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Poker Dream 10 Vietnam: Wong Ka Fai Wins Super High Roller, Winfred Yu Runner Up

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Poker Dream 10 Vietnam is through the halfway mark in its weeklong series at New World Hoiana in Hoi An, Vietnam with four days now in the books. Last night awarded the largest series payout to date at the Super High Roller with Hong Kong’s Wong Ka Fai emerging victorious for a career high payout of VN₫ 4,052,040,000 (~USD 159,781). Wong denied fellow countryman / Poker Dream founder Winfred Yu a second series title.

You can relive the final table action via the Super High Roller – Livestream.

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Date: May 1 to 2, 2024
Buy in: VN₫ 180,000,000 (~USD 7,723)
Entries: 95
Prize pool: VN₫ 15,260,040,000 (~USD 602,090)
ITM: 13 players

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫ ~USD
1 Wong Ka Fai Hong Kong 4,052,040,000 159,781
2 Yu Ka Wing Winfred Hong Kong 2,815,000,000 111,002
3 Kim Hyun Sup Korea, South 1,862,000,000 73,423
4 Pobal Mikalai Belarus 1,457,000,000 57,453
5 Ngo Khoa Anh Vietnam 1,175,000,000 46,333
6 Luangsuwimon Wattana Thailand 916,000,000 36,120
7 Hong Jinho Korea, South 725,000,000 28,588
8 Shin Jae Wook Korea, South 565,000,000 22,279
9 Posri Pitipong Thailand 427,000,000 16,838
10 Pham Anh-Minh Alan Australia 328,000,000 12,934
11 Foo Hsien Loong Malaysia 328,000,000 12,934
12 Ling Tien Loon Malaysia 305,000,000 12,027
13 Suzuki Yuto Japan 305,000,000 12,027

Event Recap

The two-day Super High Roller was the most expensive tournament on the festival meu with buy in at VN₫ 180,000,000 (~USD 7,723). Day 1 pulled in 61 entries and another 34 signed up on Day 2’s late registration. This built a prize pool VN₫ 15,260,040,000 (~USD 602,090) divvied among the top 13 places.

John Juanda at Poker Dream
John Juanda

Among the players seeking the new dragon trophy was defending champion / poker icon John Juanda, however his run was cut short before the money. Other fallen contenders were Australia’s William Jia who was fresh off a big win in Hanoi, multi-Triton winner Wai Kin Yong, and and South Korean stars Gab Yong Kim and Nam Hyung Kim. Taking the hardest fall was Juyeol Lee on the bubble with KcKs outdrawn by Pobal Mikalai’s AcQd. With the money intact, Australia’s Alan Pham missed the final table by one spot.

SHR Final table - Photo by Poker Dream
Final table – Photo by Poker Dream

Entering the final table, Wong Ka Fai carried in the largest stack while on the opposite end with just 9 bb, Thailand’s Posri Pitipong was unable to improve to become the first casualty. Next to go was Jae Wook Shin who jammed his last 18 bb with AsJh and ran into Pobal’s QdQh. WSOP bracelet winner Jinho Hong tumbeld 8th with ace-rag dominated by Hyun Sup Kim’s big slick.

After Luangsuwimon Wattana doubled up through Pobal, he lost it all to Wong Ka Fai with pocket Eights dominating poket Nines. Down to five players, the lone Vietnamese Ngo Khoa Anh holding up the flag for home turf took 5th place with all of his chips sent to Winfred Yu. Pobal pushed with KhQc then finished 4th after running into Wong Ka Fai’s AdAc.

Winfred Yu at Poker Dream
Winfred Yu

At three remaining, Hyun Sup Kim doubled up through Wong Ka Fai but was still unable to avoid the rail in 3rd place against Wong. Heads up opened with Wong way ahead, 74 bb to Winfred Yu’s 20 bb. However it was a hard closer for Wong instead the chips were near even at the final showdown. Wong 43 bb, Yu 35 bb. Wong’s pocket Twos held firm against  overcards to win it.

Wong Ka Fai at Poker Dream
Wong Ka Fai

Links:

Poker Dream Vietnam 10 – 2024: Festival Results

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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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