APT Online first half champions: Niklas Astedt, Yifan Wei, Bellator Deus, Wuyi Wang, X_ikss_X, jazavac98, Gracinda1965, barrakuuda4

The APT Online Series featuring a $10 Million guarantee across 17 events is well underway at Asia’s largest online platform Natural8. The games kicked off on February 12, 2023 and will run until March 7, 2023. If you haven’t joined the action, the time is now. Two big events will soon hit the virtual felt – the $1 Million guaranteed Mystery Bounty and the $2 Million guaranteed Main Event. The series has now reached its halfway mark. Here are the first eight winners.

APT 1: 2023 Bounty Kick-Off: X_IKSS_X – $27,276

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Kicking off the APT Online series was the 2023 Bounty Kick-Off with 1,613 hopping on the saddle to generate a prize pool of $320,987. The top 224 earned a cut with the largest portion going to Russian player nicknamed X_ikss_X of $27,276. Joining the GG Network this year, the win was X_ikss_X’s biggest takedown, nearly quadruple his previous high score.

X_ikss_X entered the final table running second from the bottom. He proceeded to pick up several double ups, then knocked out Michael Jozoff in 3rd place with 9d9c set easily beating Kd8h. To capture the win, X_ikss_X 6s6h denied FuuuuHaaoooo’s Qc3c flush draw on a board 7d5c7c3h9d.

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Buy in: $215
Guarantee: $202,300
Entries: 1,613
Prize pool: $320,987
ITM: 224 places

1
X_ikss_X
Russia
$14,109
$13,167
$27,276

2
FuuuuHaaoooo
Austria
$1,191
$13,134
$14,325

3
Michael Jozoff
Canada
$9,047
$9,901
$18,947

4
Pascal Vos “Apocalyps”
Netherlands
$2,625
$7,454
$10,079

5
bayaraa1001
Mongolia
$3,359
$5,162
$8,522

6
David Tai
Taiwan
$697
$4,226
$4,923

7
Illia Kozhukar “Shandaru””
Ukraine
$2,222
$3,182
$5,403

8
MeanN
Taiwan
$2,537
$2,395
$4,933

9
Lucky dog7
Hong Kong
$1,397
$1,804
$3,200

APT 2: Superstar Challenge: NIKLAS ASTEDT – $131,564

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Some of the world’s elite made an appearance at the Superstar Challenge, an event popularized by the Vietnamese live circuit. The first online edition had a buy in of $2,500 and a $250K guarantee. With a substantial 270 signing up, the prize pool ballooned 2.5 times, resting at $641,250.

Among the attendees was China’s Wei Zhao, notorious for pouring a rain of re-entries. He did so again at this event with 7 buy ins. Zhao did recover a tiny bit of the money, finishing in 33rd place for $4,459. On the flip side, among those cashing in at a profit were Hong Kong’s Dicky Tsang “Floatinworld” (27th – $4,459) and WSOPC Online ring winner Wingkeat Chin “miya111” (8th – $17,544).

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Taking it to the limit was none other than online icon, Sweden’s Niklas Astedt, adding yet another victory and six figure payout to his incredibly long list of achievements. Astedt defeated Canada’s Michael Watson at heads up to seize the $131,564 champion’s prize. To date, Astedt has over $23 Million in online earnings.

Buy in: $2,500
Guarantee: $250,000
Entries: 270
Prize pool: $641,250
ITM: 39 places

Final table payouts

1
Niklas Astedt
Sweden
$131,564

2
Michael Watson
Canada
$98,658

3
Diego Coelho
Brazil
$73,983

4
Sebastian Mueller “flashlight99″”
Thailand
$55,480

5
Teun Mulder
Netherlands
$41,604

6
Macadelic
Thailand
$31,198

7
Felipe Boianovsky “LIsFlower
Brazil
$23,395

8
Wingkeat Chin miya111″”
Malaysia
$17,544

9
Philbort
Brazil
$13,156

APT 3: Phu Quoc Love Island: YIFAN WEI “VISENT” – ₫326,338,942 ($13,869)

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Off the western coast of Vietnam is the island of Phu Quoc. Last year, the APT was the first brand to stage an event in the coastal tourist destination and will be returning again this year from March 24 to April 2. For its third APT Online trophy event, the brand named it Phu Quoc Love Island with a guarantee of ₫2,000,000,000. With 2,689 taking interest, the prize pool rose to ₫2,721,268,000 (~$115,650). Out of the 431 earning a piece, China’s Yifan Wei “visent” emerged as champion for a payout of ₫326,338,942 (~$13,869) and his first APT title. 

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Buy in: ₫2,000,000(~$85)
Guarantee: ₫2,000,000,000 (~$85,000)
Entries: 2,689
Prize pool: ₫2,721,268,000 (~$115,650)
ITM: 431 places

Final table payouts

1
Yifan Wei “visent”
China
₫326,338,942
$13,869

2
NOS4A2
Russia
₫244,719,543
$10,400

3
YinalHaolam
Israel
₫185,513,935
$7,800

4
Felix Ahlers “mcaflix
Germany
₫137,615,820
$5,848

5
DuckDuckGG
Poland
₫103,197,379
$4,385

6
Imthenut
New Zealand
₫77,387,136
$3,290

7
QQ520520
Taiwan
₫58,032,229
$2,465

8
Roman Serko “SuchAniceGuy”
Ukraine
₫43,518,079
$1,850

9
Luckycat810
Vietnam
₫32,633,821
$1,385

APT 4: Da Nang River’s Bounty: BELLATOR DEUS – ₫374,404,940 (~$15,900)

Another new destination for APT 2023 was Da Nang, located on the eastern coast of Vietnam. This is one of the country’s most popular local hotspots with tourism fast on the rise. APT Online’s fourth trophy event is named after this beach destination. Dutch player Bellator Deus outlasted the 2,141 entries, needing only one bullet to keep his head high. Deus earned ₫190,253,568 and ₫184,151,372 in bounties to collect a GG net high score of ₫374,404,940 (~$15,900).

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Buy in: ₫2,200,000(~$95)
Guarantee: ₫2,500,000,000 (~$106,250)
Entries: 2,141
Prize pool: ₫4,474,690,000 (~$190,170)
ITM: 296 places

Final table payouts

Rank
Player
Flag
Bounty
Payout
Total

1
Bellator Deus
Netherlands
₫184,151,372
₫190,253,568
₫374,404,940

2
Stcccc
Taiwan
₫57,437,502
₫189,789,038
₫247,226,540

3
TexasBully
Israel
₫61,679,687
₫140,522,939
₫202,202,626

4
Ngoc Anh Tran “AndyPokerV”
Vietnam
₫48,315,430
₫103,918,591
₫152,234,021

5
mrbt2511
Vietnam
₫42,390,623
₫76,849,160
₫119,239,783

6
Ioannis Oikonomidis “DaxTodgerrr”
Greece
₫31,945,311
₫56,831,013
₫88,776,324

7
Bangdc
Sweden
₫16,130,859
₫42,027,196
₫58,158,055

8
Polo806
Hong Kong
₫19,296,875
₫31,079,561
₫50,376,436

9
WelcomeToChaos
Brazil
₫18,218,750
₫22,983,833
₫41,202,583

APT 5: Hanoi Enter the Dragon [Bounty 6-Max]: JAZAVAC98 – ₫474,063,689 ($20,147)

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Hanoi Enter the Dragon a fitting header for one of APT’s most favored Vietnam destinations. Last year, the brand held two events in capital city Hanoi, both events drawing massive crowds. This year, the APT opened its calendar season at the VSOP Hanoi, paying out its largest yet in the country of over $2.6 Million.

The APT Online Hanoi Enter the Dragon was the fifth trophy event. 1,434 hit the virtual felt for a sizable pot of ₫4,495,590,000 (~$191,000). Montenegro’s “jazavac98” shipped it for a ₫474,063,689 (~$20,147) payday. This was the champion’s biggest win on the GG network. The following day, jazavac98 nearly claimed another heavy fielded tournament, though not APT Online, finishing 4th out of 1,122 entries. Brazil’s “llllllllllllllll” finished fourth but due to the large amount of bounties collected, the total payout was higher than third place finisher Australia’s Malcolm Trayner “HappyWhale“.

Other notables, Thailand’s Thanisorn Saelor (8th) and Taiwan’s Nevan Yu Chung Chang (9th) just missed the final table. Singapore’s Jack Liew “SharksDonk” ran a deep 19th place to make five stakers happy.

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Buy in: ₫3,300,000 (~$140)
Entries: 1,434
Prize pool: ₫4,495,590,000 (~$191,000)
ITM: 150 places

Final table payouts

Rank
Player
Flag
Bounty
Payout
Total

1
jazavac98
Montenegro
₫255,622,114
₫218,441,575
₫474,063,689

2
wuynhziem
Vietnam
₫66,076,172
₫217,974,932
₫284,051,104

3
Malcolm Trayner “HappyWhale”
New Zealand
₫30,140,624
₫156,890,674
₫187,031,298

4
llllllllllllllll
Brazil
₫84,070,312
₫112,803,453
₫196,873,765

5
Fog and Rain
Kazakhstan
₫49,839,844
₫81,105,155
₫130,944,999

6
TripleSeven7
Vietnam
₫19,640,625
₫58,314,211
₫77,954,836

7
frndlycreature
Finland
12,375,000
41,297,686
₫53,672,686

APT 6: Ho Chi Minh City Cup: GRACINDA1965 – ₫756,955,126 (~$32,170)

The Ho Chi Minh City Cup pays tribute to the many APT visits in the past years. The brand was the first to stage an international series in Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon that drew a thunderous 664 Main Event entries. It continues to be one of the APT’s annual stops. The next one is on June 2 to 11 , 2023.

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At three handed, the players struck of the Ho Chi Minh City Cup struck a deal. Belarusian “IAMGROOOT” was awarded ₫854,593,972 for the largest stack, Canada’s Aaron Barone “TennEggGuy” earning ₫799,527,277 for second in chips, and Malta’s “Gracinda1965″ a payout of ₫756,955,126 (~$32,170) for the shortest stack. Gracinda1965 went on to win the trophy. Among the notables running deep was Australian superstar Michael Addamo in 13th place.

Buy in: ₫5,500,000 (~$235)
Entries: 1,592
Prize pool: ₫8,055,520,000 (~$342,350)
ITM: 269 places

Final table payouts

1
Gracinda1965
Malta
₫756,955,126*

2
TennEggGuy
Canada
₫799,527,277*

3
IAMGROOOT
Belarus
₫854,593,972*

4
Hyeongseok Mun
Japan
₫439,722,610

5
Jakovljevic Pudla “Marolo”
Brazil
₫329,745,469

6
BeginAgain
New Zealand
₫247,274,235

7
WienerBlut2022
Austria
₫185,429,426

8
Zorro11
Russia
₫139,052,432

9
God W
China
₫104,274,296

APT 7: Mini Main Event: BARRAKUUDA4 – $70,176

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The Mini Main Event drew 8,505 entries across multiple Day 1 stages with each one stopping at ITM. This saw 919 players advance to the Final Day all of them guaranteed a piece of the $688,564 prize pool. Pulling through was Estonia’s “barrakuuda4” for $70,176. While this win was the champ’s largest GG network score, it pales in comparison to the million dollar payout won at a rival site.

Brief rundown of the final table action, at four-handed barrakuuda4 got lucky with pocket Tens spiking the two-outer to avoid elimination against Brazil’s Eder Campana’s pocket  Jacks. Barrakuuda4 went on to send Tal Noach to the rails with pocket Jacks dominating pocket Sevens. To close it out, barrakuuda4 out-kicked China’s “974zzzzz” with Ace-Eight over Ace-Seven.

Buy in: $88
Guarantee: $500,000
Entries: 8,505
Prize pool: $688,564
ITM: 919 players

Final table payouts

1
barrakuuda4
Estonia
$70,176

2
974zzzzz
China
$52,587

3
Tal Noach
UK
$39,439

4
Eder Campana
Brazil
$29,579

5
sarany52
Austria
$22,185

6
velaz1
UK
$16,641

7
gdosaurus
Croatia
$12,483

8
Poker trip
Belarus
$9,365

9
riokhiemton!
Vietnam
$7,027

APT 8: Metro Manila Million: WUYI WANG “Loris51” – ₱621,854 (~$11,290)

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Metro Manila, Philippines has been the APT’s hub since its inception in 2008 with games held in various locations around the country. Year after year, it is one of the brand’s most popular stops.

For the APT Online’s eighth trophy, it was coined the Metro Manila Million featuring a ₱4 Million guarantee. With a cheap buy in of just ₱2,200 (~$40), it drew 2,562 entries for a richer prize pool of ₱5,185,488 (~$94,135).  

Entering heads up, Saul G0odman was up 38 BB to 15 BB and was interested in a deal however was turned down by China’s Wuyi Wang “Loris51”. The first all in ended on a split pot, the second doubled up Wang with Qh10s spiking the ten. This switched the ranks and a third called shove came down. Saul G0odman won it with pocket Threes beating overcards.

The fourth and fifth clashes went to Wang with the fifth one seeing Jd4s land two pair to deny Jh10h (pictured above). This sent Saul G0odman plunging and was out on the next hand. The win was redemption for Wang missing out on a trophy in 2020 at the APT Online Championships Event, falling one spot short.

Buy in: ₱2,200 (~$40)
Guarantee: ₱4,000,000 (~$72,610)
Entries: 2,562
Prize pool: ₱5,185,488 (~$94,135)
ITM: 431 places

Final table payouts

1
Wuyi Wang “Loris51”
China
₱621,854

2
Saul G0odman
Thailand
₱466,323

3
CTing1111
Taiwan
₱349,693

4
glii
China
₱262,232

5
heihei04
China
₱196,646

6
BB8BB8BB
Malaysia
₱147,464

7
ccbone
China
₱110,582

8
victorylights
China
₱82,925

9
LaProv
Russia
₱62,185

 

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