Main Event Opening Flight Draws 86 Entries; Japan's Keita Minami Leads, Japan's Masaya Nakagawa Wins Head Hunter

Ben Wilson / December 10, 2022

Main Event Opening Flight Draws 86 Entries; Japan's Keita Minami Leads, Japan's Masaya Nakagawa Wins Head Hunter

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DA NANG, VIETNAM, December 10, 2022 –The hors d'oeuvre have been served and it's time for the main course, with the opening flight of the APT Da Nang Vietnam VSOP 2022 Main Event – partnered with the Vietnam Series of Poker - (VSOP) playing out in the ballroom of the five-star Risemount Premier Resort.

Day 1A saw 86 players attempt to circumnavigate the tournament minefield and lock up a place in Day 2, with 34 successful in their endevors after the eight 60-minute levels played out.

It was Japan's Keita Minami the man leading the charge, putting on a dominating display of power poker to bulldoze his way to the top of the chip counts.

Minami bagged an impressive 235,000 in chips – almost double that of next closest rival Dinh Van Tien, who followed up his chip leading Day 1A in the Mystery Bounty by bagging the second largest stack of 138,000.

It was another Vietnamese player rounding out the top three podium, with Phuong Ngoc Nguyen concluding play with a stack of 113,700.

In fact, the field's Vietnamese contingent enjoyed a stellar day at the felt, with eight out of the top ten Day 1A tournament stacks piloted by local players:

MAIN EVENT DAY 1A TOP TEN STACKS

  1. Keita Minami (Japan) - 235,000
  2. Dinh Van Tien (Vietnam) - 138,000
  3. Phuong Ngoc Nguyen (Vietnam) - 113,700
  4. Hoa Duc Nguyen (Vietnam) - 112,600
  5. Le Huy Thanh (Vietnam) - 103,600
  6. Nam Phan Dinh (Vietnam) - 93,500
  7. Hieu Nguyen Doan Trung (Vietnam) - 87,200
  8. Ngo Van Dat (Vietnam) - 83,900
  9. Sang Bum Kim (South Korea) - 81,600
  10. Tran Nam Trung (Vietnam) - 79,900

Other notables in contention who found a chip bag included the UK's William Kang (68,600), India's Paawan Bansal (65,000), Singapore's Feng Zhao (57,300), the USA's Paul Kiem (51,800), and India's Aditya Agarwal (28,100) and Aditya Shushant (18,700).

The 34 Day 1A survivors will rejoin the action on Day 2, which gets underway at 12pm (GMT+7) on Tuesday, December 13.

Day 1B kicks off at 12pm (GMT+7) on Sunday, December 11, with the third and final flight – Day 1C – playing out at the same time on Monday, December 12.

For Main Event Day 1A Player List please CLICK HERE

For Main Event Day 1A Survivors please CLICK HERE

You can follow all the action as it happened via the APT blog.

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Japan's Masaya Nakagawa Takes Down Head Hunter

The second and final day of the ₫8,000,000+800,000 Event #4 Head Hunter saw eight finalists return to action out of the initial 132-strong field, all looking to stake their claim to ₫184,380,000 (~$7,745) top prize.

It was Japan's Masaya Nakagawa who proved successful in that regard, defeating Vietnam's Hieu Ngo Hoang heads-up to win his maiden APT title, in addition to bragging rights and the cold, hard cash.

Nakagawa came into the final table as the third largest stack, and brought a commanding 3-to-1 chip lead he would not relinquish into the heads-up confrontation.

Hoang had to settle for the ₫122,920,000 on offer for his runner-up finish, with the final table paying out as follows:

HEAD HUNTER FINAL TABLE RESULTS

  • 1st: Masaya Nakagawa (Japan) –₫184,380,000
  • 2nd: Hieu Ngo Hoang (Vietnam) – ₫122,920,000
  • 3rd: Yuen Ho (China) – ₫85,450,000
  • 4th: Phan Bao (Vietnam) –₫61,720,000
  • 5th: Chamaria Shuchi (India) – ₫46,160,000
  • 6th: Nguyen Manh Hao (Vietnam) – ₫35,620,000
  • 7th: Kristof Segers (Belgium) – ₫28,290,000
  • 8th: Nguyen Van Tung (Vietnam) – ₫23,050,000

All prize pool and payout information can be viewed on the Official Results page.

You can view all the action as it happened via the official YouTube APT Live Stream.

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Japan's Kosei Fujiwara Claims Gold in High Rollers Single Day

Good things come in threes, and that was certainly the case for the APT Da Nang's Japanese poker contingent.

in addition to Minami leading the Main Event opening flight, and Nakagawa taking down the Head Hunter, Japan's Kosei Fujiwara rounded out the triumvirate by claiming gold in the ₫50,000,000+4,000,000 Event #9 High Rollers Single Day.

The tournament attracted 12 entries, generating a ₫582,000,000 (~$24,445) total prize pool, with the top two places paying out.

Fujiwara defeated Malta's Remi Florent heads-up to claim the ₫407,400,000 (~$17,110) top prize, winning his second APT High Roller title in as many months after taking down the Event #33 6-Max High Rollers Hyper Turbo back in November during the recent APT Philippines.

Florent received ₫174,600,000 for his runner-up finish, narrowly missing out on winning his maiden APT title.

For High Rollers Single Day Player List please CLICK HERE

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Russia's Sergey Indenok Wins Pot Limit Omaha

The ₫8,000,000+800,000 Event #7 Pot Limit Omaha drew a 48-strong field (36 unique), generating a ₫372,480,000 (~$15,645) prize pool.

It was Russia's Sergey Indenok who emerged triumphant, besting Vietnam's Pham Duy Tien heads-up to take the ₫116,880,000 (~$4,910) top prize.

Tien made ₫77,920,000 for his runner-up finish, with eight players making the money, with the official eight-handed final table paying out as follows:

PLO FINAL TABLE RESULTS

  • 1st: Sergey Indenok (Russia) – ₫116,880,000
  • 2nd: Pham Duy Tien (Vietnam) – ₫77,920,000
  • 3rd: Chun Kong Kwok (Hong Kong) – ₫54,170,000
  • 4th: Taras Mashevskyi (Ukraine) – ₫39,130,000
  • 5th: Ryan Tan (Singapore) – ₫29,260,000
  • 6th: Kristof Segers (Belgium) – ₫22,580,000
  • 7th: Pham Ngoc Tu (Vietnam) – ₫17,930,000
  • 8th: Anthony Abram (Australia) – ₫14,610,000

For Pot Limit Omaha Player List Please CLICK HERE

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South Korea's Kim Kyoungmi Victorious in Women's Event

The ₫7,000,000+700,000 Event #8 Women's Event drew a 24-strong field (17 unique), generating a ₫162,960,000 (~$6,845) prize pool.

It was South Korea's Kim Kyoungmi who claimed the crown, defeating fellow countrywoman Gyoeun Gwon heads-up to earn her first APT title and the ₫79,700,000 (~$3,345) top prize.

Gwon took away ₫42,760,000 for her runner-up finish, with four players making the money and the final table paying out as follows:

WOMAN'S EVENT RESULTS

  • 1st: Kim Kyoungmi (South Korea) – ₫79,700,000
  • 2nd: Gyoeun Gwon (South Korea) – ₫42,760,000
  • 3rd: Kwon Daeun (South Korea) – ₫24,850,000
  • 4th: Chu Myat Thwe (Vietnam) – ₫15,650,000

You can view all the action as it happened via the official YouTube APT Live Stream.

For Women's Event Player List please CLICK HERE

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Singapore's Keng Yong Tan Wins Event #6 Deep Stack Hyper Turbo

Playing out in the early hours of Saturday morning, the ₫4,000,000+400,000 Event #6 Deep Stack Hyper Turbo attracted a 93-strong field (66 unique).

This generated a ₫360,840,000 (~$15,155) prize pool, with the tournament paying out the top 16 players.

It was Singapore's Keng Yong Tan the man to claim the title, defeating Mongolia's Togtokhbayar Shinekhuu heads-up to take the ₫94,880,000 (~$3,980) top prize, in addition to his maiden APT title.

Shinekhuu received ₫63,270,000 for his runner-up finish, with Vietnam's Lam Xuan Bach rounding out the podium and collecting ₫43,980,000 for third, with the final table paying out as follows:

DEEP STACK HYPER TURBO FINAL TABLE RESULTS

  • 1st: Keng Yong Tan (Singapore) – ₫94,880,000
  • 2nd: Togtokhbayar Shinekhuu (Mongolia) – 63,270,000
  • 3rd: Lam Xuan Bach (Vietnam) – ₫43,980,000
  • 4th: Sungmin Lim (South Korea) – ₫31,770,000
  • 5th: Nguyen Minh Chien (Vietnam) – ₫23,760,000
  • 6th: Phuc An Thai (Vietnam) – ₫18,340,000
  • 7th: Le Quoc Son (Vietnam) – ₫14,560,000
  • 8th: Shane Hodges (India) – ₫11,860,000

All prize pool and payout information can be viewed on the Official Results page.

For Event #6 Deep Stack Hyper Turbo Player List please CLICK HERE

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