APL HCMC Road Series Vol.3 : Live Updates

APL HCMC Road Series Vol.3 : Live Updates

 

7:05PM: Quang Nguyen wins the Main Event! 
Level 35: Blinds 125K/250K ante 30K

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Quang Nguyen – Main Event champion

Quang Nguyen has done it! The last hand of the Main Event has been dealt! Quang Nguyen shoved with 3c3h, SJ Kim tossed in the one-chip call with Ac4h, and they were off to the races. The board came down 7c7h2c no help for Kim. The turn Qc gave Kim more outs to overtake. But it was not to be. The river 10s was not the black card he needed. Kim was eliminated in 2nd place and earned VND 1,134,820,000.

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Quang Nguyen and SJ Kim

Quang Nguyen became the newest APL Man Event champion! He takes home the hefty VND 1,618,750,000 first place cash prize. 


6:45PM: Quang Nguyen wins four; SJ Kim dropping
Level 35: Blinds 125K/250K ante 30K

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SJ Kim

Quang Nguyen picked up three rounds of blinds and antes with SJ Kim folding. The fourth pot saw Kim raise to 550k and Quang  called. The flop 8h7d9d was checked by both. The 2h turn Quang led out for 475k and won it. Kim down to 3M, Quang up to 11M.


6:35PM: Quang Nguyen up to 10M
Level 35: Blinds 125K/250K ante 30K

Quang Nguyen starting to distance himself further. He now has a 3:1 chip lead after this hand. He raised to 550k preflop and SJ Kim called. The flop 7h10d4c, both checked. On the 3c turn, Kim led for 450k, called by Quang. Then the river 2s it was back to checking. Kim showed Kc8c king high but Quang had better with Jd4d pair. Kim down to 4.5M, Quang at 10M.


6:25PM: Quang Nguyen takes two in new level
Level 35: Blinds 125K/250K ante 30K

Quang Nguyen claimed two pots to bring his stack upwards of 9.5M. The first winner, he raised to 575k preflop and Kim called. The flop 10d2dKc, he c-bet 425k, Kim check-folded.

Next hand Quang called Kim’s 550k raise and saw a flop JcJs3s. He check-called Kim’s 350k bet, did the same on the 4c turn for a 650k bet, then on the 6h river, both checked it and Quang won with 3h4h two pair. Kim mucked.


6:15PM: SJ Kim earns a big one
Level 34: Blinds 100K/200K ante 30K

SJ Kim took down a big pot to close the gap between him and Quang Nguyen. He raised to 450k preflop and Quang called. At the flop 3s7s6d, Quang checked, Kim bet 350k Quang raised to 950k, Kim three-bet to 2.595M, Quang folded.

Quang 7,670,000
Kim 6,840,000


6:00PM: Quang Nguyen scores a huge double up! Takes the lead
Level 34: Blinds 100K/200K ante 30K

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Quang Nguyen

Quang Nguyen has taken the chip lead! The hand began with a 450k raise by Quang, answered with a shove by Kim. Quang tanked then found the courage to call for his tournament life.

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Kim 8c8s

The flop ran 7dKhJc keeping Kim ahead. The turn 3h gave Quang additional outs to overtake. Then on the river, Quang spiked one of those outs 5h to ship in a massive double up. He now has 9.33M. Kim dropped to 5.18M.


5:55PM: Quang Nguyen jams for the pot
Level 34: Blinds 100K/200K ante 30K

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Quang Nguyen

SJ Kim raised to 450k, Quang Nguyen called from the big blind. The flop ran 9d4h6s, Quang checked, Kim c-bet 350k, Quang all in, Kim folded.


5:50PM: Quang Nguyen 
Level 34: Blinds 100K/200K ante 30K

SJ Kim raised to 450k and Quang Nguyen called. The flop Ah4s10c saw Kim send out 350k and Quang check-called. On the 5d turn and 10h river, no bets landed and Quang won with 4c5c two pair.


5:40PM: SJ Kim
Level 34: Blinds 100K/200K ante 30K

Quang Nguyen raised to 400k, SJ Kim defended. At the flop 4d6c7h, Kim checked, Quang c-bet 350k, Kim called. On the Kc turn and 5d river, no bets and Kim won with Kd5d two pair.


5:35PM: Quang Nguyen
Level 34: Blinds 100K/200K ante 30K

SJ Kim raised to 450k, Quang Nguyen called from the big blind. The flop 3d4s10h brought more chips to the pot with Kim betting 350k and Quang check-calling. On the Ac turn and 10d river no bets arrived and Quang won with 4d9d two pair. Kim mucked.


5:30PM: The grind…. 
Level 34: Blinds 100K/200K ante 30K

SJ Kim continues to grind down Quang Nguyen. Both have won their fair share of small pots. One that went Kim’s way saw him call Quang’s 475k raise. At the flop 3h5d4c, both checked. On the 8h turn, Kim led for 375k, Quang folded.


5:15PM: SJ Kim earns two 
Level 33: Blinds 80K/160K ante 20K

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SJ Kim

Two pots for SJ Kim with the first on seeing a raise preflop from Kim to 350k, called by Quang Nguyen. At the flop 9c7c9s, he bet again and won it with Quang folding.

Next winning pot, he raised again to 350k and Quang called from the big blind. The flop 6h6d4c, Quang checked, Kim c-bet 350k, called by Quang. The turn 7d was checked by both and the river felted Ac. Quang checked, Kim laid out 450k, Quang called. Kim showed his KhKd and scooped it up with Quang mucking.


5:00PM: Quang Nguyen banks a double up
Level 33: Blinds 80K/160K ante 20K

Quang Nguyen shoved with Kc9d and was in danger of elimination with Kim holding Ad8d. The flop ran dry 7s7c2d, but when the turn Kh landed, the rail roared with Vietnam’s Quang pairing up. Then with the river 5c, his pair held to ship a double up to 5,380,000. Kim dropped to 9,130,000.


4:55PM: Heads up begins: SJ Kim vs Quang Nguyen
Level 33: Blinds 80K/160K ante 20K

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Heads up: Quang Nguyen vs SJ Kim

Now that all the photos have been taken, the last hurdle to the title and the VND 1,618,750,000 first prize begins! SJ Kim has a 4:1 lead over Quang Nguyen. 

SJ Kim 11,640,00
Quang Nguyen 2,870,000


4:45PM: Quads over full house! Minh Le railed in 3rd place – VND 729,730,000
Level 33: Blinds 80K/160K ante 20K

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Minh Le

Big wild and crazy hand just sent Minh Le crashing to the rail! He opened from the button to 360k and big blind SJ Kim defended. At the flop 8h8d6h, both checked. On the 6c turn, Kim bet 250k, Minh called. On the 6s river, Kim slid out 585k, Minh shoved his over 2M stack, Kim snap-called.

Minh Jc8c full house
Kim 10d6d quads

Minh’s fantastic run at the Main Event ended in 3rd place. He earned VND 729,730,000 (~US$31,200)and has set a new personal record for his largest cash and deepest Main Event run.  


4:30PM: SJ Kim dominating, reaches 7.8M
Level 33: Blinds 80K/160K ante 20K

SJ Kim is taking charge of the table picking up another pot to boost his stack to 7.8M. The recent winning hand he raised to 350k from the button, both blinds called. On the flop 8d8h8c, blinds checked, Kim bet 450k, won it with no callers.


4:25PM: SJ Kim vs Minh Le
Level 32: Blinds 60K/120K ante 20K

Light action here…. one decent hand saw SJ Kim limp from the small blind and Minh Le check. The flop JcKc3h, Kim bet 125k, Minh called. On the 8h turn, Kim bet 260k and won it with Minh folding.


4:20PM: SJ Kim shaves down Quang Nguyen
Level 32: Blinds 60K/120K ante 20K

Quang Nguyen raised to 255k from the button, SJ Kim and Minh Le called for a three-way to the flop Ac2c8h. The blinds checked, Quang c-bet 350k that found one caller in Kim. The turn 10s, no bets. The river 2h Kim bet 375k, Quang called. Kim Ad3c for two pair, Quang mucked.

Kim up to 7.5M, Quang down to 2.54M. Minh 4.4M.


4:15PM: Quang Nguyen picks off the bluff
Level 32: Blinds 60K/120K ante 20K

Quang Nguyen opened with a 260k raise, called by big blind SJ Kim. The flop 10h5s3h and turn 9c saw no bets. The river Js, Quang-check called Kim’s 275k bet and won it with 7s7c pair over Qd2d queen high.


4:10PM: Three pots for SJ Kim
Level 32: Blinds 60K/120K ante 20K

SJ Kim claimed three pots with the third one fairly hefty. From small blind, he raised to 275k and Minh Le defended on the big blind. The flop 10c6sKd, Kim c-bet 250k, called by Minh. On the 9s turn, Kim sent out 360k, and Minh called. Then on the river Kh, Minh folded to a 575k bet.

Kim goes up to 6.5M, Minh dropped to 4.6M. Quang at 3M.


3:55PM: Quang Nguyen taking charge
Level 32: Blinds 60K/120K ante 20K

Quang Nguyen working to get his chips back. He raised from button position to 240k, big blind Minh Le called. The flop 6sKc8c, Minh checked, Quang c-bet 275k, Minh folded.


3:50PM: Quang Nguyen wins the pot
Level 32: Blinds 60K/120K ante 20K

Sb Quang Nguyen limped and bb SJ Kim checked. The flop 10s4cJh, both checked. On the 3c turn, Quang check-called at 125k bet. On the river [9d}, Quang led for 250k and won it with Kim folding.


3:40PM: Chip count update

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Final 3

SJ Kim 5,735,000
Minh Le 5,695,000
Quang Nguyen 3,080,000


3:30PM: SJ Kim rises to over 5M
Level 31: Blinds 50K/100K ante 10K

Button SJ Kim raised to 225k and Quang defended on the big blind. The flop 3hJh10s, and turn 3s saw both check. On the river Js, Quang checked, Kim bet 250k, Quang paid to see and mucked to Kim’s Qs10h two pair. Kim proceeded to win the next hand and rose to around 5.3M.


3:25PM: Quang Nguyen loses another pot
Level 31: Blinds 50K/100K ante 10K

Quang Nguyen is having it rough ride at the moment with SJ Kim taking a chunk from him and now Minh Le. Button Quang raised to 225k and Minh defended on the big blind. The flop 10cQd4c, Quang check-called a 250k bet and the turn came 4d. No bets by either and the river 5c was felted. Minh bet 650k and Quang called. Minh opened 9c2c flush and Quang mucked. Minh up to 6M, Quang dropped to 3.8M.


3:20PM: A bigger pot for SJ Kim
Level 31: Blinds 50K/100K ante 10K

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SJ Kim

SJ Kim has climbed to 4.5M after taking down another pot against Quang Nguyen. The hand saw action from button Minh Le bump it up to 250k, sb Quang called, bb Kim three-bet to 685k, Minh folded, Quang called. The flop came down 3c2d2c, Quang checked, Kim c-bet 450k, Quang called. On the 7d turn, check again by Quang, 850k bet from Kim, Quang folded. Quang goes down to 4.9M.


3:10PM: SJ Kim wins two from the leader
Level 31: Blinds 50K/100K ante 10K

SJ Kim won two good pots against the chip leader to bring him over 3M. The first hand, button Kim raised to 225k and big blind Quang Nguyen defended. At the flop 9h10d10c, Quang checked, Kim c-bet 150k, and Quang called. The turn 4s and river 2d saw no bets and Kim won with Qs6s over 8h6h.

Next hand, Quang limped and Kim checked on the big blind. The flop Kc9cJd both checked. On the 4s turn, Quang checked, Kim bet 125k, called. Then the river Kh saw no bets and Kim won with 9d{4d two pair over Quang’s 3h4h lower two pair.


2:55PM: Intense moment between Quang Nguyen and Minh Le
Level 31: Blinds 50K/100K ante 10K

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Minh Le vs Quang Nguyen

After light action, the two biggest stacks went at it again. Quang Nguyen limped from the button and bb Minh Le checked. The flop 10hKh10c, Minh checked, Quang bet 125k, Minh called. The turn 3c Minh switched up and led for 275k and Quang called. On the As river, Minh slowed down and checked, Quang strong-armed with a 700k bet, and Minh folded. Quang wins the pot and climbs to 6.7M.


2:45PM: Chip count update
Level: 30: Blinds 40K/80K ante 10k

Quang Nguyen 6,575,000
Minh Le 5,695,000
SJ Kim 2,350,000


2:35PM: Quang Nguyen vs  Minh Le
Level: 30: Blinds 40K/80K ante 10k

Bb Quang Nguyen raised to 180k and Minh Le defended his big blind. At the flop 3hJh7s, Minh checked, Quang c-bet 190k, Minh called. The turn 4s was checked by both and the river 6s landed. Minh checked, Quang bet 560k, and Minh folded.


2:25PM: Duy Ho finishes in 4th place – VND 521,080,000
Level: 30: Blinds 40K/80K ante 10k

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Quang Nguyen vs Duy Ho

Duy Ho was the next to fall with Quang Nguyen delivering the axe. Action folded to sb Quang, he shoved his massive stack. Bb Duy called for his tournament life.

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Duy AcJc

The board helped Quang improve Qd8h6h7h9d to eliminate Duy in 4th place. Duy earned VND 521,080,000 for his deep finish at the Main Event. That brings us down to the final 3. Quang now up to 5.9M. 


2:15PM: Chip count update
Level: 30: Blinds 40K/80K ante 10k

Minh Le 6,300,000
Quang Nguyen 4,365,000
SJ Kim 2,635,000
Duy Ho 1,210,000


2:10PM Cao Ngoc Anh bows out in 5th place – VND 399,970,000
Level: 30: Blinds 40K/80K ante 10k

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Cao Ngoc Anh

After losing a big pot to Minh Le, Cao Ngoc Anh met his end on the next hand. Action saw cutoff Quang Nguyen raise to 185k, both blinds called SJ Kim and Anh. At the flop Ah2c3d, blinds checked to Quang, he bet 280k, Kim folded, Anh raised to 600k. Quang called. On the 2s river, Anh jammed his remaining 1.1M stack, Quang called.

Anh Ad8h
Quang AsKc

The river 7c didn’t improve Anh and Quang’s higher kicker played to send Anh out in 5th place. Anh earned VND 399,970,000 for his performance at the Main Event.

We are down to the final four players.


2:00PM: Up and down for Cao Ngoc Anh
Level: 30: Blinds 40K/80K ante 10k

Cao Ngoc Anh in action here. We witnessed him win some then lose some. The first pot was against SJ Kim who raised to 160k from utg, acting next was Anh who three-bet to 390k, everyone else folded and Kim called. At the flop Ks3c4h, Kim checked, Anh bet 375k, Kim folded.

Next hand, Anh raised to 170k from utg, cutoff Minh Le called, and big blind Kim called. On the flop QcKc5d, action was checked to Minh, he bet 375k, Kim folded while Anh raised to 875k. Minh answered with a shove and Anh folded. Anh down to 1.9M, Minh up to 6.3M.


1:45PM: Jack En Ching Wu out in 6th place – VND 328,400,000
Level: 30: Blinds 40K/80K ante 10k

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Jack En Ching Wu

Action folded to the small blind Jack En Ching Wu and he quickly moved all in for around 700k. Big blind Quang Nguyen had him well covered and called.

Quang QsKd
Wu 10d8d

The board came down 5sKcJs10sAc. Wu was eliminated in 6th place. He earned VND 328,400,000 for his run at the Main Event. 


1:40PM: SJ Kim jams again
Level 29: Blinds 30K/60K ante 10K

From utg SJ Kim raised to 135k, small blind Quang Nguyen three-bet to 385k, Kim called. The flop 7s9d5h, Quang  jumped out with a 340k bet, Kim jammed. Quang folded.


1:35PM: Duy Ho takes some off the leader
Level 29: Blinds 30K/60K ante 10K

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Duy Ho

Utg Duy Ho raised to 160k, button Minh Le called, and after the blinds folded the flop felted 10sJc8c. Both players checked and the turn 4h landed. Duy checked, Minh bet 220k, Duy called. On the 9h river, no bets and the Duy claimed the pot with Ad10d. He now has 1.3M.


1:25PM: Thien An eliminated in 7th place – VND 270,660,000
Level 29: Blinds 30K/60K ante 10K

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Thien An

Fast action at the final table with 7 players now down to 6 with Thien An as the next casualty. With action folding around to the small blind Thien, he shove his 900k stack and got called by big blind Minh Le.

Thien Qd10h
Minh AhKd

The board ran 8c4d7s10s for a possible double up to Thien but the river slapped down Ad for a higher pair to Minh. Thien was elminated in 7th place and earned VND 270,660,000 for his fantastic run here at the Main Event. Chip leader Minh up further to 4.2M. 


1:15PM: Nguyen Thanh exits in 8th place – VND 215,830,000
Level 29: Blinds 30K/60K ante 10K

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Nguyen Thanh

After taking a costly hit to his stack, Nguyen Thanh was down to 300k and took a stand on the big blind. With action folding to the small blind, Duy Ho all in for over 1M, Thanh followed with all his chips in. SJ Kim folded.

Duy Ad10c
Thanh Ah5d

The flop helped Thanh 8hJd5h for a pair, but with the turn 9c and river Qc it was a straight for Duy. Duy climbed to 1,345,000. Thanh finished in 8th place and earned VND 215,830,000 for his impressive run at the featured APL event.


1:10PM: First hand double up for SJ Kim! Nguyen Thanh plummets to 300k
Level 29: Blinds 30K/60K ante 10K

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Nguyen Thanh vs SJ Kim

Immediate fireworks here at the Main Event with the first hand of the day seeing an all in. It kicked off with utg Nguyen Thanh intending to raise but he didn’t put enough and the floor considered it a call. Acting next, SJ Kim raised to 185k from utg+1, everyone folded around the orbit to big blind Duy Ho, he folded, and Thanh called.

The flop Jd5d9c, Thanh checked, Kim c-bet 210k, Thanh called. On the 3c turn, Thanh check, Kim bet 385k, Thanh all in, Kim snap call.

Kim QdQc overpair
Thanh KsJs top pair

The river 4h didn’t improve Thanh and Kim banked a huge double up to 2.9M. Thanh plummeted to just 300k.


1:04PM: First deal underway!
Level 29: Blinds 30K/60K ante 10K

And we are off! The final race to the Main Event title has begun!


Welcome to the Final Day of the Main Event!

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APL Main Event – Final 8

Good afternoon players and welcome to the final day of the APL Ho Chi Minh City Main Event! What started as 587 entries flooding the felt at Pro Poker Club is now down to the last 8 players. It will no doubt be an exciting race to the finish with decorated runners as the bulk of the lineup. Here are the final 8 players:

Minh Le 3,450,000
Cao Ngoc Anh 3,030,000
Quang Nguyen 2,145,000
Nguyen Thanh 1,695,000
SJ Kim 1,395,000
Thien An 975,000
Duy Ho 945,000
Jack En Ching Wu 875,000

Up for grabs is the second-ever APL championship title and the VND 1,618,750,000 (~US$69,300) first prize. The game resumes at Level 29 with blinds at 30K/60K ante 10k. Total chips in play is 14,510,000. Average stack is 1,813,750. Cards in the air at 1pm local time.

The Main Event drew 587 entries for a prize pool of VND 8,540,850,000 (~US$366,300). 74 players paid. Here are the final 8 payouts:

1st VND 1,618,750,000
2nd VND 1,134,820,000
3rd VND 729,730,000
4th VND 521,080,000
5th VND 399,970,000
6th VND 328,400,000
7th VND 270,660,000
8th VND 215,830,000

Somuchpoker will be onsite to provide you full coverage of the final table via our live updates. The final 8 will also stream live in the Pro Poker Club YouTube channel.

Day 3 ends! Final 8 formed! Minh Le maintains the lead

In just a few hours, the Day 3 of the Main Event wrapped up with the Final 8 players. Here they are and their chip counts

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Minh Le – chip leader

Minh Le 3,450,000
Cao Ngoc Anh 3,030,000

Quang Nguyen 2,145,000
Nguyen Thanh 1,695,000
SJ Kim 1,395,000

Thien An 975,000
Duy Ho 945,000
Jack En Ching Wu 875,000


4:05PM: Sao Bac Dau eliminated in 9th place
Level 29: Blinds 30K/60K ante 10K

Sao Bac Dau will not be moving on to tomorrow’s final round. He was eliminated by Quang Nguyen in 9th place. It was a battle of the blinds situation. Everyone folded around to sb Quang who raised to 500k and bb Dau called with less (345k). Dau Kc8d, Quang Jd8h, a jack landed on the flop 2d7cJs5h2c and Quang sent Dau out of the running. Dau earned VND 161,930,000.


4:00PM: Minh Le earns some off Duy Ho
Level 29: Blinds 30K/60K ante 10K

Duy Ho limped in from mid-position then called button player Minh Le’s 180k raise. The flop AsQh4s saw both check to bring on the 10d turn. Duy checked again, Minh sent out 250k, Duy called. The river 8s, saw both check it and Minh won with AhQd top two pair.


3:48PM: Nguyen Thanh wins the war against Duy Ho
Level 28: Blinds 25K/50K ante 5K

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Nguyen Thanh

Cutoff Duy Ho raised to 150k, button Nguyen Thanh three-bet to 450k, Duy Ho folded while showing 5d5s. Thanh showed as well AdQc.


3:40PM: SJ Kim vs Jack Wu
Level 28: Blinds 25K/50K ante 5K

Players have been moved to the RFID table but no stream until tomorrow’s final 8. Action got underway with SJ Kim winning a pot against Jack En Ching Wu. Preflop betting began with Wu laying out 110k and bb Kim defended. At the flop 9h7s5s turn As, river 8c, no bets arrived and Kim showed 6s6c. Wu mucked.


Official: Final 9 players

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Final 9 players

Standing L-R:  Thien An, Minh Le, SJ Kim, Cao Ngoc Anh
Seated L-R: Jack En Ching Wu, Quang Nguyen, Sao Bac Dau, Duy Ho, Nguyen Thanh


3:35PM: Willy Doorman falls in 10th place
Level 28: Blinds 25K/50K ante 5K

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Willy Doorman – 10th place

Cao Ngoc Anh has delivered another knockout with Willy Doorman falling in 10th place. Doorman qualified to the Main Event via the VND 1.65M satellite making his deep run here a very profitable one.

The hand began with cutoff Cao raising to 110k and Doorman defending on the big blind. At the flop 9d6s2s, Doorman checked, Cao c-bet, Doorman called. On the 3d turn, Doorman bet 200k, Cao jammed his uber-massive stack, and Doorman called for his tournament life.

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Doorman Ad10d

The river 4c didn’t produce the outs Doorman needed to overtake. He earned VND 134,690,000.

With 9 remaining we are now at the official final table.


3:30PM: Tran Van Quan out in 11th place
Level 28: Blinds 25K/50K ante 5K

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Tran Van Quan – 11th place

Tran Van Quan shoved his 385k stack and button player Jack En Ching Wu called. Quan KhJd, Wu Ad9h, the board ran 10dQc5c4h2c. Both missed to give ace high the better spread. Quan out in 11th place and earned VND 134,690,000.


3:24PM: Alex Choi downed in 12th place
Level 28: Blinds 25K/50K ante 5K

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Alex Chioi – 12th place

Alex Choi entered numerous pots that saw his stack swing wildly. This time around, it wasn’t able to swing upwards and met his end at the hands of Thien An. Action kicked off with Choi all in with 110k, button player Cao Ngoc Anh called followed by Thien An on the big blind. When the board ran 2s7x9xKx2x, no bets landed. Choi opened AxQx, Cao with Jx10x, and with Thien 6x7x pair, it was the end for Choi in 12th place. He earned VND 134,690,000.


3:20PM: Big stacks: Minh Le vs Quang Nguyen
Level 28: Blinds 25K/50K ante 5K

Quang Nguyen raised to 125k, bb Minh Le three-bet to 350k, Quang called. At the flop 3c6s4h, Minh fired 325k, Quang called. On the Qs turn and Jh river, neither fired and Mnih won the pot with As4s flush.


3:15PM: Aces cracked! Sim Jae Kyung exits in 13th place
Level 28: Blinds 25K/50K ante 5K

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Sim Jae Kyung – 13th place

Sim Jae Kyung all in for 410k holding AdAh, Quang Nguyen called with QsQc, the board ran dry at first 3cKc7c9s but when the river Qd landed, Sim Jae’s aces were cracked and he exited in 13th place. He earned VND 107,700,000.


3:12PM: Sao Bac Dau paid by Cao Ngoc Anh
Level 28: Blinds 25K/50K ante 5K

Sao Bac Dau all in with his short stack while holding Ah9d and massive stacked Cao Ngoc Anh called with 4h8d. The high cards stayed ahead with the board running 5d2d2s9h5c for a double up to Dau. He will need to double up again to get back in the running.


3:10PM: Thien An doubles up through Duy Ho
Level 28: Blinds 25K/50K ante 5K

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Thien An

Thien An shoved with 265k and got called by Duy Ho. Thien QhQd, Duy Ho KcQc, the board ran 7c2h6h5cAd.


3:05PM: Yin How Lew settles for 14th place
Level 28: Blinds 25K/50K ante 5K

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Yin How Lew – 14th place

APL Vietnam Main Event defending champion Yin How Lew staged a good run for a back-to-back but he couldn’t quite bring it past 14th place. He went all in with his short 200k, got called by Nguyen Thanh and lost the bout. Yin held 8s8c, Thanh Ah10d, the board ran 3s10hJh3d5c for a higher pair spiked by Thanh. Yin earned VND 107,700,000.


3:03PM: Minh Le busts Nguyen Nam Duong in 15th place
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

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Nguyen Nam Duong – 15th place

Nam Duong all in the button with Kc9s, small blind Minh Le called the 285k stack with KsJs. The board ran 5sKh6d2s2h for two pair to both but a higher kicker to Minh. Duong busted in 15th place. He earned VND 107,700,000.


3:03PM: No flop, lots of chips
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

From utg Alex Choi raised to 100k, mid-position Cao Ngoc Anh three-bet to 230k, Minh Le four-bet to 540k, Choi folded, Cao tanked then folded as well. Minh scooped it.


3:00PM: SJ Kim send Mark Zhang packing in 16th place
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

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Mark Zhang – 16th place

Another pot shipped by SJ Kim but this time it was railing Mark Zhang in 16th place. Kim raised to 90k, Zhang all in for just 80k, Kim called. Zhang Ad6c, Kim QhQd, the board paired up Zhang 6s9s5s4cKh but not enough to stay in the game.


2:56PM: SJ Kim reaches a million
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

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SJ Kim

Late position SJ Kim raised to 90k, sb Tran Van Quan all in for 1M, with only half that stack, Kim called while putting himself at risk. Kim KdKh, Quan 9d9c, the board bricked and Kim doubled up to over 1M while Quan reversed to 500k.


2:55PM: Nguyen Nam Duong happy to stay alive
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

Nguyen Nam Duong was in danger of elimination with his Qd10h up against Minh Le’s 6s6c. With the board running AdJh4cKh5d, he celebrated his straight and sat back down to collect his chips.  He now has over 300k.


2:50PM: Tran Van Quan doubles up through Mark Zhang
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

Utg Tran Van Quan raised to 200k, Mark Zhang Wei jammed his 600k stack, Quan called for his tournament life with 510k total.

Quan AcJd
Zhang Kc10h

The board came down AdAhJc7h8d for a double up to Quan and Zhang down to around 90k.


2:45PM: Nguyen Quang out in 17th place
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

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Nguyen Quang – 17th place

Minh Le is up to 1.8M after downsizing the field to 16 players. The latest casualty was Nguyen Quang who three-bet jammed his 520k stack on top of Minh’s 90k raise.

Minh KsQs
Nguyen KdJc

The board ran 2cAh9d5dAs and Nguyen took 17th place. He earned VND 89,680,000.


2:40PM: Alex Choi vs Cao Ngoc Anh
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

Action packed hand began with Cao Ngoc Anh bumping it up to 85k, blinds called, Minh Le and Alex Choi. The flop 4h5h5d, betting was sent to the aggressor Cao, he c-bet 30k. Minh folded while Choi called. On the Kh turn, Choi switched up and bet 50k, Cao called. Then on the Ks river, Choi beefed it up to a 300k bet and Cao called. Choi Js4s play the board with jack kicker, Cao won the pot with 6s6c higher two pair.


2:35PM: Erik Billgren railed in 18th place
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

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Erik Billgren – 18th place

Erik Billgren shoved from cutoff with his 280k short stack and Nguyen Thanh called from the big blind. Billgren Ac4d, Thanh As5s, the board ran a wild 5d4s5cJd7d. Billgren out in 18th place. He earned VND 89,680,000.


2:30PM: Phuong Xu out 19th place
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

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Phuong Xu – 19th place

Phuong Xu put nearly all of his chips in the middle except for a single 5k chip. Down the orbit Alex Choi called. At the flop 6c7c9c, Xu put the 5k in and Choi called. Xu AsQd, Choi JsJh, the turn 6s and river 7c didn’t improve Xu and he fell in 19th place. He earned VND 75,670,000.

We are down to two tables with 18 remaining.


2:26PM: Sim Jae Kyung rails Edmund Eng
Level 27: Blinds 20K/40K ante 5K

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Edmund Eng – 20th place

Edmund Eng all in with 200k, Sim Jae Kyung looked him up. Eng 8s8c, Sim Jae AsKs, the board ran JcKd5h4h7h to bounce out Eng in 20th place. He earned VND 75,670,000.


2:22PM: Hui Chieh Zhang out in 21st place
Level 26: Blinds 15K/30K ante 5K

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Hui Chieh Chang – 21st place

Hui Chieh Zhang had a spectacular rise in Day 2 going from a very short stack to tripling up to taking down big pots and becoming the chip leader for a short bit. He advanced to today’s Day 3. His run was cut short with his pocket fives running into Jack En Ching Wu’s pocket aces. He earned VND 75,670,000.


2:20PM: Quang Nguyen rails Nguyen Duc Hoang
Level 26: Blinds 15K/30K ante 5K

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Nguye Duc Hoang – 22nd place

Quang Nguyen is now up to 1.55M after sending Nguyen Duc Hoang to the rail. Action saw cutoff Quang raise to 75k preflop, button Hoang three-bet to 200k, Quang called. When the flop fell Jh9c2s, Quang checked, Hoang all in, snap-call by Quang.

Quang 2s2h set
Hoang QcQd overpair

The turn Ad and river 7c spelled the end for Hoang and he took 22nd. He earned VND 62,860,000.


2:18PM: Cao Ngoc Anh muscles Choi
Level 26: Blinds 15K/30K ante 5K

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Cao Ngoc Anh

Heavy betting preflop between Alex Choi and Cao Ngoc Anh began with utg Choi raising to 75k, Cao three-bet to 180k, Choi called. At the flop 6h7h7s, Choi checked to the aggressor Cao who bet 185k, Choi folded.


2:15PM: Phuong Xu paid by Alex Choi
Level 26: Blinds 15K/30K ante 5K

After booting out a player, Alex Choi proceeded to lose some of it. Phuong Xu shoved with 95k and Choi called. Xu KdJd, Choi 3h3c, no help for Choi on the board for a double up to Xu to 250k.


2:10PM: Xiaosheng Zheng eliminated in 23rd place
Level 26: Blinds 15K/30K ante 5K

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Xiaosheng Zheng – 23rd place

Another short stack booted out. Xiaosheng Zheng all in with A-5 but ran into Alex Choi’s A-K and couldn’t improve. He finished in 24th place and earned VND 62,860,000.


2:00PM: Pham Thanh Dat out in 25th place
Level 26: Blinds 15K/30K ante 5K

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Pham Thanh Dat – 25th place

Short stacked Pham Thanh Dat had it all in with 3h3c backing him up but Nguyen Quang with AdKh put the heat on. The board ran 10dJdJhQc5h for a winning straight to the challenger and Pham busted in 25th place. He earned VND 53,470,000.


1:50PM: Huy Pham busts to Willy Doorman
Level 26: Blinds 15K/30K ante 5K

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Huy Pham – 26th place

After suffering two hits to his stack, Huy Pham went all in with Ah7c and Willy Doorman called with 10c10h. The board ran 9cQc2c9h5h. Huy Pham eliminated in 26th place. He earned VND 53,470,000.


1:45PM: Willy Doorman zooms to 990k
Level 25: Blinds 12K/24K ante 4K

Another player got full pay and this time it was Willy Doorman. Heavy preflop raises saw Doorman four-bet all in with 440k and Quang Nguyen called. Doorman AdKc, Quang 7h7s, the board paired one of Doorman’s cards, 10c2cQdKs5d for a double up to 900k.


1:40PM: Huy Pham pays another; Nguyen Nam Duong doubles up
Level 25: Blinds 12K/24K ante 4K

Huy Pham AhJd, Nguyen Nam Duong KsQs, the board save Duong as it ran 7sJhKc4s9c for a double up to over 400k. Huy Pham down to 240k.


1:38PM: Nguyen Duc Hoang gets his own boost
Level 25: Blinds 12K/24K ante 4K

After doubling up Sao Bac Dau, Nguyen Duc Hoang went all in with his 188k stack and got called by Erik Billgren. Hoang held KsAh, Billgren with AcJd, no hits on the board for either player and Hoang doubled up with his higher spread.


1:30PM: Erik Billgren doubles up through Huy Pham
Level 25: Blinds 12K/24K ante 4K

Huy Pham raised to 50k, Erik Billgren shoved his 224k stack, back to Huy Pham, he called. Billgren 7c7h, Huy Pham AhQc, the board ran 8d8hKd10d7s for a full house to Billgren and a double up to 460k.


1:25PM: Cao Ngoc Anh rails another! Abhishek Paul takes 27th
Level 25: Blinds 12K/24K ante 4K

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Abhishek Paul – 27th place

Abhishek Paul was the next victim of the hot-handed Cao Ngoc Anh. Cao had 10c10d, Abhishek with AdJd, the board threw blanks and that was it for the last Indian player in the lineup. Abhishek earned VND 53,470,000 for his deep run.

Cao now with the overwhelming chip lead of 1.8M.


1:15PM: Dang Van Hien downed by Cao Ngoc Anh
Level 25: Blinds 12K/24K ante 4K

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Dang Van Hien – 28th place

Dang Van Hien has dropped out of the Main Event and the man that sent him out this early was Cao Ngoc Anh. Cao raised and Dang called. Blinds folded and the flop came 8hQdJc. Cao checked, Dang bet 170k, Cao all in, and Dang called for his tournament life.

Cao 10c9c straight
Dang AsQs top pair

The turn 7c and river 3h finished off Dang in 28th place. He earned VND 44,410,000.


1:10PM: Jiang Yuan falls first
Level 25: Blinds 12K/24K ante 4K

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Jiang Yuan – 29th place

Jiang Yuan shoved his short 60k stack, Tran Van Quan called. Yuan 3d8d, Quan KsJs, the board offered no help to Yuan to send him out first in 29th place. He earned VND 44,410,000.


1:05PM: Opening pots
Level 25: Blinds 12K/24K ante 4K

Edmund Eng raised to 48k, Huy Pham three-bet to 128k, Eng tank-fold.

Utg Minh Le raise to 50k, Willy Doorman called, bb Xiaosheng Zheng called. At the flop AsAdQd, Minh bet 180k, no callers.

Raised pot preflop, flop landed Qs10cKd, bb Minh Le checked, db Mark Zhang bet 50k, called by Minh. On the {6s| turn, Minh checked, Zhang fired 145k, Minh folded.


1:00PM: Cards in the air!
Level 25: Blinds 12K/24K ante 4K

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Unbagging….

Race to the Final 9 has begun! Good luck to all! Leading the pack is Minh Le with 1,439,000.


Day 3 of the Main Event!

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Main Event Day 3

Welcome to Day 3! What started as 587 entries is now down to the last 29 players. The goal today is to reach a Final 8 berth where the VND 1,618,750,000 (~US$69,300) awaits the eventual champion.

Here’s a quick look at the numbers again:

Total entries: 587
ITM: 74 places
Prize pool: VND 8,540,850,000 (~US$366,300)

Action resumes at 1pm starting at Level 25 with blinds 12K/24? Ante 4K. Total chips in play is  14,587,300. Average stack is 503,000. That’s about 21x the big blind.

We will bring you all the action here until the Final 9 is formed so check back for all the updates.

9:00PM: Day 2 ends with 29 remaining; Minh Le bags the chip lead

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Minh Le

Day 2 went from 147 to 29 remaining at the end of the scheduled 10 levels. Closing the day with a monstrous big stack was Vietnam’s Minh Le with 1,439,000. Also crossing into the million range were Quang Nguyen with 1,135,000, and Duy Ho with 1,080,000. We will have a recap for you so stand by for that. Congratulations to the all the qualifiers!


8:50PM: Kim Ki Nam out
Level 24: Blinds 10K/20K ante 3K

Action folded to the button Nguyen Quang, he raised to 50k. Big blind Kim Ki Nam shoved his 213k stack. Nguyen called.

Kim Jc10d
Nguyen JhJs

The board spread 10c5c8c5d7s to eliminate Kim. Nguyen rises to 520k.


8:45PM: SJ KIm doubles up Yin How Lew
Level 24: Blinds 10K/20K ante 3K

SJ Kim raised to 45k, and bb Yin How Lew called while leaving himself just 20k behind. At the drop of the flop 6c9d8h, Yin checked, Kim with his very big stack, and Yin went ahead and put the rest of his chips out front.

Yin 5h7s straight at the flop
Kim As4h

The turn Qs and river Kh finished the board and Yin claimed a double up. He is still low with 150k.


8:35PM: Quang Nguyen boots Antoine Ky Phan
Level 24: Blinds 10K/20K ante 3K

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Quang Nguyen

Quang Nguyen was the next player after Minh Le to cross into seven digits and he did so after booting out Antoine Ky Phan. The hand saw Quang raise to 50k, Phan shoved his 115k stack, called by Quang.

Qang AsKh
Phan QdAh

The board ran Ks2h6hAc4h.


8:20PM: Huu Dung Nguyen falls out of the running
Level 24: Blinds 10K/20K ante 3K

Huu Dung Nguyen all in for 265k and got called by Nguyen Thanh. Huu Dung As7s, Thanh AdKc, the board ran low 9c6c5h5c3c for a flush to Thanh who was already ahead. Thanh up to 600k. Huu Dung eliminated.


8:10PM: Huy Pham doubles up
Level 23: Blinds 8K/16K ante 2K

Lots of all ins taking place. The next shove came from Huy Pham with 9s9h and faced Phan Hoang Tu with AdQd. The board felted 6sJd9c7h8s for a set and double up to Pham.


8:05PM: Erik Billgren hangs in there
Level 23: Blinds 8K/16K ante 2K

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Erik Billgren

Erik Billgren sent his 185k stack in with Kd8d and got called by Phuong Xu with KsQs. Though behind, the board favored him running Kh8c2h2s5d. He doubled up.


8:00PM: Antonie Ky Phan doubles up
Level 23: Blinds 8K/16K ante 2K

Utg+1 Antonie Ky Phan all in for 163k, Teoh Ming Hong called from the button. Phan Ad10d, Hong 4h4s, the board ran 2hAh9cQc5s for a double up to 300k to Phan.


7:55PM: Minh Le crushing
Level 23: Blinds 8K/16K ante 2K

Can Minh Le’s stack get any bigger? Apparently so. His next victim was Tran Huy Hoang. Action began with Minh raising to 38k and Hoang making the call from the big blind. At the flop Qd5d9s, instant all in from Hoang for 150k, and snap-called by the monster stacked Minh.

Hoang 2h8s
MInh QsQh set

The turn Kh and river 3h ended the hand and ended Hoang. Minh increases to 1.6M.


7:50PM: Huu Dung Nguyen wins the raise war
Level 23: Blinds 8K/16K ante 2K

Alex Choi raised to 42k, Huu Dung Nguyen three-bet all in for 191k, this was good enough to win the hand with Choi opting to fold.


7:40PM: Abhishek Paul gets a shaving
Level 23: Blinds 8K/16K ante 2K

Cao Ngoc Anh raised to 34k and sb Abhishek Paul three-bet to 88k. Action sent back to Cao who called. At the flop 8h9s5d, Abhishek moved all in for a massive 500k, and the unshaken Cao snap-called.

Abhishek 10hAd
Cao 6h6h

The turn 4c and river Jh kept the small pair ahead for a towering double up to Cao. Abhishek down to 380k.


7:25PM: Linh Ran eliminated
Level 22: Blinds 6K/12K ante 2K

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Linh Ran

Tran Huy Hoang raised to 30k, Alex Choi called, Linh Ran shoved her short stack, Hoang shoved his big stack, and Choi tanked. Choi eventually folded and said he had ducks.

Linh AhJd
Hoang AsKd

Both players hit the board but Linh was still way behind KsJcKh3s9d. The lone lady was eliminated.


7:15PM: Cao Ngoc Anh takes from the defending champ
Level 22: Blinds 6K/12K ante 2K

Catching the action with the entire board laid out QcQd6d5cJs and 100k brewed, bb Yin How Lew bet 35k and Cao Ngoc Anh called. Yin opened his Kd10d missed draw and Cao won with 5h7d.


7:10PM: Big stacks Alex Choi vs Nguyen Thanh
Level 22: Blinds 6K/12K ante 2K

Nguyen Thanh opened the hand with a raise to 28k, Alex Choi called from the button. The flop 8h6s7d saw a 31k c-bet from Thanh, called by Choi. The turn 7s saw more chips go in the pile but action reversed. Thanh checked, Choi bet 88k, Thanh called. The river 4c, Thanh checked again, Choi fired 122k, and Thanh opted to fold. Choi up to 450k.


7:00PM: Hwan Young Kim out, Minh Le rises to 1.5M
Level 22: Blinds 6K/12K ante 2K

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Minh Le

Hwan Young Kim went head to head against the chip leader Minh Le and found himself crawling to the cash booth. The hand that knocked him out began with him raising to 35k from utg and Minh calling right beside him. At the flop Qc10dAs, Kim bet 70k and Minh smooth-called. On the 10c turn, Kim moved all in and Minh wasted no time calling.

Kim AcQd top two pair
Minh Ad10h full house

The river 9s completed the board and Minh shipped the pot. He now has 1.5M and is the dominating chip leader.


6:40PM: Julien Rouxel bounced out by Quang Nguyen
Level 21: Blinds 5K/10K ante 1K

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Quang Nguyen

According to Quang Nguyen, he shipped a big pot on a failed bluff by Julien Rouxel. The hand began with utg+1 Rouxel raising to 21k and bb Quang defending. At the flop Kd2d7c, Quang checked, Rouxel c-bet 25k, Quang called. On the Kh turn, Quang checked again, Rouxel bet 52k, and this time Quang raised to 120k. Rouxel called and the river 10s was felted. Quang checked, Rouxel all in for 190k, Quang called with more behind. Rouxel held Jd9d for a missed draw, and Quang shipped it with Qd10d two pair.


6:25PM: Sim Jae Kyung doubles up
Level 21: Blinds 5K/10K ante 1K

On a flop 9d8c7c, Sim Jae Kyung moved all in and big stacked Nguyen Thanh called. Kyung Qc6c, Thanh Ah8d. Kyung had plenty of outs to help him and help it did with the turn 6h and river 6s for trips.


6:05PM: Alex Choi vs Do Hoai Nam
Level 21: Blinds 5K/10K ante 1K

Utg Alex Choi raised to 25k and sb player Do Hoai Nam called. At the flop QhKhAs, Nam checked to the aggressor Choi who fired 26k. Nam called. On the 6c turn, action was the same with a 56k bet called. On the Jd river both checked it and Choi won with 9h9c over Nam’s 3h9h missed draw. Choi up to 450k.


6:00PM: Minh Le jams
Level 20: Blinds 4K/8K ante 1K

Utg player raised to 26k and around the orbit to the sb player Minh Le called. On the flop 10d8d4d, Minh checked, utg bet 20k, Minh called. On the turn (blank card) another bet by utg and this time Minh check-raised to 100k. He was called. On the river (blank), Minh jammed and utg fold-showed Ad. Minh showed his Qd2d flush.


5:50PM: Duy Ho doubles up and more
Level 20: Blinds 4K/8K ante 1K

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Duy Ho

Utg player raised to 23k, button player Duy Ho all in for 200k, sb Manh Hoang called, utg called with 80k total.

Utg AsKs
Duy Ho {JxJx
Hoang AdKd

No hits on the board for the big slicks and Duy shipped it while sending one out in the process.


5:48PM: Edmund Eng ships a big double
Level 20: Blinds 4K/8K ante 1K

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Edmund Eng

Yin How Lew raised to 18k from hijack, cutoff Edmund Eng jammed his 100k, small blind Teoh Ming Hong joined with his 440k stack, and back to Yin who surrendered his hand.

Eng 10h10c
Hong AdKc

No hits for Hong came to overtake Eng as it ran 6dQs7s4s2c, and he doubled up.


5:35PM: Abhishek Paul rails Apu Weo
Level 20: Blinds 4K/8K ante 1K

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Abhishek Paul

Action folded around to the small blind Apu Weo, he limped. Big blind Abhishek Paul shoved with 280k. Apu Weo called putting himself at risk.

Apu Weo A-Q
Abhishek A-K

The board ran 10-4-2-K-4. Apu Weo.


5:25PM: Nguyen Thanh charges up to 620k
Level 20: Blinds 4K/8K ante 1K

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Nguyen Thanh

Preflop action saw Cuong Trinh all in with two players making the call, Nicholas Burgers and Nguyen Thanh to beef up the pot to 80k. The flop 6d7dKs Burgers bet 20k for a side pot and Thanh called. On the 4c turn, another 31k from Burgers but this time Thanh raised to 80k. Burgers called. On the river 10c, Burgers checked, Thanh bet 150k, Burgers folded. Side pot to Thanh.

Thanh held Ad9c, Trinh Js4s. With neither hitting the board, Trinh busted and Thanh shipped it. He now has 620k.


5:20PM: Dang Van Hien ships it all
Level 19: Blinds 3K/6K ante 1K

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Dang Van Hien

The board completed to 2h10s3s7hQs with a 180k pot already brewed. Raymond Wong checked, Dang Van Hien announced all in with his massive stack wll covering Wong. Wong obliged.

Wong 9s9h
Hien Ks6s flush

Wong eliminated. Hien up to 600k.


5:15PM: Cao Ngoc Anh back to 250k
Level 19: Blinds 3K/6K ante 1K

On a flop Ac3s5s and a 33k pot in the middle, sb Cao Ngoc Anh bet 15k, utg Aigars Plicvs raised to 60k, Quang Nguyen folded, Cao all in for 108k, called by Aigars.

Cao 2s4c straight
Aigars As7s

The turn Kd and river 9c were not the outs Aigars needed to overtake giving Cao a double up to 250k.


5:10PM: Linh Ran four-bet jams
Level 19: Blinds 3K/6K ante 1K

Julien Rouxel raised to 13k, Xiaoyin He called, Wind Tran three-bet to 36k, Linh Ran four-bet to 90k, everyone folded.


5:00PM: Phuong Xu doubles up Duy Ho
Level 19: Blinds 3K/6K ante 1K

Phuong Xu raised to 13k, Duy Ho all in for 68k, Xu called. Duy Ho Ad4d, Xu Qs9s. Both players missed the board for a double up to Duy.


4:55PM: Bubble bursts!
Level 19: Blinds 3K/6K ante 1K

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Johannes Felix Hoeld and Minh Le

Last July at a different Asian tour event at Pro Poker Club, Johannes Felix Hoeld was eliminated by Minh Le in 14th place. Once again the German met his end at the hands of Minh but this time he missed out on any profit, falling on the bubble. Hoeld shoved from mid-position with Ah10s, Minh with AdKc, the board dragged out 2h5h9c8d5d.

With that, the room erupted with everyone now in the money.


4:50PM: Bubble time!
Level 19: Blinds 3K/6K ante 1K

Bubble time brought several all ins. Here are those hands with at-risk players doubling up.

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Nguyen Quang

Nguyen Quang all in with QhQs called by Dan Van Hien with Ad6d. The board came 8dQdAc5s10c for a winning set.

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Tung Nguyen

Tung Nguyen all in with AhKd and doubled up through Julien Rouxel with As8d with the board AcJs4h5h2d.

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Tran Thai Ha

Tran Thai Ha all in (20k) with As10s and doubled up through Dang Van Hien 4h4c with the board running 5h10d8h2dQc.


4:41PM: Do Hoai Nam saved by the river
Level 19: Blinds 3K/6K ante 1K

The fall of La Anh Tuan signalled the start of the bubble round however there was still one hand running with Do Hoai Nam all in. Action began with Alex Choi bumping it up to 17k, Nam all in for 12k, bb Raymond Wong called, Choi called. At the flop Kd10s2c, Wong checked, Choi c-bet 12k, Wong called. On the 8c turn, check again from Wong, 32k bet from Choi, and Wong opted to fold giving up his stake on the side pot.

Choi AdAs
Nam As9s

The river changed Nam’s fate with the 9h showing up to improve him to a pair and score a double up.


4:40PM: Tran Huy Hoang rails La Anh Tuan
Level 19: Blinds 3K/6K ante 1K

Tran Huy Hoang denied La Anh Tuan a double up with 3s3c landing a set defeat top pair turned top two pair QsJh on a board of 5x10xJc3xQx.

We have reached the bubble round! 75 remaining! We are going hand-for-hand.


4:35PM: Aigars Plicvs vs Cao Ngoc Anh
Level 19: Blinds 3K/6K ante 1K

The board completed to 6h5d10cAd10h with 130k brewed. No bets came and Aigars won with KcQc with Cao Ngoc mucking.


4:20PM: Manh Hoang doubles through Stephane
Level 19: Blinds 3K/6K ante 1K

Utg raised to 18k, sb Manh Hoang three-bet all in 56k, bb Stephane Le Long four-bet all in 100k, utg folded. Hoang AcKd, Stephane QdQh, the board ran dry at first 2d9d5c4h but with the river Ks, Hoang overtook and doubled up.


4:05PM: Dang Van Hien zooms to 600k
Level 18: Blinds 2500/500 ante 500

Preflop action formed a 40k pot between three players, Alex Choi, Dang Van Hien, and a lo-jack player. The flop 3s3hAc sent the action to button Hien who bet 23k, sb Choi called while lo-jack folded. On the Jd turn, no bets. On the river 9h no bets again and Hien won with Q-8 over Choi’s 2-4.


3:55PM: Denis Pham railed by Zheng Chuan
Level 18: Blinds 2500/500 ante 500

Denis Pham all in for 39.5k, Zheng Chuan raised to 90k isolating Pham. No callers and it was a showdown.  Pham AhJc, Chuan KhAs, board ran 10s5d4h5hQh. Pham eliminated.


3:50PM: Quang Nguyen wins some off Xiaoyin He
Level 18: Blinds 2500/500 ante 500

Big stacked Quang Nguyen is very active at his table. He raised from utg to 12k and button Xiaoyin He called. The flop 6h3c5c saw Quang with an 11k c-bet, Xiaoyin called. On the 5d turn, Quang sent out 18k and was still called. On the Ks river, both players checked it and Quang won with 6c8c two pair.


3:40PM: Lim Yohwan eliminated by Huy Pham
Level 18: Blinds 2500/500 ante 500

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Huy Pham

On a completed board Ah10h9d10d9s and 50k in the middle, Lim Yohwan bet 44.5k, Huy Pham tank-shoved, Yohwan called for his tournament life. Yohwan 10c7c trips, Huy Pham Ac10s full house. Yohwan eliminated, Huy Pham zooms to 350k.


3:38PM: Cao Ngoc Anh back in the game
Level 18: Blinds 2500/500 ante 500

Up against Quang Nguyen again, with heavy betting to the river, 10d5c10c4h4c, Cao Ngoc Anh shoved his 86k stack onto an 80k pot and Quang tank-called. Anh showed Ad10s full house for a double up. Quang mucked.


3:35PM: Calvin Tan busts!
Level 18: Blinds 2500/500 ante 500

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Calvin Tan

Stacks keep swinging here with another start of the day leader going down. The latest casualty was Calvin Tan. Tan’s stack dropped along the way and he moved all in with AhAc. Nguyen The Anh called with QhQc. The board favored Anh running 10dKhJc3hAd for a straight to Anh and the exit for Tan. Anh up to 240k.


3:25PM: Dang Van Hien doubles up through Choi
Level 18: Blinds 2500/500 ante 500

A massive pot was already in the middle and action was between Alex Choi and Dang Van Hien. The board was 9-10-9-6-3, Hien was all in for 84.5k and Choi tanked. Choi eventually called and had to pay up with his A-Q no good against A-10 pair.


3:22PM: Nguyen Nam Duong doubles up
Level 17: Blinds 2K/4K ante 500

Naz Sibaei raised to 9500, Nguyen Nam Duong three-bet to 21k, bb Phuong Xu four-bet to 100k, Sibaei folded, Duong all in for 78.5k. Duong KdKh, Xu AdQs, no improvement on the board for Xu and Duong doubled up.


3:20PM: Jack Wu wins preflop
Level 17: Blinds 2K/4K ante 500

Lim Yohwan raised to 8.5k, Jack Wu three-bet to 22k, Yohwan four-bet to 56k, Wu all in, Yohwan tank-folded.


3:15PM: Nguyen Thanh in the lead with 630k
Level 17: Blinds 2K/4K ante 500

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Nguyen Thanh

We aren’t sure how Nguyen Thanh earned his stack but we did see him pick up another big pot to bring his stack from 470k to 630k. The hand was against Amanpreet Singh, the day’s entering second chip leader. Singh raised to 13k, Thanh three-bet, Singh shoved, snap-called.

Singh 9d9h
Thanh KdKs

The board ran blanks AdQc5h2hKc to eliminate Singh.


3:10PM: Redking falls to Hui Chieh Chang
Level 17: Blinds 2K/4K ante 500

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Hui Chieh Chang

What a great day Hui Chieh Chang is having! After his triple up earlier with his short stack, he has only been moving upwards. He recently railed Redking to storm up to over 450k. The hand saw him raise to 9k, Redking three-bet to 21k, Chang called.

At the flop JcKdQh, both checked. On the 2c turn, Chang led for 20k, Redking raised to 40k, Chang called. On the 5s river, Chang checked, Redking jammed his 140k stack, and Chang called. Chang eliminated Redking with KsQs two pair over JsAc.


3:00PM: Tzai Wei Phua eliminates Jong Young Moon
Level 17: Blinds 2K/4K ante 500

Tzai Wei Phua is up to 180k which part of it he earned by busting out Jong Young Moon. The hand saw Phua raise to 8.5k, hi-jack called, Moon shoved 54.5k, Tzai called and hi-jack folded.

Phua JdJc
Moon AsQhThe board ran dry and Tzai shipped it.


2:42PM: Hui Chieh Chang muscles Xuewei Li
Level 16: Blinds 1500/3000 ante 500

Not long after his triple up, Hui Chieh Chang raised to 8k and button Xuewei Li called. At the flop 10d6d7c, Chang checked, Li bet 10k, Chang raised to 30k, Li called. On the 5s turn, Chang fired 45k, Li tanked then folded while showing 10h top pair.


2:40PM: Big pot for Alex Choi off Jaeheung An
Level 16: Blinds 1500/3000 ante 500

Catching the action on a full board 9c8dJhKh4h, intense look at the board for both Jaeheung An and Alex Choi. Both opted to fold, An opened 7d6c miss, and Choi won the 130k pot with 9d8c.


2:35PM: Linh Tran busts to Qi Ziansheng
Level 16: Blinds 1500/3000 ante 500

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Qi Ziansheng

Qi Ziansheng raised to 7.5k, Linh Tran all in for 59.5k, action folded around and back to Qi who tanked. He found the courage to call and was happy to see Tran’s AdQc drawing cards while he himself had 4c4s. The board threw blanks to eliminate a champion. Qi goes up to 140k.


2:30PM: Cao Ngoc Anh below 100k
Level 16: Blinds 1500/3000 ante 500

Another big stack has taken a beating here. Cao Ngoc Anh is below 100k and by the looks of it, Quang Nguyen benefited with nearly 400k. We caught a hand between them on a full board 9h5c8d6c2d, bb Cao Ngoc bet 50k, Quang tanked then called. Cao Ngoc AsKd bluff, Quang won it with 9h9c set.


2:25PM: Three way goes to Hui Chieh Chang
Level 16: Blinds 1500/3000 ante 500

Short stacked Hui Chieh Chang shoved from utg for around 30k+, Redking called, Nguyen Chi Thanh all in for an additional 42k, Redking tanks then calls.

Chang KhJh
Thanh AcKd
Redking 8h8c

The board ran 9dQhJs3c4d. Chang tripled, Thanh busted, Redking wins the side pot.


2:15PM: Norbert Koh crippled! Teoh Ming Hong to 420K
Level 16: Blinds 1500/3000 ante 500

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Teoh Ming Fong

Norbert Koh started the day as one of the leaders and now is in danger of elimination this early. He raised to 7k preflop and sb Teoh Ming Hong called. At the flop 3s10h6s, Ming bet 7k, Koh called. On the 7d turn, Hong bet 18k, Koh raised to 65k, Hong jammed his 191k stack sending Koh tanking. With about even stacks, he eventually found the guts to call.

Koh QdQs overpair
Hong 10d10s set

The river 10c further improve Hong to quads and clearly shipped this massive pot. Koh down to 10k. Hong charged to 420k.

Hong went on to rail Koh with AdAs over Ac3s on a board 3d7d2sJh8h.


2:10PM: Huu Dung Nguyen claims one
Level 16: Blinds 1500/3000 ante 500

Lo-jack player Huu Dung Nguyen limped, sb Pegasus raised to 6500, HHuu Dung called. At the flop 3sJd7d, both checked. On the 10d turn, Huu Dung bet 6k, Pegasus check-called. On the river Js, Pegasus checked again then folded to an 8k bet. Huu Dung takes it.


2:05PM: Thanh Hung doubles up through Nguyen Hoang Bach
Level 16: Blinds 1500/3000 ante 500

Lo-jack opened to 6500, Thanh Hung all in for 55.5k, sb Nguyen Hoang Bach all in for 100k, back to lj got out of the way. Hung AcQc, Bach AsKc, the board sent out a queen on the flop and Hung paired up. It held for a double up.


1:38PM: Japanese pros go at it
Level 15: Blinds 1200/2400 ante 400

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Tetsuya Tsuchikawa

With a 40k pot already formed, the flop showed 6d9dQd. Iori Yogo and Tetsuya Tsuchikawa checked. On the 10c turn, Tsuchikawa bet 20k, Yogo called. On the 2d river, Tsuchikawa bet 37k and Yogo folded. Tsuchikawa showed his AdAc nuts. Tsuchikawa up to 198k.


1:37PM: Nguyen Duc Hoang earns some off Falcon
Level 15: Blinds 1200/2400 ante 400

On a full board 7dAs10h2c4h and a 60k pot already weighing the middle, Hoang checked, Falcon bet 35.1k, Hoang called. Falcon showed 8c10s second pair and Hoang won it with AcQh top pair.


1:35PM: Cao Ngoc Anh busts one
Level 15: Blinds 1200/2400 ante 400

One of the big stacks out there has just gotten fatter. Cao Ngoc Anh railed Do Cuong. Action started with a raise by Cao Ngoc to 5100 and bb Cuong called. At the flop 5s2h3c, both checked. On the As turn, Cuong checked, Cao Nog bet 6k, Cuong jammed his 30k stack, Cao Ngoc called.

Cao Ngoc Ad4d straight
Cuong 2h3h two pair

The river 5c completed the board and Cuong busted.


1:30PM: Hai Chuot tanks Burgers
Level 15: Blinds 1200/2400 ante 400

Nicholas Burgers raised to 7500 and Hai Chuot defended on the big blind. The flop Kc2s8s, Hai checked to the aggressor who fired 6500, Hai called. On the As turn, Hia checked, Burgers bet 15.5k, Hai raised to 31k sending Burgers tanking, He eventually folded.


1:25PM: Apu Weo wins some off Dyb
Level 15: Blinds 1200/2400 ante 400

Kjell Ove Dyb opened with 6k and cutoff Apu Weo called. The flop 8s2sQh saw no bets to bring on the 10s turn. Dyb checked, Apu Weo bet 3k, Dyb called. On the Kh river, Dyb sent out 7500, got raised to 15k, Dyb folded.


1:18PM: Nice pot for Nguyen The Anh
Level 15: Blinds 1200/2400 ante 400

Action for this pot began with utg Nguyen Hoang Bach raising to 5.5k, five players called and the flop spread 6h9dJc. Four players checked and cutoff Lee Seung Su bet 16.4k. Button folded, bb Nguyen The Anh called, and the rest folded for heads up. The Qc turn Anh bet 69k, Lee tanked then folded.


1:15PM: Calvin Tan vs Yin How Lew
Level 15: Blinds 1200/2400 ante 400

Calvin Tan raised to 5.5k, Yin How Lew three-bet to 16.5k, called. The board ran out 7s8d10hAh5d with no bets seen. Tan showed 10c9c and lost to the defending champion’s KdKh.


1:10PM: Quick bust for Ray
Level 15: Blinds 1200/2400 ante 400

Button player Quang Nguyen raised to 6k, sb Ray Chiu all in with his short 24.5k, Quang called. Quang AcQc, Chiu KdQd. The board ran 4d8c9c3c2h for a winning flush to Quang and Chiu the exit. `


1:05PM: Du Ngoc Tian Anh wins first pot
Level 15: Blinds 1200/2400 ante 400

First deal of the day, action folded to the button, the chip leader Xuewei Li raised to 5200, got called by sb Duy Ho, bb Du Ngoc Tian Anh three-bet to 16.4k, Li folded, and Duy called. At the flop Kd2d{5d], Duy checked, Anh bet 23k and won it with no challenge.


1:00PM: Cards in the air for Day 2!
Level 15: Blinds 1200/2400 ante 400

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Main Event Day 2

Action underway here at the Main Event! Live updates coming your way.


Welcome to Day 2 of the APL Ho Chi Minh City Road Series Vol.3 MAIN EVENT! We are kicking off at 1pm. 147 players out of the 587 entries return for another round to reach the top. The prize pool exceeded the guarantee. Players are looking at a VND 8,540,850,000 (~US$366,300K) pot.  Only half will see the money with 74 places paid. The lowest payout is a mincash of VND 21,610,000 but what everyone will be gunning for is the VND 1,618,750,000 (~US$69,300) first prize. 

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APL Main EVent Day 2

Coming in with the overall largest stack from the starting heats is China’s Xuewei Li with 325,800. He will have his hands full with Korean pro SJ Kim at his table. Also seated with him are Phan Trong Linh and the lone Filipino player in the field, Eugene Co.

Plenty of decorated champions and notable pros will be scattered around the room today. Among them are the defending champion Yin How Lew, Tzai Phua Wei, Linh Tran, Cao Ngoc Anh, Huy Pham, Feng Zhao, Huu Dung Nguyen, Iori Yogo, and Tetsuya Tsuchikawa.

The game resumes at Level 15 with blinds at 1200-2400 ante 400. They will play 10 levels but longer if the money is not reached. The estimated total chips in play is around 14,587,300, we will confirm that. Average stack is 99,233. 

Good luck to all!

Stick with us here as we bring you the fresh updates of the Main Event.

 

 

12:00AM: Day 1D all bagged up! 56 qualified

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Xuewei Li

The final starting day drew in a towering 238 entries and after the 14 scheduled rounds, only 56 remained. Amassing a monstrous stack was Xuewei Li with 325,800. Li will be the overall chip leader entering Day 2. We will have recap shortly so stand by for that. For now enjoy the updates we were able to capture throughout the day.


11:50PM: And the rich get richer.. Xuewei Li enters 300k
Level 14: Blinds 1K/2K ante 300

Chip leader Xuewe Li raised to 4400, bb SJ Kim called, then bb Wayne Yang all in for 28.1k. Li called, Kim folded.

Li Ad9c
Yang Ks8s

The board ran 7h5c6d10sAh. Yang busted. Li into 300k.


11:45PM: Wild board sends Thach Tran falling to Tran Hoai Anh
Level 14: Blinds 1K/2K ante 300

Thach Tran all in with QdQc, Tran Hoai Anh looked him up with Ad9h, the board ran a nutty 10dJsAc for a straight to Thach, but with the turn 9c and river Ah, it was a full house for Anh. Thach eliminated. Anh up to 98k.


11:40PM: Le Ngoc Khanh eliminated
Level 14: Blinds 1K/2K ante 300

After several attempts in previous starting days and today, Le Ngoc Khanh couldn’t get past the day. He was eliminated at the hands of Nguyen Nam Duong today. His last hand was K-Q over 8-8 on a board of 8-9-3-5-7. Duong rises to 103k.


11:35PM: Lights out! 

The lights have gone out at Pro Poker Club with just minutes before the final hands were to be called.


11:30PM: Calvin Tan doubles up to 240k
Level 14: Blinds 1K/2K ante 300

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Calvin Tan

Calvin Tan charged up the rung with a huge double up. The hand began with a 5500 raise by Tran Duc Phuong, called by Do Cuong and bb Tan. At the flop 5d7h8d, Tan checked, Phuong bet 8k, Cuong folded, Tan raised to 26k, and Phuong called. On the 4d river, Tan bet 25k, Phuong all in for 80k, Tan called with his remaining 77k.

Phuong QdJd draw
Tan 5h5s set

Phuong missed his draw on the river 4c and dropped to 3k. Tan zoomed to 240k.


11:25PM: Tran Thai Ha busts Duy Lam
Level 14: Blinds 1K/2K ante 300

On a flop 8dKdJh and 9k in the middle, sb bet 3800, utg Tran Thai Ha called, hijack Duy Lam raised to 10k, sb called and Ha joined. On the Ks turn, action was checked to Lam who jammed his 43.6k stack. Sb folded, Ha called with more chips.

Ha AsKh
Lam Kc6c

The river Qh completed the board and Lam busted. Ha up to 140k.


11:00PM: Son Putin busts to Naz Sibaei
Level 13: Blinds 800/1600 ante 200

Before Son Putin’s fall, he lost some chips to Phan Hung Cuong. The hand began with utg player raising to 3300, Son Putin three-bet to 13k, sb Cuong called, and utg folded. At the flop 9d4dQc, both checked. On the 2c turn, Cuong all in with his massive 150k, Son Putin folded.

Not long after, Son Putin fell to big stacked Naz Sibaei. Putin was all in with AhJc but couldn’t get past Sibael’s AdQh.


10:50PM: Do Thanh Duy hangs in there
Level 13: Blinds 800/1600 ante 200

Short stacked Do Thanh Duy all in for 11.9k and doubled up with AcJc donig the job over bb player’s Ks9h. The board ran 10sAh5cJs9c.


10:25PM: Xuewei Li
Level 13: Blinds 800/1600 ante 200

On a board 8cKdQdAc and 16.8k in the middle, sb Xuewei Li bet 5700 and his lone opponent on the button called. On the river Kc, both checked it and Li won with Jc10d straight. He is at 230k.

Li lost some of his chips against Apu Weo. Li raised to 3400, button Apu Weo called, sb SJ Kim called. The flop of Qs9c6s saw all three check. On the Kh turn, Kim checked, Li bet 7k, Apu Weo called, Kim folded. On the 7h river, it was back to checking and Li showed a meek 5c4h that lost to Apu Weo’s 10s7s pair.  


10:15PM: Big double up for Quang Nguyen off Bradpiece
Level 12: Blinds 600/1200 ante 200

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Quang Nguyen

Heavy preflop action began with Quang Nguyen bumping it up to 2500, one player called, Jerome Bradpiece three-bet to 11k, Quang four-bet to 25k, initial caller folded, Bradpiece all in and Quang called for his tournament life.

Quang JhJd
Bradpiece KdKc

The board ran 7dJs4c3c3d for a full house to Quang to dust kings. Quang zoomed to 215k.


10:10PM: Aces no good for La Anh Tuan
Level 12: Blinds 600/1200 ante 200

On a flop 7sJsKh and a 22k pot already brewed preflop, sb La Anh Tuan bet 15.2k, Tran Thai Ha all in for 23.3k, snap call by Tuan. Tran opened JdJh set, Tuan with AdAh, the turn 4d and river 4s didn’t improve aces and Tran doubled up.


9:55PM: Ladies do the job for Quoc Vu
Level 12: Blinds 600/1200 ante 200

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Quoc Vu

Lo-jack Quoc Vu raised to 3k and bb Van Cuong called. At the flop 4h6sKs no bet arrived. On the Qc turn, Quoc Vu bet 4k and Cuong check-called. On the 3c river, Cuong bet 6k, Quoc Vu raised to 16k, Cuong called. Quoc Vu opened QdQh for a winning set.


9:40PM: Phuong Xu tank-calls Quoc Vu
Level 11: Blinds 500/1000 ante 100

The board showed 2hQcAh7s10d with a 35k pot already brewed, Phuong Vu checked, Quoc Vu bet 16k, Phuong tanked until the clock was eventually called. He called and Quoc Vu quickly mucked. Though not needed, Phuong showed his As3s. He now has 135k.


9:35PM: Pham Bao busts on a cooler
Level 11: Blinds 500/1000 ante 100

Pham Bao’s run at the Main Event has fallen way short. He was just eliminated by Steve Arnold with aces over kings with the preflop betting seeing a five-bet shove called.


9:30PM: Ang Boon Seng storms to 240k
Level 11: Blinds 500/1000 ante 100

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Ang Boon Seng

Ang Boon Seng has taken the lead here after shipping in a huge double up. On a turn board 2cJs5sKh and 40k in the middle, Seng bet 24k, Chen jammed his 95k, Seng with the snap-call.

Seng 2d2s set
Chen AdAh

The river 9d didn’t help Chen and he plummeted to 4k. Seng soared to 240k.


9:25PM: Cooler awards Nguyen Chi Thinh a double
Level 11: Blinds 500/1000 ante 100

After a preflop war went down between Nguyen Chi Thinh and Vu Tu, both their stacks were out front. Thinh with KsKd, Vu Tu AdAs. Though Thinh was behind, the board came 10d10c6hQhKc for a king spiked on river. He doubled up with his full house and now has 90k.


9:20PM: Abhishek Paul tanks Amanpreet Singh
Level 11: Blinds 500/1000 ante 100

On a flop 4sKh6d and a 25k pot brewed preflop, lo-jack Amanpreet Singh bet 13.8k, Abhishek Paul shoved his 60k, Singh tanked then folded when the clock was called.


9:15PM: Wei Hsun Chen
Level 11: Blinds 500/1000 ante 100

Flop 8s5dJs, pot 15k, lo-jack Wei Hsun Chen checked, hi-jack Jaeheung An bet 7k, Chen shoved (27k), no call.


8:55PM: Jiang Yuan denies Yong Mun Keong twice
Level 10: Blinds 400/800 ante 100

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Jiang Yuan

Utg+1 Yong Mun Keong raised to 2100, called by four players. The flop ran 7d5s3h, Yong bet 3k, Jiang Yuan on the button raised to 8k, other players folded, Yong called. On the 8s turn, check from Yong, 9400 bet from Yuan, Yong folded.

Several hands later, the blinds increased to 500/1000 ante 100, utg Yuan raised to 2200, Huy Pham called, Macaron Tran called, Yong three-bet to 7k, Yuan jammed, two folds followed then Yong all in. Yuan QhQs, Yong Ah4h. The board threw blanks and Yong busted. Yuan up to 100k.


8:45PM: Nguyen Nam Duong paid by David Tsai
Level 10: Blinds 400/800 ante 100

We caught the action only at the shipping with the board showing 4s4d4hJd9h. The dealer was counting out a double up for Nguyen Nam Duong for his winning 4c3h quads over Tsai’s KhQc. Nguyen was on the button in this hand while Tsai was in mid-position. According to Tsai the all in happened on the river. Nguyen up to 87k.


8:40PM: Linh Tran vs Long Lam
Level 10: Blinds 400/800 ante 100

On a flop 8s6cJc and 5100 pot already splashed in the center, cutoff Linh Tran bet 2500, button Long Lam raised to 6k, Tran tanked then called. On the 5s turn, Tran checked, Lam bet 6500, Tran called. On the 5h river it was checked by both and Tran won with QhQs.


8:35PM: Trung Nguyen delivers Harry Duong a bad beat
Level 10: Blinds 400/800 ante 100

Trung Nguyen raised to 2k, lo-jack called, hi-jack Harry Duong three-bet to 7300, Trung four-bet to 15k, Duong all in for 23k, Trung called. Duong KsKc, Trung JsJh, the board dropped a jack on the board 8dJc4s2cAh and the was it for Duong. He was eliminated from the Main Event. Trung up to 85k.


8:30PM: Hoai Anh doubles up
Level 10: Blinds 400/800 ante 100

Utg Natalie Segon raised to 2k, next to her Hoai Anh three-bet, down the orbit one player shoved, Segon folded, Hoai called for all his chips. Hoai JhJs, initial shover AsQd, the board ran 4h7d8h5dKc and jacks held for a double up. Segon said she folded pocket fours.


8:25PM: Cao Ngoc Anh vs Chang Hui Chieh
Level 10: Blinds 400/800 ante 100

Cao Ngoc Anh and Chang Hui Chieh stared down a board Jc5hQh7h. Anh bet 12.5k, Chieh check-called. On the river Ks, Anh bet and a fold from Chieh.

A few hands later these two players met again. Anh raised to 1800 from utg, Chieh called from the button, Jin Yong called from the big blind. At the flop Kc10s4d everyone checked. On the 9c turn, Jin checked, Anh checked, Chieh bet 2500, Jin folded, Anh called. On the river Kd, both checked and Chieh won it this time with Ax10x over Anh’s 5c7c missed draw.


8:20PM: Registration is officially closed!

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Prize pool

Official numbers:

Day 1A – 82 entries – 24 qualified to Day 2
Day 1B – 88 entries – 22 qualified to Day 2
Day 1C – 179 entries – 47 qualified to Day 2
Day 1D – 238 entries –

Total entries – 587 entries
Prize pool – VND 8,540,850,000 (~US$366,110)
ITM – 74 places
1st – VND 1,618,750,000 (~US$69,374)


7:35PM: Dinner break; last 40 minutes to join the Main Event

We are on a dinner break. Play resumes at 815pm. Last chance to get in the Main Event. The VND 8 Billion Guaranteed has been crushed with 230 entries so far. We will have the official tally once registration closes. Here are the top 3 leaders at the break:

Huy Pham – 128K
Xuewei Li – 179.9K
Cao Ngoc Anh – 151.1K


7:30PM: Cao Ngoc Anh doubles up through Huy Nguyen
Level 9: Blinds 300/600 ante 75

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CAo Ngoc Anh

Cao Ngoc Anh raised to 1500 from cutoff, Huy Nguyen three-bet to 3200 from the button, Anh called. At the flop 2x5x6c, Anh checked, Huy c-bet 4800, called. On the 3c turn, Anh bet 13.5k, Huy raised to 22k, Anh all in for 66k, and Huy joined in with his 70k stack.

Anh 4c8c straight
Huy QxQx

The river 3h ended the hand for a double up to Anh to 150k.


7:25PM: Big double up for Xuewei Li off Tran Xuan Dinh
Level 9: Blinds 300/600 ante 75

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Xuewe Li

Utg Xuewei Li raised to 1600, Tran Xuan Dinh three-bet to 4200, Li called. The flop 5h7d10s saw Li check, Dinh bet 5300, Li called. On the 2d turn, action was the same with Dinh pumping up the pot another 12k. This time Li raised to 40k, Dinh jammed his 80k stack, Li with the snap-call.

Dinh JdJc
Li 10d10h

The river Qs didn’t improve Dinh and Li doubled up to a huge 170k.


7:15PM: Anthony Nguyen busts to SJ Kim
Level 9: Blinds 300/600 ante 75

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SJ Kim

On a board 8hQd3s8d and a pot of 5k brewed, Anthony Nguyen bet 4100 and SJ Kim called. On the 6h river, Nguyen checked, Kim bet 10k, Nguyen all in for 20.2k, Kim called. Nguyen 3d6d two pair falls to Kim’s 10c8c trips. Kim up to 90k.


7:10PM: In and out for Amanpreet Singh; Do Thanh Duy gets lucky
Level 9: Blinds 300/600 ante 75

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Amanpreet Singh

On a turn board 3d3c10s4s, Amanpreet Singh bet 3600, Vietnamese player and Abhishek Paul called. On the river Ks, Singh checked, Vietnamese player checked, Paul bet 8k, Sing called, Vietnamese player folded. Paul showed Ah4h two pair, Singh won with 5d5s flush. Singh with 113k.

Next hand, Paul raised to 1800, Singh three-bet to 6800, Do Thanh Duy all in, Paul out, Singh called. Duy JcJd, Singh AdAs, the board ran 4h8s5dQsJs for a set spiked on the river for a double up to Duy. Duy now up to 32k.


7:00PM: Luen Hei Kwok busts
Level 9: Blinds 300/600 ante 75

Luen Hei Kwok raised to 1500, cutoff Phua Si Yang three-bet to 4250, Luen called. At the flop 8h6d2s, Luen check-called 5125. On the 3d turn, Luen check-called 6k. Then on the 7s river, Luen checked, Phua bet 10k (covering Luen’s stack), Luen called for his tournament life. Luen opened 10s10h overpair but still behind Phua’s QhQc.


6:55PM: Wayne Yuan with big bets
Level 8: Blinds 250/500 ante 75

Mid-position player raised to 1500, db SJ Kim called, sb Wayne Yuan three-bet to 4700, mp and Kim called. On the flop 6d2d9s, Yuan c-bet 10k but got no action. He won the pot.


6:40PM: Long Lam doubles up
Level 8: Blinds 250/500 ante 75

On a flop Kc10d5c and a 20k pot already formed, utg Long Lam checked, Duy Ho bet 35.4k, Lam tanked then found the guts to call for his tournament life (17.3k). Lam AdQc, Duy AsJs, the turn Ks and river Kh kept Lam ahead for a double up.


6:20PM: Quoc Vu jumps to 76k
Level 7: Blinds 200/400 ante 50

Heavy preflop action kicked off with lo-jack raising to 1200, cutoff called, button Han Seung Young three-bet to 4k, sb Quoc Vu four-bet to 12k, lj and co folded, Young called. The flop came down Qc3s9h, Quoc Vu all in for 40k, Young called for his tournament life (8k).

Quoc Vu AdQc top pair
Young JdJh

The turn Kc and river 3c completed the board  and Quoc Vu shipped it while booting Young in the process.


6:05PM: Straight to the pot for Hang Van Manh
Level 7: Blinds 200/400 ante 50

Utg raised to 1k, cutoff Hang Van Manh and sb Quang Ngoc called. The flop ran Qd7sJs, Ngoc checked, utg c-bet 2k, Manh raised to 5600, Ngoc called, utg folded. On the 6d turn, both checked it and the river fell Kd. Ngoc checked, Manh bet 4700, and Ngoc called. Manh Ad10c straight and claimed the pot.


5:45PM: Natalie Segon crashes, Dong Hyun Kim and Mark Zhang paid
Level 7: Blinds 200/400 ante 50

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Dong Hyun Kim

Back to back hands sent Natalie Segon crashing down. The first pot she paid was a double up to Mark Zhang who had trip-tens on the board with his K-10. She dropped to 25k starting stack.

The hand right after Segon raised to 1100, Zhang called, another player called, Dong Hyun Kim three-bet to 6500, Segon and Zhang called while the last player folded. At the flop Js8d3s, Segon checked, Zhang bet 4500, Kim shoved, Segon shoved (with less), Zhang had them both covered and called.

Kim JdJc top set
Segon 3d3c bottom set
Zhang Jh10h top pair

The turn was 4d and river 8h and Kim shipped a triple up with his dominating full house. Segon busted.


5:30PM: Josh Tan wins two consecutive pots
Level 7: Blinds 200/400 ante 50

Hi-jack Josh Tan raised to 1100, cutoff called, sb three-bet to 3350, bb folded, back to Tan who jammed his 13k stack, cutoff folded, and sb called. Tan AsJc, sb Ac9d, the board ran Ad8d10c4s3c for a double up to Tan.

Next hand Tan raised to 1100, bb Huy Pham called. The flop 10h4cQd, Pham checked, Tan c-bet 1800, Pham folded.


5:10PM: Guarantee surpassed!
Level 6: Blinds 150/300 ante 50

We are now at 188 entries which means the guarantee has been surpassed! Registration is still open until the start of Level 10 so for all of those on the fence, there’s time to get in on this lucrative pot.


5:05PM: Ng Jiunn Yang triples up
Level 6: Blinds 150/300 ante 50

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Ng Jiunn Yang

Action board began with three players staring down a flop 6c7d9d. Do Hoai Nam shoved 15k, Do Hoang Long and Ng Jiunn Yang check-called. On the Kc turn, Long checked, Yang all in for 10.2K, Long called.

Nam 4d5d draw
Yang KdJd top pair higher diamond draw
Long AcQc club draw

The river Js was a miss for Nam and Long and Yang tripled up. Nam busted.


5:00PM: Abhishek Paul
Level 6: Blinds 150/300 ante 50

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Abhishek Paul

Hyper Turbo champion Abhishek Paul has climbed to 55k. He is seated at the nearest table to the media but unfortunately we missed the hands that helped him get there. What we do know is he railed two players in separate hands.


4:50PM: Apu Weo “No gamble no future”
Level 6: Blinds 150/300 ante 50

Apu Weo is in the house. The hard-hitting “no gamble no future” player earned a good pot. On a flop Qh3s7s, all four players checked. On the 8s turn, sb Quang Vu bet 1k, mp Apu Weo called, followed by two folds. On the 8d river, Vu bet 2300, Apu Weo called. Vu with Jc9s but Apu Weo had better AhJs ace high.


4:40PM: Natalie Teh busts two shorts
Level 5: Blinds 100/200 ante 25

Shyh Chyn Lim raised to 525, hi-jack Natalie Teh three-bet to 1525, bb all in for 8k, back to Lim who also moved all in for 12k, Teh called.

Lim AdQs
Teh KdKh
BB AcQh

The board bricked for a double KO to Teh.


4:30PM: Son Putin gets aggressive
Level 5: Blinds 100/200 ante 25

Lo-jack Son Putin raised to 600 and three players called to see a flop Ad4s4c. Son c-bet 725, cutoff Nguyen Thanh Tung raised to 2100, two folds followed, back to Son who three-bet to 6800, and Tung tank-folded.


4:25PM: Jerome Bradpiece claims a sizable pot
Level 5: Blinds 100/200 ante 25

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From L-R: Benedict Koh, Jerome Bradpiece, Shyh Chyn Lim

Utg player Jerome Bradpiece raised to 525 and found three callers to join him at the flop 10c5d4d. Betting round followed with Bradpiece sliding out 1k, called by Shyh Chyn Lim, fold from cutoff, check-called by bb Benedict Koh. On the 8d turn, check Koh, check Bradpiece, Lim fired 2800. He was called by both players. On the 6c river, check from Koh, check from Bradpiece, bet 6200 by Lim, Koh called, Bradpiece shoved with a stack that covered both players. Lim and Koh folded.


4:20PM: Son Putin three-bets Cao Ngoc Anh
Level 5: Blinds 100/200 ante 25

Cutoff player Cao Ngoc Anh raised to 500, button called, big blind Son Putin three-bet to 2800, Anh sized up Son’s stack then folded. Button player did the same.


4:18PM: Quang Ngoc up to 80k
Level 5: Blinds 100/200 ante 25

Quang Ngoc raised to 450 from the button, sb Duy Ho three-bet to 1100, Ngoc called. At the flop 5c8c7s, Duy bet 1k, Ngoc called. On the Kh turn, Duy bet 3100, Ngoc called. On the Qd river, Duy bet 8100, Ngoc raised to 20k, Duy all in for 28k, called by Ngoc. Duy AdKs top pair, Ngoc 4c6c straight. Duy busts, Ngoc ships it and reaches 80k.


4:15PM: William Ysmael bets on every street
Level 5: Blinds 100/200 ante 25

Four players were in on a limped pot, the flop spread 7s3dKh, sb checked, bb William Ysmael bet 375, two folds followed, then a call from the sb player. On the 2d turn, sb checked, Ysmael bet 900, called. On the 5d river, sb checked again, Ysmael fired again, but this time sb opted to fold and Ysmael scooped it up.


4:10PM: Pham Bao rails one, goes up to 40k
Level 5: Blinds 100/200 ante 25

Mid-position raised to 1150, cutoff Pham Bao called, button Nguyen Thanh Trung three-bet to 2400, mp folded, Pham called. At the flop Ks3s4d, check Pham, all in by Trung for 8k, Pham called. Trung As10s, Pham As10s, Trung Ad9s, the turn Kh