Celebrations all day and night at the inaugural Poker Dream Vietnam with Day 4 seeing five players lift trophies at the Grand Hall of Hoiana Hotel & Suites. The newly minted were Taiwanese players Zong Chi He, Sin-Ren Chen, Malaysians Yeu Wei Hsiang, Jason Wai Kit Lau, and just before sunrise, Chunharas Tossapat from Thailand to bring the country its first trophy of the series. Let’s have a look at the winners.
ZONG CHI HE and SIN-REN CHEN bring Taiwan two trophies
A large group of players from Taiwan have been heating up the felt for the past few days and on Day 4, two of their own went the distance. The first champion was well known local pro Zong Chi He who topped the Megastack to capture his first win outside of home soil. In fact, the victory for Taiwan was guaranteed after Zong eliminated Korea’s Oh Junseok to face fellow countryman Fu Bang Huang at heads up. Zong’s mighty stack could not be cracked to earn the title and the ₫765,220,000 (~$31,750) winner’s purse. You can read up on his victory via the Live Updates or read on below for the summary.
The Megastack was the second event on the menu that offered a guarantee, featuring a juicy ₫2,000,000,000 to entice the crowd. With 296 turning up, the prize pool swelled to ₫3,876,120,000 (~$160,600) with 46 taking cuts on the final day.
Buy in: ₫15,000,000 (~$621)
Guarantee: ₫2,000,000,000 (~$82,867)
Prize pool: ₫3,876,120,000 (~$160,600)
ITM: 46 players
Leading up to the final table, overall chip leader Indian pro / WSOP bracelet holder Abhinav Iyer bested half the field, falling in 23rd place; second ranked Wu Jun Hao met his end in 35th place on a crushing set over set against eventual runner up Fu Bang Huang; and Day 1B chip leader Jose Colada ran into pocket Kings to depart in 14th place. The final table was formed when Taiwan’s Yi Wei Peng pushed on a King-high flop with top pair that ran into Zong’s set of Sevens.
This boost in chips kickstarted Zong’s domination. Within the first fifteen minutes, he went head to head against Vietnam’s Vu Thai Bao in what would be the biggest pot of the day. Zong’s two pair crushed Bao’s top pair to ship a massive double up. From there, he remained up top further growing by eliminating Phu Quoc Minh (9th), Rungrot Nuannoi (4th), Oh Junseok (3rd), then Huang at heads up with over .
Final table payouts
|1st||Zong Chi He||Taiwan||₫765,220,000|
|2nd||Fu Bang Huang||Taiwan||₫485,000,000|
|5th||Hwang Seong Il||Korea||₫229,500,000|
|6th||Shyh Chyn Lim||Malaysia||₫175,300,000|
|7th||Vu Thai Bao||Vietnam||₫128,700,000|
|8th||Nguyen Manh Trung||Vietnam||₫94,600,000|
|9th||Phung Quoc Minh||Vietnam||₫77,600,000|
View the full payouts in the Live Updates
The other Taiwan victory was witnessed at the Pot Limit Omaha Turbo event where Sin-Ren Chen defeated Hong Kong’s Devan Tang at heads up. Before doing so, he denied Prommin Talordpong in 3rd place with full house over two pair on a board . Facing Tang at heads up, Chen 3-bet pushed with and Tang called for his tournament life with . Both players hit the flop with one spade for a backdoor flush. The next two were runner runner spades to complete it and award Chen the trophy.
Also putting up good results were Korea’s Lee Haerok and Filipino Jason Kyle Magbanua. Both players reaching their second final table.
Buy in: ₫6,000,000 (~$248)
Prize pool: ₫246,200,000 (~$10,200)
ITM: 6 places
|2nd||Devan Tang||Hong Kong||₫57,900,000|
|5th||Ngo Anh Quan||Vietnam||₫22,200,000|
|6th||Jason Kyle Magbanua||Philippines||₫17,300,000|
Short Deckers YEU WEI HSIANG and JASON WAI KIT LAU capture two for Malaysia
Malaysians dominated the first two Short Deck events. The larger pot was at the two-day Short Deck HR where 46 ponied up the ₫120,000,000 (~$4,970) buy in to build a sizable ₫5,139,120,000 (~$212,930) prize pool. Among the title-hunters was Malaysia’s Kok Wai Sim who carried a massive chip lead into the final day. Impressively, this was Kok’s second final table having finished 8th at the High Roller Freezeout.
After nearly ten hours of brutal swings, Yeu Wei Hsiang slayed it to capture his first ever poker title and the cool ₫1,747,120,000 (~$72,390) first prize. Amid a big crowd of fans and onlookers, Yeu entered heads up with a monstrous lead against Hong Kong’s Co Chung Chuen which was never cracked. The final showdown saw a flop , Co was all in with that was behind Yeu’s . The turn and river wrapped it up. As for Co, despite the loss, it was yet another strong finish having placed 3rd at the earlier Short Deck HR event. Relive the action via the livestream in the Poker Dream facebook page.
Buy in: ₫120,000,000 (~$4,970)
Prize pool: ₫5,139,120,000 (~US$ 212,930)
ITM: 6 places
|1st||Yeu Wei Hsiang||Malaysia||₫1,747,120,000|
|2nd||Co Chung Chuen||Hong Kong||₫1,207,700,000|
|3rd||Kong Chen Ming||Malaysia||₫770,900,000|
|4th||Danny Tang||Hong Kong||₫591,000,000|
|5th||Jun Wah Yap||Malaysia||₫462,600,000|
|6th||Kok Wai Sim||Malaysia||₫359,800,000|
The first champion for the country was Jason Wai Kit Lau at the lower buy in Short Deck event. Once again Malaysians dominated with four seated at the final table. At four handed, an ICM deal was struck guaranteeing Lau the second largest payout and eventual runner up Nguyen Kinh Huyen the biggest amount. The four players played on for the trophy and the extra ₫200,000 on the side. Within minutes, Wai Cheong Wong shoved his that hit the nuts straight on a flop , but the next two cards were a and for a victorious flush to Nguyen . Next to go was Tam Lon Tek who went on a rush to rise from shortest stack to chip leader however successive showdown double ups paid to Nguyen and Lau sent him packing in 3rd place with Lau collecting the rest of his chips. Heads up lasted only three minutes. Lau’s dominated Nguyen’s throughout.
Buy in: ₫6,000,000 (~$248)
Prize pool: ₫298,566,000 (~US$ 12,370)
ITM: 8 places
|1st||Jason Wai Kit Lau||Malaysia||₫59,300,000*|
|2nd||Nguyen Kinh Huyen||Vietnam||₫60,700,000*|
|3rd||Tam Lon Tek||Malaysia||₫51,220,000*|
|4th||Wai Cheong Wong||Malaysia||₫56,600,000*|
|5th||Cao Minh Thai Bao||Vietnam||₫24,500,000|
|8th||Jen Yong Wong||Malaysia||₫11,900,000|
*Four way ICM deal
Thailand’s CHUNHARAS TOSSAPAT takes down the High Roller Single Day
The High Roller Single Day wrapped up just before the morning light, running for nearly 15 hours. In the end, Thailand was assured its first win with Phachara Wongwichit and Chunharas Tossapat meeting at heads up. Despite Wongwichit’s long list of achievements, this one was not his to bring home as Tossapat gripped tight on his massive stack to earn his first known live poker victory. You can relive the final table race via the livestream on the Poker Dream facebook page.
On the final hand, the desperate Wongwichit pushed with but it was no match for Tossapat’s . Tossapat shipped the coveted ₫1,869,000,000 (~$77,440) first prize and the brand’s custom designed dragon trophy. As for Wongwichit, this was his second final table. Malaysia’s Jun Wah Yap also needs acknowledgment having reached the finals in back to back events. He finished 5th at the earlier Short Deck HR then 8th in this event.
Buy in: ₫100,000,000 (~$4,140)
Prize pool: ₫6,796,300,000 (~$281,595)
ITM: 11 places
|3rd||Wayne Heung||Hong Kong||₫869,400,000|
|4th||Ewe Eng Soon||Malaysia||₫669,500,000|
|5th||Hyun Soong Joo||Korea, South||₫530,200,000|
|7th||Siow Choon Tong||Malaysia||₫326,300,000|
|8th||Jun Wah Yap||Malaysia||₫254,900,000|
Stick with us here at Somuchpoker as we bring you full coverage of the festival from start to finish.