Inaugural Poker Dream Vietnam kicks off; big names light up opening day


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Cards are now flying at the ballroom of Hoiana Hotel & Suites with the first ever Poker Dream event in Vietnam finally hitting the felt. The much awaited festival welcomed players in with a VN₫ 1 Billion GTD Warm Up and a High Rollers Freezeout. Both events are running at opposite sides of the room. For late-comers, there’s still plenty of time to join the action with both events seeing registration available well into nighttime.

Tournament schedules and structures

From the get-go, a large crowd of Koreans quickly populated the high rollers, among them was well known ex-Starcraft gamer Yohwan Lim aka BoxeR. Also seated were 2019 WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Hamish Crawshaw, recent Triton Cyprus Main Event runner up Wayne Heung, WSOP bracelet winners Danny Tang, Abhinav Iyer, Chin Wei Lim, and Poker Dream creator Winfred Yu.

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Yohwan Lim
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Hamish Crawshaw
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Wayne Heung

Bigwigs were also found at the Warm Up such as 2011 Macau Poker Cup Main Event champion Raiden Kan Yew Fatt and 2016 ACOP Main Event champion Jack En Ching Wu. A large contingent from the Philippines has been spotted in the vicinity, which included WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event champion David Erquiaga and PPPoker Live Main Event champion Richard Marquez. We should be seeing them in the mix sometime today.

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Raiden Kan Yew Fatt
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Jack En Ching Wu

For those just hearing of this event, the inaugural Poker Dream Vietnam is a 10-day series running from today, October 14 to 23 at ballroom of the Hoiana Hotel & Suites. 33 poker tables fill the space plus a feature table for livestreaming. Registration is quick and easy; all you need is to obtain a free membership card to sign up to any of the events.

The schedule features an exciting 28-game lineup and VN₫ 16 Billion in guarantees. The Main Event highlights the series with its minimum VN₫ 10 Billion prize pool. It runs from October 20 to 23. Buy in is VN₫ 25,000,000 (~US$ 1,035).

If you are on the way and seek accommodations, there are several hotels to choose from though prices vary – Hoiana Hotel & Suites, New World Hotel, KHOS, and Hoiana Residences. Each of the establishments are within minutes walking distance from each other. Shuttles also run throughout the day. For players arriving at the Da Nang International Airport, the best way to get to the area is via taxi or Grab. The ride is approximately 40 minutes.

In regards to currency, the event only accepts Vietnamese Dong. The organizers will be happy to assist in the event you need to change currency.

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Stick with us here at Somuchpoker as we bring you full coverage of the festival from start to finish. 


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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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