Asia Poker League draws 562 entries to inaugural APL Hanoi opening event

Lighting up Vietnam this month is another Asia Poker League stop in Vietnam however it is not where you would expect it to be. Instead of Ho Chi Minh City, the brand brought their fun style of poker to Hanoi for the first-ever APL Hanoi at the Loyal Poker Club. The event is scheduled to run for 11 days. It set sail on August 6 and will conclude on August 16.

Loyal Poker Club
APL at Loyal Poker Club

Getting things in motion was the Kickoff Event which drew a spectacular field of 562 entries. That and other events have already been captured. We’ve got those early results for you below. At the time of writing, the VND 16,500,000 buy-in Main Event has been up and running with the last of the four starting days currently taking place.

VND 6,600,000 APL / HSOP Kick-Off Event – Nguyen Le Quang

Nguyen Le Quang – Photo

The festival opener VND 6,600,000 buy-in APL / HSOP Kick-Off Event drew 562 entries over the course of three starting days – 152 at Day 1A, 152 at Day 1B, and 258 at Day 1C. This created a very healthy opening prize pool worth VND 3,186,540,000 (~US$ 137,200). The event paid out 85 places. Vietnam’s Nguyen Le Quang shipped the VND 784,940,000 (~US$ 33,800) first place purse for a great starting bankroll. This stands to be Le Quang’s fattest live score and possibly his first-ever live tournament win.

Final 9 payouts

1st Nguyen Le Quang – Vietnam – VND 784,940,000
2nd Jeon Seungsoo – Korea – VND 415,000,000
3rd Nguyen Hoang Huu – Vietnam – VND 271,500,000
4th Tran Viet Hoang – Vietnam – VND 209,300,000
5th Pan Yuwen – China – VND 176,500,000
6th Dao Thanh Tung – Vietnam – VND 143,900,000
7th Nguyen Duy Yu – Vietnam – VND 107,900,000
8th Rajesh Sabaphaty – Australia – VND 72,000,000
9th Pham Quoc Anh – Vietnam – VND 49,000,000

Other events

VND 5,500,000 NLH Turbo 1

Pham Bao
Pham Ngoc Quoc Bao – Photo APL

Entries: 35
Prize pool: VND 144,250,000 (~US$ 6,200)
Winner: Pham Ngoc Quoc Bao (Vietnam) – VND 69,550,000 (~US$ 3,000)

VND 6,600,000 KO Turbo

APL KO Bounty
Nguyen Manh Hung

Entries: 64
Prize pool: VND 276,480,000 (~US$ 11,900)
Winner: Nguyen Manh Hung (Vietnam) – VND 99,480,000 (~US$ 4,300)

VND 2,500,000 Charity

Judic Kim
Judic Kim

Entries: 18
Prize pool: VND 31,500,000 (~US$ 1,360)
Winner: Judic Kim (Korea) – VND 15,750,000 (~US$ 680)

VND 4,400,000 Hyper Turbo – results
Entries: 61
Prize pool: VND 205,480,000 (~US$ 8,900)
Winner: Daniel Nguyen (Vietnam) – VND 85,200,000 (~US$ 3,700)

In addition to the Main Event, there are plenty of side events remaining which includes a VND 32M High Roller Short Deck, a VND 43M High Roller event, and a VND 11M Super Deep Stack.

More: APL Hanoi Schedule

Somuchpoker will continue to track the action and bring you the results as soon as they come in so stick with us!

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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