IPO3 Side Event Winners: Tech and Hao with two titles

A successful poker series would not be complete without the added festivities of side events. At the International Poker Open 3 at Resorts World Manila, Philippines, the schedule had a slew of side events for players to fill their poker needs throughout the week. Although the High Roller event was cancelled, the other games were a full systems go.

Here is a recap on all the winners claiming trophies at the series: 

As reported, Team Philippines took control of the Four Countries Team Competition opening event with John Tech at the helm. Tech would claim another title, a personal one, after winning the Beauty and the Beast KO Bounty event.

Joining him in claiming two titles was Chen Hao from China who won the Pot Limit Omaha Hi event and the AllnewPoker Challenge PLO event.

Other players who got very close to winning two titles but ended up claiming one instead by falling short in second place, were SJ Kim from Korea and Phan Phuc Duc from Vietnam. Kim won the second event of the series, the NLH Turbo, but lost to Filipino player Don Carmona at the heads up round of the NLH Turbo event two days later. As for Duc, he was the last man standing at the AllnewPoker Challenge Open Face Chinese Pineapple event but lost last minute steam against Hao at the AllnewPoker Challenge PLO event. Players Pham Ngoc Quoc Bao (Vietnam), Luo Xi Xiang (China), Linh Tran (Canada), and Duc Bien Nguyen (Vietnam) all bagged one trophy each as well.

NLHE Turbo Winner

Duc Bien Nguyen

Hong Kong’s Sparrow Cheung was active at the side events, landing himself in several final tables until he finally claimed a trophy after defeating Andrew Shanahan at the heads up round of the Pot Limit Omaha Hi event.


Sparrow Cheung

Out of all the winners, Russian Player Andrei Dementev stands as an exception with having earned a title at the AllnewPoker Challenge KO Bounty, and now has a chance to claim another, the biggest one of all, the Main Event championship title and trophy.

Congratulations to all the side event winners! There is one more side event on deck, the Six-Handed event, running side-by-side the Final Table of the Main Event today.

All results

Event 1: National Team Event: Team Philippines
Event 2:  AllnewPoker Challenge NLH Turbo ($550): SJ Kim
Event 3: Pot Limit Omaha Hi ($550): Chen Hao
Event 6: AllnewPoker Challenge K.O Bounty ($550): Andrei Dementev
Event 7: AllNewPoker Open Face Chinese Pineapple ($550): Phan Phuc Duc
Event 8: No Limit Hold’em Turbo ($330): Don “Pusang Gala” Carmona
Event 9: No Limit Hold’em Turbo ($330): Pham Ngoc Quoc Bao
Event 10: AllNewPoker Challenge Pot Limit Omaha ($550): Chen Hao
Event 11: Deepstack NLH Turbo ($550): LuoXiXiang
Event 12: AllNewPoker HU Challenge ($550): Linh Tran
Event 13: Beauty and the Best K.O Bounty ($330): John “Jojo” Tech
Event 14: No Limit Hold’em Turbo ($330): Duc Bien Nguyen
Event 15: Pot Limit Omaha Hi ($550): Sparrow Cheung Park Yu
Event 16: Six handed ($330): ?

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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