Event 1: Warm Up Event – PHẠM NHỌC QUỐC BẢO – VNđ 315,000,000 (~US$ 13,663)
The two day Warm Up Event fired up the festival’s ignition with 357 entering across four starting heats. With buy in at VNđ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,431), it boosted the pot to VNđ 2,181,630,000 (~US$ 94,630). 45 players returned on Day 2, each one guaranteed a cut. After an intense battle at four handed, the players opted on an ICM deal with Vietnamese pro Phạm Ngọc Quốc Bảo earning the trophy and VNđ 315,000,000 for his big stack.
Champion Phạm Ngọc Quốc Bảo is no stranger to winning. For the past five years, he has racked up a long list of achievements which include three victories at WPT events. His win today though will be the one most treasured as it awarded him his largest career cash.
Leading up to the final table, first to the money was shortest stacked Vũ Trung Thành (45th) followed by Trần Hùng Mạnh aka Macaron Tran (44th). Day 1A chip leader Nguyễn Ngọc Đại brought in the second largest stack but only got as far as 32nd place. Entering chip leader Nguyễn Van Sáng (Day 1C leader) fared better, exiting in 16th place for VNđ 27,200,000 (~US$ 1,179). The final table was formed at the fall of Nguyễn Bá Thịnh in 10th place.
Final table opened with Chu Thái Thịnh as chip leader which he held until Pham eliminated Trần An Khang (Day 1B chip leader) in 9th place. Trần bluff shoved on the river and got called by Pham with top pair. Lê Tân gave short stacked Lê Văn Quang (8th) the boot next, then Trần Thông Tùng took the lead after denying Nguyễn Chiến Hữu (7th) with two pair turned full house over a missed flush draw.
At six remaining, Pham regained the chip lead on a full boost off Trần who gambled with an open ended that fell flat to Pham’s trips. However, Pham’s stay up top was once again brief. Lê Đình Hải stole it upon emptying out Chu Thái Thịnh (6th) with top pair over on a board . From there, the lead switched from Lê Đình Hải to Pham, to Lê Tân, then back to Pham who railed Trần to amass over 60% of the chips in play. It was all in preflop with Pham outdrawing Trần when a queen graced the flop. At four remaining, Lê Đình Hải won a sizable pot off the leader Pham, though not enough to reclaim command. The players then opted on a four way ICM deal with Pham awarded the title and trophy. To relive the final table race, watch the recorded stream on the Crown Poker Club facebook page.
Buy in: VNđ 7,000,000 (~US$ 303)
Guarantee: VNđ 1,500,000,000 (~US$ 65,065)
Prize pool: VNđ 2,181,630,000 (~US$ 94,630)
ITM: 45 places
Final table payouts
1st Phạm Ngọc Quốc Bảo – VNđ 315,000,000*
2nd Lê Đình Hải – VNđ 314,000,000*
3rd Lê Tân – VNđ 253,265,000*
4th Hồ Duy – VNđ 243,665,000*
5th Trần Thông Tùng – VNđ 104,100,000
6th Chu Thái Thịnh – VNđ 86,100,000
7th Nguyễn Chiến Hữu – VNđ 72,200,000
8th Lê Văn Quang – VNđ 59,100,000
9th Trần An Khang – VNđ 46,100,000
*Four way ICM deal
Event 3: Superstack – TRẦN ĐỨC TOÀN – VNđ 135,800,000 (~US$ 5,890)
Running alongside was the Superstack event with 97 grabbing seats and 26 re-entries. The top 16 places claimed a share of the VNđ 536,890,000 (~US$ 23,288) prize pool. The race came down between Trần Đức Toàn and Diệp Quốc Bảo (Kyle), both players seeking their first ever win. Before a champion was declared, a deal was reached with Trần granted the larger cash for his big stack. Trần went on to claim the trophy and the VNđ 5,000,000 set aside for a total of VNđ 135,800,000 in winnings. This was Trần’s only second ever cash beating his first at WPT Vietnam 2019 where he finished 9th at the Kickoff for VNđ 123,189,000 (~US$ 5,325).
Buy in: VNđ 5,000,000 buy in (~US$ 217)
Entries: 123 (97 uniques, 26 re-entry)
Prize pool: VNđ 536,890,000 (~US$ 23,288)
ITM: 16 places
Final table payouts
1st Trần Đức Toàn – VNđ 135,800,000*
2nd Kyle Diệp Quốc Bảo – VNđ 116,800,000*
3rd Huỳnh Ngọc Cường – VNđ 57,700,000
4th Đinh Đức Trung – VNđ 36,20,000
5th Nguyễn Hoàng Linh – VNđ 26,800,000
6th Phạm Duy Khánh – VNđ 23,100,000
7th Phạm Văn Trung – VNđ 20,000,000
8th Nguyễn Đức Quang – VNđ 17,700,000
9th Tạ Khánh Linh – VNđ 15,600,000
*Heads up deal, play for VNđ 5M and trophy
Event 4: Single Day High Roller – NGUYỄN GIA TRUNG – VNđ 336,100,000 (~US$ 14,578)
The Single Day High Roller saw 24 pony up the VNđ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,431) buy in with 11 re-entering for a pot of VNđ 1,018,500,000 (~US$ 44,178). Only 5 players earned a piece. Among them was well known Vietnamese pro Julien Tran who departed in 3rd place. This left Nguyễn Gia Trung and Lê Huy Thành to battle for the win. Both players opted to split the remaining payouts down the middle then played for the trophy. Nguyễn went on to claim it to become the fourth champion of the festival. This was Nguyễn’s largest score and first ever win.
Buy in: VNđ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,431)
Entries: 35 (24 uniques, 11 re-entry)
Prize pool: VNđ 1,018,500,000 (~US$ 44,178)
ITM: 5 places
1st Nguyễn Gia Trung – VNđ 336,100,000*
2nd Lê Huy Thành – VNđ 336,100,000*
3rd Julien Tran – VNđ 152,800,000
4th Vũ Thế Tuấn – VNđ 112,000,000
5th Phạm Tiến Dũng – VNđ 81,500,000
*Heads up deal chop 50/50, play for trophy
Up next: All Bankrolls
Next up on the WPTDS Hanoi schedule is one of the most popular tour events, the All Bankrolls two day tournament, where players have three different flights and buyins to choose from to qualify for Day 2. All flights take place on Monday, April 19. Buy ins are VNđ 8,800,000 (~US$ 382), PLAY TO 20% ITM and a 30k stack, VNđ 6,600,000 (~US$286), PLAY TO 15% ITM and a 22.5k stack & in the evening VNđ 4,400,000 (~US$ 191), PLAY TO 10% ITM and a 15k stack, all with two re-entries allowed per flight.
Flight 1 starts at 11am and plays to 20% ITM
Flight 2 starts at 330pm and plays to 15% ITM
Flight 3 starts at 7pm and plays to 10% ITM
Also coming up is the featured Main Event VNđ 4 billion (~US$ 173,500) guaranteed running from April 21 to 25 with four starting days offered. Buy in is VNđ 22,000,000 (~US$ 954). To try to enter at a lower cost, satellites are offered at VNđ 3,500,000 (~US$ 152). For even less are feeders to the satellites at a very cheap VNđ 550,000 (~US$ 24).
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