The Asia Poker League is set to conclude its year in Vietnam. The prestigious final instalment will run from December 12th to 21st at the Risemount Premier Resort in the picturesque coastal city of Da Nang.
The APL finale is organised in partnership with the Vietnamese Series of Poker (VSOP) and promises a satisfying closer event, featuring 16 events among which is the Main Event with a guaranteed prize pool of VND 8,000,000,000 (~USD 346,674).
Poker King Club hosted their own signature event just a few days earlier in the same city and so it looks like Da Nang is starting to grow in popularity as a destination for poker in Vietnam. More events have already been scheduled for 2020.
88 entries in the first starting day of the Kick Off
Yesterday’s Event #1 was the VND 10,000,000 (~USD 433) Kick-off Day 1A, this will be followed by a Day 1B today and the final day tomorrow.
The opening day saw 88 entries of which 13 will progress to Day 2 on Saturday. Chip leader for now is Vietnamese player Hoang Trung Hien with 253,500 chips.
1. Hoang Trung Hien – Vietnam – 253,500
2. Minh Nguyen – Vietnam – 158,000
3. Nguyen Hoang Linh – Vietnam – 152,500
4. Nguyen Quang Huy – Vietnam – 114,000
5. M.Erzimcanli – UK – 110,000
6. Ning Lin China – 92,000
7. Lam Mon – Vietnam – 91,500
8. Tanja Vuganic – Australia – 87,500
9. Phan Dinh Nam – Vietnam – 58,000
10. Anton Widjaya – Indonesia – 55,000
11. Ke Bing – China – 54,500
12. Chi Chung Ho – Hong Kong – 44,500
13. Keith Ong – Singapore – 44,500
Nguyen Huu Duc is the first winner
While the Kick Off Event is still in search for a deserving winner, Event #2 already found a champion. The VND 6,000,000 (~USD 260) NLHE Turbo 1 kicked off at 5pm. The 35 entries created a prizepool of VND 203,700,000 (~USD 8,824).
The top five spots were paid and three of them were Vietnamese. So was the winner of the event, Nguyen Huu Duc. He took home VND 83,500,000 (~USD 3,617) and the trophy.
1st Nguyen Huu Duc Vietnam VND 83,500,000 (~USD 3,617)
2nd Nhung Hoang Vietnam VND 50,930,000
3rd Yew Fatt Kan Hong Kong VND 30,560,000
4th Park Jung Chang Korea VND 22,410,000
5th Phan Thi Phong Vietnam VND 16,300,000
Main Event coming up
The first VND 2,300,000 (~USD 100) Main Event satellite took place yesterday at 7pm and saw 58 players enter, of which five secured their seat in the VND 20,000,000 (~USD 866) APL Vietnam Main Event.
The Main Event will take off tomorrow and it is promising to be a large field. After yesterday’s satellite, there will be three more chances to qualify for one of the four starting days of the VND 8 Billion (~USD 346,534) GTD tournament: today, Saturday and Sunday at 7pm.
Saturday will see Day 1A, Sunday Day 1B and Monday will have two starting Days in one at 12.30pm and 5.30pm.
Every player will start with 30,000 chips. Day 1 will be played with 40 minute blinds (the Turbo Day 1D with 20 minutes) and Day 2, 3 and final table will play with 60 minutes.
Multiple re-entries will be allowed until the end of registration before the start of level 10.