Vietnam's Dinh Duc Linh Claims Maiden Major Title; Wins Main Event for VND 3.4BN (~USD $145.5K)

Ben Wilson / 4 Jun 2023

 Vietnam's Dinh Duc Linh Claims Maiden Major Title; Wins Main Event for VND 3.4BN (~USD $145.5K)


HANOI, VIETNAM, June 3, 2023 – The inaugural APT Summer Series Hanoi, Vietnam 2023 Main Event has a champion, with Vietnam's Dinh Duc Linh claiming his first major tournament title on home soil.

Playing out at the tournament tables of the Grand Loyal Poker Club – located on the second and third floors of the luxurious Grand Vista Hanoi Hotel – just nine players out of the 581-strong VND 35,000,000 Main Event field would return for the fourth and final day.

All nine finalists were looking to claim the lion's share of the VND 17,752,455,000 (~USD $759,340) prize pool and tame the coveted golden lion APT Main Event trophy, and after eight 60-minute levels and 194 hands of poker, it was Linh who was crowned champion.

Linh battled back from close to a 3-to-2 chip deficit to defeat the start-of-day chip leader and tournament favorite Akshay Nasa after a heads-up duel that lasted sixty-one hands and played out over two 60-minute levels.

The Vietnamese player earned a career-best score of VND 3,401,355,000 (~USD $145,500) for his first major title victory, denying his Indian opponent a second Main Event title in the process.

While Nasa was forced to settle for the VND 2,116,100,000 (~$90,510) on offer for second place, this also represents a career-best score for the Indian poker professional and moves him up from #21 to #16 on the India All Time Money List.

This victory quadruples Linh's live career tournament winnings, bringing his total up to over $200,000 and shooting him up to #36 from #135 on the Vietnam All Time Money List.

"I want to say thank you to my family, my friends here, and my backers," said an emotional Linh immediately after his monumental win.

"It was a good fight, my competitor was a really strong competitor. I'd also like to thank APT for bringing the festival to Hanoi. I'm spent right now, I'm overwhelmed," concluded Linh, before celebrating with the watching Vietnamese rail and heading off to collect the winner's purse.


  1. Dinh Duc Linh (Vietnam) – VND 3,401,355,000
  2. Akshay Nasa (India) – VND 2,116,100,000
  3. Takumasa Uemura (Japan) – VND 1,514,300,000
  4. Nguyen Duc Cuong (Vietnam) – VND 1,171,700,000
  5. JongWook Kim (South Korea) – VND 923,100,000
  6. Van Sang Nguyen (Vietnam) – VND 722,500,000
  7. Chun Chieh Liu (Taiwan) – VND 534,300,000
  8. Emmanuel Derecho (Australia) – VND 367,500,000
  9. Jeong Ho Hwang (South Korea) – VND 289,400,000

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

You can read a full recap of the Day 4 action via the APT Blog.

Full Final Table coverage is also available via the APT Live Stream.

Vietnam's Duc Trung Vu Wins Record-breaking Double Stack for VND 721.4M (~USD $30.8K)

Event #36 Double Stack champion Duc Trung Vu.jpg The camara shy Duc Trung Vu claimed his second APT title in the record-breaking Double Stack

It proved to be a great day for Vietnamese poker, with local Duc Trung Vu following in the footsteps of Main Event champion Dinh Duc Linh by claiming victory in the record-breaking VND 10,000,000 Event #36 Double Stack - VND 1,500,000,000 GTD.

Just 60 players out of the 428-strong record field returned to action for the second and final day, all guaranteed a slice of the VND 3,736,440,000 (~USD $159,525) prize pool and a payout of at least VND $16,280,000 (~USD $700).

However, it was the VND 721,430,000 (~USD $30,800) top prize and coveted pewter lion silhouette trophy all were aiming for.

It took fifteen 30-minute levels for Vu to claim victory, and his second APT title after defeating compatriot Le Viet Hung heads-up.

This result represents a career fifth-best result for Vu, and brings his total live winning up to over $625,000, moving him up to #9 on the Vietnam All Time Money List.

Hung, who was hunting his maiden APT title, still made a career-best score, collecting VND 461,810,000 (~USD $19,670) for his runner-up finish.

Japan's Yashiro Naoki rounded out the winner's podium, taking VND 331,210,000 (~USD $14,105) for this third-place finish.

After bubbling the Main Event, Junyeob Song received a lucky draw ticket to Event #40 Mini Main Event.

However, the South Korean opted to pay the VND 2 million difference and upgrade this to a ticket to the Double Stack. This paid off dividends, with Song cashing in fifth place for a VND 206,300,000 (~USD $8,790) payday – not a bad result.


  1. Duc Trung Vu (Vietnam) – VND 730,910,000
  2. Le Viet Hung (Vietnam) – VND 461,810,000
  3. Yashiro Naoki (Japan) – VND 331,210,000
  4. Azamat Dyussembekov (Kazakhstan) – VND 263,070,000
  5. Junyeob Song (South Korea) – VND 206,300,000
  6. Fung Kong (China) – VND 161,640,000
  7. Hyeokki Lee (South Korea) – VND 121,510,000
  8. KoangHo Lee (South Korea) – VND 86,300,000
  9. Thien Bui Duc (Vietnam) – VND 68,890,000

Other notables to make the money but come up short of the final table included Malaysia's William Teoh (13th for VND 49,590,000), India's Jasven Saigal (VND 16th for 38,990,000), Canada's Eric Wasylenko (19th for VND 35,200,000), Hong Kong's Edward Yam (38th for VND 20,060,000), and the USA's Robert Kiss (45th for VND 17,410,000).

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

Russia's Fedor Dedelov Leads Final 46 in APT High Roller; Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier Bags Top Three Stack

APT High Roller Day 1 chip leader Fedor Dedelov 2.jpg Russia's Fedor Dedelov holds a commanding lead in the APT High Roller

The third of the APT Summer Series Hanoi, Vietnam 2023 flagship trophy events – the two-day VND 80,000,000 APT High Roller - 8 Max - VND 4,000,000,000 GTD saw some of Asia-Pacifics top poker players duke it out in an attempt to stake their claim to the coverted bronze APT High Roller lion trophy.

The tournament attracted a 166-strong (104 unique) field jam packed with talent including France's top tournament professional Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, bracelet winners Abhinav Iyer and Alex Lindop, South Korea's #2 ranked tournament player Gab Yong Kim, and a whole host of others.

After fifteen 40-minute levels just 46 were left in contention for a share of the VND 11,593,440,000 (~USD $493,700) prize pool, although only 23 of them will be getting paid.

All APT High Roller payouts with USD currency conversions can be viewed HERE

The man returning in the best of postions to claim the VND 2,695,460,000 (~USD $114,797) top prize is Fedor Dedelov. The Russian player bagged up a commanding chip lead of 1,324,000 – more than double that of next closest rival Phan Minh Duc of Vietnam, who concluded play with a stack of 671,000.

The man in third is no stranger to deep runs in high stakes tournament fields, with Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier bagging a top three stack of 666,000, with the top ten stacks as follows:


  1. Fedor Dedelov (Russia) – 1,324,000
  2. Phan Minh Duc (Vietnam) – 671,000
  3. Bertrand Grospellier (France) – 666,000
  4. Nguyen Huu Dung (Vietnam) – 637,000
  5. Lev Kydatov (Russia) – 635,000
  6. Ngo Khoa Anh (Vietnam) – 618,000
  7. Sean Tan (Singapore) – 600,000
  8. Trung Quan Nguyen (Vietnam) – 551,000
  9. Nguyen Thi Bao An (Vietnam) – 551,000
  10. Kunal Patni (India) – 545,000

Of the aforementioned notables, Kim (276,000), Lindop (151,000), and Iyer (102,000) all made the cut, although the latter is one of the shorter stacks.

The second and final day gets underway at 12:15pm local time, and the tournament will play down to a champion.

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

For APT High Roller Day 2 Draw please CLICK HERE

China's Jin Long Hu Leads Final 28 in Event #40 Mini Main Event - VND 1,000,000,000 GTD

Mini Main Event Flight A chip leader Jin Long_Hu.jpg China's Jin Hong Hu holds the overall lead in the Mini Main Event after topping the Flight A counts

The two-day VND 8,000,000 Event #40 Mini Main Event - VND 1,000,000,000 GTD saw 308 total entries (188 unique) fight it out over the two starting flights, all looking to lock up a seat for Day 2.

This generated a VND 2,151,072,000 (~USD $91,612) prize pool, with the eventual winner taking home a VND 429,012,000 (~USD18,270) top prize.

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

The opening Flight A saw 195 players enter the tournament arena. By the time the nineteen 30-minute levels played out just 28 of them were left in the running.

It was China's Jin Long Hu topping the counts, concluding play with a stack of 812,000 – putting him in the overall lead coming into Day 2.

Vietnam's Phuong Ngoc Nguyen (535,000), and Xuan Long Le (518,000) rounded out the top three Flight A stacks and will be returning fourth and fifth in the Day 2 counts respectively.

For Mini Main Event Flight A Survivors please CLICK HERE

Mini Main Event Flight B chip leader Tran Minh Thang.jpg Vietnam's Tran Minh Thang topped the Flight B counts of the Mini Main Event

Flight B played out with slightly faster 20-minute levels, and saw a further 113 entries.

Of these initial entries, just 15 of them will be returning for Day 2, with Vietnam's Tran Minh Thang topping the Flight B counts with a stack of 566,000 – which puts him in second coming into the final day.

Thailand Nantawat Sripirom (547,000), and France's Jules Blondel (495,000) rounded out the top three Flight B stacks, which puts them third and sixth respectively in the Day 2 pecking order, with the top ten Day 2 stacks as follows:

For Mini Main Event Flight B Survivors please CLICK HERE


  1. Jin Long Hu (China) – 812,000
  2. Tran Minh Thang (Vietnam) – 566,000
  3. Nantawat Sripirom (Thailand) – 547,000
  4. Phuong Ngoc Nguyen (Vietnam) – 535,000
  5. Xuan Long Le (Vietnam) – 518,000
  6. Jules Blondel (France) – 495,000
  7. Luo Zhang (China) – 477,000
  8. Huu Manh Nguyen (Vietnam) – 464,000
  9. Daiki Kohagi (Japan) – 444,000
  10. Eric Ceret (France) – 425,000

Day 2 gets underway at 12:15pm on Sunday, June 4 with the tournament playing down to a champion.

For Mini Main Event Day 2 Draw please CLICK HERE


Singapore's Andy Li Snags Fourth APT Title in Event #38 Turbo - 8 Max

Event #38 Turbo - 8 Max champion Andy Li.jpg

Playing out in the early hours of Saturday morning, the VND 15,000,000 Event #38 Turbo - 8 Max saw 34 players in action (29 unique), all competing for a VND 445,230,000 (~USD $18,980) prize pool.

It was Singapore's Andy Li who claimed the VND 164,740,000 (~USD $7,050) top prize, defeating South Korea's SeongGwon Kim heads-up to snag his fourth APT title.

Kim – who was gunning for his maiden APT title – had to be content with silver and the VND 113,530,000 (~USD $4,840) on offer for second place.

Vietnam's Ta Nhat Vu completed the winner's triumvirate, collecting VND 72,350,000 (~USD $3,080) for third.

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


  1. Andy Li (Singapore) – VND 164,740,000
  2. SeongGwon Kim (South Korea) – VND 113,530,000
  3. Ta Nhat Vu (Vietnam) – VND 72,350,000
  4. Sungkyu Jeon (South Korea) – VND 52,310,000
  5. Piyalap Ungprasert (Thailand) – 42,300,000

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

India's Dhaval Mudgal Wins Third APT Title in Event #39 Turbo

Event #39 Turbo champion Dhaval Mudgal 2.jpg India's Dhaval Mudgal claimed his third APT title in Event #39 Turbo

Just nine weeks after claiming his second APT title at APT Phu Quoc, Indian poker professional Dhaval Mudgal was back to his winning ways in the VND 5,000,000 Event #39 Turbo.

Mudgal bested a 62-strong field (54 unique) to take the lion's share of the VND 270,630,000 (~USD $11,525) prize pool, defeating Taiwan's Yao Yu Ho after a 15-minute level-long heads-up confrontation.

In addition to taking a top prize of VND 78,900,000 (~USD $3,360), Mudgal now has a lovely pair of bookends with which to adorn his mantlepiece, claiming a brand new APT gold lion side event trophy to accompany his old school APT foo lion trophy.

Ho, who was hunting his second live tournament title and maiden APT title, had to settle for the VND 56,830,000 (~USD $2,420) on offer for second place.

Vietnam's Vu Cuong Nguyen rounded out the winner's podium, receiving VND 36,940,000 (~USD $1,570) for third place.

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


  1. Dhaval Mudgal (India) – VND 78,900,000
  2. Yao Yu Ho (Taiwan) – VND 56,830,000
  3. Vu Cuong Nguyen (Vietnam) – VND 36,940,000
  4. Wei Kit Sia (Malaysia) – VND 27,870,000
  5. Duc Chinh Tran (Vietnam) – VND 21,650,000
  6. Hoai Nam Le (Vietnam) – VND 16,780,000
  7. Yurina Omuro (Japan) – VND 13,260,000
  8. Yuka Niwa (Japan) – VND 10,280,000
  9. Tee Hoe Giam (Malaysia) – VND 8,120,000

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