The festival has seen some great poker and worthy winners, with thousands of dollars having changed hands in Ho Chi Minh City.
VND15,000,000 Main Event: Cao Ngoc Anh chip leader
The VND15,000,000 (US$648) Main Event got underway with the first of four day 1 starting flights taking place on October 6th. The entry numbers per flight were 24,18,111 and 212. With the combined fields from all day 1’s, the total entries reached 365, which was almost enough to reach the VND6,000,000,000 (US$259,173) Guarantee. By the end of day 2, just 99 survivors were still in contention.
The chip counts coming into the third day show that Vietnam’s Cao Ngoc Anh is leading the way with 330,500, closely followed by Kmen with 322,500.
Here are the top ten counts
1st – Cao Ngoc Anh (Vietnam) – 330,500
2nd – Kmen (Vietnam) – 322,500
3rd – Nguyen Le Quang (Vietnam) – 300,000
4th – Nguyen Khoi (Vietnam) – 258,000
5th – Lee Bong Su (Korea) – 256,000
6th – Nguyen Quang Minh (Vietnam) – 244,500
7th – Diep Nguyen Hong (Vietnam) – 234,500
8th – Quang Vu (Vietnam) – 224,000
9th – Kwon Eun Ho (Korea) – 216,500
10th – Che Li Liu (Taiwan) – 207,000
VND22,000,000 1 Day High Roller – Winner: Jack Wu
The 1 day High Roller was one of the most interesting events on the APL Vietnam schedule, with a VND22,000,000 (US$951) helping to create a small, but talented to field to contest the trophy and prize money. The total number of entries stood at 41 when registration closed, with the prize pool rising to a final figure of VND795,400,000 (US$34,399).
By the time play had reached the heads-up stage, Alex Lee Xiang Wei from Singapore was left to face off against Taiwan’s Wu En Ching. Despite the best efforts of Wei, it was Ching who went on to emerge from the encounter as champion.
Here are the final payouts:
1st – Wu En Ching (Taiwan) – VND310,300,000 (US$13,420)
2nd – Alex Lee Xiang Wei (Singapore) – VND182,900,000
3rd – La Anh Tuan (Vietnam) – VND111,400,000
4th – Nguyen Quang Huy (Vietnam) – VND79,500,000
5th – Nguyen Tien Thanh (Vietnam) – VND63,600,000
VND8,800,000 Deepstack – Winner: Duong Minh Hai
The VND8,800,000 (US$381) Deepstack began on October 8th, attracting a total of 45 entries and creating a prize pool of VND349,200,000 (US$15,102). Just 6 players went on to get paid with over VND130,000,000 set aside for the champion.
The heads up battle turned out to be an all-Vietnamese affair in the end, with China’s Zhang Jiheng having made way in 3rd place. Xa Que Nguyen worked hard to try to collect any sort of decent chip lead against Duong Minh Hai heads up, but never looked in control of the match. Minh Hai soon managed to extend his lead before finishing off his opponent to win the title.
Here are the final payouts:
1st – Duong Minh Hai (Vietnam) – VND136,200,000 (US$5,890)
2nd – XaQue Nguyen (Vietnam) – VND80,300,000
3rd – Zhang Jiheng (China) – VND48,900,000
4th – Julien Tran (France) – VND34,900,000
5th – Nguyen Anh Minh (Vietnam) – VND27,900,000
6th – Wanchana Valaikanok (Thailand) – VND21,000,000
In what has been one of the smaller fields of the series, the VND9,900,000 (US$428) attracted 31 runners, which was enough to see the prize pool reach VND270,630,000 (US$11,704). Four players went on to get paid, with over VND120,000,000 set aside for the winner.
The final exchanges of the event saw Thailand’s Wanchana Valaikanok go five places better than his 6th place finish in the previous one as he wore down his opponent heads up to take the victory and biggest slice of the prize pool.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Wanchana Valaikanok (Thailand) – VND121,730,000 (US$5,264)
2nd – Trinh Anh Dung (Vietnam) – VND73,100,000
3rd – Vu Minh Tri (Vietnam) – VND46,000,000
4th – Chi Hung Ho (Taiwan) – VND29,800,000
The 7,700,000 (US$333) PLO also brought in a small field of just 23, gathering a total prize pool of VND156,170,000 (US$6,754). Of those who began the event, only 3 went on to cash, with Gyula Ryan Revai’s elimination in 3rd place bringing the action heads up. Before long, Taiwan’s Che Li Lim had followed Revai to the rail and Vietnam’s Nguyen Quang Minh was happily posing for a photo with his trophy.
The payouts are as follows:
1st – Nguyen Quang Minh (Vietnam) – VND78,170,000 (US$3,381)
2nd – Che Li Lim (Taiwan) – VND46,800,000
3rd – Gyula Ryan Revai (UK) – VND31,200,000
Article by Craig Brashaw