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Action is peaking at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam that has been playing host to the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam 2019 since January 9. Team India’s spectacular performance on Vietnamese felts last year is being carried on by the contingent that has turned up at the venue this year.
Indians announced their arrival at the series in style with a strong presence in the Monster Stack event where four challengers, namely Aditya Sushant, Meherzad Munsaf, Shravan Chhabria and Vishal Tajpuria made it to the final day. While Sushant fell short of the money line, Tajpuria (15th for VND 23,109,000 – ₹70,172), Chhabria (17th for VND 23,109,000 – ₹70,172) and Munsaf (29th for VND 13,373,000 – ₹40,608), all posted scores in the opening event.
Munsaf carried his stellar form into the Dafabet Head Hunter event where he narrowly missed the final table finishing 9th for VND 17,065,000 (₹51,505). He wasn’t the only Indian to cash in at the event as the 2018 WPT Vietnam Main Event winner Dhaval Mudgal also posted his first international score of the year and placed 10th for VND 14,221,000 (₹42,922).
With Manish Lakhotia (108,100), Meherzad Munsaf (107,700), Young Gun Abhivan Iyer (95,200), 2017 WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant (88,600), Vinod R. Megamani (69,000), Akash Malik (56,600), Nishant Sharma (54,900), Eka Vedantham (46,100), Siddharth Jain (36,200) and Siddhartha Kapoor (9,500) making the cut for Day 2 of the Main Event, Team India can be expected to deliver many more scores in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Ray Chui won the ever-popular Dafabet Head Hunter event, even as Chung Yin Chan and Russia’s Alex Okruzhnoy took down the High Rollers Single Day and NLH Single Day events respectively.
Drawing in a total of 113 entries, the Dafabet Head Hunter event lasted for two days, eventually crowing a winner in Hong Kong’s Ray Chui who claimed his maiden APT title along with a payday of VND 163,625,000.
India’s Meherzad Munsaf and Dhaval Mudgal missed the final table by a whisker.
While Mudgal finished 10th for VND 14,221,000 (₹42,922), Munsaf finished 9th for VND 17,065,000 (₹51,505), becoming the final table bubble boy.
Out of the 113 players that entered the event on Day 1, only 14 made it to Day 2. In fact, an interesting incident took place during the last level when the lights went out causing the players to bag up using the light from their cellphones. Mudgal even shared a photo of the incident on social media captioned “Just a normal day in Vietnam poker!!”
The 19 players who finished in the money included Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (11th for VND 14,221,000), Tai Hsing Hsuing (12th for VND 11,851,000), Vu Huy Viet (13th for VND 11,851,000), Vi Khoa Duong (14th for VND 11,851,000), Lê Quang Tuyến (15th for VND 9,876,000), LỂ HẢi (16th for VND 9,876,000), Truong Mong Hoang (17th for VND 9,876,000), Yiu Tai Samuel Lee (18th for VND 9,876,000) and Le Ngoc Khanh (19th for VND 8,830,000).
Play resumed on Day 2 and it took about an hour for the eight-handed final table to be formed.
In the heads-up confrontation, Ray Chiu defeated Singaporean pro Norbert Koh and pocketed VND 163,625,000 in first-place prize money, along with an additional VND 12,000,000 in bounty rewards.
You can catch the final table action here.
1. Ray Chiu – VND 163,625,000
2. Norbert Koh – VND 109,017,000
3. Edward Yam – VND 75,726,000
4. Co Chung Chuen – VND 54,840,000
5. Cao Ngoc Anh – VND 41,012,000
6. Phan Tuan Vinh – VND 31,652,000
7. Chi Chung Ho – VND 25,135,000
8. Duy Ho – VND 20,479,000
With a buy-in of VND 43,000,000, 42 players (3 unique and 8 re-entries) were seen gunning for the title in the High Rollers Single Day event which created a prize pool of VND 1,629,600. Chung Yin Chan shipped the event and won the second title at the series for Hong Kong.
Several big names were seen in action at the final table including Monster Stack champion Michael Kim Falcon (4th), Nguyen Hoa Thinh (5th) and Nguyen Van Phinh (6th).
Alan King Lun Lau was eliminated in third place setting up the final showdown between Chan and Vietnamese pro Linh Tran. Chan held a sizable lead at the start which Tran failed to overcome. In the final hand, Chan tabled a flush against Tran’s straight to whisk away the title!
Outlasting 93 entries, Russia’s Alex Okruzhnoy took down the NLH Single Day event. He came up from behind in the heads-up match against Vietnam’s Dinh Gia Long to clinch the trophy and top prize of VND 120,000,000 after striking a deal. Long walked away with VND 117,258
The event was fast-paced due its shot clock format and only 16 players received payouts from the VND 541,260,000 prize pool. Vietnamese pros Julien Tran and Nguyen Duc Bien were notables who made it to the final table.
*The complete payout details for the High Rollers Single Day and NLH Single Day were not available on the tournament website.
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