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WPC-SEAPT Main Event Day 1A locks in 187 entries, Michael Kim Falcon tops field; Three more flights on schedule

 

The World Poker Championship games at Grand Loyal Poker Club, Hanoi has packed in undeniable success through its first half, with its festival’s generated prize pools cruising way above its advertised guarantees. Record turnouts and massive fields are among the two things that have been consistent all throughout the past five days. With the awaited Main Event finally in action, more players have begun to pour in, ready to take on the battlefield and claim their share of the juicy prize pools.

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A total of four starting flights are set to complete for the ongoing VN₫ 8 Billion guaranteed Main Event, open through Thursday, September 22nd. Day 1A kicked off today and packed in an outstanding 187 entries for already 40% of its guarantee. With three more flights to go and the rate that it’s going, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a VN₫ 13 Billion prize pool by the end of the week.

Day 1A Recap

Today’s Main Event first qualifier played down to 12.5% of the field with 23 players making it through to Day 2 and already guaranteed a minimum payout. Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon piled a humongous stack early on and dominated the tables with his unending aggression. A frequent runner across the Asian circuit, Falcon racked up over 200 big blinds by the last five tables and managed to hold onto his lead all through to the end. 

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Michael Kim Falcon

Bubble time saw chip leader Falcon in the middle of the action as he continued to run as table captain and put maximum pressure on his opponents. Having opened firstly with QhJh, Falcon called off over 30 big blinds and was up against AdKd. The board however, ran low with Ace-high good enough for the win. As massive as his lead was, Falcon still bagged the biggest stack by the end of the day and even delivered the bubble shortly after. 

Buy in: VN₫ 20,000,000 (~US$ 844)
Guarantee: VN₫ 8,000,000,000 (~US$ 337,909)
Entries: 187
Qualifiers: 23 players

Main Event Day 1A Qualifiers

Player Chip Count
MICHAEL KIM FALCON  865,000
LIM SHYN CHYN 722,000
DAVID RODWELL 481,000
MIN BYEONG MUN 467,000
SIDDHARTH MUNDADA 432,000
CHEOUG GIL PARK 280,000
TRENT FECHTER 276,000
SONG JIN SU 258,000
MR RUP 257,000
NGUYEN VAN TRUNG 217,000
NGUYEN DUC HUY 209,000
TUAN TUNG 189,000
JUN SU WAN 124,000
NGUYEN DUC HOA 103,000
A KHOAI 103,000
KIM JAE JUNG 103,000
HAO SEO 102,000
DINH TRE DZ 94,000
PARK JEA HYUNG 94,000
BS HOA 84,000
NGUYEN QUANG HIEU 76,000
BAE WON IL 37,000
LAU WAI KIT JASON 35,000

Chips in play: 5,608,000
Average stack: 243,826

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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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