Đại Ngọc Nguyễn wins first major victory at U Series of Poker Main Event

Dai Ngoc Nguyen

The room erupted in applause when local player Đại Ngọc Nguyễn eliminated Singapore’s Benjamin Sai at heads up to clinch the U Series of Poker Vietnam Main Event. It was a dream come true victory for Nguyễn who had been on the hunt for a major for nearly four years.

“I am very happy. It’s my first big Main Event title. I was tested mentally and physically and I overcame a big field of 870 entries. I am extremely happy. I can’t even think of how I will celebrate because I am just so happy.” 


Nguyễn was awarded the USOP Main Event trophy and a career high payout of VN₫ 3,550,000,000 (~US$ 151,100). After collecting his winnings, the newly minted champion went around the poker room, and in a gesture of generosity, Nguyễn  shared his wealth by giving everyone what he coined as “lucky money”.

The final hand was indeed a very lucky one. Ahead in chips, Nguyễn had As7c, at-risk Sai with Ac10d, the board ran 8sKs3s5s5d for a one card flush to Nguyễn.

Dates: April 20-24, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 22,000,000 (~US$ 930)
Guarantee: VN₫ 10,000,000,000 (~US$ 425,350)
Entries: 851
Prize pool: VN₫ 16,509,400,000 (~US$ 702,680)
ITM: 106

Place Player Flag
Payout in VN₫
1 Dai Ngoc Nguyen Vietnam 3,550,000,000
2 Benjamin Sai Singapore 2,245,000,000
3 Evgenii Chernyi Russa 1,520,000,000
4 Benson Singapore 1,125,000,000
5 Sua Shung Er Malaysia 860,000,000
6 Phat Thanh Nguyen Australia 625,000,000
7 Minku Kim Korea 443,000,000

Relive Nguyễn’s final table performance via the recorded stream in the Crown Poker Club YouTube channel.

The Main Event ran from April 20 to 24 at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi, Vietnam. A large crowd of international players and locals attended to amass 870 entries and a smashing prize pool of VN₫ 16,509,400,000 (~US$ 702,680). To date, it was the largest Main Event prize pool generated in Vietnam for 2023 (Triton excluded).

You can read up on the previous days action via the Live Updates.

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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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