A budding poker scene, Vietnam has been increasing in popularity within the Asian region as a prime gaming hub in the past few years. Major name brand operators have found success in the Southeast Asian country with its local poker community alone having recently caught the so-called poker bug.
Coming from a strong start this 2021, the Asian Poker Tour has revealed its latest decision to extend its festivities from its usual stop in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to add in a new mark in the country’s largest island of Phu Quoc. The series about to begin in two weeks time will signify its first ever tour in the coastal area in partnership with Pearl Island Poker Tour (PIPT), Natural8 (N8), and Corona Casino & Resort with likely more to come in the near future.
“We as one of the leaders in the Vietnam poker market are very proud to be a partner of APT to host the APT Vietnam Phu Quoc that will be made specially for locals this coming May 2021,” quoted leader of PIPT Anh Nguyen.
APT Vietnam Phu Quoc 2021
Scheduled to run this May 15, 22-30, APT’s Phu Quoc debut series boasts of a VND 4 billion (~USD 173,653) in guaranteed prizes spread out across a total of 15 events. Entry fees range from VND 5.5 million (~USD 238) for its Deep Stack Turbo events to as high as VND 55 million (~USD 2,386) for its second event, the Super High Roller tournament. Players adept at different variants of the game will be delighted with this year’s lineup which include Open Face Chinese Poker (OFC), Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) and Bounty events aside from the classic No Limit Hold’em.
The week-long festival is unlike any other with its first starting flight for the Main Event to be held online on Asia’s leading platform, Natural8. Online players are also welcome to qualify for the succeeding starting flights via a series of satellites held twice nightly from May 16-21, 2021 on the said client.
The Main Event along with the Championships Event, are the highlights for this APT festival with each posting VND 2 billion (~USD 86,781) in guaranteed prizes. The Main Event will host four starting flights throughout the schedule while the concluding Championships Event will host only two. Multiple live satellites for both events will be running simultaneously to its daily events with buy-ins ranging from VND 1.2 million to VND 3.6 million.
Local players will be the main attention of the series while several travel restrictions remain in place in light of the ongoing global health situation. However with the recent success of past events in the country, this year’s newfound APT destination will likely see a great and exciting turnout for its festivities.
APT Vietnam Phu Quoc 2021 Event Schedule
|May 15, 2021 (Saturday)||14:30||Main Event Day 1A – 2 Billion GTD||Natural8 (Online)||11,000,000|
|May 22, 2021 (Saturday)||13:00||Event 1: Welcome to APT Phu Quoc Event||Corona Casino (Live)||8,800,000|
|15:30||Event 2: Super High Roller Day 1||55,000,000|
|May 23, 2021 (Sunday)||12:00||Main Event Day 1B – 2 Billion GTD||Corona Casino (Live)||11,000,000|
|13:30||Event 2: Super High Roller Final Day (Registration still open before day starts)||55,000,000|
|14:00||Event 3: Open Face Chinese Poker (OFC)||8,800,000|
|May 24, 2021 (Monday)||12:00||Main Event Day 1C – 2 Billion GTD||Corona Casino (Live)||11,000,000|
|14:00||Event 4: Pot Limit Omaha||6,600,000|
|18:00||Main Event Day 1D – 2 Billion GTD||11,000,000|
|May 25, 2021 (Tuesday)||12:00||Main Event Day 2 – 2 Billion GTD||Corona Casino (Live)|
|15:00||Event 5: No Limit Hold’em Day 1||8,800,000|
|May 26, 2021 (Wednesday)||12:00||Main Event Final Day – 2 Billion GTD||Corona Casino (Live)|
|12:30||Limit Hold’em Final Day|
|14:00||Event 6: Head Hunter (2M Bounty) Day 1||7,700,000|
|15:00||Event 7: High Rollers Day 1||33,000,000|
|May 27, 2021 (Thursday)||12:00||Championships Day 1A – 2 Billion GTD||Corona Casino (Live)||16,500,000|
|12:30||High Rollers Final Day|
|12:30||Head Hunter (2M Bounty) Final Day|
|14:00||Event 8: NLH Single Day Event||6,600,000|
|May 28, 2021 (Friday)||12:00||Championships Day 1B – 2 Billion GTD||Corona Casino (Live)||16,500,000|
|13:00||Event 9: NLH Single Day Event||7,700,000|
|16:30||Event 10: Deep Stack Turbo||5,500,000|
|May 29, 2021 (Saturday)||12:00||Championships Day 2 – 2 Billion GTD||Corona Casino (Live)|
|14:00||Event 11: Monster Stack Flight A||8,800,000|
|16:30||Event 12: High Rollers Day 1||33,000,000|
|18:00||Event 11: Monster Stack TURBO Flight B||8,800,000|
|May 30, 2021 (Sunday)||12:00||Championships Event Final Day – 2 Billion GTD||Corona Casino (Live)|
|13:00||Monster Stack Final Day|
|13:30||Event 12: High Rollers Final Day (Registration still open before day starts)||33,000,000|
|14:00||Event 13: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo||5,500,000|
CORONA CASINO & RESORT
Address: Bai Dai Area, Ganh Dau Commune, Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam
Opened only last June 2020, the poker room located in Corona Casino & Resort Phu Quoc is the first official poker venue where Vietnamese are permitted to gamble alongside foreign tourists. The luxury destination showcases world-class facilities including the five-star Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc and the four-star Vin Oasis Resort Phu Quoc, making anybody’s stay as comfortable as can be.
The complex’s gaming floor occupies over 200,000 sq. ft. of space with its main hall capable of hosting 50 poker tables for major tournaments. At the moment, the poker room has 12 poker tables intended for cash games running on the daily.