USOP Vietnam: Day 3 results and highlights; To Bao Tuan, Ha Ngoc Nguyen, Vu Quang Dinh, Da Huu Dinh win trophies; Superstar Challenge down to Final 9

Another bustling day at the inaugural U Series of Poker Vietnam as the festival completed Day 3 at Crown Poker Club. The evening witnessed the locals dominate the competition with all four new champions from the host country. The last event to wrap up was the Superstar Challenge, which trimmed to the final 9 players. We’ve got all those results for you. Just scroll down.

USOP Vietnam: Festival Results

Event 7: Superstar Challenge (in progress)


The Superstar Challenge did not disappoint with 64 runners coughing up the VN107,000,000 (~US$ 4,525) buy in for a meaty prize pool of VN₫ 6,208,000,000 (~US$ 264,760). Among the players that tried but missed the money were Triton champions Devan Tang, Dao Minh Phu, 2023 PSPC runner up Max Menzel, Taiwan’s Nevan Chang, USOP founder Tse Ian Lee, Vietnam’s Minh Quang Nguyen, Huy Quang Nguyen, and Sang Nguyen

Superstar Challenge bubble

By the 13th hour of play, Australia’s Anton Lu 6d6d set eliminated a player with AdQd to bring about the bubble round. It was a lengthy grind, taking nearly an hour and a half for it to burst. Vietnam’s Huu Dung Nguyen Js6c shoved from the small blind, short stacked big blind player risked it with 10h9c and failed to improve. (pictured above)

Shortly after, Natural8′s Victor Chong Kh8h cleaned out William Jia Ks7s on a board running QsJd3hAh6h to form the final table. Jia picked up the first cash of VN₫ 207,000,000 for 10th place.


Seat Player Flag Stack BB
1 Tan Keng Yong Singapore 610,000 8
2 Victor Chong Malaysia 2,185,000 27
3 Yeh Hung Wei Taiwan 3,020,000 38
4 Anton Lu Australia 740,000 9
5 Ang Yang Sang Malaysia 2,240,000 28
6 Sebastian Mueller Germany 3,470,000 43
7 Duc Tu Bui Vietnam 3,230,000 40
8 Huu Dung Nguyen Vietnam 2,750,000 34
9 Chu Thai Thinh Vietnam 925,000 12

Chips in play: 19,200,000
Average stack: 2,133,333
Final Day opening blinds: 40K-80K, 80K ante (29:53 remaining in this round)

The Final 9 return on Monday, April 17 at 1pm to chase down the handsome top prize money of VN₫ 1,900,000,000 (~US$ 81,000). Spectators can watch the action live or via the link below.

Buy in: VN₫ 107,000,000 (~US$ 4,525)
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,500,000,000 (~US$ 63,970)
Entries: 64 (41 unique, 23 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 6,208,000,000 (~US$ 264,760)
ITM: 10 places 

Remaining payouts

Place Payout in VN₫
1 1,900,000,000
2 1,200,000,000
3 800,000,000
4 539,000,000
5 420,000,000
6 350,000,000
7 300,000,000
8 260,000,000
9 232,000,000

To Bao Tuan perseveres at Mystery Bounty; Benjamin Sai draws largest bounty

52 players returned to action, each one guaranteed a piece of the Mystery Bounty VN₫ 2,609,900,000 (~US$ 111,320) prize pool and a shot at claiming any of the 52 mystery bounty rewards. Just past the 11th hour of play, the final hand was tabled.  To Bao Tuan aka Tuan Tien Hai won three all in heads up showdowns to capture his first live title and the VN₫ 540,000,00 top prize. In addition, Tuan collected VN₫ 271,500,000 in bounties to earn a combined VN₫ 811,500,000 (~US$ 34,600), by far the largest payout of this event and the largest of his career. 

To Bao Tuan

You can relive the action via the recorded livestream in the Crown Poker Club facebook page. For updates prior to the final table, head to the SMP live updates.

In addition to the champion, the most envied player was Singapore’s Benjamin Sai who drew the single largest mystery bounty reward of VN₫ 270,000,000. Sai also collected another VN₫ 45,500,000 for a combined VN₫ 315,500,000 in bounties making him the biggest bounty earner.

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Benjamin Sai

Another player posting an impressive result was Estonia’s Roland Kivi who scored his third final table cash. Kivi placed 6th at Hyper Turbo 1, championed Hyper Turbo 2, and finished 4th here.

Thang Chien Hoang deserves acknowledgement as well. Hoang entered the final day as the shortest of the pack with just 7 bb and went on to finish in 7th place.

Thang Chien Hoang

Recapping the heads up action, Tuan played catch up to big stacked Thuy Trung Duong.  He picked up two double ups to steal the lead. The first clash was Duong 10h10d, Tuan Ah2c, the board KdQc6h5dAs to spike the Ace on the river. Next showdown, Tuan spiked the Ace again, this time on the turn for his AsKc to outflip Duong’s 6h6c. Now ahead, Tuan closed it out with Ad10h dominating Duong’s Ks9c on an empty board Js3c10d4h2d

Dates: April 14 to 16
Buy in: VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 470)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,500,000,000 (~US$ 106,600)
Entries: 414
Prize pool: VN₫ 2,609,900,000 (~US$ 111,320)
Bounty Pool: VN₫ 1,405,500,000 (~US$ 59,950)
ITM: 52 players

Final table payouts

Place Player Bounty in VN₫ Total Payout in VN₫
1 Tuan Tien Hai 271,500,000 811,500,000
2 Thuy Trung Duong 85,500,000 461,500,000
3 Hieu Quang Nguyen 45,000,000 285,000,000
4 Roland Kivi 120,500,000 281,700,000
5 Benjamin Sai 315,500,000 439,500,000
6 Dao Minh Phu 96,500,000 200,500,000
7 Thang Chien Hoang 0 85,500,000
8 Quang Ngoc Phan 245,500,000 313,500,000
9 Dien Van Le (Kenny) 106,000,000 159,500,000

The complete payouts can be found in the Mystery Bounty updates. 

Ha Ngoc Nguyen takes down the Superstack Madness

The Superstack Madness was a popular one attracting 190 runners to crush another guarantee. 24 players earned a cut of the VN₫ 1,105,800,00 prize pool. Ha Ngoc Nguyen claimed the largest of VN₫ 275,000,000 (~US$ 11,730) for her victory. 

Ha Ngoc Nguyen

The bubble burst on a three way with Dinh Van Tien and Vu Huy Ha splitting the pot, both players holding Ace-Queen offsuit on a queen high board. The unfortunate bust was a player with Ace-King. Tien went on to 12th place and Ha reached the final table, eliminated in 5th place. 

Dinh Van Tien survives the bubble round
Superstack final table

The final table was dominated by Nguyen that by three handed, she was sitting on a massive stack. Eric Wasylenko seesawed. He managed to double up through Nguyen then gave it all back and more to finish in 3rd place. Heads up saw Van Quang Pham on a heater however it didn’t last. Nguyen closed it out with 2c2s full house over Ad9s two pair on a final board 2hQdAc3d3c

Buy in: VN₫ 6,600,000 (~US$ 280)
Guarantee: VN₫ 600,000,000 (~US$ 25,590)
Entries: 190 (126 unique, 66 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 1,105,800,000 (~US$ 47,160)
ITM: 24 places

Place Player Payout in VN₫
1 Ha Ngoc Nguyen 275,000,000
2 Van Quang Pham 178,000,000
3 Eric Wasylenko 112,000,000
4 Eric Ceret 77,000,000
5 Vu Huy Ha 63,000,000
6 Michael Kim Falcon 52,000,000
7 Joe Sam Yap 43,000,000
8 Dung Anh Tran 35,000,000
9 Tuan Minh Ha 29,000,000
10 Tyler James Warken 24,000,000
11 Linh Hai Hoang 24,000,000
12 Tien Van Dinh 24,000,000
13 David Erquiaga 19,300,000
14 Duc Quang Nguyen 19,300,000
15 Dung Dac Ly 19,300,000
16 Ng Shun Hong 15,800,000
17 Thanh Tien Nguyen 15,800,000
18 Cuong Manh Nguyen 15,800,000
19 Tuan Manh Nguyen 12,400,000
20 Linh Duc Giao Nguyen 12,400,000
21 Phu Van Nguyen 12,400,000
22 Aleksei Varashev 9,100,000
23 Long Huu Le 9,100,000
24 Tai Anh Do 9,100,000

Vu Quang Dinh wins the Deepstack

Deepstack final table

Buy in: VN₫ 3,400,000 (~US$ 145)
Entries: 75 (50 unique, 25 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 218,200,000 (~US$ 9,300)
ITM: 9 places

Place Player Payout in VN₫
1 Vu Quang Dinh 72,000,000
2 Nam Hai Chu 45,000,000
3 Hai Minh Vu 29,000,000
4 Trinh Xuan Nguyen 21,000,000
5 Ryan Ong 15,800,000
6 Doan Van Nguyen 12,000,000
7 Hoang Minh Nguyen 9,300,000
8 Jason Tan 7,600,000
9 Sergei Kopyl 6,500,000

Da Huu Dinh wins the Turbo Event

Da Huu Dinh


Buy in: VN₫ 4,500,000 (~US$ 190)
Entries: 37 (29 unique, 8 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 143,560,000 (~US$ 6,120)
ITM: 5 places

Place Player Payout in VN₫
1 Da Huu Dinh 46,280,000*
2 Patrick Liang 46,280,000*
3 Chih Feng Li 22,000,000
4 Nam Giang Le 16,000,000
5 Jun Xu Lee 13,000,000

*Heads up even chop, played for the trophy

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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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