From 119 hopeful runners, the remaining players that arrived for day 3 included several familiar faces, but as the day wore on, the herd began to thin. Not all of the familiar faces vanished though. Some grew in strength and will be returning for the final table with plenty of chips to challenge for the win.
We are assured an interesting final table, which will shape up with David Steicke in 9th on the chip counts with 154,000. Steicke is chairman at World Gaming Group who are overseeing poker operations at Ho Tram, but he is also an accomplished player in his own right. He has participated in many high roller events over the years, so is no stranger to playing against the best in the game. He picked up a six figure score at an APPT event in 2007, along with US$870,780 at the Aussie Millions in 2009. In addition to that, he finished 2nd in the Epic Poker League Main Event for over $506,000. His total live winnings are almost $3.4 million.
8th -5th in the chip counts are Hideki Takafuji, Erik Billgren, Jereld Sam, and Sunny Zhang.
Occupying 4th is Pokerstars pro Bryan Huang, with 284,000. Huang, who is from Singapore, has had a number of deep runs this year (runner up of APPT Seoul Main Event), but without a win up to this point in 2015. He won two APT side events last year, along with an ANZPT event, and should be a dangerous customer at this final table. He is currently ranked 1st on the Singapore All Time Money list.
A very interesting Final Table for APT Vietnam Main Event
The man in 3rd on the chip counts is so well known that he needs no introduction, but we'll give him one anyway. Sam Razavi, who has three back to back APT player of the year titles did appear to be slipping backwards in his fight to claim a fourth title in a row. With 305,000 chips along with the experience and ability at tournament poker to rival anyone, there is every chance he could go and win this event and put himself right back in the hunt for player of the year. The most prolific tournament player on the APT over the past few years, he will undoubtedly be the bookies, and the fans favourite. Read our portrait: http://goo.gl/eHN7b0
2nd on the chip counts is Kwok Kwan Kit, but top of the list is Norbert Koh with 382,000. Koh has been a regular on the APT tour recently, and has racked up a number of final tables and a few wins along the way. He is quickly rising up the Singapore all time money list, and he'll give himself a great boost if he can convert his small chip advantage into a victory tomorrow.
We have a stacked final table, with relatively close chip counts, which promises to translate into an exciting final table tomorrow. For those who want to watch every hand as it unfolds, the live stream with 30 minute delay, complete with hole cards can be found right here http://www.hotramlive.com/
1 Singapore – Norbert Koh – 382,000
2 Hong Kong – Kwok Kwan Kit – 376,000
3 England – Sam Razavi – 305,000
4 Singapore – Bryan Huang – 284,000
5 China – Sunny Zhang – 281,000
6 Singapore – Jereld Sam – 271,000
7 Sweden – Erik Billgren – 174,000
8 Japan – Hideki Takafuji – 159,000
9 Hong Kong – David Steicke – 154,000
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