What a wild day it was at Day 2 of the CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENT! It was action-packed from the get-go with players in full battle gear. By the end of the scheduled eight rounds, only 24 remained with Philippine player Vamerdino Magsakay as chip leader. This was a very impressive run for Magsakay who is on his maiden visit to Vietnam. He bagged up 718,000.
Trailing very close to the leader was Vietnamese pro Cao Ngoc Anh with 699,000 in chips. Cao Ngoc probably had the most live posts of any player today. He was involved in plenty of big pots, in most cases, initiating the betting. It is safe to say he was the most active player of Day 2. Additionally, Cao Ngoc is a decorated APT champion. He won this exact same event back in July 2018.
And claiming the third highest spot in the chip rung was another Philippine player, Joseph Talamayan. Talamayan entered Day 2 with an overwhelming chip advantage. He took several heavy hits along the way to bring him down to earth. During the last four tables, he found his momentum to bag up 627,000.
End of Day 2 chip counts
|2||Cao Ngoc Anh||Vietnam||699,000||2||4|
|4||Lim Chor Heng (SB)||Singapore||545,000||2||2|
|5||Tanaka Masatoshi (BB)||Japan||523,000||1||7|
|6||Oliver Helm (DB)||New Zealand||507,000||3||2|
|8||Nguyen Nam Duong||Vietnam||416,000||1||4|
|9||Yong Hyun Yoo (SB)||Korea||410,000||1||6|
|10||Kim Hak Do (BB)||Korea||403,000||3||5|
|12||Ta Duy Quoc Chinh (DB)||Vietnam||399,000||2||9|
|13||Tran Huy Hoang||Vietnam||385,000||2||6|
|14||Trung Hieu Ngo (BB)||Vietnam||366,000||2||3|
|18||Chen Da Jza||China||302,000||3||7|
|19||Bobby Zhuo Xinghua||Singapore||281,000||3||8|
|21||Je Hun Hong (SB)||Korea||245,000||3||3|
|22||Laksh Pal Singh||India||243,000||3||9|
|24||Dave Erquiaga (DB)||Philippines||197,000||1||5|
You can read up on the Day 2 action via our Live Updates.
The CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENT was the second featured tournament of APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh 2019 ongoing at Pro Poker Club. The event drew 161 from the combined starting days. With one hour of late registration open in Day 2, another 31 jumped in for a total of 192 entries. This breached the guarantee for a thicker prize pool worth VND 6,518,400,000 (~USD 280,000). Buy-in was VND 38,500,000.
Coming Day 3, portions of the money will be claimed with payouts starting at 20th place. The eventual winner won’t emerge until Sunday, July 14 but whoever it is will ship the VND 1,655,320,00 (~USD 71,300) first prize.
Day 3 takes place on Saturday, July 13 at 1pm. They players will hunt down the money of 20 places and a spot in the Final 8 round. We will continue to post the action via our Live Updates.
Day 3 info
Total chips in play: 9,524,700
Average stack: 396,862
Opening blinds: 4000 – 8000 ante 8000