USOP Danang 2024: Mini Main – Day 1A

Hernan Jaybee Villa delivers the bubble to set the pace at Day 1A

Hernan Jaybee Villa at USOP Danang 2024
Hernan Jaybee Villa

Filipino Hernan Jaybee Villa closed Day 1A of the Mini Main Event in celebration by knocking out Alok Birewar on the bubble. Limping in from the button, Villa three-bet jammed big blind Birewar’s raise and Birewar snap-called for his entire 30 bb. Though Villa was behind Jc10s to Birewar’s AdQd, he improved on the board Ks10c5c7h7s to eliminate Birewar and leapfrog to the top of the counts.

MIni Main Event
Mini Main Event

The first entry flight of the Mini Main Event drew 283 entries to nearly match the VN₫ 3 Billion guarantee. 35 players bagged up and will have a two night’s break before returning to action on Wednesday, March 26. With Day 1B and Day 1C still to come, the anticipation is high for another substantial USOP event turnout and sizable prize pool.

Date: March 25, 2024
Buy in: VN₫ 12,000,000 (~USD 494)
Guarantee: VN₫ 3,000,000,000 (~USD 121,000)
Day 1A: 283 entries (217 unique)
ITM: 35 players
Chips in play: 8,490,000

Rank Player Flag Stack BB
1 Jaybee Hernan Villa Philippines 950,000 79
2 Xu Bo China 599,000 50
3 Yao Yao China 455,000 38
4 Tran Thi Xuan Ha Vietnam 427,000 36
5 Kim Jiyoo Korea 394,000 33
6 Lake Zhang China 350,000 29
7 Liang Wu China 330,000 28
8 Qiao Junsheng China 320,000 27
9 Rayner Loi Singapore 295,000 25
10 Shen Wei Indonesia 251,000 21
11 Junnie Pamplona Philippines 232,000 19
12 Pham Song Hau Vietnam 232,000 19
13 Kyle Bao Diep Vietnam 229,000 19
14 Ryoji Negishi Japan 211,000 18
15 Vitaly Ivanov Russia 211,000 18
16 Bartlomiej Swieboda Poland 210,000 18
17 Kam Beom Sig Korea 198,000 17
18 Tao Wei Chang Taiwan 182,000 15
19 Chun Hui Ji China 180,000 15
20 Huynh Ngoc Thai Vietnam 178,000 15
21 Laury Vanlerberghe France 173,000 14
22 Mak Wing Fung Hong Kong 161,000 13
23 Younghee Park Korea 159,000 13
24 Cao Kai Lin China 152,000 13
25 Hyeokki Lee Korea 138,000 12
26 Nguyen Thien Han Vietnam 122,000 10
27 Lu Wei Chen China 120,000 10
28 Hoang Le Anh Tuan Vietnam 109,000 9
29 Federico Faranda Germany 107,000 9
30 Nguyen Phuong Ngoc Vietnam 103,000 9
31 Lee Sangwon Korea 96,000 8
32 Nguyen Hong Nam Vietnam 90,000 8
33 Do Tuan Phong Vietnam 85,000 7
34 Waki Yasuhiro Japan 82,000 7
35 Jacob Johnston Canada 74,000 6

Chips in play: 8,490,000

22:55: Bubble time! 36 players remaining 
Level 20: 6000-12,000 ante 12,000

The bubble round has arrived with 36 players remaining. It’s hand-for-hand.

22:38: Tran Thi Xuan Ha gets the max for the set
Level 19: 5000-10,000 ante 10,000

Yao Yao opens from utg and two spots over Tran Thi Xuan Ha calls. Both head to the flop 5s2h6s. Yao c-bets 18,000, Tran raises 80,000, Yao three-bets all in, Tran snap-calls and turns over 6d6c set. Yao is behind with 8c8h overpair. The turn 9h and river Kh are good for a double up to Tran.

Tran Thi Xuan Ha – 349,000
Yao Yao – 310,000

22:34: Hoang Le Anh Tuan helps trim the field
Level 19: 5000-10,000 ante 10,000

Hoang Le Anh Tuan
Hoang Le Anh Tuan


Shoves are rampant as the end of day draws near. Only 35 players will advance to the money round and bag up. The field is now down to 38 players with Hoang Le Anh Tuan As10c calling a shove and winning against KsJh.

Hoang Le Anh Tuan – 410,000

22:30: Rayner Loi banks the three way
Level 19: 5000-10,000 ante 10,000

Rayner Loi
Rayner Loi

Action packed hand starts with Armon Van Wijk raising a huge 72,000, cutoff Herna Jaybe Villa calls, big blind Rayner Loi three-bets all in 139,000, back to Van Wijk who jams with 145,000 total, Villa calls and covers both.

Villa is ahead KdKh, Loi with 10d10c, and Van Wijk Ac10h. The board fans out Ad10sJh9c2d for a winning set to Loi.

Rayner Loi – 366,000
Jaybe Villa – 360,000
Armon Van Wijk – eliminated

22:20: Vitaliy Ivanov wins the flip
Level 19: 5000-10,000 ante 10,000

Vitaliy Ivanov three-bets his last 12 bb and is flipping with Ac9h against a player’s 8d8s. The board runs As5d5hAhQc. Ivanov doubles through.

Vitaliy Ivanov – 267,000 (26 bb)

21:48: Alok Birewar gives two the boot 
Level 18: 4000-8000 ante 8000

Alok Birewar
Alok Birewar

Utg Lee Gwan Woo all in with AsKs, Jun Min Su joins in with KdQd, and small blind Alok Birewar has them both covered and holding AhAc. The board runs Ad7c3cKh3s, full house for Birewar and the sweep.

Alok Birewar – 500,000
Lee Gwan Woo – eliminated
Jun Min Su – eliminated

21:45: Yao Yao will take those bigs
Level 18: 4000-8000 ante 8000

Yao Yao
Yao Yao

Lojack 10h8h shoves 12 bb on Yao Yao’s big blind who defends with Ad7c. Board runs QdAc7s4sJd for easy money.

Yao Yao – 420,000

21:30: Chip leaders at the break
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Jaybee Hernan Villa – 490,000
Xu Bo – 600,000
Qiao Jun Sheng – 360,000
Yao Yao – 300,000
Hoang Le Anh Tuan – 270,000

21:13: Chang Tao Wei pays Cao Kai Lin’s higher pair
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Cao Kai Lin
Cao Kai Lin

Utg+2 Chang Tao Wei opens 12,000, button calls, big blind Cao Kai Lin three-bts all in for 94,000, Chang four-bets all in, button gets out of the way.

Chang – 7h7d
Lin 10h10s

A bit of hope arrives for Chang but fails to complete on board Ks6s5d8dAd.

Cao Kai Lin – 207,000
Chang Tao Wei – 130,000

21:00: Chang Tao Wei outdraws Alok Birewar
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Chang Tao Wei
Chang Tao Wei

All in preflop, Alok Birewar AdJh, Chang Tao Wei KcQs, board runs an exciting {7d10dQdQc5h for a double up to Chang.

Chang Tao Wei – 209,000
Alok Birewar – 140,000

20:35: More chips for Xu Bo
Level 16: 3000-5000 ante 5000

Xu Bo
Xu Bo

Anotherccooler for another takedown to Xu Bo who calls a player’s three-bet shove of 70,000. Xu Bo ships it with QcQd dominating 9d9c on a dry board.

Xu Bo – 490,000 (98 bb)

20:30: Blinds up, 59 players remaining 
Level 16: 3000-5000 ante 5000

Blinds are up with 59 players remaining. Bagging time is at 35 players.

20:28: Cooler awards Xu Bo a double up
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

Xu Bo dominates preflop with AsAh and goes on to crush a player’s KdKs to rise to 400,000 (100 bb).

20:25: William Salim rivers the flush to deny the nuts straight
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

William Salim
William Salim

Battle of the blinds, Willia Salim opens and Xu Bo defends the big blind, flop comes 6c{4s5c, betting exchanges lead to both all in. Salim has KcJc draw, Xu Bo wit 8h7c straight. The turn Ks improves Salim but still behind Xu Bo until the river 10c. Salim scores the flush for a double up.

Willaim Salim – 222,000
Xu Bo – 200,000

20:15: Kim Hak Do dominates for a double up
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

Kim Hak Do
Kim Hak Do

Utg Bernard Chua raises to 12,000, lojack Kim Hak Do shoves (82K) and is called. Chua has JdJs and is not happy seeing Kim’s QsQd. The board offers no helf as well as it runs 2c2s3dKc5s.  Kim doubles up to 176,000.

Kim Hak Do – 176,000
Bernard Chua = 45,000

20:05: Set over set goes to Lake Zhang
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

Lake Zhang’s button 38,000 three-bet is called by cutoff and both head to the flop Qc5d6s No bets follow, the turn comes 7s. Zhang goes all in (79,000), cutoff check-calls, both show. Zhang with QhQd set, cutoff has 7c7d set. The river 4d secures the double up for Zhang.

Lake Zhang – 240,000

19:45: Current chip leaders
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

Jaybee Villa Hernan – 320,000
Junnie Pamplona – 280,000
Xu Bo – 370,000
Kam Beom Sig – 240,000
Lu Wei Chen –  260,000

19:15 Corey Van Jaarsveldt goes up and out
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

Corey Van Jaarsveldt at USOP Danang 2024
Corey Van Jaarsveldt

Back to back hands to the extreme for Corey Van Jaarsveldt winning the flip on the first hand with 8c8h set over Ah10h on a board 8dQc7d5d10s. However, on the very next hand, Jaarsveldt thee-bets from 7,000 to make it 80,000, initial raiser Xu Bo shoves, Jaarsvelds calls (90,000) and shows a shocking 8h7h. He is behind Xu Bo’s 9s9h. With the board running QhJs10d3c3h, Xu Bo claims it all while railing Jaarsveldt.

Xu Bo – 305,000 (101 bb) – chip leader

19:10: Do Phong’s jacks deliver the boot
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

Small blind Do Phong raises 15,000, utg limper three-bets all in, button limper folds, Do calls and has JhJd, ahead of utg’s Ad5d. No bad beat lands on the board, Do ships it while delivering a knockout.

Do Phong – 200,000

19:07: Lu Wei Chen straightens up on the big blind
Level 13: 1000-1500 ante 1500

Facing a raise, the blinds call for a three-way to the flop 2h8c6c. Small blind Yao Yao bets 5,000 and finds one caller, big blind Lu Wei Chen . On the turn 5h, Yao shoves, Chen calls with less chips and shows the 9s7h straight ahead of 7s7d. The river 4h is not the out for Yao for Chen to ship it.

Lu Wei Chen – 74,500
Yao Yao – 200,000

19:00: Lee Hwamin scoops the three-way
Level 13: 1000-1500 ante 1500

Lee Hwamin ships a three way with 9c9d spiking the two-oiuter on the river to beat 10c10d higher pocket pair and AhKd top pair on a board 8cKs8h7s9s.

Lee Hwamin – 92,000
Liang Wu – 95,000

17:30: Day 1A registration closes at 283 entries
Level 11: 1000-1500 ante 1500

First flight of the Mini Main Event is now in the books with a pumping 283 entries on record. The freezeout stage now begins with only 35 guaranteed a spot in the money round. Several players are sitting on some very big stacks, here are the top 10:

Kam Beom Sig – 150,000
Yao Yao – 155,000
Xu Bo – 190,000
Lee Gwan Woo – 180,000
Uten Ungchusak – 145,000
Ha Mau Thuy – 120,000
Jun Min Su – 125,000
Hoang Le Anh Tuan – 115,000
Wang Hao Zhao – 155,000
Junnie Pamplona – 125,000

14:20: 165 entries
Level 5: 200-400 ante 400

165 entries and climbing. Nearly at halfway through late registration.

Mini Main Event – Day 1A

USOP Danang 2024 Mini Main Event trophy

The Min Main Event is a three-day tournament featuring a VN₫ 3,000,000,000 (~USD 121,000) guarantee. This is another highly popular event with structure exactly like the Main Event except with faster blinds. To enter, three flights are scheduled.

Buy in: VN₫ 12,000,000 (~USD 494)
Guarantee: VN₫ 3,000,000,000 (~USD 121,000)

Day 1A: March 25, 2024 at 12pm
Registration: closes at the start of Level 11 at approx 5:30pm
Level intervals: 30 minutes
Starting stack: 30,000
Bagging time: ITM of 12.5% of the field

Day 1B: March 26, 2024 at 11am
Day 1C: March 26, 2024 at 4:30pm
Bagging time: ITM of 12.5% of the field

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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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