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In what turned out to be a power-packed Sunday, we saw an incredible five tournaments at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam declaring champions. The most prominent of them all was the second featured event at the stop, the VND 6 Billion GTD Championships Event. It was this very event that had the Indian rail on the edge of their seats with well-known pro Dhaval Mudgal among the eight finalists in contention for the coveted title on the last day of play. Mudgal, who holds the distinction of winning the first-ever WPT Vietnam Main Event title last year, was chasing the top prize of VND 1,576,810,000 (~₹48.81 Lakhs).
In the end, it was France’s Vincent Chauve who lifted the trophy that came with the fat winner`s cheque after defeating Japan’s Go Mori heads-up. Mudgal finished third for VND 730,780,000 (~₹22.62 Lakhs)!
Chuave has been in spectacular form all week long and not content with a runner-up finish in the Main Event, he did one better in the Championships Event. With a top-two finish in the two biggest tournaments at the stop, Chauve collected a cumulative VND 1,576,810,000 (~₹48.81 Lakhs) for his deep runs – firmly placing himself on top of the APT POS points tally!
As for Mudgal, a deep run in another big-ticket event, especially after Akshay Nasa`s historic victory in the Main Event, set the expectations very high. He entered the final table in the second chip lead with 47 big blinds and got off to a flyer. There were a few setbacks along the way, but he made it all the way to the three-handed play where he was left struggling with a sub-10 bb stack. He got it in good holding ace-eight against Go Mori’s ace-three, but it was just not his day as the latter spiked a three on the river to deny Mudgal the title. He may have lost his chance at the title, but his efforts fetched him an impressive VND 730,780,000 (~₹22.62 Lakhs)!
Final Table Recap
The final table saw its first casualty in less than thirty minutes with Australia’s Vincent Huang running his into Vietnam`s Tien Quyet Pham’s .
The next one to fall out was Kensuke Koizumi, who shoved with . The action folded to Go Mori, who woke up with pocket kings and made the easy call. With no ace on the board, Koizumi hit the rail in seventh place.
On hand 50 of the final table, Kang Feng Lien’s came up against the eventual champion Vincent Chauve’s . Chauve turned an ace-high flush on the runout , eliminating Feng Lien in sixth place.
The five remaining players soon became four when the short-stacked Fu Bang Huang announced all-in from the cutoff seat for 565,000 holding . Unfortunately for him, Chauve looked him up with and took down the pot after flopping a pair of aces on the board .
Tien Quyet Pham finished fourth when he moved all-in from under the gun with , and the chip leader Chauve made the call from the big blind with . Chauve hit trips on the board that ensured Pham’s exit.
Shortly after the departure of Pham, short-stacked Dhaval Mudgal crashed out in third place. Go Mori went all-in with , and Mudgal called with a better . Mori got lucky and rivered a three on the board to eliminate Mudgal.
Vincent Chauve entered the heads-up play with a dominating 4:1 chip lead over Go Mori. Despite the parity in chips, it took over four hours for Chauve to take down the title.
On the final hand of the event, Chauve`s were pitted against Mori`s . The board ran declaring Chauve the champion, who pocketed VND 1,576,810,000 (~₹48.81 Lakhs) for his victory while Mori went home VND 1,051,200,000 (~₹32.6 Lakhs) richer for his runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (VND)
You can catch the final table action in the video below.
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