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We’re two days away before the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam Championships Event comes to a thundering close. Friday saw Day 2 of the event play out. While a total of 148 entry slips were sold across the two starting flights, another 31 players jumped in on Day 2, making for a 179-strong field.
After eight intense levels of play on Day 2, there were just 26 players left standing with UK’s Vincent Chauve bagging the most massive stack. Chauve has kept busy this week, finishing runner-up to India`s Akshay Nasa in the Main Event just a few days back. He has placed himself in contention once again after bagging 759,000 (95 BBs) for Day 3. The Main Event champion Akshay Nasa was among the 31 late entries on Day 2 and even got off to a blistering start before falling out.
There were 10 Indian players in the field at the start of play on Day 2, but only two among them, namely, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh and Dhaval Mudgal, managed to make it in the final 26.
Singh was the more significant mover and shaker among the two. The young go-getter has been putting in a lot of volume both on the virtual felts and live. Some of his recent live exploits include a sixth-place finish in the WPT Vietnam Kickoff and a 14th place run in the BPT Kickoff. In the Championships Event, he had entered Day 2 with the shortest stack among the Indian group holding all but 27 big blinds to begin. Like Nasa, who’d come back from a severe chip deficit in the Main Event, Singh too charted a phenomenal climb advancing with 559,000 (70 BBs) that happens to be the sixth-largest stack among the 26 survivors.
Former WPT Vietnam Main Event champion and start-of-day chip leader Dhaval Mudgal had a swingy day that saw him clashing with Singh more than a couple of times. Despite the losses, Mudgal takes the seventh biggest stack of 432,000 (54 BBs) to Day 3.
It didn’t go so well for PokerGuru Ambassadors Madhav Gupta and Kartik Ved, Sahil Chuttani, Vivek Rughani, Meherzad Munsaf, APT Vietnam Main Event champion Abhinav Iyer and Sajal Gupta who were all eliminated empty-handed.
The money bubble is still looming, and with the top 18 places promised a payout, we can expect the money to be reached early in the day on Day 3.
Day 3 begins with the opening blinds at 4000/8000 and will play down to the final table.
Day 2 of the Championships Event began with 81 qualifiers (Day 1A – 36, Day 1B -45). Thirty-one more players signed up, making for an overall field of 179 entries that helped generate a prize pool worth VND 6,077,050,000 (~₹1.88 Crores).
After a full day of action, only 26 players were left standing in the race. With the top 18 places paid, there will be eight eliminations today before the money bubble bursts.
Topping the end of day chip counts is a familiar name in the Main Event runner-up, UK’s Vincent Chauve. Chauve spun up his stack well through the day and added a big chunk to his stack in the last level of the night when he clashed with India’s Sahil Chuttani. The Brit won the hand with his pocket queens dominating the latter’s ace-king. Chauve bagged 759,000 (95 BBs) for Day 3.
India had a strong representation on Day 2 with 10 Indian pros returning to action. After eight hectic levels of play, only two among them made the onward journey to Day 3.
Leading Team India`s charge on Day 3 will be PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh. Entering Day 2 as the shortest stack among the group of 10 Indians and a reasonable distance behind start-of-day chip leader Dhaval Mudgal, Singh did exceptionally well to climb up into the top 10 chip counts. In fact, both Singh and Mudgal were seated at the same table and played multiple pots together. Towards the tail-end of play, Singh clashed with Mudgal again in a hand where he raised for 13,000 from the UTG and saw Mudgal make the call from the button. Both checked the flop, and on the turn, Singh led out 29,000 and got a call from Mudgal. After the river, Singh led out 35,000, and Mudgal called again. Singh tabled and Mudgal mucked. Singh eventually bagged 559,000 (70 BBs) and is the sixth-biggest stack advancing to Day 3.
Right behind Singh in the top 10 stacks is Dhaval Mudgal. The former WPT Vietnam Main Event champion was the start-of-day chip leader holding a massive 145 big blinds. He was first reported in live coverage in the third level of the day where he lost some chips to Huynh Tan Dung, who turned a full house against Dhaval’s straight draw. Despite a swingy ride, Mudgal was always hovering around the top stacks. In Level 11, he won two back-to-back hands to spin up to 580,000. Despite losing some of his chips to Singh, Mudgal managed to bag 432,000 (54 BBs) for Day 3.
At least two Indians, PokerGuru Ambassador Madhav Gupta, and Sahil Chuttani, reportedly hit the rail in the last level of the night. Gupta busted after his ace-queen got coolered by Tu Le’s ace-king.
Chuttani, who had a swingy ride on Day 2, lost a majority of his stack to Chauve in the last level of the night.On his final hand of the day, Chuttani moved all-in with and was called by Jerome Bradpiece, who held . The board blanked out, eliminating Chuttani in the process.
Seasoned Indian pro Yasheel Doddanavar had also made it to Day 2 but was eliminated in Level 11 at the hands of former APT Main Event champion Soo Jo Kim after his ace-king lost the race to the latter’s pocket sixes.
Two levels later, Kim claimed another victim in reigning APT Vietnam Main Event champion Akshay Nasa. Nasa was delivered a massive blow by Jerome Bradpiece in Level 13. On the next hand, Nasa lost his tournament life to Kim with ace-ten losing to Soo Jo Kim’s ace-nine that flopped one-pair.
Defending champion Oliver Helm and Soo Jo Kim were among the other notables who fell on Day 2.
Rounding out the top three stacks after Chauve is Japan’s Go Mori (724,000 – 91 BBs) and Australia’s Tu Le (714,000 – 89 BBs).
The other notable stacks advancing to Day 3 include Dao Minh Phu (591,000), Vincent Huang (340,000), Edward Pastoll (280,000), Kim Michael Enriquez (174,000), David Erquiaga (128,000), and Tien Quyet Pham (63,000).
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2
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