Daniel Perkins rules APL Vietnam Main Event Day 1B; Chun Kong Kwok & Zhang Lijun win events

Another starting day has come and gone at the Asia Poker League Vietnam Main Event. A total of 70 entered Day 1B taking place at Pro Poker Club. By the end of the scheduled fourteen rounds only 15 players had chips to bag with USA’s Daniel Perkins amassing the largest of 292,000.

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Daniel Perkins

This now puts Perkins slightly ahead of the Day 1A chip leader Nguyen Thi Hien Hoa for the top spot in Day 2. At Day 1B, Perkins claimed the lead halfway through then proceeded to rail Kjell Ove Dyb in a lucky two-outer. He propelled further in a cooler with aces over kings that sent Tan Hoang out of the field. You can read up on the details via our Live Updates. We have plenty of thrilling Day 1B action captured.

Day 1B Live Updates

Finishing in second rank though far from the leader was Brave Zhu Yong with 210k and Ta Duy Quoc Chinh in third position with 200k. You can view the chip counts below:

Day 1B chip counts

Daniel Perkins  – USA – 292,000
Zhu Yong – China – 210,000
Ta Duy Quoc Chinh – Vietnam – 200,000
Tran Huy Hoang – Vietnam – 181,000
Cao Chao – China – 175,000
Vu Minh Tri – Vietnam – 164,500
Maccaron Tran – Vietnam – 164,500
Ching-Wei Chen “Carter” – Taiwan – 141,500
Pham Thanh Tung – Vietnam – 119,500
Quan Nguyen – Vietnam – 107,000
Pham Tuan Ngoc – Vietnam – 92,000
Joey Seng – Singapore – 84,500
Leo Pham – Vietnam – 80,000
Tran Thanh Dat – Vietnam – 68,500
Yik Yin “Ray” Chiu – Hong Kong – 49,500

Main Event info

The 15 Day 1B survivors merge with the 14 Day 1A survivors into Day 2. These combined 29 players await the results of Day 1C and Day 1D before returning for Day 2 on Thursday, May 16. There are 134 entries so far.

Day 1C is up next taking place on Tuesday, May 14. The Main Event comes with an VND 8 Billion (~US$345,000) guarantee. It runs a total of seven days. See info and schedule below:

Buy-in: VND 16,500,000 (~US$720)
Dates: May 12 to May 18
Day 1A: 14 advanced out of 64 entries
Day 1B: 15 advanced out of 70 entries

Day 1C: Tuesday, May 14
Day 1D: Wednesday, May 15
Day 2: Thursday, May 16
Day 3: Friday, May 17
Final 9: Saturday, May 18

Starting stack: 30,000 (300x opening big blind)
Blinds duration: increases every 40 minutes
Registration: closes at the start of Level 10 (approx. 8pm)

Side Event winners

Chun Kong Kwok wins first-ever career trophy at the Deepstack

The Deepstack event pulled in 83 entries for a prize pool of VND 563,570,000 (~US$ 24,200). It ran for two days. Winning it was Chun Kong Kwok to pocket the VND 181,750,000 first prize. This was Kwok’s first-ever known live tournament triumph.

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Chun Kong Kwok

The final hand saw Kwok and Zhong Haitian all in on a turn board 8dQd3c5c. Kwok with 8s5h two pair, Zhong with Ad5d pair flush draw. The river Kh completed the spread.


Prize pool: VND 563,570,000 – Buyin: VND 7,700,000 – Entries: 83

1st Chun Kong Kwok – Hong Kong – VND 181,750,000
2nd Zhong Haitian – China – VND 109,900,000
3rd Zhou Yaping – China – VND 68,330,000
4th Bui Duc Dung – Vietnam – VND 46,210,000
5th Shyh Chyn Lim – Malaysia – VND 35,220,000
6th LIfeng Yang – China – VND 28,180,000
7th Bin Zhang – China – VND 23,390,000
8th Gyula Ryan Revai – Canada – VND 19,720,000
9th William Kang – Malaysia – VND 18,180,000
10th Diep Kyle Bao – Vietnam – VND 16,910,000
11th Lu Zhenghao / Cao Anh Dung – Singapore/Vietnam – VND 15,780,000

Zhang Lijun wins the Hyper Turbo

The Hyper Turbo attracted a small field of 20 runners. Among them was ex-Starcraft pro Lim Yohwan. He amassed the largest stack at the final table but fell short of the money with only 3 places paid. Taking it to the limit was Zhang Lijun pocketing VND 48,500,000.

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Zhang Lijun


Prize pool: VND 97,000,000 – Buyin: VND 5,500,000 – Entries 20

1st Zhang Lijun – VND 48,500,000
2nd Gechirang Ang – VND 29,100,000
3rd Tran Trong Nhan – VND 19,400,000  

Somuchpoker is onsite at APL Vietnam to bring you all the action and results as they unfold.

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Article by Tricia David

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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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