Poker Dream Vietnam: Main Event shatters guarantee, sets new record of ₫17.9 Billion


Poker Dream‘s inaugural Vietnam series is now the richest poker event ever staged in the country. Kicking off on October 14 in Hoi An, at the Grand Hall of Hoiana Hotel & Suites, it broke the US$ 1 Million dollar marker on Day 5, and was on pace to set even greater heights with the headliner yet to come.

On October 20, the Main Event took center stage, and after three starting days, it drew a record  breaking 822 entries and a record prize pool of ₫17,940,150,000 (~$731,350). This is now the largest Main Event pot ever amassed in Vietnam, beating the previous record set last month by over ₫100M. It is also the largest Main Event field produced in the country of the same buy in.

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Breaking it down, the ₫25 Million buy in Main Event opened with Day 1A pulling in 293 entries. The next day saw the advertised ₫10 Billion guarantee shattered when 377 turned up for Day 1B and 152 for the Day 1C Turbo flight. A total of 192 players advanced and will return on Saturday, October 22 for the next stage of the race. 

Leading the charge is Day 1A frontrunner, Korea’s Hojin Kim, trailed by Day 1B leader Vietnam’s Phan Thanh Hung by just one 500 chip. Both players will bring in stacks over 100 BB into Day 2. You can read up on the action via the Live Updates.

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Phan Thanh Hung

Buy in: ₫25,000,000 (~$1,020)
Entries: 822
Prize pool: ₫17,940,150,000 (~$731,350)
Day 2 qualifiers: 194 players

Top 10 in chips

1 Hojin Kim Korea 310,500
2 Phan Thanh Hung Vietnam 310,000
3 Nguyen Hoang Nam Vietnam 285,500
4 Vincent Huang NZ 285,000
5 Jeffrey Tan Pamplona Philippines 280,500
6 Jenam Yu Korea 280,500
7 Tran Hong Chuong Vietnam 273,500
8 Dinh Xuan Dinh Vietnam 262,500
9 Lee Changhwan Korea 261,500
10 Ngo Minh Tien Vietnam 261,000

Full chip counts and seat draw

Chips in play: 24,660,000
Average stack: 128,437
Day 2 opening blinds: 1500-3000-3000 BB Ante
Level intervals: blinds increase every 50 minutes

The 192 players will return on Saturday, October 22, 2002 for Day 2. They play another 12 rounds with blinds increasing every 50 minutes.

You can read up on the Day 1A and Day 1B action via the Live Updates. Follow us as we bring you live coverage from start to finish.

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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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