The Asian Poker Tour (APT) is headed to Vietnam with the APT Hanoi Billions 2023 to close out their live poker year in style. This highly awaited APT Hanoi Billions 2023 boasts of a VND 60 Billion (~USD $2.5M) in guaranteed prize pool which makes it one of the most promising poker festivals of APT in the last 15 years.
The upcoming tournament will take place between 1st and 10th December at the National Convention Center. It is organized in partnership with the Vietnam Series of Poker and will ensure that players have a memorable experience. With the highly anticipated event almost upon us, here’s everything that you need to know about APT Hanoi Billions 2023, so you can start planning your poker trips to Hanoi accordingly.
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The opening weekend of APT Hanoi Billions 2023 starts off with the two-day VND 12 Million APT Kickoff and is followed by the two-day VND 15 Million Mystery Millions. For those who have a bigger bankroll and are looking to win big, it is worth noting that the action-packed poker series boasts a VND 25 Billion ($1 Million) Main Event as well as other marquee events like VND 80 Million APT High Roller, VND 120 Million APT Super High Roller, and the VND 250 Million Superstar Challenge.
This 10-day live poker extravaganza will see different games and formats like, pot-limit Omaha (PLO) and variations of the No Limit Hold’em (NLH) along with a range of buy-in options making this Asian Poker Tour series exciting for participants, both new and old to poker, also making it one of the best live poker experiences in Asia.
APT Main Event: The much-anticipated APT Main Event with a significant VND 25 Billion ($1 million) guarantee will headline the event, running between from 4th to 9th December 2023, featuring four opening flights taking place between 1st to 3rd December 2023. The previous APT Main Events in Taipei 2023 and Incheon 2023 greatly exceeded their prize pool guarantees, with 1,434 and 930 entries respectively, and expectations are high for the Hanoi Billions 2023 Main Event to follow suit.
All eyes would be on Vietnam’s Dinh Duc Linh who won the APT Summer Series Hanoi 2023 Main Event Title for VND 3,401,355,000 (~$145,500). Will he defend his title, or we will have a new champion to claim the esteemed 24K Golden Lion flagship trophy?!
Mystery Bounty Hunter: Natural8’s sponsored Mystery Bounty Hunter guarantees a VND 5 Billion prize pool, featuring two starting flights commencing on Saturday, 2nd December at 11 AM and 4:15 PM (Local Time). Players will begin with a starting stack of 30,000.
At the APT Summer Series Hanoi 2023, this same event set a precedent as a record-breaking tournament which saw Singapore’s Alex Lee triumph over a 320-player field, seizing the majority of the VND 1.8 Billion (~$78K) prize pool.
APT Super High Roller: Commanding the second largest buy-in (VND 120M / ~ $5K) of the schedule, the APT Super High Roller 8 Max features an impressive VND 4 Billion in guarantee and the prestigious Series flagship trophy, the sought-after pewter lion. Will Malaysia’s Shung Er Sua secure a repeat victory and add another lion to his collection, or will a new champion emerge to claim the coveted trophy?
The other key events of the series:
▪ APT Kickoff: VND 3 Billion ($126K) GTD | 1st to 2nd December 2023 | Buy-in VND 12 Million (~$500)
▪ Mystery Millions sponsored by Natural8: VND 5 Billion (~$210K) GTD | 2nd to 3rd December 2023 | Buy-in VND 15 Million (~$630)
▪ Sunday Super Stack: VND 2 Billion ($84K) GTD | 3rd December 2023 | Buy-in VND 10 Million ($420)
▪ Superstar Challenge: VND 4 Billion ($168K) GTD | 4th December 2023 | Buy-in VND 250 Million ($10.5K)
▪ Mini Main Event: VND 3.5 Billion ($147K) GTD | 9th to 10th December 2023 | Buy-in VND 12 Million ($500)
▪ APT High Roller: VND 5 Billion ($210K) GTD | 9th to 10th December 2023 | Buy-in VND 80 Million ($3.3K)
Players worldwide are eagerly anticipating the Mega Satellites to APT Hanoi Billions $1M GTD ME series, and Natural8 offers multiple pathways to secure a coveted spot in this grand event. Access the APT Hanoi Billions Main Event through exclusive Mega Satellites, OnLive Day 1s, Country Exclusives, or via online direct buy-ins and receive an enticing additional $50,000* bonus upon emerging victorious in the APT Main Event.
Secure one of the 50 valuable seats, each valued at a minimum VND 36,000,000 (~$1,480), for entry into the esteemed $1M GTD APT Main Event LIVE Day 1 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Notably, 20 of these exclusive seats also include an additional $520, elevating these packages to luxurious $2,000 offers.
The Mega Satellites serve as a gateway to the APT Hanoi Billions $1M GTD ME Live Day 1, with five scheduled events, each featuring 10 seats. These Mega Satellites will take place on specific Sundays, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th November, respectively on Natural8 (not for Indian players) offering different buy-in options and various seat packages, ensuring players have multiple chances to secure their entry into the main event.
Furthermore, for a more expedited route to the live APT Main Event Day 3, players can participate in the OnLive Day 1s, competing online and skipping the live Day 2, directly progressing to the thrilling live Day 3 in Hanoi. These OnLive events begin on Sunday, 12th November, providing an alternate and exhilarating pathway to the APT Hanoi Billions Main Event.
If you are inspired by this and wish to etch your name in the APT history books, here’s your opportunity to thrive. Pack your bags for Hanoi, Vietnam and gear up for a thrilling live poker series. Don’t forget to reach out to us at Gutshot Magazine if you need any further help planning your trip to Hanoi!
Smit is a sports writer at Gutshot Magazine. After completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Media, and a Master’s degree in Sports Management, this sports fanatic uses articles as a tool to express his opinions. Bring up cricket or football and you will find this usually quiet guy speak for hours! He also co-heads the official supporters club of Chelsea FC in Mumbai, wherein he hosts screenings, football meets and other such events.
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