The 2018 Asia Poker League (APL) Road Series Vol. 3 hosted at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City is in books. While many Indians attended the series, Team India’s performance was headlined by Abhishek Paul who scooped 2 notable scores. He won the Hyper Turbo Event for VND 34 Million (INR 1.05 Lac) and made a deep run in the VND 8 Billion GTD Main Event with a 27th place finish (VND 53,470,000 – INR 1,61,712). Finally, the ace player Sumit Sapra closed out the series in style with a remarkable 3r-place finish in the High Roller for VND 849,230,000 (~INR 25,65,728).
Shipping the High Rollers event was Korea’s Eunho Kwon who defeated 141 runners to win VND 699,250,000 (INR 21,16,323) after making a 3-way deal with Sapra and Tanaka Masatoshi.
High Rollers Payouts:
1st Eunho Kwon – VND 699,250,000 (deal)
2nd Tanaka Masatoshi – VND 749,250,000 (deal)
3rd Sumit Sapra – VND 849,230,000 (deal)
4th Phong Vu Hai – VND 258,500,000
5th Linh Tran – VND 201,050,000
6th Tzai Wei Phua – VND 168,230,000
7th Nguyen Chi Thinh – VND 145,660,000
8th Nguyen Hoa Thinh – VND 129,450,000
9th Tran Thanh Vinh – VND 114,680,000
10th Dinh Xuan Dinh – VND 100,530,000
11th Kwok Ting Shum – VND 100,530,000
12th Calvin Tan – VND 100,530,000
13th Nguyen Bao Trung – VND 87,190,000
14th Julien Rouxel – VND 87,190,000
15th Nguyen Hoang Anh – VND 87,190,000
16th Nguyen Van Dong – VND 74,880,000
17th Vu Manh Phong – VND 74,880,000
18th William Ysmael – VND 74,880,000
Sapra is a very active player and takes part in all popular events happening in the Asian region. This year, the player has notched up over a dozen of cashes and some notables among these include his 2nd place finish at WPT Vietnam Welcome Event for $ 7,045, 15th place finish at APL Vietnam High Roller (#Event 12) for $ 2,683, and a 15th place finish at Doupai Cup Main Event in Macau for $ 8,249, which was then followed by a 32nd place in the APPT Macau Main Event for $ 10,708. The player secured his best live just last year when he finished 4th in the WPT India High Roller for $ 17,708.
Another notable Indian-origin player who attended the series was Dhanesh Chainani. He finished 12th in the KO Bounty 2 for VND 11,150,000 (INR 33,721). The biggest headline of the series was undoubtedly Quang Nguyen who took down the coveted Main Event title for VND 1,61,87,50,000.
The other side event winners were Hwang Sang Yeon (DeepStack Open – VND 361,340,000), Le Ngoc Khanh (Super Deepstack for VND 384,980,000), Duy Ho (6-Max Turbo- BB Ante for VND 67,460,000), Tran Huy Hoang (Hyper Turbo 2 for VND 74,650,000), Ang Boon Seng (KO Bounty 2 for VND141,300,000), Lee Keun Woo (NLHE Turbo 2 for VND 152,370,000), Sam Teck Choon Ng (NLHE BB Ante 2 for VND 136,480,000) and David Battersby (NLHE BB Ante 3 for VND 154,470,000).