It was an incredibly thrilling ten days at our inaugural event in Ho Chi Minh City with players from all over the world flocking to the Pro Poker Club for the APT Kickoff Vietnam 2018. From start to finish, it was nonstop poker madness with players warming every seat in the house. In the aftermath, there were 2,200 entries, over 600 unique players, 45 countries represented, and a grand prize pool of more than VND 20 billion.
Below are the highlights of this fantastic season opener along with the APT Player of the Series winners.
Adinho tops the massive 664-entry Main Event and wins APT Player of the Series
The biggest winner of the APT Kickoff Vietnam 2018 was Adinho, the newest APT Main Event champion and the first for the APT’s 2018 season. Adinho outlasted the massive 664-entry field, which was a record high turnout for the tour.
What started off as a VND 3 Billion guaranteed event became an enormous VND 9,661,200,000 prize pool with 111 players paid. He shipped in the VND 1,313,920,000 first prize which was the single largest payout of the festival.
Due to the massive turnout of the Main Event, Adinho also reined in the APT Player of the Series title with the highest number of points accrued. He was awarded the APT Player of the Series Trophy, the APT Player of the Series Ring, an exclusive watch, and USD 800.
**Additionally, the top 50 players of the Main Event were awarded a satellite seat to the APT Philippines Championships 2018 Main Event in March.
APT Player of the Series 2nd place: Le Hong Nghia
Main Event runner-up Le Hong Nghia took 2nd in the APT Player of the Series race. He was awarded the 2nd place trophy and USD100.
APT Player of the Series 3rd place: Nguyen Hoang Anh
Main Event 3rd place finisher Nguyen Hoang Anh claimed 3rd in the APT Player of the Series race. He was awarded the 3rd place trophy and USD 100.
Vin Huynh wins the Pro Poker Club High Rollers
The second largest prize pool of the festival was at the Pro Poker Club High Rollers event. The venue guaranteed VND 2 Billion and with 114 entries at VND 32M each, the guarantee was easily surpassed to a huge VND 3,327,400,000. Claiming the biggest cut and the second largest single prize money of the series was Vin Huynh earning VND 701,970,000 for his victory.
The APT would like to thank everyone that came out and supported our season opener. Because of you, we set a new APT record together. Special thank you also goes out to one player who generously donated VND 20 million of winnings to the Saigon Children’s Charity. We would also like to thank all the staff for making this event run as smooth as possible. We had our challenges yet found a way to make sure everyone had a great experience.
Next up for the Asian Poker Tour is the APT Philippines Championships 2018 to be held on March 21 – April 2 in Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay, Philippines. We look forward to seeing all of you there! Full APT Philippines Championships 2018.