WPT Prime Vietnam: Overjoyed champions on opening day: Quan Trung Nguyen, Vinh Nguyen, Thanh Hung Tran; Opener Day 1A sees 14 advance

Opening day of World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Vietnam kicked off with a bang as three players were minted and Day 1A of the WPT Opener 2BN guaranteed concluded with 14 players reaching ITM. Taking place at the Crown Poker Club, the largest poker room in Hanoi, this marked the beginning of a thrilling fourteen-day series scheduled from May 16 to 29, 2023. Here are the results of Day 1 including the first update of the WPT Player of the Festival race.

Newbie Quan Trung Nguyen wins Single Day High Roller

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Trung Quan Nguyen

Poker gods were rooting for Quan Trung Nguyen as he emerged victorious at the Single Day High Roller to claim his first-ever WPT trophy. In a brief interview with the champ, he shared,

“I have only been playing poker for three months and I’ve already won three high trophies! I am so happy.”

Nguyen overpowered his final table competitors to amass a monstrous stack well before heads up. To capture the win, he easily defeated Luu Danh Tuan with KsKd set over 3d6s pair, all in on the river 6cKh5h4hAs. For topping the 28 entry field, Nguyen pocketed a whopping VN₫ 611,000,000 (~US$ 26,000). 

Buy in: VN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,345)
Entries: 28 (21 unique, 7 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 1,358,000,000 (~US$ 57,900)
ITM: 4 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Quan Trung Nguyen Vietnam 611,000,000
2 Luu Danh Tuan Vietnam 367,000,000
3 Dinh Tien Thanh Vietnam 231,000,000
4 Anh Hoai Tran Vietnam 149,000,000

Vinh Nguyen back in the game, outkicks Mudgal at heads up of Deepstack NLH

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Vinh Nguyen

Vietnam’s Vinh Nguyen was another ecstatic winner who confessed “I haven’t played much poker lately so I am very happy to win this event.” Nguyen outlasted the 60 entry field of the Deepstack NLH, defeating India’s Dhaval Mudgal at heads up. The final hand was Kx8x top pair over Kx4x top pair on a board Kx3x2xJx9x all in on the turn. Nguyen’s kicker played. For his victory, Nguyen earned his first WPT trophy and a cool VN₫ 83,800,000 (~US$ 3,570).

Buy in: VN₫ 4,400,000 (~US$ 188)
Entries: 60 (52 unique, 8 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 232,800,000 (~US$ 9,925)
ITM: 8 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Vinh Nguyen Vietnam 83,800,000
2 Dhaval Mudgal India 49,250,000
3 Kyle Bao Diep USA 30,850,000
4 Thanh Tien Nguyen Vietnam 20,950,000
5 Dinh Quang Xu Vietnam 16,300,000
6 Chu The Dan Vietnam 12,800,000
7 Chinh Duc Tran Australia 10,500,000
8 Philip Nguyen Australia 8,350,000

Thanh Hung Tran outdraws Fechter for the Hyper Turbo NLH title

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The Hyper Turbo NLH clocked in just under four hours with Vietnam’s Thanh Hung Tran cleaning out his last three opponents to clinch it. With a massive stack at heads up, USA’s Trent Fechter hoped for a double up with Ac9s however, Tran’s KcQs prevailed with the board running 8hQd9dKd7h. This was Tran’s first ever WPT victory.

Buy in: VN₫ 3,300,000 (~US$ 140)
Entries: 28 (20 unique, 8 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 81,480,000 (~US$ 3,475)
ITM: 4 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Thanh Hung Tran Vietnam 32,650,000
2 Trent Fechter USA 20,000,000
3 Minh Thai Bao Cao Vietnam 13,850,000
4 Hung Viet Pham Vietnam 8,980,800
Deal Bubble player 6,000,000

Opener Day 1A results

On its first flight, the featured WPT Opener 2BN guaranteed event drew 112 entries with 14 reaching the ITM round. Tran Van Phuc bagged up the largest stack of 333,000 (55 bb). He sets the standard for the next two flights.

Buy in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 375)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,000,000,000 (~US$ 85,280)

Day 1A results: 112 entries / 14 ITM
Day 1B: Wednesday, May 17 at 11am; registration closes at 3:20pm
Day 1C: Wednesday, May 17 at 4pm; registration closes at 8:20pm

End of Day 1A – 14 players

Player Flag Stack
Tran Van Phuc Vietnam 333,000
MR LAK Vietnam 300,000
Nguyen Van Trung Vietnam 296,000
Nguyen Phuong Ngoc Vietnam 285,000
Minh Tien Vietnam 242,000
Tuan Tien Hai Vietnam 239,000
Vu Thai Bao Vietnam 219,000
Huynh Ngoc Cuong Vietnam 218,000
Do Quang Thuy Vietnam 168,000
Dinh Duc Linh Vietnam 130,000
Thien Vietnam 119,000
Nguyen Duc Hoa Vietnam 112,000
Nguyen Pham Thay Vietnam 92,000
Hui Tomy 61,000

WPT Player of the Festival update

With three events in the books, the WPT Player of the Festival race is on. The three side event winners all share the top spot with 300 points. Plenty of chances to earn points with 35 events yet to be played out. The player with the most points accrued at the end of the festival will be awarded a $5,000 WPT Main Tour entry for 2023.

Rank Name Points
1st Nguyen Trung Quan 300
2nd Nguyen Huu Vinh 300
3rd Tran Thanh Hung 300
4th Luu Danh Tuan 225
5th Dhaval Mudgal 225
6th Fechter Trent Wayne 225
7th Dinh Tien Thanh 175
8th Diep Quoc Bao 175
9th Cao Minh Thai Bao 175
10th Tran Hoai Anh 150

Live coverage by Somuchpoker from start to finish. 

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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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