Countdown to USOP Hanoi, just days away! Heads Up Challenge players announced, Tag Team Event open – September 1 to 11 at Crown Poker Club

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The eagerly awaited return of the U Series of Poker (USOP) to Hanoi, Vietnam is just days away! Time to pack your bags for what promises to be a thrilling festival featuring VND 32 Billion – equivalent to USD 1.33 Million – in guaranteed prize pools. This is VND 7 Billion more than its previous visit and the largest announced by the brand.

For those just hearing of USOP, the young brand emerged into the live scene in February 2023, presenting its style of poker to players in Taiwan. Curious to see what the brand had to offer, players poured in for an impressive 1,043 Main Event field. Due to its success, the brand instantly earned itself a spot in players’ calendars.

In April, USOP delivered another smashing festival, this time in Hanoi, Vietnam. It surpassed Taiwan’s numbers with higher attendance and larger festival prize pool of VND 56.9 Billion, roughly USD 2.4 Million.


In a few days, USOP aims to deliver another crushing series in Hanoi. Players can look forward to 38 trophy events, of which 15 feature guaranteed prize pools, top notch high roller action with six events offered, and two new events to conquer. The games run from September 1 to 11, 2023 at the Crown Poker Club.


With USOP just around the corner a long list of players  have confirmed their participation including sponsored high roller, Vietnamese Triton Poker champion Dao Minh Phu. He has also confirmed his attendance at the Heads Up Challenge. Other players to expect are USOP Taiwan Main Event champion, Edwin Dela Cruz, and reigning USOP Vietnam Main Event champion Nguyen Ngoc Dai.

Here’s a look at the newest events in the roster. You can also click on the link below for the Player Guide and other info.

USOP Hanoi – Player Guide

Heads Up Challenge

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The high pressured Heads Up Challenge is one hot ticket, so hot in fact that all 32 spots have been claimed. The first round match-ups will be determined on September 1 and will be livestreamed. Spectators, fans, and of course heads-up players will undoubtedly be awaiting this moment. Once the match-ups are revealed, players have one week to prepare. Heads Up Challenge runs on Friday, September 8, 2023. Buy in is VND 33,000,000 (~USD 1,375). Here are the contenders:

Dao Minh Phu Vietnam
Florent Remi France
Fabrizio Falzei Italy
Leo Du Boisbaudry France
Tse Ian Lee Malaysia
William Jia Australia
Leroy Fan Ireland
Roland Kivi Estonia
Tan Kean Wei Malaysia
Sebastian Tan Singapore
Dinh Manh Hung Vietnam
Yohei Kitazato Japan
Lim Shyh Chyn Malaysia
Pham Ngoc Quoc Bao Vietnam
Wilson Tan Singapore
Sua Shung Er Malaysia
Philbert Lim Singapore
Anton Lu Australia
Julien Tran Vietnam
Alan Anh Minh Pham Australia
Chris Tong Singapore
Yeh Hung-Wei Taiwan
Nguyen Huu Vinh Vietnam
Gaurav Sood India
Nguyen Huu Tuan Vietnam
Nguyen Nang Quang Vietnam
David Erquiaga Philippines
Ankit Jajodia India
Nguyen Trung Quan Vietnam
Nguyen Quang Minh Vietnam
Lim Kar Hou Malaysia

Heads Up schedule

Round 1 (32 players) – 1130am
Round 2 (final 16 players) – 230pm
Round 3 (final 8 players) – 530pm
Round 4 (final four players) – 830pm
Round 5 (final 2 players) – 1130pm

heads up format

Tag Team Event

Another new event is the Tag Team Event. This is one of the most enjoyable yet competitive games offered. Strategy is the key. The winning team will receive two trophies, one for each player. Buy in is VND 6,600,000 per player / VND 13,200,000 per team. Teammates must register together. Event takes place on September 8, 2023.

The first 8 levels is individual play with teams battling at separate tables. As soon as Level 9 kicks in, teammates combine their stacks and play Tag Team poker from then on. Teammates can switch off anytime as long as they are not in an active hand.

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tag team format

Main Event – VND 12 Billion guarantee

The star of the series is of course the Main Event. For this edition, the guarantee is VND 2BN more than previous for a juicy VND 12 Billion prize pool, that’s over half a million USD! Main Event runs from September 7 to 11, 2023. The buy in has also been increased 20% to VND 25,000,000 (~USD 1,060).

Dai Ngoc Nguyen

Last time the brand was in town, it generated an 851 strong field. The prize pool surged to over VND 16 Billion (USD 700K) and the champion Nguyen Ngoc Dai shipped a big chunk worth VND 3.55 BN (~USD 151K). You could be the next multi-billion USOP champion!

High Roller schedule

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Events backed by Guarantees

23 MAIN EVENT VND 12,000,000,000 September 7 to 11
VND 25,000,000
1 MYSTERY BOUNTY VND 3,000,000,000 September 1 to 3 VND 11,000,000
2 MINI HIGH ROLLER VND 1,000,000,000 September 1
VND 33,000,000
5 HIGH ROLLER : WARM UP VND 1,200,000,000 September 2
VND 44,000,000
8 SUPERSTACK MADNESS VND 600,000,000 September 3 VND 6,600,000S
9 SUPERSTAR CHALLENGE VND 2,500,000,000 September 3 to 4
VND 110,000,000
13 MINI MAIN EVENT VND 2,000,000,000 September 4 to 6 VND 8,800,000
14 HIGH ROLLER : SUPERSTACK VND 1,200,000,000 September 4
VND 55,000,000
17 HIGH ROLLER : MEGASTACK VND 2,000,000,000 September 5 to 6
VND 77,000,000
20 SUPER HIGH ROLLER VND 2,000,000,000 September 6 to 7
VND 88,000,000
24 BOUNTY EVENT VND 500,000,000 September 7 VND 6,600,000
28 SUPER DEEPSTACK VND 500,000,000 September 8 VND 5,500,000
33 MEGASTACK VND 1,000,000,000 September 10 to 11 VND 11,000,000
34 HIGH ROLLER : THE FINALE VND 2,000,000,000 September 10 to 11
VND 66,000,000
36 SUPERSTACK CLOSER VND 500,000,000 September 11 VND 6,600,000

Early Bird Packages

Without a doubt, this is the ultimate USOP festival to conquer. So no time to waste, start booking your trip now and avail of the Early Bird Package.

Good news to players, the USOP and Pullman Hanoi Hotel have teamed up to provide pocket-friendly prices. There are three types of packages to choose from – Basic, Premium, and Custom, and there are packages as well for High Rollers! See the flyers down below.

To avail or inquire, contact USOP at WhatsApp :

USOPHANOI Poster Early Bird PackageSept2023

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U Series of Poker (USOP) returns to Hanoi bigger, fresher, and more lucrative – September 1-11 at Crown Poker Club

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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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