule, Event #23: Single Day High Rollers. He bested the 19-entry field in the VND 43 Million buy-in event and made an even heads-up chop with Japan’s Kawai Katsuhito. Both players pocketed an equal VND 277 Million (~$11,922).

Victor Chong Fook Kiong
Victor Chong Fook Kiong


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Victor Chong Fook Kiong – VND 277,000,000
  2. Kawai Katsuhito – VND 277,000,000
  3. Tran Duc Son – VND 112,400,000
  4. Pham Duy Anh – VND 70,800,000


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