Crown Poker Club – WPTWC: Opener draws 323 entries; 40 players advance to Day 2 led by local pro Huỳnh Ngọc Cường


Bustling day at the Crown Poker Club in Ha Noi, Vietnam with poker players crowding the tables for the ₫2.5 Billion guaranteed WPTC Series Opener. Kicking off the festivities was Day 1B which found a hefty 153 entries, followed in the afternoon by Day 1C with 119 pulling up seats. Combined with the 51 entries of Day 1A, the event drew 323 total entries. 40 players advanced to the final day.

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Among the day’s attendees were local aces Nguyen Quang Minh, Cao Ngoc Anh, and newly crowned Poker Dream Vietnam Main Event champion Minh Anh Nguyen. The two heats closed with Huỳnh Ngọc Cường bagging the overall top spot at Day 1B. Other notable players also high in the count were Hong Kong pro Raiden Kan (303,000) and Day 1A chip leader Trent Fechter (265,000).

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Huỳnh Ngọc Cường

The hunt continues on Sunday, October 30 at 10:30am. Everyone is guaranteed a minimum payout of ₫14,000,000 (~$560) however the goal is to claim the title and the ₫550,000,000 (~$22,140) first prize. Make sure to watch the final table action via the livestream on the CPC facebook page.

While the Series Opener seeks its champion, another guarantee-bearing event joins the floor. The ₫1.5 Billion Mystery Bounty will see two flights running throughout the day. Flight A gets rolling at 11am with blinds increasing every 30 minutes. Flight B follows at 4pm with blinds increasing at a slightly faster 25 minutes. Buy in is ₫11,000,000 (~$445). Registration closes at the start of Level 11.

For those new to the Mystery Bounty format, this is one of the more dramatic head hunter formats. Unlike the traditional structure where every player has a bounty on its head from the start, for this format, only players that reach the money round will have a chance at collecting bounties. Bounty prizes will only be known once it is drawn.

Series Opener Day 2 qualifiers

HuỳNh NgọC CườNg Vietnam 391,000
Minh Hoang Bui Vietnam 363,000
NguyễN Trung Hà Vietnam 354,000
Raiden Kan Yew Fatt Hong Kong 303,000
Đinh Gia Long Korea 295,000
NguyễN HữU MạNh Vietnam 290,000
Trent Fechter USA 265,000
Duc Van Nguyen Vietnam 249,000
BạCh Trung HiếU Vietnam 239,000
TrầN Vĩnh Hưng Vietnam 235,000
Bùi Quang Anh Vietnam 233,000
NguyễN Trung Kiên Vietnam 224,000
Vũ ĐứC Trung Vietnam 181,000
David Vietnam 167,000
Michael Newby England 163,000
Bach Ngoc Le Vietnam 160,000
Cong Van Pham Vietnam 157,000
Yota Mitsui Japan 157,000
Linh Duc Dinh Vietnam 135,000
Kimotsuki Yoshihito Japan 132,000
PhạM Tùng BảO Vietnam 130,000
Lê QuốC Sơn Vietnam 123,000
TuấN Anh Vietnam 122,000
NguyễN Văn Công Vietnam 121,000
Lê Công Vương Vietnam 118,000
MạC TrườNg Giang Vietnam 116,000
Hanish Saini India 97,000
Andy NguyễN Vietnam 96,000
Ngoc Anh Cao Vietnam 88,000
Đàm TuấN Giang Vietnam 88,000
Vũ ĐứC ThịNh Vietnam 84,000
Mai Xuân ĐạT Vietnam 84,000
Ho Chi Chung Hong Kong 83,000
Ngoc Ha Nguyen Vietnam 82,000
NguyễN ViệT Anh Vietnam 71,000
Dương Vi Khoa Vietnam 71,000
Mai Trí Minh Vietnam 58,000
Long Hoang Nguyen Vietnam 56,000
Huu Dung Nguyen Vietnam 46,000
PhạM Văn TiếN Vietnam 36,000


1st 550,000,000
2nd 365,000,000
3rd 230,000,000
4th 154,000,000
5th 120,000,000
6th 100,000,000
7th 83,000,000
8th 69,600,000
9th 57,000,000
10th 47,000,000
11th 47,000,000
12th 47,000,000
13th 39,000,000
14th 39,000,000
15th 39,000,000
16th 32,000,000
17th 32,000,000
18th 32,000,000
19th 26,000,000
20th 26,000,000
21st 26,000,000
22nd 21,500,000
23rd 21,500,000
24th 21,500,000
25th 18,500,000
26th 18,500,000
27th 18,500,000
28th 16,000,000
29th 16,000,000
30th 16,000,000
31st 16,000,000
32nd 16,000,000
33rd 16,000,000
34th 16,000,000
35th 16,000,000
36th 16,000,000
37th 14,000,000
38th 14,000,000
39th 14,000,000
40th 14,000,000

More games and trophies to be won at the ongoing series. The event runs through November 6. The ₫5 Billion guaranteed Main Event takes place on November 3 to 6 with buy in of ₫16.5 Million. Once again, we’d like to remind everyone of the good news, there will be “No Tax on your winnings”. You heard right, no tax. So time to get on the felt and pad up that wallet! Make sure to check the schedule for all the info.

CPC ₫13 Billion WPTC Series full schedule

Stick with us here at Somuchpoker as we bring you full coverage from start to finish. All photos courtesy of Crown Poker Club.


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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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