World Poker Championship awards ₫54.6B (~US$ 2.3M) in prizes, Leonard Yannick wins two events; Other highlights

After ten full days of fun and exciting action at Grand Loyal Poker Club, the World Poker Championship has wrapped up its first chapter in Hanoi, Vietnam, having awarded over VN₫ 54.6B (~US$ 2,305,101) in prizes. The concluded 20-event lineup ran from September 16-25, 2022 and welcomed a grand total of 3,826 entries all throughout. This includes the festival’s record-breaking Main Event which attracted a 1,020-entry field for a smashing prize pool of VN₫ 17,809,200,000 (~US$ 751,126).

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The last day on schedule saw three of its final side events draw to a close with France’s Leonard Yannick collecting his second trophy of the season. Vietnam’s own Teddy Pham was also once again gunning for a trophy with his fourth final table appearance, the most by any other player in the series. The local attendance similarly racked up outstanding results with seven of the 20 trophies awarded, lifted by Vietnam’s runners.

Festival review

Grand prize pool: VN₫ 54,653,962,000 (~US$ 2,305,101) – 20 events
Entries: 3,826
Record breaker: Main Event – 1,020 entries, VN₫ 17,809,200,000 (~US$ 751,126) prize pool
Main Event champion: Ha Manh Tuong
Multi-winner: Leonard Yannick – Hyper Turbo & Megastack Closer
Biggest earner: Ha Manh Tuong – VN₫ 3,226,200,000 (~US$ 136,069)
Most final tables: Teddy Pham (4)
Trophies by flag: Vietnam (8), Korea (4), France (4), Singapore (2), Estonia (1), Denmark (1), India (1)

Record breaking Main Event, champion Ha Manh Tuong closes as biggest earner

The crown jewel of the World Poker Championship saw a turnout unlike any other Main Event held in the country. A total of 1,020 entries were recorded across its four starting flights with its initial VN₫ 8 Billion guarantee already passed by the second flight on schedule. The generated prize pool blew up to a massive VN₫ 17,809,200,000 (~US$ 751,126) with VN₫ 3.2 Billion awarded to the champion. 

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Ha Manh Tuong

After four days of play, Vietnamese pro Ha Manh Tuong collected the top payout and closed in as the festival’s biggest earner after defeating India’s Kartik Ved in heads up play.

Buy in: VN₫ 20,000,000 (~US$ 843)
Guarantee: VN₫ 8,000,000,000 (~US$ 338,087)
Prize Pool: VN₫ 17,809,200,000 (~US$ 751,126)
Total Entries: 1,020
Day 1A – 187 entries
Day 1B – 292 entries
Day 1C – 356 entries
Day 1D Turbo – 185 entries

WPC-SEAPT Main Event Final Table Results

Rank Player Flag Prize (VN₫)
1st Ha Manh Tuong Vietnam 3,226,200,000
2nd Kartik Ved India 2,000,000,000
3rd Nguyen Quang Minh Vietnam 1,450,000,000
4th Eric Wasylenko Canada 1,080,000,000
5th Jason Lau Malaysia 820,000,000
6th Nguyen Quang Huy Vietnam 620,000,000
7th Deepak Bothra India 480,000,000
8th Hao Seo Vietnam 375,000,000

Visit Grand Loyal Poker Club’s official Facebook page to watch the full recap of the Main Event Final Table. Day 2 action is also available on our live updates page for a full view of how the 128-player field played down to its final 8 players.

Vietnam bags most trophies

Local presence across the World Poker Championship games was in full force as the country’s runners successfully bagged the largest prizes and most number of trophies by any nation. International players from Korea and France came in a strong second with each packing four event wins in total.

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Winners: Ha Manh Tuong (Main Event), Nguyen Phuong Ngoc (Kick Off), Ta Son Tung (Superstar Challenge), Nguyen Trung Ha (High Roller), Cao Ngoc Anh (Megastack), Nguyen Thanh Hung (Super Stack), Nguyen Khac Quang (Bounty Hunter)

Leonard Yannick wins two events

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Leonard Yannick

The only player of the series who managed to take home two trophies was France’s Leonard Yannick, who emerged triumphant in Event #4: Hyper Turbo and Event #16: Megastack Closer. Yannick also came in third at Event #11: NLH Freezeout, bumping up his total cashes for the series at a combined VN₫ 331,220,000 (~US$ 13,952).

Event #4: Hyper Turbo – VN₫ 32,220,000 (~US$ 1,361)
Event #11: NLH Freezeout – VN₫ 95,000,000 (~US$ 4,001)
Event #16: Megastack Closer – VN₫ 204,000,000 (~US$ 8,604)

Teddy Pham makes four final table appearances

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Teddy Pham

While several players made multiple final table appearances, local regular Teddy Pham topped the counts with an impressive four final table showings. Additionally, Pham also ran deep in the 394-entry field Mystery Bounty event, finishing in 16th place. Pham’s total cashes for the series sits at a whopping VN₫ 2,328,231,970 (~US$ 98,072), placing him as one of the festival’s most profitable players.

2nd place – Event #2: High Roller
2nd place – Event #6: High Roller
2nd place – Event #9: Super Star Challenge
3rd place – Event #17: High Roller

What’s next?

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Following the massively successful festival, World Poker Championship in partnership with South East Asian Poker Tour is wasting no time as it prepares for its next tour this coming January. An even bigger series, US$ 1,000,000 in guaranteed prizes will be awarded again at Grand Loyal Poker Club as it welcomes players from January 3-15, 2023 for 13 days of thrilling action right at its doors. 

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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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