42 survive MAIN EVENT Day 1A, Pham Dinh Nam leads; Day 1B up next

The APT Kickoff 2019 Vietnam – MAIN EVENT kicked off its first of three entry days at host venue Pro Poker Club. 105 signed up with 42 remaining at cutoff time. Out o f the 8 players that crossed the 100k marker, Vietnam’s Pham Dinh Nam packed the largest of 125,300.

Pham Dinh Nam

Coming in as a very close second rank was another Vietnamese player, Nguyen Chi Thinh. He bagged up 123,100.  

Nguyen Chi Thinh

And in third rank was Vietnam’s Nguyen Binh Minh with 121,000.

Nguyen Binh Minh

Among the notables through to Day 2 were: GPI 2018 POY Thailand winner Phachara Wongwichit, Aditya Sushant, Siyang Phua, Vincent Li, Julien Tran, Alan King Lun Lau, Nishant Sharma, Kiat Lee, and Minh Le. They return on Sunday, January 13 for Day 2 at 1pm. For those that met the rail, you still have two entry days remaining to get back in the game. 

Day 1A chip counts

While all the Day 1A survivors take a two day break before their next hunt, Main Event Day 1B takes center stage next tomorrow, Friday, January 11th. In case you forgot, the Main Event comes with a VND 8 Billion guarantee. Once again here’s a refresher on all the info: 


The Main Event has continuously been hailed as one of the best tournaments in the region. The structure is deep with blinds increasing at a slow 60 minute pace. Opening blinds are at 25/50, starting stack at 25,000. The APT utilizes the Ante Big Blind format.

  1. The “ANTE BB” format utilizes the ante first rule before the big blind. This rule applies in the event that the big blind player cannot cover the full amount of both the ANTE and BB.
  2. The “ANTE BB” structure remains the same regardless of the number of players at a table.

The Main Event runs for six days from January 10 to 15. Buy-in is VND 22,000,000 with unlimited re-entries. Registration closes on the first deal of Day 2. Cards in the air daily at 1pm local time.

Day 1A: Thursday, January 10 – (42 out of 105 advanced)
Day 1B: Friday, January 11 – play 9 levels
Day 1C: Saturday, January 12 – play 9 levels
Day 2: Sunday, January 13 – play 8 levels
Day 3: Monday, January 14 – play to the Final 8 players
Final 8 Day: Tuesday, January 15

New Pay Table for Featured Events

Due to feedback from players, we’ve adjusted the pay table only for the featured events – Main Event and Championships Event. As stated in our previous post,

“Players have argued that the “dream of winning big” was lost with the “1 in 6” scheme. Therefore, the featured events will now see a payout structure of 10% of the field with bigger prizes awarded to the top 3 places. As for the side events, which includes the High Rollers events, these will maintain the “1 in 6” payout.”

Bubble protection

Two years ago, the APT introduced the Bubble Protection. This is a type of insurance for players on the bubble round. If a protected player falls on the bubble, then that player will receive his/her buy-in back in the form of APT tournament credits. To be eligible, all you need to do is follow these three simple steps:

  1. Pre-register
  2. Draw for your seat before starting time
  3. Have your chips put into play before the first hand is dealt for each starting day

*Important notes:

  1. For re-entry players, if you have already met the qualifications for Bubble Protection, you will maintain that status only on a same day re-entry.
  2. For re-entry players wanting Bubble Protection on the next starting day, you will have to repeat the steps above. This also applies to players going for multiple stacks.
  3. Tournament credits are only valid for one (1) year.

Dafabet APT Survivor promo 

Online betting site giant, Dafabet, will be extending a fantastic promo called the Dafabet APT Survivor. The top three finishers of the Main Event wearing the Dafabet patch will each receive a Main Event seat to APT Tokyo Japan 2019 taking place in February.

To be eligible for the prize, players need only wear the Dafabet patch while playing the Main Event. If the winners are unable to utilize their prize, they can convert it to $200 cash and redeem it the next day by creating a Dafabet account. See poster below for the details: