VSOP Championship V amasses over ₫18 Billion; Nguyễn Minh Hoàng wins Main Event; Lê Ngọc Khánh bags two; highlights and results inside


The Viet Nam Series of Poker advertised the biggest homegrown event in Hanoi, Vietnam and after ten days of action packed days, it more than delivered with over VN₫ 18 Billion in cash paid out. In partnership with Asia Poker League, the series ran from August 26 to September 4. Main Event champion Nguyễn Minh Hoàng emerged the wealthiest collecting a payout of over VN₫ 1.2 Billion and Lê Ngọc Khánh was the only player to lift two trophies. Also among the winners were Đặng Xuân Cảnh, Ha Mạnh Tưởng, and Julien Tràn. International players may not have secured trophies but a good showing of pros were in attendance such as Alex Lee, Yohwan Lim aka BoxeR, Norbert Koh, Ankit Jajodia, Sumit Sapra, and Chi Chung Ho to mention a few. We’ve got all the highlights down below.

*All photos courtesy of VSOP


Festival review

Festival prize pool: VN₫ 18,090,130,000 (~US$ 768,975)
Entries: 1,896
₫ Billionaires: Nguyễn Minh Hoàng VN₫ 1,230,000,000 and Nguyễn Quang Huy VN₫ 1,177,000,000
Main Event prize pool: VN₫ 5,473,401,000 (~US$ 232,630)
Main Event champion: Nguyễn Minh Hoàng VN₫ 1,230,000,000 (~US$ 52,285)
Two time winner: Lê Ngọc Khánh (APL Hanoi Dragon Cup & Rising Stars)
Most final table cashes: Phạm Thanh Bình (4), Lê Đình Hải (4), Nguyễn Quang Huy (4)

NGUYỄN MINH HOÀNG clinches the Main Event for VN₫ 1,230,000,000 (~US$ 52,285)

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Nguyễn Minh Hoàng

Nguyễn Minh Hoàng clinched his maiden victory at the Main Event and pocketed VN₫ 1,230,000,000 (~US$ 52,285). The featured tournament drew the largest crowd of 377 entries for a guarantee crushing prize pool of VN₫ 5,473,401 (~US$ 232,630). Kicking off the final day, only 71 advanced with Hoàng far behind ranked 59th and Đinh Hoàng Khánh way up top. Khánh raced up to 13th place. Once the final table was reached, Hoàng faced some stiff competition in well known pros Alex Lee, Nguyễn Quang Huy and Vũ Đức Trung. Lee was eliminated in 5th place by Huy,  Trung  busted to Hoàng  in 3rd place, and Huy’s  Kd10s fell to Hoàng’s QsJh queen on the board.

The newly crowned champion Hoàng walked away the richest of the series while runner up Huy finished a close second with VN₫ 1,177,000,000 (~US$ 50,030) across four cashes. These were the only two players to cross the billion dong mark. 

Buy in: VN₫ 16,500,000 (~US$ 700)
Guarantee: VN₫ 4,000,000,000
Entries: 377
Prize pool: VN₫ 5,473,401,000 (~US$ 232,630)
ITM: 38 places

Final table payouts

1st NGUYỄN MINH HOÀNG 1,230,000,000
2nd NGUYỄN QUANG HUY 800,000,000
3rd VŨ ĐỨC TRUNG 540,000,000
4th NGUYỄN VĂN QUỐC TUẤN 380,000,000
5th ALEX LEE 285,000,000
6th NGUYỄN THÙY DƯƠNG 230,000,000
7th MASHAHITO 188,000,000
8th TRẦN ĐỨC PHƯƠNG 153,000,000
9th HÀ VĂN THIỆN 123,000,000

PHẠM NGỌC QUỐC BẢO wins Vietnam National Cup for VN₫ 600,000,000 (~US$ 25,500)

Pham Bao

Phạm Ngọc Quổc Bảo is one of the most decorated local players of Vietnam with eight titles to his name. At the series, he picked up his ninth win and first ever VSOP trophy at the Vietnam National Cup after defeating fellow Nguyen Ngoc Dai in 3rd place then Singaporean Si Yang Phua at heads up. The event drew 115 entries for surpass the guarantee for a richer VN₫ 2,252,660,000 prize pool. 14 players saw a return with Pham walking away with a career high payout of VN₫ 600,000,000 (~US$ 25,500).

Buy in: VN₫ 22,000,000 (~US$ 935)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,000,000,000
Entries: 115
Prize pool: VN₫ 2,252,660,000 (~US$ 95,750)
ITM: 14 places

Final table payouts

1st PHẠM NGỌC QUỐC BẢO  600,000,000
2nd PHUA SI YANG  400,000,000
3rd NGUYỄN NGỌC ĐẠI  273,000,000
4th HOÀNG HẢI NAM  206,000,000
5th NGUYỄN TRUNG HÀ  160,000,000
6th TRẦN ANH TUẤN  125,000,000
7th LÊ ĐÌNH HẢI  99,000,000
8th ĐINH VĂN TIẾN  77,000,000
9th NGUYỄN ĐỨC THÀNH  59,000,000

LÊ NGỌC KHÁNH bags two events

Decorated Vietnamese pro Lê Ngọc Khánh outshined at the festival becoming the only player to claim more than one event.  Khánh first won one of the three APL events, the Hanoi Dragon Cup for VN₫ 250,000,000 (~US$ 10,625), then five days later, he closed out the Rising Stars event for VN₫ 140,000,000 (~US$ 5,950).

Lê Ngọc Khánh

A familiar face in the Asian live circuit, Khánh these were his first ever VSOP and APL titles which he adds to the long list of deep runs and titles in his resume. At the APL Hanoi Dragon Cup, the 173 entries was more than plenty to obliterate the guarantee and nearly double the prize pool to VN₫ 996,400,000 (~US$ 42,355). Out of the 22 players that dipped in the pot, it was Khánh going up against another highly decorated Vietnamese pro Nguyễn Quang Huy for the glory. Khánh persevered for his first series title. Following that win, Khánh brought his winning feeling to the Rising Stars event and successfully bested the 80 entry field.

APL Hanoi Dragon Cup
Buy in: VN₫ 6,600,000 (~US$ 280)

Guarantee: VN₫ 500,000,000
Entries: 173
Prize pool: VN₫ 996,400,000 (~US$ 42,355)
ITM: 22 places

Final table payouts

1st LÊ NGỌC KHÁNH 250,000,000
2nd NGUYỄN QUANG HUY 165,000,000
3rd UNKNOWN 110,000,000
4th UNKNOWN 80,000,000
5th BÙI QUỐC DIỆN 62,000,000
6th LÊ ĐÌNH HẢI 48,000,000
7th PHAN HOÀNG TIẾN 38,000,000
8th NGUYỄN TRUNG PHONG 30,600,000
9th VŨ QUANG MINH 24,500,000

Rising Stars
Buy in: VN₫ 6,600,000 (~US$ 280)
Guarantee: VN₫ 500,000,000
Entries: 80
Prize pool: VN₫ 524,601,000 (~US$ 22,300)
ITM: 10 places


1st LÊ NGỌC KHÁNH  140,000,000
2nd DOÃN MINH TUẤN  91,500,000
3rd TÚ TỈNH TÁO  64,000,000
4th VŨ MINH THÁI  50,000,000
5th NGUYỄN TUẤN HÙNG  39,000,000
6th CHENHAO YANG  30,000,000
7th NGUYỄN MẠNH TRƯỜNG  23,000,000
8th LÊ NHƯ HẢI  18,000,000
9th ĐỖ TUẤN PHONG  14,000,000
10th NGUYỄN VĂN SÁNG  10,500,000

Mystery Bounty: HÀ MẠNH TƯỞNG – VN₫ 384,000,000 (~US$ 16,320)

The Mystery Bounty event was the most popular side event with 366 signing up to absolutely crush and double up the advertised guarantee for a sweeter VN₫ 2,107,800,000 prize pool. Earning the most kills and the title was Ha Mạnh Tưởng with eight bounties claimed amounting to VN₫ 84,000,000 and the top cash prize of VN₫ 300,000,000. In total, he collected VN₫ 384,000,000 (~US$ 16,320), the largest takedown of his poker career. 

Ha Mạnh Tưởng

Interestingly, the next three players down the rung Quấch Tuấn Anh (2nd), Huỳnh Ngoc Cường (3rd), and Ngô Khoa Anh (4th), each drew one of the three top mystery bounty prizes worth VN₫ 105,000,000. As a result, their total winning bumped up significantly. Quấch pocketed a total of VN₫ 360,400,000, Huỳnh took home VN₫ 305,600,000, and Ngô earned VN₫ 212,900,000. 

Buy in: VN₫ 6,600,000
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,000,000,000
Entries: 366
Prize pool: VN₫ 1,405,400,000
Bounty pool: VN₫ 702,400,000
ITM: 46 places

Final table payouts (excluding bounties)

1st HÀ MẠNH TƯỞNG 300,000,000
2nd QUÁCH TUẤN ANH 194,000,000
3rd HUỲNH NGỌC CƯỜNG 135,000,000
4th NGÔ KHOA ANH 100,000,000
5th PHẠM DUY KHÁNH 72,000,000
6th ĐẶNG THANH LƯƠNG 54,000,000
7th NGUYỄN TIẾN THÀNH 41,500,000
8th NGUYỄN ĐỊCH KHÁNH 33,400,000
9th VŨ QUANG MINH 27,300,000

Monster Stack: ĐẶNG HOÀNG VIỆT – VN₫ 250,000,000 (~US$ 10,625)


Buy in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 375)
Guarantee: VN₫ 600,000,000
Entries: 125
Prize pool: VN₫ 960,000,000 (~US$ 40,800)
ITM: 16 places

Final table payouts

1st ĐẶNG HOÀNG VIỆT  250,000,000
2nd HỒ TRUNG ĐỨC  168,000,000
3rd QUANG VŨ  117,000,000
4th PHẠM THANH BÌNH  89,000,000
5th DR.HOLLAND  69,000,000
6th HÀ MẠNH TƯỞNG  54,000,000
7th TÚ TỈNH TÁO  41,000,000
8th NGUYỄN TRỌNG NGHĨA  31,000,000
9th PHẠM HỮU SƠN  24,000,000

High Rollers events

Super Stars Challenge: ĐẶNG XUÂN CẢNH – VN₫ 930,000,000 (~US$ 39,530)

Đặng Xuân Cảnh is a rare sight in the live tournament scene. In fact, he only has three live cashes to his name, one of them a victory at the 2018 APT Ho Chi Minh Main Event. His return could not be any grander, taking down the most expensive buy in tournament, the Super Stars Challenge.

Dang Xuan Canh

The event produced a 63 strong field to drive the prize pool six times the guarantee. Among the attendees were Pham Tien Dung, Florent Remi,  Dao Minh Phu, Yohwan Lim aka BoxeR, Jeffry Kurniawan, however all failed to cash.

Slipping in the money round was Nguyễn Quang Huy in 9th place, Mystery Bounty 4th placer Ngô Khoa Anh also took 4th in this event, while Cảnh outgunned to claim the coveted VN₫ 930,000,000 (~US$ 39,530) first prize. 

Buy in: VN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,340)
Guarantee: VN₫ 500,000,000
Entries: 63
Prize pool: VN₫ 3,024,000,000 (~US$ 128,545)
ITM: 9 places


1st ĐẶNG XUÂN CẢNH 930,000,000
2nd HOÀNG HẢI NAM 600,000,000
3rd ĐINH TIẾN THÀNH 430,000,000
4th NGÔ KHOA ANH 320,000,000
5th QUANG VŨ 240,000,000
6th NGUYỄN TRUNG HÀ 178,000,000
7th TẠ KHÁNH LINH 134,000,000
8th NGUYỄN MẠNH HÀO 105,000,000
9th NGUYỄN QUANG HUY 87,000,000

APL High Roller Shot Clock: JULIEN TRÀN – VN₫ 370,000,000 (~US$ 15,728)

Julien Tràn

Buy in: VN₫ 22,000,000 (~US$ 935)
Guarantee: VN₫ 400,000,000
Entries: 65
Prize pool: VN₫ 1,248,000,000 (~US$ 53,000)
ITM: 10 places


1st JULIEN TRẦN 370,000,000
2nd TRẦN TUẤN ANH 240,000,000
3rd CAO NGỌC ANH 164,000,000
4th NGUYỄN QUANG HUY 125,000,000
5th NGUYỄN DUY TÙNG 98,000,000
6th QUANG VŨ  77,000,000
7th UNKNOWN 60,000,000
8th TRẦN VĂN PHÚC 47,000,000
9th NGUYỄN THẾ NHƯỢNG 37,000,000
10th NGUYỄN HUY HOÀNG 30,000,000

Bounty Events

APL K.O Bounty Special: NGUYỄN ANH DŨNG – VN₫ 75,400,000

Michael Nguyen (1st) and Nguyen Tran Ngoc (2nd)

Buy in: VN₫ 4,500,000
Guarantee: VN₫ 300,000,000
Entries: 121
Prize pool: VN₫ 290,400,000
Bounty pool: VN₫ 181,500,000
ITM: 18 places

Final table payouts (excluding bounties)

1st NGUYỄN ANH DŨNG 75,400,000
2nd NGUYỄN TRẦN NGỌC  48,300,000
3rd NGUYỄN THÁI BÌNH 34,300,000
4th DƯƠNG VI KHOA 24,700,000
5th VŨ THÁI BẢO 18,500,000
6th NGUYỄN VŨ CƯỜNG – 14,300,000
7th CHOI JAE YOUNG 11,300,000
8th NGUYỄN HỮU MẠNH 9,200,000
9th QUÁCH CHÍ CÔNG 7,700,000

Head Hunter: ĐẶNG THANH LƯƠNG – VN₫ 63,000,000

Buy in: VN₫ 4,500,000
Guarantee: VN₫ 300,000,000
Entries: 40
Prize pool: VN₫ 272,629,000
Bounty pool: VN₫ 60,000,000
ITM: 11 places

Final table payouts (excluding bounties)

1st ĐẶNG THANH LƯƠNG  63,000,000
2nd PHAN HOÀNG TÚ  45,000,000
3rd TRẦN THANH VÂN  31,000,000
4th ĐẶNG VĂN LINH  23,500,000
5th BÙI TIẾN LONG  17,400,000
6th MAI BIỂN  13,400,000
7th NGUYỄN ANH DŨNG  10,700,000
8th LÊ VIỆT HÙNG 8,300,000
9th QUÁCH TUẤN ANH  6,300,000

Super Bounty Hunter: NGUYỄN ĐÌNH HÙNG – VN₫ 50,400,000


Buy in: VN₫ 3,400,000
Guarantee: VN₫ 200,000,000
Entries: 95
Prize pool: VN₫ 182,400,000
Bounty pool: VN₫ 95,000,000
ITM: 14 places

Final table payouts (excluding bounties)

1st NGUYỄN ĐÌNH HÙNG 50,400,000
2nd HÀ MINH ĐỨC  34,300,000
3rd NGUYỄN ĐÌNH PHÚC 22,800,000
4th BÙI QUANG ANH 15,900,000
5th NGUYỄN VĂN CHIẾN 11,900,000
6th LÊ VĂN TRƯỜNG 9,300,000
7th ĐẶNG QUYỀN ANH 7,600,000
8th PHẠM THANH BÌNH 6,100,000
9th VŨ THÁI BẢO 5,000,000

Bounty Hunter 1: LÊ VIỆT HÙNG – VN₫ 33,900,000 (excluding bounties)


‘Buy in: VN₫ 2,300,000
Guarantee: VN₫ 100,000,000
Entries: 82
Prize pool: VN₫ 118,000,000
Bounty pool: VN₫ 41,000,000
ITM: 12 places 

Final table payouts (excluding bounties)

1st LÊ VIỆT HÙNG 33,900,000
2nd JEFFRY KURNIAWAN 22,100,000
3rd PHAN HOÀNG TIẾN 15,600,000
4th PHẠM THANH BÌNH 11,100,000
5th VŨ THÁI BẢO 8,600,000
6th NGUYỄN VĂN NGHĨA 6,600,000
7th BÙI NGUYÊN HUY 5,100,000
8th TRẦN THỊ XUÂN HẠ 4,100,000
9th MAI XUÂN CÔNG 3,100,000

Other Events

No Limit Hold’em 1: NGUYỄN MẠNH CẦM – VN₫ 14,400,000


Buy in: VN₫ 1,800,000
Entries: 20
Prize pool: VN₫ 28,800,000
ITM: 3 places 


1st NGUYỄN MẠNH CẦM 14,400,000
2nd DƯƠNG VI KHOA 8,600,000
3rd JEFFRY KURNIAWAN 5,800,000

No Limit Hold’em 2: MAI BIỂN – VN₫ 24,000,000

Mai Bien

Buy in: VN₫ 2,300,000
Entries: 33
Prize pool: VN₫ 63,300,000
ITM: 5 places


1st MAI BIỂN 24,000,000
2nd PHẠM DUY KHÁNH 16,000,000
3rd NGUYỄN THU NGÂN 10,500,000
4th ĐẬU THÀNH ĐẠT 7,400,000
5th NGUYỄN KHẮC LUẬT 5,400,000

Super Stack Turbo: NGUYỄN PHƯƠNG NGỌC – VN₫ 30,200,000


Buy in: VN₫ 2,300,000
Entries: 50
Prize pool: VN₫ 96,000,000
ITM: 8 places


1st NGUYỄN PHƯƠNG NGỌC  30,200,000
2nd ĐÀO SƠN HÀ  20,300,000
3rd LÊ ĐÌNH HẢI  12,800,000
4th PHẠM THANH BÌNH  10,000,000
5th LÊ NHƯ HẢI  7,400,000
6th LEON ALF MARLON  6,000,000
7th ĐỖ TUẤN PHONG  5,000,000
8th UNKNOWN 4,300,000

Speed Racer 1: NGUYỄN THU NGÂN – VN₫ 14,000,000


Buy in: VN₫ 1,200,000
Entries: 44
Prize pool: VN₫ 42,200,000
ITM: 7 places


1st NGUYỄN THU NGÂN 14,000,000
2nd NGUYỄN CƯỜNG 9,200,000
3rd QUÁCH CHÍ CÔNG 6,300,000
4th PHẠM QUANG BIỂN 4,600,000
5th DƯƠNG HẢI HẬU 3,400,000
6th PHẠM TRƯỜNG THƯ 2,600,000
7th KOO BON HYUNG 2,100,000

Speed Racer 2: PHƯƠNG HOÀNG LINH – VN₫ 11,400,000


Buy in: VN₫ 1,800,000
Entries: 28
Prize pool: VN₫ 40,300,000
ITM: 4 places


1st PHƯƠNG HOÀNG LINH 11,400,000*
2nd LÊ ĐÌNH HẢI 15,800,000*
3rd HOÀNG VĂN KHOA 7,400,000
4th LÊ HOÀNG KHÁNH 5,700,000

*Heads up deal

The Closer: NGUYỄN TRƯỜNG GIANG – VN₫ 18,200,000


Buy in: VN₫ 2,300,000
Entries: 19
Prize pool: VN₫ 36,400,000
ITM: 3 places


1st NGUYỄN TRƯỜNG GIANG 18,200,000
2nd NGUYỄN VĂN SƠN  10,900,000
3rd VÕ KHẮC HOÀN  7,300,000


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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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