The APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Main Event VND 6 Billion GTD Championship is currently underway at the APT’s partner and host venue Pro Poker Club in Vietnam. The prestigious event drew a record participation of 499 players and generated VND 9.68 Billion (INR 2.87 Crores) in the prize pool. From Team India, several poker players were seen in action in this event, including the emerging player Devesh Thapar, the latest Adda52 Millions winner Sumit Sapra, and Ravi Priya.
In total, 53 players have made it to Day 3 of the event that will play down to the eight-handed final table today. Among those making it to Day 3 of the event, India’s Devesh Thapar (547,000) will return to the felts with the third largest stack. Leading the 53 survivors into Day 3 will be Nguyen Van Dung holding 787,000 in chips and Choong Kian Weng who holds 755,000 in chips.
Early this year, the Delhi lad Devesh Thapar won the VND 4,000,000 KO Bounty of APL Road Series Vol. 2 in Vietnam for VND 94,164,000 ( INR 2.77 Lac). The young gun is now in contention for the top prize of VND 1.63 Billion (INR 48.40 Lac) at the APT Vietnam HCM Main Event Championship.
The championship saw 3 starting flights. The Day 1A drew 100 entries with 37 players entering Day 2 with Vietnamese Dang Xuan Canh (193,000) having the top stack. The Day 1B attracted147 players and 60 of them bagged chips for Day 2 with Malaysian player Choong Kian Weng (172,000) holding the biggest stack. India’s Sumit Sapra (93,000) and Ravi Priya (45,000) crossed the challenges of Day 1B, while Devesh Thapar (105,100) emerged among the top ten stacks from the Day 1C flight. A total of 107 players made Day 2 from the Day 1C with Kang Suuk Hyun (190,900) holding the chip lead.
The event has now moved into Day 3 with just 53 players remaining. A total of 84 spots are to be paid out in this event. The former APT champion Iori Yogo has bubbled the event after his pocket jacks losing to the pocket kings of Frederic Bolliet. Nguyen Van Dung holding 787,000 is the current chip leader and following him is Choong Kian Weng with 755,000. Here are top chip counts:
- Nguyen Van Dung – 787,000
- Choong Kian Weng – 755,000
- Devesh Thapar – 547,000
- Johannes Felix Hoeld – 525,000
- Nguyen Trung Hieu – 516,000
- Oeystein W.B. Nordii – 499,000
- Alex Lee – 461,000
- Lee Sang Jik – 423,000
- Kwang Jin Lee – 318,000
- Son Putin – 299,000
Bonomo Leads Final Six In WSOP $1,000,000 Buy-In WSOP Big One For One Drop
The final table of the WSOP Event #78: The Big One for One Drop – $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em is eventually set. A total of 27 players entered this event, creating a prize pool of $24,840,000 and raising over $2 million for the One Drop Foundation. After 2 days of the ultra high stakes action, only six players remain to fight it out for the bracelet and the first-place prize of $10,525,000.
A Look at Final Table Chip Counts
The chip leader at the final table is none other than Justin Bonomo holding 48,950,000 in chips. This year has been amazing for Bonomo as he has made 18 final tables in 2018 prior to this event, winning 9 titles and cashing for $14,811,941 along the way. Interestingly, he shipped both the $2,000,000 HKD Super High Roller Bowl China and the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas, and then he won his second WSOP bracelet by winning the $10,000 heads-up NLH championship.
Bonomo currently sits in third place on the lifetime live tournament earnings list with a total of $32,965,927. If he finishes second or better in this event, he will move ahead of Erik Seidel ($34,635,757) and Daniel Negreanu ($38,487,710) and become the leader on the all-time money list.
Following Bonomo in chips are the two well-known poker pros: Fedor Holz (6th – $26,987,103) and Dan Smith (14th – $21,099,119). Holz has earned his only WSOP bracelet by taking down the $111,111 One Drop high roller in 2016 for $4,981,775. He has won $16,288,714 in live tournaments.
Other players at the final table include Rick Salomon, a former Hollywood producer who plays in high-stakes poker games, David Einhorn, who is a hedge fund manager and philanthropist, and the short stack Byron Kaverman, who is a WSOP bracelet winner with $12,501,176 in lifetime earnings.