The Asian Poker Tour (APT) is currently underway at Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Among the long line of tournaments scheduled at the APT Kickoff 2019 between 9-20 January, the highlight events are the Main Event and the Championships Event, with India’s Abhinav Iyer taking down the Main Event a couple of days back.
The VND 38,500,000 Championships Event was the next to begin at the venue and once again, a handful of Indian participants were a part of the action so far. Day 1A of the tournament began at 1pm local time yesterday and eventually, 123 entries registered, from which, 60 players managed to get a bag at the end of the day.
Among these 60 players who progressed from the first starting flight, seven Indians are also in contention, including Adda52 Pro Kunal Patni (102,900 chips), Madhav Gupta (100,400 chips), Eka Vedantham (86,800), Shravan Chhabria (79,600), Aditya Sushant (79,400), and Dhaval Mudgal (61,100).
Leading the Indian pack is none other than recent Spartan Millionaire winner Vinod Megalmani. He won INR 25 Lakh in that tournament last month and took that big bankroll addition to play in Vietnam, where he will now progress to Day 2 with a stack of 123,400 chips.
All of them, however, will be trailing Vietnam’s Dinh Xuan Dinh who ended the day with the biggest stack of all – 245,900. APT Philippines Championships Event winner Lim Yohwan is also among the top stacks, bagging 205,900 chips. Qualifiers from Day 1A will now have a day break as they await the results of Day 1B, which starts today at 1pm local time.
With the prize pool already having crossed VND 4.3 billion after the first starting flight, we’re expecting the VND 6 Billion guarantee to be smashed later today. For all updates on the ongoing APT Kickoff Vietnam 2019, keep reading GutshotMagazine.com.
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