Another bustling day at the World Poker Championship Main Event with 168 entries hauled in for Day 1B. After the bubble burst, 22 bagged up led by Korea’s Seo Moonho with 488,000 (61 BB) in chips. This was less than 1 BB from Day 1A chip leader Hai Nam Hoang aka Luckyman9999. Not much is known of Seo other than most of his time on the felt has been spent on home turf. This will be his first ever WPC Vietnam cash.
Closing the night as the second largest was Hong Kong’s Tam Hoi Wai with 458,000 (57 BB) in chips. Tam is in fine shape to take it very deep with a victory at the Megastack already under his belt and 9th place at the Superstack Turbo.
To round out the top three was world famous ex-Starcraft gamer / Korean poker pro Yohwan “BoxeR” Lim with a 416,000 (52 BB) stack. For most of the pandemic, Lim enjoyed the poker boom in Korea, cashing in numerous events including a victory at the WPC High Roller event in December. He also signed with Winjoy Poker League (WPL) as one of their brand ambassadors. Despite being decorated with 14 career wins, he is still seeking that elusive first ever Main Event title.
End of Day 1B – 22 players
|Tam Hoi Wai||Hongkong||458,000|
|Yo Hwan Lim||Korea||416,000|
|Dinh Quang Huy||Vietnam||273,000|
|Nguyen Manh Hieu||Vietnam||265,000|
|Keun Soo Yoon||Korea||254,000|
|Sun Ho Yoo||Korea||250,000|
|Kim Yong Min||Korea||247,000|
|Nguyen Van Trung||Vietnam||221,000|
|Dao Ngoc Thang||Vietnam||198,000|
|Lee Sung Kun||Korea||195,000|
|Le Van Dien||Vietnam||168,000|
|Dong Van Tan||Vietnam||127,000|
|Nguyen Duy Anh||Vietnam||104,000|
|Kim Ho Jin||Korea||98,000|
|Tu Thanh Le||Vietnam||72,000|
Main Event details
The WPC MAIN EVENT commenced on January 10 at host venue Grand Loyal Poker Club and will run through January 14. With the first two starting days completed, fence-sitters only have two chances left to earn their share of the pot. As it stands, the event has drawn a cumulative 307 entries, and if the trend continues, players can expect the ₫10 Billion (~$425,080) guarantee to be breached at Day 1C.
For entering players, keep in mind that the final two flights take place on Thursday, January 12. Day 1C starts at 11am and will see blinds increase every 40 minutes. The last flight, Day 1D, is a turbo with blinds up every 25 minutes starting at 3:30pm. Both heats will see registration close at the start of Level 7 and both will play down to ITM / 12.5% of the field.
As for the combined 39 Day 2 qualifiers, there is a one day break before returning to action on Friday, January 13.
Dates: January 10 to 14
Buy in: ₫25,000,000 (~$1,060)
Guarantee: ₫10,000,000,000 (~$425,080)
Cumulative entries: 307
Day 2 qualifiers: 39
Day 1A: 139 entries, 17 advanced (completed)
Day 1B: 168 entries, 22 advanced (completed)
Day 1C: Thursday, January 12
Day 1D (Turbo): Thursday, January 12
Entering players start with a deep 30,000 stack which is 150x the opening blinds of 100-200-200 BBA. This is an unlimited re-entry tournament. Players are allowed multiple stacks but only the best stack advances.
Day 2: Friday, January 13
Day 3 / Final Table: Saturday, January 14
- 30-seconds action clock will be in play starting Day 2
- Day 2 onwards will see blinds increase every 60 minutes
- Day 2 will play down to the final 9 players
- Redraw at final 24 players and final 9 players
For players still making their way to the festival, better hurry not to miss out. It is entering its final four days. If you need accommodations, rooms are available onsite at the Grand Vista Hanoi.