When the World Poker Tour announced their lineup of festivals for Season XVIII Asia- Pacific, opening the season was a very special WPT Vietnam. For the first time in the country, an ambitious VN₫ 15 billion was guaranteed for the Main Event along with a structure only for the main tour.
Four days ago the Main Event got rolling at host venue Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. The three starting days drew 344 entries (Day 1A – 93, Day 1B- 121, Day 1C- 130) and with buy-in at VN₫ 55 million (~US$ 2,400), the guarantee was more than breached. Today, another 29 signed up in Day 2 to bring the total tally to 373 entries. The prize pool settled at a very rich VN₫ 18,090,500,000 (~US$ 780,000) setting a record for the country.
Main Event info
Total: 373 entries
Prize pool: VN₫ 18,090,500,000 (~US$ 780,000)
ITM: 47 places
1st prize: VN₫ 3,782,723,000 (~US$ 163,000)
Total chips in play: 14,920,000
Average stack: 466,250
Opening blinds: 6000-12000 ante 12000 (Level 20)
Day 3: 32 players
Day 3 starting time: 1230pm
Bagging time: when the final 9 players is reached
Top 5 Chip Leaders
Hamish Crawshaw – 1,281,000
Aditya Agarwal – 1,137,000
Vincent Chauve – 935,000
Huynh Duc Tai – 927,000
Jaideep Sajwan – 821,000
Main Event Day 2 recap
Returning to the felt in Day 2 were the 156 qualifiers from the combined three opening heats. They filled 19 of the 21 tables in the room. Leading them in were Huynh Tan Dung aka Pegasus and Christopher Mateo both with 226x the opening big blind. By the close of registration, 29 signed up for a total 373 entries.
Once the freezeout stage began, the dropouts were fast. Mateo was one of them while Pegasus was piling it in. As the field compressed, new chip leaders emerged, Nguyen Van Dung and Rubin Labroo.
It wasn’t until they neared the money did the reigning WPT champion Vincent Chauve come out of slumber. He picked up multiple big pots, railed numerous players, and took advantage of the bubble round.
He amassed an enormous stack and after 45 minutes of hand-for -hand, he delivered the bubble railing Hieu Ngo.
With the money reached, short stacks fell in succession. Hamish Crawshaw and Aditya Agarwal climbed up the ranks.
By bagging time, both crossed over a million in chips. As for Chauve, he had the third largest.
32 players will be returning to Day 3. They will play until the final 9 is reached.
Event #9: Megastack Turbo
Buy-in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 380)
Entries: 103 (85 uniques, 18 re-entries)
Prize pool: VN₫ 699,370,000 (~US$ 30,000)
ITM: 13 places
1st prize: VN₫ 213,307,000 (~US$ 9,000)
Event #10: High Roller 2
Guarantee: VN₫ 8,000,000,000 (~US$ 344,800)
Buy-in: VN₫ 77,000,000 (~US$ 3,300)
Day 1A: 14 entries
Day 1B: Tuesday, September 10 @1pm
Day 2 qualifiers: 4 players
Ramos Adrien (France) – 470,000
Quang Minh Nguyen (Vietnam) – 415,000
Linh Tran (Vietnam) – 392,000
Gerald Karlic (Austria) – 122,000
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