Vietnam's Hai Nam Hoang Wins Main Event For VND 2.794BN (~$117K), APT High Roller Up To 204 Entries – VND 9.894BN (~$415K) Prize Pool; Seungmook Jung Tops Day 1B

Ben Wilson / 12 Feb 2023

Vietnam's Hai Nam Hoang Wins Main Event For VND 2.794BN (~$117K), APT High Roller Up To 204 Entries – VND 9.894BN (~$415K) Prize Pool; Seungmook Jung Tops Day 1B


HANOI, VIETNAM, February 11, 2023 – The APT Hanoi 2023 Main Event – partnered with the Vietnam Series of Poker (VSOP) – has a champion, with Vietnam's Hai Nam Hoang making his maiden live tournament title win a memorable one.

Playing out at the tournament tables of the VSOP Poker Club, just eight players out of the 654-strong Main Event field remained in contention at the start of the fourth and final day, all looking to earn their share of the ₫15,859,500,000 (US$666,099) prize pool.

However, after returning with over a third of the chips in play, it would be the start-of-day chip leader Hoang who would emerge the victor

In addition to claiming the APT Main Event trophy, Hoang also locked up a ₫2,794,200,000 (~$117,356) top prize after cutting an ICM deal with heads-up opponent Tuan Tai Nguyen, who received ₫2,100,000,000 (~$88,200) for his runner-up finish.

“This is only my second time playing in an event with such a big field, and to become the champion of a Main Event is a great feeling. I’d like to say a big thank you and I appreciate everything APT and the VSOP have done to make this a great event. It was a pleasure to be here,” said Hoang via the aid of a translator after posing for his obligatory winner's photo.

“I just played the best I could and took it step by step, hoping I could go as deep as I could.”

Hoang's hopes and dreams came true, with this result representing a career-best score. A total of 96 players made the money, with the official eight-handed final table paying out as follows:


  1. Hai Nam Hoang (Vietnam) – ₫2,794,200,000 (~$117,356)
  2. Tuan Tai Nguyen (Vietnam) – ₫2,100,000,000 (~$88,200)
  3. Petr Rudnev (Russia) – ₫1,335,370,000 (~$56,085)
  4. Thanh Hai Nguyen (Vietnam) – ₫1,022,940,000 (~$42,963)
  5. Son Le (Vietnam) – ₫810,420,000 (~$34,037)
  6. Zhao Feng (Singapore) – ₫631,210,000 (~$26,510)
  7. Duc Trung Dinh (Vietnam) – ₫459,930,000 (~$19,317)
  8. German Bukharov (Russia) – ₫314,340,000 (~$13,202)

All prize pool and payout information can be found on the Official Results page.


NZO06957.jpg APT Hanoi VSOP 2023 Final Table back row (l-r): German Bukharov, Duc Trung Dinh, Hai Nam Hoang, Tuan Tai Nguyen. Front row (l-r): Zhao Feng, Thanh Hai Nguyen, Petr Rudnev, Son Le

Coming into the final table holding a commanding lead, the tournament was Hoang's to lose.

It was not all smooth sailing for the Vietnamese player, however, with Russia's Petr Rudnev going on a rampage to climb from tournament short-stack up to second in the chip counts.

Rudnev took first blood on the second level played, his pocket nines enough to send fellow countryman German Bukharov to the rail in eighth place after the latter moved all-in pre-flop with pocket eights.

Hoang increased his stranglehold with a thrilling double elimination two levels later; the short-stacked Duc Trung Dinh shoved all-in pre-flop with A♥Q♥, Zhao Feng – the field's sole remaining former APT Main Event champion – peeked down to see T♥T♣ and re-shoved, and Hoang woke up with Q♦Q♣.

It was Rudnev who would score the next elimination later that same level after the short-stacked Son Le moved all-in for his last 2 million in chips with K♥8♥ and the Russian woke up with 8♦8♣.

Tuan Tai Nguyen took play three-handed after winning a race with A♥Q♣ against namesake Thanh Hai Nguyen's 5♠5♣.

While Rudnev enjoyed a stint as the tournament top dog when play became three-handed, the Russian began to fade as Hoang regained both the momentum and the chip lead.

Following Rudnev's departure at the hands of Tuan Tai Nguyen to take play heads-up, Hoang had built his stack up to the giddy heights of 17.3 million to Nguyen's 8.6 million.

You read all the Main Event action as it played out via the APT blog, and follow the action as it happened via the Main Event Final Table APT Live Stream.

APT High Roller Up To 204 Entries With VND 9.894BN (~$415K) Prize Pool; Seungmook Jung Tops Day 1B

APT High Roller Day 1B chip leader Seungmook  Jung.jpg South Korea's Seungmook Jung bagged biggest on Day 1B of the APT High Roller

All the tournament thrills were not exclusive to the Main Event, with the second and final flight of the ₫50,000,000+5,000,000 Event #32 APT High Roller attracting a further 140 players (85 unique), bringing the total number of entries up to 204.

This balloned the prize pool up to a chunky ₫9,894,000,000 (~$415,548).

The top 27 players will all earn a share, with a min-cash coming in at ₫98,940,000 (~$4,155).

However, it is the ₫2,191,510,000 (92,043) top prize that will be captivating all players' attention.

Notables in the running for Day 1B included the UK's Tom Alner, and William Kang, Filipinos Florencio Campomanes, John Tech, and William Ysmael, Australia's Aaron Lim, India's Zarvan Tumboli, and Nikita Luther, Singapore's Benjamin Sai and a whole load of other hopefuls.

After the fifteen 40-minute levels had played out, the 140-strong field had been reduced to a more manageable 44.

It was South Korea's Seungmook Jung who topped the Day 1B leaderboard, bagging up a stack of 799,000 – putting him third in the overall counts coming into Day 2.

Belarusian Artsiom Panasiuk (763,000), and Zarvan Tumboli (687,000) rounded out the top three, with the top ten stacks as follows:


  1. Seungmook Jung (South Korea) – 799,000
  2. Artsiom Panasiuk (Belarus) – 763,000
  3. Zarvan Tumboli (India) – 687,000
  4. Truong Toan Chan (Vietnam) – 649,000
  5. Xianling Chen (China) – 619,000
  6. Dennis Ng (Hong Kong) – 575,000
  7. Yuhan Liu (China) – 489,000
  8. Aigars Plivcs (Latvia) – 455,000
  9. Weng Chih Chan (Singapore) – 449,000
  10. Alok Birewar (India) – 448,000

Other notables to fight their way through included the aforementioned Aaron Lim (434,000), the UK's Grant Gardner (328,000), John Tech (288,000), Tom Alner (230,000), and India's Phashant Bhutoria (220,000).

South Korea's Steve Joonhee Yea (79,000) also scraped through, although he will be bringing in the short stack when the second and final day resumes at 11am (GMT+7) on Saturday, February 11.

For APT High Roller Day 1B Survivors please CLICK HERE For APT High Roller Day 2 Draw please CLICK HERE

Vietnam's Hoan Cong Le Slays Monster Stack For VND 623.8M (~$26K)

ENZ_0351.jpg Vietnam's Hoang Cong Le claimed his maiden APT title in Event #31 Monster Stack

Just 47 players returned out of a starting field of 330 (193 unique) for the second and final day of the ₫10,000,000+1,000,000 Event #31 Monster Stack, all guaranteed a share of the ₫3,201,000,000 (~$134,442) prize pool.

It was Vietnam's Hoan Cong Le the man to take the ₫623,810,000 (~$26,200) top prize.

Cong defeated Japan's Uesugi Yoichi heads-up to take the trophy and his maiden APT title, with Yoichi having to settle for the ₫396,280,000 (~$16,644) on offer for second place.

Singapore's Calvin Tan rounded out the podium, receiving ₫297,050,000 (~$12,476) for third, with the official eight-handed table paying out as follows:


  1. Hoan Cong Le (Vietnam) – ₫623,810,000
  2. Uesugi Yoichi (Japan) – ₫396,280,000
  3. Calvin Tan (Singapore) – ₫297,050,000
  4. Bao Sheng Woon (Singapore) – ₫240,400,000
  5. Egor Shkiria (Russia) – ₫189,500,000
  6. Manh Tuong Ha (Vietnam) – ₫144,690,000
  7. Tuan Anh Nguyen (Vietnam) – ₫106,270,000
  8. Aleksei Ignatev (Russia) ₫78,100,000

Vietnam's Doan Quang Trung narrowly missed out on making the official eight-handed final table, claiming ₫64,020,000 for ninth place.

Other notables to come up short of a final table appearance included Malaysia's Ben Loo (15th for ₫42,570,000), and the Philippines' John Tech (26th for ₫26,570,000).

All prize pool and payout information can be found on the Official Results page.

Mini Main Event Draws 250 Entries; Russia's German Bukharov Leads

APT Mini Main Event Day 1B chip leader German Bukharov.jpg German Bukharov followed up his Main Event Final Table by topping the Mini Main opening flights

Always a popular draw with players, the ₫8,000,000+800,000 Event #35 APT Mini Main Event drew a total of 250 entries (158 unique) over the two starting flights.

This generated a ₫1,946,600,000 (~$81,757) prize pool.

Fresh from making his fourth final table appearance of the series in the Main Event, it was Russia's German Bukharov the man who finds himself in the best of positions to stake a claim to the ₫389,010,000 (~$16,338) top prize after topping the Day 1B flight.

Other big stacks to make it through from Bukharov's flight included South Korea's Ha Woojong, and Hyungkook Shin, both of whom concluded play with stacks of 524,000 apiece.

In total, 16 players out of a starting field of 114 (85 unique) made it through from Day 1B to Day 2 and the money.

They will be joining the 20 Day 1A survivors of a starting field of 136 players (101 unique).

The opening flight – Day 1A – played out concurrently with the Main Event, with Day 1B starting a little later at 4pm (GMT+7). It took eighteen 30-minute levels for both flights to reach the money.

It was Japan's Yoshihito Shijima who topped the counts of the Day 1A, bagging up a stack of 531,000.

Russia's Aleksei Varashev (525,000), and Vietnam's Thai Bao Vu (443,000) rounded out the top three starting flight stacks, with the top ten returning stacks for Day 2 as follows:


  1. German Bukharov (Russia) – 860,000
  2. Yoshihito Shijima (Japan) – 531,000
  3. Aleksei Varashev (Russia) – 525,000
  4. Hyungkook Shin (South Korea) – 524,000
  5. Ha Woojong (South Korea) – 524,000
  6. Thai Bao Vu (Vietnam) – 443,000
  7. Dan Larsson (Sweden) – 440,000
  8. Nguyen Khac Cuong (Vietnam) – 419,000
  9. Vinh Phuc Dang (Vietnam) – 410,000
  10. Hoang Nam Nguyen (Vietnam) – 408,000

Day 2 gets underway at 11am (GMT+7) on Sunday, February 12 and will play down to a champion.

All prize pool and payout information can be found on the Official Results page.

For Mini Main Event Day 1A Survivors please CLICK HERE For Mini Main Event Day 1B Survivors please CLICK HERE For Mini Main Event Day 2 Draw please CLICK HERE


India's Kunal Patni Claims Maiden APT Title in Event #36 Hyper Turbo - 8 Max

ENZ_0330.jpg India's Kunal Patni can now add an APT title to his list of poker accolades

Two more players have popped their APT title cherry in the turbo side events; It was Indian poker professional Kunal Patni the man to claim victory in the ₫15,000,000+1,500,000 Event #36 Hyper Turbo - 8 Max.

This drew a field of 21 entries (16 unique), generating a ₫305,550,000 (~$12,833) prize pool.

Patni cut an ICM deal with heads-up opponent Dinh Tien Thanh that saw both players receive a ₫106,940,000 (~$4,491) windfall, with the Indian player taking the title and trophy.

A total of four players made the money, with the tournament paying out as follows:


  1. Kunal Patni (India) – ₫106,940,000
  2. Dinh Tien Thanh (Vietnam) – ₫106,940,000
  3. Tu Thanh Le (Australia) – ₫55,000,000
  4. Zhi Xiong (China) – ₫36,670,000

All prize pool and payout information can be found on the Official Results page.

Switzerland's Sandro Burkhard Takes Down Event #37 Hyper Turbo

ENZ_0367.jpg Switzerland's Sandro Burkhard claimed his first APT title in Event #37 Hyper Turbo

The second of the virgin APT title winners was Switzerland's Sandro Burkhard, who took down the ₫4,000,000+400,000 Event #37 Hyper Turbo.

Burkhard bested a 33-strong field (28 unique) to take the lion's share of the ₫128,040,000 (~$5,378) prize pool, defeating Japan's Kosei Fujiwara heads-up to take the ₫47,380,000 (~$1,990) top prize and his maiden APT title.

Fujiwara received ₫32,650,000 (~$1,371) for his runner-up finish, with five players making the money and the tournament paying out as follows:


  1. Sandro Burkhard (Switzerland) – ₫47,380,000
  2. Kosei Fujiwara (Japan) – ₫32,650,000
  3. Junnie Pamplona (Philippines) – ₫20,810,000
  4. Van Son Dang (Vietnam) – ₫15,040,000
  5. Mike Nguyen (United States) – ₫12,160,000

All prize pool and payout information can be found on the Official Results page.