At the end of Day 9 of Asian Poker Tour (APT) Summer Festival Hanoi 2022, Indian poker pro Amit Kaushik shipped the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo event and won another APT title for India. Held at the Vietnam Series of Poker (VSOP), the series began on 12th July and will come to an end on 24th July. Other players who took home titles are Ha Van Tien and Tran Thanh Tung.
The Deep Stack Hyper Turbo was a side event and wrapped up quickly in four hours. The event had a buy-in of VN₫ 4,400,000 (~US$ 188) and welcomed 49 entries to its fold. The prize pool reached VN₫ 190,120,000, and the top 9 places were paid. Amit Kaushik found himself not only make the money but also bring home the fourth APT side event title for India. He had a payday of VN₫ 50,645,000.
When the event reached the final six players, Kaushik ended up knocking out two players simultaneously with trips on the board. Kaushik once again repeated his move, as he tank-called and eliminated two players repeatedly. He had hole cards A ♦ 9 ♠ while his opponents Se Han Park had K ♦ T ♦ and Myoung Joo Lee had 5 ❤ 5 ♠. Kaushik knocked them out after an ace fell on the board.
Kaushik had a 4:1 chip lead ahead of his heads-up opponent Quang Vu but had a difficult time eliminating him. They both ended up making a deal with VN₫ 50 million with the trophy given to the winner. The Indian pro then went on to ship the title in the end. This was Kaushik’s second live title after he shipped his first one at Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) 15K Bounty event for ₹5.6 Lakh.
|Se Han Park
|Myoung Joo Lee
|Jeong Seon Han
|Nguyen Dinh Hung
While Kaushik celebrated his victory, another Indian pro, Ankit Wadhawan came close to clinching a title at the NLH Single Day event. The Final Table Series (FTS) 3.0 Main Event winner finished in the runner-up position after being defeated by Tran Thanh Tung. The event was one of the biggest side events which attracted a total of 79 entries.
The buy-in was worth VN₫ 7,700,000, and event had a final prize pool worth VN₫ 536,410,000. The final hand saw Tran’s A ♠ J ♦ take over Wadhawan’s A ♦ K ♣, and the board ran Q ♠ 8 ♠ 6 ♣ J ♠ 4 ♦ . This gave Tran the win and saw Wadhawan exit in the runner-up position. Despite his second place finish, this is Wadhawan’s fourth cash in the series. Not bad!
|Tran Thanh Tung
|Jeon Byeong Cheol
|Li Dinh Hung
|Dang Duy Thanh
|Le Dinh Hai
|Luong Viet Thai Duong
|Tran Duc Son
With the Main Event all wrapped up, the next big event of the series is the Championships Event. The first starting flight, Day 1A saw a total of 78 entries participate in the event. Day 1A ended with 28 survivors making it to Day 2 among with Ham Heung Chul from Korea leading the lot with a stack of 422,800 chips.
Among the 28 to make it was Indian player Anuj Yadav with a stack of 105,000 chips. Yadav is a prolific pro and is best known for topping the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) July 2021 leaderboard. Ritwik Khanna also made it with 92,000 chips along with fellow Indian Kamal Kumar Sogani who had 51,800 chips.
There will be one more starting flight, Day 1B which will end after Level 8. Day 2 of the event will take place on 22nd July with Day 3 scheduled on 23rd July. The final eight of the event will then take place on 24th July and end with a champion being crowned.
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