APT Hanoi Billions Main Event aiming for a record-breaker – December 4 to 9, 2023

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With a continuous influx of players seen the past two days, Asian Poker Tour‘s season-ender, APT Hanoi Billions 2023, is on track to obliterate its VN₫ 60,000,000,000 (~$2.5 Million) festival guarantee. Running from December 1 to 10, 2023 at the National Convention Center, the flagship Main Event is expected to contribute significantly to the pot with its formidable VN₫ 25,000,000,000 (~$1,000,000) guarantee. This prize pool stands as the largest ever announced by any brand for an event in Vietnam, and indications suggest it will exceed even that impressive figure.

Main Event info

Buy in: VN₫ 36,000,000 (~$1,480)
Guarantee: VN₫ 25,000,000,000 (~$1,000,000)
Day 1A: Monday, December 4, 2023 – 60 minute blinds
Day 1B: Tuesday, December 5, 2023 – 45 minute blinds
Day 1C: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 – 30 / 40 minute blinds
Day 1D: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 – 30 minute blinds

APT Main Event in 2023

2023 has been an explosive year for the Asian Poker Tour. Unlike its double digit schedule in previous years, this year the brand trimmed it to seven heavily loaded events, culminating at the season ender APT Hanoi Billions. In May, the brand delivered its biggest and richest festival in history, APT Taipei, paying out NT$ 225 Million equivalent to roughly US$ 7.3 Million.

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The Main Event was one to remember. For the first time since the brand’s inception in 2008, the prize pool was set at a shocking one million USD / NT$ 30 Million. Over the course of four entry flights, it drew 1,434 entries, to send the prize pool skyrocketing to a brand record-high NT$ 62 ,594,100 (~$2.03 Million). Thailand’s Punnat Punsri clinched it to claim the enormous NT$ 11,210,400 (~$364,315) first prize.

In late-August, APT returned to Incheon, South Korea and once again it was a seven figure Main Event. It drew 930 entries for a prize pool of KR₩ 1,867,347,000 (~$1.41 Million). 

Jump forward to today, with record-breaking turnouts being witnessed the past two days, breaching the USD 1 Million guarantee will be a walk in the park. The question is, how high will it go?

For all the SMP updates, head to: SMP Coverage of APT Hanoi Billions

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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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