World Poker Championship sees full house on opening day; Kick Off Event Day 1A registers 129 runners; Nguyen Trung Ha and Nguyen Khac Quang claim first two trophies


Off to a smashing start, the World Poker Championship festivities currently running at Grand Loyal Poker Club, Hanoi, saw its ballroom fill up quickly with dozens of players from all across the region. The WPC in partnership with South East Asian Poker Tour (SEAPT) welcomed hundreds of runners to three events on schedule – Kick Off Event Day 1A, High Roller Single Day, and the Bounty Hunter tournament, for its opening day.

Scroll down below to see the day’s results.

WPC-SEAPT Kick Off Event Day 1A records 16 players through the Final Day

The first flight of the series’ Kick Off Event closed in with 129 entries in total collected through eight levels of registration. 12.5% of the field was set to claim a minimum payout which meant only 16 runners qualified through the Final Day this coming Sunday, September 18th.

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Nguyen Tuan Anh

After more than nine hours of play, the field dwindled down to the last two tables led by Day’s chip leader Nguyen Tuan Anh. Nguyen shot to the top following a massive preflop all-in with AdAs against Trinh Cong Duy’s AhKh. Luck definitely wasn’t on Trinh’s side as he finished a few hands right after losing a flip with 8s8h to Trent Fechter’s AdKs on a board 8c10hKdAcAh to exit in 17th place. 

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Yu Je Nam

Bubble time flew by fairly fast as the pressure of the blinds continued to increase. At the end of the day, Korea’s Yu Je Nam locked in the final 16 players to the money having busted a short stack with QhQs. Among the top stacks is local runner Nguyen Quy Quyen who maintained his lead throughout the last four tables even after losing with a rivered boat on the big blind against the button’s better full house. Korea Mind Game Members’ Lee Seok Young also made the qualifying list after nursing a short stack through the final tables.

Buy in: VN₫ 8.8 Million (~US$ 372)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2.5 Billion (~US$ 105,695)
Entries: 129
Qualifiers: 16 players

Kick Off Event Day 1A Qualifiers

Rank Player Flag Chip Count
1 Nguyen Tuan Anh Vietnam 396,000
2 Nguyen Minh Duc Vietnam 372,000
3 Nguyen Quy Quyen Vietnam 354,000
4 Tran Hoai Anh Vietnam 312,000
5 Pham Thanh Dat Vietnam 249,000
6 Nguyen Quang Hieu Vietnam 222,000
7 Trent Fechter USA 207,000
8 Yu Je Nam Korea 189,000
9 Vu Anh Tuan Vietnam 188,000
10 Dong Van Chien Vietnam 174,000
11 Chu Quang Bien Vietnam 169,000
12 Tran An Khang Vietnam 126,000
13 Dinh Van Tien Vietnam 107,000
14 Pham Quang Anh Vietnam 66,000
15 Bui Quoc Dien Vietnam 50,000
16 Lee Seok Young Korea 47,000

Chips in play: 3,225,000
Average stack: 201,562

Event #2: High Roller Single Day: NGUYEN TRUNG HA –  VN₫ 436,940,630 (~US$ 18,467)


An astonishing turnout was recorded for the festival’s opening High Roller tournament paving the way for undoubtedly, four more successful high roller events to follow within the next few days. Today’s High Roller Single Day smashed its VN₫ 500 Million (~US$ 21,139) guarantee by a mile as the 82-entry field swelled the prize pool close to 5x in value. Seven hours of play concluded before the bubble burst with Nguyen Trung Ha in the middle of the swing of things. After losing a huge pot to eventual final table chip leader Ashish Munot with a turned straight against Munot’s better rivered straight, Nguyen quickly recovered following two eliminations just in time to bust the bubble.

It took roughly two hours before the first casualty of the livestreamed final table was seen with Nguyen stacking off Malaysia‘s Tan Zi Xuan with a better Ace. India’s runners Ankit Jajodia and Munot then found themselves in a head to head battle with all the chips in the middle on the turn. Munot (42bb) began the hand with an open from the hijack with Qh6h and Jajodia (15 bb) calling on the button with AdJh. After a checked flop, Munot proceeded all in on the turn Js8d7h3h and was met with a call from top pair Jajodia. The river 2h completed Munot’s flush, ending Jajodia’s run in 7th place.

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Final Table

Four-handed play lasted for over an hour before stacks evened up and a four-way deal was struck. All four received fairly even payouts with Nguyen slightly ahead, and the trophy going towards the overall champion. Munot was the first to go after finding himself in a terrible situation following an preflop all-in with Ac3d that slammed right into Nguyen Trung Ha’s JdJc. The eliminations continued within the next ten minutes as Nguyen’s card rush continued, picking up AdAc against Dinh Tien Thanh who defended 6d4d on the big blind. The flop drew 6h7cKs, Dinh check-jammed against Nguyen’s continuation bet to find himself behind. No help came on the turn and river and Nguyen headed into heads up play with a 4:1 advantage against once sitting with 3.5bb and Bubble Time survivor Teddy Pham. 

While Pham managed to tighten the gap, the final hand showed Nguyen defend Kd8c against Pham’s raise with As5d. The flop came Ah8h2c and Nguyen check-called Pham’s continuation bet. The turn came Kc, driving the action for Nguyen to check-raise Pham’s second barrel. Pham made the call and the river 10s sealed the victory for Nguyen after he moved all-in and Pham called behind. The win awarded Vietnam’s Nguyen Trung Ha the top payout for a well-fought battle and one of the first trophies to start the series.

To relive the final table gameplay, viewers can turn to Grand Loyal Poker Club’s official Facebook page for the recorded livestream.

Buy in: VN₫ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,395)
Guarantee: VN₫ 500,000,000 (~US$ 21,139)
Prize pool: VN₫ 2,386,200,000 (~US$ 100,883)
Entries: 82
ITM: 10 places

Full Payouts

Rank Player Flag Prize (VN₫)
1 Nguyen Trung Ha Vietnam 436,940,630*
2 Teddy Pham Vietnam 430,231,970*
3 Dinh Tien Thanh Vietnam 429,873,260*
4 Ashish Munot India 429,154,140*
5 Tran Hai Ha Vietnam 180,000,000
6 Ham Heung Chul Korea 140,000,000
7 Ankit Jajodia India 110,000,000
8 Tan Zi Xuan Malaysia 90,000,000
9 Pham Quang Huy Vietnam 75,000,000
10 Ngo Van Dat Vietnam 65,000,000

*Denotes deal was made

Event #3: Bounty Hunter Event: NGUYEN KHAC QUANG –  VN₫ 111,190,000 (~US$ 4,700)

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Those failing to make it through the Kick Off Event qualifier found themselves another chance at a trophy with the day’s concluding VN₫ 6.6 Million buy-in Bounty Hunter tournament still open for action. The last event on schedule attracted a total of 103 entries with the remaining 13 players making the money. On the winning end of the bubble hand was Jeon Hyeongjin’s Kc10c up against As10d. The board however, revealed 6sJs9dQh10s, favoring Hyeongjin for the win and all the rest a guaranteed payout of VN₫ 14 Million. 

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Final Table

The final table kicked off with Nguyen Nhu Toan as the chip leader and a number of short stacks – Hyeongjin (less than 1 bb) and Hoang Thanh Son (2.5 bb), exiting in ninth and eighth place not long after. Second in the running Park Jae Hyung who held the most number of bounties (12) throughout, eventually rose to the top and dominated the remaining players all the way to heads up play against Nguyen Khac Quang. With a slight advantage for Park, the two agreed to an ICM deal with the trophy going to the eventual champion.

All it took was one hand to shift the direction towards Nguyen who scored a massive double up with KsKh against Park’s 7d7h. The final hand saw Nguyen move all-in with Qh9s and Park commit his crippled stack with 9h5d. The board AhJcKd6h10d left Park drawing thin and Vietnam’s Nguyen securing the first trophy of the day along with VN₫ 95,190,000 (~US$ 4,024) in top prize and an additional VN₫ 16 Million (~US$ 676) in bounties for a total of VN₫ 111,190,000 in winnings.

Buy in: VN₫ 6,600,000 (~US$ 279)
Prize pool: VN₫ 599,460,000 (~US$ 24,860)
Entries: 103
ITM: 13

Full Payouts excluding Bounties

Rank Player Flag Prize (VN₫)
1 Nguyen Khac Quang Vietnam 95,190,000*
2 Park Jae Hyung Korea 98,910,000*
3 Jora Mihail Romania 68,900,000
4 Nguyen Nhu Toan Vietnam 44,900,000
5 Han Seung Jin Korea 35,000,000
6 Pham Thanh Binh Vietnam 28,000,000
7 Nguyen Long Vietnam 23,800,000
8 Hoang Thanh Son Vietnam 20,600,000
9 Jeon Hyeongjin Korea 18,200,000
10 Nguyen Hai Trieu Vietnam 16,400,000
11 Hong Sungho Korea 16,400,000
12 Truong Van Khanh Vietnam 16,400,000
13 Amit Kaushik India 14,000,000

*Denotes deal was made

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Lined up for later today, Saturday, September 17th are two more flights for the VN₫ 2.5 Billion (~US$ 105,695) guaranteed Kick Off Event and a Hyper Turbo event to cap off the night. 

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