Asian Poker Tour bursting at the seams in Phu Quoc, Vietnam – March 24 to April 2

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An overflow of poker players from around the world have descended and continue to descend upon the gorgeous shores of Phu Quoc, Vietnam for the return of the Asian Poker Tour. The ten-day series kicked off on March 24 at the Corona Casino & Resort and runs through April 2.

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The festival opened with 37 event trophies on the mantle, and during the past three days  several players have already snatched one up such as Quan Trung Nguyen (Vietnam), Nobuaki Sasaki (Japan), Min Ho Cho (Korea), and Worawat Kiatpnglap (Thailand). Ahmed Ibrahim (Morocco) emerged as the first player to claim two trophies.

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Today marks the first day of the Main Event which features a ₫10 Billion (~US$ 425,350) guarantee. This is an ambitious offering seeing that last year, the event paid out just over ₫5.4 Billion. Good news to locals, with the festival now taking place at the Sapphire Conference Hall (and not inside the casino), everyone is welcome to attend. With a full room witnessed the past few days, a massive turnout is expected. Buy in is ₫33,000,000 (~US$ 1,400).

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Hue Dang

Last year, Vietnam’s Hue Dang became the first ever APT Phu Quoc Main Event champion. You can bet she will be back to defend her title.

Main Event info

For those new to the APT Main Event structure, registration is open all day for every Day 1 scheduled. Registration closes at the starting buzzer of Day 2. Here are the details. Make sure to check the APT website for the full scoop. For structures, click on the Player Guide. 

APT Phu Quoc – Player Guide 

Dates: March 27 to April 1
Buy in: ₫33,000,000
Day 1A; Monday, March 27 (60 minute blinds)
Day 1B: Tuesday, March 28 (45 minute blinds)
Day 1C: Wednesday, March 29 (30 minute blinds)
Day 1D: Wednesday, March 29 (5pm start – 30 minute blinds)
Day 2: Thursday, March 30 (start 12pm)

Day 3: Friday, March 31
Final Table: Saturday, April 1

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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