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The world’s richest and most prestigious poker festival, the 2022 WSOP, is well underway in Las Vegas! At the same time, the 2022 Asian Poker Tour Vietnam Hanoi is driving up the excitement back in Asia. In what is turning out to be an insane summer rush for Team India, two Indian players posted top-two finishes in a Main Event in Vietnam AGAIN. On Tuesday, June 14, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi took down the VND 5 Billion GTD APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event, picking up his career-first live title and a whopping VND 1,929,250,000 (~₹64.84 Lakhs), along with the APT Trophy and APT Championship Ring.
Making his second runner-up finish in Vietnam in two weeks, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot once again lost the Main Event title in heads-up play to a fellow countryman, banking a commendable VND 1,286,190,000.
Parthasarathi had entered the eight-handed Main Event final table in the middle of the pack. He drove five final table opponents to the rail, including his heads-up rival, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot.
The Main Event victory brought Parthasarathi his second cash finish in Vietnam. Last month, he finished 11th in the WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event Warm-Up for VND 42.5M (~₹1.42 Lakhs). The Young Gun’s impressive APT Main Event victory comes a fortnight after Zarvan Tumboli’s dream run in the WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event, making it two-for-two for Team India in Vietnam!
Incidentally, it was Munot whom Tumboli had faced and defeated in the WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event. After missing out on the title, Munot, the former WPT India Main Event champion, was looking to do one better in the APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event. He had a swingy ride on the final table and was on the brink of elimination several times, only to climb back up each time. Eventually, he was denied retribution by Parthasarathi.
The Main Event logged in a total of 390 entries across three starting flights. Another 81 players bought in late on Day 2, expanding the field to 471 entries. The massive turnout crushed the VND 5 Billion guarantee, with the prize pool touching VND 9,137,400,000 (~$ 394,159).
Only 56 players returned on Day 3, and part of this group were three Indians. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot began the day as the third-biggest stack alongside Vaibhav Sharma, Ankit Jajodia, and Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi.
The top 48 spots earned at least VND 38,950,000 (~$1,680).
Sharma had to return empty-handed, and his exit was particularly brutal as he money-bubbled the Main Event. Ankit Jajodia was the first of the other three Indians to cash and finished 42nd for VND 46,740,000 (~₹1.57 Lakhs).
Anton Widjaya (39th for VND 46,740,000), Tran Hai Ha (19th for VND 80,770,000), Phachara Wongwichit (14th for VND 116,300,000), and Norbert Koh (9th for VND 200,970,000) were among the notables who crashed out before the final table.
The Main Event final table was live-streamed on a delay on APT’s YouTube channel. You can watch the replay below.
Another two Indians final tabled side events at the stop. The reigning WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event champion Zarvan Tumboli collected an eighth-place payday worth VND 46.05M (~₹1.55 Lakhs) in the High Rollers Single Day.
France’s Denis Pham captured the APT trophy for VND 402.11M (~$17,346) after striking a heads-up deal with Vietnam’s Tran Duc Son (2nd for VND 334.74M).
In the NLHE Single Day 1, Deepak Malhotra finished ninth for VND 13.07M (~₹43,949). Vietnam’s Tran Huy Hoang bested the 64-player field to claim his career-first APT Trophy and VND 125.42M (~$5,410) in prize money.
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Final Table Recap
The chips exchanged hands for over two hours before the first elimination was seen. Terry Nguyen became very short-staked and shoved with queen-five, only to be called by Ngoc Anh Cao, who held ace-ten. Nguyen paired his queen on the flop, but Cao found a superior two-pair on the board, sending Nguyen packing in eighth place.
Another hour later, Cao Ngoc Anh lost a massive pot to Parthasarathi, who turned a flush versus Anh’s pocket jacks. Soon after that, he shoved preflop with ace-six but unfortunately for him, Nyugen Van Trung woke up with pocket aces and made an easy call. Anh paired his six on the turn, but it wasn’t enough to beat Trung’s pocket rockets.
Five minutes later, Feng Yu was all-in with pocket fours, and Parthasarathi came along with a call holding a dominating pocket sevens. Parthasarathi was already ahead, and he further rivered a straight on the board, eliminating Feng Yu in sixth place.
The five-handed play continued for 30 minutes before Phan Tien Dung found his cracked by Parthasarathi’s that hit a pair on the runout .
Less than 10 minutes later, Phan Van Tien was all-in with and found a caller in Nguyen Van Trung with . The preflop all-in showdown saw the board run out . Trung clipped a two-pair on the river, busting Tien in fourth place.
Three-handed play lasted for 40 minutes before Parthasarathi claimed his fourth victim on the final table. His bested Nguyen Van Trung’s after flopping top pair on the board.
Heads-up, Parthasarathi held 89% of the chips in play, amounting to 10 Million versus Ashish Munot’s 11 big blind stack of 1.3 Million.
The duo went at each other for 30 minutes before the final hand saw Munot jamming, and Parthasarathi called.
The dealer opened , and Parthasarathi’s rivered straight made him the first-ever APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion while sealing Munot’s fate as the runner-up.
Final Table Results (VND)
Denis Pham Wins High Rollers Single Day For VND 402,110,000
The third VND 32.5M (~$1,402) buy-in High Rollers Single Day event at the ongoing series drew 50 players, creating a VND 1,455,000,000 (~$72,764) prize pool. After over 12 hours of play, France’s Denis Pham captured the trophy to collect a handsome VND 402.11M (~$17,346) in prize money. He struck a heads-up deal with local player Tran Duc Son.
Only nine places got paid from the VND 1.455B (~$72,764) prize pool.
The recent WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event champion Zarvan Tumboli made it to the FT but exited early. Masatumi Shimizu eliminated Tumboli and Thananat Therdtakoonrat together from the FT, his pocket fours outdoing Therdtakoonrat’s ace-jack and Tumboli’s pocket kinds after spiking a set on the turn. Therdtakoonrat finished ninth, and Tumboli placed eighth for VND 46,050,000 (~₹1.55 Lakhs).
Pham came up against Tran Duc Son heads-up for the title and held an overwhelming 100-BB stack compared to Son’s 19 BBs starting out. The duo played a few hands before striking a heads-up deal that declared Pham the champion.
Final Table Results (VND)
*denotes a heads-up deal
Tran Huy Hoang Wins NLHE Single Day For VND 125,420,000
Running alongside Day 1C of the Main Event was the NLHE Single Day 1, which brought in 64 entries, making for a VND 434,656,000 prize pool. After over eight hours of action, Vietnam’s Tran Huy Hoang won the title and his first-ever APT Trophy and VND 125.42M (~$5,410).
Only 11 places got paid; among them was India’s Deepak Malhotra, who fell out on the final table bubble, collecting VND 13.07M (~₹43,949) in ninth place.
The eight-handed final table was cut down to four players in less than an hour. Both Hoang and the eventual runner-up Nguyen Phuong Ngoc were equally dominating. As they approached the heads-up, Hoang had a slight chip lead and maintained his momentum, eventually taking down the title with his king-jack hitting a higher two-pair to topple Ngoc’s pocket eights.
Final Table Results (VND)
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