Asian Poker Festival just one week away featuring ₫27 Billion (~$1.1M+) in guarantees!

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Just one week away from the launch of the first ever Asian Poker Festival! The upcoming new series takes place December 7 to 13, 2023 at the Royal Poker Club in Hanoi, Vietnam. Since borders opened, Hanoi is currently the hottest place for live poker tournaments with players from all over converging in the capital city. The upcoming games guarantees VN₫ 27 Billion (~$1.1 Million), highlighted by the Main Event VN₫ 15 Billion (~$616,650) prize pool. 

As a newcomer to the scene, APF aims to unite players from mainland China and across the broader Asian region, offering them the chance to compete for both prestige and substantial prizes. The Main Event stands out as the most coveted title, and thanks to the addition of more starting days – with six now scheduled – it provides players ample opportunities to secure a spot in the money round.

Main Event info

Dates: December 9 to 13, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 25,000,000 (~$1,057)
Guarantee: VN₫ 15,000,000,000 (~$616,650)

Day 1A: December 9, 2023
Day 1B: December 10, 2023
Day 1C (turbo): December 10, 2023
Day 1D: December 11, 2023
Day 1E (turbo): December 11, 2023
Day 1F (super turbo): December 11, 2023

To get in for cheap, APF offers four Main Event Satellites leading up to the final starting day, December 11, 2023. Buy in is a very affordable VN₫ 2,400,000.

And for even better news, APF hosts several Main Event satellites at the Royal Poker Club Hanoi where players can win a seat for free! The satellites kicked off on November 27 and will run until December 3. Check the schedule below or head to the club’s facebook page for all the details.


Capture trophies and build your bankroll early

Before the Main Event sets sail, players have numerous events to secure trophies and of course fatten their wallets. The APF Kick Off offers the largest starting guarantee of VN₫ 1,500,000,000 (~$61,800). For those with deeper pockets are two high roller events – High Roller Warm Up and High Roller Single Day. Additionally, the schedule offers a total of 16 side events. These are perfect for trophy chasers and late day arrivals.

Key Events

Event Date Guarantee in VN₫ Buy in in VN₫
APF Kick Off December 7-9 1,500,000,000 6,600,000
High Roller Warm Up December 7 1,000,000,000 33,000,000
High Roller Single Day December 8 1,200,000,000 44,000,000
MAIN EVENT December 9-13 15,000,000,000 25,000,000
Super Star Challenge December 10 2,000,000,000 108,000,000
Mini Main Closer December 12-13 1,200,000,000 3,400,000
Super High Roller December 12 2,000,000,000 88,000,000
Superstack Closer December 13 1,000,000,000 8,800,000
High Roller Last Chance December 13 1,500,000,000 55,000,000

Early Bird Packages

As early as now, players can start securing packages that include seats to select events and hotel stay at Dream Hotel & Apartment. Two Early Bird Packages are offered. The Main Event package offers a significant discount while the High Roller package is practically a steal with free accommodations for those that are eligible. Only 100 packages are available, sign up now!



New Travelers to Hanoi


Over the past year, Hanoi has experienced a poker boom, with both local and international brands vying for coveted slots in the annual calendar. For newcomers, Hanoi is very affordable and quaint. It is fun to explore with numerous lakes scattered all over the city. Here are some important bits of information to help you get by.

Noi Bai International Airport to Royal Poker Club – 45-60 minutes
Best form of transport – Grab
Vietnam currency – Vietnamese Dong
Weather in December – 15 degrees to 22 degrees (cool and dry)
Language – Vietnamese but you can get by if you speak English

Stay tuned for more updates.

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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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