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The Championships Event at the 2018 APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships attracted a field of 213 entries from two starting flights, Day 1A and Day 1B, culminating in a prize pool of VND 6,198,300,000 (₹1.86 Crores). With the first-place prize money of VND 1,304,030,000 (~₹39.22 Lakhs) on the line, and the top 36 spots assured payouts, 94 runners returned on Day 2, with blinds starting at 1,000/2,000 and ante of 300. Nguyen Van Canh started play in pole position with a stack of 353,600.
By the end of the day’s play, it was Nguyen Tuan Anh (cover image) who emerged as the chip leader with an enormous stack of 1,309,000, which was way ahead of Wei Cheng Yin (681,000) and Cao Ngoc Anh (615,000) who were second and third in chips respectively.
Nguyen was seated at the same table as Day 1B chip leader Paul Hong who had started Day 2 with a healthy stack of 267,700. The two went up against each other a few times, with Nguyen taking down one of the biggest pot of the day. Nguyen raised the pot to 22,000, Yin called from the button and Hong 3-bet to 90,000 from the small blind. Nguyen called and Yin folded. The flop ran and Hong check-raised to 60,000. Nguyen called to see the turn following which Hong raised another 115,000 and this was met with a 3-bet of 300,000 from Nguyen. Hong tanked for quite some time and had the clock called on him. Eventually he folded and Nguyen revealed his bluff of , prompting Yin to state that he folded the winning hand – ace-jack.
Young Gun Devesh Thapar was also seen in action. He was amongst the top stacks from Day 1B with 156,700 in his bag, but Day 2 was a rough ride for the sole Indian in the field. In a hand against Takao Shimizu, Thapar raised the pot to 7,500 and Takao went all-in with his last 69,500 forcing Thapar to fold his ace-queen. Thapar went on to lose the remainder of his stack before the end of play.
However, players who were able to make it in the money included the likes of Yohwan Lim (30th), Yik Yin Chiu (31st), Yoichi Useugi (32nd), Oystein Waldemar (33rd), Pham Quang Huy (34th), Phua Tzai Wei (35th) and Johannes Felix Hoeld (36th), all of whom received a payday of VND 49,070,000 (~₹1.47 Lakhs).
Nguyen Duc Giao Linh (407,000), Choong Kian Weng (405,000), Thong Trinh (383,000) and Quang Phung (370,000) are still in the running and made it to Day 3 with sizeable stacks.
The 29 survivors from today will return to the felts for Day 3 with blinds at 5,000/10,000 and ante of 1,000.
Nguyen Tuan Anh
Top Ten Chip Counts At The End of Day 2
1. Nguyen Tuan Anh – 1,309,000
2. Wei Cheng Yin – 681,000
3. Cao Ngoc Anh (SB) – 615,000
4. Tran Son Thach – 598,000
5. Le Ngoc Khauli (SB) – 543,000
6. Paul Hong (DB) – 479,000
7. Hieu Tran – 474,000
8. Tan Wah Meng Roi (DB) – 465,000
9. Nguyen Van Canh – 458,000
10. Tran Uy Thanh – 425,000
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