Poker Dream Vietnam Main Event champion to be crowned; two locals lead in the final 19 players


For the past few days, the inaugural Poker Dream Vietnam MAIN EVENT has filled the Grand Hall of Hoiana Hotel & Suites to capacity, producing record numbers for the country. The 822 entry-field was the largest seen for a buy in of ₫25 Million (~$1,020), and the ₫17,940,150,000 (~$731,350) prize pool was the richest, surpassing the previous record by more the ₫100M.

As the Main Event enters its final day, excitement is at its peak with 19 players hunting down the title and the coveted top prize of ₫3,378,000,000 (~$137,700). At the helm are two Vietnamese players just 1 BB apart, Dinh Van Tien with 60 BB and Ngo Minh Tien with 59 BB. The larger of the two, Dinh Van Tien was the bane of Jack En Ching Wu and Huyen Kinh Nguyen, both players seeing their pocket pair losing to Ace-King.

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Dinh Van Tien

A total of six players from Vietnam will be looking to rein it in, the most by any country. Also in multiple numbers are three players from Hong Kong led by Dennis Ng, three from Korea with Day 2 entering chip leader Hojin Kim in the mix, and a couple of players from Malaysia, one of them is Wai Sim Kok who has already reached two final tables this series. Taiwan will also have two flag-bearers in the lineup, Megastack champion Zong Chi He and runner up Fu Bang Huang. The remaining two are India’s Dhaval Mudgal and Filipino David Erquiaga with the latter looking for redemption after finishing 2nd at the inaugural Poker Dream Main Event in Malaysia last July.

Action resumes at 1pm on Sunday, October 23, 2022. The final table will be livestreamed on Poker Dream social media channels. You can also follow the action via our Live Updates from start to finish.

Chip counts

Player Flag Chips BB
Dinh Van Tien Vietnam 3,000,000 60
Ngo Minh Tien Vietnam 2,960,000 59
Nguyen Hoang Nam Vietnam 1,985,000 40
Dennis Ng Hong Kong 1,710,000 34
Minh A Nguyen Vietnam 1,550,000 31
Dhaval Mudgal India 1,520,000 30
Hazel Chui Hong Kong 1,165,000 23
Ha Duong Vietnam 1,125,000 23
Koh Hsien Ren Malaysia 1,110,000 22
David Erquiaga Philippines 1,100,000 22
Sim Kok Wai Malaysia 1,080,000 22
Winfred Yu Hong Kong 1,010,000 20
Tran Hoai Anh Vietnam 970,000 19
Fu Bang Huang Taiwan 825,000 17
Hojin Kim Korea 815,000 16
Haerok Lee Korea 810,000 16
He Zong Chi Taiwan 660,000 13
Je Nam Yu Korea 465,000 9

Chips in play: 24,660,000
Average stack: 1,297,894
Opening blinds: 25K-50K-50K Ante BB

Final 19 payouts

1st 3,378,000,000
2nd 2,055,000,000
3rd 1,452,150,000
4th 1,093,400,000
5th 862,000,000
6th 646,700,000
7th 459,000,000
8th 318,400,000
9th 251,600,000
10th-11th 207,300,000
12th-13th 185,400,000
14th-15th 167,400,000
16th-17th 149,500,000
18th-19th 131,600,000

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Main Event Day 2 review

192 players qualified for Day 2 of the Main Event with Korea’s Hojin Kim bringing in the largest stack. Three hours in, the bubble burst on WSOP bracelet winner Kartik Ved whose pocket Queens was dominated by Seung Yeol Kim‘s pocket Aces.

From there, the 119 remaining players were guaranteed a piece of the juicy pot. Among the early casualties were Chin Wei Lim (117th), Hamish Crawshaw (111th), Abhinav Iyer (105th), Chi-Jen Chu (71st), Florencio Campomanes (65th), Kunal Patni (55th), Ta Khanh Linh (38th), Huu Dung Nguyen (30th), and Grant Gardner (21st) just before the close of day.

Make sure to read up on the day’s action via the Live Updates.

Payouts 20th to 119th in Vietnamese Dong

20th Thong Huy Trinh Vietnam 131,600,000
21st Grant Gardner UK 113,700,000
22nd Jaehyun Kim Korea 113,700,000
23rd Huyen Kinh Nguyen Vietnam 113,700,000
24th Thai Van Nguyen Vietnam 95,900,000
25th Thanh Tien Nguyen Vietnam 95,900,000
26th Duy Hai Ngoc Nguyen Vietnam 95,900,000
27th Seung Yeol Kim Korea 95,900,000
28th Ming San Chung Hong Kong 82,900,000
29th Hyunkyu Kim Korea 82,900,000
30th Huu Dung Nguyen Vietnam 82,900,000
31st Minku Kim Korea 82,900,000
32nd Nghia Trong Nguyen Vietnam 72,200,000
33rd Changhwan Lee Korea 72,200,000
34th Manh Tuong Ha Vietnam 72,200,000
35th Moses Saquing Philippines 72,200,000
36th Clement Chau Hong Kong 72,200,000
37th Richard Marquez Philippines 72,200,000
38th Ta Khanh Linh Vietnam 72,200,000
39th Jaesung Park Korea 72,200,000
40th Kyunghwan Lee Korea 62,900,000
41st Ki Chang Kim Korea 62,900,000
42nd Nhat Duc Nguyen Vietnam 62,900,000
43rd Win Meng Tan Australia 62,900,000
44th Fuk On Wong Hong Kong 62,900,000
45th Ian Tse Lee Malaysia 62,900,000
46th Hwigon Park Korea 62,900,000
47th Seung Moon Joon Korea 62,900,000
48th Emmanuel Segismundo Philipppines 62,900,000
49th Anh Tuan Nguyen Vietnam 62,900,000
50th Edgar Asehan Philipppines 62,900,000
51st Shyh Chyn Lim Malaysia 62,900,000
52nd Lin Fung Hong Kong 62,900,000
53rd Le Minh Phuc Vietnam 62,900,000
54th Jeffrey Pamplona Philipppines 62,900,000
55th Kunal Patni India 62,900,000
56th Ha Ngoc Nguyen Vietnam 54,800,000
57th Shardul Parthasarathi India 54,800,000
58th Phong Tuan Do Vietnam 54,800,000
59th Runch Pornraksamane Thailand 54,800,000
60th Vu Tien Do Vietnam 54,800,000
61st Chong Wun Han Korea 54,800,000
62nd Prommin Talordpong Thailand 54,800,000
63rd An Bao Thi Nguyen Vietnam 54,800,000
64th Kien Duc Tran Vietnam 54,800,000
65th Florencio Campomanes Philippines 54,800,000
66th Hyomo Kang Korea 54,800,000
67th Jo Anna Korea 54,800,000
68th Hung Thai Phan Vietnam 54,800,000
69th 54,800,000
70th Nguyen Van Trung Vietnam 54,800,000
71st Chi Jen Chu Taiwan 54,800,000
72nd Hieu Trong Ngo Vietnam 46,800,000
73rd Hugn Manh Dinh Vietnam 46,800,000
74th Tuan Manh Nguyen Vietnam 46,800,000
75th Eugene Co Philippines 46,800,000
76th Jiwoon Yoon Korea 46,800,000
77th Viet Phuong Le Vietnam 46,800,000
78th Sehoon Han Korea 46,800,000
79th Anh Khoa Ngo Vietnam 46,800,000
80th Quang Nguyen Vietnam 46,800,000
81st Thien Van Ha Vietnam 46,800,000
82nd Zhi Yi Ning Malaysia 46,800,000
83rd Tien Van Nguyen Vietnam 46,800,000
84th Kirill Holland Russia 46,800,000
85th Asif Mustafa Makayi India 46,800,000
86th Bayar Saran Mongolia 46,800,000
87th Jack En Ching Wu Taiwan 46,800,000
88th The Van Vu Vietnam 46,800,000
89th Sunghwa Park Korea 46,800,000
90th Neel Joshi India 46,800,000
91st Hien Ngoc Vo Vietnam 46,800,000
92nd Chun Min Tai Taiwan 46,800,000
93rd Lam Son Phu Pham Vietnam 46,800,000
94th Kevin Ang Malaysia 46,800,000
95th Jeremy Touboulic France 46,800,000
96th Rungrot Nuannoi Thailand 40,400,000
97th Teng Kah Yew Malaysia 40,400,000
98th Yi Chung Ho Taiwan 40,400,000
99th Kumpyo Cho Korea 40,400,000
100th Junam Yu Korea 40,400,000
101st John Tech Philippines 40,400,000
102nd Huynh Van Hung Vietnam 40,400,000
103rd Jun Hee Kim Korea 40,400,000
104th Choung Hong Tran Vietnam 40,400,000
105th Abhinav Iyer India 40,400,000
106th Choong Sub Lim Malaysia 40,400,000
107th Yi Wei Peng Taiwan 40,400,000
108th Seongsu Kong Korea 40,400,000
109th Jason Kyle Magbanua Philippines 40,400,000
110th Thai Duong Ho Vo Vietnam 40,400,000
111th Hamish Crawshaw New Zealand 40,400,000
112th Conrad Lumaban Philippines 40,400,000
113th Chun Kit Leung Hong Kong 40,400,000
114th Wai Keong Yong Malaysia 40,400,000
115th Aigars Plivcs Latvia 40,400,000
116th Kyungsuk Ko Korea 40,400,000
117th Chin Wei Lim Malaysia 40,400,000
118th Minh Duc Nguyen Vietnam 40,400,000
119th Kevin Yun Lam Choi Hong Kong 40,400,000

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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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