APL Ho Chi Minh City: Side action winners

The games are heating up in Vietnam with APL Ho Chi Minh City – Road Series Vol.3 underway at Pro Poker Club. Now on its third day, side events have been keeping players very busy before the upcoming Main Event  – VND 8 Billion Guaranteed. In addition to the first-ever DeepStack Open Vietnam title awarded to Hwang Sang Yeon, four other events wrapped up with Kim Ki Nam, Kjell Ove Dyb, Shyh Chyn Lim, and Nguyen Quoc Vu claiming trophies.

KO Bounty

As always, the KO Bounty was a popular one pulling in 94 entries. One drawing factor for an event of this type is the bounty reward for each head scalped. At this tournament, players received VND 1.5M for every elimination and if you happened to be the last bounty hunter standing, then you kept your bounty as well. Winning the event was Kim Ki Nam who dominated at four-handed. He defeated Nong Mitchell Minh at heads up to earn the VND 128,830,000 (US$5,527)  first prize. He also collected on 10 bounties.

Kim Ki Nam

The KO Bounty event ran for two days. On the first day, the bubble burst when Nghiem Quang Huy eliminated a player with AhJc over Ad3c on a board that ran Ac5s4dQd10c.

Bubble hand – KO Bounty

This left 12 happy players in the money. The day closed with the elimination of two players on a four-way all in. The final 8 bagged up and returned after a night’s break. The final table streamed live on YouTube, you can watch the action via this link.

Prize pool: VND 406,080,000 – Buy-in: VND 6.6M – Entries: 94 – ITM: 12 place

1st Kim Ki Nam – VND 128,830,000
2nd Nong Mitchell Minh – VND 77,160,000
3rd Truong Mong Hoang – VND 48,730,000
4th Azusa Maeda – VND 31,470,000
5th Nghiem Quang Huy – VND 24,360,000
6th Dinh Van Thanh – VND 19,290,000
7th James Morrison – VND 16,240,000
8th Tran Thanh Vinh – VND 14,210,000
9th Ang Tran Phuc Tai – VND 12,880,000
10th Nguyen Van Trung – VND 11,780,000
11th Masato Sawa – VND 10,160,000
12th Nguyen Phuong – VND 10,160,000

APL TOP GUN – Winner Takes All

The APL TOP GUN event was a newcomer to the roster. Although it only attracted 16 entries, this was juicy enough for a winner-take-all pot with each player contributing VND 7.7M. Among the players that attended were Vincent Li, Michael Kim Falcon, Frederic Boillet, Do Hoang Long. Heads up action was between Nguyen Duc Bien and Kjell Ove Dyb.

Kjell Ove Dyb

The final hand was a head turner with the board showing 8hJc8s8c7d, Duc held Jh7h full house that fell to Kjell’s Ad8d quads. Kjell shipped the VND 108,640,000 (US$4,670) pot.

No Limit Hold’em

The No Limit Hold’em event drew 80 entries for a prize pool of VND 543,200,000 (US$23,300). Taking a look around the room, the event attracted many familiar faces that by the time the final 8 was reached, half were known figures namely Feng Zhao, Hai Chuot, Julien Tran and Nguyen Quoc Vu.

After a grueling eleven hours, heads up was finally reached with Tran and Quoc Vu facing off. While this was Tran’s first appearance at a final table in this series, for Quoc Vu, he was back in familiar ground. Just yesterday, Quoc Vu made the final table of the DSO event and finished 3rd.

Heads UP 1
Heads Up Round

The heads up round began with a fiery Quoc Vu quickly taking over the chip lead. He continued to increase his lead until that first big hand between them knocked him back down. On a completed board of As10h6dKsKh with bets on every street, Tran check-raised all in and Quoc Vu called. Tran doubled up with Kd10s full house over Quoc Vu’s Ah6c.

The next hand, Quoc Vu claimed his own double up with a lucky straight on the river with Kh9c over AcQd on a board 5dAh7h6h8s. Still behind, Vu landed another double up with Kh8h connecting with a pair to overtake Tran’s As5c.

Tran managed to squeeze in another double with A-K holding against K-7, but it wasn’t enough. Tran shoved with Ks8d, Quoc Vu snap-called with KcQc, the board ran 5cJhQs4cAc to end the tournament with a glorious victory for Quoc Vu. Vu claims the first trophy for the host country. 

Winner Picture
Winner Picture

You can watch the final table of this event in the Pro Poker Club YouTube channel.

Prize pool: VND 543,200,000 – Buyin: VND 7.7M – Entries: 80

1st Nguyen Quoc Vu – VND 184,690,000
2nd Julien Tran – VND 105,920,000
3rd Huynh Van Tan – VND 66,270,000
4th Feng Zhao – VND 44,810,000
5th Hai Chuot – VND 33,950,000
6th Mathias Schell – VND 27,160,000
7th Julien Muel – VND 23,900,000
8th Patrick Barnay – VND 21,730,000
9th Steffen Endres – VND 18,470,000
10th Willy Doorman- VND 16,300,000

No Limit Hold’em Turbo

At the No Limit Hold’em Turbo event, 38 players took seats with 11 re-entering. Impressively, Japanese player Azusa Maeda was seen at the final table once again. Maeda finished 4th at the earlier KO Bounty event and fell 4th at this event as well. Knocking him out was Shyh  Chyn Lim who proceeded to send the rest of the players to the rail. Lim claimed the VND105,520,000 (US$4,500) first prize and the trophy, which he said would be the first of many to come.

Shyh Chyn Lim

Prize pool: VNDS 285,180,000 – Buyin: VND 6.6M – Entries: 49

1st Shyh Chyn Lim – VND 105,520,000
2nd Tran Phuc Tai – VND 62,740,000
3rd Yongsun Park – VND 38,500,000
4th Azusa Maeda – VND 27,090,000
5th Prachant Chainani – VND 21,390,000
6th Dhanesh Chainani – VND 17,110,000
7th Nguyen Huu Huan – VND 12,830,000

With those events completed, up next is the APL Ho Chi Minh City featured event – the Main Event VND 8 billion Guaranteed. Action gets underway on Sunday, November 19 at 1pm. The event will run a total of 7 days with four starting days. Buy-in is VND 16.5M.

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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