USOP Hanoi: Dong Van Tan tops HR Superstack huge field, Khoi Nguyen scores second win; Nguyen Quang Minh, Huang Chang Wei claim trophies

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The U Series of Poker Hanoi, currently in full swing at the Crown Poker Club since September 1, 2023, has been the hub for some thrilling poker action. Dominating the headlines are Dong Van Tan, who outlasted the large field of the High Roller Superstack, and Khoi Nguyen, who became the first player to capture two coveted trophies. Nguyen Quang Minh and Huang Chang Wei also closed the night with victories. Here are the results.

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Dong Van Tan rises above enormous HR Superstack field for maiden title

For a buy in of VND 55M and a massive 300 bb starting stack, players simply couldn’t pass up the High Roller Superstack. 149 ponied up to generate an impressive prize pool of VND 7,226,500,000 (~USD 300,000). Intended to be a one day event, it wrapped up in two with Vietnam’s Dong Van Tan clinching it for his maiden title.

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Dong Van Tan

It was a late one at Day 1 with players on the felt for nearly 12 hours before the bubble burst. Down to just 3 bb, Dhaval Mudgal three-bet shoves on initial raiser You Jun Hong who makes the call. Mudgal is ahead with QdQs against Hong’s Jc10h. With the board running a sick 10d10s5h7s2c, Mudgal is eliminated on the bubble. The 22 remaining players opted to bag up with Nguyen Trung Quan as chip leader.

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Nguyen Trung Quan

At Day 2, overnight chip leader Nguyen Trung Quan went on to reach the final table. Nguyen Quang Huy dominated the final two tables, cleaning out numerous players that included Wong Kuok Siew (13th) with AsQs spiking the Queen to win the flip against JdJc.

Huy also finished off Nguyen Huu Tuan with AhKh dominating Ad8s, but on his attempt to finish off Tran Duc Tuan “Steve”, he paid a double up instead to lose command. On a board 10h6h7dKh8s, Tran raised all in  with Ah4h nut flush, Huy called with QhJh second nuts. Tran entered the final table as chip leader and finished in 6th place. Huy finished 7th.

superstar challenge final table

It was nearly an all Vietnamese final table. Calvin Tan was the lone foreigner looking to spoil their glory. Tan railed three players, Dong railed two players, they were about even in chips at the start of heads up with Dong with a 2.5 bb advantage. A heads up deal was quickly reached, even chop with VND 100M aside and the trophy.

The battle was tight, both players tugging at the chip lead until the hand below – Dong called Tan’s bet – created a wide gap from which Tan could not recover. Dong went on to ship it for a career high payout of VND 1,705,250,000 (~USD 70,800).

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Watch the blow by blow final table action, via the livestream.

Date: September 4 to 5, 2023
Buy in: VND 55,000,000 (~USD 2,285)
Guarantee: VND 1,200,000,000 (~USD 49,820)
Entries: 149 (90 unique)
Prize pool: VND 7,226,500,000 (~USD 300,000)
ITM: 22 places

Final Table payouts

1 Dong Van Tan 1,705,250,000*
2 Tan Kean Wei 1,505,250,000*
3 Ngo Khoa Anh 741,000,000
4 Nguyen Trung Quan 451,000,000
5 Nguyen Doan Trung Hieu 348,000,000
6 Tran Duc Tuan 288,000,000
7 Nguyen Quang Huy 249,000,000
8 Nguyen Van Phuong 216,000,000
9 Do Quang Trinh 183,000,000

*Even deal at heads up, play for VND 100M and trophy
*Full payouts in USOP Hanoi – Festival Results

Second win for Khoi Nguyen at the Mixed NLH/PLO

The last event to complete on Day 5 was the Mixed NLH / PLO and despite the small field of 31 entries, players were having a grand time at the crazy runouts. In the end, it was Khoi Nguyen coming from behind to become the first player to win two events at the series.

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Picking up the action at bubble time, USOP’s own Tommy Liew won the flip with 5c5d against Qh9h on a board 2h6s4h2s2d. Nguyen proceeded to own the felt, coming from the lowest at four-handed to knocking out Tran Thanh Hung (4th), Tran Kien Thiet (3rd), for a 4:1 chip advantage against Liew at heads up. He kept his lead intact. The final hand was Nguyen Kc6c, Liew Qs10s, the board 2dJc7c7dKs.

Date: September 5, 2023
Buy in: VND 5,500,000 (~USD 233)
Entries: 31 (23 unique)
Prize pool: VND 150, 300,000 (~USD 6,240)
ITM: 4 places

Place Player Payout in VND
1 Nguyen Khoi 70,000,000
2 Liew Yew Tong 40,000,000
3 Tran Kien Thiet 25,300,000
4 Tran Thanh Hung 15,000,000

Nguyen Quang Minh wins Short Deck

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Nguyen Quang Minh

Picking up the action from ITM of four places, it was a shove fest. Nguyen Quang Minh doubled up through Le Dinh Hai with AcQh spiking the ace on a board 9dKcAh8d8h. Chip leader Tan Ong Kwan proceeded to clean out Le then Luong Trac Tu and Nguyen both doubled up through Tan. This sent Tan’s stack plunging to eventually fall in 3rd place. The final two quickly reached a deal and the trophy was awarded to Nguyen.

Date: September 4, 2023
Buy in: VND 4,500,000 (~USD 190)
Entries: 32 (26 unique)
Prize pool: VND 124,100,000  (~USD 5,152)
ITM: 4 places

Place Player Payout in VND
1 Nguyen Quang Minh 45,800,000*
2 Luong Trac Tu 45,800,000*
3 Tan Ong Kwan 19,900,000
4 Le Dinh Hai 12,500,000

Huang Chang Wei wins the Mystery Rush Bounty

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Huang Chang Wei

Over at the Mystery Rush Bounty, 93 entered with top 12 getting a piece of the pot. Huang Chang Wei dominated the final table, sending five players to the exit. At heads up, he was up 2:1 and easily won it for his career first live tournament title. In addition, he walked away with his biggest score of VND 108,000,000 (~USD 4,485).

Date: September 4, 2023
Buy in: VND 6,600,000 (~USD 279)
Entries: 93 (71 unique)
Prize pool: VND 360,800,000 (~USD 14,980)
ITM: 12 places

Place Player Payout in VND
1 Huang Chang Wei 108,000,000
2 Nguyen Van Dan 66,000,000
3 Gorbushin Anatolii 43,000,000
4 Kapoor Mohak 32,100,000
5 Nguyen Vu Lam 23,400,000
6 Nguyen Manh Trung 18,600,000
7 Le Giang Nam 15,100,000
8 Pham Duc Dung 12,600,000
9 Lim Beng Wei 11,100,000
10 Nguyen Ngoc Ha 10,300,000
11 Yuan Xin 10,300,000
12 Kanjani Rajeev 10,300,000

USOP Hanoi – VND 32 Billion in guarantees

USOP Hanoi is the young brand’s third event since its break out to the live scene on February 2023. With its variety of offerings and buy ins that cater to all types of bankrolls, the USOP has quickly become one of the most sought after festivals in the region.

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If you haven’t heard yet, for this edition, the brand has spiced up the schedule with VND 32 Billion in guaranteed prize pools. Games run from September 1 to 11, 2023. The star attraction is the Main Event which carries a mighty VND 12 Billion guarantee, that’s over half a million USD! Mark these dates, Main Event runs from September 7 to 11, 2023. Buy in is VND 25,000,000 (~USD 1,060).

Hoodies have become the go-to choice of table attire for poker players, and at USOP, participants who register and have their chips in play during Level 1 of the Main Event will be gifted the newest USOP hoodie. It’s advisable to join on Day 1A as supply is limited to a total of just 250 pieces.

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New Events

Several new events have also been added. The Heads Up Challenge is gearing up to be one of the most exciting with all 32 spots quickly claimed. Click the link down below for the list of players and their first round match-ups.

USOP Hanoi – Heads Up Challenge first round match-ups revealed!

One of the most enjoyable will be the Tag Team Event. Strategy is the key. The winning team will receive two trophies, one for each player. Buy in is VND 6,600,000 per player / VND 13,200,000 per team. Teammates must register together. Event takes place on September 8, 2023.

The first 8 levels is individual play with teams battling at separate tables. As soon as Level 9 kicks in, teammates combine their stacks and play Tag Team poker from then on. Teammates can switch off anytime as long as they are not in an active hand.

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Livestream Events

Event Date
Mini High Roller September 1, 2023
High Roller Warm Up September 2, 2023
Mystery Bounty September 3, 2023
Superstar Challenge September 4, 2023
High Roller Superstack September 5, 2023
Mini Main Event Live Updates
High Roller Megastack September 6, 2023
Super High Roller September 7, 2023
Heads Up Challenge September 8, 2023
Main Event September 11, 2023
High Roller Finale September 11, 2023

Final table promo

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In addition to the Hoodie promo, players that reach the final table of any trophy event will receive a newly designed USOP cap. Three colors are available: black, white, and pink.


USOP Hanoi – Coverage
USOP Hanoi – Full Schedule
USOP Hanoi – Festival Results
USOP Hanoi – Photo Gallery
USOP Hanoi – Heads Up Challenge players revealed
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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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