APT Summer Festival Hanoi final wrap: Vamerdino Magsakay wins Player of the Series;

The APT Summer Festival Hanoi concluded its thirteen day run at the Viet Nam Series of Poker (VSOP) with 29 players crowned as champions! In addition to event winners, Filipino pro Vamerdino Magsakay won the APT Player of the Series, finishing second was Malaysia’s Chang Xiang Guang, and in third place was India’s Ankit Kumar Jajodia. The festival ran from July 12 to 24 and paid out over VN₫ 43.8 Billion. A big thank you to everyone that attended and congratulations to all the winners!

The Asian Poker Tour‘s next stop is in Ho Chi Minh City from August 8 to 17. Lined up are 21 events and VN₫ 7 Billion in guaranteed prize pools. We look forward to seeing everyone there. The games take place at the Saigon Poker Club. 

Festival review

Festival prize pool: VN₫ 43,802,290,000 (~US$ 1,867,500)
Entries: 2,776
Unique: 437
Main Event champion: Vamerdino Magsakay
Championships Event winner: Slade Fisher 
Mystery Bounty winner: Kyle Bao Diep
Biggest earner: Nguyen Quang Huy 
Player of the Series: Vamerdino Magsakay
Most cashes: Chang Xiang Guang

Full festival results
APT Player of the Series standings

APT Player of the Series: VAMERDINO MAGSAKAY – 1,051.13 points

Deja vu! Filipino pro Vamerdino Magsakay once again ruled the POS standings to claim the title, the POS Ring, an exclusive watch, and US$ 800. This was Magsakay’s second POS win. Back in April he won the distinguished title at APT Phu Quoc Vietnam. To come out on top again, Magsakay earned points in three events. The biggest load was for his victory at the Main Event. He also finished 9th at Event 18: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo and 3rd at the final Deep Stack Turbo of the series. Magsakay joins fellow countryman Mike Takayama and Japan’s Iori Yogo in clinching two POS titles. 

2nd place: CHANG XIANG GUANG – 899.26 points

Coming in second at the POS race was Malaysia’s Chang Xiang Guang who was hot on the hunt for the title since the start. In the end, he cashed at 7 events, the most by anyone at the series. For his achievement, Guang was awarded a POS trophy and US$ 100. Guang’s achievements: 

1st – Event 20: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo
8th – Event 1: Mystery Bounty
9th – Event 8: Super Deep Stack Turbo
9th – Event 9: NLH Single Day 
3rd – Event 14: Short Deck
15th – Event 16: Deep Stack Hyper Turbo 
8th – Event 26: Deep Stack Turbo 

3rd place: ANKIT KUMAR JAJODIA – 881.40 points

India’s Ankit Kumar Jajodia took 3rd in the POS race to win a trophy and US$ 100. Jajodia cashed at four events. His deepest run was 3rd place at the Main Event and 3rd place at Event 5: Pot Limit Omaha. His other two cashes were 6th at the Head Hunter and 8th at the Monster Stack.

Mystery Bounty: KYLE BAO DIEP

The Mystery Bounty event opened the festivities with 252 entries for a prize pool of VN₫ 1,955,520,000 (~US$ 84,600). Vietnam’s Kyle Bao Diep shipped it for his ever APT title. In bounties, he also collected the most in number and in combined amount rewards for a total score of VN₫ 520,660,000 (~US$ 22,260). 


The Main Event ran from July 14 to 19 attracting 487 entries for a prize pool of VN₫ 9,447,800,000 (~US$ 402,800). Filipino pro Vamerdino Magsakay shipped it for his first ever live career major title and earned a personal high payout of VN₫ 1,986,320,000 (~US$ 84,685). 

Championships Event: SLADE FISHER

The featured Championships Event set a new APT Vietnam record of 288 entries. The prize pool swelled way past the guarantee, settling at VN₫ 9,777,600,000 (~US$ 416,866). New Zealand’s Slade Fisher shipped it to pocket the largest first prize payout of the series amounting to VN₫ 2,298,440,000 (~US$ 97,990). Fisher joined Paul Hockin and Hamish Crawshaw in bringing home a major APT title for NZ.