USOP Vietnam: Ha Van Thien bags overall lead at Mini Main Event; Huu Dung Nguyen and Isaac Phua win trophies

Nonstop action at the U Series of Poker Vietnam with the Mini Main Event crowding host venue Crown Poker Club. Day 5 of the festival also witnessed Huu Dung Nguyen clinch a billion at the High Roller Superstack, and in a thrilling late night showdown, Isaac Phua won the Hyper Turbo. Here are the results.

Mini Main Day 1C field

Event 10: Mini Main Event – Day 1B and Day 1C recap

It was a thrilling day at the Mini Main Event as hundreds of players joined the last two flights to easily reach and breach the VN₫ 2 Billion guarantee. In its place was a prize pool that doubled to VN₫ 4 Billion.  A total of 51 players survived the day’s flights to secure themselves a piece of the boosted pot.

Ha Van Thien

Bagging big at Flight B was Vietnam’s Ha Van Thien notably one of the strongest running mid-ranged buy in player in the country since last year. Thien amassed a staggering 169 BB to earn the overall lead of all the flights. Anh Duy Nguyen was a strong second rank with 137 BB.

Harry Tran

Over at Flight C, bagging in the 100 BB range were Harry Tran (139 BB), Mac Khoa (119 BB), and Duong Candy (108 BB). Tran will bring in the second largest stack into Day 2.

Buy in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 370)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,000,000,000 (~US$ 85,140)
Entries: 525
Prize pool: VN₫ 4,074,000,000 (~US$ 173,300)
Day 2 qualifiers: 65 players

Day 1A: 117 (87 unique, 30 re-entry)
Day 1B: 206 (132 unique, 74 re-entry)
Day 1C: 202 (125 unique, 77 re-entry)

Chips in play: 15,750,000
Average stack: 242,307
Day 2 opening blinds: 3K-6K, 6K ante

Top 10 entering Day 2

Player Flag Stack BB
Ha Van Thien Vietnam 1,012,000 169
Harry Tran Vietnam 834,000 139
Anh Duy Nguyen Vietnam 820,000 137
Mac Khoa Vietnam 711,000 119
Duong Candy Vietnam 648,000 108
Hua Wei Lin Taiwan 559,000 93
Snow Love Vietnam 487,000 81
Long Thanh Nguyen Vietnam 440,000 73
Trung Van Nguyen Vietnam 425,000 71
Nam Hoai Le Vietnam 424,000 71

For the full list of Day 2 qualifiers and chip counts by flight, follow the link below:

Mini Main Event – Chip Counts – Side Events Live Updates

Huu Dung Nguyen clinches the High Roller Superstack

Vietnamese pro Huu Dung Nguyen added another title to his belt with a victory at the High Roller Superstack. This was his first USOP title. Along with it was a handsome payout of VN₫ 1,100,000,000 (~US$ 46,800).

Huu Dung Nguyen

However it wasn’t all roses for Nguyen. He started the day with a modest stack of 20 BB, dropped to 6 BB, then staged an impressive comeback. On his first shove, it was a close call. Nguyen was behind with Ah5h against Max Menzel’s AsJc which ended on a split pot.

He later tripled up to 14 BB with As7s beating Quang Ngoc Phan’s AdKd and Menzel’s Kd10c. The momentum continued bringing another double up to 40 BB with AhQc full house outdrawing Calvin Tan‘s KsKc.

Nguyen went on to face Lich Van Vu at heads up, once again coming from behind. He took the lead with pocket Jacks over Jack-Seven suited then closed it out in a dramatic full house over full house. Nguyen Ah8s, Vu Qd9d, the board QhQcAsAc2h.

Relive Nguyen’s race to victory via the livestream recorded on the Crown Poker Club YouTube channel.

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

Place Player Payout in VN₫
1 Huu Dung Nguyen 1,100,000,000
2 Lich Van Vu 700,000,000
3 Wayne Lam 440,000,000
4 Thanh Tien Dinh 309,000,000
5 Tony Truong 240,000,000
6 Max Menzel 195,000,000
7 Calvin Tan 165,000,000
8 Huy Quang Nguyen 143,500,000
9 Quag Ngoc Phan 125,000,000
10 Devan Tang 110,000,000
11 Khoi Nguyen 110,000,000

Thrilling victory for Isaac Phua at the Hyper Turbo


Plenty of exciting showdowns at the fast and fierce Hyper Turbo. In the end it was Isaac Phua outlasting the 84-entry field. On the last hand, Phua’s pocket Sevens was behind Tai Anh Do‘s Ace-Two with an Ace on the flop but the turn came the two-outer for a set, Phua’s rail erupted as Do was drawing dead.


Buy in: VN₫ 3,400,000 (~US$
Entries: 84 (56 unique, 28 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 244,440,000 (~US$ 10,400)
ITM: 11 places

Place Player Payout in VN₫
1 Isaac Phua 75,040,000
2 Tai Anh Do 47,000,000
3 Tuan Manh Nguyen 30,000,000
4 Ryan Ong 20,000,000
5 Son Thai Hoang 15,500,000
6 Dung Anh Tran 13,000,000
7 Long Huu Le 11,000,000
8 Ong Chien Chan 9,500,000
9 Tu Thanh Phung 8,400,000
10 Dyb Kjell Ove 7,500,000
11 Lim Beng Wei 7,500,000
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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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