Big names capture Crown Poker Series titles: Julien Tran, Seungmook Jung, Koichi Kono emerge newest champions

While the Main Event has concluded, the excitement of the Crown Poker Series continues with a variety of side events still to be won. On the second to last day, three players emerged victorious at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Da Nang, Vietnam, namely Julien Tran, Seungmook Jung, and Koichi Kono. Here are the results.

Julien Tran dominates the Monster Stack

Jul Tran

A good two days of work for Vietnamese pro Julien Tran who locked up the Monster Stack event for VN₫  302,200,000 (~US$ 12,800). Tran entered the final table as chip leader, and throughout, was never in danger of elimination.

After knocking out Jun Hee Kim on the bubble with AhAc set over Kd6h second pair, he coasted to heads up with 81 bb against Kyu Kang Won‘s  17 bb. It was no contest as Won was unable to dent Tran’s overwhelming stack. The final hand was a pure trap. On a board 3d8hQd4hAs, with both players checking, Won went all in on the river with Ac2h top pair only to walk into Tran’s QsQc

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Buy in: VN₫ 22,000,000 (~US$ 930)
Entries: 38
Prize pool: VN₫ 737,200,000 (~US$ 31,400)
ITM: 5 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Julien Tran Vietnam 302,200,000
2 Kyu Kang Won Korea 173,200,000
3 Chun Ho Seo Korea 113,000,000
4 Min Song Lee Korea 81,800,000
5 Jung Won Kim Korea 67,000,000

Seungmook Jung takes down 8 Max High Roller

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Seung Mook Jung

The 8 Max High Roller was a hot item on the day’s menu with some of Asia’s finest poker players among the 64 that ponied up the VN₫ 66,000,000 (~US$ 2,810) buy in. Among the players that shaved a cut of the VN₫ 3,724,800,000 (~US$ 158,670) prize pool were WSOP bracelet winners Abhinav Iyer and Gediminas Uselis, while Korean pro Seungmook Jung earned the biggest piece of VN₫ 1,073,700,000 (~US$ 45,700) for his victory. 

Buy in: VN₫ 66,000,000 (~US$ 2,810)
Entries: 64
Prize pool: VN₫ 3,724,800,000 (~US$ 158,670) 
ITM: 8 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Seung Mook Jung Korea 1,073,700,000
2 Thanh Tien Dinh Vietnam 1,022,300,000
3 Louie Yu Korea 480,000,000
4 Gediminas Uselis Lithuania 354,000,000
5 Jhon Hendri Indonesia 280,000,000
6 Abhinav Iyer India 215,000,000
7 Tien Quyet Pham Vietnam 168,000,000
8 Linh Hoang Nguyen Vietnam 131,800,000

First live victory for Koichi Kon at the No Limit Turbo event

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Kono Koichi

The field may have been small but a victory never is. Japanese player Koichi Kono bested the 11 entry field of the No Limit Hold’em Turbo for his first ever live title and a cool VN₫ 50,000,000 (~US$ 2,130). 

Buy in: VN₫ 7,700,000 (~US$ 330)
Entries: 11
Prize pool: VN₫ 74,690,000 (~US$ 3,180)
ITM: 2 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Koichi Kono Japan 50,000,000
2 Sumin Jang Korea 24,690,000
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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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