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After stops in January and July, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam has landed at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for its third and final stop this year. Opening the action was the VND 11 Million Monster Stack 1 that got going on November 6 with 116 entries. Only 30 players could make it to Day 2, and after the final hand was dealt, it was Thailand’s Stephane Carrier holding the APT trophy. The win got Carrier his first-ever live title, along with a hefty VND 279,670,000 (~₹8.57 Lakhs) cash prize.
Vietnam has been a much-favored live destination for Indian poker players, and this time as well, there is a sizeable Indian contingent that has flown in to take part in the series. A total of four Indians were reported to be in the thick of the action on Day 1 of the Monster Stack 1. The two PokerGuru Ambassadors Madhav Gupta and Ashish Munot, along with Sajal Gupta and Rubin Labroo, were seen playing the Monster Stack. Barring Madhav Gupta, the remaining three Indians, all made the cut for Day 2.
Making the deepest run among the Indians was Sajal Gupta. A consistent performer both live and online, Gupta popped his WSOP cherry this summer where he collected a commendable three scores. His most notable domestic score is his 14th place finish in the DPT February 2019 Main Event. In the series-opener Monster Stack 1, Gupta was gunning for his career-first live title, and he got within striking distance after making it to the final table. Unluckily, Gupta ended up as the first casualty and finished in eighth place. Nonetheless, a payout of VND 34,960,000 (~₹1.07 Lakhs) and 154 points for the APT Player of the Series (POS) standings is an excellent start for Gupta at the series!
The other Indian pro who ran deep was Ashish Munot. One of the top-performing PokerGuru Ambassadors this year, Munot has been in breakout form these last couple of months. His claim to fame is the WPT India Main Event title that he won last month for a career-defining ₹63.48 Lakhs. The big win has only added fuel to his form, and the Chennai-based pro has picked up more than a few six-figure scores from his deep runs online since. With a 16th place finish at the Monster Stack for VND 16,860,000 (~₹51,658), Munot is already off to a decent start.
The other two Indians, PokerGuru Ambassador Madhav Gupta, and Rubin Labroo were both eliminated early. Gupta hit the rail on Day 1 while Labroo was eliminated in the first hour of play on Day 2.
With a 116-strong entry field (104 unique and 12 re-entries), the event mustered a prize pool of VND 1,125,200,000. After the money line was breached, it took another two hours for the field to whittle down to the eight-handed final table.
Among the notables who finished ITM was Vincent Huang (12th for VND 20,230,000), Japan’s Iori Yogo (13th for VND 20,230,000), Peter Kim (15th for VND 16,860,000) and Chris Morrison (20th for VND 14,050,000)
Watch the final table in action here:
Final Table Recap
India’s Sajal Gupta did well to make it to the final table in the opening event of the series, but sadly his deep run came to an end in the very first hand he played. He moved all-in from middle position with and Ma Chun Yu called from under-the-gun with . The runout saw Yu hit a spades flush on the river, eliminating Gupta in 8th place for VND 34,960,000 (₹1.07 Lakhs).
Soon, Yu scored another knockout, this time Hoai Nam Nguyen in seventh place to spin his stack up.
The last Vietnamese on the final table, Nguyen Chi Thinh was the next one out. He moved all-in with and failed to improve against Jerome Bradpiece’s to collect a sixth-place payout.
Japan’s Mitsuro Sano went on a topsy turvy ride that saw him doubling up before dropping to his last three big blinds. His final hand saw him clashing with Carrier whose found two more queens on the board to outrun Sano’s – eliminating the latter in fifth place.
The four-handed play saw Yu winning two sizeable pots before Jerome Bradpiece faced the heat and was knocked out in fourth place. Bradpiece’s turned straight on the board came up short against Carrier`s superior straight with .
Down to three-handed, it was the Day 1 chip leader Xiaoyin He who was eliminated at the hands of Yu to give way to the heads-up play.
Ma Chun Yu entered the heads-up encounter against Carrier marginally ahead with 1.9 Million versus the latter’s 1.6 Million. The duo exchanged chips for some time before Carrier pulled ahead after scoring a massive double up to overtake Yu. Holding a commanding 5-to-1 lead over Yu, Carrier soon had the trophy in his grasp. On the final hand, Yu moved all-in with and Carrier called with . The board ran , and Carrier’s queen-high kicker won him the hand as well as the first title of the ongoing series!
Final Table Results (VND)
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