From 7 bb to champion! Hoang Hai Nam wins record breaking USOP Hanoi Superstar Challenge

[Vietnamese Translation]

Once again, U Series of Poker (USOP) has broken bounds! At USOP Hanoi, high roller events have been enjoying the same level of popularity as lower-tiered events, a fact that was overwhelmingly evident during the much-anticipated Superstar Challenge.

Conceived by host venue Crown Poker Club, the beloved homegrown tournament attracted an outstanding 94 entries (52 unique) to easily surpass the previous 62-entry Vietnam record for a shattering VND 10.2 Billion  (~USD 424,000) prize pool.

superstar challenge winner 2
Hoang Hai Nam aka Luckyman9999

After two days of intense showdowns and fantastic poker action, Vietnam’s own Hoang Hai Nam “Luckyman9999” staged an impressive comeback at three-handed to steal the win and lock up a career high payout of VND 3,000,000 (~USD 124,560).

This specific event had posed a significant challenge for Hoang in the past. Last year, he narrowly missed the top spot twice at previous festivals, finishing in runner-up position. However, in this latest showdown, he conquered, defeating Malaysia’s Ian Lee at heads up.

You can relive the final table race to victory via the livestream channel:

Date: September 3 to 4, 2023
Buy in: VND 120,000,000 (~USD 5,074)
Guarantee: VND 2,500,000,000 (~USD 103,800)
Entries: 94 (52 unique)
Prize pool: VND 10,212,100,000  (~USD 424,000)
ITM: 14 places

Place Player
Payout in VND
1 Hoang Hai Nam 3,000,000,000
2 Lee Tse Ian 1,900,000,000
3 Oshiro Gakuto 1,170,000,000
4 Nguyen Van Sang 781,100,000
5 Abhinav Iyer 576,000,000
6 Allen Michael Josheph 456,000,000
7 Pham Alan Anh-Minh 385,000,000
8 Agarwal Sahil 336,000,000
9 Do Quang Trinh 298,000,000
10 Teoh Minh Hong 270,000,000
11 Pham Duy Anh 270,000,000
12 Kitazato Yohei 270,000,000
13 Husson Pierre 250,000,000
14 Benloch Florent Remi 250,000,000

Event Recap

usop sschallenge bubble

The Superstar Challenge was a two-day affair attracting many well known high profilers. Among them were David Erquiaga, Alex Lee, William Jia, Nguyen Quang Minh, to mention a few. While all of them missed the mark, it was Yeh Hung-Wei who fell the hardest with As7c unable to improve against Michael Allen’s KsKc on the bubble.

usop hanoi superstar challenge final table

Day 2 proceeded with 14 players returning led by Hoang. Pierre Husson was hunting down his third final table but it was not to be as the Frenchman finished 13th. WSOP Online bracelet winner Teoh Ming Hong aka Paul Teoh exited in 10th place to form the final table.

Make sure to relive the action via the livestream. To briefly retell Hoang’s swinging game to the top, at three-handed, the majority of chips were divided between Hoang and famous Japanese star GACKT. The pecking order changed when Lee doubled up through Hoang with 7d7h full house over Ah6s straight on a board 9d5h9c8d7s.

ss chalenge gackt

Following the loss, Hoang continued to drop to just 7 bb when he landed a much needed double up off GACKT. The momentum carried, mixed in with timed aggression, Hoang soon reclaimed the top spot. To reach heads up, Hoang hero-called on a board Kh5dQhJd6d to eliminate GACKT who pushed with Jc10s. Hoang had KcKs set.


Heads up was just one fast hand. Hoang pushed with As7d, Lee called for his tournament life with Ad3s, the board ran 2c8h7h2s8c.

USOP Hanoi – VND 32 Billion in guarantees

USOP Hanoi is the young brand’s third event since its break out to the live scene on February 2023. With its variety of offerings and buy ins that cater to all types of bankrolls, the USOP has quickly become one of the most sought after festivals in the region.

usop hanoi vietnam main event trophy 2

If you haven’t heard yet, for this edition, the brand has spiced up the schedule with VND 32 Billion in guaranteed prize pools. Games run from September 1 to 11, 2023. The star attraction is the Main Event which carries a mighty VND 12 Billion guarantee, that’s over half a million USD! Mark these dates, Main Event runs from September 7 to 11, 2023. Buy in is VND 25,000,000 (~USD 1,060).

Hoodies have become the go-to choice of table attire for poker players, and at USOP, participants who register and have their chips in play during Level 1 of the Main Event will be gifted the newest USOP hoodie. It’s advisable to join on Day 1A as supply is limited to a total of just 250 pieces.

usop hanoi hoodie

New Events

Several new events have also been added. The Heads Up Challenge is gearing up to be one of the most exciting with all 32 spots quickly claimed. Click the link down below for the list of players and their first round match-ups.

USOP Hanoi – Heads Up Challenge first round match-ups revealed!

One of the most enjoyable will be the Tag Team Event. 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.

tag team event

Livestream Events

Event Date
Mini High Roller September 1, 2023
High Roller Warm Up September 2, 2023
Mystery Bounty September 3, 2023
Superstar Challenge September 4, 2023
High Roller Superstack September 5, 2023
Mini Main Event September 6, 2023
High Roller Megastack September 6, 2023
Super High Roller September 7, 2023
Heads Up Challenge September 8, 2023
Main Event September 11, 2023
High Roller Finale September 11, 2023

Final table promo

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In addition to the Hoodie promo, players that reach the final table of any trophy event will receive a newly designed USOP cap. Three colors are available: black, white, and pink.


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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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