Main Event Final Table Set – Truong Khanh Leads; Farhad Aghayev Hunting Second Main Event Title

Ben Wilson / 15 Dec 2022

Main Event Final Table Set – Truong Khanh Leads; Farhad Aghayev Hunting Second Main Event Title


DA NANG, VIETNAM, December 14, 2022 – The official eight-handed final table is set in 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, the 417-strong Main Event field has been whittled down to the final eight players, all gunning for the lion's share of the ₫11,960,100,000 (~$502,235) total prize pool.

All eight final tablists are guaranteed a payout of at least ₫324,800,000 ($13,640), but all will have their eye on the **₫2,598,290,000 ($109,128) top prize**.

It is Truong Khanh the man sitting in the box seat, and the Vietnamese player will be returning with the chip lead and a stack of 2,590,000 – valued at a sizable 103 big blinds – when play resumes on level 24 with blinds at 10,000/25,000 with a 25,000 big blind ante.

Khanh has already enjoyed a decent series, finishing in third in the Event #1 Mystery Bounty for ₫155,110,000 (~$6,515) and will be keen to take home both the trophy and title.

However, there are several obstacles in Khanh's way before he gets to lift the trophy; the first of those being Day 2 frontrunner Doo Sik Nam.

The South Korean player will be returning second in the counts with a stack of 1,655,000 (valued at 66 big blinds) and broke all the chip milestones on his way to the final table, becoming the first player to reach and breach the 1M, 2M and 2.5M chip marks.

Khanh's fellow countryman Dinh Van Tien is also a player to watch, having chip led the opening flight of the Mystery Bounty, in addition to winning a series title in the Event #3 Deep Stack Hyper Turbo. Tien will be returning third in the counts with a stack of 1,525,000 (61BB).

Then there are Canada's Alexander Puchalski and reigning APT Korea Incheon Main Event champion Farhad Aghayev.

While they are returning as the two shortest stacks, with 21 big blinds and 15 big blinds respectively, both have tasted success in South East Asia; Puchalski claiming his first live main event title just last month in Cambodia, with Aghayev winning his first APT Main Event title just two months ago.


  • Seat 1. Truong Chan (Vietnam) – 950,000 (38BB)
  • Seat 2. Farhad Aghayev (Azerbaijan) – 385,000 (15BB)
  • Seat 3. Duc Trung Vu (Vietnam) – 1,130,000 (45BB)
  • Seat 4. Doo Sik Nam (South Korea) – 1,655,000 (66BB)
  • Seat 5. Alexander Puchalski (Canada) – 545,000 (21BB)
  • Seat 6. Nguyen Son (Vietnam) – 1,480,000 (59BB)
  • Seat 7. Dinh Van Tien (Vietnam) – 1,525,000 (61BB)
  • Seat 8. Truong Khanh (Vietnam) – 2,590,000 (103BB)

The eight finalists will return for Day 4 – which gets underway at 12pm (GMT+7) on Thursday, December 15 – where they will play down to a champion.

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

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

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Namju Kim Wins Event 19 No Limit Hold'em

Eight players returned to action out of the 115-strong ₫10,000,000+1,000,000 Event #19 No Limit Hold'em field, all looking to lay claim to the ₫277,270,000 (~$11,645) top prize.

It was South Korea's Namju Kim who emerged victorious, battling back from a slight chip deficit to defeat the Netherland's Joris Michl heads-up to win his maiden APT title.

Michl, who was making his third final table appearence of the series, took ₫184,840,000 for his runner-up finish.

Canada's Jorden Leah Arbuthnott rounded out the podium, collecting ₫128,500,000 for third, with the final table paying out as follows:


  • 1st: Namju Kim (South Korea) – ₫277,270,000
  • 2nd: Joris Michl (Netherlands) – ₫184,840,000
  • 3rd: Jorden Leah Arbuthnott (Canada) – ₫128,500,000
  • 4th: Vo Ngoc Hien (Vietnam) – ₫92,810,000
  • 5th: Shuchi Chamaria (India) – ₫69,410,000
  • 6th: Hsiao-Chin Lin (Taiwan) – ₫53,570,000
  • 7th: Youngkwon Lim (South Korea) – ₫42,540,000
  • 8th: Hoi Wai Tam (Hong Kong) – ₫34,660,000

A total of 20 players made the money, and all prize pool and payout information can be viewed on the Official Results page.

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The UK's Grant Gardner Leads Day 1 of Event #21 High Roller

Boasting a ₫6BN guarantee, the opening flight of the ₫60,000,000+5,000,000 Event #21 High Roller – Day 1A – drew 48 entries (42 unique), who fought it out at the felt over nine 40-minute levels.

When the dust had settled, it was the UK's Grant Gardner sitting atop the chip counts, concluding play with a stack of 637,000.

The Brit has already managed an APT final table appearance this series, finishing in fifth place in the Mystery Bounty, and will be hoping for another deep run here.

India's Abhishek Paul joins Gardner in the upper echelons of the counts, bagging the second largest stack of 525,500. Paul will be looking to improve on his ninth place finish in the Event #10 Deep Stack Hyper Turbo.

Vietnam's Xuan Canh Dang (490,000) rounds out the top three, with the top ten stacks as follows:


  1. Grant Gardner (United Kingdom) – 637,000
  2. Abhishek Paul (India) – 525,500
  3. Xuan Canh Dang (Vietnam) – 490,000
  4. Tommy Nguyen (Norway) – 334,000
  5. Huynh Ngoc Cuong (Vietnam) – 317,500
  6. Masao Watanabe (Japan) – 306,000
  7. Tran Huy Hoang (Vietnam) – 301,500
  8. Le Huy Thanh (Vietnam) – 300,000
  9. Bao Huy Thai (Vietnam) – 299,000
  10. Jimmy Johan (Indonesia) – 298,500

Other notables to make it through included Player of the Series frontrunner Benjamin Sai (256,500), India's Ashish Munot (108,000), Malta's Remi Florent (100,000), and Singapore's Feng Zhao, the latter of whom squeaked through with the shortest stack of 54,500.

A total of 28 players made the cut, and these survivors will return for Day 2, which plays out at 12pm (GMT+7) on Friday, December 16.

Day 1B gets underway at 12pm on Thursday, December 15, with the format offering players unlimited re-entry and registration remaining open up until the end of the second level played on Day 2.

All prize pool and payout information will be announced at the close of registration on Day 2.

For High Roller Day 1 Survivors please CLICK HERE


Mongolia's Janag Battulga Claim Second Series Title in Event #23 Deep Stack Turbo

Another of the APT Da Nang's turbo tournaments is done and dusted, with Mongolia's Janag Battulga claiming the top spot in the ₫5,000,000+500,000 Event #23 Deep Stack Turbo.

Battulga, who was making his fourth final table appearance of the series, took down his second APT Da Nang series title – his fifth APT title in total – after defeating a 79-strong (64 unique) field to take the lion's share of the ₫383,150,000 (~$16,092) prize pool.

The Mongolian player defeated Malaysia's Yang Yang Tan to take the ₫104,070,000 (~$4,370) top prize, with Tan collecting ₫69,380,000 for their runner-up finish.

South Korea's Gary Moon rounded out the top three, with the official eight-handed final table paying out as follows:


  • 1st: Janag Battulga (Mongolia) – ₫104,070,000
  • 2nd: Yang Yang Tan (Malaysia) – ₫69,380,000
  • 3rd: Gary Moon (South Korea) – ₫48,230,000
  • 4th: Poboonsak Kittitornkun (Thailand) – ₫34,840,000
  • 5th: Nguyen Tuan Thanh (Vietnam) – ₫26,050,000
  • 6th: Nguyen Duc Phuc (Vietnam) – ₫20,110,000
  • 7th: Aritra Dutta (India) – ₫15,970,000
  • 8th: Van Son Nguyen (Vietnam) – ₫13,010,000

A total of 14 players made the money, and all prize pool and payout information can be viewed on the Official Results page.