USOP season finale shatters own record, draws 1,595 entries for ₫34.8 BN prize pool; Alan Pham bags overall lead


U Series of Poker (USOP) continued its streak of smashing guarantees and setting new records as the season finale at Furama Resort Danang, Vietnam swelled to incredible heights. The past three days, the spotlight was on the Main Event, where the ambitious target of surpassing its previous record of 1,336 entries and prize pool of VN₫ 29.1+ Billion was set.

After a thrilling four starting heats, that number was obliterated by the 1,595 entries giving rise to an immense prize pool of VN₫ 34,810,800,000 (~$1,434,000). This is now the richest prize pool in Vietnam for a VN₫ 25M (~$1K) buy in event.


Anticipating the moment, representatives of USOP, Crown Poker Club, and Lucky Poker Tour delivered speeches in different languages – English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese – expressing gratitude. In english was USOP Chief Operating Officer, Alex Wong, 

“Today we gather here with hearts full of admiration and gratitude as I reflect on the extraordinary success of USOP Danang. This event has not only met but exceeded all expectations. We have boasted record breaking entries in all our high roller events, and it looks like we are about to shatter our biggest record of 1,336 entries in the Main Event…. I stand here deeply honored to have you grace us with your presence…. huge thanks to all of you for making USOP Danang off the charts amazing.”

Additionally, the ceremony marked the official presentation of proceeds for the Red Cross Da Nang. The VN₫ 369,000,000 fund was generated at the High Roller Charity event on November 18. 2023.

Main Event numbers

Date: November 23 to 27, 2023
Venue: Furama Resort Danang
Buy in: VN₫ 25,000,000 (~$1,057)
Guarantee: VN₫ 15,000,000,000 (~$617,920)
Entries: 1,595
Prize pool: VN₫ 34,801,800,000 (~$1,434,000)

Offsite Satellite: 25 entries / 4 ITM
Day 1A: 308 entries / 39 ITM
Day 1B: 382 entries / 48 ITM
Day 1C: 576 entries / 72 ITM
Day 1D: 304 entries / 38 ITM
Total entries: 1,595
Total ITM: 201 players

Day 2 – Top 10 in chips

Player Stack
Alan Pham 1,109,000
Hwany Lee 1,008,000
Meherzad Munsaf 989,000
The Naing 923,000
Hoàng HảI Nam 854,000
PhạM Duy Ánh 833,000
Seung Mook Jung 813,000
Lee Tsung Ying 805,000
Wong Ka Fai 778,000
Nguyen Quang Huy 748,000

Main Event payouts

1 ₫5,720,000,000
2 ₫4,045,000,000
3 ₫2,631,000,000
4 ₫1,952,600,000
5 ₫1,467,300,000
6 ₫1,200,400,000
7 ₫965,300,000
8 ₫756,100,000
9 ₫573,300,000
10-12 ₫428,500,000
13-15 ₫331,700,000
16-18 ₫264,900,000
19-21 ₫211,300,000
22-24 ₫177,200,000
25-27 ₫149,600,000
28-36 ₫125,300,000
37-45 ₫104,100,000
46-54 ₫89,800,000
55-63 ₫79,400,000
64-72 ₫72,800,000
73-81 ₫68,700,000
82-90 ₫65,500,000
91-99 ₫62,300,000
100-108 ₫59,100,000
109-117 ₫56,300,000
118-126 ₫53,900,000
127-135 51,500,000
136-144 ₫49,100,000
145-153 ₫47,000,000
154-162 ₫44,900,000
163-171 42,800,000
172-180 40,700,000
181-189 38,900,000
190-198 37,200,000
199-201 35,500,000

Main Event Day 1C and Day 1D recap

Bubble 8

On Saturday, November 25, 2023, the final two flights ran with Day 1C drawing the largest of 576 entries. India’s Ritwik Khana delivered the bubble holding the nut flush over straight. Two players bagged up the biggest stacks in the 800k range. Vietnamese high roller pro Pham Duy Anh was seen grinding the felt all day to build a stack of 833,000 (83 bb). Taiwan’s Lee Tsung Ying racked up 805,000 (80 bb).

With Day 1C attracting a monster field, Day 1D (turbo flight) was delayed one hour. It drew 304 entries to bring the total Main Event entry field to 1,595. The bubble burst on two players at separate tables – Khoi Nguyen and Ian Lee.

bubble 9

Blinds at 5K-10K Nguyen raised 150,000 (10k behind) and was called by Konstantin Held to see the flop Jh2d2h. Nguyen checked, Held shoved, Nguyen called with 10c10d which was ahead of Held’s AcKs. The turn Kc and river Qs improved Held to eliminate Nguyen.

At Lee’s table, he three-bet all in with AdKh, Hoang Huy four bet-jammed with QcQh, initial raiser Seungmook Jung called with QsQd. The board was checked down, Lee missed the board and was eliminated. On the flip side, Alan Pham bagged the chip lead with 1,109,000 (110 bb) in chips. This put him up top as overall Day 2 chip leader.

For the Day 2 qualifier list, head to USOP Danang – Live Updates Main Event Day 2


USOP all set for a grand season finale in Danang, Vietnam feat. over ₫50 Billion (~$2M) in guarantees this November

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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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