Poker Dream continues rich season as Vietnam series concludes in Hoi An

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Another rich edition of Poker Dream concluded at New World Hoiana in Hoi An, Vietnam with 23 champions awarded and over VN₫ 52 Billion (~USD 2.08M)  paid out across seven days of games. Running from April 29 to May 5, 2024, it was a thrill from start to finish featuring the unveiling of its fresh logo, the presentation of striking new trophies, and a celebration to mark the brand’s second anniversary, all of this added to the intense poker action. Here are the highlights.

Poker Dream 10 Vietnam
Poker Dream 10 Vietnam

Poker Dream 10 Vietnam Festival review

Date: April 29 to May 5, 2024
Venue: New World Hoiana, Hoi An, Vietnam
Events: 23

Festival prize pool: VN₫ 52,963,469,800 (~USD 2,088,350)
Record Main Event: VN₫ 21,685,320,000 (~USD 852,670)
Biggest earner: Wong Ka Fai – VN₫ 4,052,040,000 (~USD 159,770)
Multi-winner: Duy Ho (Short Deck Ante Only, 10M NLH)
Trophy by Flag: Hong Kong (5), Malaysia (3), Thailand (3), India (2), China (2), Vietnam (2), USA (2), Ireland (1), Korea (1), Russia (1), Taiwan (1)

Poker Dream 10 Vietnam – Festival Results

Nishant Sharma wins the Main Event

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

India brings one of the largest international contingents at every Poker Dream series and for the second time, one of its own outshined. While most players usually head home after falling on the bubble, Nishant Sharma delivered an incredible comeback, jumping in the last flight of the Main Event then turning it to gold.

“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.”

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

This was Sharma’s career first Main Event live title, outlasting the 752 entry field. He earned the largest portion of the prize pool on a heads up ICM deal, walking away with VN₫ 3,756,953,000 (~USD 147,720).

The Poker Dream 10 Vietnam Main Event opened with a guarantee matching its previous edition prize pool in the coutnry of VN₫ 20 Billion and edged just past it to set a new brand record in Vietnam of VN₫ 21,685,320,000 (~USD 852,670).

Wong Ka Fai walks away as biggest earner

Wong Ka Fai at Poker Dream
Wong Ka Fai

The Super High Roller event was a hot one on the menu with 95 entries drawn for a prize pool of  VN₫ 15,260,040,000 (~USD 602,090). Locking up the top prize was Hong Kong’s Wong Ka Fai for a career high payout of VN₫ 4,052,040,000 (~USD 159,781). Wong denied fellow countryman / Poker Dream founder Winfred Yu a second series title.

Poker Dream 10 Vietnam: Wong Ka Fai Wins Super High Roller, Winfred Yu Runner Up


While this huge takedown secured Wong the largest paycheck of the series, he cashed at three more events for total earnings of  VN₫ 4,207,240,000 (~USD 161,950),

Winfred Yu from presentation to champion

Winfred Yu at Poker Dream
Poker Dream founder Winfred Yu

Speaking of Poker Dream founder Winfred Yu, after delivering a welcome speech on opening day where he unveiled the new logo and new trophies, Yu went on to win the High Roller Warm Up opening event to become the first owner of the new Poker Dream High Roller Dragon Trophy.

Several days later, Yu nearly landed a second trophy, finishing runner up to Wong Ka Fai at the Super High Roller. To close out his strong run, on the final day, Yu placed 5th at the Mystery Hunter High Roller to collect a combined payout of over VN₫ 3.9 Billion (~USD 153,780) making him the second largest earner.

Duy Ho bags back-to-back events

Duy Ho at Poker Dream
Ho Duy Manh – Photo by Poker Dream

Only one player was able to achieve the difficult task of winning two events. It was none other than USA’s Duy Ho who has accomplished this a prior festivals in the country. Ho first won the Short Deck Ante Only then returned the second day on fire, taking down the 10M NLH. Ho also cashed at three other events.

Hong Kong wins 5 events including HR Teams Event

Poker Dream 10 Vietnam Teams Event

Hong Kong captured the most trophies after taking down five events. It was actually eight trophies with an all Hong Kong team winning the High Roller Teams Event.

Up next: Poker Dream 11 Malaysia

Poker Dream 11 Malaysia

Up next for Poker Dream, the brand returns to Genting Highlands in Malaysia for its 11th edition taking place from August 1 to 12, 2024. This is the brand’s most popular stop as displayed by its consistently increasing festival prize pools and record attendance. During its previous visit Poker Dream set new heights at the Main Event drawing 2,096 for a prize pool of RM 10,767,152 (~USD 2,268,000).

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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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