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Despite the limited amount of poker in Vietnam, there are still some good stories that appear now and then. Just a week ago, a new poker playground opened in the capital city of Hanoi with nonstop tournaments being offered all throughout the week. Then two nights ago, in the virtual world, a Vietnamese player ran very deep at the Sunday Millions 10M Guaranteed 11th year anniversary to ship in over US$500K in earnings. Here’s a look at those stories in detail.
WIN Poker Club opens in Vietnam
A second poker club has just opened in Hanoi with WIN Poker Club opening its doors late last month. This is great news for all the avid local poker players who, for the most part, have had to travel outside of the country or play online just to get their poker fix.
Following the guidelines imposed on Aces Poker Club – the first legal poker venue that opened last August – WIN Poker Club is operating under the supervision of the new Poker and Bridge Federation. The club only offers tournaments as cash games are deemed illegal. In order to participate, membership is required with various options to choose from:
- Membership Card (One Day): 30,000 VND
- Membership Card (One Week): 100,000 VND
- Membership Cards (One Month): 300,000 VND
- Membership Cards-3 MONTHS: 750,000 VND
- Membership Cards-6 MONTHS: 900,000 VND
- Year Membership Card: 1,200,000 VND
After obtaining membership, players can join in any of the tournaments offered throughout the week.
- No Limit Hold’em 1M + 500K Bounty, 30% rake – Everyday of the week at 5pm
- No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack 3M, 30% rake – Daily from Monday to Friday at 11am
- No Limit Hold’em 2M, 30% rake – Daily from Monday to Friday at 2pm
- No Limit Hold’em Super Stack 5M, 24% rake – Saturdays and Sundays at 11am
In addition, WIN plans to hold an NLH Super Stack 10M on the weekends with a rake of 20%. WIN Poker Club is located on 67 Phó Đức Chính, Hanoi
Vietnam’s “TranBrothers” takes 500K in the Sunday Million 11th anniversary
This past weekend saw many poker players glued to their screens with PokerStars guaranteeing a massive US$10 million in celebration of their weekly Sunday Million 11th year anniversary.
After late registration closed, the numbers had climbed to an astounding 55,835 entries (re-entries included) at US$215 a pop for an even heftier prize pool of US$11,167,000. Overcoming the enormous field was Xavi666 from Panama who turned down multiple deals at the final table to ship in over US$1 million after defeating Sweden’s Mouzen at the heads up round. Finishing in 3rd place was the lone Asian player at the final table, TranBrothers from Vietnam.
Entering the final table, TranBrothers was running a healthy second in chips however, several hands later, TranBrothers took a big hit when pocket aces were cracked by Xavi666’s ace-jack flopped straight. From there, Xavi666 was on a roll and amassed a monstrous stack by the time it was three-handed.
Short stacked and struggling, TranBrothers fell at the hands of the eventual champion with dominated by . TranBrothers received a well-earned payout of US$565,140.65.
Final Table results
1st Xavi666 (Panama) $1,093,204.63
2nd Mouzen (Sweden) $785,999.34
3rd TranBrothers (Vietnam) $565,140.65
4th gabito h261 (Colombia) $406,341.44
5th girafganger7 (Belgium) $292,163.33
6th Peter804 (United Kingdom) $210,069.13
7th v0nder (Belarus) $151,042.60
8th NormyDozer (Australia) $108,601.30
9th RTAPEX (Australia) $78,086.36
Article by Triccia David