Main Event Opening Flight Attracts 205 Entrants; China's Xixiang Luo Tops Day 1A Chip Counts

Ben Wilson / 6 Feb 2023

Main Event Opening Flight Attracts 205 Entrants; China's Xixiang Luo Tops Day 1A Chip Counts


HANOI, VIETNAM, February 6, 2023 – With five of the preliminary marquee events now in the books, it's time for the main course.

The ₫25,000,000+2,500,000 Main Event of the APT Hanoi Vietnam VSOP 2023 – partnered with the Vietnam Series of Poker (VSOP) and sponsored by Natural8 – has arrived, with the opening flight – Day 1A – attracting 205 entrants.

Some of Asia's best and brightest were in attendence, with players of the calibre of the Philippines' David Erquiaga, Malaysia's Raiden Kan, China's Xixiang Luo, South Korea's Steve Joonhee Yea, India's Kunal Patni and Singapore's Jun Hao Wu and Zhao Feng in the running.

There was also some international flair in the field, with Germany's Martin Finger, Russia's Maxim Sorokin, Colombia's Andres Vasquez, and the UK's William Kang also in contention.

Add in two former two-time APT Main Event champions in the form of the Philippines' Lester Edoc, and Mike Takayama and the opening flight boasted plenty of talent.

Of these aforementioned poker luminaries, it was Xixiang Luo the man to climb to the top of the chip counts, bagging up a stack of 388,200 after the ten 60-minute levels played out.

Russia's Maxim Sorokin also enjoyed a stellar day at the felt, bagging the second-largest stack of 330,700.

Vietnam's Hai Nam Hoang (267,600) rounded out the top three, with the top ten Day 1A stacks as follows:


  1. Xixiang Luo (China) – 388,200
  2. Maxim Sorokin (Russia) –330,700
  3. Hai Nam Hoang (Vietnam) – 267,600
  4. Tsz Hing Ng (China) – 266,800
  5. Artsiom Panasiuk (Belarus) – 213,000
  6. Phuong Ngoc Nguyen (Vietnam) – 200,300
  7. Trung Ha Nguyen (Vietnam) – 196,700
  8. Tran Thanh Van (Vietnam) – 195,700
  9. Hoan Cong Le (Vietnam) – 187,000
  10. Tran Huy Hoang (Vietnam) – 183,200

The Philippines' Christopher Mateo also made it through with a six-figure stack, concluding play with 159,600 in chips.

Of the previous mentioned notables, Martin Finger (133,700), Steve Yea (92,600), Andres Vasquez (62,400), Kunal Patni (60,500), and Raiden Kan (45,900) were all successful in their quest to make it through.

A total of 72 players safely circumnavigated the tournament minefield and will be returning to action for Day 2, which plays out at 11am (GMT+7) on Thursday, February 9.

There are three more starting flights left to play out, with Day 1B getting underway at 11am (GMT+7) on Tuesday, February 7. This second starting flight has a slightly shorter level length of 45-minutes and players will compete over ten levels.

The last two starting flights – Day 1B & 1C – will both run on Wednesday, February 8, starting at 11am and 5pm respectively, both consisting of ten 30-minutes levels apiece.

You can follow all the action as it played out via the APT blog.

For Main Event Day 1A Survivors please CLICK HERE

South Korea's Namhyung Kim Wins NLH/PLO Single Day High Roller

NLH PLO High Roller champ 2.jpg Namhyung Kim claimed his maiden APT title in the Event #15 NLH/PLO Single Day High Roller 8 Max

The ₫50,000,000+5,000,000 Event #15 NLH/PLO – Single Day High Roller – 8 Max attracted 15 entrants, including the likes of Australia's Aaron Lim, the Philippines' Mike Takayama, Malaysia's Ben Loo, and South Korea's Namhyung Kim.

Of these, only Lim and Kim would make the money, with Kim the man to emerge as the tournament top dog and win the largest slice of the ₫727,500,000 (~$31,282) prize pool.

Three players cashed in total, with Kim defeating Lim heads-up to take the ₫349,200,000 (~$15,015) top prize and claim his maiden APT title in the process.

Lim banked ₫232,800,000 ($10,010) for his runner-up finish, with Vietnam's Thai Son Hoang collecting ₫145,500,000 ($6,256) for third.


  1. Namhyung Kim (South Korea) – ₫349,200,000
  2. Aaron Lim (Australia) – ₫232,800,000
  3. Thai Son Hoang (Vietnam) – ₫145,500,000

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

Canada's Duncan Son Wins Inaugural Monday Madness – Single Re-Entry

Monday Madness champion.jpg Canada's Duncan Son claimed his second APT title in the inaugural Monday Madness Event

Another new addition to the APT schedule, the ₫15,000,000+1,500,000 Event #16 Monday Madness - Single Re-Entry drew 23 entries (22 unique), generating a ₫334,650,000 (~$14,389) prize pool.

It was Canada's Duncan Son the man to take the honor of becoming the inaugural Monday Madness champion, defeating Russia's German Bukharov heads-up to claim his second APT title.

The Canadian received ₫114,423,000 (~$4,920) for first place after the final three players decided on an ICM deal that saw Son guaranteed a payout of ₫103,046,000, Schell locking up ₫95,667,000 and Bukharov receiving ₫85,000,000.

The trio then opted to shorten the level length from 45 minutes to 15 minutes and play it out for the spare ₫11,377,000 and the title and trophy.

Bukharov, making his third final table appearance in as many days, was once again forced to settle for second place, with Schell the only other player to make the money.


  1. Duncan Son (Canada) – ₫114,423,000
  2. German Bukharov (Russia) – ₫85,000,000
  3. Mathias Schell (Switzerland) – ₫95,067,000

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

Russia's Evgenii Chernyi Claims Maiden APT Title in NLH/PLO Hyper Turbo

NLH PLO Champion 2.png Russia's Evgenii Chernyi won his maiden APT title in Event #18 NLH/PLO Hyper Turbo

The ₫15,000,000+1,500,000 Event #18 NLH/PLO - Hyper Turbo – 8 Max saw 17 players ante-up the entry fee and fight it out at the felt, all looking to claim a share of the ₫247,350,000 (~$10,636) prize pool.

It was Russia's Evgenii Chernyi the man to take it down, defeating the Czech Republic's Lukas Machala heads-up to lay claim to the ₫118,730,000 (~$5,105) top prize and his maiden APT title.

Machala received ₫79,150,000 ($3,403) for his runner-up finish, with South Korea's Bini Yoo the only other player to make the money, collecting ₫49,470,000 ($2,127) for third.


  1. Evgenii Chernyi (Russia) – ₫118,730,000
  2. Lukas Machala (Czech Republic) – ₫79,150,000
  3. Bini Yoo (South Korea) – ₫49,470,000

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