The Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam Phu Quoc 2021 supposed to take place between 17-28 March 2021 has been postponed due to international travel restrictions as well as curfew in local cities across Vietnam.
The tour has been postponed to take place later this year. APT took to social media to make the announcement and further added that updates related to the same will be soon available. It is a bit morbidly amusing that the series’ venue was the coincidently named Corona Casino & Resort in Phu Quoc. COVID-19 clearly is continuing to play spoilsport with live events across the world and Asia is proving to be no exception. The resort-cum-hotel itself has not released any updates on the same yet.
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Though APT Vietnam has been postponed, the Taiwan edition i.e., APT Taipei, has been taking place as per schedule. The series assures INR 1.43 Crore (NT$ 5.5 Million) in guaranteed prize pools. According to the calendar of events, the APT Philippines 2021 has been scheduled to begin on 28 April and goes up to 9 May 2021. There is no update per se about the forthcoming APT Philippines tournament.
Though the live tour has been postponed, the online series was a major hit. APT and PokerBaazi teamed up to host an exclusive series to be held for Indian players. The series took place from 15 to 26 March 2020 and had a minimum prize pool of INR 8 Crore. Rajat Mahajan aka ‘happyfish’ won the Main Event and took a pay cheque of INR 34.06 Lakh.
Vietnam is one of the relatively new stops on the Asian poker circuit and it has been a good one for the Indian players who have travelled there prior to Covid. In January 2019 we saw India’s first WSOP solo bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer claiming the Main Event title at Vietnam for a top prize of INR 69.51 Lakh. Prior to that, another big win was by Delhi’s Dhaval Mudgal who also claimed the Main Event title in the October 2018 edition of WPT winning INR 76.02 Lakh.
Hopefully live poker will come back on track for Vietnam soon enough as it is one of the few Asian countries that managed to keep their Covid outbreak to very manageable numbers and is one of the lowest in the region. To know more about the APT tournament series, keep reading GutshotMagazine.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Telegram.