USOP Vietnam: MAIN EVENT Final 9 players – the race begins at 11am


The U Series of Poker Vietnam MAIN EVENT Final Table is set featuring nine players that overcame a grueling thirteen-hour Day 2 race to get to this point. When they return to Crown Poker Club on Monday, April 24, 2023, each one is guaranteed a minimum payout of VN₫ 201,400,000 (~US$ 8,570) however all eyes will be on the VN₫ 3,550,000,000 (~US$ 151,000) top prize and the USOP Trophy. The hunt begins at 11am. 

Follow the action via the livestream broadcasted in the Crown Poker Club Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Main Event final table

Final 9 players

Seat Player Flag Stack BB
1 Evgenii Chernyi Russia 11,190,000 140
2 Phat Thanh Nguyen Australia 1,100,000 14
3 Sua Shung Er Malaysia 4,800,000 60
4 Calvin Tan Singapore 1,530,000 19
5 Benson Singapore 2,580,000 32
6 Benjamin Sai Singapore 2,950,000 37
7 Minku Kim Korea 4,680,000 59
8 Dai Ngoc Nguyen Vietnam 3,720,000 47
9 Thuy Trung Duong Vietnam 1,368,000 17

Final 9 remaining payouts

Rank Payout in VN₫
1 3,550,000,000
2 2,245,000,000
3 1,520,000,000
4 1,125,000,000
5 860,000,000
6 625,000,000
7 443,000,000
8 280,000,000
9 201,400,000

Main Event numbers and recap

Dates: April 20 to 24
Buy in: VN₫ 22,000,000 (~US$ 930)
Guarantee: VN₫ 10,000,000,000 (~US$ 425,350)
Entries: 851
Prize pool: VN₫ 16,509,400,000 (~US$ 702,680)
Day 2: 106 players (one double qualifier, stack was removed)

Day 1A: 22 advanced / 173 entries
Day 1B: 27 advanced / 213 entries
Day 1C: 39 advanced / 310 entries
Day 1D (Turbo): 19 advanced / 155 entries


On Day 2, the 106 players who made it through the initial rounds were guaranteed a share of the prize money. Thirteen hours of intense competition then followed before the final table was formed.

Russia’s Evgenii Chernyi racked up a towering 11,190,000 in chips, equivalent to 140x the opening big blind. His biggest hand was the elimination of Quy Ngoc Nguyen in 11th place with a straight on the turn crushing top pair / open ended.

The rest of the pack sits with 60 bb and below. At the top of that list is Malaysia’s Sua Shung Er who eliminated Anton Lu (20th), Sebastian Muller (18th), and The Van (11th).

One player thrilled to reach the final table was short stacked Phat Thanh Nguyen who was down to 1.5 big blind when he caught a rush to double up, triple up, then double up again to secure a seat. With the rollback, he has 14 bb.

Minku Kim is the lone Korean in the lineup and is running consistent. Kim already won a side event the night prior to Day 2 and is prepped to rein in the big one. Vietnam’s Thuy Trung Duong is also back at the final table. Duong nearly won the Mystery Bounty, finishing runner up. Duong won two double ups, one with pocket Queens improving to quads to reach the finals. Another local returning to action is Dai Ngoc Nguyen who denied Deepstack winner Lordrich Nguyen a chance at a second title.

An interesting note, for the first time all series, the final table is not dominated by Vietnamese in numbers. Instead there are three Singaporeans – Benson, Calvin Tan, and Benjamin Sai. Benson eliminated Huy Quang Dinh in 10th place to determine the final table.

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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