World Poker Tour sets the stage for a Vietnam Main Event record breaker; 626 entries with one flight remaining

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The Main Event of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Vietnam festival reached a new level of excitement on Day 1B as the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi was packed with players eager to join the action. By the end of registration, a roaring 304 signed up with an additional 84 re-entries for a turnout of 388. Combined with the 238 entries of Day 1A, the cumulative entries is now at 626 which means the VN₫ 12BN guarantee has been vaporized. The pot is now pushing over VN₫ 13.5 Billion and will continue to grow with one final entry flight yet to be played out. 

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With these impressive figures, the tournament is on track to surpass its previous Vietnam record of 777 entries. This prediction is reinforced by the overwhelming response to the evening satellite that witnessed its 5 seat guarantee surge four times over to a whopping 20 seats. The turnout was the largest ever seen for a WPT satellite in Asia.

In addition, WPT Live Events Specialist, Danny McDonagh, announced that the Main Event is aiming to breach not just its own brand record in Vietnam but also shatter all other Main Event records in the country for a non high roller series. The number to beat is 1,020 entries and the prize pool to beat is VN₫ 17.9 Billion. 

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For all the railbirds, weekend warriors, and players that missed the mark on the completed flights, the last chance to enter is on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Cards start flying at exactly 11am local time. Registration closes at 3:30pm. Buy in is VN₫ 25,000,000 (~US$ 1,065). And in case you haven’t heard the news, the WPT Prime Championship revealed a new trophy and the first one will be awarded right here in Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Main Event update and Day 1B highlights

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To give a brief rundown of Main Event Day 1B, it took eleven and a half hours for the field to reach the bubble round. Russian player Evgenii Chernyi delivered the good news to the final 49 players and bagged up the fourth largest stack. Catapulting to the top was India’s Rajasekhar Puttamsetty who scored a double up off Julien Rouxel during the late rounds.

You can read up on the action via the Live Updates on 

Top 10 of Day 1B

Rank Player Flag Stack
1 Rajasekhar Puttamsetty India 580,000
2 Xiong Zhi Jian China 501,000
3 ThứC Duy NguyễN Vietnam 498,000
4 Evgenii Chernyi Russia 479,000
5 Le Hoan Cong Vietnam 445,000
6 Linh Trong  Phan Vietnam 427,000
7 Dinh Tien Thanh Vietnam 423,000
8 Mohit Bohra India 419,000
9 Tsz Him Pun Hong Kong 414,000
10 Rikuto Sashida Japan 407,000

Top 10 of current Day 2 lineup

Player Flag Stack
Richard Balkau Australia 935,000
Anuj Yadav India 643,000
Rajasekhar Puttamsetty India 580,000
Akshay Nasa India 552,000
Xiong Zhi Jian China 501,000
Sumin Oh S.Korea 499,000
ThứC Duy  NguyễN Vietnam 498,000
Evgenii Chernyi Russia 479,000
Le Hoan Cong Vietnam 445,000
Linh Trong Phan Vietnam 427,000

For the full chip counts, head to the LIVE UPDATES – Main Event



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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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