World Poker Championship Main Event draws 651 entries for over ₫14.2 Billion prize pool; Grant Gardner bags overall lead; 82 advance to Day 2


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Full house at the Grand Loyal Poker Club on Thursday, January 12 as players converged for the final two flights of the World Poker Championship MAIN EVENT. Kicking it off was Day 1C which was the most popular with a thunderous 233 signing up. Only 29 reached the money round led by Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Thang who bagged 725,000 (181 BB) to give him the momentary chip lead entering Day 2.

In contrast, the final flight, Day 1D (Turbo), drew the smallest starting field of 111 entries, however by bagging time, UK’s Grant Gardner sat on a massive 783,000 (196 BB) stack to earn the overall top spot into the next round. Coming Day 2, twelve other players join Gardner and Thang with stacks of 100 BB and up. 

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Grant Gardner

The bustling day also saw the return of Korean pro Soo Jo Kim to the Asian live circuit. For the past three years, Kim has spent his live poker career battling it out on home turf and in Las Vegas. He bagged up the third overall largest stack of 136 BB. Also making the cut with a big stack was the newest Super Star Challenge winner Gab Yong Kim with 115 BB.

Players with 100 BB and up:

Rank Player Flag Stack BB
1 Grant Gardner UK 783,000 196
2 Thang Xuan Nguyen Vietnam 725,000 181
3 Soo Jo Kim Korea 543,000 136
4 Jun Min Park Korea 532,000 133
5 Luckyman9999 Vietnam 494,000 124
6 Moon Hoo Seo Korea 488,000 122
7 Thanh Huy Le Vietnam 485,000 121
8 Jae Hyung Park Korea 474,000 119
9 Gab Yong Kim Korea 461,000 115
10 Hoi Wai Tam Hong Kong 458,000 115
11 Francis Garson France 457,000 114
12 Yo Hwan Lim Korea 416,000 104
13 Je Young Park Korea 409,000 102
14 Thijs Hilberts Netherlands 398,000 100

Other notables through to the next round were  Francis Garson (57 BB), Thijs Hilberts (50 BB), William Ysmael (45 BB), Trung Van Nguyen (28 BB), Trung Duc Vu (25 BB), Teddy Pham (24 BB), Akshay Nasa (18 BB), Nam Hyung Kim (14 BB), Terry Nguyen (12 BB), and WSOP bracelet winner Aaron Siyang Phua (11 BB).


Main Event review

From January 10 to 12, the WPC Main Event commenced with four starters to try to qualify into the next round. The first two days drew a combined 307 entries. By Day 1C, the ₫10B guarantee was shattered, and after the evening’s Day 1D (Turbo), a combined 344 was added to the mix to bring the total count to 651 entries. With each entry ponying up the ₫25,000,000 buy in, the prize pool settled at a handsome ₫14,244,000,000 (~$607,600). 


Dates: January 10 to 14
Buy in: ₫25,000,000 (~$1,060)
Guarantee: ₫10,000,000,000 (~$425,080)

Starting Day Entries Survivors
Day 1A 139 17
Day 1B 168 22
Day 1C 233 29
Day 1D (turbo) 111 14

Total entries: 651
Prize pool: ₫14,244,000,000 (~$607,600)
Day 2 qualifiers / ITM: 82 players

Of the 651 entries, 82 survived. They return to the felt on Friday, January 13 and will race for a final table seat. Cards start flying at 12pm. Each one is guaranteed ₫36,000,000 (~$1,535) but what they will be hunting is the juicy winner’s purse of ₫2,710,000,000 (~$115,600). For those in the running, make sure to take note of the list below: 

  • 30-seconds action clock in play starting Day 2
  • Day 2 onwards blinds increase every 60 minutes
  • Day 2 blinds rollback to 2,000-4,000-4,000 BB Ante
  • Day 2 plays down to the final 9 players
  • Redraw at final 24 players and final 9 players
  • Final table is on Saturday, January 14


Place Payout in VN₫
1st 2,710,000,000
2nd 1,880,000,000
3rd 1,140,000,000
4th 860,000,000
5th 680,000,000
6th 540,000,000
7th 425,000,000
8th 335,000,000
9th 267,000,000
11th – 12th 210,000,000
13th – 14th 170,000,000
15th – 16th 140,000,000
17th – 20th 116,000,000
21st – 24th 97,000,000
25th – 32nd 82,000,000
33rd – 40th 70,000,000
41st – 48th 61,000,000
49th – 56th 54,000,000
57th – 64th 48,000,000
65th – 72nd 43,000,000
73rd – 80th 39,000,000
81st – 82nd 36,000,000


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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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