Main Event: NGUYỄN VAN PHINH – VNđ 842,000,000 (~US$ 36,522)
The centerpiece of the series was the VNđ 4 billion guaranteed Main Event with 378 entries across four starting days. At a buy in of VNđ 22,000,000 (~US$ 954), the prize pool ballooned to a cumbersome VNđ 7,333,200,000 (~US$ 318,086) with 48 players earning a share. Nguyễn Văn Phinh shipped it to claim the first ever WPTDS Hanoi Main Event title and a cool VNđ 842,000,000 (~US$ 36,522). This was Nguyễn’s maiden live tournament victory and largest career cash. He joined Dhaval Mudgal, Vincent Chauve, and Hamish Crawshaw as one of the celebrated WPTDS Vietnam champions.
After his win, the champion carried the momentum over to the Megastack Finale where he proceeded to cash out in 3rd place for another VNđ 50,000,000 (~US$ 2,169) straight in the wallet. With these two deep runs, Nguyễn Văn Phinh won Player of the Series.
Date: April 21 to 25
Buy in: VNđ 22,000,000 (~US$ 954)
Guarantee: VNđ 4 billion (~US$ 173,500)
Cumulative Entries: 378
Prize pool: VNđ 7,333,200,000 (~US$ 318,086)
ITM: 48 places
Final 9 payouts
1st Nguyễn Văn Phinh – Vietnam – VNđ 842,000,000*
2nd Hồ Duy Manh – USA – VNđ 1,012,000,000*
3rd Lý Đắc Dũng – Vietnam – VNđ 953,000,000*
4th Nguyen Trung Ha – Vietnam – VNđ 930,000,000*
5th Le Hai Nam – Vietnam – VNđ 349,000,000
6th Phạm Huy Hoàng – Vietnam – VNđ 289,000,000
7th Lê Huy Thành – Vietnam – VNđ 242,000,000
8th Trẫn Keni – Vietnam – VNđ 197,000,000
9th Nguyễn Ngọc Đại – Vietnam – VNđ 152,800,000
*Four way deal
Final table rundown
The final table kicked off with Lý Đắc Dũng in the driver’s seat. Within the first half hour, Hồ Duy Manh eliminated Nguyễn Ngọc Đại in 9th place, followed shortly after by Trẫn Keni who fell to Nguyen Trung Ha. Lê Huy Thành busted next which led to a lengthy six handed match. It ended when Phạm Huy Hoàng shoved holding pocket Sevens that couldn’t get past Lý Đắc Dũng’s pocket Aces. Hồ then denied Le Hai Nam in 5th place with pocket Fours set on the river against K-10 top pair. As mentioned in our previous recap, Nam entered Day 2 with only 8 big blinds which he turned into a final table seat. Down to four players, an ICM deal was reached. Here was the breakdown:
Hồ Duy Manh – VNđ 992,000,000
Lý Đắc Dũng – VNđ 933,000,000
Nguyen Trung Ha – VNđ 930,000,000
Nguyễn Văn Phinh – VNđ 780,000,000
An additional VNđ 62,000,000 was set aside for the champion, and VNđ 20,000,000 each for 2nd and 3rd places. Nguyễn Văn Phinh went on to win it to bump up his winnings to VNđ 842,000,000. Hồ came out the richest with VNđ 1,012,000,000 scooped up.
Player of the Series: NGUYỄN VÁN PHINH
The race for the Player of the Series title came down to the last day. All eyes were on frontrunner Phạm Ngọc Quốc Bảo who was guaranteed to pump in more points having reached the final six of the Crown Poker Club SuperStack Classic event. Another player closely watched was fourth ranked Hồ Duy Manh who was one of the Main Event finalists. However, in the end, both players took a back seat to Nguyễn Ván Phinh who came from having accrued no points to seizing the distinguished title.
Nguyễn won the Main Event and finished 3rd at the MegaStack Finale. For his incredible achievement, he was awarded the POS Trophy and a US$ 1,500 WPT Passport. For 2nd placer Phạm, he received a VNđ 5,000,000 Crown Poker Club Coupon, and for 3rd placer Hồ, he received a VNđ 3,000,000 Crown Poker Club Coupon.
Player of the Series – Top 3
1st Nguyễn Văn Phinh – 1452.75 points
2nd Hồ Duy – 1239.9 points
3rd Phạm Ngọc Quốc Bảo – 801.15 points
Event 11: SuperStack Classic – NGUYỄN MANH HƯNG – VNđ 93,580,000 (~US$ 4,059)
The Crown Poker Club SuperStack Classic Freezeout was a two day affair. 65 players signed up at VNđ 6,000,000 (~US$ 260) each for a prize pool of VNđ 340,470,000 (~US$ 14,770). Day 1 ended with three players dipping their hand in the money jar and six players returning for Day 2. At the helm was Nguyễn Mạnh Hưng, ranked second was Latvia’s Aigars Plivcs. Both players went on to meet at heads up then agreed on an even split for VNđ 93,580,000 (~US$ 4,059) each. Nguyễn Mạnh Hưng was awarded the win and the trophy. Warm Up Event winner Phạm Ngọc Quốc Bảo finished in 3rd place.
1st Nguyễn Mạnh Hưng – Vietnam – VNđ 93,580,000
2nd Aigars Plivcs – Latvia – VNđ 93,580,000
3rd Phạm Ngọc Quốc Bảo – Vietnam – VNđ 41,700,000
4th Nguyễn Quang Hiếu – Vietnam – VNđ 29,800,000
5th Nguyễn Mạnh Tuấn – Vietnam – VNđ 23,000,000
6th Nguyễn Gia Trung “Daniel” – Vietnam – VNđ 17,900,000
7th Ngô Anh Quân – Vietnam – VNđ 15,300,000
8th Nguyễn Tú Phương – Vietnam – VNđ 13,600,000
9th Adam Marsden – England – VNđ 12,000,000
Event: 12: High Roller – NGUYỄN NĂNG QUANG – VNđ 798,000,000 (~US$ 34,614)
The two day High Roller event was one of the most sought after side events with the biggest names in the Vietnam poker scene coming out in full force. Day 1 attracted 61 entries (53 uniques, 8 re-entries). On Day 2, registration was open for another ninety minutes, bringing in 24 more to the mix for a total of 85 entries (64 uniques, 21 re-entries). With each entry ponying up VNđ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,431), the prize pool grew nearly 2.5 times the VNđ 1BN guarantee for a much richer VNđ 2,473,500,000 (~US$ 107,291) prize pool. Interestingly, this was exactly the same prize money as the Super High Roller event that drew 51 entries. Claiming the lion’s share VNđ 798,000,000 (~US$ 34,614) was Vietnamese pro Nguyễn Năng Quang after defeating Trẫn Hùng Mạnh aka Macaron Tran at heads up. This was Quang’s first WPT victory and sixth in his career. Based on his THM stats, this win pushed him over US$ 390K in total live earnings.
Buy in: VNđ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,431)
Guarantee: VNđ 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 43,376)
Prize pool: VNđ 2,473,500,000 (~US$ 107,291)
ITM: 11 places
Recapping the race, 36 players advanced to Day 2 with Nguyễn Văn Chiến as chip leader. Chiến went on to miss the final table by one spot, falling in 10th place for VNđ 74,000,000 (~US$ 3,209). Just before his fall, two players busted simultaneously on the bubble – Andre Lettau and Nguyễn Đức Thành – and with both players seated at separate tables, they split the 11th place cash for VNđ 34,500,00 each. The final table was nothing short of star studded with Nguyễn Năng Quang and Trẫn Hùng Mạnh “Macaron” joined by Super High Roller champion and runner up Đặng Văn Hiển and Nguyễn Đức Minh, decorated player Cao Ngọc Anh, William Kang, and Nguyễn Hoàng Bách. Here’s how they fared.
Final table payouts
1st Nguyễn Năng Quang – Vietnam – VNđ 798,000,000
2nd Trẫn Hùng Mạnh “Macaron” – Vietnam – VNđ 482,000,000
3rd Nguyễn Trung Hiễu – Vietnam – VNđ 300,000,000
4th Đặng Văn Hiển – Vietnam – VNđ 203,000,000
5th William Kang – England – VNđ 154,500,000
6th Cao Ngọc Anh – Vietnam – VNđ 124,000,000
7th Nguyễn Khac Thái – Vietnam – VNđ 102,000,000
8th Nguyễn Đức Minh – Vietnam – VNđ 87,000,000
9th Nguyễn Hoàng Bách – Vietnam – VNđ 80,000,000
Event 13: Megastack Finale – HOÀNG ANH TUẨN – VNđ 118,250,000 (~US$ 5,129)
The last event of the festival was the Megastack Finale which extended a VNđ 300,000,000 (~US$ 13,000) guarantee. 96 saddled up to build a much bigger pot of VNđ 419,040,000 (~US$ 18,176). Main Event winner Nguyễn Ván Phinh joined the action where he proceeded to finish in 3rd place. At heads up, chip leader Hoàng Anh Tuẩn and Nguyễn Thùy Dưong struck a deal with Tuẩn declared the winner.
Buy in: VNđ 5,000,000 (~US$ 217)
Guarantee: VNđ 300,000,000 (~US$ 13,000)
Entries: 96 (70 uniques, 26 re-entries)
Prize pool: VNđ 419,040,000 (~US$ 18,176)
ITM: 12 places
Final table payouts
1st Hoàng Anh Tuẩn – Vietnam – VNđ 118,250,000
2nd Nguyễn Thùy Dưong – Vietnam – VNđ 87,500,000
3rd Nguyễn Ván Phinh – Vietnam – VNđ 41,250,000
4th Nguyễn Quang Hà – Vietnam – VNđ 41,250,000
5th Lê Sơn – Vietnam – VNđ 25,000,000
6th Trẫn Keni – Vietnam – VNđ 20,000,000
7th Dương Vi Khoa – Vietnam – VNđ 16,800,000
8th Nguyễn Bá Thịnh – Vietnam – VNđ 14,700,000
9th Nguyễn Xuân Lộc – Vietnam – VNđ 13,300,000
That wraps up the first ever WPTDeepStacks Hanoi at the Crown Poker Club. Read up on all the winners via our daily recaps. Next up for the tour in the Asia Pacific region is WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast 2021 taking place from May 21 to 31 at The Star Gold Coast featuring 10 events with buy-ins from AU$ 330 to as high as AU$ 5,000. The headliner Main Event runs from May 27 to 31 with a AUS$ 1,500 buy in. Three starting days are offered.