WPT Prime Vietnam nears USD 1M at halfway mark; Donna Lea, Jinlong Hu, Ta Nhat Vu win trophies; Dinh Quang Huy tops ME Warm Up Day 1A

After seven day of games completed, the World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Vietnam series crossed the halfway mark at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi. To date, a total of 20 events have been claimed and over US$ 980K paid out. The latest winners were Donna Lea, Jinlong Hu, and Ta Nhat Vu. The 8-Max Main Event Warm Up also wrapped up with Day 1A attracting 178 entries. Here are the results and links to the full coverage.

Full coverage links:



Donna Lea flies straight to victory at the WPT Ladies Event

IMG 3831
Donna Lea

The WPT Ladies Event drew 27 entries that included some of the festival’s daily attendees such as Hanna Azimai and Candy Duong however in the end it was Australia’s Donna Lea who persevered, turning her VN₫ 3,300,000 (~US$ 140) buy in into VN₫ 35,300,000 (~US$ 1,500) and claiming her first ever WPT trophy. 

“The timing was just right, we were on holiday and I found out this was here so we flew in from Nha Trang. The competition was great. It was hard. I started off really slow, I thought I wasn’t going to go anywhere, but I just took my time and I got here. At the end there she was was really tough but I got lucky because I got the two pair. I haven’t played in two and a half years so this is very special, it’s my first win.”

IMG 3814

At heads up Korea’s Jeongwon Lee pushed on a turn board 3h9c10s8d, Lea said “I gotta call” then opened up 9d8c two pair ahead of Lee’s 10d7s top pair straight draw. The river Qc secured the victory.

Date: May 22, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 3,300,000 (~US$ 140)
Entries: 27 (20 unique, 7 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 78,570,000 (~US$ 3,350)
ITM: 4 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Donna Lea Australia 35,300,000
2 Jeongwon Lee Korea 21,200,000
3 Ngoc Huong Nguyen Vietnam 13400000
4 Khushboo Asnani India 8,670,000

Jinlong Hu wins first WPT titlle at the Deepstack NLH

China’s Jinlong Hu is fast on the rise this year with a few trophies and numerous deep runs already under his belt. He added a Deepstack NLH title to that list for his career first WPT trophy. In addition, he also collected a cool VN₫ 137,000,000 (~US$ 5,840) for his victory. 

IMG 3870
Jinlong Hu

The event drew a 122-entry field with 16 earning a piece of the VN₫ 473,360,000 (~US$ 20,190) prize pool. It took over an hour for the bubble to burst as numerous short stacks doubled up. Frederick Robitaille even tripled up with AhAc holding firm against Bao Pham’s QdQh, and a big stack’s 10s9d. The money finally  flowed at the fall of a short stack to Robitaille with Ace-Ten over Ten-Nine. 

IMG 3795

From there, it was a fast race to the final table where Hu dominated. By heads up, his stack dwarfed Pham leading to a fast heads up round. The final hand was Hu KcJd, Pham 10c9h, the board ran 10s3d7s2dKh for a rivered higher two pair.

Date: May 22, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 4,400,000 (~US$ 188)
Entries: 122 (99 unique, 23 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 473,360,000 (~US$ 20,190)
ITM: 16 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Jinlong Hu China 137,000,000
2 Bao Pham Vietnam 85,000,000
3 Duc Minh Vu Vietnam 51,000,000
4 Cuong Trinh Vietnam 32,000,000
5 Da Huu Dinh Vietnam 23,600,000
6 Do Duc Nguyen Vietnam 20,400,000
7 Frederick Robitaille Canada 17,760,000
8 Tien Manh Nguyen Vietnam 15,600,000
9 Aleksei Varashev Vietnam 13,700,000

For the full payouts, head to the FESTIVAL RESULTS

Ta Nhat Vu wins the day’s Hyper NLH trophy

IMG 3802 1

Vietnam’s Ta Nhat Vu may have missed the trophy at the WPT Opener by one spot but made up for the missed merch at Day 7’s Hyper Turbo NLH. The event clocked in at an uber-fast four hours with Vu outgunning the 64 entry field. He also walked away with a payout of VN₫ 67,000,000 (~US$ 2,860). 

Date: May 22, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 3,300,000 (~US$ 140)
Entries: 64 (47 unique, 17 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 186,240,000 (~US$ 7,945)
ITM: 8 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Ta Nhat Vu Vietnam 67,000,000
2 Cong Tien Nguyen Vietnam 39,400,000
3 Linh Hai Hoang Vietnam 24,600,000
4 Michael Wilklow USA 16,800,000
5 Masafumi Shimizu Japan 13,000,000
6 Tangirbergen Yespolov Kazakhstan 10,200,000
7 Suji Hwang Korea 8,440,000
8 Nam Hai Chu Vietnam 6,800,000

Event 18: 8 Max Main Event Warm Up – Day 1A results

Swell turnout at the 8-Max Main Event Warm Up with 178 turning up for Day 1A. Many new faces hit the felt such as Taiwan’s Yu Sheng Lin who bagged up the 7th largest stack and India’s Kanchan Sharma who racked up the third largest. The bubble burst on a cooler with China’s Yuhan Liu KcKd running into Đinh Quang Huy‘s AsAd. This gave Huy the end of day chip lead.

IMG 3782

Liu will have another chance at qualifying with Day 1B taking place on Tuesday, May 23, starting at 11am. Registration closest at 4:30pm. This is the last flight to enter this event.

Buy in: VN₫ 16,500,000 (~US$ 700)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,000,000,000 (~US$ 85,320)
Day 1A: 178 entries / 23 ITM

1 Đinh Quang Huy Vietnam 560,000
2 Phan Minh ĐứC Vietnam 491,000
3 Kanchan Sharma India 368,000
4 Dylan Foster Australia 365,000
5 NguyễN Văn Trung Vietnam 357,000
6 Ashish Munot India 356,000
7 Yu Sheng Lin Taiwan 336,000
8 Đào Xuân Khánh Vietnam 316,000
9 NguyễN Tuan Anh Vietnam 259,000
10 Romit Advani India 231,000
11 Đinh TiếN Thành Vietnam 214,000
12 Phan Đình Nam Vietnam 208,000
13 Pham Trung Kien Vietnam 187,000
14 Ngô Văn ĐạT Vietnam 179,000
15 Thanh Lucky Vietnam 168,000
16 Dhavac Mudgal India 130,000
17 Tu Le Australia 107,000
18 Sua Shong Er Malaysia 102,000
19 Hoàng Thái Sơn Vietnam 102,000
20 Raju Jaruplavath India 101,000
21 Amit Kaushik India 86,000
22 Lê TrầN HảI Đăng Vietnam 76,000
23 Eric Wasylenko Canada 66,000
Avatar photo

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.

More Posts

Follow Me:
Special EmailTwitterFacebookFlickrYouTube