The next leg of the “Asia Swing” brings the World Poker Tour to Ho Chi Minh City for their inaugural festival in Vietnam. This year has been a busy one for the players in the country with the floodgates opening and poker tours jumping at the chance to showcase their events to this young, vibrant market. Past festivals have all been extremely successful with guaranteed events surpassing their targets with flying colors.
Inaugural WPT Vietnam at Pro Poker Club
WPT Vietnam is the next to dazzle the community. The inaugural event is currently underway at Pro Poker Club, inarguably the most popular poker room in the country. Unlike most international events held in Asia, the venue is a standalone room and not a casino to many players’ surprise. It is divided into two floors with most of the action taking place at ground level. There are 35 tables including one feature table.
Notable pros in early action
As of now the room is brewing with action with several Vietnamese players Julien Tran, Huynh Tan Dung aka Pegasus, Pham Bao, Vi Khoa joined by international players for an early crack at the opening events.
Among the attendees are Kunal Patni, Paul Hockin, Victor Chong, Alan King Lun Lau, Pete Chen, Iori Yogo, Wilson Lim, Hung Sheng Lin, Norbert Koh, Vincent Li, Dhaval Mudgal, and Soo Jo Kim. Some of the players have been spotted at the previous legs in WPT Japan and WPT Korea.
We will likely see a majority of these players run the full course of the nine-day festival taking place from September 26 to October 4. There are 14 events throughout to keep everyone busy at the tables. The biggest attraction will of course be the VND 8 Billion Guaranteed MAIN EVENT. Buy-in is VND 22,000,000 (~US$950). This event runs a total of five days from September 28 to October 2. Three starting days kick off the action followed by Day 2 and the Final Day.
You can view the full WPT Vietnam schedule below.
Full Coverage on Somuchpoker
From start to finish, the Somuchpoker team will provide full coverage of the event both in English and Vietnamese. We will also have live reporting throughout the Main Event so stick with us for all the action.
Article by Tricia David