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

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The first round match-ups of the U Series of Poker (USOP) HanoiHeads Up Challenge has been determined! Revealing the pairings at Crown Poker Club were USOP Chief Operating Officer Alex Wong and poker player Meo Xinhh.

“The response from all of you has been nothing short of incredible. This event is going to be one for the books! Without further ado, it’s time to commence the draw to determine the first round match-ups.”

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Round 1 – 32 players

The 32 players are divided into two brackets, 16 players per side, 8 heads up matches per side. The winners advance to Round 2 – 16 players. Each bracket plays down to one player for the ultimate battle to the inaugural title and the VND 500,000,000 (~USD 20,760) champion’s purse. The event pays out top 4 places.

Bracket 1

Gaurav Sood vs Dao Minh Phu
Julien Tran vs Lim Kar Hou
Wilson Tan vs
Nguyen Trung Quan
Fabrizio Falzei vs Dinh Manh Hung
Renji Mao vs Philbert Lim
Florent Remi vs Terry Sua
Nguyen Nang Quang
Pham Ngoc Quoc Bao
Chris Tong vs GACKT

Bracket 2

Calvin Tan vs
Leo Du Boisbeaudry
Alan Anh Minh Pham
vs Ankit Jajodia
Simon Lim vs Yeh Hung-Wei
Yohei Kitazato vs Leroy Fan
Sebastian Tan vs Ian Lee
Nguyen Huu Vinh
vs Anton Lu
David Erquiaga vs Nguyen Huu Tuan
William Jia vs
Nguyen Quang Minh

Heads Up Challenge – Payouts

Buy in: VND 33,000,000 (~USD 1,370)
Entries: 32
Prize pool: VND 931,200,000 (~USD 38,660)
ITM: 4 places

Payout in VND
1 500,000,000
2 250,000,000
3 90,600,000
4 90,600,000

Heads Up Challenge – Schedule and Structure

Round 1 (32 players) – 11:30am
Round 2 (final 16 players) – 2:30pm
Round 3 (final 8 players) – 5:30pm
Round 4 (final four players) – 8:30pm
Round 5 (final 2 players) – 11:30pm

heads up format

The 32 contenders have a six-day window to strategize and assess their foe. The Heads Up Challenge takes place on September 8, 2023. This is one of the newest additions to the schedule and due to positive response, Wong confirmed it will be featured in the upcoming USOP festivals.

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.

usop hanoi hoodie

New Events

In addition to the Heads Up Challenge, several new events have also been added. 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.

tag team format

Other new events to look out for are listed below:

Run It Twice – September 3, 2023
Mixed NLH/PLO – September 5, 2023
Freezeout – September 10, 2023

Livestrean 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 4, 2023
Mini Main Event September 6, 2023
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.


[Vietnamese Translation]
USOP Hanoi – Coverage
USOP Hanoi – Full Schedule
USOP Hanoi – Festival Results
USOP Hanoi – Photo Gallery
USOP Hanoi – Heads Up Challenge players revealed
USOP Hanoi: Bigger, Fresher, More Lucrative

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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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