APT Da Nang 2022: Singapore’s Benjamin Sai Wins POS Title, Vietnam’s Dinh Van Tien, Japan’s Satoshi Kuriga Close Out Series With Big Wins

APT Da Nang Vietnam VSOP 2022 hosted in partnership with the Vietnam Series of Poker (VSOP) in the Ballroom of the Risemount Premier Resort in Da Nang from December 8 to 18 concluded with Singapore’s Benjamin Sai winning the coveted Asian Poker Tour Player of the Series (POS) title.

Sai cashed eight times at the inaugural series, winning  Event #1: Mystery Bounty and Event #18: High Roller Single Day to top the leaderboard with 1,341.26 points. His POS victory earned him a Main Event seat to the APT Hanoi 2023 along with the POS trophy and VN₫1,098,050,000 (~$46,118).

According to the official states by the APT, the 10-day inaugural series featuring 34 events saw 478 unique players from 41 countries compete for VN₫40,827,300,000 (~$1,714,958) in prize money. Nearly 29.3% of this prize money was awarded in the Main Event, which saw 217 unique players from 32 different countries battle it out for a VN₫11,960,100,000 (~$502,325) in the prize pool.

Singapore's Benjamin Sai Wins Player of the Series, Japan's Satoshi Kuriga Goes Wire-to-Wire in Super High Roller

Vietnam’s Dinh Van Tien Wins Event #31: Monster Stack For VN₫ 466.35 Million

The final day of the series had five events, with Event #31:Monster Stack being the biggest attraction. The VN₫ 16.5 Million buy-in Event #31 saw 48 qualifiers from two flights, including five Indians.

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In the end, the tournament ended with Event #3: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo winner, Vietnam’s Dinh Van Tien shipping the title and adding a second APT title to his resume. Tien struck a heads-up deal with Russia’s Aleksei Varashev, with both players pocketing VN₫ 466.355 Million (~$19,586) each.

Only three Indians crossed the money line, with Pratik Jain headlining them. He placed fifth for VN₫ 140 Million. The other Indians to cash were Akshay Kapoor (18th for VN₫ 33.74 Million) and Ashish Munot (25th for VN₫ 23.43 Million), with Abhishek Paul and Aditya Sushant falling empty-handed.

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Dinh Van Tien – VN₫ 466,355,000*
  2. Aleksei Varashev – VN₫ 466,355,000*
  3. Hoi Wai Tam – VN₫ 259,360,000
  4. Lam Wing Yin – VN₫ 187,330,000
  5. Pratik Jain – VN₫ 140,100,000
  6. Nguyen Viet Anh – VN₫ 108,120,000
  7. Dinh Tien Thanh– VN₫ 85,860,000
  8. Peter Kiem – VN₫ 69,950,000

Japan’s Satoshi Kuriga Ships Event #32: Super High Roller For VN₫ 707.71 Million

Japan’s Satoshi Kuriga victory in the VN₫ 86 Million buy-in vent #32 Super High Roller was a special one as the player went wire-to-wire, winning the coveted high roller title for VN₫ 707,710,000.

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The second and final day saw the eight surviving Day 1 players joined by a further eight callengers to bring the total field to 16 (15 unique), building  VN₫1,241,600,000 (~$52,147) in the prize pool.

Kuriga returned as the start-of-day chip leader and went wire to wire-to win his third APT title. The key hand for Kuriga came during the six-handed play. Kuriga won a monster three-way pre-flop all-in with his ace-queen dominating Grant Gardner and Sung Keung Pang, both holding ace-king.

After busting Australia’s Tu Thanh Le in third place with the nut flush, Kuriga bested his fellow countryman Keita Minami heads-up to claim the title for the top VN₫ 707,710,000 prize.

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Satoshi Kuriga – VN₫ 707,710,000
  2. Keita Minami – VN₫ 347,650,000
  3. Tu Thanh Le – VN₫ 186,240,000

Korea’s Daeho An (Won Event #35: High Rollers Single Day for VN₫ 271.60 Million), Indonesia’s Jimmy Johan (Won Event #34: High Rollers Single Day for VN₫ 103.830 Million), and Vietnam’s Vu Hoai Lam (Won Event #33: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo for VN₫ 61.31 Million) won the last few APT trophies.