Poker Dream 7 Vietnam: Three Main Event flights down sees Malaysia’s Tan Ong Kwan leading the charge, Seven more qualifiers up ahead


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Closing the 2023 season with a bang is Poker Dream 7 Vietnam’s Main Event currently underway at the prestigious Hoiana Resort & Golf in Hoi An, Vietnam. The six day affair headlines the tour’s final series for the year with a massive ₫20 Billion (~US$ 820,000) guarantee. Running through the 8th, three of ten starting flights have so far played through with a total of 25 qualifiers having advanced into Day 2. Malaysia’s Tan Ong Kwan leads the charge with a 408,000 chip count from yesterday’s Day 1C, followed closely by local runner Phan Tuan Vinh with 377,000.

Another three Day 1’s are set to run today, October 5, again at different price points and tournament structures. This gives players a chance to jump in the Main Event action at any point of the day, early afternoon until late night. Tomorrow, October 6th concludes the qualifying rounds with Day 2 continuing on Saturday, October 7th at 13:00.

Main Event Day 1B and Day 1C Recap

Malouch Jean Mathieu

Two flights played down yesterday with the first of the two, Day 1B, seeing only 4 runners out  of the 77 entries move on to the next round. Malouch Jean Mathieu rose to the top after sending several opponents out one after the other with his pocket pairs seemingly unbeatable. Down to the last table, Malouch remained in top form, having delivered the last two knockouts to cap the day. Malouch was running hot and was ahead of his opponents in both occasions starting with 4h4d against Ashiwardji Andy’s 3d3c and Kc9s against Lau Wing Yu’s Ks8h for the bubble. 

Day 1B
Date: October 4, 2023
Buy in: ₫8,500,000 (~US$ 366)
Entries: 77
Bagging time: 5% of field / 4 players

Day 1C featured a longer thirty minute blinds which saw its final sixteen players bag after nine hours of Main Event action. The more expensive flight commanded a bigger field of 151 entries but also played down to a larger 10% of the field. The night wrapped up after Thailand’s Punnat Punsri exited as the day’s bubble by the hands of Aimsaat Suppakrit. Punsri was crippled to 6.5 BB just a few hands prior after squeezing all-in from the blinds with KhJh against a late open and a call. Tran Hoang Nam however, took the spot and claimed the 45 BB pot with a better AdQh.

Tan Ong Kwan

Following the Thai crusher’s exit, the numbers were in with Tan Ong Kwan in the lead across the 25 qualifier list. The Malaysian bagged the top spot after getting max value on a crucial hand where he rivered a boat against Chu Thai Thinh’s two pair. Chu called Tan’s all-in on the river and was eliminated after Tan revealed the full house. Tan then proceeded to knock out Nguyen Thanh Tung with 8h8d against the latter’s 7s7c to boost his stack past the 400,000 mark.

Day 1C
Date: October 4, 2023
Buy in: ₫17,000,000 (~US$ 733)
Entries: 151
Bagging time: 10% of field / 16 players

Top Chip Counts

Tan Ong Kwan 408,000
Phan Tuan Vinh 377,000
Chu Chi Jen  369,000
Malouch Jean Mathieu 319,000
Thavon Theerapol 264,000

Poker Dream 7 Vietnam Main Event Review

Dates: October 3-8, 2023
Buy in:  VND 8,500,000 (~USD 366) – VND 25,500,000 (~USD 1,099)
Guarantee: VND 20,000,000,000 (~USD 820,000)

Day 1 Results

1A: 81 entries / 5 advanced
1B: 77 entries / 4 advanced
1C: 151 entries / 16 advanced

Day 1 Live Updates
Day 2 Qualifiers

*All photos by Poker Dream

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Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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