Big turnout at the first ever Vietnam Series of Poker Championship in Ha Noi

International live events may still be a long time coming but that doesn’t mean homegrown live events suffer the same fate. In some countries, restrictions have already eased up allowing for live tournaments to resume.

In Vietnam, players craving for live poker got exactly that this past week with the Vietnam Series of Poker (VSOP) hosting its first championship event at the Loyal Poker Club in Ha Noi. The seven day festival ran from June 29 to July 5. Ten events filled the schedule along with LP 4,000,000,000 (~US$ 172,000) in guaranteed prizes. In the aftermath, all the guaranteed events were smashed and its successful turnout may be an inspiration for more local live events to come. We’ve got all the highlights below.

Main Event: Nguyen Van Chung – LP 645,000,000 (~US$ 27,800)

Nguyen Van Chung
Nguyen Van Chung

For its first ever solo series, the VSOP Championship pulled in a solid 390 runners to its star attraction, the Main Event – LP 2 billion guaranteed. With each entry at LP 8,800,000 (~US$ 380), it more than breached the guarantee for a final pot amounting to LP 3,120,000,000 (~US$ 135,000). Outlasting the competition was Nguyen Van Chung who defeated Nguyen Dinh Anh Cuong at heads up to claim the first ever VSOP Championship Main Event title and the LP 645,000,000 (~US$ 27,800) first prize. Additionally, this was Chung’s first ever live win and largest live tournament career payout.

Buy in: LP 8,800,000 (~US$ 380)
Dates: July 2 to July 5
Guarantee: LP 2,000,000,000 (~US$ 86,300)
Entries: 390
Prize pool: LP 3,120,000,000 (~US$ 135,000)
ITM: 50 places

Final table payouts

1st Nguyen Van Chung – LP 645,000,000 (~US$ 27,800)
2nd Nguyen Dinh Anh Cuong – LP 425,500,000
3rd Nguyen Tien Cong – LP 279,000,000
4th Nguyen Duy Khanh – LP 206,000,000
5th Pham Duc Hanh – LP 160,000,000
6th Tran Hung Manh – LP 126,500,000
7th Robert – LP 98,000,000
8th Dang Duy Thanh – LP 78,000,000
9th Nguyen Van Thuan – LP 62,000,000

Kick Off Event: Doan Hoang Vu – LP 323,650,000 (~US$ 14,000)

Doan Hoang Vu
Doan Hoang Vu

The Kick Off event also blew past its advertised LP 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 43,000) guarantee. The event attracted a large crowd of 595 entries across four starting days for a pot worth LP 1,731,450,000 (~US$ 75,000). Of the 90 players taking a cut, it was Doan Hoang Vu who claimed the kingly portion turning his LP 3,500,000 (~US$ 150) buy in into a heftier LP 323,650,000 (~US$ 14,000).

Buy in: LP 3,500,000 (~US$ 150)
Dates: June 29 to July 2
Guarantee: LP 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 43,000)
Entries: 595
Prize pool: LP 1,731,450,000 (~US$ 75,000)
ITM: 90 places

Final table payouts

1st Doan Hoang Vu – LP 323,650,000 (~US$ 14,000)
2nd Bagatin Sebastiano – LP 200,800,000
3rd Nguyen Manh Tuan – LP 147,100,000
4th Phan Manh Thang – LP 110,100,000
5th Nguyen Duy Khanh – LP 84,400,000
6th Nguyen Tho Que – LP 64,500,000
7th Nguyen Huu Manh – LP 49,000,000
8th Tao Tien Manh – LP 37,500,000
9th Do Kwan Nam – LP 28,000,000

High Roller Event: Terry Nguyen – LP 340,600,000 (~US$ 14,700)

Terry Nguyen
Terry Nguyen

The High Roller Event was another guarantee smasher. 54 entered at LP 22,000,000 (~US$ 1,000) each to boost the pot to LP 1,080,000,000 (~US$ 46,500). The battle for the title came down between two well known Vietnamese players, Terry Nguyen and Alex Nguyen. Terry Nguyen prevailed to ship the LP 340,600,000 (~US$ 14,700) first prize. This was Terry’s third live tournament career victory, having won the APL Vietnam Main Event in October 2019 and APT Vietnam High Roller in July 2019.

Buy in: LP 22,000,000 (~US$ 1,000)
Date: July 2, 2020
Guarantee: LP 600,000,000 (~US$ 26,000)
Entries: 54
Prize pool: LP 1,080,000,000 (~US$ 46,500)
ITM: 8 places


1st Terry Nguyen – LP 340,600,000 (~US$ 14,700)
2nd Alex Nguyen – LP 223,000,000
3rd Nguyen Quy Bang – LP 150,000,000
4th Tran Huy Tien – LP 110,000,000
5th Murabito Giussepe – LP 80,000,000
6th Tran Hung Manh – LP 60,000,000
7th Nguyen Hoang Nam – LP 46,000,000
8th Le Huong Ly – LP 38,000,000

KO Bounty Special: Dang Thi Hue – LP 107,610,000 (~US$ 4,600)

Dang Thi Hue
Dang Thi Hue

The last of the four guaranteed events was the KO Bounty Special with LP 400M in tow. 118 signed up to edge the guarantee by a sliver. Keeping her head above water was Dang Thi Hue for a first ever live tournament career win. She shipped LP 107,610,000 (~US$ 4,600) for her largest live score.

Buy in: LP 5,500,000 (~US$ 240)
Date: July 5, 2020
Guarantee: LP 400,000,000 (~US$ 17,000)
Entries: 118
Prize pool: LP 413,000,000 (~US$ 17,800)
ITM: 18 places

Final table payouts

1st Dang Thi Hue – LP 107,610,000 (~US$ 4,600)
2nd Hoang Dinh Minh – LP 64,500,000
3rd Tran Van Thinh – LP 44,500,000
4th Kimoto Masayoshi – LP 34,500,000
5th Tran Huy Hoang – LP 27,500,000
6th Nguyen The Nguong – LP 21,500,000
7th Nguyen Tho Que – LP 16,500,000
8th Lanwei – LP 12,500,000
9th Vu Quang Hai – LP 9,500,000

Other results

Hyper Turbo 1 Event – Nguyen Huy Lam – LP 16,975,000 (~US$ 750)
No Limit Hold’em Event – Nguyen Duc Hieu – LP 27,090,000 (~US$ 1,170)
Deepstack Turbo 1 Event – Ha Manh Tuong – LP 27,020,000 (~US$ 1,170)
KO Bounty Turbo – Khu NGoc Thanh – LP 24,275,000 (~US$ 1,050)
Hyper Turbo 2 Event – Le Hai Nam – LP 15,565,000 (~US$ 670)
Deepstack Turbo 2 Event – Kimoto Masayoshi – LP 26,140,000 (~US$ 1,130)

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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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