USOP Danang 2024 draws Main Event Day 1A flight record 366 entries; You Hyun Kim tops 46 survivors

USOP Danang 2024

Following nine days of pre-game action, the U Series of Poker – USOP Danang 2024 Main Event took the spotlight at Pullman Danang Beach Resort in Vietnam. It was obvious that it was evident from the start that the turnout would be impressive, with over 100 entries within the first two hours. By the close of registration, a total of 366 entries was recorded, making it the largest opening flight turnout in USOP history.

After another eight hours of play, the day concluded with 46 players reaching ITM and You Hyun Kim securing the chip lead. Read up on the action via the live updates.

USOP Danang 2024: Main Event – Day 1A (Live Updates)

USOP Danang 2024 – Main Event Day 1A review

Thee USOP Danang 2024 Main Event was off to a flying start, surpassing all USOP Day 1A attendance with its 366 entries. This brought the collected pot more than halfway to the VN₫ 15 Billion (~USD 614,500) guarantee, which means, there is a high chance the guarantee will be broken at Day 1B.

Thomas Ward at USOP Danang 2024
Thomas Ward

The day started with Vietnamese Triton champion Dao Minh Phu delivering the first casualty however by the end of day, he was nowhere to be found. Leading up to the bubble round, New Zealand’s Thomas Ward was crushing his table that a sigh of relief was heard when he was moved. Ward went on to bag up the second largest stack, just 4 bb behind the leader You Hyun Kim. 

You Hyun Kim at USOP Danang 2024
You Hyun Kim

The bubble round came quite fast but getting past it was another story. It took several hand-for-hand rounds with at least two tables each round seeing short stacks survive. The bubble was finally deliverd by Jacob Johnston with pocket Eights full house over a player’s trips Kings.

Jacob Johnston at USOP Danang 2024
Jacob Johnston

Date: March 28 to April 1, 2024
Buy in: VN₫ 30,000,000 (~USD 1,235)
Guarantee: VN₫ 15,000,000,000 (~USD 614,500)
Day 1A: 366 entries (282 unique)
ITM: 46 advanced to Day 2
Chips in play: 14,640,000

End of Day – Top 10 in chips

Rank Player Flag Stack BB
1 You Hyun Kim Korea 926,000 77
2 Thomas Ward New Zealand 878,000 73
3 Tien Nguyen Vietnam 809,000 67
4 Seunghun Ko Korea 739,000 62
5 Soo Jo Kim Korea 738,000 62
6 Kim Yong Korea 685,000 57
7 Sean Ooi Malaysia 642,000 54
8 Jerome Win Meng Tan Malaysia 569,000 47
9 Nguyen Hong Quan Vietnam 548,000 46
10 Hyunsup Kim Korea 480,000 40

The 46 survivors have a few days off before returning for Day 2 action Sunday, March 31 at 12:15pm. Each one is guaranteed a piece of the pot. Up next is Day 1B on Friday, March 29 starting at 12pm. To enter, buy in is VN₫ 30,000,000 (~USD 1,235). Starting stack is 40,000. Day 1B blinds will increase every 40 minutes. Registration closes at the start of Level 11 at approximately 5:30pm.

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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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