Action-packed day at WPT Vietnam with the prime attraction, the Main Event VN₫ 15 billion (~US$ 644,000) guaranteed, dragging in players from all over the globe. For those just tuning in, this is the largest prize pool put forward by the World Poker Tour in the country. The host venue was the highly popular Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City, the stage of previous WPT events in the country.
By the end of the scheduled nine (9) rounds of play, 103 players signed up with 18 of them re-entering for a total of 121 entries in Day 1B.
Pros in the field
Halfway through the day, the field was loaded with powerhouse players, some on their first appearance at a WPT Main Event in Vietnam.
Among the attendees were Mike Takayama (WSOP 2018 Super Turbo Bounty), Abhinav Iyer (WSOP 2019 The Closer), Benjamin Gonzva (WPT Cambodia 2017), Florencio Campomanes (APPT Manila 2019), Aaron Lim (APPT Manila 2015), Tom Alner (Red Dragon 2013 & 2016), Andre Lettau (EPT Barcelona 2014), and Linh Tran (APPT Manila 2016). Also seen were Aditya Agarwal, Soo Jo Kim, Phachara Wongwichit, Bobby Zhang, and Ping Liu.
Despite the number of heavyweights scattered around the room, rising to the top were Vietnam’s Minh Tuan Pham and Korea’s Sang In Lee. Both players catapulted during the last level of play. For Lee, he spiked a two-outer on the river to end the day with 217,600 while Pham called a big shove preflop that eventually ballooned his stack to 244,500. Overall, Philippine’s Christopher Mateo is still the player to measure up to. He amassed 272,000 in Day 1A.
You can read up on the Day 1A and Day 1B action via our Live Updates
Up next: Main Event Day 1C
The Main Event resumes on Sunday, September 8th for Day 1C which is the third and final flight. First deal is at 1pm local time. Buy-in is VN₫ 55 million (~US$ 2,400). Entering players can expect a very large field and the VN₫ 15 billion (~US$ 644,000) to be surpassed.
Day 1A: 93 entries, 41 advanced
Day 1B: 121 entries, 53 advanced
Total: 214 entries, 94 advanced
This is a special Main Event. For the first time in Vietnam, players experience a structure reserved only for the main tour.
Starting stack: 40,000
Opening blinds: 100-100 (Level 1)
Level intervals: 60 minutes
Bagging time: end of Level 9
Entry policy: one re-entry allowed per day
Registration: closes in Day 2 at the start of Level 11
Event #6: Short Deck – Edgar Antezana – VN₫ 86,240,000 (~US$ 3,700)
Buy-in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 380)
Entries: 23 (18 uniques, 5 re-entries)
Prize pool: VN₫ 178,480,000 (~US$ 7,700)
ITM: 4 places
1st Edgar Antezana (South Africa) – VN₫ 86,240,000
2nd Luen Hei Kwok (Hong Kong) – VN₫ 50,544,000
3rd Nguyen Bao Trung (Vietnam) – VN₫ 32,696,000
4th Joseph Cona (France) – VN₫ 9,000,000
Event #7: Deepstack Turbo – Neil Raine – VN₫ 213,307,000 (~US$ 9,000)
Running very hot at the side games is UK’s Neil Raine. Yesterday he won the VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 380) Bounty Event for VN₫ 179,321,000 (~US$ 7,500). After his victory, he jumped in the Deepstack Turbo and shipped it as well for his second title.
Buy-in: VN₫ 7,700,000 (~US$ 330)
Entries: 103 (85 uniques, 18 re-entries)
Prize pool: VN₫ 699,370,000 (~US$ 30,000)
ITM: 13 places
Final 9 payouts
1st Neil Raine (UK) – VN₫ 213,307,000 (~US$ 9,000)
2nd Dang Cao Thang (Vietnam) – VN₫ 131,156,000
3rd Alex Lindop (UK) – VN₫ 80,427,000
4th Lok Tin Chan (China) – VN₫ 52,453,000
5th Nguyen Quang Huy (Vietnam) – VN₫ 40,913,000
6th Au Viet Hong (Vietnam) – VN₫ 32,695,000
7th Jiaping Zhou (China) – VN₫ 27,780,000
8th En-Ching Wu (China) – VN₫ 24,128,000
9th Magnus Karlsson (Sweden) – VN₫ 21,331,000