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APT Main Event Winners 2023 Poker
Smit Trivedi
Posted on 23 Oct, 2023
By Smit Trivedi
On 23 Oct, 2023
By Smit Trivedi
On 23 Oct, 2023

APT Main Event Winners 2023

It would not be wrong to deem the Asian Poker Tour (APT) as one of the most prominent poker series on the Asian continent. This tournament series has acted as a solid springboard for players to make a name for themselves and gain good momentum in the big leagues. APT is one of the most awaited series in the Asian continent, with an APT event boosting a player’s credibility at the international level.

One of the best things about APT is that it hosts multiple stops during a year, with the APT Main Event having a certain aura and prominence amongst players. Winning an APT Main Event is a dream for many players and the significance of the tournament also sees the number of entrants for the event go up exponentially with each passing edition. Let’s look at all the APT Main Event winners from the 2023 editions like APT Hanoi, Phu Quoc, Taipei, Summer Series Hanoi, Da Nang, and Incheon, South Korea in this article.

APT Main Event Winners 2023


APT Edition


Winning Prize

Winning Prize ($)

Hoang Hai Nam

APT Hanoi


VND 2,794,200,000


Jacque Patrick

APT Phu Quoc


VND 2,304,200,000


Punnat Punsri

APT Taipei


TWD 11,210,400


Dinh Duc Linh

APT Summer Series Hanoi


VND 3,401,355,000


Shixiang Khoo

APT Summer Series Da Nang


VND 3,935,285,000


Shoichiro Tamaki

APT Incheon


KRW 271,447,000


APT Hanoi, Vietnam 2023

The 2023 series of APT kick-started with APT Hanoi, Vietnam 2023. The tournament series flagged off on 3rd February, with the event going on till 12th February 2023. It was played at the VSOP Club in Hanoi and saw local poker star Hoang Hai Nam win the APT Hanoi Main Event 2023. 

The Vietnam-based poker pro managed to defeat a pool of 654 entrants and win VND 25,000,000 + 2,500,000 No Limit Hold ’em – APT Main Event to pocket VND 2,794,200,000 ($119,029) from a prize pool of VND 15,859,500,000. 

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He topped the win with yet another first-place finish in the VND 6,600,000 NLHE- VSOP Kick-Off at VSOP Championship VII and earned VND 360,000,000 ($15,277) a few days later.

Then, he went on to record his then-best cash at the U Series of Poker (USOP) Hanoi 2023 by winning the VND 112,000,000 + 8,000,000 NLHE- Superstar Challenge Event and walking away with VND 3,000,000,000 ($124,714).

Nam ended up breaking his own best live cash record three days later by shipping the VND 80,000,000 + 8,000,000 No Limit Hold ’em – Super High Roller Event to earn VND 3,070,000,000 ($127,563). 

APT Phu Quoc, Vietnam 2023

Played at the Corona Resort and Casino, this series ran between 24th March to 2nd April 2023. England’s Ramsden Jacque Patrick faced tough competition from a field of 507 players as he won the VND 30,000,000 + 3,000,000 NLHE Main Event which consisted of a prize pool of VND 14,753,700,000.

The Englishman claimed first place and walked away with VND 2,304,200,000 ($ 98,044) at APT Phu Quoc, Vietnam 2023. It is worth noting that this win remains to be the best live cash he has recorded in his career as of October 2023.

APT Taipei, Taiwan 2023

The action shifted from Vietnam to Taiwan with APT Taipei 2023, which was hosted at the Asia Poker Arena. This live poker series was played between 28th April and 7th May 2023 and saw Punnat Punsri win $ 45,000 + 5,000 APT Main Event which consisted of a prize pool of TWD 62,594,100. The Thailand-based player featured in a field of 1,434 entrants to win TWD 11,210,400 ($364,315).

He is one of the best players in APT events, with the player ranked in the top 15 on the APT All Time Money List with over $450,000 in winnings. Ranked first on Thailand’s All Time Money List, Punsri has recorded over $11 Million in total live earnings as of October 2023 with a best live cash of $3,107,000 which he earned for a third-place finish at Triton $250,000 + 12,500 NLHE Luxon Invitational.

APT Summer Series Hanoi, Vietnam 2023

Coming back to Vietnam for the APT Summer Series event, this poker extravaganza took place between 26th May and 4th June 2023 at the Grand Loyal Poker Club in Grand Vista Hotel. Dinh Duc Linh won the VND 31,500,000 + 3,500,000 APT Main Event against a pool of 581 entries to win VND 3,401,355,000 ($144,877) from a prize pool VND 17,752,455,000. 

The Vietnamese player has recorded just over $220,000 in total live earrings as of October 2023 with Dinh Duc Linh’s win at the APT Summer Series Main Event 2023 also remains his best-ever live cash so far. 

APT Summer Series Da Nang, Vietnam 2023

The APT Summer Series Da Nang was hosted at the Furama Resort Danang (Ariyana Convention Centre) between 21st to 30th July 2023. Shixiang Khoo from Singapore defeated a field of 675 entries and shipped the VND 31,500,000 + 3,500,000 APT Main Event which boasted a prize pool of VND 20,624,625,000. He walked away with VND 3,935,285,000 ($166,302) in winnings, which remains the best high score for him at the time of writing. 

APT Incheon, South Korea 2023

The APT Incheon South Korea 2023 was played at the Paradise City Casino between 25th August to 3rd September. It saw Japan-based Shoichiro Tamaki win the KRW 2,300,000 APT Main Event and won KRW 271,447,000 ($205,025) against a field of 930 players from a KRW 1,867,347,000 prize pool. Following the same trend as above, this was Tamaki’s best live cash as he also finished 2nd in APT Incheon’s event – KRW 300,000 Midnight Tick Tock.



Asian Poker Tour History 

Founded in 2008 by a group of poker enthusiasts, the Asian Poker Tour noticed the growth potential of poker in Asia. A key objective of the APT was to establish a professional and competitive poker tour in the entire region, with APT said to aim to become a prime series in Asia.

The first-ever APT tour officially kicked off in 2008. APT started off with APT Macau and the Philippines in the first year and continued to go on for the first three years. They started to add more stops, with APT making a stop in Goa, India, in 2011.

Since then, APT has held multiple events across various venues, which include Cambodia, Manila, Mauritius, Macau, Philippines, China, and Vietnam, with a special event also taking place in London. APT also took players to Sydney as a special event in 2013. It also moved around to Prague apart from the other above-mentioned venues.  

Indians at APT Poker Tournaments

Abhinav Iyer, India’s first solo bracelet winner won the Asian Poker Tour (APT) in Ho Chi Minh city back in 2019 where he outlasted a field of 525 players across various starting flights. He ended up claiming the top prize of VND 2,269,092,000 ($98,055) prize as well as the title in what was a momentous achievement in his poker career.

In the same year, Akshay Nasa claimed the Main Event of APT Ho Chi Minh 2019 during the November edition where his exceptional poker skills earned him top prize of VND1,486,560,000 ($64,334) and the title. 

Almost four years later, we saw yet another Indian win an APT Main Event title as Indian pro and poker coach Shardul Parthasarathi shipped the Main Event of APT Hanoi 2023. It is worth noting that the heads-up of this Main Event was, between two Indians, Parthasarathi and Ashish Munot. It was Parthasarathi who got the last laugh as he claimed the APT Main Event trophy alongside the top prize of VND 1,929,250,000 (~₹64.82 Lakh).

Since these wins, APT has gone on to quickly gain a lot of popularity amongst Indian players as well as other professional poker players from all over the world. All the APT tours offer an unmatched poker experience to all players across the lavish venue which makes APT poker tournaments simply unmissable.

APT Offerings 

One of Asia’s biggest poker series, APT offers multiple poker events which includes No-Limit Texas Hold’em (NLH), alongside Pot-Limit Omaha(PLO) and several other variants of the card game. It is generally hosted over for a week with all these multiple tournaments taking place simultaneously. 

It is also worth noting that APT series include events across different buy-in levels. With all these tournaments also having satellite tournaments, these side events give players the chance to fight against the best to earn impressive prize money despite having varied bankrolls.

Citing all these factors, APT has gone on to establish a legacy for itself. Known to provide an unforgettable experience to the players, this tournament series has also played a key role in unearthing raw talents across various stops across Asia.  

What’s next in APT? 

The APT schedule has APT Hanoi Billions 2023 as the next event which is scheduled to take place at the National Convention Centre (NCC). It will be played between 1st to 10th December 2023 and promises to be a super hit affair, with players expected to walk away with great cash rewards. This event will see several top-tier pros grind at the series which presents an excellent opportunity for aspiring poker players and recreationals to learn and meet the pros. To read more about APT Hanoi Billions 2023, click here.

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