USOP Danang Day 2 recap: Tobias Bui, Nguyen Hoang Nam, Qiu Quan, Tanja Vujanic, Kim Wooseok lift trophies; Mystery Bounty amasses VN₫ 5.48BN prize pool

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The U Series of Poker (USOP) season finale completed its second day of games at Furama Resort Danang with five more players proudly claiming trophies. In the Mystery Millions event, the last two flights significantly boosted the prize pool to a guarantee-crushing VN₫ 5.38 Billion. Check out the exciting stories below.

USOP Danang stands as the largest and most lucrative festival ever hosted by the young brand. Underway in Danang, Vietnam, it runs from November 17 to 27 2023. The festival features 53 trophy events and VN₫ 50 Billion (~$2 Million) in guarantees. With ten events already in the books, and each guarantee surpassed, this celebration is an experience not to be missed.

TOBIAS BUI crowned champion at High Roller – Charity Event for Red Cross


The day’s biggest winner was Crown Poker Club’s Tobias Bui who claimed the trophy and VN₫ 1,100,000,000 (~$45,330) at the High Roller Charity Event after a four-way ICM deal. This event marked a fresh addition to the USOP lineup, reflecting a commendable gesture of giving back to the community. With 123 entries, it generated VN₫ 369,000,000 (~$15,200) for the Red Cross.

Eliminations leading to the final table

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New arrivals were seen at the High Roller Charity Event namely Seonguk Huh, Mike Takayama, Alan Khoo, and Tian Hao Zheng to mention a few. Twelve hours in, High Roller Warm Up champion Nevan Yu Chung Chang knocked out ailing short stack Yang Peng on the bubble.

Heavy action continued with Seungmook Jung delivering a double bust – Alan Khoo (15th) and Joshua McCully (14th). Lee Yun Beom out-flipped Hon Cheong Lee (13th) with Ad8s spiking the Ace on the river against 4d4s. Zheng Xiaosheng won a three-way shove that sent Ngo Khoa Anh packing. To form the final table, Tobias Bui’s pocket Tens held against Kashiwabara Masato Qh9h

Watch the final table action via the livestream link provided below.

Seat 1: Zheng Xiaosheng – China – 1,830,000
Seat 2: Seungmook Jung – Korea – 3,505,000
Seat 3: Lee Yun Beom – Korea – 6,505,000 (chip leader)
Seat 4: Paul Nattapatsiri – Thailand – 770,000
Seat 5: Jinho Hong – Korea – 1,880,000
Seat 6: Le Ngoc Minh – Vietnam – 3,230,000
Seat 7: Tobias Bui – Canada – 3,580,000
Seat 8: Alan Pham – Australia – 2,370,000
Seat 9: Nevan Yu Chung Chang – Taiwan – 935,000

Date: November 18, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 55,000,000 (~$2,326)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,000,000,000 (~$82,420)
Entries: 123 (78 unique)
Prize pool: VN₫ 5,842,500,000 (~$240,800)
Charity Event: VN₫ 369,000,000 (~$15,200)
ITM: 18 places

*Four-way ICM deal

1 Tobias Bui ₫1,100,000,000*
2 Lee Yun Beom ₫1,080,000,000*
3 Zheng Xiaosheng ₫799,000,000*
4 Hong Jinho ₫677,100,000*
5 Jung Seungmook ₫318,500,000
6 Pham Alan Anh Minh ₫270,700,000
7 Nattapatsiri Paul ₫228,000,000
8 Le Ngoc Minh ₫189,400,000
9 Chang Yu Chung ₫157,700,000
10 Kashiwabara Masato ₫130,400,000
11 Ngo Khoa Anh ₫130,400,000
12 Jia William ₫130,400,000
13 Lee Hon Cheong ₫111,000,000
14 Mccully Joshua ₫111,000,000
15 Alan Khoo ₫111,000,000
16 Oh Jun Seok ₫99,300,000
17 Rozova Natalia ₫99,300,000
18 Zheng Tianhao ₫99,300,000

NGUYEN HOANG NAM bulldozes to win the Big Bounty


Nguyen Hoang Nam bulldozed through the final table, knocking out four players to capture the trophy and VND₫ 87,000,000 (~$3,585) in combined payout and bounties. In total, he sent 10 players packing and kept his own bounty ticket. The final hand sent a roar from spectators and fans as Nguyen’s 6c6s spiked the set on the river Js8sQh10s6h to crack Semerenko Cemepehko’s AdAs and claim the victory. Nguyen was the first player from host country Vietnam to bring home a a win.

Date: November 18, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 6,600,000 (~$279)
Entries: 52 (45 unique)
Prize pool: VN₫ 146,600,000 (~$6,040)
ITM: 7 places

*Payouts include bounties

1 Nguyen Hoang Nam ₫87,000,000
2 Cemepehko Semerenko ₫50,000,000
3 Boldkhuu Shinekhuu ₫28,600,000
4 Ta Dinh Long ₫26,200,000
5 Le Manh Hung ₫17,200,000
6 Nguyen Nhat Minh ₫14,800,000
7 Nguyen Manh Trung ₫15,800,000

QIU QUAN outlasts for the Mini High Roller title

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Qiu Quan

Chinese players are on fire at USOP Danang. Qiu Quan emerged victorious at the second Mini High Roller event and became the third player from China to lift a trophy. At three-handed, Quan eliminated Truong Toan Chan to bring in a massive 60 bb to 5 bb chip lead against Lee Jung Hyun.

Lee found a glimmer of hope when he doubled up twice, first with broadway holding Ks10s on a board 2dQd3cJsAh that beat Quan’s 4d5d lower straight, and AdQc staying ahead of Jh10h. However, on the third shove, with the flop showing 3cJd6h, Lee’s 10c10s fell to Quan’s 4d5d that improved to a straight on the turn 7h. The river was Jh.

Date: November 18, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 22,000,000 (~$930)
Guarantee: VN₫ 400,000,000 (~$16,500)
Entries: 38 (30 unique)
Prize pool: VN₫ 797,200,000 (~$32,850)
ITM: 7 places

1 Qiu Quan ₫302,000,000
2 Lee Junghyun ₫173,200,000
3 Truong Toan Chan ₫113,100,000
4 Do Quang Trinh ₫81,800,000
5 Bui Quang Tung ₫67,100,000

TANJA VUJANIC wins the Pot Limit Omaha Turbo

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Vujanic Tanja

The Australian contingent is the biggest ever seen in Asia and it was just a matter of time before one of them would secure a trophy. That moment was granted to Tanja Vujanic who outlasted the 40 entry field of Pot Limit Omaha Turbo. In addition to the hardware, Vujanic turned her VN₫ 4,500,000 (~$190) buy in into a cool VN₫ 63,000,000 (~$3,600).

Date: November 18, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 4,500,000 (~$190)
Entries: 40 (32 unique)
Prize pool: VN₫ 155,200,000 (~$6,400)
ITM: 5 places

1 Vujanic Tanja ₫63,000,000
2 Faranda Federico ₫37,200,000
3 Dong Van Tan ₫23,700,000
4 Ermin Ivan ₫17,200,000
5 Jae Moo Young ₫14,100,000

KIM WOOSEOK wins the Hyper Turbo

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Kim Wooseok

27 die-hards came out for the Hyper Turbo, which was the last event of the day. The event clocked in at a fast four hours, concluding with Korea locking up its first trophy. Kim Wooseok defeated Australia’s Anton Lu at heads up with 7d6d outdrawing Ks10h on a board 10s5d6h6cJc. Kim pocketed VN₫ 104,700,000 (~$4,300) for his victory.

Date: November 18, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~$372)
Entries: 27 (20 unique)
Prize pool: VN₫ 209,500,000 (~$8,630)
ITM: 3 places

1 Kim Wooseok ₫104,700,000
2 Anton Lu Zhen Zhao ₫62,800,000
3 Daniel Patrick ₫42,000,000

Event 1: Mystery Millions – Update

The last two entry flights for the Mystery Millions drove the total field size to 555 for a handsome prize pool of VN₫ 5,383,400,000 (~$221,860). Day 1B attracted the largest of 206 entries. Singapore’s Tan Wah Meng aka Baxooka sported the biggest stack for a majority of the day and held it to bagging time. He will enter Day 2 running overall 3rd in chips.

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Over at Day 1C, 201 turned up with Lee Wai Huen and Do Van Thang bagging the biggest stacks. Lee was ahead by less than one small blind. Both players will enter Day 2 as top two in chips.

Lee Wai Huen
Do Van Thang

To close out Day 1C, Quang Nguyen was eliminated by Do Van Thang with KhKs dominating 8d8c on a board that ran out Ad10sAc10cAh. Nguyen joked “chop?”

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Day 1C bubble – Quang Nguyen

Date: November 17 to 19, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 11,000,000 (~$465)
Guarantee: VN₫ 4,000,000,000 (~$165,000)
Entries: 568
Prize pool: VN₫ 3,589,500,000 (~$146,980)
Bounty pool: VN₫ 1,920,000,000 (~$79,130)
ITM: 72 players

Day 1A: 148 (117 unique) – 19 advance
Day 1B: 206 (163 unique) – 26 advance
Day 1C: 201 (149 unique) – 25 advance
Ho Chi Minh – 13 – 2 advance

Day 2 – top 10 in chips

Lee Wai Huen 706,000
Đỗ Văn ThắNg 704,000
Baxooka (Tan Wah Meng) 561,000
Li Xiao Lin 522,000
Đỗ Phi Hùng 471,000
Bjorn Stian Vuilliomenet 451,000
Moo Young Jae 413,000
NguyễN Thanh Sơn 397,000
Zhu Jingxuan 331,000
Frank Lillis 325,000

For the complete Day 2 list and Seat Draw, click this link and head to the Live Updates – Mystery Millions

USOP Da Nang 2023: Live Updates

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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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