The Asian Poker Tour (APT) Ho Chi Minh 2022 Main Event was a spectacular affair, with eight players making it to the final table. Held at the Saigon Poker Club, Vietnamese player Tran Tuan Anh eventually took home the prestigious title after a one hand flip turned in his favour. Indian poker pro Amit Kaushik finished in third place while Ha Van Thein was the runner-up.
The final table was down to the last three players. At one point in the three-way battle where the remaining players were guaranteed at least VND 1.25B (~ $53,947.00), the three players asked tournament officials for an Independent Chip Model (ICM) chop. However, instead of giving the winning title to the chip leader which was Tran Tuan Anh, the tournament officials unanimously agreed to set aside VND 50 million (~ $2,150) each from their guaranteed ICM spots to run a one-hand ‘flip’ for VND 150 million (~ $6,450) and the prestigious Main Event trophy.
The poker gods were on Tran’s side as he was ultimately dealt the best hand among the three with K ♣ Q ♦ while Ha Van Thien, who had the second highest chip count at the time, got T ♦ 4 ♠. Indian poker pro Amit Kaushik was dealt Q ♣ 5 ♠.
When the cards A ♦ K ❤ 7 ♦ came on the flop, Tran was ahead as he flopped a King pair. The turn card of 3 ♠ came up which made no difference and as a 4 ♦ appeared on the river, the second place went to Ha Van Thein. This meant that Kaushik finished in the third place. Kaushik has been playing well on the live felts as he shipped the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo event in APT Summer Festival Hanoi Loyal 2022 at the Vietnam Series of Poker (VSOP).
In the end, the three’s chip counts were in line with the flip, and the Tran went on to become the third Vietnamese player to win the APT Main Event. Previously, Dang Xuan Canh took home the trophy in 2018 at APT Ho Chi Minh and Hue Dang in 2022 at APT Phu Quoc. A total of 722 entries participated in the APT Ho Chi Minh Main Event, out of which Tran Tuan Anh eventually emerged victorious. The poker player had entered the final table with the shortest chip stack of 1,880,000 and is now the new ME champion!
Finally, Tran Tuan Anh walked away with a massive payday worth VND 2,127,900,000 (~ $91,500). Ha Van Tien took home VND 1,947,700,000 (~ $83,751) as the runner-up, and Amit Kaushik walked away with VND 1,691,700,000 (~$72,743) in third place.
1st Tran Tuan Anh – VND 2,127,900,000
2nd Ha Van Thein – VND 1,947,700,000
3rd Amit Kaushik – VND 1,691,700,000
4th Yap Tian Yong – VND 906,240,000
5th Vu Van Lich – VND 677,650,000
6th Kim Ki Woong – VND 523,010,000
7th Tun Nguyen – VND 415,300,000
8th Ngyuen Quoc Dinh – VND 338,400,000
The entire live stream of the final table was hosted on the Asian Poker Tour’s YouTube channel. You can watch the entire live stream here:
Donna Amo was a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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