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APT Ho Chi Minh 2022: India’s Manoj Pentakota In Top 3 After ME Day 1A Poker
Donna Amo
Posted on 12 Aug, 2022
By Donna Amo
On 12 Aug, 2022
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By Donna Amo
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APT Ho Chi Minh 2022: India’s Manoj Pentakota In Top 3 After ME Day 1A


The Asian Poker Tour (APT) is now on its next stop at the Saigon Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh. The series continues to draw in a large pool of players from all over the world to its live felts. One of the highly anticipated events in the series is the APT Main Event which has a massive VND 6 Billion guarantee. The Day 1A starting flight of the Main Event has now come to an end with Indian player Manoj Pentakota in the top three chip leads.

Day 1A of the Main Event drew in a total of 248 entries out of which 114 players advanced onto Day 2. The survivors were led by Vietnamese player Ngo Van Dat who accumulated a total of 208,200 chips by the end of the day. Tom Tran from the United States was the second chip lead with 199,900 chips. Following close behind was Indian Manoj Pentakota who was the third highest chip lead with a stack of 189,800 chips.

Who is Manoj Pentakota?

APT Ho Chi Minh 2022: India’s Manoj Pentakota In Top 3 After ME Day 1A

Manoj Pentakota (Photo Credit: Asian Poker Tour)

Manoj Pentakota is an India poker player who has over ₹1.96 Crore in lifetime online earnings (source: PokerGuru). Pentakota has played multiple live events in India, Vietnam, Macau, and Cambodia. He has shipped a live title in February 2017 at the Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) High Roller in India for $49,229 and another at the DPT Tag Team in April 2017 for $3,656. He also clinched a winning title at APT Macau when he shipped the Head Hunter 1,000/Bounty for $6,025.

Other Indian Players

Vinayak Bajaj and Nikhil Kedia were the two other Indians besides Pentakota to make it to Day 2 via the Day 1A flight. Bajaj had a chip stack of 28,200 while Kedia has 20,800 in chips. Bajaj is a prolific Indian player and has won multiple online titles in his home country and has played a few live events.

APT Ho Chi Minh 2022: India’s Manoj Pentakota In Top 3 After ME Day 1A

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