APT Vietnam 2019: Indians stand out as Kim Falcon became player of the series (POS)
After 12 non-stop days of action, the first Asian Poker Tour (APT) of 2019 ended in Vietnam at the Pro Poker Club.
Vietnam has emerged as the fastest growing poker destinations in Asia. This has become a favourite destination for poker professionals from across the world. Or at least an entry-field of 585 unique players with a total of 3800 entries this year indicates. The turnaround was a lot higher than other Asian destinations like Manila resulting in the whopping give away of over VND 40 billion (₹12,25,25,869) in cash prizes across the 22 events on the schedule.
2019 APT Vietnam: The Steady Indians
It was a memorable series for Indian players as they put up a great show with 23 scores. Abhinav Iyer led the charts with a brilliant win in the Main Event (VND 2,269,092,000- ₹69.60 lakh). Last year’s WPT Vietnam Main Event winner Dhaval Mudgal also came close to winning his second title on multiple occasions. He finally, settled for a runner-up finish at the Monster Stack II (VND 216,711,000 – ₹6.66 lakh).
2019 APT Vietnam - The Indian Scoreboard
Some of the other standouts have been Madhav Gupta (High Rollers I – 4th for VND 386,147,000 – ₹11.86 lakhs), Kunal Patni and Romit Advani who finished 16th and 18th in the Championships Event (VND 102,508,000 – ₹3.14 lakhs each) respectively. Patni also went onto finish runner-up in the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo II (2nd for VND 57,223,000 – ₹1.75 lakhs).
A Glance At The Side Events
In side events, Steve Yea (High Rollers II for VND 559,447,000 – ₹17,15,614), Nguyen Duc Vinh (Deep Stack Hyper Turbo for VND 102,124,000 -₹3,12,643), Tai Duc Huynh (NLHE for VND 194,881,000- ₹5,96,610), Duy Ho (Deep Stack Turbo I for VND 86,957,000 – ₹2,66,211) and Jin Pyeong Gyu (Deep Stack Turbo II for VND 85,835,000 – ₹2,62,776), all won titles.
India’s Iyer and Mudgal were both strong contenders for the APT Player of the Series (POS). However, Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon (1,098.34 points) won it after he raced ahead at the end by taking down the Monster Stack I (VND 383,346,000 – ₹11,74,348). With 1,098,34 points, Falcon topped the leaderboard to claim the POS title and get awarded with an exclusive watch, the APT POS customized ring and trophy, and $800 cash prize.