APL Online Series pays out over US$ 15.5 Million; Turkey’s “Forguy” wins the Main Event; festival results and highlights

The Asia Poker League wrapped up its second online series on the GG Network with games taking place from June 11 to June 27. A total of 20 APL Trophies were awarded and well over CN¥ 100.4 Million (~US$ 15.55 Million) paid out across 1,094 events. Here’s a look at some of the festival highlights, numbers, and top results.

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Festival by the numbers (satellites not included)

Overall festival prize pool: ~CN¥ 100,410,000 (~US$ 15.55 Million)
Total festival games: 1,094
Total entries: 235,689
APL Trophy events prize pool: ~CNY 41,385,000 (~US$ 6.4 Million)
APL Trophy events entries: 44,244
APL Trophy winners: 20
Side event winners: 1,074
Largest event prize pool: Main Event – CN¥ 12,018,026.24 (~US$ 1,861,154)
Biggest trophy event winner: Main Event: FORGUY – CN¥ 1,432,519.92 (~US$ 221,920)
Biggest side event winner: High Roller 6 Max: D FERREIRA – CN¥ 228,806.69 (~US$ 35,420)
Largest multi day trophy event turnout: MAIN EVENT – 6,919
Largest single day trophy event turnout: MANILA METRO MILLION – 3,182
Lowest buy in trophy event: MANILA METRO MILLION – PhP 1,100 (~US$ 23)
Highest buy in trophy event: SUPER STARS CHALLENGE – CN¥ 8,000 (~US$ 1,239)

Asia Pacific: Most wins / deep runs

Taiwan’s “yao_poker” had 2 side event wins plus a whopping 34 final table cashes. This was the most final table cashes by an Asian player.
China’s “yiliuqi” had 7 side event wins plus 13 final table cashes
Taiwan’s “MoonONE” had 6 side event wins plus 11 final table cashes
China’s “quantinaxia” had 5 side event wins plus 18 final table cashes
Thailand’s “jahexotic” had 4 side event wins plus 20 final table cashes
China’s “riverluck888” had 4 side event wins plus 14 final table cashes
Singapore’s Jingxiang “Fuzzy Wuzzy!” Ong had 2 side event wins plus 19 final table cashes
China’s “green balcony” had 4 side event wins plus 13 final table cashes

Rest of World: Most wins

Brazil’s “Kakin de cu” won APL Trophy #1 and four side events
Poland’s “PorFavorAmigo” won 6 side events
Norway’s “Freddybeast” won 5 side events

APL Trophy #20: Main Event: FORGUY – CN¥ 1,432,519.92 (~US$ 221,920)

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APL Online Series Trophy #20: Main Event

The Main Event attracted 6,919 across numerous Day 1 flights to amass a crushing prize pool of CN¥ 12,018,026.24 (~US$ 1,861,154). 929 players advanced to Day 2. After a quick 50 minutes of play, the money flowed starting at 700th place. Another seven and a half hours later, Turkey’s “Forguy” defeated Belarusian Dmitry Yurasov to claim the title, the APL Trophy, and a handsome payout of CN¥ 1,432,519.92 (~US$ 221,920). This was the single largest first prize of the series and it was Forguy’s largest known win on the network. In fact, the top three players of this event were the single biggest earners of all the featured events.

Among the final 9 were Hungarian superstar Andras Nemeth (5th), popular Korean gamer Jinho Hong (7th), and anonymous Chinese player nicknamed “green balcony” (8th) who ran well at the APL side events with 17 final table cashes that included four wins. Other notable players in the top 50 were Enrico Camosci (14th), Bernardo “GGeKKo” Dias (15th), Hannes “BlackFortuna” Speiser (19th), Kakin de cu (31st), Xuming “scplayer” Qi” (39th), and Joao Vieira (44th).

Date: June 27, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 1,888 (~US$ 293)
Guarantee: CN¥ 10,000,000 (~US$ 1,549,160)
Entries: 6,919
Prize pool: CN¥ 12,018,026.24 (~US$ 1,861,154)
Day 2 qualifiers: 929
ITM: 700 places

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APL Online Series Trophy #20: Main Event Final Table

Final table payouts

1st Forguy – Turkey – CN¥ 1,432,519.92
2nd Dmitry Yurasov – CN¥ 1,074,235.21
3rd Vinicius “RealGanjaBoy” Miranda – Brazil – CN¥ 805,563.10
4th LightingMax – Russia – CN¥ 604,087.42
5th Andras Nemeth – Hungary – CN¥ 453,001.29
6th AndyPokerV – Vietnam – 339,703.44
7th Jinho “YellOw” Hong – Korea – CN¥ 254,741.10
8th green balcony – China – CN¥ 191,029.22
9th BaQianHuanWo – Hong Kong – CN¥ 143,251.29

APL Trophy #19: Super Stars Challenge: GYTIS LAZAUNINKAS – CN¥ 652,497.44 (~US$ 101,082)

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APL Online Series Trophy #19: Super Stars Challenge final table

The Super Stars Challenge was the highest buy-in event with a price tag of CN¥ 8,000 (~US$ 1,239). 505 entered to more than double the guarantee to CN¥ 3,838,000 (~US$ 594,570). 80 players earned a cut with Poland’s Gytis Lazauninkas locking up the trophy and the CN¥ 652,497.44 (~US$ 101,082) first prize. For runner up Matthias “KingKongJoel” Joelsson, it was another fantastic network finish having won the Natural8 – GGSF Main Event in late April. Also reaching the final table were well known Asian pros Vietnam’s Nguyen Sang (7th) and Korea’s Jae Wook “Justin” Shin (9th). Shin also final table cashed at three side events.

Date: June 27, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 8,000 (~US$ 1,239)
Guarantee: CN¥ 1,500,000 (~US$ 232,375)
Entries: 505
Prize pool: CN¥ 3,838,000 (~US$ 594,570)
ITM: 80 places

Final table payouts

1st Gytis Lazauninkas – Poland – CN¥ 652,497.44
2nd Matthias “KingKongJoel” Joelsson – Sweden – CN¥ 489,303.74
3rd Aleks Ponakovs – Lithuania – CN¥ 366,926.15
4th Resolve – Canada – CN¥ 275,155.57
5th Konyson – China – CN¥ 206,337.56
6th SePico77 – Uruguay – CN¥ 154,731.30
7th Nguyen Sang – Vietnam – CN¥ 116,032.25
8th Xiaochun “xcwang” Wang – China – CN¥ 87,011.96
9th Jae Wook “Justin” Shin – Korea – CN¥ 65,249.71

Other APL Trophy Winners

APL Trophy #1: Dragon Boat Festival Tip-Off

Date: June 11, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 550 (~US$ 85.20)
Guarantee: CN¥ 888,000 (~US$ 137,471)
Entries: 2,281
Prize pool: CN¥ 1,154,186 (~US$ 178,803)
ITM: 377 places
Winner: KAKIN DE CUBrazil – CN¥ 141,450.71 (~US$ 21,913)

Kakin De Cu also won four side events amounting to CN¥ 70,594.67 (~US$ 10,931): Dragon Boat Bounty CN¥ 525 for CN¥ 18,010.52, Zodiac Rooster Bounty Warm Up CN¥ 525 for CN¥ 18,596.62, Hold’em Bounty CN¥ 630 [6 Max] for CN¥ 18,662.11, and Hold’em Classic CN¥ 330 for CN¥ 15,325.42.

APL Trophy #2: Da Nang River’s Bounty

Date: June 12, 2021
Buy in: VN₫ 1,050,000 (~US$ 46)
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,500,000,000 (~US$ 65,000)
Entries: 2,492
Prize pool: VN₫ 2,492,000,000 (~US$ 108,000)
ITM: 350 places
Winner: NVPPPWThailand – VN₫ 220,009,898 (~US$ 9,541)

APL Trophy #3: Hanoi Enter the Dragon [6 Max]

Date: June 13, 2021
Buy in: VN₫ 2,200,000 (~US$ 95)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,500,000,000 (~US$ 108,440)
Entries: 1,354
Prize pool: VN₫ 2,740,496,000 (~US$ 118,870)
ITM: 188 places
Winner: 57WANChina – VN₫ 265,956,561 (~US$ 11,535)
2nd dai1988Taiwan – VN₫ 339,807,152 (~US$ 14,739)
3rd Kazbo91 – Kazakhstan – VN₫ 285,052,009 (~US$ 12,364)
*Three-way deal

APL Trophy #4: Ho Chi Minh City Championship

Date: June 13, 2021
Buy in: VN₫ 3,300,000 (~US$ 143)
Guarantee: VN₫ 3,000,000,000 (~US$ 130,125)
Entries: 1,468
Prize pool: VN₫ 4,456,848,000 (~US$ 193,316)
ITM: 251 places
Winner: ALIK “GODofMTT” ZAZYAN – Russia – VN₫ 583,430,398 (~US$ 25,306)

APL Trophy #5: Dragon Boat Bounty Celebration

Date: June 14, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 550 (~US$ 85)
Guarantee: CN¥ 888,000 (~US$ 137,467)
Entries: 1,956
Prize pool: CN¥ 978,000 (~US$ 151,400)
ITM: 278 places
Winner: ZHE “jjsjsjjsj” FENGChina – CN¥ 96,276.83 (~US$ 14,904)

APL Trophy #6: Manila Metro Million

Date: June 15, 2021
Buy in: PhP 1,100 (~US$ 23)
Guarantee: PhP 3,000,000 (~US$ 61,660)
Entries: 3,182
Prize pool: PhP 3,220,184 (~US$ 66,187)
ITM: 503 places
Winner: ISKVADRussia – Php 376,622.13 (~US$ 7,740)

APL Trophy #7: Taipei Bounty Hunter

Date: June 16, 2021
Buy in: NT$ 2,100 (~US$ 75)
Guarantee: NT$ 3,000,000 (~US$ 107,500)
Entries: 2,226
Prize pool: NT$ 4,452,000 (~US$ 159,550)
ITM: 314 places
Winner: UR DRAWING DEADChina – NT$ 433,342.14 (~US$ 15,530)

APL Trophy #8: Jeju Jade Dragon

Date: June 17, 2021
Buy in: KR₩ 110,000 (~US$ 98)
Guarantee: KR₩ 100,000,000 (~US$ 88,515)
Entries: 1,622
Prize pool: KR₩ 164,146,400 (~US$ 145,295)
ITM: 269 places
Winner: KNIGHT512 – Malaysia – KR₩ 21,248,089 (~US$ 18,807)

APL Trophy #9: Seoul Starleague Bounty

Date: June 18, 2021
Buy in: KR₩ 210,000 (~US$ 186)
Guarantee: KR₩ 150,000,000 (~US$ 132,773)
Entries: 1,165
Prize pool: KR₩ 233,000,000 (~US$ 206,240)
ITM: 170 places
Winner: CHOOSEURDESTINY – Moldova – KR₩ 24,748,325 (~US$ 21,906)

APL #10: Tokyo Poker Open

Date: June 19, 2021
Buy in: JPY 5,000 (~US$ 45)
Guarantee: JPY 10,000,000 (~US$ 90,280)
Entries: 2,686
Prize pool: JPY 12,355,600 (~US$ 111,550)
ITM: 431 places
Winner: JORIVER – Canada – JPY 988,375 (~US$ 8,923)
2nd SANDER “JJisCilada” TOTULIBrazil – JPY 904,700 (~US$ 8,168)
3rd Hamachakiii – Japan – JPY 1,006,733 (~US$ 9,089)
4th CarterLaiTaiwan – JPY 781,235 (~US$ 7,053)
5th Liubo45China – JPY 838,630 (~US$ 7,570)
*Five-way deal

China’s “joriver” also claimed two side events amounting to CN¥ 10,259.52 (~US$ 1,589): Speed Racer Bounty Special CN¥ 210 for CN¥ 6,386.19 and the APL Speed Racer Bounty CN¥ 210 for CN¥ 3,873.33.

APL #11: Macau Grand Prix

Date: June 20, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 3,300 (~US$ 511)
Guarantee: CN¥ 2,000,000 (~US$ 309,684)
Entries: 988
Prize pool: CN¥ 3,097,380 (~US$ 479,604)
ITM: 161 places
Winner: DIEGO “Ushuaia1” ZEITER – Switzerland – CN¥ 435,731.33 (~US$ 67,470)

One week prior to this event, Swiss pro Diego “Ushuaia1” Zeiter took 4th out of 918 players at the network’s GG Masters High Rollers $1,050, $1M GTD [Freezeout] for US$ 61,273.40. This was Zeiter’s largest ever GG score until he shipped the APL #11 Macau Grand Prix for a slightly bigger CN¥ 435,731.33 (~US$ 67,470) payout. Zeiter has earned over US$ 400K on the site. This event generated the second largest prize pool of the single day trophy events.

APL Trophy #12: Summer Championship

Date: June 20, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 880 (~US$ 136)
Guarantee: CN¥ 4,000,000 (~US$ 619,368)
Entries: 5,727
Prize pool: CN¥ 4,636,579.20 (~US$ 717,940)
Day 2 players: 812
ITM: 600 places
Winner: SPEEEWO_O – Albania – CN¥ 567,423.31 (~US$ 87,861)

The Summer Championship event attracted a massive 5,727 entries across multiple Day 1 flights with 812 advancing to Day 2. Albania’s Speeewo_O shipped it to claim its first ever major event victory on the GG Network. GG regular John “JBradley” Bradley finished runner up for a commendable score of CN¥ 425,505.53 (~US$ 65,886). Other players exiting in the top 50 were Nicolo Molinelli (7th), Gaurav “Haversham” Sood (13th), and Diego “Ushuaia1” Zeiter (25th).

APL Trophy #13: Kunshan King of the Hill [Bounty 6 Max]

Date: June 21, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 525 (~US$ 81)
Guarantee: CN¥ 800,000 (~US$ 123,875)
Entries: 1,782
Prize pool: CN¥ 891,000 (~US$ 137,965)
ITM: 260 places
Winner: XUBOChina – CN¥ 73,138.29 (~US$ 11,325)

APL Trophy #14: Shanghai Masters of Poker

Date: June 22, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 1,100 (~US$ 170)
Guarantee: CN¥ 1,500,000 (~US$ 232,263)
Entries: 1,587
Prize pool: CN¥ 1,606,044 (~US$ 248,683)
ITM: 269 places
Winner: 661BSJChina – CN¥ 184,160.21 (~US$ 28,515)
2nd BOYUAN “Ccccccube” QUChina – CN¥ 179,634.05 (~US$ 27,815)
*Heads-up deal

APL Trophy #15: Xi’an Silk Road Bounty

Date: June 23, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 440 (~US$ 68)
Guarantee: CN¥ 1,000,000 (~US$ 154,842)
Entries: 1,551
Prize pool: CN¥ 1,240,800 (~US$ 192,130)
ITM: 224 places
Winner: UFC – GTO – Austria – CN¥ 141,383.01 (~US$ 21,892)

Austria’s “UFC – GTO” also won the Hold’em Classic CN¥ 330 side event for CN¥ 12,745.52 (~US$ 1,974).

APL Trophy #16: Kunming Mountain Monster Stack

Date: June 24, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 550 (~US$ 85.20)
Guarantee: CN¥ 1,000,000 (~US$ 154,842)
Entries: 2,175
Prize pool: CN¥ 1,100,550 (~US$ 170,411)
ITM: 359 places
Winner: VALU3D3LUX3Austria – CN¥ 135,951.82 (~US$ 21,051)

APL Trophy #17: Sanya Bay Shooting Star

Date: June 25, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 1,100 (~US$ 170)
Guarantee: CN¥ 1,500,000 (~US$ 232,263)
Entries: 1,518
Prize pool: CN¥ 1,536,216 (~US$ 237,870)
ITM: 251 places
Winner: MIBOYChina – CN¥ 201,101.54 (~US$ 31,140)

APL Trophy #18: Beijing Bounty Millions

Date: June 26, 2021
Buy in: CN¥ 2,100 (~US$ 325)
Guarantee: CN¥ 2,000,000 (~US$ 309,684)
Entries: 1,060
Prize pool: CN¥ 2,120,000 (~US$ 328,265)
ITM: 152 places
Winner: ALINALOVE – Ukraine – CN¥ 175,274.15 (~US$ 27,140)

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