Cao Ngoc Anh wins the APT Vietnam HCM Championships Event; Norbert Koh takes 2nd in Player of the Series

Vietnam scored another major victory at the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships with Cao Ngoc Anh as the next big winner of the festival. Anh triumphed at the featured Championships Event besting a 213 field teeming with Asian pros. For his impressive achievement, Anh earned his first-ever live tournament victory and his largest live tournament score of VND 1,304,030,000 (~$56,480).

Cao Ngoc Anh
Cao Ngoc Anh – Photo APT

For a player with a live tournament career still at its early stages, Anh has already created a lot of noise so to speak. Prior to the APT festival, Anh had a total of six cashes, one of them earned in December 2017 while the rest were claimed this year. Two months ago, he placed 2nd out of 348 entries at the National Poker Championship Main Event in Da Nang, Vietnam earning his first five-digit payout of $12,309.

Fast forward to the APT festival, Anh cashed in a total of five events:

1st Championships Event
15th Monster Stack
11th No Limit Hold’em
8th WeLoveSport Deep Stack Turbo
7th NLH Single Day

This generated a grand total VND 1,381,600,000 (~$59,700) to add to his growing portfolio. In addition, Anh won the APT Player of the Series, pocketing another $800.

Final 8 payouts
Prize pool: VND 6,198,300,000 – Buyin: 33,000,000 – ITM: 36 places

1st Cao Ngoc Anh – Vietnam – VND 1,304,030,000
2nd Nguyen Tien Son – Vietnam – VND 869,330,000
3rd Paul Hong – New Zealand – VND 606,940,000
4th Nguyen Tuan Anh – Vietnam – VND 441,800,000
5th Kit Kwan Kwok – Hong Kong – VND 333,890,000
6th Quang Phung – Vietnam – VND 260,970,000
7th Thong Trinh – Vietnam – VND 210,190,000
8th Wei Cheng Yin – Taiwan – VND 173,870,000

Norbert Koh finishes 2nd at the APT Player of the Series

Norbet Koh
Norbert Koh – Photo APT

Norbert Koh has been putting in some time at the felt this year having been absent for a majority of the events the past two years. The break hasn’t caused a skip in his beat with five deep runs earned prior to the APT series.

At the APT, Koh continued his steady run, cashing in three events, two of which were runner-up finishes – Head Hunter and CoinPoker High Rollers 2 – and the third one a victory at one of the turbo events. For his achievements, Koh finished 2nd at the APT Player of the Series race.

Article by Tricia David


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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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