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The Asia Poker League (APL) Da Nang is the brand’s second stop of the year in Vietnam. All eyes are now on the Main Event VND 8 Billion GTD that played out Day 3 today. Only 33 runners from a starting field of 525 entries returned to the felts for a shot to the coveted title, each eyeing the mouth-watering VND 2,026,500,000 (~₹62.02 Lakhs) first-place purse! Only nine players are still in the running to win this massive prize, and this includes India`s Sumit Sapra.
Indian pro Sumit Sapra, who is the latest addition to the APL roster of ‘Da Dors’ brand ambassadors, was the lone Indian still standing in the field on Day 3. Sapra began his day with an above-average stack of 378,000 and did exceedingly well, scoring several knockouts, including that of Shingo Endo (14th) and Huy Pham (12th). Though he went considerably short towards the end of the day, he has managed to storm his way into the nine-handed final table. Sapra will enter the final table with a stack of 970,000 (32 BBs) – placed seventh in chips among the nine finalists.
Leading the charge on the final table tomorrow will be Indonesia’s Anton Widjaya, who bagged up a monster stack of 3,545,000 (118 BBs), with Nguyen Minh Tuan (2,700,000 – 90 BBs) and Tiger Lee Seok Young (2,180,000 – 73 BBs) close on his trail.
Two other Indians posted ITM finishes in the event – Vikas Sahni (36th for VND 49,000,000 – ₹1.49 Lakhs), and Manish Lakhotia (53rd for VND 41,500,000 – ₹1.27 Lakhs) with both of them falling out on Day 2 on Tuesday.
The final table kicks off at 1 PM (local time) tomorrow, with the game continuing at Level 25 and the blinds at 15,000/30,000.
Day 3 Recap
The day began with a trimmed down 33 runners. Part of the field was the only Indian in the APL roster of Team Pros – Sumit Sapra.
Sapra held a workable stack of 378,000 when the Day 3 proceedings began. All returning players were already assured VND 56,700,000 (~₹1.73 Lakhs), but everyone was chasing the VND 2,026,500,000 (~₹62.02 Lakhs) up top.
Sapra was first reported in live coverage at the second level of the day, where he was reportedly down to just 150,000 in chips. Pocket tens came to Sapra’s rescue in the next level when he was up against Shingo Endo’s ace-queen. Sapra’s hand improved to a set, and he scored a crucial double-up soaring up to 600,000. Very soon, Sapra doubled-up again, this time with his 8-9 hitting a nut straight to run down Dao Minh Phu’s 10-8 that had also made a straight. Sapra climbed up to 950,000 after the hand.
In the next level, the seasoned Indian pro orchestrated the elimination of Shingo Endo (14th for VND 131,000,000). Endo moved all-in with and found himself at risk against Sapra`s . The board bricked, and Sapra collected the pot to catapult to a commanding 1.180 Million.
Several hands later, Sapra eliminated Huy Pham (12th for VND 164,000,000) with his dominating the latter’s on the community .
By the time the Main Event got down to 11 players, Sapra was sporting a stack of 1.4 Million. He lost some of those chips in the final few hands of the night to bag up 970,000 (32 BBs).
Tae Joon Cho (10th for VND 164,000,000) was the last player to fall before the bags were brought out.
Indonesia’s Anton Widjaya (3,545,000 – 118 BBs) bagged the overnight chip lead, with Nguyen Minh Tuan (2,700,000 – 90 BBs) and Tiger Lee Seok Young (2,180,000 – 73 BBs) rounding out the top three stacks.
The APL Da Nang Main Event crowns a champion tomorrow, and the final table will begin proceedings at 1 PM (local time). The play will resume at Level 25 with the blinds at 15,000/30,000.
Final Table Chip Counts
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