Record-breaking WPT Prime Vietnam pays out ₫91.57 Billion (~$3.9M); Huynh Ngoc Cuong wins Player of the Festival; WPT Jeju and WPT Taiwan up next


Globally renowned World Poker Tour (WPT) concluded an immensely successful Prime series in Hanoi, Vietnam with multiple records broken over the course of two weeks and the brand new Prime Championship Trophy revealed. In total, it paid out over VN₫ 91.57 Billion (~$3.9 Million) across 38 trophy events.

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WPT Prime Vietnam ran from May 16 to 29, 2023 at the Crown Poker Club, wrapping up with Duy Thuc Nguyen clinching the record breaking Main Event and Huynh Ngoc Cuong winning the WPT Player of the Festival. Click on the links below for all the festival information and results. We also have a recap on the final side events of the series.

Up next for the brand in the Asian region is WPT Korea which takes place from July 13 to 24, followed by WPT Prime Taiwan from August 8 to 21. More on those events at the bottom of the page.



Festival review

Prize pool VN₫ 91,570,619,000 US$ 3,900,000
Trophy Events 38
Entries 5,537
Uniques 563
Satellite Entries 1,288
Record-breakers for Vietnam Main Event entries 1,151
Main Event prize pool
VN₫ 25,343,869,000
Largest field Main Event 1,151 entries
Single largest winner Duy Thuc Nguyen
VN₫ 4,137,000,000
Main Event champion
Duy Thuc Nguyen
Multiple wins Huynh Ngoc Cuong Mystery Bounty
High Roller Warm Up
Thanh Hung Tran
Hyper Turbo NLH
Turbo NLH
Player of the Festival Huynh Ngoc Cuong 1,200 points
Trophy by Flag Vietnam 20
China 6
India 5
Australia 3
England 1
Taiwan 1
Russia 1

WPT Prime Championship Trophy revealed

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During  Main Event Day 1A, 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 revealed the brand new WPT Prime Championship trophy. The festival’s Main Event winner would be the first to bring home a smaller replica.

“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.”

HUYNH NGOC CUONG wins Player of the Festival

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Vietnam’s Huynh Ngoc Cuong aka Winter Sea delivered an impressive performance winning two of the biggest festival events. His winning streak began by overcoming the 614 entry field of the Mystery Bounty event to earn his first ever victory at the venue.

Four days later, Huynh followed it up with another takedown at the High Roller Warm Up event, outlasting a tough field of 168 competitors. With these two achievements, Huynh accumulated 1200 points and secured the WPT Player of the Festival title. He received a special trophy and a $5,000 WPT Passport to any WPT Main Tour in 2023.

Record-breaking Main Event and Champion Duy Thuc Nguyen

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The World Poker Tour aimed high for its Vietnam series, raising the stakes to a VN₫ 12 Billion Main Event guarantee. After three heated starting days, it delivered a record-breaking 1,151 entries, the largest Main Even turnout seen in the country. And with a sweet spot buy in of VN₫ 25,000,000 (~US$ 1,065), the prize pool also shattered past Vietnam numbers for a new record of VN₫ 25,343,869,00 – equivalent to US$ 1,079,6110, the first ever seven figure prize pool in the country for a non high roller series. 

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With a pot that massive, it paid out over a billion dong to the top five places. The largest was claimed by the champion, Duy Thuc Nguyen, earning a career high VN₫ 4,173,000,000 (~US$ 177,764) payout. Nguyen walked away the single richest event earner. Despite falling in 2nd place, runner up Chak Lam Tsang also raked in a hefty prize of VN₫ 2,785,000,000 (~US$ 118,637).

Multi Winners: Huynh Ngoc Cuong and Thanh Tran Hung

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Photo by SMP

The achievement of winning an event is an incredible accomplishment for any player, and at the festival, two players surpassed this challenge by capturing two trophies. WPT Player of the Festival champion Huynh Ngoc Cuong topped the Mystery Bounty and High Roller Warm Up, and Thanh Hung Tran won the Hyper Turbo NLH and Turbo NLH. In cash, Huynh earned a combined VN₫ 2,854,000,000 (~US$ 121,575) and Tran earned a combined VN₫ 141,550,000 (~US$ 6,030).

VIETNAM claims over half of the trophies

Host country Vietnam dominated the charts by winning more than half of the 38 events. The country claimed 20 trophies, and with Huynh’s outstanding performance that earned him the Player of the Festival award, it brought Vietnam’s total trophy count to 21. China was second-best with six trophies.

Final side event winners

TIAN HAO ZHENG turns around to bring home the 66M High Roller victory

Book-ending the festival was the two-day 66M High Roller event which as expected was very popular that the VN₫ 4 Billion guarantee was also crushed. With 141 entries, the prize pool soared to over VN₫ 8.2 Billion with the top 18 places paid. The final table streamed live, relive the race to victory via the WPT YouTube channel.

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Photo by SMP

Highly decorated Chinese pro Tian Hao Zheng outlasted some of the Asian circuit’s biggest names to capture his first ever WPT title. According to his friends, Zheng was on his way back to the hotel when he was told registration was still open for the event. He rushed back and was one of the last to sign up. That decision turned into a VN₫ 2,063,000,000 (~US$ 87,840) payday.

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Photo by SMP

At three-handed, Zheng was backed by a massive chip advantage. Vietnam’s Chu Thinh Thanh earned two double ups off him however Florent Remi wasn’t so lucky, falling in 3rd place. At heads up, Zheng dwarfed Chu with 109 bb versus 6 bb. Chu battled hard but ultimately could not break down Zheng’s fortress. The final hand was Chu Ad5d, Zheng Jh8h, the board 10sAcQh8cKs.

Date: May 28-29, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 66,000,000 (~US$ 2,800)
Guarantee: VN₫ 4,000,000,000 (~US$ 170,395)
Entries: 141 (103 unique, 38 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 8,206,200,000 (~US$ 349,570)
ITM: 18 places

Place Player Flag
Payouts in VN₫
1 Tian Hao Zheng China 2,063,000,000
2 Chu Thai Thinh Vietnam 1,376,000,000
3 Florent Remi Malta 961,000,000
4 Ngo Khoa Anh Vietnam 691,000,000
5 Hung Wei Yeh Taiwan 511,000,000
6 Duc Minh Pham Vietnam 389,000,000
7 Huy Quang Nguyen Vietnam 305,000,000
8 Yucheng Xiao China 247,200,000
9 Yuhang Chen China 207,000,000

For the full results head to the FESTIVAL RESULTS 

ABHEEK NAGPAL wins career first live title at the Classic Freezeout

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India’s Abheek Nagpal was the last player standing at the Crown Poker Club Superstack Classic Freezeout. Nagpal was one of 103 players vying for the coveted title that lasted for two days. Nagpal defeated Paul Kiem at heads up to turn his VN₫ 11 Million buy in into a VN₫ 304,600,000 (~US$ 12,970) payday.

Date: May 28-29, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 470)
Guarantee: VN₫ 500,000,000 (~US$ 21,300)
Players: 103Prize pool: VN₫ 999,100,000 (~US$ 42,560)
ITM: 13 places

Place Player Flag
Payouts in VN₫
1 Abheek Nagpal India 304,600,000
2 Paul Kiem USA 187,000,000
3 Stephen Nathan UK 115,000,000
4 Peush Singhvi India 75,000,000
5 Eric Wasylenko Canada 58,500,000
6 Dhaval Mudgal India 46,500,000
7 Man Lok Chan Macao 40,000,000
8 Brandon Eisen USA 34,500,000
9 Lam Hoai Vu Vietnam 30,500,000

For the full results head to the FESTIVAL RESULTS 

THANG MINH TRAN wins the WPT Superstack Closer Turbo

A very special win at the WPT Superstack Closer for Thang Minh Tran who confessed that his previous victory was four years ago. He shared that it was a tough field and was so happy he persevered.

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Thang Minh Tran – Photo by SMP

The event drew a large field of 174 entries for a prize pool of VN₫ 1,350,240,000 (~US$ 57,520). This just edged over the VN₫ 1 Billion guarantee. Tran bulldozed through the final table, knocking out an astounding six players to seize the win. His final hand was 3d3h full house over Van Quang Pham‘s Kc2d on a board 4d4s3sQsKd.

Date: May 29,2023
Buy in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 375)
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,000,000,000 (~~US$ 42,600)
Entries: 174 (136 unique, 38 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 1,350,240,000 (~US$ 57,520)
ITM: 22 places

Place Player Flag
Payouts in VN₫
1 Thang Minh Tran Vietnam 354,000,000
2 Van Quang Pham Vietnam 235,000,000
3 Lam Hoai Vu Vietnam 138,000,000
4 Avneesh Munjal India 84,000,000
5 Phong Tuan Do Vietnam 65,000,000
6 Haiyang Yang China 54,000,000
7 Trung Manh Nguyen Vietnam 46,740,000
8 Sho Tanihara Japan 41,000,000
9 Keng Yong Tan Singapore 35,000,000

HAIYANG YANG wins the Megastack NLH

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Date: May 28-29,2023
Buy in: VN₫ 5,500,000 (~US$ 235)
Entries: 72 (60 unique, 12 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 349,200,000 (~US$ 14,875)
ITM: 9 places

Place Player Flag
Payouts in VN₫
1 Haiyang Yang China 122,220,000
2 Yu Shimomachi Japan 69,840,000
3 Ngoc Nguyen Vietnam 42,777,000
4 Junyeob Sung Korea 30,555,000
5 Yongtae Kim Korea 23,571,000
6 Shoh Ichinoseki Japan 18,333,000
7 Hung Manh Tran Vietnam 15,714,000
8 Sumire Hori Japan 13,968,000
9 Minh Tri Mai Vietnam 12,222,000

Evegeniy Nekrasov wins a trophy at the Superstack Closer Turbo

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Date: May 29, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 16,500,000 (~US$ 700)
Entries: 8 (7 unique, 1 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 116,400,00 (~US$ 4,960)
ITM: 2 places

Place Player Flag
Payouts in VN₫
1 Evgenii Nekrasov Russia 77,600,000
2 Ngoc Phuong Nguyen Vietnam 38,800,000

HOANG QUOC NAM takes the win at the 10/10/10 NLH

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Date: May 29, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 3,300,000 (~US$ 140)
Entries: 39 (29 unique, 10 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 113,490,000 (~US$ 4,835)
ITM: 5 places

*Heads up deal

Place Player Flag
Payouts in VN₫
1 Hoang Quoc Nam Vietnam 37,500,000
2 Van The Vu Vietnam 37,500,000
3 Giang Tuan Dam Vietnam 17,000,000
4 Jon Hak Lim Korea 12,490,000
5 Ngoc Nhu Nguyen Vietnam 9,000,000

Up next for WPT in Asia – WPT Jeju


This summer, the World Poker Tour will make a stop in Jeju Island, Korea. The event takes place from July 17 to 24 at the Jeju Shinhwa World The schedule includes a ₩3,400,000 (~$2,550 US) Main Event, and a ₩17,000,000 (~$127,350 US) Alpha8 for One Drop event. From the press release,

“Hosting the World Poker Tour gives u another opportunity to showcase our five-star amenities and amazing city,” said Jenny Lim, Landing Entertainment Korea at Jeju Shinhwa World Chief Marketing Officer. “We invite poker players from around the world to join us this summer for an amazing two weeks.”

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The following month, the brand returns to Taipei City, Taiwan for another edition of the Prime series in Asia. WPT Taiwan takes place from August 8 to 21 at the newly opened CTP Asia Poker Arena. While the full schedule has yet to be revealed, the Main Event is slated for August 17 to 21 with buy in of NT$ 33,000 (~US$ 1,080).

For more information regarding on World Poker Tour events, visit

All photos by WPT.

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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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