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USOP Hanoi: Mini Main Event – Day 2 Updates

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USOP Hanoi: Mini Main Event – Day 2 Updates

[Vietnamese translation]

Date: September 4 to 6, 2023
Buy in: VND 8,800,000 (~USD 365)
Guarantee: VND 2,000,000,000 (~USD 83,040)
Total entries: 708
Prize pool: VND 5,494,080,000 (~USD 228,110)
ITM: 88 players

Place Player Payout in VND
1 Le Huy Thanh 1,150,000,000
2 Hu Jin Long 715,000,000
3 Ip Ho Yuen 440,000,000
4 Lung Van Quang 330,000,000
5 Nguyen Duc Trong 220,000,000
6 Lee Tsung Ying 173,000,000
7 Nguyen Khac Cuong 138,000,000
8 Choi Jaeki 119,000,000
9 Tai Wei Liang 99,000,000

Mini Main Event – Day 1

Chips in play: 21,240,000


Le Huy Thanh champions the Mini Main Event – VND 1,150,000,000 (~USD 47,475)

le huy thanh usop hanoi mini main event champion 1
Le Huy Thanh

After 13 hours of play, Le Huy Thanh emerges as champion! Le eliminated Hu Jin Long at heads up to seize the title, trophy, and the VND 1,150,000,000 (~USD 47,475) top prize. Congratulations to the champ!


23:47: Hu Jin Long eliminated in 2nd place – VND 715,000,000 (~USD 29,685)
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

hu jin long
Hu Jin Long

Big blind Le Huy Thanh shoves out of turn, action is binding if button Hu Jin Long uses his option to just call, Hu does, Le’s shove stands, Hu then calls the all in putting himself at risk of elimination with less chips.

Le Huy Thanh As4c
Hu Jin Long AcJd

The board runs out Kh5c6d4d7s, Le pairs up to eliminated Hu in 2nd place.


23:45: Le Huy Thanh doubles up to 2:1
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

le huy thanh 2
Le Huy Thanh

Le Huy Thanh has been on patient mode while Hu Jin Long is the complete opposite. Both players went at it in this hand. Le opens from the button for 700,000, Hu three-bets to 2,000,000, Le calls. At the flop Jd2h6h, Hu shoves, Le calls.

Hu Jin Long Kh2c bottom pair
Le Huy Thanh Js10s top pair

The turn 6s and river 8h complete the board, Le doubles up.

Le Huy Thanh – 14,100,000 (56 bb)
Hu Jin Long – 7,200,000 (28 bb)


23:43: Hu Jin Long in full aggro mode
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

Hu Jin Long has been on aggro mode since the start of the heads up round. From the button, Hu raises to 550,000, Le defends the big blind. At the flop 8c5c5d, Hu c-bets 500,000 Le check-calls. On the 6h turn, Le takes the reins and sends out 1,200,000, Hu raises to 3,000,000, Le folds.


23:40: Hu Jin Long rises to 2:1
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

Hu Jin Long continues to pump out the aggression resulting in back to back pots to rise to 14,000,000 to 7,300,000.


23:33: Hu Jin Long pulling away
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

Hu Jin Long is commanding the heads up round so far. From the button, he raises to 550,000, big blind Le Huy Thanh defends, the flop is Ks8dJh. Hu c-bets 500,000, Le check-calls. On the turn 4h, Hu fires 675,000, Le check-folds.

Hu Jin Long – 12,600,000 (50 bb)
Le Huy Thanh – 8,900,000 (35 bb)


23:29: Hu Jin Long takes a slight lead
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

Button Hu Jin Long raises to 550,000, big blind Le Huy Thanh calls, the flop is 8c5c5d. Hu c-bets 500,000, Le check-calls. On the turn 6h, Le switches and leads out 1,200,000, Hu answers with a raise to 3,000,000, Le folds.

Hu Jin Long – 11,000,000 (44 bb)
Le Huy Thanh – 10,200,000 (40 bb)


23:15: Heads up: Le Huy Thanh vs Hu Jin Long
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

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After 12+ hours of play, it is down to two players for the title and VND 1,150,000,000 top prize!

Le Huy Thanh – 12,000,000 (48 bb)
Hu Jin Long 9,250,000 (37 bb)


23:13: Ip Ho Yuen eliminated in 3rd place – VND 440,000,000 (~USD 18,270)
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

ip ho yuen 2Small blind Ip Ho Yuen all in with Jc10h, big blind Hu Jin Long calls with Ah6c, the board runs out 3h3sAcKc7d. Yuen is eliminated in 3rd place.

Hu Jin Long – 9,250,000 (37 bb)
Ip Ho Yuen – eliminated in 3rd place


23:07: Le Huy Thanh back in the driver’s seat
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

le huy thanh 3
Le Huy Thanh

It has been some time since Le Huy Thanh was leading the pack. With the table down to three players, he found his way back up there after scooping up this pot. Hand opens with small blind Hu Jin Long raising to 700,000, Le defends the big blind. At the flop AhKhQh, Hu c-bets 550,000, Le flats. On the turn 10d, Hu fires 1,250,000, Le raises to 3,250,000, Hu shoves, Le calls for his tournament life.

Hu Jin Long Jd8d straight
Le Huy Thanh 10h8h flush

Le Huy Thanh – 12,450,000 (49 bb)
Hu Jin Long – 4,900,000 (19 bb)


23:02: Lung Van Quang eliminated in 4th place – VND 330,000,000 (~USD 13,700)
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

lung van quang 2
Lung Van Quang

Under the gun Hu Jin Long raises to 525,000, big blind Lung Van Quang three-bet jams, Hu calls.

Lung Van Quang Ah6c
Hu Jin Long 7s7d

The cards spread out Kh4c10s8s6h, Lung is eliminated.

Hu Jin Long – 12,800,000 (51 bb)
Lung Van Quang – eliminated in 4th place


23:00: Hu Jin Long back on the rise
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

After paying a double up at the end of the previous level, Hu Jin Long has been on the attack resulting in picking up blinds and antes and raised pots to rise to 8,000,000.


22:56: Nguyen Duc Trong eliminated in 5th place – VND 220,000,000 (~USD 9,134)
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

nguyen duc trong 1
Nguyen Duc Trong

Desperation mode, Nguyen Duc Trong shoves his 5 bb from utg with Ks8h, button Le Huy Thanh calls with Ad5s, board runs out 9c9h4c7s3d. Both miss, Le claims it and rails Nguyen.

Le Huy Thanh – 7,300,000 (29 bb)
Nguyen Duc Trong – eliminated in 5th place


22:53: Blinds up, 5 players remaining
Level 33: 100,000-250,000 ante 250,000

Shoves and double ups have been the story for the past two levels. Blinds are up again. Five players remaining and holding on strong. It is anyone’s game!


22:30: Le Huy Thanh wins the flip
Level 32: 100,0000-200,000 ante 200,000

hu jin long

Small blind Le Huy Thanh three-bet shoves  his last 12 bb and initial raiser Hu Jin Long calls. It’s a flip with Le AdKh and Hu 10s10h. The board runs out KcQc5cKs7s. Double up for Le.

Le Huy Thanh – 5,500,000 (27 bb)
Hu Jin Long – 5,500,000 (27 bb)


22:15: Hu Jin Long spikes the two-outer
Level 32: 100,0000-200,000 ante 200,000

Lucky catch by Hu Jin Long to avoid the rail! From under the gun, chip leader Lung Van Quang raises to 500,000, button Hu three-bet shoves, Lung snap-calls and opens QhQs. Hu is dominated with 10h10d. The board runs 10s6h9s10c5c for quads to Hu to skyrocket to the very top.

Hu Jin Long – 8,550,000 (42 bb)
Lung Van Quang – 4,100,000 (20 bb)


22:10: Le Huy Thanh hangs on with a double up
Level 32: 100,0000-200,000 ante 200,000

Under the gun Le Huy Thanh shoves 1,725,000 roughly 8 bb, button Lung Van Quang calls. Le opens QhJs, Lung has Ad7c, the board runs out 9d9s6sQc6c. Le doubles up.

Le Huy Thanh – 3,950,000 (20 bb)
Lung Van Quang – 7,500,000 (37 bb)


22:06: Blinds up, 5 players remaining
Level 32: 100,0000-200,000 ante 200,000

Blinds are up, five players holding on tight to try to reach that top prize of VND 1,150,000,000 (~USD 47,745).


22:05: Check-raise wins it for Ip Ho Yuen
Level 31: 100,000-150,000 ante 150,000

Cutoff Nguyen Duc Tron raises to 350,000, big blind Ip Ho Yuen defends, flop comes 7hJcJd. Nguyen c-bets 250,000, Yuen check-raises to 550,000, Nguyen folds.

Ip Ho Yuen – 4,000,000 (26 bb)
Nguyen Duc Trong – 2,350,000 (15 bb)


21:48: Le Huy Thanh continues to chip up
Level 31: 100,000-150,000 ante 150,000

Under the gun Le Huy Thanh shove (1,3750,000), cutoff Ip Ho Yuen calls. Le ahead AcJd, Yuen KcQs. Both players connect on the board 2cAsQc7s9s, Le has the better pair to double up.

Le Huy Thanh – 3,150,000 (21 bb)
Ip Ho Yuen – 3,000,000 (20 bb)


21:32: Ip Ho Yuen defends his big blind
Level 31: 100,000-150,000 ante 150,000

ip ho yuen 3
Ip Ho Yuen

Under the gun Lung Van Quang raises to 350,000 and finds one customer in the big blind Ip Ho Yuen. At the flop 7c8hAd, Lung c-bets 450,000, Yuen check-calls. On the turn Ac both players check but on the river As, Yuen lays out 400,000, Lung folds.

Ip Ho Yuen – 4,700,000 (31 bb)
Lung Van Quang – 10,000,000 (66 bb)


21:23: Blinds up, 5 players remaining
Level 31: 100,000-150,000 ante 150,000

Blinds are up, 5 players remaining. Average stack is 4,248,000, just under 30 bigs.


21:18: Le Huy Thanh doubles up
Level 30: 60,000-120,000 ante 120,000

Shoves have been rampant, this time it is Hu Jin Long pushing from the button. Small blind Le Huy Thanh calls for his tournament life. Hu has Qh9h, Le at risk with Ad6h, the board runs out 3cJc7d6d7h for a double up to Le.

Le Huy Thanh – 2,600,000 (21 bb)
Hu Jin Long – 3,600,000 (30 bb)


21:15: Nguyen Duc Trong boosted by the ladies
Level 30: 60,000-120,000 ante 120,000

Another double up for Nguyen Duc Trong who three-bets shoves with QhQc and is challenged by initial raiser Ip Ho Yuen with AhJc. It was an overkill runout of QdKcQs3h6h.

Nguyen Duc Trong – 2,460,000 (20 bb)
Ip Ho Yuen – 2,400,000 (20 bb)


21:12: Lee Tsung Ying eliminated in 6th place – VND 173,000,000 (~USD 7,180)
Level 30: 60,000-120,000 ante 120,000

lee tsung ying 2
Lee Tsung Ying

Lee Tsung Ying three-bet shoves his last 12 bb, initial raiser Hu Jin Long calls with 9h9d. Lee has Ac8d. The board runs 10d5h9sJs4c.

Hu Jin Long – 4,800,000 (40 bb)
Lee Tsung Ying – eliminated in 6th place


21:10: Nguyen Duc Trung saved by the river
Level 30: 60,000-120,000 ante 120,000

Nguyen Duc Trong is all in for 300,000 from hijack, three players call to the flop 2s9sJd. Big blind Ip Ho Yuen bets 1,000,000, no callers. Yuen opens AcJc top pair, Nguyen has open-ended Qs10d, the turn 4h changes nothing but the river Qd improves Nguyen to live to fight another hand.

Nguyen Duc Trong – 1,380,000 (11 bb)
Ip Ho Yuen – 3,500,000 (29 bb)


21:02: Le Huy Thanh doubles up through Hu Jin Long
Level 30: 60,000-120,000 ante 120,000

Le Huy Thanh all in for his last 7 bb, Hu Jin Long calls. Le is ahead As7h over Hu’s KsQh. The board runs JhAd4s6d2s.

Le Huy Thanh – 2,000,000 (16 bb)
Hu Jin Long – 3,200,000 (26 bb)


20:59: Hu Jin Long shows the ladies
Level 30: 60,000-120,000 ante 120,000

From under the gun, Hu Jin Long raises to 250,000, Lee Tsung Ying three-bets to 380,000, Hu calls. At the flop Ac2c5s, Hu check-calls Lee’s 480,000 bet. On the turn 5c both players check. The river 3c, Hu leads 750,000, Lee folds. Hu shows QcQd, Lee returns the gesture and shows AsKs.

Hu Jin Long – 4,000,000 (33 bb)
Lee Tsung Ying – 2,000,000 (16 bb)


20:53: Lung Van Quang rises to 10M
Level 30: 60,000-120,000 ante 120,000

lung van quang 1
Lung Van Quang

Under the gun Ip Ho Yuen raises to 250,000, three players call to the flop 4hJd10c. Action checks to the button Nguyen Duc Trong who bets 325,000, two folds follow then cutoff Lung Van Quang check-raises all in. Nguyen folds.

Lung Van Quang – 10,000,000 (83 bb)
Nguyen Duc Trong – 620,000 (5 bb)


20:40: Chip counts at the new level
Level 30: 60,000-120,000 ante 120,000

Seat 1: Nguyen Duc Trong – 1,750,000 (14 bb)
Seat 2: Hu Jin Long – 2,830,000 (23 bb)
Seat 6: Lee Tsung Ying – 3,755,000 (31 bb)
Seat 7: Le Huy Thanh – 1,285,000 (10 bb)
Seat 8: Ip Ho Yuen – 3,775,000 (31 bb)
Seat 9: Lung Van Quang – 7,865,000 (65 bb)


20:32: Lee Tsung Ying lands another double up
Level 29: 50,000-100,000 ante 100,000

lee tsung ying 1
Lee Tsung Ying

Cutoff Hu Jin Long bumps it up to 225,000, button Lee Tsung Ying three-bets all in for 17 bb, big blind Ip Ho Yuen four-bets all in, Hu gets out of the way.

Lee Tsung Ying AcQs
Ip Ho Yuen AsJh

The board runs QcJs9h4h10h for a double up to Lee.

Lee Tsung Ying – 3,755,000 (37 bb)
Ip Ho Yuen – 3,500,000 (35 bb)


20:30: Lee Tsing Ying doubles up off Hu Jin Long
Level 29: 50,000-100,000 ante 100,000

Button Hu Jin Long raises to 600,000, small blind Lee Tsung Ying three-bets all in for 745,000. Hu calls. Lee opens Ad8c, Hu is behind but live with Qs9s. The board runs 8s4c2cAc5c, Lee improves to a flush for a double up.

Lee Tsung Ying – 1,690,000 (17 bb)
Hu Jin Long – 3,000,000 (30 bb)


20:22: Nguyen Duc Trong wins the flip against the leader
Level 29: 50,000-100,000 ante 100,000

Under the gun / chip leader Lung Van Quang raises to 300,000, hijack Nguyen Duc Trong three-bet shoves 875,000. Lung calls and shows KsQd. It’s a flip with Nguyen holding 10c10d. The board runs nine-high 5c5h4s6s9s for a double up to Nguyen.

Nguyen Duc Trong – 2,000,000 (20 bb)
Lung Van Quang – 7,800,000 (78 bb)


20:18: Nguyen Khac Cuong eliminated in 7th place – VND 138,000,000 (~USD 5,730)
Level 29: 50,000-100,000 ante 100,000

nguyen khac cuong 2
Nguyen Khac Cuong

Hijack Ip Ho Yuen raises to 225,000, big blind Nguyen Khac Cuong three-bet shoves (12 bb), Yuen calls and shows JsJh, Nguyen is dominated 10d10h. With the board running 8c6c4sAd5c, Nguyen goes bust in 7th place.

Ip Ho Yuen – 5,600,000 (56 bb)
Nguyen Khac Cuong – eliminated in 7th place


20:15: Lung Van Quang banks a huge double up
Level 29: 50,000-100,000 ante 100,000

Lee Tsung Ying kicks off the action with a raise to 225,000, button Lung Van Quang three-bets to 600,000, Lee calls, the flop is 10s2cAh. Lee bets 600,000, Lung calls. On the turn 9h, Lee fires another barrel of 1,300,000, Lung shoves over 3M, Lee calls.

Lee Tsung Ying AdQc top pair
Lung Van Quang Ac9c two pair

The river 4h ensures the huge win for Lung to catapult to the top.

Lung Van Quang – 8,690,000 (87 bb)
Lee Tsung Ying – 1,000,000 (10 bb)


20:07: Double up for Nguyen Khac Cuong 
Level 29: 50,000-100,000 ante 100,000

Hijack Nguyen Khac Cuong is all for his last 7 bb and is looked up by Le Huy Thanh. Nguyen opens AcJc, Le’s KsJh is dominated. With no hits on the board, the Ace kicker earns Nguyen a double up.

Nguyen Khac Cuong – 1,350,000 (13 bb)
Le Huy Thanh – 1,500,000 (15 bb)


20:02: Choi Jaeki eliminated in 8th place – VND 119,000,000 (~USD 4,490)
Level 29: 50,000-100,000 ante 100,000

choi jaeki 2 1
Choi Jaeki

Button Choi Jaeki raises to 225,000, big blind Lee Tsung Ying defends, the flop is 8sQh5d. Choi c-bets 250,000, Lee check-calls. On the turn 6h, Lee switches up and shoves, Choi calls with less chips. Lee has Qs7s top pair, Choi with Qd10c higher kicker. The river slaps down a 7d for two pair to Lee and 8th place to Choi.

Lee Tsung Ying – 4,600,000 (46 bb)
Choi Jaeki – eliminated in 8th place


20:00: Lung Van Quang chips up off Hu Jin Long 
Level 29: 50,000-100,000 ante 100,000

lung van quang 2
Lung Van Quang

Hijack Lung Van Quang raises to 225,000, button Hu Jin Long three-bets to 575,000, Lung calls. Both players check the flop Ac8c3s then Lung bets 100,000 on the Qs turn, Hu calls. On the river 10s, Lung sends out a larger 850,000, Hu folds.

Lung Van Quang – 4,500,000 (45 bb)
Hu Jin Long – 3,580,000 (35 bb)


19:51: Blinds up, 8 players remaining
Level 29: 50,000-100,000 ante 100,000

Blinds up, 8 players left on the hunt for the Mini Main Event title and VND 1,150,000,000 (~USD 47,740) top prize.


19:50: Aggressive bets pre-flop
Level 28: 40,000-80,000 ante 80,000

Cutoff Nguyen Khac Cuong raises to 160,000, small blind Le Huy Thanh three-bets to 320,000, big blind Ip Ho Yuen four-bets to 500,000, back to Nguyen who folds, Le calls. At the flop {ag}2c6s Yuen c-bets 200,000, Le check-calls. On the turn 5s and river Qh, both check. Yuen opens Ac10d, Le mucks.

Ip Ho Yuen – 4,400,000 (55 bb)
Le Huy Thanh – 2,200,000 (27 bb)
Nguyen Khac Cuong – 700,000 (8 bb)


19:40: Tai Wei Liang eliminated in 9th place – VND 99,000,000 (~USD 4,110)
Level 28: 40,000-80,000 ante 80,000

tai wei liang 2
Tai Wei Liang

Under the gun Tai Wei Liang shoves his last 11 bb with AhQs holecards, he falls to Hu Jin Long’s KsKd on a board running 8d9h9dKc8s.

Hu Jin Long – 4,400,000 (55 bb)
Tai Wei Liang – eliminated in 9th place


Final 9 players

usop hanoi mini main event final table

Seat 1: Nguyen Duc Trong – 885,000 (11 bb)
Seat 2: Hu Jin Long – 3,600,000 (45 bb)
Seat 3: Choi Jaeki – 1,750,000 (21 bb)
Seat 4: Nguyen Khac Cuong – 500,000 (6 bb)
Seat 5: Tai Wei Liang – 885,000 (11 bb)
Seat 6: Lee Tsung Ying – 3,000,000 (37 bb)
Seat 7: Le Huy Thanh – 2,800,000 (35 bb)
Seat 8: Ip Ho Yuen – 3,300,000 (41 bb)
Seat 9: Lung Van Quang – 3,350,000 (41 bb)

Level 28: 40,000-80,000 ante 80,000


19:15: Final table formed!
Level 28: 40,000-80,000 ante 80,000

The players are on a short break. We will be back with the chip counts.


19:14: Nguyen Quynh Thu eliminated in 10th place – VND 80,080,000 (~USD 3,324)
Level 28: 40,000-80,000 ante 80,000

mini main event final table bubble hand
Nguyễn Quỳnh Thu

Small blind Nguyen Quynh Thu (8 bb) shoves with KsQs, big blind Le Huy Thanh dominates with AdQc which stays that way on the low running board 4s9h6s6c7c.

Le Huy Thanh – 2,800,000 (35 bb)
Nguyen Quynh Thu – eliminated in 10th place


19:05: Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT eliminated in 11th place – VND 64,000,000 (~USD 2,655)
Level 28: 40,000-80,000 ante 80,000

quyt xinh thom nhat 2
Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT

Down to 8 bb, Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT goes ll in with AdJd, Choi Jaeki calls with 8s8c. With the board running Qc7cJc5cQd both players improve. Choi has the victorious flush to clean out Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT in 11th place.

Choi Jaeki – 1,700,000 (20 bb)
Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT – eliminated in 11th place


19:03: Dang Thanh Luong eliminated in 12th place – VND 64,000,000 (~USD 2,655)
Level 28: 40,000-80,000 ante 80,000

dang thanh luong
Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM”

From under the gun Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM” raises to 200,000, Ip Ho Yuen defends the big blind, the flop is Js7s6c. Dang c-bets 200,000, Yuen check-calls. On the turn As, Dang shoves and Yuen check-calls. Dang opens 10s10d and is behind Yuen’s AcKh top pair. With the river 6h, Dang doesn’t improve and is eliminated.

Ip Ho Yuen – 3,900,000 (48 bb)
Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM” – eliminated in 12th place


18:51: Blinds up, 12 players remaining
Level 28: 40,000-80,000 ante 80,000

Blinds are up, 12 players left in the running for the VND 1,150,000,000 (~USD 47,745) top prize. Lung Van Quang and Hu Jin Long currently lead the pack.


18:50: Kris Yao Ho eliminated in 13th place – VND 54,000,000 (~USD 2,240)
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

kris ho 1 1
Kris Yao Ho

Kris Yao Ho shoves his last 450,000 with a meek 6h9d and is dominated by caller Hu Jin Long with Kh10h. Both player connect with the board Qd9c8c10s4c, Hu’s is best to send Ho out in 13th place.

Hu Jin Long – 3,400,000 (56 bb)
Kris Yao Ho – eliminated in 13th place


18:40: Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT outdraws to survive
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

quyt xinh thom nhat 1
Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT

Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT is all in with Jc9h, Nguyen Khac Cuong gives a sweat with AsQh, with the board running Kd9s2d10c10h, Quýt pairs up to survive.

Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT – 900,000 (15 bb)
Nguyen Khac Cuong – 800,000 (13 bb)


18:35: Dinh Tien Thanh eliminated in 14th place – VND 54,000,000 (~USD 2,240)
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

dinh tien thanh 2
Dinh Tien Thanh

Dinh Tien Thanh sends his last 12 bb to the firing line with 8h8d on hand but runs into Dang Thanh Luong’s AhAs and goes bust. The board was QcKh2s6h6d.

Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM” – 2,400,000 (40 bb)
Dinh Tien Thanh – eliminated in 14th place


18:30: Chip count update
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

Tai Wei Liang – 800,000 (13 bb)
Choi Jaeki – 950,000 (15 bb)
Kris Yao Ho – 650,000 (10 bb)
Hu Jin Long – 2,800,000 (46 bb)
Tho Yeu – 1,350,000 (22 bb)
Nguyen Khac Cuong – 1,250,000 (20 bb)
Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT – 400,000 (6 bb)

Lung Van Quang – 3,650,000 (60bb)
Lee Tsung Ying – 2,600,000 (43 bb)
Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM” – 1,500,000 (25 bb)
Ip Ho Yuen – 1,480,000 (24 bb)
Dinh Tien Thanh – 750,000 (12 bb)
Nguyen Quynh Thu – 1,200,000 (20 bb)
Le Huy Thanh – 2,000,000 (33 bb)


18:25: Yuan Xin eliminated in 15th place – VND 54,000,000 (~USD 2,240)
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

yuan xin 1
Yuan Xin

Yuan Xin defends the big blind by calling hijack Lung Van Quang’s 130,000 raise, the flop comes 7s8c3s. Lung c-bets 300,000, Yuan check-raises all in, Lung calls.

Yuan Xin 8d5d top pair
Lung Van Quang 9s9d overpair

The turn Ad and river 3s don’t change anything, Yuan is eliminated.

Lung Van Quang – 3,600,000 (60 bb)
Yuan Xin – eliminated in 15th place


18:20: Long Nguyen eliminated in 16th place – VND VND 44,000,000 (~USD 1,826)
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

Long Nguyen three-bet all in for his last 585,000, initial raiser Lee Tsung Ying calls and shows JcJh. Nguyen looks to be in fine shape for a double up but with the board running 4h9d8c10dQd, Lee improves to a straight to eliminate Nguyen in 16th place.

Lee Tsung Ying – 2,600,000 (43 bb)
Long Nguyen – eliminated in 16th place


18:15: Tai Wei Liang dominates for the max
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

All in preflop, Tai Wei Liang with AcKd, Choi Jaeki hoping to eliminate with AdQh. When the board runs 7h9h8s5d{10}, Liang survives and ships a double up.

Tai Wei Liang – 1,000,000 (16 bb)
Choi Jaeki – 900,000 (15 bb)


18:10: Blinds up, 16 players remaining
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

Players are back from another break which means blinds are now up. 16 players remaining. Average stack is 1,327,500.


17:35: Alvyn Jeff Sembrano eliminated in 17th place – VND 44,000,000 (~USD 1,826)
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante – 50,000

ken sembrano 1
Alvyn Jeff Sembrano

The day’s entering chip leader Alvyn Jeff Sembrano takes a stand with Ac8s but Dinh Tien Thanh is ahead with AsQs. With the board running 4d7sAh3h2d, Sembrano is outkicked into 17th place.

Dinh Tien Thanh – 1,000,000 (20 bb)
Alvyn Jeff Sembrano – eliminated in 17th place


17:30: Ta Ha eliminated in 18th place – VND 44,000,000 (~USD 1,826)
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante – 50,000

All in preflop, lojack Ta Ha with AcKd runs into Luong Van Quang’s AsAh. Board runs 8h4s3d6h2d.

Luong Van Quang – 2,800,000 (56 bb)
Ta Ha “Super Goden” – eliminated in 18th place


17:19: Blinds up, 19 players remaining
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante – 50,000

Blinds are up, 19 players remaining. Le Huy Thanh maintains his lead with 2,700,000 in chips.


17:18: Ta Ha banks a double up with aces, Le Ngoc Minh plummets
Level 25: 20,000-40,000 ante 40,000

Hijack Le Ngoc Minh raises to 85,000, cutoff calls, big blind Ta Ha – “Super Goden” three-bets to 170,000, back the Le who shoves. Ta Ha calls.

Le Ngoc Minh – QsQh
Ta Ha – AsAd

The board runs low 6s2h9c8s4d for aces to hold and bank a double up. Le down to half a blind and soon busts in 19th place.

Ta Ha – 1,000,000 (25 bb)
Le Ngoc Minh – eliminated in 19th place (next level)


17:15: Nikolay Babushkin falls on a bad beat
Level 25: 20,000-40,000 ante 40,000

Under the gun opens for 100,000, cutoff Long Seven three-bet jams, big blind Nikolay Babushkin calls for his tournament life, utg folds. Long Seven shows 9h9c, Babushkin dominates with JhJc, the board runs 9dKd5c8s2d for the two-outer spiked by Long.

Long Seven – 1,300,000 (32 bb)
Nikolay Babushkin – eliminated in 20th place


17:08: Nguyen Quynh Thu limps then rails
Level 25: 20,000-40,000 ante 40,000

From under the gun, Nguyen Quynh Thu limps then calls the 5 bb shove of Thanh Nguyen. Thanh shows 7h7s, Quynh Thu with Ac3c. The ace quickly comes AdJhJd5h9h, Thanh busts in 21st place.

Nguyen Quynh Thu – 900,000 (22 bb)
Thanh Nguyen – eliminated


17:05: Le Huy Thanh drags it in but doesn’t show
Level 25: 20,000-40,000 ante 40,000

Cutoff Le Huy Thanh raises to 110,000, small blind Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM” calls for a flop 6d3h2s. Le c-bets 75,000, Dang check-raises to 260,000, Le calls. The turn Jc, Dang leads out 450,000, Le calls. On the river 7c, Dang slows to a check, Le fires 675,000, Dang eventually folds and shows Js top pair. Le doesn’t return the gesture.

Le Huy Thanh – 2,700,000 (67 bb)
Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM’ – 1,600,000 (40 bb)

*Le Huy Thanh has now taken over the chip lead


16:50: Laury Vanlerberghe eliminated by Lee Tsung Ying
Level 25: 20,000-40,000 ante 40,000

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Laury Vanlerberghe

All in preflop, Laury Vanlerberghe has AcKh, caller Lee Tsung Ying with JdJh. The board runs low 5d3s2h7c6s. Vanlerberghe is eliminated in 23rd place.

Lee Tsung Ying – 1,300,000 (32 bb)
Laury Vanlerberghe – eliminated


16:40: Blinds up, 23 players remaining
Level 25: 20,000-40,000 ante 40,000

Blinds are up, 23 players remaining. Average stack is 923,478.


16:38: Yuan Xin gets the max from the leader
Level 24: 15,000-30,000 ante 30,000

Yuan Xin shoves KdKs from the button and big blind / chip leader Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT calls with AcQh. The board runs out 9c10d8c7c5d, Yuan’s cowboys hold for a double up.

Yuan Xin – 1,400,000 (46 bb)
Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT – 1,700,000 (56 bb)


16:34: Tit for tat between Dinh Tien Thanh and Kris Ho
Level 24: 15,000-30,000 ante 30,000

Under the gun Kris Yao Ho raises to 75,000, button Dinh Tien Thanh three-bets to 195,000, Ho four-bets all in, Dinh with the call.

Kris Yao Ho – AhQd
Dinh Tien Thanh KhKs

A king finds the board 6h2hKc7s8c to further ensure Dinh’s win for a double up.

Immediately following that hand, the two met again. From cutoff, Dinh raises to 65,000, big blind Ho calls, the flop runs 6d10hJd, Ho jumps out with a shove, Dinh calls and shows 9c10c, Ho is ahead 6h10s. The turn 4c and river 8c keep Ho’s two pair ahead to double up.

Kris Ho – 675,000 (22 bb)
Dinh Tien Thanh – 1,000,000 (33 bb)


16:15: Choi Jaeki sends Hong Trung Hieu to the rail
Level 24: 15,000-30,000 ante 30,000

Button Hong Trung Hieu jams his 11 bb stack with Jd5d to battle with. Small blind Choi Jaeki calls with AdJc. The board runs 2c8dJs7cAs, Hong busts in 26th place.

Choi Jaeki – 1,300,000 (43 bb)
Hong Trung Hieu – eliminated


16:03: Blinds up, 26 players remaining
Level 24: 15,000-30,000 ante 30,000

Players have just come back from a ten-minute break. 26 players remaining. Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT maintains the lead with 2,400,00.


15:45: Choi Jaeki swings upwards
Level 23: 10,000-25,000 ante 25,000

Choi Jaeki‘s stack has been swinging having gained then lost and now back up again. From the big blind, he three-bet all in with AdKs and was called by initial raiser Nguyen Quynh Thu KsJs. Both players miss the board 9d7dQh5c6h for a double up to Choi.

Choi Jaeki – 985,000 (39 bb)
Nguyen Quynh Thu – 775,000 (31 bb)


15:35: Dang Thanh Luong takes a chunk from Choi Jaeki
Level 23: 10,000-25,000 ante 25,000

Cutoff Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM” opens, small blind Choi Jaeki three-bets, Dang flats, flop comes 5s6c9h. Choi c-bets, again Dang calls. Both players check the turn 10c. The river 5d Choi leads out 350,000, Dang flats, Choi has KdQd overcards, Dang wins with 7d6d pair.

Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM” – 1,900,000 (76 bb)
Choi Jaeki – 450,000 (18 bb)


15:25: Big stacks update
Level 23: 10,000-25,000 ante 25,000

Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT – 2,400,000 (96 bb)
Luong Van Quang – 1,800,000 (72 bb)
Le Huy Thanh – 1,400,000 (56 bb)
Nguyen Quynh Thu – 1,100,000 (44 bb)
Jin Long Hu – 1,000,000 (40 bb)


15:20: Choi Jaeki loses the flip
Level 23: 10,000-25,000 ante 25,000

All in preflop, Nguyen Quynh Thu AdKd is flipping with Choi Jaeki JcJc. With the board running 5h10sQdAs8h, Choi pays up.

Nguyen Quynh Thu – 1,130,000 (45 bb)
Choi Jaeki – 1,200,000 (48 bb)


15:15: Dang Thanh Luong burns Ivan Konechnyi 
Level 23: 10,000-25,000 ante 25,000

Under the gun +1 Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM” raises to 55,000, Ivan Konechnyi defends the big blind, the flop comes 6d7h9s. Konechnyi leads out 55,000. Dang raises to 200,000, Konechnyi jams, Dang calls.

Ivan Konechnyi 6s6h set
Dang Thanh Luong 10s10c overpair

The turn 2d is no help to Dang but the river 8c improves him to a straight to eliminated Konechnyi.

Dang Thanh Luong “Victor EM” – 1,000,000 (40 bb)
Ivan Konechnyi – eliminated


15:00: Blinds up, 28 players remaining
Level 23: 10,000-25,000 ante 25,000

Blinds are up, 28 players remaining. There will be a table break at 27 remaining. Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT is still chip leader.


14:40: Choi Jaeki burns cowboys with one card flush
Level 22: 10,000-20,000 ante 20,000

Under the gun +1 Nguyen Trong Viet raises to 40,000 then faces a three-bet of 115,000 from hijack Choi Jaeki, Nguyen answers with a four-bet to 300,000, Choi five-bet shoves, Nguyen calls for his tournament life.

Nguyen Trong Viet KcKs
Choi Jaeki AdQs

No ace comes in the board instead 9d7dJd3d6c four diamond cards for a one card flush to Choi.

Choi Jaeki – 1,650,000 (82 bb)
Nguyen Trong Viet – eliminated


14:18: Blinds up, 35 players remaining
Level 22: 10,000-20,000 ante 20,000

Blinds are up, 35 players remaining. Average stack is 606,857. Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT is the overwhelming chip leader.


14:10: Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT dusts Nguyen Duc Long
Level 21: 10,000-15,000 ante 15,000

And the rich get richer! Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT had just railed Sumit Sapra when he claimed another player’s stack. Hand opened with cutoff Nguyen Duc Long raising to 35,000, button Quýt three-bet to 95,000, Nguyen calls. At the flop Qs3c2d, Nguyen checks, Quýt c-bets 120,000, Nguyen shoves, Quýt snap-calls and shows AdAs. Nguyen is behind KcQd. The turn 6h and river 7d are no help to Nguyen, Quýt takes it down.

Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT – 2,700,000 (180 bb)
Nguyen Duc Long – eliminated


14:00: Sumit Sapra crashes to Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT’s aces
Level 21: 10,000-15,000 ante 15,000

Sumit Sapra had been sitting on a very healthy stack when he ran into Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT to suddenly bust out. From under the gun+1, Sapra raised to 30,000, big blind Quyt three-bet to 80,000, Sapra four bet 180,000, Quyt answers with a five-bet to 400,000, Sapra shoves and is snap-called by Quyt.

Sumit Sapra AxKx
Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT AxAx

No help comes for Sapra, Quyt ships a monster.

Quýt Xinh Thơm NhấT – 1,800,000 (120 bb)


13:50: Kunal Patni eliminated by Dinh Tien Thanh
Level 21: 10,000-15,000 ante 15,000

From cutoff, Dinh Tien Thanh goes all in with AcQc, big blind Kunal Patni risks it all with less chips and KsJh. The board runs 4c9c10c3s10h.

Dinh Tien Thanh – 800,000 (53 bb)
Kunal Patni – eliminated


13:35: Kris Ho shows off the bluff
Level 21: 10,000-15,000 ante 15,000

Lojack raises to 30,000, the blinds call Laury Vanlerberghe and Kris Yao Ho. At the flop 4d7s8s, Ho leads out 45,000, lojack folds, Vanlerberghe check-calls. Both players proceed to check the turn 4s. On the river Ad, Ho value-bets 85,000, Vanlerberghe check-folds. Ho shows off his 10d9c bluff.

Kris Yao Ho – 800,000 (53 bb)
Laury Vanlerberghe – 600,000 (40 bb)


13:24: Blinds are up, 46 players remaining
Level 21: 10,000-15,000 ante 15,000

Blinds are up, 46 players left in the field. We will track the action to the finish so stick with us right here.


13:20: Phan Dinh Nam triples up
Level 20: 6,000-12,000 ante 12,000

Under the gun Phan Dinh Nam shoves 100,000, hijack Cuong Bac Ninh and big blind Harsh Jhirairia call. Both players check down the board {10s5d}9d4hKs. Phan shows QsJd straight, Cuong Ac9c and Jhirairia AdQc can’t beat it for a triple up to Phan.

Phan Dinh Nam – 320,000 (26 bb)
Cuong Bac Ninh – 340,000 (28 bb)
Harsh Jhirairia – 690,000 (57 bb)


12:55: Laury Vanlerberghe calls it down and exposes the bluff
Level 20: 6,000-12,000 ante 12,000

Under the gun +2 Laury Vanlerberghe raises to 25,000, Sumit Sapra defends the big blind. Both players check the flop 5c10h9c, the turn lands 7s. Sapra leads out 28,000, Vanlerberghe flats. Same action on the 9s river with Sapra betting 68,000, Vanlerberghe calls and exposes Sapra’s KcQs bluff. Vanlerberghe claims the pot with 8d9d trips.

Laury Vanlerberghe – 770,000 (64 bb)
Sumit Sapra – 560,000 (46 bb)


12:42: Blinds up, 54 players remaining
Level 20: 6,000-12,000 ante 12,000

Blinds are up, 54 players are left. The final table will not be livestreamed so make sure to track the action here to the finish. Here are the top 5 in chips at the start of the new level.

Choi Jaeki – 1,000,000 (83 bb)
Le Huy Thanh – 840,000 (70 bb)
Harsh Jhirairia – 800,000 (66 bb)
Luong Van Quang – 750,000 (62 bb)
Sumit Sapra – 670,000 (55 bb)


12:40: Le Huy Thanh folds and shows top pair
Level 19: 5,000-10,000 ante 10,000

Under the gun Le Huy Thanh raises to 20,000, hijack Dinh Duc Linh and big blind Wong Kuok Siew call, the flop lands 3dKd7s. Le c-bets 30,000, Dinh raises to 100,000, Nang folds, Le calls to bring the turn 8d. Dinh shoves, Le tank-folds and shows Ks top pair. Dinh returns the gesture and shows AdAc.

Dinh Duc Linh – 410,000 (41 bb)
Le Huy Thanh – 800,000 (80 bb)


12:30: Laury Vanlerberghe dominates to end one
Level 19: 5,000-10,000 ante 10,000

Hijack Laury Vanlerberghe raises to 20,000, button Nguyen Van Xuan three-bets to 80,000, Vanlerberghe four-bet shoves, Nguyen calls for his tournament life. Vanlerberghe opens up JdJh, Nguyen has 10d10s, the board runs 4sKsAcQc6h.

Laury Vanlerberghe – 680,000 (68 bb)
Nguyen Van Xuan – eliminated


12:10: Jin Long Hu battles with suited connectors
Level 19: 5,000-10,000 ante 10,000

2023 WSOP Online bracelet winner Jin Long Hu risks his entire stack with 8s9s to battle with and is live against Gerardo Lubas III QdJd. With the board running 10hAh6s7d2s, it’s a double up for Hu.

Jin Long Hu – 319,000 (32 bb)
Gerardo Lubas III – 226,000  (22 bb)


11:52: Break time, 62 players remaining
Level 18: 4,000-8,000 ante 8,000

First break of the day, 62 players remaining. We just got confirmation that the final table will not be livestreamed so make sure to track the action here to the finish.


11:45: Aggressive bets award Hong Trung Hieu a big pot
Level 18: 4,000-8,000 ante 8,000

Heavy preflop action begins with Nguyen The Vinh “Never Fold” raising from utg+1 to 18,000, utg+2 Huang Changwei calls, cutoff Hong Trung Hieu three-bets 56,000, back to Nguyen who four-bets to 118,000, Huang is covered and calls, Hong five-bet shoves, Nguyen tank-folds losing his six figure bet.

Huang Chang Wei – 9h7h
Hong Trung Hieu KcKh

The board runs outy JcAhAs5s8d, Huang is eliminated.

Hong Trung Hieu – 550,000 (68 bb)
Nguyen The Vinh – 300,000 (37 bb)


11:30: Pham Van Tien lucks out to end Jung Sup Yun
Level 18: 4,000-8,000 ante 8,000

Jung Sup Yun has been on a decline since his big pot on the opening level and has now been dealt his last hand. With action folding to Jung on the small blind, he shoves with AhKh and big blind Pham Van Tien calls with AsJd. Though Jung is ahead, the board runs 6sQh7c4cJh for a rivered pair to Pham. Jung is eliminated.

Pham Van Tien – 290,000 (36 bb)
Jung Sup Yun – eliminated


11:20: Sumit Sapra rails CẩN Bình on a cooler
Level 18: 4,000-8,000 ante 8,000

Sumit Sapra sends CẩN Bình out of the field on a cooler with AsAc dominating JdJh and no help coming on the board QhKdQs4d6h for the shorty.

Sumit Sapra – 600,000 (75 bb)
CẩN Bình – eliminated


11:10: Blinds up, 77 players remaining
Level 18: 4,000-8,000 ante 8,000

Blinds are up, 77 players remaining at the start of the new level. Average stack is 275,844.


10:50: Jung Sup Yun drags in a big one
Level 17: 3,000-6,000 ante 6,000

usop jung sup yun

Starting the day with 81,000, Jung Sup Yun has skyrocketed to 350,000. Helping him get there is this hand that sees under the gun Viet Nguyen Trang open for 12,000, hijack Hung and big blind Jin Long Hu call. At the flop 4h3h2s, Hu leads out 25,000, Viet raises to 50,000, Jung three-bets all in for 131,000, Hu calls, Viet gets out of the way.

Jung 5d6d straight
Hu 4d3d two pair

The turn Jc and river 9s keep Jung ahead to score a huge pot.

Jung Sup Yun – 350,000 (58 bb)
Jin Long Hu – 60,000 (10 bb)
Viet Nguyen Trang – 180,000 (30 bb)


10:30: Mini Main Event Day 2 underway! 
Level 17: 3,000-6,000 ante 6,000

Cards in the air for Mini Main Event Day 2! Good news to players, opening blinds are 3,000-6,000 ante 6,000 and levels increase at a slower 40 minute pace. They will play until a champion has been crowned.

Mini Main Event – Day 1

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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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