WPT reveals new Prime Championship trophy; Main Event Day 1A draws 238; Cuong Ngoc Huynh clinches HR Warm Up, leads POF race; Shuchi Chamaria, Duyen Le win trophies


The World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Vietnam festival was in full swing at the Crown Poker Club with numerous highlights in Day 10. At the top of the news was the MAIN EVENT which attracted 238 entries on its first flight. This was a huge increase from last year’s turnout. 30 players advanced to the next round with Richard Balkau (Hijack Poker) from Australia setting the bar for the next flight.

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Buy in: VN₫ 25,000,000 (~US$ 1,065)
Guarantee: VN₫ 12,000,000,000 (~US$ 511,180)
Day 1A: 238 (182 unique, 56 re-entry)
Day 2 qualifiers: 30 players 

Live Updates on

Top 10 players of Day 1A

Rank Player Flag Stack
1 Richard Balkau Australia 935,000
2 Anuj Yadav India 643,000
3 Akshay Nasa India 552,000
4 Sumin Oh Korea 499,000
5 Khôi NguyễN Vietnam 360,000
6 Kyle Bao Diep Vietnam 346,000
7 ĐặNg Hoàng ViệT Vietnam 338,000
8 TiếN Minh Ngô Vietnam 302,000
9 Harsh Bubna India 280,000
10 Hoàng Minh NguyễN Vietnam 275,000

For the full list, head to Live Updates MAIN EVENT – CHIP COUNTS

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During the first break, WPT Live Events Specialist Danny McDonagh, WPT Global Event Manager Hillary St. Clair, WPT Host Ashleigh Lawrence, and Crown Poker Club owner Tobias Bui officially welcomed in the games and the brand new WPT Prime Champiosnhip trophy was revealed for the first time.

“We are one year into Prime so for our one year anniversary we are very excited to showcase our brand new WPT Prime Championship trophy. Thank you to all our players, without you we wouldn’t have a World Poker Tour.”

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Over at the side events, the biggest story was Cuong Ngoc Huynh who clinched the High Roller Warm Up for his second festival title. This sent Huynh catapulting from 6th rank to the top in the WPT Player of the Festival race. He leads with a big margin. Also walking away as the newest champions were Shuchi Chamaria and Duyen Thi Thuy Le. 

WPT POF standings after 26 events

1 Cuong Ngoc Huynh 1200
2 Armon Van Wijk 850
3 Thanh Tien Dinh 840
4 Chu The Dan 835
5 Hung Thanh Tran 765
6 Vu Ta Nhat 750
7 Quan Trung Nguyen 700
8 Wilklow Michael Victor 675
9 Tuan Anh Tran 675
10 Avneesh Munjal 630

Huynh Ngoc Cuong wins second title at the High Roller Warm Up

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Huynh Ngoc Cuong

Another fantastic achievement by Huynh Ngoc Cuong who dominated the High Roller Warm Up to clinch his second series title. Days prior, Huynh shipped the Mystery Bounty event, outlasting a big field of 614 entries. On his latest win, Huynh topped the 168 entry field, the largest high roller turnout of the series to date. He closed Day 1 as massive chip leader, proceeded to enter the final table with over 25 percent of the chips in play, and never relinquished his lead. Huynh has now earned a combined VN₫ 2,854,000,000 (~US$ 121,580). 

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After eliminating Roman Kolotiuk in 3rd place with AsKc dominating Ad9s, he was up 71 bb to Alan Pham‘s 12 bb. It took just one hand to secure the victory with Ac7c staying ahead of 10c9c with a final board 5dKs5c2d8c.

Relive the final table action via the livestream on Crown Poker Club YouTube channel. 

Date: May 24-25 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,345)
Entries: 168 (110 unique, 58 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 8,148,000,000 (~US$ 347,100)
ITM: 21 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Huynh Ngoc Cuong Vietnam 1,964,000,000
2 Alan Anh Minh Pham Australia 1,307,000,000
3 Roman Kolotiuk Russia 938,000,000
4 Cankai Zhang China 686,000,000
5 Yuki Sakai Japan 511,000,000
6 Jhon Hendri Indonesia 388,000,000
7 Evgenii Katymaev Russia 300,000,000
8 Huu Dung Nguyen Vietnam 237,000,000
9 Tuan Danh Luu Vietnam 190,000,000

Shuchi Chamaria wins the Big Bounty

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Shuchi Chamaria

First time winner at WPT Prime with India’s Shuchi Chamaria lifting her first ever poker trophy at the Big Bounty event. Chamaria outlasted the 182 entry field to earn an ICM deal payout of VN₫ 138,600,000 (~US$ 5,900). At three handed, the players agreed to flip for it. Chamaria prevailed after three flips, denying Tuan Anh Tran his second series title.

Date: May 24-25, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 470)
Entries: 182 (136 unique, 46 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 855,400,000 (~US$ 36,440)
Bounty pool: VN₫ 910,000,000 (~US$ 38,765)
ITM: 23 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Shuchi Chamaria India 138,600,000*
2 Tuan Anh Tran Vietnam 169,100,000*
3 Hung Viet Le Vietnam 149,300,000*
4 Man Lok Macau 53,000,000
5 Chien Kuei Shih Taiwan 41,000,000
6 Anh Duy Nguyen Vietnam 34,000,000
7 Shu Wei Choi Taiwan 29,000,000
8 Jae Kyung Sim Korea 25,400,000
9 Linh Dieu Phuong Nguyen Vietnam 22,000,000

Duyen Thi Thuy Le wins the Deepstack Hyper Turbo

The last event to complete was the Deepstack Turbo with Duyen Thi Thuy Le dominating the final table to seize the title, the VN₫ 140,500,000 (~US$ 5,985), and her first WPT trophy. Heads up was just one hand with Le’s Qc5s beating Ks4h when a queen spiked the turn on a board 8s9s8dQd10d

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Le Thi Thuy Duyen

Date: May 25, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 6,600,000 (~US$ 280)
Entries: 69 entries (63 unique, 6 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 401,580000 (~US$ 17,100)
ITM: 9 places

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Le Thi Thuy Duyen Vietnam 140,500,000
2 Chu The Dan Vietnam 80,500,000
3 Michael Wilklow USA 49,000,000
4 Po Chun Wen Taiwan 35,000,000
5 Seiya Ishikawa Japan 27,000,000
6 Raju Jaruplavath India 21,000,000
7 Ha Quang Nguyen Vietnam 18,000,000
8 Ravi Shankar Metlapalli India 16,080,000
9 Yu Wang China 14,500,000



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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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