Nguyen Minh Tuan clinches inaugural APL Da Nang Main Event

After six days of stiff competition, the inaugural Asia Poker League Da Nang Main Event concluded with Vietnam’s Nguyen Minh Tuan lifting the trophy and the handsome VND 2,026,500,000 (~US$ 87,400) first prize.

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Nguyen Minh Tuan

Final Day recap

The Main Event ran from December 14 to 19 attracting 525 entries at VND 22,000,000 (~US$ 950) each to easily surpass the VND 8BN guarantee for a much richer VND 10,185,000 (~US$ 439,600). Portions of the cash were claimed in Day 2 and Day 3. The juicier cuts were determined today.

Read up on all the action via our live posts. We also have a recap below.

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Final 9 payouts

1st Nguyen Minh Tuan – Vietnam – VND 2,026,500,000 (~US$ 87,400)
2nd Liu Jian – China – VND 1,383,400,000 (~US$ 59,700)
3rd Anton Widjaya – Indonesia – VND 889,700,000 (~US$ 38,400)
4th Lee Seok Young – Korea – VND 622,300,000 (~US$ 26,800)
5th Sumit Sapra – India – VND 477,900,000 (~US$ 20,600)
6th Song Daewoong – Korea – VND 397,200,000 (~US$ 17,100)
7th Zhang Chi – China – VND 329,500,000 (~US$ 14,200)
8th Lee Jong Wook – Korea – VND 262,800,000 (~US$ 11,300)
9th Young Hwan Sung – Korea – VND 197,400,000 (~US$ 8,500)

The final day ran a very quick and fiery 6.5 hours with a total of 103 hands tabled. The first big pot happened on the sixth hand. The top two leaders faced off, Anton Widjaya and Nguyen Minh Tuan. Nguyen won the bout without a showdown to steal the chip lead. On the seventh hand, Widjaya jumped back out front by eliminating shortest stacked Young Hwan Sung in 9th place. Sung shoved with Ah10d and failed to improve against QdQh.

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Anton Widjaya

India’s only hope, Sumit Sapra, nearly banged the rail next with KsKh running into Tiger Lee Seok Young’s AdAh, however a king showed up on the board and it was a fist pump instead of a bump out.

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Sumit Sapra,

Action continued with big stacks in full aggression. Nguyen took command of the table winning multiple pots then booting out Lee Jong Wook in 8th place. On the 30th hand, Nguyen added more to his towering pile by ending Zhang Chi’s run in 7th place with a dominating AdKh over AcQd. By this point, Nguyen had a third of the chips in play at his disposal.

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Nguyen Minh Tuan

Liu Jian in action

Stealing Nguyen’s thunder was China’s Liu Jian who delivered the next four eliminations. Short stacked Song Daewoong was his first victim. Song couldn’t gain any traction and pushed with 8d8h. Jian called with 10s8s and landed a straight 7h9sQh6s7c.

At five-handed, Liu continued to dominate winning a big pot against Nguyen for his flush 8d7d on a board 10d4d6s2d6s. This gave Jian nearly half of the chips in play. Big pots were then exchanged between Jian, Nguyen, and Widjaya. Sapra hoped to join the party but was bumped out instead by Jian with Qs10c pairing the queen to dust Sapra’s 10s10d.

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Sapra & Jian

With half the chips in play to battle with, Jian muscled the competition until two double ups paid to Lee Seok Young sent him spiraling below average. On the 80th hand, he recovered some of the chips by eliminating Lee in 4th place with KdQs finding partners on the board to crush Lee’s 9c9d. With Lee‘s elimination, this ensured no Korean player would claim the coveted title.

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Fifteen hands later, heads up was reached when Jian railed Widjaya in 3rd place with Ah6h straight over Kc10d on a board 4d5h5d3d2c. Despite claiming four heads, Jian was still behind Nguyen entering the final duel.

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Heads up

Heads up lasted 8 supercharged hands. Both players were in full attack mode with heavy three-bets seen preflop. On the third hand, Jian evened them up but on the sixth hand, Nguyen amassed 65% of the chips in play with 9c6c pair to Jian’s Qd4c lower pair on a board 4s5d9sJd10h.

The final hand quickly arrived with Jian fueling the pot. With blinds at 40k – 80k, Nguyen raised to 240k, Jian three-bet to 850k, Nguyen called. On the flop and turn Kd9c8d2h Jian bet 650k and 1M and Nguyen called. On the 10s river, Jian checked, Nguyen shoved holding QcJc straight, Jian called for his game life with Qs10s pair.

Huge celebration quickly followed with the Vietnamese rail cheering on Nguyen for his impressive feat. He was the only local representative at the final table and was able to bring it home.

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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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