APT Vietnam 2019 ran from November 6 to 17 at Pro Poker Club. The festival wrapped up with France’s Vincent Chauve going back to back final tables at the featured events eventually closing out the series winning the Championships Event. He departed the wealthiest and the most celebrated at the Player of the Series race. We have the highlights and final winners listed below.
Championships Event: VINCENT CHAUVE – VN₫ 1,576,810,000 (~US$ 67,900)
France’s Vincent Chauve is having a fantastic run this year. After his WPT Vietnam victory in March, he went on to place 2nd this summer at the WSOP 1,500 Monster Stack event. He returned to Asia and once again crushed the live scene in Vietnam. Chauve won the tour’s Championships Event for VN₫ 1,576,810,000 (~US$ 67,900).
Days prior, Chauve placed 2nd at the Main Event however due to an ICM deal at heads up, he still pocketed the bigger prize money of VN₫ 1,544,200,000 (~US$ 66,500). Combine the two winnings and Chauve was the wealthiest player at the series at VN₫ 3,121,010,000 (~US$ 134,400). He also accrued 1,065,83 points to win the Player of the Series giving him another US$ 800.
To briefly recap the event, the Championships Event was the tour’s second featured tournament. It ran from November 13 to 17 with 179 entries at VN₫ 38,500,000 (~US$ 1,700) buy-in. Only 18 players got paid. At the end of Day 2, Chauve topped the counts. In Day 3, Chauve bagged up in fourth rank while Taiwan’s Fu Bang Huang held the lead.
The final day saw the return of the last 8 players. Short stacked Vincent Huang was first to exit followed by Kensuke Koizumi who went from 2nd rank to out in 7th. Chauve took the lead by railing three players in succession, Kang Feng Lien (6th), Fu Bang Huang (5th), and Tien Quyet Pham (4th), then at the fall of Dhaval Mudgal in 3rd place, he faced Japan’s Go Mori at heads up. Reminiscent of the Main Event, Chauve entered with a big lead.
It was a tough road to the throne for both players. The heads up match lasted three hours with Mori putting pressure to eventually overtake Chauve. The chip lead switched multiple times until Chauve was able to keep it long enough to cripple Mori and clinch the win.
According to the APT reports, one of the defining hands saw Mori open to 405k (blinds at 80K-160K ante 160K), Chauve called. Both checked the flop . On the turn turn, Chauve check-called 500k. Then on the river , Chauve jammed. Mori tanked using two time banks before folding. In the live stream, Chauve had Q-9 straight, Mori had A-K.
Five hands later, it was all over. Chauve was crowned champion.
Final 8 payouts
1st Vincent Chauve – France – VN₫ 1,576,810,000
2nd Go Mori – Japan – VN₫ 1,051,200,000
3rd Dhaval Mudgal – India – VN₫ 730,780,000
4th Tien Quyet Pham – Vietnam – VN₫ 527,830,000
5th Fu Bang Huang – Taiwan – VN₫ 394,730,000
6th Kang Feng Lien – Taiwan – VN₫ 304,650,000
7th Kensuke Koizumi – Japan – VN₫ 241,920,000
8th Vincent Huang – Australia – VN₫ 197,100,000
High Rollers: SOO JO KIM – VN₫ 400,000,000 (~US$ 17,200)
It wouldn’t be a complete series if Soo Jo Kim missed his moment under the limelight The Korean pro is an APT regular and has won numerous tour titles throughout the years. At the series he won his fifth ever APT High Rollers topping a field of 18 at VN₫ 65,000,000 (~US$ 2,800) each. This was the most expensive event of the series bringing the prize pool to VN₫1,047,600,000 (~US$ 45,000). Kim defeated series Main Event winner Akshay Nasa at heads up. As for Nasa, his 2nd place finish here earned him 3rd place in the Player of the Series race.
1st Soo Jo Kim – Korea – VN₫ 400,000,000 (~US$ 17,200)
2nd Akshay Nasa – India – VN₫ 347,600,000 (~US$ 15,000)
3rd Alan King Lun Lau – Hong Kong SAR – VN₫ 300,000,000 (~US$ 13,000)
High Rollers Single Day: VINCENT LI – VN₫ 47,420,000 (~US$ 20,300)
Another victory for Hong Kong’s Vincent Li at the high roller tables. He cashed in a total of four high rollers events at the series with a victory in two. His latest win was on the final day of the series – the High Rollers Single Day – with 32 paying the VN₫ 40,000,000 (~US$ 1,700) entry fee. Li defeated Oliver Helm at heads up to seize the lone trophy remaining and VN₫ 472,420,000 (~US$ 20,400). Summing up Li’s run, he pocketed a total of VN₫ 1,382,030,000 (~US$ 59,700).
Prize pool: 1,241,600 (~US$ 53,300)
1st Vincent Li – Hong Kong SAR – VN₫ 47,420,000 (~US4 20,300)
2nd Oliver Helm – New Zealand – VN₫ 290,140,000 (~US4 12,400)
3rd Im Sangguk – Korea – VN₫ 188,370,000 (~US$ 8,000)
4th Choi Eng Loong – Malaysia – VN₫ 128,840,00 (~USD 5,500)
5th Yuwen Pan – China – VN₫ 92,470,000 (~US$ 4,000)
6th Ng Bao Chau – Vietnam – VN₫ 69,360,000 (~US$ 3,000)
Monster Stack 2: TRINH CUONG – VN₫ 289,320,000 – (~US$ 9,500)
The largest side event field was the book-ender Monster Stack 2 with 120 registered at VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 470) buy-in. 20 players earned a cut of the VN₫ 1,164,000,000 (~US$ 50,000) prize pool. Vietnam’s Cuong Trinh claimed the title by defeating Korea’s Jeonggyu Cho at heads up. This was his first ever live tournament win. As for Cho, he ran hot at the series and cashed four times to secure 2nd place in the Player of the Series race.
Final 8 payouts
1st Trinh Cuong – Vietnam – VN₫ 289,320,000
2nd Jeonggyu Cho – Korea – VN₫ 192,880,000
3rd Ben Ngo – USA – VN₫ 134,090,000
4th Tam Kwok Tung Gordon – Hong Kong SAR – VN₫ 96,850,000
5th Johannes Felix Hoeld – Germany – VN₫ 72,430,000
6th Tam Ka Ki – Hong Kong SAR – VN₫ 55,900,000
7th Ng Tien Thanh – Vietnam – VN₫ 44,390,000
8th Quang Ngoc – Vietnam – VN₫ 36,170,000
Deep Stack Turbo: DAVID ERQUIAGA – VN₫ 68,650,000 (~US$ 3,000)
Once again, Philippine player David Erquiaga made headlines. He grabbed himself his first-ever APT trophy at the VN₫ 6,600,000 (~US$ 285) Deep Stack Turbo. Although it was a smaller event turnout than usual, the win further emphasized his stellar year in the live tournament scene. Among his numerous deep runs in 2019 were near wins at major events – APT Vietnam II Championships Event and PKC Taiwan Main Event – finishing 2nd in both. On his recent win, Erquiaga topped the 31 entry field for a payday of VN₫ 68,650,000 (~US$ 3,000). He cashed in a total of three events at the series
Prize pool: VN₫ 180,420,000 (~US$ 7,700)
1st David Erquiaga – Philippines – VN₫ 68,650,000
2nd Pham Anh Khiem – Vietnam – VN₫ 42,160,000
3rd Kwok Chun Yip – Hong Kong SAR – VN₫ 27,370,000
4th Thang Tran – Vietnam – VN₫ 18,720,000
5th Bin Zhang – China – VN₫ 13,440,000
6th Jimi Fanstowe – Canada – VN₫ 10,080,000
Event #13: No Limit Hold’em Single Day
Buy-in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 380)
Prize pool: VN₫ 620,800,000 (~US$ 26,700)
ITM: 14 places
Winner: Ngo Trong Hieu – Vietnam – VN₫ 168,610,000 (~US$ 7,200)
Event #14: WeLoveSport Super Deep Stack Turbo
Buy-in: VN₫ 7,700,000 (~US$ 330)
Prize pool: VN₫ 488,880,000 (~US$ 21,100)
ITM: 12 places
Winner: Philippe Ma – France – VN₫ 138,200,000 (~US$ 5,900)
Event #15: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo
Buy-in: VN₫ 5,500,000 (~US$ 240)
Prize pool: VN₫ 261,900,000 (~US$ 11,300)
ITM: 9 places
Winner: Yuwen Pan – China – VN₫ 79,580,000 (~US$ 3,400)
Event #16: No Limit Hold’em
Buy-in: VN₫ 9,900,000 (~US$ 430)
Prize pool: VN₫ 611,110,000 (~US$ 26,270)
ITM: 12 places
Winner: Dung – Vietnam – VN₫ 172,770,000 (~US$ 7,400)
Event #18: Deep Stack Turbo
Buy-in: VN₫ 6,600,000 (~US$ 285)
Prize pool: VN₫ 331,740,000 (~US$ 14,200)
ITM: 10 places
Winner: Huynh Tan Dung – Vietnam – VN₫ 98,190,000 (~US$ 4,200)
Event #22: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo
Buy-in: VN₫ 5,500,000 (~US$ 240)
Prize pool: VN₫ 140,650,000 (~US$ 6,000)
ITM: 5 places
Winner: Kwok Chun Yip – Hong Kong – VN₫ 5,500,000 (~US$ 2,600)
APT Finale Taiwan 2019
With the year coming to a close, so will the Asian Poker Tour’s calendar season. The last event of the year is the APT Finale Taiwan 2019 taking place at Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club) in Taipei City. This will be the tour’s third visit this year. It comes with a 24 event schedule and NT$ 14,000,000 (~US$ 459,000) in guaranteed prizes.
Monster Stack: NT$ 2,000,000 (~US$ 65,500) – November 28 to 29 – NT$ 16,500 (~US$ 500) buy-in
Main Event: NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 196,700) – November 29 to December 4 – NT$ 33,000 (~US$ 1000) buy-in
Championships Event: NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 196,700) guarantee – November 5 to 9 – NT$ 49,500 (~US$ 1,600) buy-in.
There are also six High Rollers events scheduled with buy-ins ranging from NT$ 55,000 (~US$ 1,800) to NT$ 88,000 (~US$ 2,900).