APL HCMC: Xiaoyin He tops Main Event Day 1A; Dang Xuan Canh among the leaders

Asia Poker League concluded Day 1A of the APL HCMC Road Series Vol.3Main Event VND 8 Billion Guaranteed. Out of the 82 entries, 24 players made the cut into Day 2. Unsurprisingly, the locals dominated in numbers however claiming the chip lead was Xiaoyin He from China. Xiaoyin staged a late game run, knocking out multiple players to amass 205,200.

Xiaoyin He

Another player rising to the upper ranks was Michael Kim Falcon though it took him several bullets to get there. He closed the day with 184,300.

Michael Kim Falcon

Out of the 14 Vietnamese players that weathered the day’s challenges, it was Dang Xuan Canh who built up the largest stack of 154,500. Throughout the day, Dang was involved in many interesting hands however one in particular stunned everyone at the table.

Dang Xuan Canh

With blinds at 400-800 ante 100, Dang raised to 2k from hijack and big blind Pham Bao called. Both players checked it until the river AhQs7hQcAd. Acting first, Pham shoved his 12.3k stack sending Dang to the think tank. With around 60k behind, Dang eventually slid out the call, though reluctantly. Pham turned over 5c3s which meant he played the board, and Dang shipped it with 9d7d nine-high. That had to be the hand of the day. 

Before bagging up, Dang won a very lucky double up through Tran Xuan Truc with his A-J second pair all in on the flop of Q-6-J improving to trips on the river to overtake Truc’s Q-10 top pair. Dang placed 3rd at the first APL Vietnam Main Event back in May and is looking to better that this time around.

Also making it through were Ng Pui Cheung and Nguyen Van Trung. Both players cashed at the festival opener DSO Vietnam Main Event.

You can view the chip counts below. 

1 – Xiaoyin He – 205200
2 – Michael Kim Falcon – 184300
3- Dang Xuan Canh – 154500
4 – Nam Nguyen – 147200
5 – Tuan Monaco – 114800
6 – Hansol Choi – Undeclared est. – 112K
7 – Antoine Ky Phan – 111100
8 – Tran Van Quan – 97400
9 – Johannes Felix Hoeld – 96500
10 – Dao Ngoc Nam – 92200
11 – Tran Phuc Tai – 80800
12 – Tung Nguyen – 80600
13 – Nguyen Van Dung “GOD” – 76600
14 – Nguyen Van Trung – 75500
15 – Sao Bac Dau – 73500
16 – Nguyen Thanh Hung – 67800
17 – Tran Uy Thanh – 62900
18 – Nguyen Thanh Dat – 59400
19 – Harry Tran – 49100
20 – Ray Chiu – 27700
21 – Ng Pui Cheung – 26700
22 – Alvin Tan Kok Chuen – 22500
23 – Tran Xuan Truc – 20800
24 – Li Kwun Ngai Vincent – 10400

The Main Event continues at Pro Poker Club on Monday, November 19, 2018. Day 1B gets underway at 1pm. Buy-in is VND 16.5 Million. You can read up on the Day 1A action via the Live Updates. Somuchpoker will provide full coverage of the APL HCMC and live updates of the main so stick with us for all the latest news. 

More: Day 1A 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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