Saddle up! Starting today, the Asian Poker Tour kicks off its third event of the calendar season with Main Event Day 1A of the inaugural APT Vietnam Phú Quóc 2021 taking place at online platform Natural8. Buy in is US$ 473. Cards in the air at 14:30 Vietnam time.
The APT Vietnam Phú Quóc Main Event features a VN₫ 2,000,000,000 (~US$ 86,730) guarantee. Its unique format caters to both live and online players. Day 1A is held on Natural8 while Day 1B onwards all take place live at host venue Corona Casino and Resort Phú Quóc.
For players attending the online flight, you begin with a 25,000 starting stack which is 250x the opening blinds. Blinds increase every 15 minutes. Game ends after 12 levels with remaining players advancing to Day 2. To get in for less, there is one online turbo satellite offered at 12:30 with buy in at US$ 42. Two tickets are guaranteed. Vietnemese players Terry “Terryboom” Nguyen, Josh Tu, and “Paul1986 ” all won their Day 1A seat via the first online satellite. For players that advance to Day 2, you will need to make your way to the host venue by May 25 for the live portion. Players unable to attend will not be refunded.
After today’s online flight, online Day 1 satellites to the live starting flights are available from May 16 to May 21. Two seats are also guaranteed per satellite. Then from May 22 to May 30, in partnership with Pearl Island Poker Tour (PIPT), the full APT Vietnam Phú Quóc festival begins featuring VN₫ 4 Billion (~US$ 173,455) in guaranteed prizes. Here’s a look at what to expect.
APT Main Event
The APT Main Event is the tour’s most highly revered tournament offering the best deepstack structure in the Asian region. Not only will the champion walk away with the first ever APT Vietnam Phú Quóc Main Event title, the winner will also take home the APT Main Event Trophy, APT Championship Ring, and a hefty first place cash prize.
Day 1A: Saturday, May 15 (Natural8)
Buy in: US$ 473
Venue: Corona Casino and Resort Phú Quóc
Buy in: VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 477)
Day 1B: Sunday, May 23
Day 1C: Monday, May 24
Day 1D (Turbo): Monday, May 24
Day 2: Tuesday, May 25
Final Day: Wednesday, May 26
As a special treat to early birds, entry for all Day 1B players is rake free. Buy in is VN₫ 10,000,000 (~US$ 433.65). To get in for even less, players can try their luck at the live satellites. Two are offered with buy in at VN₫ 1,200,000 (US$ 52) and VN₫ 2,400,000 (~US$ 104).
Come out and join the hunt for the crown! The eventual winner will join the exclusive list of APT Vietnam Main Event champions: Kwan Kit Kwok (Ho Tram 2015), Adrian Esslen (HCMC 2018), Dang Xuan Canh (HCMC 2018), Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (HCMC 2018), Abhinav Iyer (HCMC 2019), Zhou Jiaping (HCMC 2019), Akshay Nasa (HCMC 2019), and Rayhaan Adam (HCMC 2020).
APT Championships Event
Running back to back with the main is the APT Championships Event. This is the second featured event of the series and it also guarantees VN₫ 2 Billion (~US$ 86,730). The event is scheduled from May 27 to May 30. Buy in is VN₫ 16,500,000 (~US$ 716).
Day 1A: Thursday, May 27
Day 1B: Friday, May 28
Day 2: Saturday, May 29
Final Day: Sunday, May 30
Alike the main, the eventual winner will receive plenty of recognition in prizes such as the APT Championships Event Trophy, APT Championships Ring, and a sizable first place cash payout. Previous APT Vietnam Championships Event winners were Cao Ngoc Anh (HCMC 2018), Lim Yo Hwan (2019 HCMC), Oliver Helm (HCMC 2019), Vincent Chauve (HCMC 2019), and Harry Duong (HCMC 2020).
In addition to the featured events, players will have their hands full with 13 side events to conquer. Buy ins range from VN₫ 5,500,000 (~US$ 238.50) toVN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,385). All the crowd favorites are rostered such as the Monster Stack, Head Hunter, and a variety of NLH games. Added to the list are two High Rollers events and one Super High Rollers. Other variants making the list are Limit Hold’em, Open Face Chinese Poker Progressive, and of course, Pot Limit Omaha.
For all the details, check out the APT Vietnam Phú Quóc schedule.
See you at the tables!