WPT Prime Vietnam: opener nearly cracks guarantee on Day 1B; Terry Nguyen bags a monster; one flight remaining; Ngo Minh Tien and Ta Khanh Linh win trophies


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The inaugural WPT Prime Vietnam is just two days in and already the numbers are worth bragging about. Day 1A of the WPT Opener attracted 123 entries which was then followed by a storm of 185 runners at Day 1B for a combined 308 entries. With buy in of VN₫ 8,800,000 each, the VN₫ 2.5 Billion guarantee was nearly breached, just missing it by five heads. News of the turnout quickly created a buzz that coming tomorrow’s Day 1C, the question will not be of when the guarantee will be broken but by how much. It will be a massive final flight with a crowd well over 200 entries expected. 

Full WPT Prime Vietnam schedule


Recapping Day 1B, the 185-entry field trimmed to ITM of 23 players in under nine hours. Well known local pro Terry Nguyen topped the charts with an enormous 556,000 stack, which was equivalent to an overwhelming 22 starting stacks. One of the hands that helped Nguyen get there was KcKh dusting a player’s AdQs. Nguyen is now the event’s overall chip leader and has set the bar very high for the final entry day. For those jumping in, cards start flying at 11am at host venue Crown Poker Club in Hanoi. Registration closes at 320pm.

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Terry Nguyen

Also advancing were Teddy Pham, WSOP bracelet winner Kartik Ved, and Pham Duc Hanh who delivered the bubble. The Day 2 list has grown to 38 players. They have a day off before returning for Day 2 on Sunday, May 22.

Buy in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 380)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,500,000,000 (~US$ 107,933)
Day 1A : 15 advanced out of 123 entries
Day 1B: 23 advanced out of 185 entries
Day 1C: Saturday, May 21 at 11am – play to ITM

Day 1A and Day 1B qualifiers = 38 players 

Player Country Chips
Terry Nguyen Vietnam 556,000
Nguyen Ho Tung Vietnam 427,000
Ngueyn Hoang (Nevar) Vietnam 411,000
Nguyen Tien Thanh Vietnam 389,000
Than Nguyen (Baobei) Vietnam 339,000
Phillip Nguyen Australia 336,000
Bui Duc Thien Vietnam 315,000
Nguyen Duy Vu (Emit) Vietnam 288,000
Nhat Nguyen Vietnam 279,000
Krishna Wadeesirisak Thailand 271,000
Hoang Trung Thanh (Kaka Hoang) Vietnam 267,000
Gaurav Sood India 255,000
Nguyen Tuong Nghia Vietnam 252,000
Dang Van Hien Vietnam 246,000
Pham Duc Hanh (Minh Than) Vietnam 222,000
Julien Melet France 216,000
Vishal Bajaj India 203,000
Nguyen Duy Anh Vietnam 201,000
Nguyen Quang Minh Vietnam 199,000
Tran Tien Trung Vietnam 170,000
Kartik Ved India 167,000
Lok Ching Li Australia 149,000
Bui Duc Tu (Tobias) Vietnam 136,000
Pham Thanh Dan Vietnam 133,000
Nguyen Thanh Tung Vietnam 131,000
Runch Pornraksamanee Thailand 121,000
Dinh Van Tien (Davati) Vietnam 117,000
Prommin Talordpong Thailand 107,000
Minh Tuan (Hu Truc) Vietnam 107,000
Panitan Poopadsri Thailand 104,000
Tien Pham (Teddy Pham) Vietnam 101,000
Ng Tien Anh (Lx Nguyen) Vietnam 97,000
Pham Hong Phuc Vietnam 96,000
Lasse Lien Malta 93,000
Ngo Minh Dung (Jun) Vietnam 79,000
Tran Duc Kien (KSY) Vietnam 65,000
Maaku Tanaka Japan 65,000
Hanna Azimai Australia 40,000

Super Stars Challenge Invitational

Aside from the opener, on Saturday May 21 high rollers have a special event to look forward to, the Super Stars Challenge Invitational which hits the felt  at 1pm. The event is open to anyone willing to cough up the pricey VN₫ 210,000,000 (~US$ 9,100) entry fee. This is the most expensive tournament in the lineup and the highest buy in ever offered in the country. Among the list of powerhouse players confirming  their participation are Huy Pham, Quang Nguyen, Florencio Campomanes, and WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama. 

Event 4: Deepstack Cheap Freeze – NGO MINH TIEN – VN₫ 62,250,000 (~US$ 2,687)

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Ngo Minh Tien

The Deepstack Cheap Freeze was the first of three tournaments presenting a freezeout format. 80 players signed on for a prize pool of VN₫ 232,800,000 (~US$ 10,048). Midway past the sixth hour, Malaysia’s Ng Chow Han busted on the bubble to Pham Ngoc Tu with Kh10c unable to improve against Ah10h. Pham went on to reach the final three. After  Ngo Minh Tien eliminated Nguyen Gia Trung  in 3rd place with Ad8h dominating Qc5s, Ngo and Pham immediately chopped the remaining payouts down the middle. The big stacked Ngo was credited the win and was awarded the WPT trophy. 

Buy in: VN₫ 3,300,000 (~US$ 143)
Players: 80 
Prize pool: VN₫ 232,800,000 (~US$ 10,048)
ITM: 10 places


1st Ngo Minh Tien – Vietnam – VN₫ 62,250,000*
2nd Pham Ngoc Tu – Vietnam – VN₫ 62,250,000*
3rd Nguyen Gia Trung – Vietnam – VN₫ 28,500,000
4th Nguyen Ba Hung – Vietnam – VN₫ 19,000,000
5th Lim June Ho – Korea – VN₫ 14,500,000
6th Steven Ho – USA – VN₫ 12,000,000
7th Kei Nakajima – Japan – VN₫ 10,300,000
8th Le Van Duc – Vietnam – VN₫ 9,000,000
9th Boris Kramaruk – Russia – VN₫ 8,000,000
10th Trinh Van Quan – Vietnam – VN₫ 7,000,000
*Heads up chop

Event 5: Turbo Event – TA KHANH LINH – VN₫ 62,000,000 (~US$ 2,676)

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Ta Khanh Linh

The evening Turbo Event clocked in at under five hours with Vietnam’s Ta Khanh Linh claiming the victory and a cool VN₫ 62,000,000 payout. Prior to Ta‘s win, he amassed an overwhelming chip advantage after railing Bui Duc Tu aka Tobias in 4th place with AcJh improving to trips Jacks on the flop to beat KdKh. Short stacked Nguyen Manh Tuan fell to Tomokazu Hattanda in 3rd place to bring about heads up. It took one quick flip to end it with a straight beating two pairs. 

Buy in: VN₫ 4,400,000 (~US$ 190)
Entries: 41 (32 unique, 9 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 159,080,000 (~US$ 6,865)
ITM: 6 places


1st Ta Khanh Linh – Vietnam – VN₫ 62,000,000
2nd Tomokazu Hattanda – Japan – VN₫ 36,500,000
3rd Nguyen Manh Tuan – Vietnam – VN₫ 22,300,000
4th Bui Duc Tu (Tobias) – Vietnam – VN₫ 15,900,000
5th Yoshihito Komitsuki – Japan – VN₫ 12,700,000
6th Prommin Talordpong – Thailand – VN₫ 9,680,000

Player of the Festival

With two more events in the books, the Player of the Festival added more names to the leaderboard. Event 3: Hyper Turbo champion Nguyen Manh Tuan accrued another 175 points for placing 3rd at Event 5: Turbo Event. So far, he is the only player to cash twice. We will have the updated list so stand by for that later today.

The launch of WPT Prime marks a new chapter for the World Poker Tour as the brand celebrates its 20th year in business. The new series got underway on May 19 at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi and will run through May 30. Out the 24 game schedule, the Main Event is the one not to miss. It features an VN₫ 8,000,000,000 (~US$ 346,477) guarantee and the winner will earn points towards the WPT Season XX Player of the Year leaderboard. Event runs from May 26 to 30 kicked off by three starting days. Buy in is VN₫ 25,000,000 (~US$ 1,083). The final table will be streamed live by premier video production ShareHand

Main Event details and structure

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we bring you daily recaps and highlights of WPT Prime Vietnam from start to finish.

Event articles:

WPT Prime debuts in Hanoi
Launch day of WPT Prime Vietnam
WPT Prime Vietnam – Day 1 results

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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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