USOP Danang 2024 opening day winners: Anton Lu, Rungrot Nuannoi, Yinfei Xiao, Huynh Ngoc, Thai, Viet Hung Do

USOP Danang 2024

The return of U Series of Poker to Danang, Vietnam, kicked off with a bang as international players dominated the action at USOP Danang 2024. Held at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort, opening day wrapped up with five players crowned, including Australia’s Anton Lu, who triumphantly broke the runner-up curse. Scroll down for the highlights.

USOP Danang 2024 – Festival Results

Anton Lu cruises to victory at USOP Danang HR Warm Up

Anton Lu wins USOP Danang 2024 High Roller Warm Up for career first USOP win
Anton Lu

In February 2023, Australian online player Anton Lu took a trip to Taiwan to attend the launch of USOP. This marked his first ever live tournament experience. Since then, Lu has become a familiar face across Asia’s live poker scene, securing titles at various festivals all over the region.

Arriving at USOP Danang 2024, Lu had built an impressive track record of 11 USOP final tables of which four were runner-up finishes, but no victory. That all changed at the High Roller Warm up where Lu dominated the final table to finally rein in the elusive USOP win along with a sweet score of VN₫ 796,600,000 (~USD 32,160).

“It obviously feels great! This was my first USOP trophy. I’ve had several 2nd place finishes so it feels good to finally win one.”

Lu’s victory came just one day after he took down the Vietnam Poker League (VPL) Super High Roller event in Hanoi. Watch the hot-handed Lu at the USOP Danang HR Warm Up final table livestream via the link provided:

USOP Danang 2024 HR Warm Up 

Event Payouts

Date: March 19, 2024
Buy in: VN₫ 44,000,000 (~USD 1,811)
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,200,000,000 (~USD 49,160)
Entries: 67 (51 unique)
Prize pool: VN₫ 2,599,600,000 (~USD 105,000)
ITM: 10 places

*Double bust on the bubble, split 10th place cash

Place Player Flag
Payout in VN₫
1 Anton Lu Australia 796,600,000
2 Oliver Biles UK 531,100,000
3 Seung Mook Jung Korea 354,000,000
4 Yu Xiao Tong China 246,100,000
5 Jack Salter UK 178,600,000
6 Sean Ooi Malaysia 135,600,000
7 Vlada Stojanovic Serbia 107,900,000
8 Martin Sedlak Germany 90,300,000
9 Pickle Rick Viet Nam 79,700,000
10-11 Mike Takayama Philippines 39,850,000*
10-11 Khoi Nguyen Viet Nam 39,850,000*

Event Recap

The High Roller Warm Up was the first of twelve in the festival’s High Roller Series schedule. The VN₫ 44,000,000 (~USD 1,811) buy in drew 67 entries for a prize pool of VN₫ 2,599,600,000 (~USD 105,000). During hand for hand, Khoi Nguyen and Mike Takayama were eliminated at separate tables to deny the bubble and split last place cash. This kicked off the final table with Anton Lu closely trailing the leader Sean Ooi.

Final table of the USOP Danang 2024 High Roller Warm Up

While Ooi witnessed heavy swings, Lu was on a consistent rise, eliminating Martin Sedlak (8th) and Vlada Stojanovic (7th) to plant himself firmly at the top. From there, he never looked back. Lu eliminated Seung Mook Jung in 3rd place and entered heads up with a massive 100 bb to 6 bb advantage against Oliver Biles. It didn’t take long to close it out. The final hand was Lu Ac8d, Biles Kd9d, all in at the flop. The board completed 8cAs9c2c4h.

Strong presence by Chinese players Wenhua Yin and Yinfei Xiao

Wenhua Yin at USOP Danang 2024
Wenhua Yin

USOP has witnessed a surge in Chinese player attendance, with several trophies claimed at previous brand festivals. This time around, they made an even stronger showing. At opening day, Wenhua Yin came close to back to back USOP Danang Deepstack titles, finishing runner up to Vietnam’s Huynh Ngoc Thai. After an ICM deal where Wenhua was guaranteed the higher payout, Huynh went on to claim the USOP Danang 2024 Deepstack trophy.

Huynh Ngoc Thai at USOP Danang 2024
Huynh Ngoc Thai

Date: March 19, 2024
Buy in: VN₫ 6,000,000 (~USD 247)
Entries: 71 (57 unique)
Prize pool: VN₫ 371,900,000 (~USD 15,020)
ITM: 9 places

*Heads up ICM deal, played for trophy

Place Player Flag Payout in VN₫
1 Huynh Ngoc Thai Viet Nam  97,700,000*
2 Yin Wenhua China 107,000,000*
3 Cheng Bao Qiang China 46,800,000
4 Kawabata Kaisei Japan 33,500,000
5 Le Tan Quang Viet Nam 26,100,000
6 Yang Peng China 20,500,000
7 Vo Dinh Tuan Viet Nam 16,200,000
8 Ng Shun Hong Singapore 13,100,000
9 You Hairong China 11,000,000

Over at the Pot Liimit Omaha Hi-Lo, the glory went to Yinfei Xiao after he overcame the 30 entry field. This was Xiao’s first ever USOP win. He walked away with the largest cut of the pie worth VN₫ 36,900,000 (~USD 1,490).

Yinfei Xiao wins career second USOP trophy in Danang
Xiao Yinfei

Date: March 19, 2024
Buy in: VN₫ 3,000,000 (~USD 123)
Entries: 30 (21 unique)
Prize pool: VN₫ 78,500,000 (~USD 3,170)
ITM: 4 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in VN₫
1 Xiao Yinfei China 36,900,000
2 Le Buu Hoa Viet Nam 21,200,000
3 Van Der Meeren Arthur Antonius Paulus Netherlands 12,500,000
4 Vujanic Tanja Australia 7,900,000

Set over set sends Rungrot Nuannoi to victory

Rungrot Nuannoi wins at USOP Danang 2024
Rungrot Nuannoi

The first Mini High Roller event of the series was a heated battle for the trophy, extending well into the late hours of the night. With 50 entries, the field included notable heavy hitters like Michael Kim Falcon, Yita Choong, Calvin Tan, and Edward Yam.

After the bubble burst, Guy Taylor took command of the final table, seeming poised for victory. However, his hopes were crushed when his 9c9h set on the turn clashed with Rungrot Nuannoi‘s JdJc flopped higher set on a Jh5d2s9s3c board. The all in moves were made on the river, leaving Taylor unable to recover and settling for 3rd place. Backed by a dominating stack, Nuannoi emerged victorious, defeating Chang Tao Wei at heads up with Kc10c spiking the Ten to overcome 6c6s.

Date: March 19, 2024
Buy in: VN₫ 22,000,000 (~USD 905)
Guarantee: VN₫ 500,000,000 (~USD 20,200)
Entries: 50 (40 unique)
Prize pool: VN₫ 970,000,000 (~USD 39,190)
ITM: 6 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in VN₫
1 Rungrot Nuannoi Thailand 369,000,000
2 Chang Tao Wei Taiwan 223,100,000
3 Guy Taylor UK 140,200,000
4 Edward Chun Ho Yam Hong Kong 102,300,000
5 Li Chih-Feng Taiwan 75,300,000
6 Zhao Xin Australia 60,100,000

First poker win for Viet Hung Do at Hyper Turbo

Viet Hung Do wins USOP Danang 2024 Hyper Turbo
Viet Hung Do

The fastest event on the opening day menu was the the Hyper Turbo with 46 entrants taking interest. The event wrapped up with local player Viet Hung Do earning his first ever live tournament win and turning his VN₫ 4,000,000 buy in into a handsome payout of VN₫ 61,000,000 (~USD 2,465). This is one very special trophy for the champ who overcame decorated players Craig Cooper and Vamerdino Magsakay at the final table.

Date: March 19, 2024
Buy in: VN₫ 4,000,000 (~USD 165)
Entries: 46 (40 unique)
Prize pool: VN₫ 160,600,000 (~USD 6,480)
ITM: 6 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in VN₫
1 Viet Hung Do Viet Nam 61,000,000
2 Magsakay Vamerdino Philippines 36,900,000
3 Cooper Craig Anthony UK 23,300,000
4 Baatar Munkhsukh Mongolia 16,900,000
5 Heo Seongdo Korea 12,500,000
6 Chen Kun Chuan Taiwan 10,000,000
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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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