APL HCMC: Main Event Day 1B ends with Norbert Koh in command

The APL Ho Chi Minh City Road Series Vol.3 concluded another Main Event starting day at Pro Poker Club with 22 players out of the 88 total entries surviving the 14 scheduled rounds. Navigating his way to the top with a dominating 209,200 stack is a player we know all too well in the live Asian circuit, Singaporean pro Norbert Koh.

Norbert Koh

Days ago Koh was in the headlines for amassing one of the largest stacks at the festival kickoff DeepStack Open event. He eventually finished 5th to earn his 15th cash in Vietnam this year alone. At the Main Event, Koh claimed one of the most impressive pots of the day. He went toe-to-toe with a player at every street and won by calling with just ace high.

Day 1B kicked off with a high number of pros from different nations scattered around the room. Lim Yohwan aka Boxer, Jaeheung An, Shyh Chyn Lim, Le Ngoc Khanh, Pham Bao, David Hsing Tai, and even a rare Sim Jae Kyung were just some of those in attendance. All of these players missed the mark but among those making it through and with big stacks were Bobby Zhang, Iori Yogo, and En Ching Wu.

For Yogo, he staged a late-game run railing a few players including Korean pro SJ Kim. Wu did the same to Natalie Teh halfway through the day. Luckily for the fallen, there are still two flights to get back in the game and have a chance at the VND 8 Billion Guaranteed prize pool.

SJ Kim

Closing out the day was an exciting three-way showdown between three Vietnamese players, Minh Le, Hai Chuot, and Tuan Anh. Minh held 6s6d, Hai As8s, and Anh with AhQh. The board ran JsKd3d3c7s for a triple up to Minh, the side pot to Anh, and the rail for Hai.

Hai Chuot

Day 1 B Chip Counts

1 – Norbert Koh – 209200
2 – Hwan Young Kim – 168100
3 – Bobby Zhang 155900
4 – Nicholas Niel Burgers – 152000
5 – Iori Yogo – 150000
6 – Minh Le – 143300
7 – The Anh – 124400
8 – En Ching Wu – 121000
9 – Willy Doorman – 111600
10 – Le Long Stephane – 87500
11 – Nguyen Chi Thanh – 85300
12 – Cuong Trinh – 84500
13 – Du Ngoc Tuan Anh – 84000
14 – Desmond Yow Jiqwei – 83100
15 – Ting Shum Kwok – 80600
16 – Julian Tran – 74200
17 – Phan Trong Linh – 64400
18 – Nghiem Quang Huy – 56600
19 – Kim Ki Nam – 50000
20 – Steffen Endres – 46700
21 – Hwang Sang Yeon – 33900
22 – Wei Cheng Yin – 28700

The Main Event resumes on Tuesday, November 20 for Day 1C. Cards in the air at 1pm local time. Buy-in is VND 16.5M with registration open until the start of Level 10. There are currently a combined 170 entries with 46 into Day 2.

You can read up on the action of the past two starting days in our Live Updates. Somuchpoker is on-site and will continue to bring you full coverage of the festival so stick with us for all the stories.

More: APL HCMC Main Event Day 1B – Live Updates

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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