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WPT Vietnam Main Event Day 1B draws 211 entries with Thai Ha rising to the top; Norbert Koh ranked second

WPT Vietnam filled nearly every seat at Pro Poker Club with Main Event Day 1B attracting a large field of 211 entries. Breaking that down, there were 174 unique players and 37 re-entering. When combined with the 136 entries of Day 1A, the total came very close to breaching the VND 8 Billion (US$344,800) guarantee with 347 entries so far. It is certain the guarantee will be blown to smithereens with one last starting day remaining. If history is an indicator, then expect an even bigger field coming tomorrow. As advised by WPT Live Events Specialist Danny McDonagh, get in early to avoid being an alternate.

WPT Vietnam Day 1B

Recapping today’s action, 48 players survived the 14 rounds. Many notable players rubbed elbows throughout the day. In the aftermath, Vietnam pro Thai Ha seized the chip lead driving his stack to the top during the last two levels. Thai Ha bagged 363,500 which currently places him at the helm of the combined two starting days.

Thai Ha

One of the hands that sent Thai Ha’s stack soaring was against Shashank Jain. All the chips were out front on a turn board 6d8h9hJd, Jain with Qx10x straight, Thai Ha with 8x9x two pair. The river dropped 8c to improve Thai Ha to a full house and in turn send Jain to the exit.

Closing the day in second position was Singapore’s Norbert Koh with 299,000. Koh continues to enjoy a great run here in Vietnam. Koh held the chip lead for a majority of the late stages, and even crossed into the 400k range after railing Matthieu Lamagnere with 2c2d surviving the flip against AdJs. However, he lost a big pot to Nguyen The Vinh’s quad aces before the close of day to drop down to second rank.

Norbert Koh

Among the players from India in attendance, Ashish Munot ranked highest with his 248,000 closing stack. Munot got the best of WPT festival kickoff winner Rex Clinkscales, shaving him down in two separate hands to rise up the ranks.

Other notable players advancing to Day 2 were Dhanesh Chainani (198,000), Victor Chong (143,500), Benjamin Gonzva (103,500), Huu Dung Nguyen (96,000), Macaron Tran (82,000), Iori Yogo (47,000), and Lee Wai Kiat (33,000). There were many fallen pros today, luckily they will have the chance at this brewing monster prize pool with Day 1C still to come.

Day 1B chip count

Thai Ha 363,500
Norbert Koh 299,000
Chia Hsuan Tu 256,500
Wang Gui Yang 249,000
Ashish Munot 248,000
Jeonggyu Cho 242,500
Hyunil Hong 239,000
Yuriy Boyko 200,000
Zhou Zhongsai 199,500
Rubin Labroo 199,000
Dhanesh Chainani 198,000
Andrew An 177,500
Luong Anh Tuan 169,000
Loris Courco 159,000
Vinay B 156,500
Victor Chong 143,500
Jeremy Sarda 140,500
Thien Pu 140,500
Simon Burns 134,000
Nguyen Xuan Hung 132,000
Hoang Long 131,000
Sim Kok Wai 129,000
Darwin Lai 127,500
Ken Foo Hsien Loong 126,500
Chi Chung Ho 114,500
Gang Wei 113,000
Martijn Gerrits 111,000
Chu Tu 109,000
Su Fang 106,500
Benjamin Gonzva 103,500
Tusha K Banal 97,000
Huu Dung Nguyen 96,000
Benedict Koh 82,500
Macaron Tran 82,000
Liu Shiqiao 81,000
Raman Gujral 72,500
Hwang Jae Seong 70,000
Tsubasa Kamei 68,000
Mohammed Abbas Ladau 63,000
Huang Qi Yuan 61,000
Nyinan Joni 58,500
Ian Modder 49,000
Iori Yogo 47,000
Ta Xuan Tunj 43,500
Son Putin 41,000
Shyra Fanri 36,500
Lee Wai Kiat 33,000
Kwok Luen Hei 30,500

All of the day’s 48 survivors will merge with the 37 players from Day 1A on Friday, March 22. That’s a total of 85 players into Day 2 so far. Very important reminder, Day 2 begins at 12pm local time.

The Main Event is scheduled to run a total of five days from March 19 to 23. This is the penultimate festival of the WPT Asia Pacific Season XVII. Another race heating up is the WPT Asia Pacific Player of the Year title. Last year’s WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Dhaval Mudgal shares the top spot with WPT India Main Event champion Nikunj Jhunjhunwala, both with 1000 points. Between the two, Jhunjhunwala is into Day 2 while Mudgal has yet to secure his spot to be in contention. The POY race is still anyone’s to capture with the Main Event awarding 1500 points to the winner. To secure more points, the season ends at WPT New Zealand in late-May.

Somuchpoker will continue to be onsite throughout the festival. Main Event live updates will run daily. You can read up on the Day 1A and Day 1B action via the link below.


WPT Vietnam 2019 Main Event – Live Updates


Louis Hartwell

Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of somuchpoker.com. He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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