From bubble to champion, Nishant Sharma wins Poker Dream Main Event in Vietnam

Nishant Sharma at Poker Dream
Nishant Sharma – Photo by Poker Dream

India’s Nishant Sharma has etched his spot in Poker Dream history after going from bubble boy to Main Event champion. Sharma shared,

“It’s very unreal. I was literally going home after getting bubbled but then I saw there were just three minutes left in the last flight of the Main Event, the Hyper Turbo. So I thought to myself I was playing good so why not. Let’s give one more try. And for some reason I’ve always been lucky at the fourth bullet.”

On the final day of registration, with three flights running, Sharma bubbled Flight F then found redemption at Flight H. Sharma went on to bag the second largest stack at the end of Day 2 and dominated the final day. He defeated Vietnam’s Ngo Quoc Phu at heads up to lock up an ICM deal payout of VN₫ 3,756,953,000 (~USD 147,720) and the new Poker Dream Main Event Dragon Trophy.

Read up on his road to victory via the live updates:

Poker Dream Vietnam 10 – Live Updates 2024: Main Event – Final Day

Poker Dream Main Event Review

The 10th edition of Poker Dream took place at New World Hoiana in Hoi An, Vietnam from April 29 to May 5, 2024. This marked the brand’s third visit to this stop, coinciding with its second year anniversary. Out of the 22 event schedule, the spotlight shined on the Main Event which drew 752 entries to generate a brand record prize pool of VN₫ 21,685,320,000 (~USD 852,670) in the country.

Buy in: VN₫ 36,000,000 (~USD 1,545)
Guaranteed: VN₫ 20,000,000,000 (~USD 789,110)
Entries: 752
Prize pool: VN₫ 21,685,320,000 (~USD 852,670)
ITM: 108 players

Final Day recap

From 106 players at Day 2, only 16 returned on the final day. One of the most consistent tournament deep runners, Vietnam’s Nguyen Quang Huy carried in the largest stack, India’s Nishant Sharma trailed by just 1 bb, and in the same neighborhood was Korean ace Namhyung Kim.

Leading up to the final table, Sharma dominated the action, eliminating Dmitrii Gnusaev (13th) and David Erquiaga (11th) to carry in a towering stack of 25% of the chips in play into the final table. Meanwhile, no action was seen from Nguyen and Kim swung then exited in 10th place.

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Poker Dream 10 Vietnam Main Event Final Table

As Sharma continued to dominate the final table, amassing 45% of the chips after cleaning out Danny Huynh in 8th place, he then proceeded to claim 70% of the chips by eliminating Raghav Bansal (4th) and Wang Xiaoyu (3rd).

Despite the massive advantage at heads up against Vietnam’s Ngo Quoc Phu, it was a hard closer with Ngo grinding to steal the lead. Sharma recovered and after a series of tugs, Sharma pulled ahead leading to the final hand. On a board showing 6s5h4s7c8d, Ngo shoved Qd3h, Sharma snap-called with 9c6h higher straight.

Final 9 payouts

Place Player Payouts in VN₫ ~USD
1 Nishant Sharma 3,756,953,000 147,720
2 Ngo Quoc Phu 2,734,647,000 107,520
3 Wang Xiaoyu 1,753,020,000 68,935
4 Raghav Bansal 1,320,900,000 51,943
5 Nguyen Quang Huy 1,047,100,000 41,176
6 Popitukkul Sutipong 799,100,000 31,424
7 Huynh Danny 572,400,000 22,509
8 Minami Keita 384,200,000 15,108
9 Wu Yuanning 300,800,000 11,829

For the full results, head to Poker Dream 10 Vietnam Festival Results

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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