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WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup draws 207; Nguyen Dang Toan wins the Welcome Event

WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup

WPT Asia Swing continued with the second day of the inaugural WPT Vietnam bringing out more players to Pro Poker Club. A total of 207 turned up for the WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup. The opening flight pulled in the busier crowd with 114 players while the later flight drew in 93. Both flights were freezeouts however players eliminated in Flight 1 were able to enter Flight 2. The event wrapped up with 28 total survivors. We’ve got a brief review of the results and the chip counts below.

Flight 1 recap

Flight 1 closed with 16 players remaining. Among them were Shyh Chyn Lim, Soo Jo Kim, and Dhaval Mudgal however bagging up the chip lead was Vietnam’s Huy Coshet with 225,000. Huy jumped in late to the event having first started his day at the Welcome WPT Vietnam final table where he finished in 7th place.

Huy Coshet

Flight 2 recap

The late afternoon heat, Flight 2, wrapped up with 12 players still warm in their seats. USA’s Nicholas Gorman enjoyed a late game double up with A-K over K-Q to catapult him to the forefront. Gorman bagged up a mountain of chips worth 284,000 and will enter the final day as the overall chip leader. Other players making it through in this flight were Zarvan Tumboli and Nghia Le. Among the flight’s casualties was double WSOP bracelet winner John Phan.

Nicholas Gorman

The WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup resumes at 130pm on Friday, September 28. The money begins at 26 places which means two runners will exit empty-handed. The total prize pool for this event is approx. VND1,000,395,000 with first place looking to pocket around VND247,000,000.

Chip counts and seat draw

Name Country Table Seat Chips
1 NICK GORMAN USA 4 2 284,000
2 HUY COSHET VIETNAM 3 4 225,000
3 AYMAN ELSAID RUSSIAN 2 4 212,000
4 SHYH CHYN LIM MALAYSIA 2 7 205,500
5 GEORGE SANDFORD UK 2 8 191,000
6 RUBIN LABROO INDIA 2 3 173,000
7 RICHARD MARI UK 1 2 170,000
8 CHUA SHANHUI ” BENNY” SINGAPORE 1 5 160,000
9 DHAVAL MUDGAL INDIA 3 5 130,000
10 NGHIA LE VIETNAM 3 1 117,000
11 ABHINAV IYER INDIA 4 1 115,000
12 CHAN KAI TAI JACKSON HONGKONG 1 7 110,000
13 NGUYEN VU THANH VIETNAM 1 1 105,500
14 TRAN DUC NGHIA VIETNAM 4 5 105,000
15 CHI THANK NGUYEN HONGKONG 4 4 105,000
16 MITCHELL NONG USA 4 3 100,000
17 PHAN TRÍ CƯỜNG VIETNAM 3 7 83,000
18 ZARVAN TUMBOLI INDIA 1 8 83,000
19 LUAT TRAN VIETNAM 3 8 76,000
20 WEI CHAN LEE MALAYSIA 2 5 75,000
21 HUNG CUONG PHAM VIETNAM 4 8 57,000
22 HOANG TON NGUYEN VIETNAM 3 2 50,000
23 KAZUMA INOTSUME JAPAN 1 3 47,000
24 TUN THANH NGUYEN VIETNAM 2 2 45,000
25 SJ KIM KOREA 4 7 39,000
26 AKSHAY NASA INDIA 2 1 29,000
27 NGUYỄN VĂN XUÂN VIETNAM 1 4 27,000
28 NGUYỄN HÒA THỊNH VIETNAM 3 3 24,500

Nguyen Dang Toan wins the Welcome WPT Vietnam

Dutch player Nguyen Dang Toan claimed his first-ever victory in Vietnam after taking down the Welcome WPT Vietnam event. Nguyen dominated the final table, knocking out four players including Indian pro Sumit Sapra at heads up. For his victory, he earned the VND 260,000,000 (~US$11,160 ) first place prize money.

Nguyen Dang Toan

The two-day event fielded 137 entries with a strong showing of pros from all over the Asian region. Upon trimming down to the final 9, the only notables left were Alan King Lun Lau, Julien Tran, and Sapra.

Final Table

While Sapra ran up his stack, even claiming the chip lead, Lau and Tran both had a rougher time. Entering second-in-command, Lau suffered a big loss in chips to Nguy Xuan Hong when hisKdKc were cracked by AsJs full house on a board of AcAd6sJd6h. He fell in 8th place to Nicholas Dixon. Tran, on the other, was eliminated in 6th place by eventual winner Nguyen Dang Toan with A-J running into J-J. Tran was Toan’s second knockout of the final table with Huy Coshet sent packing just prior in 7th place.

Thus began Toan’s rise. He also won a big pot on an earlier hand against the day’s entering chip leader, Dung Pro. Both players were all in on a flop 9h8cQd; Dung with JdTd straight and Toan with 9s8s two pair. The turn 2d and 8d river improved Dung to a flush but it also improved Toan to a full house. Dung held on to see a few players drop before him until he was railed in 5th place by Sapra.

Sumit Sapra

Toan’s next victim was Dixon in 3rd place. Dixon was the bane of a few players but he couldn’t get past the leader. His Ah7c shove fell to Toan’s AsQs on a board Js7s4d3s6s. This led to the heads up match with Toan ahead 1.3M to Sapra’s 750k. It took only a couple of hands before both players were all in. Sapra 7h7d, Toan KdJc. The board ran Ks9c5cTc8d for a higher pair spiked by Toan to win it.

Final Table payouts
Prizepool: VND 930,230,000 – Buyin: VND 7,700,000 – Entries: 137 – ITM: 18

1st Nguyen Dang Toan – Netherlands – VND 260,000,000
2nd Sumit Sapra – India – VND 163,720,000
3rd Nicholas Dixon – Australia – VND 97,210,000
4th Nguy Xuan Hong – Vietnam – VND 58,600,000
5th Dung Pro – Vietnam – VND 45,580,000
6th Julien Tran – Vietnam – VND 38,140,000
7th Thai Sang Bao Huy – Vietnam – VND 33,020,000
8th Alan King Lun Lau – Hong Kong – VND 29,350,000
9th Nguyen Ngoc Thien An – Vietnam – VND 26,000,000

WPT Vietnam MAIN EVENT – VND 8BN Guaranteed

The event everyone will be looking to capture is the WPT Vietnam MAIN EVENT – VND 8BN Guaranteed. Action begins tomorrow, Friday, September 28 at 1pm. Buy-in is VND 22,000,000. There are three starting days lined up. Players are allowed one re-entry per day.

From start to finish, the Somuchpoker team will provide full coverage of the event both in English and in Vietnamese. We will also have live reporting throughout the Main Event so stick with us for all the action.


WPT Vietnam coverage


Article by Tricia David


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