USOP Vietnam: Long Thanh Nguyen tops Mini Main Event Day 1A; Vu Thai Bao ships Short Deck; Le Vau Duc wins the Freeroll; HR Superstack Final 9 

The inaugural U Series of Poker Vietnam festival at Crown Poker Club was in full swing on Day 4, with four exciting events on the schedule. Players had a chance to compete in a couple of events that featured guaranteed prize pools: Mini Main Event 2BN and High Roller Superstack 1.2BN. There was also a Short Deck event and a Zero to Hero Freeroll that offered a free entry to the Main Event. Here are the results.

Event 10: Mini Main Event – Day 1A results

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Long Thanh Nguyen

The Mini Main Event lit up the room with 117 players joining the action. After nine hours of play, the bubble burst and two unlucky players split the min-cash. Vietnam’s Long Thanh Nguyen bagged the most chips with a huge stack of 73 BB.

The 14 remaining players are all in the money and will return on Wednesday, April 19 for the final race to the top. Before that happens, Flight B and Flight C get on the felt on Tuesday, April 18. These are the last flights to try to qualify and have a chance at the VN₫ 2,000,000,000 (~US$ 85,140) guarantee. 

Buy in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 370)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,000,000,000 (~US$ 85,140)
Day 1A: 117 (87 unique, 30 re-entry)
Day 2 qualifiers: 14 players

End of Day 1A – 14 / 117 entries

Player Flag Stack BB
Long Thanh Nguyen Vietnam 440,000 73
Trung Van Nguyen Vietnam 425,000 71
Nam Hoai Le Vietnam 424,000 71
Ng Shun Hong Singapore 351,000 59
Gambit Germany 314,000 52
Hung Le Vietnam 298,000 50
Tuan Meu Vietnam 235,000 39
Van Quang Pham Vietnam 221,000 37
Eric Wasylenko Canada 199,000 33
Jennifer Cassell Australia 154,000 26
Kenny UK 150,000 25
Cuong Manh Ng Vietnam 121,000 20
Brendon Rubie Australia 97,000 16
Quang Vu Vietnam 87,000 15

Event 11: High Roller Super Stack (in progress)


Buy in: VN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,325)
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,200,000,000 (~US$ 51,000)
Entries: 75 (50 unique, 25 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 3,637,500,000 (~US$ 154,850)
ITM: 11 places

It was a long and grueling day at the High Roller Superstack event, with 75 entries battling it out to reach the money and a spot at the final table. Day 1 action lasted 15 hours, with many notables falling by the wayside. Short stacked Sang Nguyen was the unlucky bubble boy. First to cash was Hong Kong’s Devan Tang in 11th place. Tang called with open ended that failed to improve against Wayne Lam‘s bottom pair.

HR Superstack bubble

Also joining Tang at the rail was Khoi Nguyen who missed out on the final table by a whisker. He fell to Max Menzel with pocket Threes fully dominated by pocket Jacks.

The final 9 players return to action at 1:30pm on Tuesday, April 18. Each one is guaranteed VN₫ 125,000,000 (~US$ 5,320) however all eyes will be on the VN₫ 1,100,000,000 (~US$ 46,830) top prize. Leading the pack is Van Lich Vu with 72 BB at his disposal. You can follow the final table action via the livestream in the Crown Poker Club YouTube channel starting at 1:45pm.

Fina 9 players

Seat Player Flag Stack BB
1 Quang Ngoc Phan Vietnam 2,210,000 18
2 Truon Toan Chan Vietnam 1,690,000 14
3 Huy Quang Nguyen Vietnam 2,385,000 20
4 Wayne Lam Hong Kong 3,470,000 29
5 Huu Dung Nguyen Vietnam 675,000 6
6 Van Lich Vu Vietnam 8,650,000 72
7 Dinh Tien Thanh Vietnam 2,285,000 19
8 Calvin Tan Malaysia 1,355,000 11
9 Max Menzel Germany 7,280,000 61

Remaining payouts

Place Prize in VN₫
1 1,100,000,000
2 700,000,000
3 440,000,000
4 309,000,000
5 240,000,000
6 195,000,000
7 165,000,000
8 143,500,000
9 125,000,000

Vu Thai Bao wins the Short Deck

Vu Thai Bao

Another trophy for Vietnam as Vu Thai Bao ships the Short Deck event. Vu outlasted 40 other runners to claim the VN₫ 65,000,000 (~US$ 2,770) first place payout. He was also awarded a new event trophy to add to his impressive collection.

Date: April 17, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 4,500,000 (~US$ 190)
Entries: 41 (28 unique, 13 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 159,000,000 (~US$ 6,770)

Place Player Payout in VN₫
1 Vu Thai Bao 65,000,000
2 Rusin Dzmitry 37,200,000
3 Duc Minh Vu 24,500,000
4 Maamuu Chinbaatar 17,700,000
5 Ong Beng Wei 14,600,000

Special Event: Le Vau Duc goes from Zero to Hero Freeroll

Le Vau Duc

The Zero to Hero Freeroll couldn’t be any more exciting as players rallied to try to win the lone prize, the one Main Event ticket worth VN₫ 22,000,000 (~US$ 930). From the get-go, it was a shove fest until the final table neared and everyone tightened up.

After six hours, the hunt was over. Le Vau Duc defeated his last opponent by completing a straight on the river to beat mid pair. Duc returns on Day 1A where he has a chance to turn the free ticket into big money with a VN₫ 10 Billion prize pool guaranteed. 

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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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