Akshay Nasa denies Vincent Chauve at the APT Vietnam Main Event

The Asian Poker Tour is rousing up Ho Chi Minh City with their third festival in the country this year. APT Vietnam 2019 kicked off on November 6 at Pro Poker Club and will run until November 17. Half of the events have already been claimed including the Main Event with India’s Akshay Nasa lifting the trophy. We have the results below along with recaps on some of the games.

Main Event: AKSHAY NASA – VN₫ 1,486,560,000 (~US$ 64,100)

The Main Event got underway on November 7 and after three entry days and an hour of registration in Day 2, 436 runners took on the challenge. Each seat cost VN₫ 22,000,000 (~US$ 1,000) to bring the prize pool to VN₫ 8,458,400,000 (~US$ 363,700). After ten hours of play on the final day, India’s Akshay Nasa came from behind to steal the win from France’s Vincent Chauve. This was Nasa’s first-ever major victory and largest career payout of VN₫ 1,486,560,000 (~US$ 64,000).

Akshay Nasa
Akshay Nasa

According to the APT media reports, Nasa not only came from behind at heads up against the WPT champion Chauve, he also entered Day 2 as one of the shortest stacks. However, with the APT structure quite deep, his stack was still a decent 16 bbs. By the end of that leg, Nasa drove his stack to second rank with 52 players remaining. The money was just 8 spots away starting at 44th place.

Day 3 determined who got paid and who advanced to the official final table of 8. Nasa delivered the bubble then proceeded to secure his seat to the finals in fifth rank. Leading the race was Chauve with an overwhelming stack (30 percent of chips in play) earned mostly on a showdown against Madhav Gupta with set of twos crushing top pair.

Final 8 race

For the first time at the APT, the Main Event finalists were all from outside of the host country. Running second in chips was Sweden’s Sofia Lovgren who topped the end of Day 2 charts. Day 1 chip leaders Bien Duc Nguyen (Day 1A) and Choi Eng Loong (Day 1C) found their way in as well. The first to fall were the two shortest stacks, Jaesh Balachandran (8th) and Cuong Nguyen (7th).

It took some time before the next player fell. Bien Duc aces were cracked by Choi to send him out in 6th place. Also suffering a bad beat was Lovgren whose A-J was rivered by Chauve’s A-2 on the river to finish her run in 5th place.

Chauve continued his killing spree. Ankit Wadhawan was his next victim with A-J finding an ace on the board to dust pocket fives. By this time, Chauve amassed nearly 70 percent of the total chips in play and gained a bit more by railing the not-so-invincible Choi in 3rd place. Prior to Choi’s fall, he won an astounding 8 double ups.

Heads up

The heads up round between Chauve and Nasa started off very lopsided with Chauve ahead 3:1. After several heated moments, the first showdown arrived with Nasa Ad3d and Chauve looking to eliminate with Kd3h. No help arrived for the leader and it was a double up to Nasa. From there the players agreed on an ICM deal with an additional VN₫ 90,960,000 set aside for the winner.

Fast action followed. The first all in doubled up Nasa with Ac6c over 9s8s. Nasa shipped it with JhJs over Chauve’s Kc10h that missed.

Final 8 payouts
1st Akshay Nasa – India – VN₫ 1,486,560,000 (ICM made)
2nd Vincent Chauve – France – VN₫ 1,544,200,000 (ICM deal made)
3rd Wilson Choi (Choi Eng Loong) – VN₫ Malaysia – VND 842,780,000
4th Ankit Wadhawan – India – VN₫ 608,730,000
5th Sofia Lovgren – Sweden – VN₫ 455,230,000
6th Bien Duc Nguyen – Australia – VN₫ 351,340,000
7th Cuong Nguyen – Canada – VN₫ 279,000,000
8th Jaesh Balachandran – Singapore – VN₫ 227,310,000

High Rollers: JOAKIM ANDERSSON – VN₫ 1,004,320,000 (~US$ 43,300)

Joakim Andersson
Joakim Andersson

Swedish player Joakim Andersson is a new face in the Asian circuit and already has grabbed two APT titles. Halfway through the series, he became the first player to win two events and both were High Rollers. His first victory was at the High Rollers 1 where he topped the 18 runners. Andersson overcame a big deficit at heads up against Vincent Li to seize the VN₫ 497,610,000 (~US$ 21,400) first prize.

Prize pool: 873,000,000 (~US$ 37,600) – Buyin: VN₫ 52,000,000 (~US$ 2,200)
1st Joakim Andersson – Sweden – VN₫ 497,610,000
2nd Vincent Li – Hong Kong – VN₫ 244,440,000
3rd Iori Yogo – Japan – VN₫ 130,950,000

Andersson’s second win was at the High Rollers Single Day event, this time rising above the 38 entries. He pocketed another VN₫ 506,710,000 (~US$ 21,900) to bring him to a total of VN₫ 1,004,320,000 (~US$ 43,300) in series earnings. Andersson also qualified for Day 2 of the Championships Event. He is currently the third wealthiest just below the top two Main Event finishers.

Prize pool: VN₫ 1,474,400,000 (~US$ 63,500) – Buyin: VN₫ 43,000,000 (~US$ 1,800)
1st Joakim Andersson – Sweden – VN₫ 506,710,000
2nd Hoang Dai Thien – Vietnam – VN₫ 325,640,000
3rd Seong Su Kong – Korea – VN₫ 219,530,000
4th Hwang Seongil – Korea – VN₫ 154,680,000
5th Soo Jo Kim – Korea – VN₫ 113,490,000
6th Song Dae Woong – Korea – VN₫ 86,380,000
7th Yuwen Pan – China – VN₫ 67,970,000

High Rollers: VINCENT LI – VN₫ 909,610,000 (~US$ 39,200)

Vincent Li
Vincent Li

Alike Joakim Andersson, Hong Kong player Vincent Li made his presence felt at the High Rollers tables. As mentioned above, despite his advantage at heads up, he was unable to close out the High Rollers 1 finishing 2nd to Andersson for VN₫ 244,440,000 (~US$ 10,500).

Days later, he returned to action at the VN₫ 54,000,000 (~US$ 2,300) buy-in High Rollers and this time he nailed it. He bested a field of 31 entries, defeating Joshua McCully at heads up. This was Li’s third APT career title and first High Rollers career win out of 9 prior cashes. His largest victory was still at The Wynn 2018 US$1,100 No Limit Hold’em. He championed a field of 2,427 runners for a sweet payday worth US$ 280,594.

Prize pool: VN₫ 1,503,500,000 (~USD 64,900) – Buyin: VN₫ 54,000,000 (~US$ 2,300)
1st Vincent Li – Hong Kong – VN₫ 572,050,000 (~USD 24,600)
2nd Joshua McCully – Australia – VN₫ 351,340,000
3rd Chun Yu Ma – Hong Kong – VN₫ 228,110,000
4th Nguyen An Khang – Vietnam – VN₫ 156,020,000
5th Nguyen Bao Chau – Vietnam – VN₫ 111,980,000
6th Sahil Chutani – India – VN₫ 84,000,000

Monster Stack 1: STEPHANE CARRIER – VN₫ 279,670,000 (~US$ 12,000)

Stephane Carrier

The Monster 1 opened the games on November 6 with players charging in for a seat at VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 475) each. 116 was the ending tally making this the most attractive side event so far. The event ran for two days. 20 players claimed a piece of the VN₫ 1,125,200,000 (~USD 48,500) prize pool. Frenchman Stephane Carrier went on to win it for a handsome VN₫ 279,670,000 (~US$ 12,000) first prize. This was Carrier’s first-ever live tournament career title.

Final 8 payouts
Prize pool: VN₫ 1,125,200,000 (~USD 48,500) – Buyin: VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 475)
1st Stephane Carrier – France – VN₫ 279,670,000
2nd Ma Chun Yu – Hong Kong – VN₫ 186,450,000
3rd Xiaoyin He – China – VN₫ 129,620,000
4th Jerome Bradpiece – UK – VN₫ 93,620,000
5th Mitsuru Sano – Japan – VN₫ 70,010,000
6th Nguyen Chi Thinh – Vietnam – VN₫ 54,040,000
7th Nguyen Hoai Nam – Vietnam – VN₫ 42,910,000
8th Sajal Gupta – India – VN₫ 34,960,000

Other Events

Event #3: Head Hunter

Buy-in: VN₫ 9,900,000 (~US$ 430)
Entries: 92
Prize pool: VN₫
ITM: 16 places
1st place: Michael Shang – USA – VN₫ 162,830,000 (~US$ 7,000)

Event #4: Pot Limit Omaha Hi Single Day

Buy-in: VN₫ 7,700,000 (~US$ 330)
Entries: 34
Prize pool: VN₫ 230,860,000 (~US$ 10,000)
ITM: 6 places
1st place: Mike Kim – Korea – VN₫ 87,830,000 (~US$ 3,800)

Event #5: Deep Stack Turbo

Buy-in: VN₫ 6,600,000 (~US$ 285)
Entries: 110
Prize pool: VN₫ 640,200,000 (~US$ 27,600)
ITM: 19 places
1st place: Kim Michael Enriquez – Philippines – VN₫ 138,315,000 (~US$ 6,000)

Event #6: No Limit Hold’em Single Day

Buy-in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 380)
Entries: 101
Prize pool: VN₫ 783,760,000 (~US$ 33,700)
ITM: 17 places
1st place: Jeonggyu Cho – Korea – VN₫ 174,178,000 (~US$ 7,500)

Event #7: No Limit Hold’em

Buy-in: VN₫ 9,900,000 (~US$ 430)
Entries: 94
Prize pool: VN₫ 820,620,000 (~US$ 35,400)
ITM: 16 places
1st place: Qian Xubo – Hong Kong – VN₫ 215,830,000 (~US$ 9,300)

Event #8: High Rollers Single Day

Buy-in: VN₫ 43,000,000 (~US$ 1,800)
Entries: 8
Prize pool: VN₫ 310,400,000 (~US$ 13,400)
ITM: 2 places
1st place: Linh Tran – Vietnam – VN₫ 217,280,000 (~US$ 9,300)

Event #10: Short Deck

Buy-in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 380)
Entries: 67
Prize pool: VN₫ 519,920,000 (~US$ 22,400)
ITM: 12 places
1st place: Huy Kieu – Netherlands – VN₫ 147,000,000 (~US$ 6,300)

Event #11: Pot Limit Omaha Hi

Buy-in: VN₫ 9,900,000 (~US$ 430)
Entries: 51
Prize pool: VN₫ 445,230,000 (~US$ 19,000)
ITM: 9 places
1st place: Che Li Lin – China – VN₫ 135,280,000 (~US$ 5,800)

At the time of writing, the Championships Event is underway. Buy-in is VN₫ 38,500,000 (~US$ 1,600). The event guarantees VN₫ 6,000,000,000 (~US$ 259,000). Over 10 side events also still up for grabs. The festival concludes on Sunday, November 17. Somuchpoker will have the final highlights for you as soon as the results are in.

Article by Tricia David

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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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