APT 2018 Kickoff in Vietnam Concludes with Adrian Esslen Taking home 1,313,920,000 VND


The APT was founded in 2008 and has played host to over 70 major poker tournaments in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2017, the Asian Poker Tour hosted a dozen events, but none in Vietnam. India’s Varun Gupta shipped the APT finale in Macau for a cool $38,456.

For the first time ever the APT kickoff was held in a country other than the Philippines between January 19th and 28th 2018, at the Pro Poker Club located in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

The main event prize pool was guaranteed at 3,000,000,000 VND or $131,700 USD. The event garnered a record breaking 664 entries and 27 players returned on the final day to battle it out for pole position. It was Germany’s Adrian Esslen – the chip leader entering final day – who eventually took down the tournament for an awesome 1,313,920,000 VND or $58,000. 

A Look at the Final Table Results:

  1. Adrian Esslen – VND 1,313,920,000 ($58k)
  2. Le Hong Nghia – VND 875,300,000 ($38k)
  3. Nguyen Hoang Anh – VND 608,720,000 ($27k)
  4. Lam Kim Long – VND 437,650,000 ($19k)
  5. Macaron Tan – VND 356,990,000 ($16k)
  6. Vu Minh Tri – VND 328,480,000 ($14k)
  7. Dmitrii Ilin – VND 208,680,000 ($9k)
  8. Flo Campomanes – VND 176,800,000 ($8k)

Schedule for upcoming APT events in 2018:

APT Philippines Championships at Resorts World Manila, March 21st to April 2nd

APT Macau Championships at Babylon Casino, April 25th -May 6th

APT Korea Seoul at Paradises Casino, June 15th – 24th

APT Korea Incheon at Paradise City, August 10th – 19th

APT Philippines at Resorts World Manila, September 11th – 20th

APT Finale Macau Championships at Babylon Casino, November 28th – December 7th

In other news, the All Japan Poker Championship (AJPC) has ventured out of Japan for the first time. The organization revealed its plans on 29th January this year.

“2018 will see the AJPC look to grow our circuits outside of Japan,” Sasaki told SoMuchPoker. “This is in response to our player’s desire to enjoy tournaments overseas, with a focus on Incheon, Taiwan, Macau, and potentially other destinations in Southeast Asia,” stated Yasuhiro Sasaki,CEO of the AJPC. “We look forward to working closely with local partners to bring a premium overseas experience to Japanese players while welcoming local players from each location as well,” he added.