Poker Dream Vietnam: All the rage as opening day Warm Up crushes guarantee and HR Freezeout sees 72 descend; chip counts and seat draws inside


Despite the stormy weather, players came in droves to take part in the opening games of Poker Dream Vietnam. Two events lit up the Grand Hall of Hoiana Hotel & Suites KHOS – the Warm Up VN₫ 1B guaranteed and the High Roller Freezeout. Here are the highlights, chip counts, and Day 2 seat draws. 

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Warm Up smashes guarantee; 41 advance led by Ming San Chung

The ₫8M buy in Warm Up kicked off the festivities attracting 264 to cruise past the advertised ₫1B guarantee. Across three flights, a generous 15% of the field advanced to Day 2 for a total of 41 players assuring themselves a piece of the much larger VN₫ 1,843,776,000 (~US$ 76,600) prize pool. 

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In Ho Song

At Flight A, 101 signed up with 16 players reaching ITM. Vietnam’s Kyle Bao Diep, Nguyen Tuan Anh, and Thailand’s Prommin Talordpong were among the happy survivors that escaped elimination with a double up during the bubble round. The heat closed with Ta Khanh Linh turning over AcAd to deny a shorter stack’s JcJd. Korea’s In Ho Song bagged the chip lead of 439,000. 

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Ming San Chung

Flight B was up next and it was a crowd favorite with 134 turning up. This was the largest attendance of all the heats. Among the contenders was Singapore’s Feng Zhao who crushed the hopes of the last Filipino in the field, Luis Bernardo, when his As3d completed a straight against QsQc. This left 20 players with Ming San Chung bagging 507,000 to surpass Song for the overall chip lead. The final heat, Flight C Turbo hit the felt at 10pm and after 9 levels of registration, it only interested 29 runners. It was a quick four hour race to ITM. The night closed with Tran Duc Son bumping the rail holding AhJd against Le Van Binh’s 10s9h two pair.

The final 41 players return to action at 1pm on Saturday, October 15. We will have the official payouts posted once it has been released. 

Warm Up Chip Counts – 41 players

Last name First name Country Chip count Table Seat
Chung Ming San Hong Kong 507,000 1 6
Song In Ho Korea 439,000 3 3
Zhao Feng Singapore 413,000 4 1
Lee Yong Korea 337,000 1 8
Ta Khanh Linh Vietnam 275,500 4 9
Ngo Hiang Hieu Vietnam 275,000 5 1
Du Minh Quang Vietnam 268,000 1 5
Le Van Binh Vietnam 229,500 2 9
Lee Haerok Korea 208,500 3 9
Huynh Van Hung Vietnam 205,500 5 4
Do Quang Thang Vietnam 189,500 5 8
Nguyen Manh Hung Vietnam 187,000 3 4
Lo Kuen Wai Jeffrey Hong Kong 174,500 2 1
Ho Chung Yi Taiwan 173,000 2 5
Lam Chi Ngai Hong Kong 172,000 4 3
Linh Phan Trong Vietnam 171,000 5 6
Pham Quang Dung Australia 168,500 4 4
Huang YingChe Taiwan 154,000 1 1
Kim Yoojin Korea 137,500 2 3
Chan Ying Kit Hong Kong 123,500 3 6
Luong Van Quang Vietnam 122,000 4 6
Yong Wai Keong Malaysia 122,000 5 9
Ho Chi Chung Hong Kong 121,000 3 8
Nguyen Thanh Hung Vietnam 121,000 3 7
Nguyen Tuan Anh Vietnam 114,000 3 5
Chee Kuo Chen Malaysia 110,000 5 7
Kim Jang Soo Korea 108,000 4 7
Diep Kyle Bao Quoc An US 105,000 5 5
Lam Xuan Bach Vietnam 93,500 4 5
Ng Kuok Cheong Macau 88,000 5 3
Luong Thanh Thinh Vietnam 84,000 4 8
Leung Chun Kit Hong Kong 79,000 2 7
Long Nguyen Duc Vietnam 79,000 1 9
Wong Fuk On Hong Kong 78,500 5 2
Thai Duong Ho Vo Vietnam 77,500 1 3
Yau Shu Leung Hong Kong 63,500 2 4
Pfeifer Wladimir Germany 62,500 2 8
Suresh Kolli India 59,000 2 6
Thi Hoai Nam Vietnam 51,500 1 7
Talordpong Prommin Thailand 46,000 3 1
Nguyen Hoang Linh Vietnam 39,000 1 4

Chips in play: 6,600,000
Average stack: 160,975
Opening blinds: 2500-5000-5000 BB Ante

Update! Final table payouts released


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High Roller Freezeout attracts 72 players; reg closes at Day 2 start

Day 1 witnessed the creme de la creme descend for the High Roller Freezeout. With registration open all day, a total of 72 pulled up seats to generate a very healthy prize pool of nearly VN₫ 4.7 Million. That figure will continue to rise with late registration still available until 1pm, Saturday, October 15. Buy in is VN₫ 70,000,000 (~US$ 2,900). Players interested in entering will receive a very playable 20 BB stack. The final table will be livestreamed on the Poker Dream fb page. 

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Danny Tang

Briefly reviewing the opening day action, it was a tough day for many with only 37 players surviving the scheduled 12 rounds. Among those that crashed and burned were WSOP bracelet winners Danny Tang, Chin Wei Lim, Abhinav Iyer, and Mike Takayama

On the brighter side, WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event champion and runner up David Erquiaga and Chi-Jen Chu both advanced. Also making the cut were Indian players Kunal Patni and Shardul Parthasarathi, Super High Rollers Devan Tang, Paul Phua, and Poker Dream creator Winfred Yu. Triton Cyprus Main Event runner up Wayne Heung powered through as well. 

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Kai Bong Lo

During the last hands called, Elton Tsang looked to be the chip leader but after losing a pot that saw him use up three time-banks, he dropped to second rank with a closing stack of 1,612,000. Earning top position was Hong Kong’s Kai Bong Lo with a slightly higher 1,640,000 in chips. Seated since the first deal was KMGM’s Seokyoung Lee aka Tiger who closed the day with the third biggest stack of 1,493,000. 

High Roller Freezeout – 37 players

Last name First name Flag Chip count Table Seat
Lo Kai Bong 1,640,000 Hong Kong 2 3
Tsang Ka Wai Elton 1,612,000 Canada 4 6
Lee Seokyoung 1,493,000 Korea 2 7
Kunal Patni 1,260,000 India 6 1
Stojkovic Milan 996,000 Australia 4 7
Hyun Sung Joo 924,000 Korea 1 5
Sealor Thanisborn 813,000 Thailand 5 1
Tech John Zendrick 747,000 Philippines 5 6
Koh Hsien Ren 743,000 Malaysia 6 3
Erquiaga David Jansen Camba 701,000 Philippines 3 8
Phua Wei Seng 687,000 Malaysia 6 7
Shardul Parthasarathi 649,000 Thailand 2 1
Tang Ying Seng 606,000 Hong Kong 6 8
Tran Van Tai 594,000 Vietnam 3 1
Edoc Lester 537,000 Philippines 2 6
Beh Kok Weng 535,000 Malaysia 5 8
Heung Wayne 514,000 Hong Kong 6 5
Wong King Hsiang Andy 507,000 Malaysia 1 7
Yum Ryan Mingho 505,000 Hong Kong 3 7
Choi Yun Lam Kevin 500,000 Hong Kong 1 1
Sim Kok Wai 494,000 Malaysia 4 3
Wong Chung Yin Joey 397,000 Hong Kong 3 3
Yu Winfred 384,000 Hong Kong 5 3
Chu Chi-Jen 374,000 Taiwan 6 6
Gardner Grant 362,000 US 6 4
Tsang Yan Shing 358,000 China 4 1
Jungrungregkit Satanan 353,000 Thailand 4 8
Wongwichit Phachara 305,000 Thailand 5 7
Lee Wai Kiat 302,000 Malaysia 1 8
Huang Fu Bang 299,000 Taiwan 4 5
Kee Wee Kiang Kenneth 295,000 Singapore 1 3
Huynh Danny 257,000 Australia 2 5
Yong Wai Kwan 214,000 Malaysia 3 5
Wong Tze Yi Mark 202,000 Singapore 1 6
Nguyen Hoa Think 189,000 Vietnam 3 6
Chu Thai Thinh 160,000 Malaysia 5 5
Co Chung Chuen 103,000 Hong Kong 2 8

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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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