It is official! The APT Kickoff Vietnam 2018 is the biggest poker event ever seen in the country! With all of the Main Event starting days and Day 2 behind us, we now enter Day 3 complete with the official figures that everyone has been waiting for.
Let’s start off with the most important tally, the pot. With a record-breaking 664 entries, the total prize pool skyrocketed to a mammoth figure of VND 9,661,200,000 (~USD 425,000). That’s over three times the advertised guarantee. Match that up with our new pay table of “1 in 6”, this means a total of 111 players will earn a piece of that enormous pie. The largest share of VND 1,313,920,000 will of course go to the eventual champion however that won’t be seen until tomorrow.
For today, we resume Main Event action with 187 players returning to the felt for Day 3. They will play down to the final 27 players. In pole position with the largest stack is Vietnam’s Van Ngoc Binh with 613,500 in chips. We will have live updates for you throughout the day.
SIDE EVENTS TODAY
We realize that many players look forward to our highly crafted APT side events and unfortunately some of those events had to be canceled to accommodate the high turnout of the Main Event. Now that we are into Main Event Day 3, players will be happy to know that we are back on track and will have two side events up on the plate today.
First up is the Pro Poker Club High Rollers VND 2,000,000,000 Guaranteed.
If you thought the Main Event was the only tournament offering great returns, then you thought wrong. Kicking off the final weekend of the festival, is the Pro Poker Club High Rollers event with a whopping VND 2,000,000,000 (~USD 88,000) guarantee. Many locals and weekend warriors have expressed high interest so we do expect to see a very healthy turnout.
This is a scheduled 3-day event with two entry days offered; Day 1A runs today and Day 1B gets on the floor tomorrow. Buy-in is VND 32,000,000. You can view the structure here on page 15.
**Please take note that due to the large Main Event Day 3 field, the High Rollers event will start at 4pm. For those planning to enter in Day 1B, game time is earlier at 3pm.
The next event toeing the line today is the Monster Stack which takes place at 5pm.
Consistently one of the most popular events in the APT roster, players seek out this tournament for its deep structure and gradually increasing blinds. The Monster Stack is a scheduled two-day event. Buy-in is VND 7,700,000.
Starting stack: 30,000
Opening blinds: 25-50
Level intervals: 30 minutes
Regulation play: 17 rounds in Day 1
**Deep Stack Turbo 3 at 6pm has been cancelled.