World Poker Championship pays out over ₫51.6 Billion (~$2.2M); Tuong Manh Ha wins Player of the Series; WPC returns to Grand Loyal on March 31 to April 9


On January 15, the World Poker Championship (WPC) in partnership with the Hanoi Series of Poker (HSOP) concluded its season opener at the Grand Loyal Poker Club in Hanoi. The event got underway on January 3 featuring a confident US$ 1 Million guarantee. Locals and Koreans flooded the felt, joined by a scatter of international players from India, Singapore, Philippines, USA, to mention a few. After thirteen days of nonstop action, all the trophies were claimed including the Player of the Series title. 

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Although the room has since quieted, the excitement remains with the WPC having already announced its return. In just two and a half months, the brand heads back to the Grand Loyal Poker Club for a ten day series running from March 31 to April 9. Like previous, a solid US$ 1 Million is guaranteed. Players can expect another jam-packed room from start to finish. 

As players await the next series, here are the closing figures and highlights of the recently concluded festival.

Festival highlights

Festival prize pool: ₫51,630,785,000 (~$2,203,430)
Trophy events: 26
Main Event prize pool: ₫14,244,075,000 (~$607,890)
Main Event champion: Thang Ngoc Dao – ₫1,540,030,000 (~$65,700)
Player of the Series: Tuong Manh Ha – 1,171.58 points
Most final tables: Yuta Izumi (4)
Most cashes: Jasven Saigal (6)
Trophies by Flag: Vietnam (12), Korea (9), Singapore (2), Japan (1), Hong Kong (1), India (1) 


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The Main Event fueled in the biggest prize money of ₫14,244,075,000 (~$607,890). Although it didn’t beat its inaugural run numbers, it still blew past its ten billion Vietnamese dong guarantee. Impressively, the three local players at the final table found themselves as the last ones standing with Thang Ngoc Dao going the distance for his career first title and high score of ₫1,540,030,000 (~$65,700). Read up on his victory via the Live Updates. 

Player of the Series: TUONG MANH HA

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Vietnam’s Tuong Manh Ha is remembered for lifting the first WPC Main Event title in Vietnam, and though he missed the mark at this series, he still made headlines by clinching the WPC Player of the Series. In a mad dash for the finish line, Ha shipped the festival’s final event – Megastack Closer – to steal the POS victory. Ha cashed in a total of 5 tournaments to accrue 1,171.58 points. He was awarded a Main Event ticket to the next WPC festival. Here are his series cashes:

3rd Event 1: Kickoff Event
6th Event 9: HSOP Main Event
14th Event 17: NLH Freezeout
25th Event 21: Monster Stack
1st Event 24: Megastack Closer

Most final tables: YUTA IZUMI

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While there were many players that reached multiple final tables, it was Japan’s Yuta Izumi who had the most final table cashes of four in total. One of those deep runs was a Vietnam maiden victory at Event 3: Hyper Turbo. 

1st Event 3: Hyper Turbo
9th Event 6: Bounty Hunter
4th Event 14: Hyper Turbo
5th Event 16: Superstack Turbo

Most cashes: JASVEN SAIGAL

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India’s Jasven Saigal has been a frequent flyer in the Asian circuit and is on a mission to make this year another lucrative one. He cashed at 23 events last year and is well on his way to breaking that number with six payouts at the festival. He also lifted his first title on Vietnam soil at Event 23: High Roller Single Day. 

24th Event 7: Superstack
14th Event 14: HSOP Main Event
19th Event 13: Mystery Bounty
12th Event 17: NLH Freezeout
9th Event 21: Monster Stack
1st Event 23: High Roller Single Day

Festival Champions

The locals dominated in attendance and dominated at the top. In total, 12 Vietnamese players captured event trophies. Korea was also a strong contender, winning 9 trophies. Here’s the full list of champions.

Event Champion Flag Payout in VN₫
Main Event Thang Ngoc Dao Vietnam 1,540,030,000
Super Star Gab Yong Kim Vietnam 861,000,000
1 Tai Anh Do Vietnam 565,000,000
2 Tu Manh Nguyen Vietnam 186,000,000
3 Yuta Izumi Japan 36,450,000
4 Bao Thai Vu Vietnam 67,000,000
5 Chinh Duc Tran Vietnam 59,200,000
6 Sungmin Ahn Korea 104,700,000
7 Kyoung Hun KIm Korea 290,000,000
8 Seung Min Yu Korea 882,000,000
9 Que Van Nguyen Vietnam 756,000,000
10 Hyeong Yu Song Korea 52,000,000
11 Hoi Wai Tam Hong Kong 450,000,000
12 Suk Kim Korea 104,440,000
13 Long Tho Ngo Vietnam 629,000,000
14 Hyun Sup Kim Korea 59,500,000
15 Tung Son Ta Vietnam 1,075,000,000
16 Zhi Guang Zou Singapore 160,000,000
17 Soo Rin Park Korea 200,000,000
18 Trung Van Nguyen Vietnam 84,810,000
19 Kyeong Rim Shin Korea 150,000,000
20 Nam Hyung Kim Korea 1,725,000,000
21 Hao Lin Singapore 514,000,000
22 Son Huu Pham Vietnam 179,500,000
23 Jasven Saigal India 528,000,000
24 Tuong Manh Ha Vietnam 56,280,000
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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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