After 5 days of grueling action, APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships Event finally found its champion in Cao Ngoc Anh. Along with the APT Championship Ring., he bagged VND 1,304,030,000 (~₹39.22 Lakhs).
The tournament was the second featured event at the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championship series that has now wrapped up for the year. The series ran from July 11- 22 and featured two Main Events alongside 12 side events that were all hosted at the Pro Poker Club
Devesh Thapar, the Indian poker genius, had also participated in the event and showed great performance till Day 2. Unfortunately, he had a rough day at the felt on Day 2, thus, bid farewell to the event without cashing anything.
Other notables who earned a payout at the event were-
- Main Event runner-up Minh Le (10th for VND 125,870,000)
- Former APT Vietnam Main Event finalists John Paredes (11th for VND 107,580,000) and Le Ngoc Khanh (26th for VND 57,410,000)
- German pro Johannes Felix Hoeld (36th for VND 49,070,000).
Also, APT Main Event Winner, Choong Kian Weng (29th for VND 49,070,000), fell right at the beginning of Day 3.
The Final Table
The final started with 8 players and the spectators were lucky to witness such a competitive action on the felt. Wei Cheng Yin was the first one to rail, with his nut flush and he walked back home with VND 173,870,000.
Subsequently, the following bid farewell to the felt, one by one- Thong Trinh, Quang Phung, Kit Kwan Kwok, Nguyen Tuan Anh and Paul Hong. Hong’s elimination made way for the heads-up between Cao Ngoc Anh and Nguyen Tien Son.
Ahn had started the heads-up with 3:1 chip lead. Despite such strong competition and opponent’s attack on his chip stack, Son had managed to double up in between. However, it wasn’t long before the final hand was dealt, where with the board open , Son shoved with for two pair and Anh called with . On the river , Anh’s hand held up with a higher kicker, winning him the tournament while Son had to settle for a runner-up finish
Final Table Results (VND)
1. Cao Ngoc Anh – VND 1,304,030,000
2. Nguyen Tien Son – VND 869,330,000
3. Paul Hong – VND 606,940,000
4. Nguyen Tuan Anh – VND 441,800,000
5. Kit Kwan Kwok – VND 333,890,000
6. Quang Phung – VND 260,970,000
7. Thong Trinh – VND 210,190,000
8. Wei Cheng Yin – VND 173,870,000
The $5,000 CPPT Main Event
Anthony Zinno took down the CPPT Main Event, after outlasting a field of 547 entries and walked back home with the first-place purse worth $466,670.
“I’ve been looking for a good excuse to take a break. I’ve been grinding, almost nonstop, for the past few months. I had just one night off the entire WSOP. I was on a mission to get another win,” Zinno said after the win, adding, “So, this feels like a good opportunity to take a nice, long vacation. I pulled out a win, and now I can reward myself and focus on things I’ve been neglecting while I’ve been concentrating on poker.”
Other notables who managed to make it in the money included Tom Marchese (10th for $37,948), Men “The Master” Nguyen (11th for $37,948), Sorel Mizzi (15th for $30,359), Dutch Boyd (30th for $12,143) and Chris Tryba (40th for $10,878).
2014 WSOP Main Event champion and 888poker ambassador Martin Jacobson was the first one to get railed, at the final table. Soon after, Zinno’s ace-king eliminated short-stacked Dan Shak. After Shak, the elimination continued in the following order- Anton Wigg, Xu Ming Qi, Jay Farber, Stephen Chidwick and Bryan Piccioli. Now it was time for the heads-up between Piccioli and Zinno.
The final hand of the tournament came when Ben Jones 4-bet all-in holding ace-king on which Zinno called with ace-jack. Till then Jones was leading and he also got a hammerlock on the hand on a king-high flop. But the tables turned and Zinno won the hand when running jacks hit the turn and the river, giving Zinno the title while Jones had to settle for the runner-up finish.
He hit the king on the flop, and once I saw that I actually started mentally counting out his stack to see how much I was going to have to pay him,” Zinno said, on his heads-up with Jones.
“I was completely ready to pay. The jack hit the turn and I just kind of shrugged it off, but all of my friends on the rail started calling for another jack and it just hit. I haven’t felt genuine shock like that in a long time,” an ecstatic Zinno added, on his victory.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Anthony Zinno – $466,670
2. Ben Jones – $390,956
3. Bryan Piccioli – $237,808
4. Stephen Chidwick – $177,091
5. Jay Farber – $134,083
6. Xu Ming Qi – $101,195
7. Anton Wigg – $78,426
8. Dan Shak – $60,717
9. Martin Jacobson – $48,068