The lion roars! APT Hanoi Billions Main Event amasses ₫73.8 Billion (~$3M), largest prize pool in tour’s history; up top ₫11.8B (~$487K)

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The lion has roared! No sufficient way to describe the incredible results of the APT Hanoi Billions Main Event except a loud “USD 3 Million!”  The Asian Poker Tour embarked on a mission to elevate the brand to new heights this year, heralding it as “a new era.“,  and at nearly every stop it raised the stakes, sealed by the record breaking season ender ongoing at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam.

At the close of registration, 2,350 was the final turnout for a record high VN₫ 73.8 Billion (~$3 Million) prize pool. This set a new benchmark as the largest field and richest prize pool by leagues for a brand touring Asia, rivaling even land-based events produced in China.

Day 2 is underway with players battling to reach one of the coveted 351 money spots. While crowning a champion is still days away, awaiting the victor is an enormous VN₫ 11,831,710,000 (~$487,470) payout. The final 8 players will receive a minimum payout of One Billion Dong.

Main Event by the numbers

Buy in: VN₫ 36,000,000 (~$1,480)
Guarantee: VN₫ 25,000,0000,000 (~$ 1,000,000)
Natural8 OnLive qualifiers: 213 entries
Flight A: 670 entries (521 unique) / 248 survivors
Flight B: 535 entries (442 unique) / 211 survivors
Flight C: 487 entries (409 unique) / 224 survivors
Flight D: 334 entries (277 unique) / 163 survivors
Day 2: 111 entries
Total: 2,350 entries / 844 advance to Day 2
Prize pool: VN₫ 73,855,800,000 (~$3,042,900)
ITM: 351 places


Day 2 kicked off at 11am, December 7, 2023 with 844 Day 1 survivors returning. At the starting gun, the field had grown to well over 900 due to late entries. Among the players that advanced from the last two flights were Abhinav Iyer, Alex Lee, Chi Jen Chu, Powen Fang, Kajornut Prirungrueng, Huynh Ngoc Cuong, Marc Rivera, Chen An Lin, Nguyen Thi Bao An, Edwin Dela Cruz, Gaurav Sood, Alan Lau, and Hoang Hai Nam

Check out the SMP coverage via this link: 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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