Everything on the Asian Poker Festival Hanoi Spring Series Main Event $1 Million guarantee

Asian Poker Festival at Royal Poker Club

Get ready for one of the most talked about events on the Asian poker calendar, the upcoming Asian Poker Festival Hanoi Spring Series, set to unfold from April 8 to 17, 2024 at the Royal Poker Club in Hanoi, Vietnam. This marks the second Asian Poker Festival (APF) to grace this location and the first international festival to be held in the capital city for the year. The exciting schedule features 31 trophy events including a must-attend Main Event boasting VN₫ 25 Billion / 1 Million USD guarantee. For this article, we will dive in and see what the Main Event has to offer.

Asian Poker Festival Hanoi Spring Series Main Event

Asian Poker Festival Main Event trophy
Asian Poker Festival Main Event trophy

The Asian Poker Festival Hanoi Spring Series opens its door on April 8 however the Main Event won’t make landfall until five days later, running April 13 to April 17, 2024. That gives players plenty of time to warm up and snatch some of the side event trophies.

As mentioned above, the Main Event features a VN₫ 25 Billion / 1 Million USD guaranteed prize pool. This is up  VN₫ 10 Billion from the APF’s inaugural launch. Already,  numerous players have confirmed attendance starting with the reigning champion Minh Anh Nguyen. Check out his story down below.

Other confirmed players are Konstantin Held (2024 WPT Cambodia Championship winner), David Erquiaga (2022 WPT Prime Cambodia winner), Yohwan Lim (2019 APT Ho Chi Minh Championships Event winner), and Chinese rising star Jinlong Hu to mention a few.

Minh Anh Nguyen bulldozes through APF Main Event final table for career second major title

To enter, the Main Event offers five entry heats with buy in of VN₫ 29.4 Million (~USD 1,200). This is slightly higher than its inaugural launch. Starting stack is 40,000 which is a very generous 400 times the opening blinds. Blinds increase every 40 minutes and 20 minutes for the turbo flights. For players advancing to Day 2 and Day 3, blinds increase every 60 minutes.

Day 1A: Saturday, April 13, 2024
Day 1B: Sunday, April 14, 2024
Day 1C Turbo: Sunday, April 14, 2024
Day 1D: Moday, April 15, 2024
Day 1E Turbo: Monday, April 15, 2024

APF & TJPV Hanoi Spring Series

Event Schedule

APF Hanoi Spring Series

APF Hanoi Spring Series

APF Hanoi Spring Series

*The APF Hanoi Spring Series was initially in partnership with Chinese brand Top Joy Poker Tour but as of April 6, 2024, that has since been changed. TJPT will no longer be involved. Due to this, the APF Kick Off event will see its buy in reduced from VN₫ 9.8 Million down to VN₫ 4.5 Million (~USD 180).

APF Hanoi Spring Series 2024 – Player Guide

Tourist info

A bit of info for incoming international players. Entering Vietnam is quite easy. There are 26 countries in the visa-free list which includes most Southeast Asian nations and Europe. Players from South Korea, Japan, Russia are also visa free. For those not in the list, all that’s needed is an eVisa. Make sure to apply online and choose between single entry or multiple and do this early as there have been news of tourists being rejected entry due to lack of visa and requirements.

Best things to do in Hanoi

Getting in and around Hanoi

If you are flying into Vietnam capital city Hanoi, most likely you will be landing at the Noi Bai International Airport. The safest way to get from the airport to the heart of the city is via Grab Car. Make sure to use the online app as the rates are set and fair.

Internet may be spotty around town that a Vietnam sim card may be necessary. Get this at the airport as they are very hard to find in the city. Sim cards are very cheap, around $7-$10 for unlimited data depending on the plan you choose.

The country currency is the Vietnamese Dong and it is the only form of cash accepted. There are exchange counters at the airport. You can also exchange at the poker venue.

What to Expect at Upcoming APF Hanoi Spring Series

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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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