USOP Hanoi: Vu Thai Bao dominates Mystery Bounty Day 1A; Abhinav Iyer wins Mini High Roller; Yuan Xin, Nguyen Kim Truong Son lift trophies


Action packed opening day at U Series of Poker (USOP) Hanoi with trophy hunters filling up the Crown Poker Club. Three players navigated to triumph – Abhinav Iyer, Yuan Xin, and Nguyen Kim Truong Son. Also seen crushing the felt was Vietnam’s Vu Thai Bao who bagged a monster stack at the Mystery Bounty. We’ve got all those results, just scroll down.

[Vietnamese translation]
USOP Hanoi – Coverage
USOP Hanoi – Full schedule
USOP Hanoi – Festival Results
USOP Hanoi – Photo Gallery

Event 1: Mystery Bounty – Day 1A results

vu thai bao mystery bounty day 1a chipleader

Vu Thai Bao was a wrecking ball at Day 1A of the Mystery Bounty 3BN guaranteed, eliminating players at every turn to set the bar high for the next starting day. Vu’s rise began soon after registration closed at 108 entries. At Level 12, a player check-raised all in on the river 3s2s3c4s6d with KsJs flush only to crash to Vu’s 4c4d full house.

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Bubble time at the Mystery Bounty 3BN – Day 1A

Three levels later, Vu knocked out another player who three-bet jammed on a flop 5d4d9s holding Jd8d flush draw, Vu called with Ah9d top pair. The turn was 4s and river Qh. To close out the day, Vu knocked out Dac Long on the bubble with 8c8h full house over AcQh two pair on a board Ad4dKs4s8s.

The 14 qualifiers into Day 2 have a day break before returning to action on Sunday, September 3 at 10:30am. While they wait, the last two heats will command the floor – Day 1B and Day 1C – as players attempt to survive and reach the next round.

Date: September 1, 2023
Buy in: VND 11,000,000 (~USD 465)
Guarantee: VND 3,000,000,000 (~USD 124,560)
Day 1A: 108 entries (75 unique) / 14 ITM
Day 1B: Saturday, September 2, 2023 @11:00am
Day 1C: Saturday, September 2, 2023 @3:30pm

End of Day 1A – 14 players

Day 1A Player Flag Stack
1 Vu Thai Bao Vietnam 753,000
2 Phung Minh Hoan Vietnam 303,000
3 Nguyen Van Viet Vietnam 219,000
4 Nguyen Quy Quyen Vietnam 191,000
5 Thien Ha Vietnam 183,000
6 Nghiem Tuan Hung Vietnam 163,000
7 Ta Van Chat Vietnam 160,000
8 Minh Tien Vietnam 143,000
9 Ngoc Ha Nguyen Vietnam 118,000
10 Nguyen Van Phuong Vietnam 117,000
11 Hoay The Thach Vietnam 114,000
12 Nguyen Duc Hoa Vietnam 82,000
13 John Bonadies UK 81,000
14 Nguyen Vu Cuong Vietnam 73,000

Abhinav Iyer ends four year drought at the Mini High Roller

It has been four years since Abhinav Iyer shipped a live event. In fact, his last recorded live win was at the WSOP 2019 for his career first bracelet. From then on to the present, he has collected a long list of deep runs but no victory… that is until opening day of USOP Hanoi. Iyer outlasted the 96 entry field of the Mini High Roller event, defeating Pierre Husson at heads up to claim his first USOP trophy and a payout of VND 830,000,000 (~USD 34,460). Adding to his impressive win, Iyer did not use a single time-bank!

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Laying out the highlights, prior to Iyer’s ascent, Husson was the lucky benefactor of a mind-blowing hand. During the bubble round, under the gun Husson three-bet pre-flop, c-bet the flop, then shoved on the turn 2d10d3c9c. Utg+1 Hyeonho Shin tank-called for nearly everything and showed AsJs ace-high which was surprisingly ahead of Husson’s Kc6c king-high flush draw. Despite the impressive call, the river Ks gave Husson a pair to send Shin down to 8 bb.

usop hanoi mini highroller bubble hand

Shortly after, the bubble burst on Sebastian Tan who three-bet jammed AhJh on the big blind, only to miss the board and fall to Pham Bao‘s 9s9h. Another six busts later, the final table was formed led by Amit Kaushik.

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The final table race to victory was a long grind. Iyer was down to 11 bb when he picked up momentum. With 3d3h set on the river, he cleaned out Sebastian Mueller AhQh in 8th place on a board 2d10cJcQd3s.

Abhinav Iyer and Pierre Husson

At five-handed, Iyer went on a knockout spree, eliminating Dinh Quang Vu (5th), Amit Kaushik (4th), and Pham Bao (3rd), to face Husson for the title ahead 2:1. Despite Husson’s efforts, Iyer kept his lead intact. The final hand Husson pushed 5c6c, Iyer dominated with KcKs, the board completed 4cQd7d4d5s

Relive the race to victory via the link provided:


Date: September 1, 2023
Buy in: VND 33,000,000 (~USD 1,395)
Guarantee: VND 1,000,000,000 (~USD 41,520)
Entries: 96 (69 unique)
Prize pool: VND 2,793,600 (~USD 115,990)
ITM: 14 places

Place Player
Payout in VND
1 Abhinav Iyer 830,000,000
2 Husson Pierre 515,600,000
3 Pham Ngoc Quoc Bao 310,000,000
4 Kaushik Amit 206,000,000
5 Dinh Quang Vu 165,000,000
6 Yadav Anuj 135,000,000
7 Pham Duy Anh 112,000,000
8 Muller Sebastian 93,000,000
9 Zhang Jia Ming 79,000,000
10 Sebastian Tan 72,000,000
11 Shin Hyeonho 72,000,000
12 Yeh Hung Wei 72,000,000
13 Lee Tse Ian 66,000,000
14 Pham Huu Son 66,000,000

Yuan Xin denies Anatoliy Gorbushin the Deepstack title

yuan xin usop hanoi deepstack champion 2

China’s Yuan Xin locked up his career first USOP side event trophy after overcoming big stacked Anatoliy Gorbushin at heads up of the Deepstack event. Xin was one of 67 runners vying for the title. His lucky break materialized at heads up when his Ad6s shove dodged the rail against Gorbushin’s Ah8c with a six landing on the river JhQdQcQh6c. The double up gave Xin the momentum which he took to the finish line for a payout of VND 135,400,000 (~USD 5,620).

The Deepstack event was the first USOP Hanoi event to award a champion. The bubble burst on Trent Fechter who risked his short stack on the big blind with Ah5h and was outdrawn by Kunal Patni‘s Jh8c one card flush on a board 3c6c9c4s7c.

Date: September 1, 2023
Buy in: VND 6,600,000 (~USD 279)
Entries: 67 (57 unique)
Prize pool: VND 389,900,000 (~USD 16,190)
ITM: 8 places

Place Player
Payout in VND
1 Yuan Xin 135,400,000
2 Gorbushin Anatoliy 79,500,000
3 Nguyen Van Dan 52,500,000
4 Kunal Patni 39,000,000
5 Nguyen Tien Thanh 29,800,000
6 Park Cheonggil 22,600,000
7 Pham Song Hau 17,500,000
8 Sablani Jatin 13,600,000

Nguyen Kim Truong Son holds on to lift the Hyper Turbo trophy

nguyen kim truong son usop hanoi hyper turbo champion

It was anyone’s game at the Hyper Turbo event that drew 43 entries. By the time the money was reached, only five remained. Nguyen Phi Vu was first to cash out followed by Nguyen Duc Huy who lost a costly showdown against Pierre Ribera when the board counterfeited his 2d2h. Vietnam’s Nguyen Kim Truong Son sent Huy packing then Ribera eliminated Mai Tri Minh (3rd) to battle for the title.

With blinds high, it didn’t take long for the final hand to arrive. Nguyen shipped it with KcKs over Ad10h on a board of 8d9c8sJs2d. The champion pocketed VND 50,000,000 (~USD 2,075) and lifted his first USOP trophy.

Date: September 1, 2023
Buy in: VND 3,400,000 (~USD 144)
Entries: 43 (39 unique)
Prize pool: VND 125,100,000 (~USD 5,194)
ITM: 5 places

Place Player
Payout in VND
1 Nguyen Kim Truong Son 50,000,000
2 Ribera Remi Benoit Pierre 30,000,000
3 Mai Tri Minh 19,800,000
4 Nguyen Duc Huy 14,000,000
5 Nguyen Phi Vu 11,300,000

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.

usop hanoi hoodie

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. Other new ones are:

Run It Twice – September 3, 2023
Mixed NLH/PLO – September 5, 2023
Tag Team Event – September 8, 2023
Freezeout – September 10, 2023

USOP Hanoi – Heads Up Challenge players revealed

Check out the schedule for all the details.

USOP Hanoi – Full schedule

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 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 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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