Asian Poker Festival wraps up successful inaugural run in Hanoi; pays out ₫49 Billion (~$2.02M); Nguyen Quang Huy most cashes, Vietnam most trophies


Chinese brand Asian Poker Festival hosted its first event in Vietnam and it was a big hit! Running smoothly from December 7 to 13, 2023 at the Royal Poker Club in capital city Hanoi, locals and international players came to see what the newest brand had to offer. Due to the high demand, the weeklong event saw its 25-game lineup increase to 27 events. At the close, the inaugural festival paid out VN₫ 49 Billion, roughly equivalent to ~$2.02 Million, signifying a great start for the newcomer. Here are the highlights and figures.

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Festival Review

Date: December 7 to 13, 2023
Venue: Royal Poker Club, Hanoi, Vietnam
Trophy Events: 27
Festival prize pool: VN₫ 49,000,000,000 (~$2,020,000)
Main Event champion: Minh Anh Nguyen – VN₫ 2,680,000,000 (~$110,400)
Multi-billion earners: Minh Anh Nguyen – VN₫ 2,680,000,000, He Yao Yu  – VN₫ 2,056,000,000 (~$84,750)
Most final table cashes: Nguyen Quang Huy (4)
Most cashes: Nguyen Quang Huy (5)
Trophy by Flag: Vietnam (9), China (7), India (3), Japan (2), Singapore (2), Hong Kong (1), Australia (1), Korea (1), Philippines (1)


Vietnam’s Minh Anh Nguyen was crowned the first ever APF Main Event champion after displaying stellar performance at every stage. Nguyen also walked away with VN₫ 2,680,000,000 (~$110,400) to claim the title of “biggest earner”. Read up on his win and interview via the link provided.

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

Most Cashes and Final Table Cashes – NGUYEN QUANG HUY


Local high roller Nguyen Quang Huy may not have won an event but he came close numerous times. Nguyen reached and cashed at the final table four times. He also monied at the Main Event for a total of five payouts, the most by any player. In total, Nguyen collected VN₫ 1,584,400,000 (~$65,270)  in combined earnings making him the second largest earner of the series

Also needing acknowledgment is China’s He Yao Yu who came close to winning two titles but fell short by one spot in both. He finished 2nd at the added High Roller event for nearly ₫1.1 Billion and 2nd at the Super High Roller for ₫920M. He also finished 75th at the Main Event for a combined payout of VN₫ 2,056,000,000 (~$84,750) making him the second largest earner at the series.

VIETNAM wins most trophies

The locals took down nine of the 27 events including the coveted Main Event title to edge China in the trophy race. Not too bad though for the visitors as they proved to be a formidable force with seven trophies bagged. Here is the list of Vietnamese champions:

Main Event – Minh Anh Nguyen
APF Kickoff – Nguyen Trung Hieu
All In or Fold – Pham Hai Son
Superstack Turbo – Nguyen Duc Hung
10/10/10 NLH – Vuong Thien Nhat
Run It Twice – Nguyen Trung Hieu
Mini Main Closer – Tran Minh Thang
Hyper Turbo II – Dao Ngoc Hung
Pot Limit Omaha – Nguyen Quang Hoang

Asian Poker Festival – Festival Results

Here’s a look at all the events and its results.

Asian Poker Festival – Festival Results

Stay tuned for more of APF in the new year!

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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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