The second day of APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh 2019 at Pro Poker Club witnessed another player emerge victorious. Korea’s Eunho Kwon took total command of the Monster Stack #1 event to capture his first-ever APT title. He shipped the VND 308,120,000 (~USD 13,200) first prize along with the APT Golden Lion event trophy. Kwon now leads the APT Player of the Series race. The final table action will be available for viewing on Friday, July 5 via APT Twitch and APT YouTube.
Monster Stack #1 was the series opener drawing 131 to the tables. To enter, each one paid VND 11,000,000 (~USD 475) for a very healthy early prize pool of VND 1,270,700,000 (~USD 54,500). Only 22 were guaranteed a cut. At the close of Day 1, 32 players remained. Kwon bagged the chip lead.
Less than one hour into the final day, several notables fell followed by the bubble with Casper Wong delivering the fateful blow. Wong had aces (pic below: standing in blue) against the all in player’s ace-king, no bad beat arrived. Despite winning, Wong received a warning for slow-rolling.
With everyone in the money, the players battled to reach the official final table of 8. Along the way fell Nguyen Huu Tuan (12th) and Le Long Stephane (11th). Kwon continued to own the competition and the chip lead. He grew further after denying both Driscoll (10th) and Nguyen Hoai Nam (9th) to form the official final table.
At the final 8, Kwon’s bulldozing didn’t cease. After Stephen Schumacher railed Justin Skovholt (8th), Kwon resumed chopping heads. He railed Casper Wong (7th) on a lucky set with 10♥ 10♣ defeating K♦ K♣ on a board 10♦ 7♥ 2♠ 4♥ 5♠. The next hand, he sent Tan Chong Hwee (6th) out with A♥ A♣ over A♠ Q♥.
Schumacher took care of the next bust with 10♦ 10♠ unbeaten by Nguyen Duc Thanh‘s (5th) ace-queen offsuit. Down to four players, Kwon sent Tobias Cornelis packing with pocket eights over pocket threes.
Eliminating Rubin Labroo (3rd) was probably the sickest of beats dealt by Kwon. On a flop 6♥ 7♥ 5♦, betting action led to Kwon pushing his monster stack holding 7♦ 5♣ two pair and Labroo risking it with 9♣ 8♣ straight. The turn J♦ kept Labroo ahead but the 7♠ river switched the standing with Kwon improving to a full house.
What followed was a long and arduous heads up battle lasting nearly two hours. Kwon entered with a 3:1 advantage and managed to keep Schumacher at a distance. Schumacher doubled up once but it wasn’t nearly enough to overtake the charging Kwon. The final hand saw Kwon push with K♠ 5♥ and Schumacher call for his tournament life with A♠ 2♥. The board ran 5♠ 9♦ 4♦ 2♣ J♦.
Congratulations to Eunho Kwon for his first-ever APT victory!
Final 8 payouts
1st Eunho Kwon – Korea – VND 308,120,000
2nd Stephen Schumacher – USA – VND 205,430,000
3rd Rubin Labroo – India – VND 142,810,000
4th Tobias Cornelis – Netherlands – VND 103,150,000
5th Nguyen Duc Thanh – Vietnam – VND 77,140,000
6th Tan Chong Hwee – Singapore – VND 59,540,000
7th Casper Wong – Singapore – VND 47,280,000
8th Justin Skovholt – USA – VND 38,520,000