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APT Summer Festival Hanoi: Kamal Kumar Sogani Wins India its 5th APT Trophy of the Series in Event #22, Zarvan Tumboli Chip Leads 45 Players to Day 3 in Championships Event

Team India has well and truly extended its Vietnam rush by pulling out another dominating run at the ongoing 2022 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP. With four APT trophies already in the bag, Kamal Kumar Sogani became the fifth Indian to lift the coveted trophy after winning Event #22: PLO on Thursday for VND 67.90 Million (~₹2.32 Lakhs)

The series is just two days away from powering down. From the looks of Team India`s performance in the ongoing VND 4 Billion GTD Championships Event, it looks like the team will be closing out the series with a bang.

A group of 16 Indians led by Spartan Poker Team Pro Zarvan Tumboli returned on Day 2 of the Championships Event, and it was an eventful Friday for the team. A total of 11 Indians have advanced to Day 3 (currently underway), and not just that, seven of the ten names on top of the start-of-day chip counts were Indian players. And guess what?! Tumboli headlines the 45 survivors with a monster stack of 1,151,000.

The Mumbai-based player who won a career-defining WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event title in May was fifth in chips at the start of Day 2 and steadily climbed up throughout the day. He crossed 1 million in chips after winning a crucial hand – making a hero call on a king-high board with pocket tens. He won the pot, beating Nguyen Ngoc Dai, and went on to eliminate compatriot Young Gun Kanchan Sharma to assume a commanding chip lead heading into the penultimate day of the tournament.

Zarvan Tumboli
Zarvan Tumboli

 

PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (809,000) and APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi (726,000) round out the top three stacks among the 45 survivors.

Ankit Wadhawan and Shardul Parthasarathi
Ankit Wadhawan and Shardul Parthasarathi

 

Former APT champion Akshay Nasa (663,000), Deepak Bothra (653,000), Alok Birewar (481,000), and Rubin Labroo (431,000) are the other Indians among the top 10 stacks.

Also making it through were Event #10: High Rollers Single Day champion Sajal Gupta (369,000), Rising Star Ritwik Khanna (204,000), Jayraj Ninama (151,000), and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (123,000).

Day 3 of the Championships Event began at 11 AM (local time) today, and the plan is to play down to the eight-handed final table. The money bubble will burst at 30th place with 29 places paid.

In the other side events, Korea’s Seo Jeungu shipped Event #21: NLH Single Day for VND 82.67 Million (~$3,532), while Vietnam’s Pham Song Hau championed Event #23: Deep Stack Turbo for VND 76 Million (~$3,240).

Zarvan Tumboli Chip Leads 45 Players Advancing to Day 3 in Championships Event

Eighty-seven players returned on Day 2 of the VND 4 Billion GTD Championships Event. Along with the 79 late entrants joining the action during the first three levels of Day 2, the event drew a record-setting field of 288 entries, blowing away its advertised guarantee by collecting a whopping VND 9,777,600,000 (~$416,866) prize pool. With only 29 players assured a payday, the competition on Friday was intense.

The Spartan Poker Team Pro Zarvan Tumboli was the frontrunner among a group of 16 Indian qualifiers converging after the two starting flights. He wielded his massive stack brilliantly to climb into the chip lead by the end of the day`s play.

At one point on Day 2, Tumboli spun up to over a million in chips after making a hero call on a king-high board with pocket tens, scooping the pot off Nguyen Ngoc Dai. He next dispatched compatriot Young Gun Kanchan Sharma with his pocket jacks crushing the latter’s pocket nines.

By the time the bags were brought out, only 45 remained in the field, and Tumboli held the overnight chip lead with a massive stack of 1,151,000.

It was a dominating run by the team overall, with the subsequent top stacks also belonging to Indian players, i.e., PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (809,000) and APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi (726,000).

Simultaneously, Akshay Nasa (663,000), Deepak Bothra (653,000), Alok Birewar (481,000), and Rubin Labroo (431,000) carried above-average stacks to Day 3.

Another four Indians, namely, Event #10: High Rollers Single Day champion Sajal Gupta (369,000), Rising Star Ritwik Khanna (204,000), Jayraj Ninama (151,000), and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (123,000) made the cut for Day 3, making for a total of 11 Indians among the 45 qualifiers heading into Day 3.

On the flip side, Young Gun Kanchan Sharma, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, Ankit Jajodia, Siddarth Singhvi, Jasven Saigal, Anuj Yadav, and Kamal Kumar Sogani failed to advance further.

Day 2 was packed with exciting moments. Former APT champion Akshay Nasa clashed with high roller Hieu Ngo several times. He eventually eliminated the latter, ensuring himself a big stack for Day 3.

Another talked-about journey on Day 2 was that of former APT Main Event champion Hue Dang (676,000), who spiraled down to just 20 big blinds halfway through the day. Dang eventually bagged the fourth-biggest stack.

Day 3 of the Championships Event got underway at 11 AM (local time) on Friday, July 23, and the plan is to play down to an eight-handed final table today before the Sunday finale.

Zarvan Tumboli
Zarvan Tumboli

 

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2

  1. Zarvan Tumboli – 1,151,000
  2. Ankit Wadhawan – 809,000
  3. Shardul Parthasarathi – 726,000
  4. Hue Dang – 676,000
  5. Akshay Nasa – 663,000
  6. Deepak Bothra – 653,000
  7. Alok Birewar – 481,000
  8. Quach Chi Cong – 458,000
  9. Kevin Lim – 432,000
  10. Rubin Labroo – 431,000

Kamal Kumar Sogani Wins Event #22: PLO For VND 67.90 Million

Kamal Kumar Sogani became the fifth Indian player to win the coveted APT trophy at the ongoing series after overcoming a field of 10 entrants in the VND 11 Million buy-in Event #22: PLO.

Sogani bested American player Joel Farris heads-up to clinch his first APT title and VND 67.90 Million (~₹2.32 Lakhs) in first-place prize money.

Kamal Kumar Sogani wins Event 22 PLO
Kamal Kumar Sogani

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Kamal Kumar Sogani – VND 67,900,000
  2. Joel Farris – VND 29,100,000

Korea’s Seo Jeungu Wins Event #21: NLH Single Day For VND 82.67 Million

Korea’s Seo Jeungu ran past the 32-entry field in Event #21: NLH Single Day to win VND 82.67 Million (~$3,532). Vietnam’s Ha Manh Tuong finished runner-up for VND 50.77 Million (~$2,169).

The #2 ranked player in the APT Player of the Series (POS) rankings, Malaysia’s Chang Xiang Guang, was looking to ladder up to the top with a deep run in the event. Unfortunately, he money-bubbled the tournament in seventh place, and busted to a full house over full house setup hand against the eventual winner Jeungu who held to Guang’s on the board.

The top six players earned a share from the VND 217.28 Million (~$9,283) prize pool.

Seo Jeungu Wins Event 21 NLH Single Day
Seo Jeungu

 

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Seo Jeungu – VND 82,670,000
  2. Ha Manh Tuong – VND 50,770,000
  3. Sean Hwa Teik Chuan – VND 32,970,000
  4. Luong Viet Thai Duong – VND 22,550,000
  5. Nguyen Phuong Ngoc – VND 16,180,000
  6. Nguyen Van Tien – VND 12,140,000

Vietnam’s Pham Song Hau Wins Event #23: Deep Stack Turbo For VND 76 Million

Event #23: Deep Stack Turbo brought in 38 entries, generating a prize pool of VND 221.16 Million (~$9,449). Local player Pham Song Hau was the last player standing and defeated China’s Yuefeng Pan heads-up to win his first APT title and VND 76 Million (~$3,240) in prize money.

Pham Song Hau Wins Event 23 Deep Stack Turbo
Pham Song Hau

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Pham Song Hau – VND 76,000,000
  2. Yuefeng Pan – VND 48,850,000
  3. Gregory Kuhnast – VND 32,930,000
  4. Ngo Khoa Anh – VND 23,200,000
  5. Nguyen Anh Tuan – VND 17,020,000
  6. Jeon Byeong Cheol – VND 12,960,000
  7. Hoang Nghia Viet – VND 10,200,000

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APT Summer Festival Hanoi: Amit Kaushik Finishes 3rd in Event #19: Super Deep Stack Turbo (₹1.73 Lakhs), Zarvan Tumboli Headlines 13 Indians Advancing From Day 1B in Championships Event

The 2022 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP is two days away from going down the history books, and Team India looks eager to close out the series on a strong note.

Thursday saw another two side events crown champions, while the VND 4 Billion GTD Championships Event ran its second starting flight, Day 1B. Event #18: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo champion Amit Kaushik almost repeated Zarvan Tumboli`s back-to-back feat from last month with his deep run in the very next event, Event #19: Super Deep Stack Turbo. The poker pro from Kurukshetra fell two places short of the title, cashing VND 50.64 Million (~₹1.73 Lakhs) in third place. Deepak Bothra was another Indian giving Kaushik company among the ITM finishers in Event #19. He placed tenth for VND 9.48 Million (~₹32,360), picking up his first-ever APT cash.

Amit Kaushik
Amit Kaushik

 

Vietnam’s Nguyen Tuan Hung championed Event #19: Super Deep Turbo to collect the APT trophy and the VND 109.20 Million (~$4,665) top prize.

Nguyen Tuan Hung
Nguyen Tuan Hung

 

In Event #20: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo, Malaysia’s Chang Xiang Guang overcame a 53-player field to win the title and VND 62.48 Million (~$2,665).

As we publish this report, Day 2 of the Championships Event is well underway. Day 1B brought in 131 players, and 59 of them bagged stacks for Day 2. Vietnam’s Chien Than (414,000) topped the day-end chip counts, with Francis Garson (323,800) and Spartan Poker Team Pro Zarvan Tumboli (323,000) advancing with the subsequent top stacks.

Zarvan Tumboli
Zarvan Tumboli

 

2022 has been a breakout year for Zarvan Tumboli, who has already won four live titles this year – three of them in Vietnam. He got his first break in the BPT High Roller in March. While initially scheduled to visit Las Vegas for the 2022 WSOP, visa issues forced him to change his travel plans to Vietnam instead, and what a godsend it turned out to be. The Mumbai-based poker pro wrote his name in the history books as the first-ever WPT Prime champion after winning the WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event in May and followed it up by taking down two events in last month’s APT Vietnam Hanoi festival.

While Tumboli is third in chips from the Day 1B qualifiers, he is well positioned to chase the title since he is fifth overall among the 87 survivors (including the 28 qualifiers from Day 1A) from the two starting flights combined.

Team India in almost guaranteed at least a few deep runs in the Championships Event as apart from Tumboli, another 12 Indians advanced through Day 1B. The list includes several notable names like PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (178,400), Alok Birwar (154,300), PokerGuru Ambassadors Ankit Wadhawan (137,700), and Laksh Pal Singh (63,400), Jasven Saigal (57,000), Ankit Jajodia (55,900), Event #16: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo champion Siddarth Singhvi (52,300), APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion Shardul Parthasarathi (47,500), Young Gun Kanchan Sharma (44,200), Deepak Bothra (38,400), Rubin Labroo (36,100), and Sajal Gupta (23,100).

Added to three Indian qualifiers from Day 1A brings the total Indian head count for Day 2 of the Championships Event to 16.

 

Team India Chip Counts For Day 2 of Championships Event

DayPlayerChip Count
Day 1BZarvan Tumboli323,000
Day 1BAshish Munot178,400
Day 1BAlok Birwar154,300
Day 1BAnkit Wadhawan137,700
Day 1BLaksh Pal Singh63,400
Day 1BJasven Saigal57,000
Day 1BAnkit Jajodia55,900
Day 1BSiddarth Singhvi 52,300
Day 1BShardul Parthasarathi47,500
Day 1BKanchan Sharma44,200
Day 1BDeepak Bothra38,400
Day 1BRubin Labroo36,100
Day 1BSajal Gupta23,100
Day 1AAnuj Yadav105,000
Day 1ARitwik Khanna92,000
Day 1AKamal Kumar Sogani 51,800

The Championships Event has already crushed its prize pool guarantee by collecting VND 7 Billion on the back of 209 entries through the first two starting flights. However, with late registrations open through the first three levels on Day 2, the final numbers will be higher.

The APT Player of the Series (POS) race has intensified with the series now on the home stretch. Filipino player Vamerdino Magsakay (895.26 points) continues to lead the rankings and is a safe distance ahead of Event #20: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo champion Chang Xiang Guang (798.79 points). India`s Ankit Kumar Jajodia (716.63 points) rounds out the top three names in the leaderboard rankings.

 

Vietnam’s Chien Than Headlines 59 Survivors on Day 1B of VND 4 Billion GTD Championships Event

Day 1B of the VND 38.50 Million (~$1,640) buy-in Championships Event drew 131 runners, and 59 advanced further. Vietnam’s Chien Than (414,000) bagged the day`s top stack, with France’s Francis Garson (323,800) and India’s Zarvan Tumboli (323,000) in tow.

Tumboli headlines a group of 13 Indians who progressed from Day 1B. This includes PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (178,400), Alok Birwar (154,300), PokerGuru Ambassadors Ankit Wadhawan (137,700) and Laksh Pal Singh (63,400), Jasven Saigal (57,000), Ankit Jajodia (55,900), Event #16: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo winner Siddarth Singhvi (52,300), APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi (47,500), Young Gun Kanchan Sharma (44,200), Deepak Bothra (38,400), Rubin Labroo (36,100), and Sajal Gupta (23,100).

Counting the Day 1A qualifiers, Young Gun Anuj Yadav (105,000), Rising Star Ritwik Khanna (92,000), and Kamal Kumar Sogani (51,800), a total of 16 Indians have made the cut for Day 2, and more can still enter with late registrations open for the first three levels on Day 2.

Chien Than
Chien Than

 

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B

  1. Chien Than – 414,000
  2. Francis Garson – 323,800
  3. Zarvan Tumboli – 323,000
  4. Nang Quang Nguyen – 266,100
  5. Sang – 265,000
  6. Tan Guan Hao – 258,400
  7. Norbert Koh – 249,600
  8. Tuan Tung – 189,800
  9. David Erquiaga – 188,700
  10. Mark Remnant – 186,000

 

Nguyen Tuan Hung Wins Event #19: Super Deep Stack Turbo For VND 109.20 Million

Event #19: Super Deep Stack Turbo attracted 65 entrants, creating a VND 378.30 Million (~$16,130) prize pool. Vietnam’s Nguyen Tuan Hung outlasted them all to capture the VND 109.20 Million (~$4,665) first-place cash prize and the APT trophy after defeating Jaewook Han heads-up. Han collected VND 72.79 Million (~$3,019) in second place.

Two Indians cashed the event. Event #18: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo champion Amit Kaushik almost won back-to-back titles, finishing third for VND 50.60 Million (~₹1.73 Lakhs), while Deepak Bothra cashed VND 9.48 Million (~₹32,360) in 10th place.

The bubble burst after Luong Van Quang dominated an opponent’s pocket nines with his pocket kings. It didn’t take much longer for the field to whittle down to the unofficial eight-handed final table. The elimination of Luong Viet Thai Duong (8th for VND 13.65 Million) and Luong Van Quang (7th for VND 16.75 Million) got the six-handed final table in motion.

 

Final Table Recap

Event #13: High Rollers champion Tran Nam Trung was the first to depart from the final table.

Down to the final five players, a series of all-in showdowns ensued, and one of them led to Quach Chi Cong eliminating Vu Van Lich in fifth place.

Quach Chi Cong had spun into the chip lead but lost two back-to-back pots to Hung to eventually fall out in fourth place.

Hung then sent Event #18: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo winner Amit Kaushik packing in third place. Hung`s hit a straight on the rundown to dominate Kaushik’s .

Hung held a commanding 10-to-1 chip lead over Jaewook Han at the start of the heads-up match and took no time to beat the latter to claim his first APT trophy.

Nguyen Tuan Hung
Nguyen Tuan Hung

 

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Nguyen Tuan Hung – VND 109,200,000
  2. Jaewook Han – VND 72,790,000
  3. Amit Kaushik – VND 50,600,000
  4. Quach Chi Cong – VND 36,550,000
  5. Vu Van Lich – VND 27,330,000
  6. Tran Nam Trung – VND 21,100,000

 

Malaysia’s Chang Xiang Guang Wins Event #20: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo For VND 62.48 Million

Malaysia’s Chang Xiang Guang ran past a field of 53 players to win Event #20: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo for VND 62.48 Million (~$2,665). The victory marked Guang’s sixth cash of the series and vaulted him to #2 on the APT Player of the Series (POS) leaderboard.

The VND 4.4 Million (~$188) buy-in tourney collected a VND 212 Million (~$9,040) prize pool, and the top nine places got paid.

Chang Xiang Guang
Chang Xiang Guang

 

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Chang Xiang Guang – VND 62,480,000
  2. Nguyen Anh Tuan – VND 41,660,000
  3. Le Dinh Hai – VND 28,960,000
  4. Phi Trung Son – VND 20,920,000
  5. Nguyen Trung Hien – VND 15,640,000
  6. Park Yu “Sparrow” Cheung – VND 12,070,000
  7. Tran Thanh Hung – VND 9,590,000
  8. Le Minh Phuc – VND 7,810,000
  9. Kirill Tarasov – VND 6,510,000

 

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APT Summer Festival Hanoi: Zarvan Tumboli Chops Event #5: PLO, Shardul Parthasarathi, Siddhanth Kripalani & Ankit Jajodia FT Other Side Events

Just three days into the first-ever Asian Poker Tour (APT) Summer Festival Hanoi, currently underway at the VSOP Club in Hanoi, Indian scores have already started pouring in! The Indian team hogged the limelight in a big way on Day 3, and leading from the front was none other than the inaugural WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event champion Zarvan Tumboli.

Zarvan Tumboli
Zarvan Tumboli

 

Having already won one of Asia’s biggest live tournaments of 2022, Tumboli came excruciatingly close to winning his second consecutive PLO title in Vietnam. Among the 28 players who entered Event #5: PLO, Tumboli cruised to the finale, where he struck an ICM deal with Norway’s Tommy Duy Linh. The latter grabbed the bragging rights for VND 80.46 Million (~$3,440), while Tumboli collected VND 66.16 Million (~₹2.25 Lakhs) in second place.

Tommy Duy Linh
Tommy Duy Linh

 

Talking about his run, Tumboli said – “It would have been nice to do back-to-back PLO wins. Disappointed that I could not defend my title, was almost there. Anyways, happy that I could put up a good fight.”

With a close run to the title, Tumboli seems well on track to pull out another standout innings in Vietnam. The freshly minted Spartan Poker Team Pro has exerted a dominating presence in the live tournament circuit in Vietnam these last two months. After taking down the WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event, Tumboli stayed back for the APT Vietnam Hanoi, where he won back-to-back titles in Event #17: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo and Event 18: Pot-Limit Omaha. The Mumbai-based MTT Pro has lived up to his reputation as one of the hottest players on the Asian circuit and will be one of the Indian pros to watch out for at the ongoing stop!

Tumboli kept the Indian railbirds posted on his progress in the event by sharing pictures on his Instagram handle.

Ankit Jajodia is another Indian pro who final-tabled Event #5 PLO and finished third for VND 33,310,000 (~₹1.13 Lakhs). Jajodia FT-ed an impressive four events in last month’s APT Vietnam Hanoi, where his last FT appearance was in the Championships Event that ended in a fifth-place finish for VND 456.49 Million (~₹15.31 Lakhs). Along with a sixth-place finish in Event #2 Head Hunter – we shall get to that later – Jajodia has collected 289.42 points and sprinted up to #4 in the POS standings!

Ankit Jajodia
Ankit Jajodia

 

If Tumboli and Jajodia dominated Event #6, Young Guns Shardul Parthasarathi and Siddhanth Kripalani made the final table in Event #6: High Rollers Single Day.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi

 

Just a day back, Parthasarathi, the reigning APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion, had opened his scorecard at the series with a ninth-place finish in Event #1: Mystery Bounty. He came strikingly close to taking down Event #6: High Rollers but eventually finished third, scoring a hefty VND 186.21 Million (~₹6.34 Lakhs) payday.

The first-ever IPC Megastacks Main Event champion, Kripalani, finished seventh in Event #6 for VND 61.64 Million (~ ₹2.10 Lakhs) – picking up his first score in the series. Vietnam’s Huy Pham emerged as the eventual champion and won VND 401.78 Million (~$17,129).

Another two Indians cashed the VND 6.6 Million (~$280) buy-in Event #2: Head Hunter Event, and headlining them was Ankit Kumar Jajodia. Jajodia returned on Day 2 of the Head Hunter ranked fifth in chips among the eight finalists and eventually took home a sixth-place payday worth VND 19.11 Million (~₹65,070).

Young Gun Kanchan Sharma just about sailed past the money line and finished 17th for VND 5.96 Million (~₹20,294). Vietnam’s Nguyen Anh Tuan captured the title for VND 98.91 Million ($4,217). Tuan collected seven bounties on the side worth an additional VND 14 Million, pocketing a combined VND 112.91 Million (~$4,820) in the event.

Kanchan Sharma
Kanchan Sharma

 

On the sidelines, Vietnam’s Dao Minh Phu championed the most expensive event of the series, the VND 108.50 Million (~$4,630) buy-in Event #3: Superstar Challenge for VND 1.118 Billion (~$47,737).

After a hectic three days of action, the Mystery Bounty winner Kyle Bao Diep (487.56 points) retains his lead in the Player of the Series (POS) leaderboard race, with Pham Tien Dung (353 points) and Nguyen Anh Tuan (347.28 points) trailing him.

The most awaited event of the series, the Main Event, began proceedings on July 14. Day 1A registered 67 entries, and 23 sailed through to Day 2. Team India is off to a flying start in the series’ showstopper with last night`s ITM #28 Thursday Supersonic runner-up finisher, Rising Star Ritwik Khanna (166,700), bagging the day-end chip lead. Hot on Khanna’s coattails is the 2019 WPT Vietnam Kickoff runner-up finisher and Thursday Supersonic champion Rubin Labroo (161,400), while a third Indian player, Yashwanth Thuti (68,900), bagged the 10th biggest stack on Day 1A.

Ritwik Khanna
Ritwik Khanna

 

Day 1B is currently underway, and Day 1C will run on Saturday, July 16, before all the starting flight qualifiers converge for Day 2 on Sunday, July 17.

 

Vietnam’s Nguyen Anh Tuan Wins Event #2: VND 6.6 Million Head Hunter For VND 98.91 Million

The VND 6.6 Million (~$280) buy-in Head Hunter Event drew a field of 100 entries, and only eight players returned on Day 2. Vietnam’s Nguyen Anh Tuan outlasted them all to win the APT trophy and the VND 98.91 Million up-top after defeating American pro-Peter Jang Hwan Kiem (2nd for VND 65.93 Million) heads-up!

Tuan earned an additional seven bounties worth VND 14 Million to pocket a combined VND 112.91 Million (~$4,820) in the event, also climbing to #3 on the APT Player of the Series (POS) leaderboard.

Two Indians cashed the tournament. Ankit Kumar Jajodia was fifth in chips on the eight-handed final table at the start of Day 2 and eventually placed sixth for VND 19.11 Million (~₹65,070).

Young Gun Kanchan Sharma was the other Indian to cash out, and she just about managed to cross the money line, finishing 17th for VND 5.96 Million (~₹20,294).

The event collected a prize pool of VND 582 Million (~$24,880). A third of this money, amounting to VND 2 Million (~$8,550), was kept aside as the bounty prize pool, with each player collecting a bounty worth VND 2 Million for eliminating an opponent. The top 17 got paid.

 

Final Table Recap

Yang Hai Yang was the first to fall. He got it in good with pocket queens against Nguyen Manh Hung’s ace-king, but the latter hit quads on a board that brought three kings.

The start-of-day chip leader Mai Van Son was out next in seventh place.

Indian pro Ankit Jajodia first doubled up off Hung with his pocket sevens hitting a full house of the board to dominate Hung’s queen-jack that made a flush. Despite chipping up, Jajodia exited sixth after Tran Duc Son’s tens crushed his pocket sevens.

Ankit Jajodia
Ankit Jajodia

 

Nguyen Manh Hung and Pham Hung Cuong fell out of contention quickly, followed by Tran Duc Son.

Peter Jang Hwan Kiem held a slight edge over Tuan at the start of the heads-up, but Tuan turned the show around in just a few hands. He slowly grinded away at Kiem’s stack, eventually beating the latter with his pocket nines, keeping ahead of Kiem’s jack-four.

Nguyen Anh Tuan
Nguyen Anh Tuan

 

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Nguyen Anh Tuan – VND 98,910,000
  2. Peter Jang Hwan Kiem – VND 65,930,000
  3. Tran Duc Son – VND 45,840,000
  4. Pham Hung Cuong – VND 33,110,000
  5. Nguyen Manh Hung – VND 24,760,000
  6. Ankit Kumar – VND 19,110,000
  7. Mai Van Son – VND 15,170,000
  8. Yang Hai Yang – VND 12,360,000

 

Dao Minh Phu Wins Event #3: Superstar Challenge For VND 1.118 Billion

The most expensive event on the series’ schedule, the VND 108.5 Million (~$4,630) buy-in Event #3: Superstar Challenge, drew 16 runners on its opening day, and only eight made it to Day 2. Another 11 players joined the action on Day 2, bringing the field to 27 runners (including 18 unique players) to generate an appetizing VND 2.619 Billion (~111,827) prize pool.

Only the top five places were assured a payout, and the bubble burst within six hours. From there, it took another three hours of play for a winner to emerge.

Vietnam’s Dao Minh Phu, a well-known local high roller, emerged as the champion. He was third in stacks at the start of the final table. Towards the end, he eliminated Dang Van Hien in third place, setting up the heads-up with Nguyen Quang Minh.

The heads-up match lasted all of five hands. On the last hand, Phu jammed with , and Minh called off with [5]. Phu flopped a superior pair of queens on the board to lift the APT trophy and the VND 1.118 Billion (~$47,737) cash prize.

Dao Minh Phu
Dao Minh Phu

 

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Dao Minh Phu – VND 1,118,000,000
  2. Nguyen Quang Minh – VND 648,550,000
  3. Dang Van Hien – VND 401,470,000
  4. Ta Son Tung – VND 264,760,000
  5. Tran Van Thinh – VND 185,330,000

 

Norway’s Tommy Duy Linh Wins Event #5: PLO For VND 80.46 Million Following a Heads-Up Deal With India’s Zarvan Tumboli

The VND 800K (~$375) buy-in Event #5: PLO was the first non-NLHE tournament of the series to crown a champion. With 28 players registering to play, the event generated a VND 217.28 Million (~$9,290) prize pool.

In the final moments, Norway’s Tommy Duy Linh struck an ICM-based deal with India’s Zarvan Tumboli. With both players locking in the prize money, Linh won the APT trophy and the top prize of VND 80.46 Million (~$3,440). Tumboli collected an equally impressive VND 66.16 Million (~₹2.25 Lakhs) in second place, courtesy of the deal.

Another Indian pro Ankit Kumar Jajodia finished third for VND 33.31 Million (~₹1.13 Lakhs).

Tommy Duy Linh
Tommy Duy Linh

 

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Tommy Duy Linh – VND 80,460,000*
  2. Zarvan Tumboli – VND 66,160,000*
  3. Ankit Kumar – VND 33,310,000
  4. Wu Jun Hao – VND 21,970,000
  5. Hoang Tuan Anh – VND 15,380,000

*denotes a heads-up deal

 

Huy Pham Captures Event #6: High Rollers Single Day For VND 401.78 Million

A total of 44 players signed up for Event #6: High Rollers Single Day, which featured a VND 32.5 Million buy-in (~$1,390). After ten hours of action, Vietnam’s Huy Pham emerged triumphant. Pham played an aggressive game on the final table and dispatched four opponents to the rail to claim the title and the top prize of VND 401.78 Million (~$17,129).

Huy Pham
Huy Pham

 

Two Indians, Young Guns Shardul Parthasarathi (3rd for VND 186.21 Million, ~₹6.34 Lakhs) and Siddhanth Kripalani (7th for VND 61.64 Million – ₹2.10 Lakhs), final tabled the event.

 

Final Table Recap

Early into the final table, Indian pro Shardul Parthasarathi eliminated Hao Seo in eighth place.

Luu Danh Tuan next sent Young Gun Siddhanth Kripalani packing in seventh place.

Siddhanth Kripalani
Siddhanth Kripalani

 

Parthasarathi scalped Chu Thai Thinh in sixth place.

At five-handed play, Pham stepped up the aggression. He first doubled up through Tuan with pocket eights dominating the latter’s king-queen. Phan followed through by eliminating Vu Hoia Lam, aka Victor Lam, in fifth place after his king-five spiked a pair on the board to beat Lam’s king-ten.

Next up, Pham dispatched Luu Danh Tuan in fourth place, with ace-king dominating the latter`s queen-jack.

One level later, Pham eliminated Shardul Parthasarathi in third place, with pocket sixes dominating the latter’s overcards.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi

 

Pham and Nang Quang Nguyen decided to play it out for the title, with Nguyen talking out aloud, “This is my best friend, but no deal!” Pham had 44 big blinds to Nguyen’s 22 bigs, but the latter almost caught up. ALMOST. Pham quickly won back most of the chips he had lost to Nguyen and closed it out after his kept ahead of Nguyen’s on the runout.

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Huy Pham – VND 401,780,000
  2. Nang Quang Nguyen – VND 267,850,000
  3. Shardul Parthasarathi – VND 186,210,000
  4. Luu Danh Tuan – VND 134,490,000
  5. Vu Hoia Lam – VND 100,580,000
  6. Chu Thai Thinh – VND 77,630,000
  7. Siddhanth Kripalani – VND 61,640,000
  8. Hao Seo – VND 50,220,000

 

India`s Ritwik Khanna and Rubin Labroo Bag Top Two Stacks on Day 1A of Main Event

Day 1A of the APT Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP 2022 Main Event brought in 67 challengers, and only 23 survived the day`s play. The Indian pros dominated the show, with Rising Star Ritwik Khanna (166,700) bagging the top stack of the day. Khanna is followed by compatriot Rubin Labroo (161,400), with Slade Fisher (120,600) rounding out the top three stacks advancing through Day 1A.

Another Indian, Yashwanth Thuti (68,900), also bagged a huge stack for Day 2.

The Main Event has two more starting flights, and all qualifying stacks will converge for Day 2 on Sunday, July 17.

Ritwik Khanna
Ritwik Khanna

 

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1A

  1. Ritwik Khanna – 166,700
  2. Rubin Labroo – 161,400
  3. Slade Fisher – 120,600
  4. Pham Duy Anh – 96,800
  5. Vu Tien Duc – 93,500
  6. William Kang – 90,900
  7. Lim Shyh Chyn – 90,400
  8. Du Yeon Jeong – 84,000
  9. Jo Jung STK – 73,200
  10. Yashwanth Thuti – 68,900

 

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Daily Majors: Sahil Chutani Champions Two Flagships For Over ₹14 Lakhs; Vivek Singh, Rubin Labroo, Dhaval Solanki & Arun Sriram Win the Other Thursday Flagships

Thursday brought another action-driven day of MTT action, and the top pros dominated most of the day’s flagships!

Spartan Poker’s first-ever India Turbo Masters is three days away from wrapping up, and Thursday marked the start of the series’ headliner 1.25 Crores GTD ITM Main Event!

The most profitable MTT player of the year, Young Gun Sahil Chutani, went on a tear last night – something he has been doing with exceptional consistency for months now! He achieved the rare feat of winning the two biggest guaranteed tournaments of the day back-to-back – Spartan Poker’s Thursday High Roller (6-Max) for 7.95 Lakhs and Adda52’s Godfather for 6.12 Lakhs, banking a whopping 14-plus Lakhs. The Thursday run not only saw him close in on his fellow BTR Staking coach Young Gun Anuj Yadav on the annual charts but also pushed him past 6 Crores in tracked online winnings!

Another cash game reg and MTT beast, PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek Singh, made the Thursday headlines after winning PokerBaazi’s The Summit for the third time for4.36 Lakhs. ‘pokerzen12’ finished runner-up for 3.06 Lakhs.

The 2020 India Poker Champion, Rubin Labroo, was another chartbuster with 4.26 Lakhs in Thursday winnings. Currently in Vietnam for the APT Summer Festival Hanoi, Labroo took down Spartan Poker’s ITM headliner of the day, the ITM #28 Thursday Supersonic, for 3.97 Lakhs. Another MTT pro currently in Vietnam, Rising Star Ritwik Khanna, collected 2.67 Lakhs in second place.

Last month`s ReCharge champion Dhaval Solanki fired up a trailblazing run across the India Turbo Masters events. He won two titles and cashed another two events for 2.56 Lakhs (overall), storming to #3 in the series’ leaderboard standings.

His Thursday wins include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker`s ITM #30 DST (7-Max) for 2.10 Lakhs (three-way deal)

> 1st in Spartan Poker`s ITM #27 Hyper for 36,894 (heads-up deal)

‘hypn0tiser’ (Won ITM #31 Turbo for 82,005), Paras Jain (Won ITM #29 PLO 6 Turbo for 64,914), and ‘Sammyy’ (Won ITM #26 Turbo 7-Max for 58,125) won the other titles on Day 5 of the India Turbo Masters.

This week`s Sunday Highroller champion, ‘arohit789’, made the victory march in PokerStars India’s Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) to win 2.03 Lakhs and struck an even heads-up deal with veteran poker pro Shravan Chhabria (2nd for 2.03 Lakhs).

The poker coach based in Sweden, Abhishek Rathod, took down Adda52`s Monster Turbo for 1.25 Lakhs, crossing 2 Crores in tracked online winnings on domestic poker platforms. He chopped the Adda52 marquee heads-up with Gaurav Bhutra (2nd for 1.19 Lakhs).

The #9 ranked player of the year, Arun Sriram, was the last player standing in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) Daily SPRINT and won the title for 1.35 Lakhs (2.33 Lakhs overall across three ITM finishes), following a heads-up deal with Deepak Singh (2nd for 1.17 Lakhs).

Hitendra Wankhede shipped MPL Poker’s Thursday Smash for 1.22 Lakhs, with Anish Arora collecting 83,750 in second place.

Harsh Bubna championed PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) SPRINT for 1.14 Lakhs following a three-way deal with Vinay Verma (2nd for 1.05 Lakhs) and ‘Nikunj21’ (3rd for 98,826).

Karan Malhotra, Naman Puri, Sanjay Bharti, Rahul Thakur, and Ashish Mudgil won the other Thursday marquees.

Here are the Thursday highlights!

 

Spartan Poker

The inaugural India Turbo Masters is fast approaching the finish line, and Thursday had seven events running, including the first starting flight of the 1.25 Crores GTD ITM – Main Event.

Thursday High Roller (6-Max) – 25 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 22,000

Entries – 88

Re-entries – 38

Rebuys – 32

Prize Pool – 31,60,000

Places Paid – 17

The most profitable player of the year, Young Gun Sahil ‘$lim$hady19’ Chutani, went on a tear last night! The poker coach championed the two biggest guaranteed tournaments yesterday – Spartan Poker’s 25 Lakhs GTD Thursday High Roller (6-Max) and Adda52’s 25 Lakhs GTD Godfather – banking a whopping 14+ Lakhs overall, and raced past 6 Crores in tracked online winnings.

Sahil Chutani
Sahil Chutani

 

His Thursday finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Thursday High Roller for 7,95,056 (his sixth High Roller title of the year)

> 1st in Adda52’s Godfather for 6,12,500 (his second time winning the event this year)

Sahil Chutani’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 6.07 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 3.45 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #14 | Annual Winnings: 2.49 Crores | Annual Profits: ~1.72 Crores | Ranked #2 in the 2022 Leaderboard Standings (Total Cashes) | Ranked #1 in Annual Profits

Spartan Poker reg ‘SiValee’ (2nd for 5.37 Lakhs) and ‘joker2909’ (3rd for 3.49 Lakhs) locked in podium finishes in the Thursday High Roller.

Amit ‘Fishy27’ Saraff (4th for 2.89 Lakhs), the IOPC June 2022 – The Crown champion Saurabh ‘darksider’ Rohila (5th for 2.33 Lakhs), and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘Donkey 07’ Munot (6th for 1.83 Lakhs) posted FT finishes in the Thursday headliner.

Vinayak ‘firehaimai’ Bajaj (7th for 1.41 Lakhs), Young Gun Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood (8th for 1.06 Lakhs), Karan ‘Majestic’ Radia (9th for 79,000), Adithya ‘Rlox1’ N G (10th for 64,780), Phanindra ’16kjap28′ Akkina (11th for 64,780), Rohan ‘The Sightseer’ Bhasin (12th for 56,880), Aditya ‘SuperuSer’ Sushant (13th for 56,880), Shrey ‘Kingsb30’ Baj (14th for 52,140), and Arun ‘vazharmorghulis’ Sriram (17th for 49,612) were other notables cashing the Thursday High Roller.

Final Table Results

  1. Sahil ‘$lim$hady19’ Chutani – 7,95,056
  2. SiValee – 5,37,200
  3. joker2909 – 3,49,180
  4. Amit ‘Fishy27’ Saraff – 2,89,140
  5. Saurabh ‘darksider’ Rohila – 2,33,208
  6. Ashish ‘Donkey 07’ Munot – 1,83,912

 

ITM #28 Thursday Supersonic – 16 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 5,500

Entries – 195

Re-entries – 46

Rebuys – 134

Prize Pool – 18,75,000

Places Paid – 31

Rubin ‘OMG_s1mple’ Labroo, who is currently in Vietnam for the ongoing APT Summer Festival Hanoi VSOP, ended a two-month-long title drought last night after traversing the 375-entry field in Spartan Poker’s ITM headliner of the day, 16 Lakhs GTD ITM #28 Thursday Supersonic, and won 3.97 Lakhs. Another top pro currently in Vietnam and the #5 ranked player of the year, Rising Star Ritwik ‘Fisherman1997’ Khanna, collected 2.67 Lakhs in second place.

Rubin Labroo
Rubin Labroo

 

The former PPL Main Event champion, Rubin Labroo, cashed another two events for 4.22 Lakhs overall. His Thursday finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s ITM #28 Thursday Supersonic for ₹3,96,566

> 26th in PokerBaazi’s The Summit for ₹15,386

> 40th in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹13,750

> Bagged the 2nd Chip Lead on Day 1A of Spartan Poker’s ITM – Main Event

Rubin Labroo’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 8.62 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ~2.68 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #8 | Annual Winnings: 1.30 Crores

Final Table Results

  1. Rubin ‘OMG_s1mple’ Labroo – 3,96,566
  2. Ritwik ‘Fisherman1997’ Khanna – 2,67,000
  3. Chandan ‘Flow Like Water’ Arora – 1,88,250
  4. Shyam ‘shyam1190’ Sundar – 1,52,625
  5. Ashit ‘D. Carwin1’ Sharma – 1,20,750
  6. Anurag ‘CultOfPersonality’ Srivastava – 91,688
  7. AllGoodNamesAreGone – 66,938
  8. Amit ‘Timaerom’ More – 48,938

 

ITM #30 DST (7-Max) – ₹10 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹2,750

Entries – 246

Re-entries – 85

Rebuys – 177

Prize Pool – ₹12,70,000

Places Paid – 47

Last month`s ReCharge champion Dhaval ‘mahakal07’ Solanki made a blistering run in Spartan Poker`s India Turbo Masters yesterday. He won two titles and cashed another two ITM events for ₹2.56 Lakhs (overall), climbing to #3 in the ITM leaderboard standings.

Solanki`s most prominently topped a 508-player field in the ₹10 Lakhs GTD ITM #30 DST (7-Max) to collect a personal-best ₹2.10 Lakhs and chopped the 9:30 PM marquee three-way with the former ENDBOSS fourth-place finisher Aditya ‘Aara_rara_ra’ Kesharwani (2nd for ₹1.68. Lakhs) and Murakunda ‘@Valmiki@’ Ratnakar (3rd for ₹1.47 Lakhs)

Aditya Kesharwani
Aditya Kesharwani

 

Dhaval Solanki`s top Thursday finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s ITM #30 DST (7-Max) for ₹2,09,713 (3-way deal)

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s ITM #27 Hyper for ₹36,894 (HU deal)

Dhaval Solanki`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹23.35 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹4.62 Lakhs| Titles Won in 2022: #4

Final Table Results

  1. Dhaval ‘mahakal07’ Solanki – ₹2,09,713*
  2. Aditya ‘Aara_rara_ra’ Kesharwani – ₹1,65,777*
  3. Murakunda’ @Valmiki@’ Ratnakar – ₹1,47,115*
  4. manv1k – ₹95,377
  5. Chirag ‘chilling’ Sodha – ₹75,184
  6. Manish ‘diamond101’ Ranjan – ₹57,404
  7. Gokul ‘The Greek Freak’ Raj – ₹42,164
  8. Sanchit ‘devilsanchit’ Anand – ₹30,988

*denotes a three-way deal

 

ITM Main Event – 1.25 Crores GTD – Day 1A

> Entries – 148| Re-entries – 29 | Re-buys – 70 | Survivors – 33 | Chip Leader: Devvrat ‘devvrat89’ Himatsingka (322,896)

‘hypn0tiser’ (Won 3 Lakhs GTD ITM #31 Turbo for 82,005), Paras ‘Jhukega nahi $ala’ Jain (Won 2 Lakhs GTD ITM #29 PLO 6 Turbo for 64,914), ‘Sammyy’ (Won 2.50 Lakhs GTD ITM #26 Turbo 7-Max for 58,125), ‘talissya’ (Won 1.75 Lakhs GTD PN Night Rider for 42,000), ‘Mission Phoenix’ (Won 1 Lakh GTD Chip Up for 19,404) won the other Spartan Poker marquees.

Paras Jain
Paras Jain

 

With three days remaining for the first-ever India Turbo Masters to wrap up, Saransh ‘TerrorGandhi$’ Garg (3,808 TLB points) continues to headline the series’ leaderboard. The four-time IOPC leaderboard crusher Bhanu ‘spectre’ Prakash KC (3,227 TLB points) is not far behind. Dhaval ‘mahakal07’ Solanki (2,510 TLB points) has stormed to #3 in the leaderboard rankings after his strong showing yesterday!

 

ITM Series Leaderboard Standings After Day 5

RankPlayerPoints
1Saransh 'TerrorGandhi$' Garg3,808
2Bhanu 'spectre' Prakash KC3,227
3Dhaval 'mahakal07' Solanki2,510
4PokerQueen112,396
5Snehil 'gaurav_arsh' Aggarwal2,232
6Vaibhav 'Vakeel.sahab' Arora1,950
7BlindMan'sBluff1,904
8UnsafeChoice1,864
9Ashish 'X--factor' Pareek1,854
10BULL06661,752

 

PokerBaazi

The Summit – 15 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 8,250

Entries – 141

Re-entries – 122

Prize Pool – 19,73,000

Places Paid – 36

The top pros dominated the Thursday flagships, and one of the standout winners last night was PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek ‘Nutpeddling729’ Singh. The 30-year-old poker pro made away with over 4.68 Lakhs yesterday, including winning PokerBaazi’s 15 Lakhs GTD The Summit for the third time and banked 4.36 Lakhs in the process! ‘pokerzen12’ finished runner-up for 3.06 Lakhs.

Vivek Singh
Vivek Singh

 

Vivek Singh’s Thursday finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s The Summit for 4,35,725

> 12th in Adda52’s Godfather for 25,000

> 17th in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) #PRINT for 7,605

> Made Day 2 in Spartan Poker’s ITM – Main Event

Vivek Singh’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 8.65 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 2.91 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #11 | Annual Winnings: 78.90 Lakhs

Final Table Results

  1. Vivek ‘Nutpeddling729’ Singh – 4,35,725
  2. pokerzen12 – 3,05,738
  3. madUpswing59878 – 1,96,658
  4. Rahul ‘witcher3293’ Singhroha – 1,45,571
  5. M ‘pokerkid08’ Keerthi Kumar – 1,09,277
  6. Catmeow – 87,382
  7. Bhavesh ‘DanJr7’ Nainani – 72,588

 

(7-Max) Daily SPRINT – 5 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 2,200

Entries – 176

Re-entries – 159

Prize Pool – 6,70,000

Places Paid – 36

Arun ‘vazharmorghulis’ Sriram came out on top in PokerBaazi’s 5 Lakhs GTD (7-Max) Daily SPRINT, picking up his second title this month and 1.35 Lakhs in prize money. He chopped the 7:30 PM marquee heads-up with Deepak ‘3streakbluff’ Singh (2nd for 1.17 Lakhs).

Arun Sriram
Arun Sriram

 

The #9 ranked player of the year, Arun Sriram, put up a strong showing in the Thursday marquees, netting almost 2.33 Lakhs across four ITM finishes.

His Thursday finishes include: