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APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh: Tran Tuan Anh Wins Main Event For VND 2,127,900,000 (3-Way Deal), India’s Amit Kaushik Cashes Approx. ₹57.34 Lakhs in 3rd Place

APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh: Tran Tuan Anh Wins Main Event
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  • Namita Ghosh August 17, 2022
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It was a red-letter Tuesday for Team India! While two Indians won side event titles at the ongoing WPT Prime Cambodia, 27-year-old Amit Kaushik came within touching distance of taking down the VND 6 Billion GTD Main Event at the 2022 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam Ho Chi Minh.

The VND 20,000,000 (~$854) buy-in buy-in Main Event registered a record-setting 722-player field, generating a very enticing VND 14.006 Billion (~$602,292.00) prize pool.

Kaushik was the shortest of the eight finalists returning to the Saigon Poker Club on August 16 and delivered an applause-worthy performance to lock in a podium finish.

At one point during the three-handed battle—when everyone was already guaranteed at least VND 1.25B ($53,947), the players asked tournament officials for an ICM chop. However, instead of handing the victory to the chip leader—who at that point was Vietnam’s Tran Tuan Anh—they unanimously agreed to set aside VND 50M each from their guaranteed ICM payouts to run a one-hand “flip” for VND 150M ($6,450) and the Main Event trophy.

As it turned out, Tran was dealt the best hand among the three with , while Ha Van Thien (who was second in chips) received [10d], and India’s Amit Kaushik got dealt . The flop put Tran ahead, and the on the turn and on the river got him the title. Ha took second place, with Kaushik missing out on bringing home the APT Vietnam Main title in third.

Anh walked away with the top prize of VND 2,127,900,000 (~$91,500) and the coveted APT trophy and Championship Ring. Anh’s compatriot Ha Van Tien cashed for VND 1,947,700,000 (~$83,751) as the runner-up, and India`s Amit Kaushik collected a personal-best VND 1,691,700,000 (~₹57.34 Lakhs) in third.

Amit Kaushik
Amit Kaushik


In the end, their respective chip ranks matched the result of the flip, and Tran became the third player from the home country to win the Main Event after Dang Xuan Canh (Ho Chi Minh 2018) and Hue Dang (Phu Quoc 2022).

The Kurukshetra-based Amit Kaushik, who currently resides in Noida, was one of five Indians advancing to Day 3 of the Main Event and the only one from the home country to make it to the final table. Looking at his profile, the IIT Roorkee graduate has been in top form over the past few months. In April, Kaushik took down the DPT ₹5K NLHE Bounty (₹5.34 Lakhs). Last month, he had a smashing run at the APT Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP with two podium finishes, including winning Event #18: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo (₹1.72 Lakhs) for his first international live title. The mid-stakes MTT player has also been streaming his online MTT exploits and boasts of an impressive ₹3.91 Crores in tracked online winnings (₹1.46 Crores in net profits).

Entering the FT as the short stack, Kaushik had his work cut out. But he got going quickly by knocking out Tun Nguyen in seventh place. Losing the Main Event title to a one-hand flip might have been a letdown for Kaushik. Still, his third-place finish has catapulted him to the top of the Player of the Series (POS) rankings, where he stands tall with 936.30 TLB points, followed by Tran Tuan Anh (849.77 TLB points) and Ha Van Tien (786.70 TLB points).

Manoj Pentakota (12th for VND 195.82 Million, ₹6.63 Lakhs), Sumit Sapra (22nd for VND 113,320,000, ₹3.85 Lakhs), and Harsh Bubna (38th for VND 65,550,000, ₹2.22 Lakhs) were the other Indians who cashed the Main Event.

The series is on its last legs, with only four events left to close out the festival.

In Event #18: Monster Stack, the two starting flights brought in 214 entries, and only 58 among them will be returning for Day 2. Sumit Sapra (136,500) is the lone Indian among the Day 2 qualifiers, with Russia’s Dr.Holland (285,000) leading the charge.

Event #17 – 2 Day High Rollers clocked in 71 entries, and Day 2 has already started, even as Event #19: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo and Event #20: Single-Day High Rollers will wound down to a close later today.

Returning to the Main Event, the eight-handed final table was formed on Sunday after the eliminations of Dinh Xuan Dinh (10th for VND 195,820,000) and Song Jae Minh (9th for VND281,960,000).

Each of the eight finalists was guaranteed at least VND 338.40 Million (~$14,551).

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Ha Van Thien – 3,895,000
  2. Nguyen Quoc Dinh – 3,270,000
  3. Vu Van Lich – 2,215,000
  4. Yap Tian Yong – 2,205,000
  5. Tun Nguyen – 1,950,000
  6. Kim Ki Woong – 1,755,000
  7. Tran Tuan Anh – 1,880,000
  8. Amit Kaushik – 860,000


You can watch the final table replay on a delayed live stream below.


Final Table Recap

An hour into play, the final table witnessed its first elimination, with Ngyuen Quoc Dinh`s pocket sixes losing the race to Vu Van Vich’s ace-seven that flopped top pair.

After the players returned from a short break, the short-stacked Tun Nguyen jammed from the cutoff with , and Amit Kaushik looked him up with . Kaushik surged further ahead with a full house on the rundown, eliminating Nguyen in seventh place.

Kim Ki Woong hit the rail next, in sixth place.

Down to the five-handed play, Vu Van Lich was one of the shorter stacks on the table and couldn`t mount a comeback. On his last hand of the tournament, Lich made a raise from the cutoff with [ and found a caller in Anh who held . The flop came , and Anh checked while Vu shoved. Anh, who had hit a flush, snap-called. The turn and the river didn’t help Lich, ending his dream run in fifth place.

Several hands later, Singapore’s Yap Tian Yong, looking for a double-up, shoved with only to get looked up by Ha Van Thien`s pocket kings. The queen on the window brought a glimmer of hope for Yong, but it was short-lived as the last two streets blanked out. Yong crashed in fourth place.

One down to three-handed play, all three players were guaranteed at least VND1.25 Billion (~$53,943). At one point, they asked the tournament officials to run the numbers for an ICM deal. However, instead of handing the trophy to Anh, who was chip leading at the point, they decided to set aside VND 50 Million (~$2,150) each from their guaranteed ICM spots and play one hand “flip” for the remaining VND 150 Million (~$6,450) and the Main Event trophy.

Tran won the flip with his dominating fellow countryman Ha Van Thien’s and India’s Amit Kaushik’s on the runout . Anh was declared the winner, with Tien finishing runner-up and Kaushik taking home a third-place payout!

Tran Tuan Anh
Tran Tuan Anh


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Tran Tuan Anh – VND 2,127,900,000*
  2. Ha Van Tien – VND 1,947,700,000*
  3. Amit Kaushik – VND 1,691,700,000*
  4. Yap Tian Yong – VND 906,240,000
  5. Vu Van Lich – VND 677,650,000
  6. Kim Ki Woong – VND 523,010,000
  7. Tun Nguyen – VND 415,300,000
  8. Ngyuen Quoc Dinh – VND 338,400,000

*denotes a three-way deal

Content & Images Courtesy: Asian Poker Tour

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