The opening day for the awaited VN₫ 20 Billion (~US$ 854,800) guaranteed World Poker Championship has finally arrived at Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi. As early as 10:00, players have flocked in at the prestigious Grand Loyal Poker Club to jump in WPC and South East Asian Poker Tour (SEAPT) festival’s opening satellite of the series.
The first of three flights for the VN₫ 2.5 Billion (~US$ 105,695) guaranteed WPC – SEAPT Kick Off Event have kicked off to a great start with over 90 players registered so far. Spotted among the field are Lee “Tiger” Seok Young and Vietnamese high roller Nguyen Quang Huy trying to make it through Day 1A. Buy-in is slated at VN₫ 8.8 Million (~US$ 372) and will play to the money – 12.5% of the field, to end the qualifier. Late registration ends at exactly 15:20 right before the start of Level 9: 600/1,200-1,200 ante where players can still start things off with roughly a 20 big blind stack (25,000 starting chips).
The event runs through Sunday, September 18th with two more flights on schedule Day 1B, Day 1C happening tomorrow. Gameplay duration will play through 30 minute blind levels for all starting flights with the Final Table continuing through lengthier 40 minute levels.
Aside from the Kick Off Event, the first of five high roller events is underway with the entry fee priced at VN₫ 33 Million (~US$ 1,395). Three tables are currently running 40 minutes into registration with notables Pham Tien Dung, Michael Kim Falcon, Kartik Ved, and Ankit Jajodia among those in the running. The High Roller Single Day boasts a guarantee of VN₫ 500 Million (~US$ 21,139) and similarly runs on 30 minute blind levels. A smaller field tournament, players can register again right before Level 9 at 17:20. Followingly, today’s schedule concludes with side event Bounty Hunter – 2M VN₫ per Bounty and charges a price tag of VN₫ 6.6 Million (~US$ 280).
Big field events to follow
MAIN EVENT – VN₫ 8 Billion GTD – Buy in VN₫ 20M (~US$ 855)
Day 1A: Tuesday, September 20
Day 1B: Wednesday, September 21
Day 1C: Thursday, September 22
Day 1D (Turbo): Thursday, September 22
Day 2: Friday, September 23
Day 3/Final Table: Saturday, September 24
Super Stack – VN₫ 500 Million GTD – September 18 – Buy in VN₫ 6.6M (~US$ 280)
Mystery Bounty – VN₫ 1.5 Billion GTD – September 19 to 20 – Buy in VN₫ 11M (~US$ 470)
Flight 1A: Monday, September 19
Flight 1B (Turbo): Monday, September 19
Final Day: Tuesday, September 20
Megastack – VN₫ 1 Billion GTD – September 24 – Buy in VN₫ 8.8M (~US$ 375)
Megastack Closer – VN₫ 500 Million GTD – September 25 – VN₫ 6.6M (~US$ 280)
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