Poker Dream Vietnam crosses halfway mark; Kunal Patni, Hojin Kim, Jason Magbanua, Witsarut Ketnanrin win trophies; ₫230M buy in SHR draws 79, Paul Phua leads, reg still open


Poker Dream Vietnam crossed the halfway mark with Day 5 done and dusted at the Grand Hall of Hoiana Hotel & Suites. The inaugural festival is shaping up to be the richest in the region this year with well over $1.1 Million paid out and 15 events still remaining. For those on the fence on whether to make the trip, maybe the numbers will settle that decision. The series runs until October 23 with the ₫10 Billion guaranteed Main Event hitting the felt on October 20.

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Topping the Day 5 headlines were the four new winners Hojin Kim, Jason Kyle Magbanua, Witsarut Ketnanrin, and India’s Kunal Patni who captured a first trophy for the country. Another highlight was the two-day Super High Roller that drew a whopping 79 runners. Malaysia’s Paul Phua bagged the chip lead. If you are looking to join the action, registration is still open, closing at 1pm local time. We’ve got those stories and SHR seat draw for you down below.

Kunal Patni wins Mystery Bounty; Le Ba Phuc draws the biggest bounty

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Kunal Patni

Kunal Patni added India to the trophy board after rising above the final 31 players of the Mystery Bounty. Patni defeated Le Ba Phuc in just one heads up hand to claim the ₫247,750,000 (~$10,130) first prize. The final hand was a failed bluff by Phuc who pushed 10c5c on a board 7s8d6sQc8c. Patni tank-called with Qh5d. In addition to the cash, the new champ collected a total of eight bounties, the most by any player. This fattened up his winnings an extra ₫105,500,000 to walk away with a combined total of ₫353,250,000 (~$14,450). 

The Mystery Bounty was a two-day affair that drew 205 entries for a prize pool of ₫1,174,650,000 and a bounty pool of ₫615,000,000. 31 players reached ITM giving them each a chance at the mystery rewards. Specific only to this festival, the top bounty reward worth ₫130,000,000 was reserved for the final table which was drawn by runner up Phuc

Prior to Patni’s victory, Phuc skyrocketed after knocking out three players simultaneously. This gave him the chip lead entering the final table where he proceeded to dust a few more players that included Low Chooi Loong in 7th place. This particular bust gave Phuc another chance at the bounty draw where he pulled the coveted top prize. In total, Phuc earned ₫177,500,000 in bounties and ₫167,300,000 for 2nd place for a combined ₫344,800,000 (~$14,085). 

Buy in: ₫10,000,000 (~$409)
Entries: 205
Prize pool: ₫1,174,650,000 (~$48,060)
Bounty pool: ₫615,000,000 (~$25,160)
ITM: 31 places

Payouts (bounties not included)

1st Kunal Patni India 247,750,000
2nd Le Ba Phuc Vietnam 167,300,000
3rd Nguyen Van Xuan Vietnam 117,900,000
4th Pang Cho Yi Hong Kong 95,600,000
5th Elmer Kalaquian Philippines 75,700,000
6th Yu Sheng Lin Taiwan 57,400,000
7th Low Chooi Loong Malaysia 41,900,000
8th Le Hoai Nam Vietnam 30,700,000
9th Le Huu Long Vietnam 25,400,000
10th Vu Duc Trung Vietnam 21,500,000
11th Nguyen Huu Manh Vietnam 21,500,000
12th Hwang Seokjin Korea, South 19,300,000
13th Chokejindachai Napat Thailand 19,300,000
14th Nguyen Duc Minh Vietnam 17,400,000
15th Nguyen Dich Khanh Vietnam 17,400,000
16th Theppot Natee Thailand 15,600,000
17th Phanchapo Sutthipong Thailand 15,600,000
18th Nguyen Kinh Huyen Vietnam 13,900,000
19th Suksomlert​ Taragon Thailand 13,900,000
20th Siwat Singhsuttakorn Thailand 13,900,000
21st Jonas Rothmund Germany 12,700,000
22nd Nguyen Dieu Phuong Linh Vietnam 12,700,000
23rd Edgar Asehan Philippines 12,700,000
24th Kevin Kar Wai Ang Malaysia 11,500,000
25th Tran Duy Binh Vietnam 11,500,000
26th David Erquiaga Philippines 11,500,000
27th Nguyen Thanh Hung Vietnam 11,500,000
28th Nguyen Trong Nghia Vietnam 10,400,000
29th Jose Colada Philippines 10,400,000
30th Yee Siew Key Malaysia 10,400,000
31st Ha Duong Vietnam 10,400,000

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HOJIN KIM bests the Filipinos at 6-Handed

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Hojin Kim

One of the cheapest events on the day’s menu was the 6-Handed which saw 79 hopefuls take to the felt. This built a prize pool of ₫413,802,000 (~$16,930) with the top 11 players shaving a portion.

Two spots before the money, Jeffrey Pamplona and Mangkone Sanaphanith eliminated players at respective tables to deny the bubble. Seven and a half hours in, with only four players left, Korea’s Hojin Kim doubled up through Filipino Jose Colada with KdKh dominating AcJd. This gave Kim the lead which he held to the finish. Kim faced Filipino Emmanuel Segismundo at heads up and were at par for some time until Kim won a series of pots that gave him a significant advantage. The final hand soon arrived with Segismundo pushing on a flop 4c3h10c. Kim 9c9d called and was ahead of Segismundo’s 6d7c gut shot. The turn came 4h and river 7h. Kim pocketed the 113,602,000 first prize and gave Korea its second trophy of the series.

Buy in: ₫6,000,000 (~$245)
Entries: 79
Prize pool: ₫413,802,000 (~$16,930)
ITM: 11 places


1st Hojin Kim Korea 113,602,000
2nd Emmanuel Segismundo Philippines 80,700,000
3rd Jose Colada Philippines 53,000,000
4th Mangkone Sanaphanith Thailand 40,800,000
5th Taekeong Kim Korea 32,300,000
6th Hoang Long Nguyen Vietnam 25,300,000
7th Manh Hung Nguyen Vietnam 19,900,000
8th Chalermporn Nutteecharoen Thailand 15,600,000
9th Chung Yi Ho Taiwan 11,800,000
10th Jeffrey Pamplona Philippines 10,400,000
11th Jun Hee Kim Korea 10,400,000

Jason Kyle Magbanua bags it on his third final table

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Jason Kyle Magbanua

Jason Kyle Magbanua is on fire! The Filipino player is on his first poker trip outside of home soil and already his results are very impressive. On Day 5, Magbanua reached the final table of the Pot Limit Omaha event, becoming the first player to do so at the series. Magbanua went on to win it, defeating Vietnam’s Quang Hung Bang at heads up. The final hand was a full house over straight. Also finding his way to another final table was 6th placer Tam Lon Tek who finished 3rd at the Short Deck event two days prior. 

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Magbanua lifted the trophy and the ₫83,800,000 (~$3,420) first prize. He joined fellow countryman William Ysmael in the champions list. 

Buy in: ₫10,000,000 (~$410)
Entries: 46
Prize pool: ₫401,580,000 (~$16,400)
ITM: 6 places


1st Jason Kyle Magbanua Philippines ₫136,300,000
2nd Quang Hung Bang Vietnam ₫94,400,000
3rd David Erquiaga Philippines ₫60,300,000
4th Chung Yi Ho Taiwan ₫46,200,000
5th Mike Takayama Philippines ₫36,200,000
6th Tam Lon Tek Malaysia ₫28,200,000

Witsarut Ketnanrin bests compatriots at the Bubble Rush

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Witsarut Ketnarin

Like in Day 4, Thailand picked up the last trophy on offer. At the evening’s Bubble Rush event, where time slows down after the bubble bursts, four Thais were seen at the final table with three going deep in the top four. Looking to spoil their plans was Korea’s Oh Junseok who was on his second final table, however he fell short in 4th place. A deal was then proposed but rejected. The game proceeded with Prommin Talordpong stopped in 3rd place. This was Talordpong’s second final table having placed 3rd at the previous day’s PLO Turbo. Heads up opened with Witsarut Ketnanrin backed by an intimidating big stack.  He went on to defeat Supakit Anukoolpitaknil to claim his maiden live title and ₫97,150,000 (~$3,970). This was Thailand’s second win of the series. 

Buy in: ₫10,000,000 (~$409)
Entries: 62
Prize pool: ₫324,756,000 (~$13,290)
ITM: 8 places


1st Witsarut Ketnanrin Thailand 97,150,000
2nd Supakit Anukoolpitaknil Thailand 70,500,000
3rd Prommin Talordpong Thailand 45,500,000
4th Oh Junseok Korea 34,500,000
5th Pham Phu Son Lam Vietnam 26,700,000
6th Hwang Soonchul Korea 20,800,000
7th Gai Lax Lim Malaysia 16,600,000
8th Panitan Papoodsri Thailand 13,000,000

Update: Super High Roller

The most expensive tournament in the lineup is the Super High Roller event with buy in at ₫230,000,000 just under $10K. Despite the hefty price, 79 signed up on Day 1 to generate a prize pool of nearly ₫17 Billion. This figure is expected to increase further with registration still open. For those looking to jump in the big game, make sure to do so before 1pm. 

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Paul Phua

44 players will return for Day 2. Well known poker figure Paul Phua is currently the race leader, trailed closely by Ewe Eng Soon and Abhinav Iyer. All three bagged up stacks over 2M. You can catch some of the action and final table via the live stream broadcasted in the Poker Dream fb page. You can also follow the live updates via the PokerNews site.

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Article links:

Poker Dream releases Hoi An full schedule
Poker Dream makes landfall in Hoi An, Vietnam
Poker Dream kicks off 
Poker Dream: Day 1 recap
Poker Dream: First four trophies awarded
Poker Dream: Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand lift trophies

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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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