WPT Prime Vietnam: Avneesh Munjal dominates the Vietnamese at WPT Opener; Trung Gia Nguyen, Duy Anh Nguyen win trophies

Th World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Vietnam festival concluded its third day of games at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi with another three players crowned as champions. Making waves at the WPT Opener final table was India’s Avneesh Munjal who dominated the all-Vietnamese competition, eliminating an astounding seven opponents.

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At other side events, locals Trung Gia Nguyen and Duy Anh Nguyen also walked away victorious however no champion yet at the Mystery Bounty. The first of three flights completed with 17 reaching the money round. Here are those stories and results.


India’s Avneesh Munjal dominates to seize maiden live title at the WPT Opener

Making it look easy, India’s Avneesh Munjal kicked off his WPT Prime Vietnam run with a victory at the WPT Opener. Munjal’s rise to the top began by bagging the chip lead at the end of Day 1C to earn him the third largest stack into Day 2. By the time the final table was reached, Munjal moved up one notch to second rank and was the only non-Vietnamese in the round. Impressively, he proceeded to eliminate seven out of his eight opponents to capture his maiden live title and a career live payout of VN₫ 770,000,000 (~US$ 32,280).

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Avneesh Munjal

“This is what I’ve been preparing for. The online tournaments that I keep practicing, so it feels great. It was all about patience especially at heads up. I was leading 6:1 and then he was almost near stack at one point but I just stayed patient.”

You can read up on the highlights below or relive the action via the recorded livestream.

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Briefly summarizing his final table heater, Munjal eliminated Ngoc Anh Cao (9th) with AhQh outdrawing AcKs with two Queens on the board. Next on the chopping block was Quang Van Pham (8th) whose pocket Tens ran into Munjal’s pocket Jacks. After a series of shoves that led to Duy Tien Pham eliminating Phuong Ngoc Nguyen (7th), Pham also couldn’t get by Munjal, falling in 6th place with QhKc unable to improve against 7h7c.

Before delivering his fourth knockout, Phuong Van Nguyen was the first to double up off Munjal with pocket Aces tough to crack. Munjal made up the lost chips by sending Bao Thai Vu (5th) to his knees with pocket Queens dominating pocket Jacks. It didn’t take long for short stacked Phuong to join the railbirds as Munjal claimed his fifth final table bust.

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Vũ Tá NhấT

Down to three, Ta Nhat Vu survived two all in showdowns against Munjal but not so fortunate for Tuan Anh Nguyen whose Ac6h did not improve against the leader’s 5s5c.

Heads up kicked off with Munjal ahead 99 bb to Vu’s 26 bb. Vu proved a tough adversary, winning pot after pot without a showdown to grind to par and at one point take the lead. Munjal recovered and wit just 5 big blinds apart, the final hand landed. Munjal’s 8h8c won the flip against Vu’s Ah10c on a board QsQc5h3c2s.

Date: May 16-18, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 375)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,000,000,000 (~US$ 85,280)
Entries: 510
Prize pool: VN₫ 3,957,600,000 (~US$ 168,750)
ITM: 65 players

Final table payouts

Place Player Flag Payouts in VN₫
1 Avneesh Munjal India 770,000,000
2 Ta Nhat Vu Vietnam 540,000,000
3 Tuan Anh Nguyen Vietnam 345,000,000
4 Van Phuong Nguyen Vietnam 240,000,000
5 Thai Bao Vu Vietnam 185,000,000
6 Duy Tien Pham Vietnam 154,700,000
7 Phuong Ngoc Nguyen Vietnam 128,000,000
8 Quang Van Pham Vietnam 102,500,000
9 Ngoc Anh Cao Vietnam 77,000,000


Trung Gia Nguyen wins the Megastack NLH

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Trung Gia Nguyen

The Megastack NLH was a popular one with 131 entries for a prize pool of VN₫ 508,280,000 (~US$ 21,670). Six and half hours in, the bubble burst on a short stack forced to go all in on the big blind and Dan Chu The cleaning up. Dan went on to reach heads up against Trung Gia Nguyen however he could not break down his opponent’s massive stack to fall in 2nd place. The final hand was a short-lived celebration by Dan who was all in with Kc3c against Nguyen’s AsKh and the flop awarding him a small pair 3d8c9s. However the turn 2h and river Ac was top pair for Nguyen to ship it and earn the VN₫ 143,500,000 top prize.

Date: May 18, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 4,400,000 (~US$ 188)
Entries: 131 (105 unique, 26 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 508,280,000 (~US$ 21,670)
ITM: 17 places

Place Player Flag Payouts in VN₫
1 Trung Gia Nguyen Vietnam 143,500,000
2 Dan Chu The Vietnam 90,900,000
3 Joachim Malik Germany 53,900,000
4 Song Tang Wen Vietnam 33,000,000
5 Wai Sum Ng Hong Kong 25,200,000
6 Thang Ming Tran Vietnam 21,300,000
7 Thang Quang Do Vietnam 18,500,000
8 Quan Huan Shi New Zealand 16,300,000
9 Dhaval Mudgal India 14,380,000
10 Kyle Bao Diep USA 12,700,000
11 Kevin Lee New Zealand 12,700,000
12 Supanat Changkid Thailand 12,700,000
13 Raj Gokul India 11,200,000
14 Hung Xuang Hoang Vietnam 11,200,000
15 Surachai Phoemphun Thailand 11,200,000
16 Linh Khanh Ta Vietnam 9,800,000
17 Pawanat Inthvyos Thailand 9,800,000

Duy Anh Nguyen flips for the 15/15/15 PLO trophy

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Anh Duy Nguyen

The 15/15/15 PLO event was the last event on offer for the day. After a lengthy heads up, big stacked Duy Anh Nguyen agreed on a deal then flipped for the trophy. He won it with AdKdAsKs.

Date: May 18, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 3,300,000 (~US$ 140)
Entries: 44 (28 unique, 16 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 128,040,000 (~US$ 5,460)
ITM: 6 places

*Heads up deal, flipped for the trophy

Place Player Flag Payouts in VN₫
1 Duy Anh Nguyen Vietnam 42,000,000*
2 Van Ky Lam Vietnam 37,400,000*
3 Armon Van Wijk Australia 17,900,000
4 Siddartha Jolly India 12,800,000
5 Hung Thanh Tran Vietnam 10,300,000
6 Siyool Lee Korea 7,740,000

Mystery Bounty – Day 1A results

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Swell turnout at Day 1A of the Mystery Bounty with 132 entering for a shot at the VN₫ 3,000,000,000 (~US$ 127,920) guaranteed prize pool. This was the first of three flights scheduled. To reach the end of day, it took 27 hands before the bubble burst. Quang Trung Nguyen pushed on the button with Kc5h and small blind short stack risked it with Ad9h. The board came 6s6d4c8h7h for a straight to Nguyen. He bagged up the second largest stack with UK’s Stephen Nathan as chip leader.

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Stephen Nathan

Buy in: VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 470)
Guarantee: VN₫ 3,000,000,000 (~US$ 127,920)
Day 1A: 132 entries / 17 survivors (ITM)

Day 1B: Friday, May 19, 2023 at 11am
Day 1C: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11am

End of Day 1A – 17 survivors

Rank Player Flag Stack
1 Stephen Nathan UK 388,000
2 NguyễN Trung Quân Vietnam 276,500
3 Ngô Văn ĐạT Vietnam 241,000
4 Ngô TrầN Minh NhậT Vietnam 198,000
5 NguyễN Thanh Hùng Vietnam 192,000
6 HuỳNh NgọC CườNg Vietnam 180,000
7 Daniel Francis New Zealand 179,000
8 NguyễN NgọC ĐạI Vietnam 165,000
9 NguyễN Văn ViệT Vietnam 145,000
10 QuốC Hưng Vietnam 137,000
11 Hanna Azimai Australia 107,000
12 Cornan Zsolt Romania 106,500
13 Evgeii Nekrasov Russia 98,500
14 Armon Van Wijk Australia 87,000
15 Alok Birewar India 62,000
16 Aleksei Varashev Russia 50,000
17 NguyễN TiếN Thành Vietnam 26,500
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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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