WPT Vietnam 2019 Main Event 2nd Edition : Live Updates


Hamish Crawshaw wins the richest WPT Vietnam Main Event for VN₫ 3,782,723,000 (~US$ 163,000)

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Hamish Crawshaw – Main Event champion

After 158 final day hands, New Zealand’s Hamish Crawshaw has done it! He crushed the competition, knocking out every player to win the richest Main Event ever produced by the brand. The heads up round ran three hours. Local player Huynh Tan Dung put up a strong fight but in the end, he fell on the 86th heads up hand. The winning hand was Qc9d over As3s on a board that ran 9c10c3d9s2d. Crawshaw shipped VN₫ 3,782,723,000 (~US$ 163,000), the WPT Championship Trophy, and his first major live title.

19:10: Huynh Tan Dung falls in 2nd place – VN₫ 2,648,278,000 (~US$ 114,000)
Level 34: Blinds 150K-300K ante 300K

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Huynh Tan Dung – 2nd place

The last hand of the Main Event has been dealt! After multiple pots lost, Huynh Tan Dung went all in for his last 1.975M with As3s, Hamish Crawshaw challenged with Qc9d. Both players hit the flop 9c10c3d with Crawshaw ahead. The turn 9s sealed the victory for the New Zealander. River was 2d.

This was an incredible run for the lone Vietnamese finalist. He was the overall chip leader of the starting flights, entered the final day as the overwhelming chip leader, and finished 2nd to pocket his largest live score of VN₫ 2,648,278,000 (~US$ 114,000).

18:55: Huynh Tan Dung lands a double
Level 33: Blinds 125K-250K ante 250K

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Huynh Tan Dung doubles up

Huynh Tan Dung pushed his remaining 1.975m with Kc5d and Crawshaw called with Js10d. The board spread KhJd3c5hQd for a double up. Huynh at 4.5m, Crawshaw at 10.4m.

18:50: Hamish Crawshaw grinding down Huynh Tan Dung
Level 33: Blinds 125K-250K ante 250K

Returning from the break, Hamish Crawshaw went on the attack grinding down Huynh Tan Dung to 2.6m in three hands. The first hand saw Huynh limp in, Crawshaw checked. At the flop 9hAdKc, Crawshaw check-called 500k. No bets on the Qh turn and river 8c. Crawshaw showed Kd7d, Huynh mucked.

Next hand, the leader limp-called a 750k raise and the flop ran 7c2c3d. Huynh checked then folded to the leader’s 400k bet. Following that hand, Huynh folded on the button. Crawshaw has a commanding stack of 12.3m.

18:20: Hamish Crawshaw maintains his lead
Level 32: Blinds 100K-200K ante 200K

Hamish Crawshaw continues to lead despite more pots going to Huynh Tan Dung. At one point Huynh rose to 6.6m. He limp-called a 700k raise to see the flop 9hAd9s. Crawshaw c-bet 300k, Huynh raised to 1m, called by the leader. The turn 4s, Crawshaw checked, Huynh jammed, Crawshaw folded and dipped to 8.3m.

The next two hands saw Crawshaw take 650k back and the players went on a break.

Hamish Crawshaw 8,970,000
Huynh Tan Dung 5,950,000

18:05: Huynh Tan Dung swinging
Level 32: Blinds 100K-200K ante 200K

Huynh Tan Dung is battling to bring his chips to par however Hamish Crawshaw is making it very tough. Huynh did make up some ground in this hand. Crawshaw raised to 400k, bb Huynh called. At the flop 9s6h2h, Huynh check-called 300k. On the turn As, Huynh shoved (.325m), Crawshaw tank-folded.

Hamish Crawshaw 10m
Huynh Tan Dung 4.9m

17:45: Huynh Tan Dung rises to 4.5m
Level 31: Blinds 75K-150K ante 150K

Huynh Tan Dung is enjoying this level. He picked up more pots with raises and shoves to bring his stack up to 4.5m. One hand that got him there started with Hamish Crawshaw limping in, Huynh raised to 500k, called by Crawshaw. At the flop AhKs9c and Kd turn, no bets landed. On the river 2c, Huynh led for 600k and Crawshaw folded. Crawshaw dipped to 10.4m.

17:25: Small pot for Huynh Tan Dung
Level 31: Blinds 75K-150K ante 150K

Huynh Tan Dung is not gaining much ground here. At the end of heads up Hand #111 that saw Hamish Crawshaw three-bet jam preflop, Huynh still sits with 2.5m while Crawshaw has a wide lead with 12.4m. Next hand though, Huynh won it with a jam on the flop AdJh4s having first raised preflop to 450k and called by Crawshaw. Huynh up a bit to 2.95m.

17:00: Full speed ahead for Hamish Crawshaw 
Level 30: Blinds 75K-125K ante 125K

Hamish Crawshaw continues to dominate driving his stack higher and higher. On Hand #100 he scooped a huge pot. Crawshaw opened 250k, bb Huynh called. On the flop 6hKh9d, Huynh check-called 200k. On the turn 8d, Huynh led for 500k, called by Crawshaw. On the river Js, Huynh checked, Crawshaw shoved, Huynh folded.

Hamish Crawshaw 12,395,000
Huynh Tan Dung 2,525,000

16:50: Bluff exposed! Hamish Crawshaw retakes the lead
Level 30: Blinds 75K-125K ante 125K

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Hamish Crawshaw

On a flop 2sJh5s, Hamish Crawshaw bet 125k, called by Huynh Tan Dung. The turn felted 10c, Crawshaw checked, Huynh took a stab of 500k and was called. On the river Jd, Crawshaw checked, Huynh fired 1m, snap-called by Crawshaw. Huynh showed 8h6c bluff, Crawshaw claimed it with 3h5h two pair.

Hamish Crawshaw 10,320,000
Huynh Tan Dung 4,600,000

16:30: Hamish Crawshaw staging a comeback
Level 29: Blinds 50K-100K ante 100K

After the first six hands, pots went back and forth with no big hands tabled. Hamish Crawshaw picked up a bit of ground then a more decent pot on Hand #178. Huynh limped from the button, bb Crawshaw raised to 450k, Huynh called. On the flop 3hQd5d, Crawshaw c-bet 350k and got called. On the turn 8c Crawshaw fired 1.5m, Huynh folded. They are just about even in stacks.

Huynh Tan Dung 7.47m
Hamish Crawshaw 7.45m

16:08: Huynh Tan Dung retakes the lead
Level 29: Blinds 50K-100K ante 100K

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Huynh Tan Dung

The Vietnamese is on fire here at heads up. Huynh Tan Dung won the first six pots to retake the lead. The opening heads up hand he raised to 300k , called by Crawshaw. On the flop 7d5hKd, Crawshaw folded to a 300k bet.

Hand #2: Crawshaw raised to 200k, Huyng three-bet to 625k, then called. On the flop 2h4d10s, Huynh led 1m, Crawshaw folded.

Hand #3: Huynh raised to 25k, bb Crawshaw called. At the flop AsQhQc, Huynh c-bet 200k, and was check-called. On the 3h turn, Huynh bet 800k and won the pot with Crawshaw check-folding.

Hand #4: Crawshaw raised to 200k, Huynh three-bet to 700k, Crawshaw folded.

Hand #5: Huynh raised to 250k, bb Crawshaw called. At the flop Ks6cJc, Crawshaw check-called a 300k c-bet. On the As turn and 8s river, no bets were fired, Crawshaw showed QdJh pair, Huynh had better Kd8c two pair.

Hand #6: Crawshaw min-raised, bb Huynh called. At the flop 4dQc5c, Huynh check-called 150k. No bets on the turn 8c. The river 9h, Huynh led 350k, Crawshaw folded.

Huynh Tan Dung 8,500,000
Hamish Crawshaw 6,400,000

Average stack is 7,460,000

16:00: Heads up! Hamish Crawshaw vs Huynh Tan Dung
Level 29: Blinds 50K-100K ante 100K

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Heads up

After several photos, heads up is now underway. Title and trophy at hand. Here are their stack sizes.

Hamish Crawshaw 9,200,000
Huynh Tan Dung 5,720,000

Average stack is 7,460,000. Blinds go up every 30 minutes.

Remaining payouts
1st VN₫ 3,782,723,000 (~US$ 163,000)
2nd VN₫ 2,648,278,000 (~US$ 114,000)

In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive the WPT Trophy and 1500 points towards the WPT Asia-Pacific leaderboard.

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Heads up

15:50: Michael Seymour exits in 3rd place – VN₫ 1,702,497,000 (~US$ 73,000)
Level 29: Blinds 50K-100K ante 100K

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Michael Seymour – 3rd place

Short stacked Michael Seymour shoved his remaining 1.55m and there to put the heat on was chip leader Hamish Crawshaw. When the hole cards opened, Seymour needed to get lucky with As9d behind QdQh. However, no such luck. The board ran QsJs3h10c5s to send him out in 3rd place. He earned VN₫ 1,702,497,000 (~US$ 73,000) for his superb run here in Vietnam.

15:40: Strong bets by Huynh Tan Dung
Level 29: Blinds 50K-100K ante 100K

Huynh Tan Dung picked up the next two pots to send his stack to 5.8m. First one, he raised to 275k from the small blind and bb Michael Seymour defended. Both players checked it down Js5sAcJh5h, Huynh showed AhKd, Seymour folded.

The next hand, Huynh raised to 225k from the button and bb Hamish Crawshaw defended. On the flop 9d2dJc, no bets. The turn 6s saw action with Crawshaw betting 425k, raised by Huynh to 1.2m, Crawshaw called. The river As, Crawshaw checked then folded to Huynh’s shove.

Hamish Crawshaw 7.4m
Huynh Tan Dung 5.8m
Michael Seymour 1.7m

Average stack 4,973,333

15:35: Hamish Crawshaw vs Huynh Tan Dung 
Level 29: Blinds 50K-100K ante 100K

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Hamish Crawshaw vs Huynh Tan DungMultiple bouts between Huynh Tan Dung and Hamish Crawshaw saw stacks barely change until a full board arrived. Action was initiated by Huynh who raised to 300k, bb Crawshaw called. On the flop Kd3hKc both checked and the turn fell 10h. Crawshaw check-called a 350k bet then both checked the river Js. Crawshaw showed JhQs, Huynh mucked.

Hamish Crawshaw 9m
Huynh Tan Dung 3.7m
Michael Seymour 2.2m

Average stack is 4,973,333.

15:20: Michael Seymour jams for the pot
Level 29: Blinds 50K-100K ante 100K

Button Hamish Crawshaw raised to 225k, called by both Huynh Tan Dung and Michael Seymour. No bets on the flop Kd7s6c for a free turn9c. Huynh led for 400k, Seymour shoved (1.575m), Crawshaw and Huynh folded.

Hamish Crawshaw 8.195m
Huynh Tan Dung 3.975m
Michael Seymour 2.750m

Average stack is 4,973,333

15:15: Hamish Crawshaw rises to 8.4m
Level 29: Blinds 50K-100K ante 100K

Not much action in this new level so here’s a small pot post. Button Huynh Tan Dung raised to 275k, bb Hamish Crawshaw defended. On the flop Jc4c4s, Crawshaw check-raised a 200k bet to bump it up to 600k, Huynh folded.

Hamish Crawshaw 8.4m
Huynh Tan Dung 4.8m
Michael Seymour 1,7m

Average stack is 4,973,333

15:00: Chip counts at the break
Level 29: Blinds 50K-100K ante 100K

Hamish Crawshaw 7.62m
Huynh Tan Dung 5.48m
Michael Seymour 1.83m

Average stack 4,973,333

Remaining payouts
1st VN₫ 3,782,723,000 (~US$ 163,000)
2nd VN₫ 2,648,278,000 (~US$ 114,000)
3rd VN₫ 1,702,497,000 (~US$ 73,000)

14:55: Chen Da Jia eliminated in 4th place – VN₫ 1,118,174,000 (~US$ 48,000)
Level 28: Blinds 40K-80K ante 80K

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Chen Da Jia – 4th place

On the 51st hand of the final table, a called shove led to the departure of China’s Chen Da Jia. He was all in wiht Ks10c and Hamish Crawshaw challenged with AcQc. The board ran 9c3sJc7h2d. Chen finished 4th and pocketed his largest live score worth VN₫ 1,118,174,000 (~US$ 48,000).

14:35: Huynh Tan Dung wins next four hands
Level 28: Blinds 40K-80K ante 80K

Huynh Tan Dung is on the move. After winning a pot against Chen Da Jia that saw a full board, he won the next four pots with uncalled raises and a shove. He is up to 5.3m.

14:30: Huynh Tan Dung takes it 
Level 28: Blinds 40K-80K ante 80K

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Huynh Tan Dung

Reaching the river is hard to come by but we did see one on the 37th hand of the final table. Button Huynh Tan Dung limped, bb Chen Da Jia checked, the flop came 6sQcAd. Chen checked, Huynh bet 150k, was called. On the turn 10d and river Ks, no bets laid, Chen showed Qh7s pair, Huynh claimed the pot with Kh5d second pair.

Hamish Crawshaw 6.5m
Huynh Tan Dung 4.5m
Michael Seymour 2.87m
Chen Da Jia 1.05m

Average stack 3.73m

14:25: Stack sizes 
Level 28: Blinds 40K-80K ante 80K

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Four remaining

After paying up a double to Chen Da Jia, chip leader Hamish Crawshaw proceeded to lose several pots to bring his stack to 6.5m which is still way over average of 3.73m. Gaining momentum was Huynh Tan Dung driving his stack to 4.3m.  Michael Seymour in third with 3.1m, and Chen Da Jia with 1m.

14:20: Chen Da Jia doubles up 
Level 28: Blinds 40K-80K ante 80K

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Chen Da Jia

Chen Da Jia grabbed himself a much needed double up with Hamish Crawshaw paying up. Chen three-bet shoved As7d, Crawshaw called with Js9s, no hits on the board for a higher spread to Chen. He is up to 1.4m.

14:15: Michael Seymour spikes the winner 
Level 28: Blinds 40K-80K ante 80K

After a series of hands short stacked Chen Da Jia continued to drop, while Michael Seymour landed himself a double up. Button Huynh Tan Dung raised to 200k, sb Seymour jammed (1.44m), Huynh called.

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Michael Seymour

Seymour JsJh
Huynh AhKc

When the flop felted 8hKd6s, Huynh jumped in front however the turn Jc turn the tides back to Seymour and with the As river, top two pair was still behind the set.

Hamish Crawshaw 8.8m
Michael Seymour 3.030m
Huynh Tan Dung 2.45m
Chen Da Jia 650k

Average stack 3,730,000

13:50: Failed bluff by Huynh Tan Dung sends another pot to Crawshaw
Level 27: Blinds 30K-60K ante 60K

Another pot for Hamish Crawshaw to send Huynh Tan Dung tumble below average for the first time. Crawshaw opened from the button to 150k, sb Huynh three-bet to 450k, Crawshaw called. At the flop 7c4s9s, turn 2h, and river 4c, Huynh triple barreled 200k, 500k, and 850k, Crawshaw called him down. Huynh showed As10h bluff, Ctrawshaw scooped it with Jh9h top pair.

Hamish Crawshaw 8.3m
Huynh Tan Dung 2.8m
Michael Seymour 2.5m
Chen Da Jia 1.3m

Average stack is 3,730,000.

13:47: Remaining payouts
Level 27: Blinds 30K-60K ante 60K

1st VN₫ 3,782,723,000 (~US$ 163,000)
2nd VN₫ 2,648,278,000 (~US$ 114,000)
3rd VN₫ 1,702,497,000 (~US$ 73,000)
4th VN₫ 1,118,174,000 (~US$ 48,000)

13:45: Finally a full board; Hamish Crawshaw continues to rise
Level 27: Blinds 30K-60K ante 60K

After eight hands that saw the board reach only as far as the flop, we finally see some action all the way to the river. From bb Huynh Tan Dung raised to a large 250k and sb Hamish Crawshaw limp-called. On the flop Kd6s5c, Crawshaw check-called 275k. On the turn 5h, Crawshaw switched up and led for 275k, Huynh folded while showing QcQd.

Crawshaw 6.3m
Huynh Tan Dung 4.8m
Michael Seymour 2.5m
Chen Da Jia 1.3m

Average stack is 3,730,000.

13:35: Aditya Agarwal railed in 5th place -VN₫ 861,108,000 (~US$ 37,000)
Level 27: Blinds 30K-60K ante 60K

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Aditya Agarwal – 5th place

Following David Erquiaga to the rail was Indian pro Aditya Agarwal. Prior to this hand, Agarwal shoved twice but no callers. This time his three-bet shove (1.55m) was challenged by Hamish Crawshaw who just sent Erquiaga out.

Agarwal As7d
Crawshaw AdKs

Crawshaw dominated Agarwal throughout with the board running AcAhJh4dKh further improving to a full house again. Agarwal pocketed VN₫ 861,108,000 (~US$ 37,000) for his deep finish.

Hamish Crawshaw 5.9m
Huynh Tan Dung 5.14m
Michael Seymour 2.5m
Chen Da Jia 1.4m

Four players remaining. Average stack is 3,730,000. Crawshaw has not taken the lead.

13:30: David Erquiaga falls in 6th place – VN₫ 712,404,000 (~US$ 30,700)
Level 27: Blinds 30K-60K ante 60K

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David Erquiaga – 6th place

The Philippines will not be bringing home the prestigious title. The first casualty of the final table was their lone representative, David Erquiaga who was delivered a bad beat on the river. The hand started with a 130k raise from Erquiaga from utg. It folded around to the sb Hamish Crawshaw who three-bet to 400k. Erquiaga answered with a shove (1.3m), called by Crawshaw to put the Filipino player at risk of elimination.

Erquiaga QcQd
Crawshaw 10d10s

When the board ran 8dAh9cAd it was looking like a double up for Erquiaga however the river 10h delivered the two-outer to improve Crawshaw to a full house and send Erquiaga out in 6th place. Erquiaga earned VN₫ 712,404,000 (~US$ 30,700) for another impressive final table appearance.

Huynh Tan Dung  5.14m
Crawshaw up to 4.2m
Michael Seymour 2.5m
Aditya Agarwal 1.6m
Chen Da Jia 1.4m

Five players remaining. Average stack is 2,984,000.

13:25: Chen Da Jia gets nice pay for his boat
Level 27: Blinds 30K-60K ante 60K

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Chen Da Jia

Battle of the blinds, Michael Seymour limped and bb Chen Da Jia checked. The flop 2cQh9h Seymour check-called Chen’s 70k bet. On the turn 9d, Seymour switched up and led for 125k, Chen called. The river 3c, Seymour went back to checking, Chen slid out eight purple chips worth 200k, Seymour called then mucked when Chen turned over As9c full house.

Chen up to 1.4m, Seymour down to 2.5m.

13:15: Hamish Crawshaw makes it expensive to call
Level 27: Blinds 30K-60K ante 60K

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Hamish Crawshaw

The second hand of the final table saw chip leader Huynh Tan Dung involved again. From the button he called Hamish Crawshaw’s 130k raise and the flop came 6dJc4c. Crawshaw checked, Huynh c-bet 300k, Crawshaw jammed (1.69m), Huynh folded.

Crawshaw at 3M, Huynh down to 5.3m.

13:10: Top two battle on the first hand
Level 27: Blinds 30K-60K ante 60K

No sooner than the cards were dealt it was immediate action between the top two big stacks. Opening the betting was Michael Seymour from hijack, he raised to 125k. Sb Huynh Tan Dung called. At the flop 4cJd6s, both checked. The turn Jd saw bets resume with Huynh sending out 175k, called by Seymour. The river As saw a 400k bet from Huynh called by Seymour. Huynh showed 7c7s set and scooped it.

Welcome to the final day of the WPT Vietnam Main Event! 

The race for the prestigious title has just begun! We are back at the Pro Poker Club with the final six players of the Main Event already in action. The first deal is underway. One of these players will ship his first major victory.

Huynh Tan Dung – Vietnam – 5,265,000
Michael Seymour – Australia – 3,920,000
Hamish Crawshaw – New Zealand – 2,090,000|
David Erquiaga – Philippines – 1,490,000
Aditya Agarwal – India – 1,205,000
Chen Da Jia = China – 980,000

Total chips in play: 14,920,000
Average stack: 2,486,667
Resuming blinds: 30K – 60K ane 60K (Level 27)

Final payouts
1st VN₫ 3,782,723,000 (~US$ 163,000)
2nd VN₫ 2,648,278,000 (~US$ 114,000)
3rd VN₫ 1,702,497,000 (~US$ 73,000)
4th VN₫ 1,118,174,000 (~US$ 48,000)
5th VN₫ 861,108,000 (~US$ 37,000)
6th VN₫ 712,404,000 (~US$ 30,700)

The WPT Vietnam Main Event kicked off on September 6 equipped with a VN₫ 15 billlion guarantee, a figure unheard of in the country. The buy-in was also bumped up to  VN₫ 55 million (~US$ 2,400). At the close of registration, the prize pool more than crushed the guarantee with 373 entries for a very rich  VN₫ 18,090,500 (~~US$ 780,000). This was officially the wealthiest Main Event pot ever put together in Vietnam.

In Day 2, the money was reached when reigning champion Vincent Chauve knocked out Hieu Ngo in 48th place. In Day 3, the event closed with today’s final six players led by the lone Vietnamese remaining, Huynh Tan Dung.

We will bring you all the action right here until the winner emerges. The winner will also receive 1500 points towards the Season XVIII Asia-Pacific leaderboard.


Main Event Day 3 ends with the final 6

Final 6 Nice

Huynh Tan Dung 5,265,000
Michael Seymour 3,920,000
Hamish Crawshaw 2,090,000
David Erquiaga 1,490,000
Aditya Argawal 1,205,000
Chen Da Jia 980,000

Total chips in play: 14,920,000
Average stack: 2,486,667

Final payouts
1st VN₫ 3,782,723,000
2nd VN₫ 2,648,278,000
3rd VN₫ 1,702,497,000
4th VN₫ 1,118,174,000
5th VN₫ 861,108,000
6th VN₫ 712,404,000

Hunt for the the Season XVIII WPT Vietnam Main Event title begins at 1pm on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

21:10: Tung Nguyen bows out in 7th place – VN₫ 596,986,000
Level 27: Blinds 30K-60K ante 60K

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Tung Nguyen – 7th place

With only half a big blind left, Tung Nguyen was all in with JhJd again and it still failed him unable to dodge four players. When the board completed 9d7d8sKc3c, it was chip leader Huynh Tan Dung on top with Kh2h. For Nguyen’s strong performance, he earned VN₫ 596,986,000.

21:05: David Erquiaga fully paid again; Tung Nguyen crippled
Level 27: Blinds 30K-60K ante 60K

Showdown between David Erquiaga and Tung Nguyen, both with roughly the same stack size. Erquiaga with As8s, Nguyen with JxJx, the board was a sweat for Erquiaga until an ace showed up on the river Kd6h10h7hAh. Erquiaga shipped a double up to 1.5m, Nguyen plummeted to 30k. 

21:00: Michael Seymour vs Huynh Tan Dung
Level 26: Blinds 25K-50K ante 50K

Michael Seymour went up against Huynh Tan Dung with action opened by utg Chen Da Jia. Hijack Huynh and bb Seymour called the 110k raise for a three-way look at the flop AcKc3c. Check check to the leader Huynh, he fired 140k, called only by Seymour. On the turn 4h both checked and the river came 5d. Seymour jumped out with a 400k bet, Huynh folded. Seymour up to 3.7m, Huynh dipped to 5.15m

20:50: Nguyen Van Dung exits in 8th place – VN₫ 488,081,000
Level 26: Blinds 25K-50K ante 50K

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Nguyen Van Dung – 8th place

On the 22nd hand of the final table, falling out of contention was Nguyen Van Dung with QdQc running into Michael Seymour’s AcAh. No help on the board. He earned VN₫ 488,081,000 for his finish. 

20:45: David Erquiaga doubles up to 730k
Level 26: Blinds 25K-50K ante 50K

Utg David Erquiaga raised to 100k, bb Nguyen Van Dung shoved over 1.4m, Erquiaga risked his 350k stack. Erquiaga with AhKs, Nguyen with KhQh, the board threw blanks for a higher spread to Erquiaga and a double up.

20:40: Nguyen Nam Duong falls in 9th place – VN₫ 378,272,000
Level 26: Blinds 25K-50K ante 50K

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Nguyen Nam Duong – 9th place

On the 18th hand of the final table, the first casualty arrived. Nguyen Nam Duong was sent packing by Chen Da Jia. With action folding to the blinds, Nguyen shoved with Qd8d and bb Chen called with 3h3d. No hits on the board for Nguyen. He earned VN₫ 378,272,000 for his 9th place finish. 

20:35: Aditya Agarwal doubles up to 1.3m
Level 26: Blinds 25K-50K ante 50K

First double up of the final table went to Aditya Agarwal who shoved his last 590k with QdAs and got called by Huynh Tan Dung with 6c6d. The board ran Jc4d10hQsQc for trips to the Indian pro. Huynh went down to 4.9m which is still well above average stack. He still leads the table. Agarwal up to 1.3m.

20:30: Michael Seymour on the move, goes up to 2m
Level 26: Blinds 25K-50K ante 50K

Another pot taken down by Michael Seymour to bring his stack to 2m. He faced off with leader Huynh Tan Dung who raised from lo-jack to 125k, Seymour defended on the big blind. On the flop Js3sAh, Seymour check-called a 75k bet to see the turn Ad.  Seymour check-called a big 225k bet from Huynh. The river 4h saw no bets, Seymour showed Ac8s for trips and the pot. Huynh dipped to 5.5m.

20:20: First all in on the river; Michael Seymour reaches average 
Level 26: Blinds 25K-50K ante 50K

After five uncalled preflop shoves, there was action. Lo-jack David Erquiaga raised to 110k, button Michael Seymour called. At the flop KhAsJc, Erquiaga checked, Seymour bet 75k, called by Erquiaga. On the turn 9h, check again by Erquiaga, 225k banged out by Seymour, once again a call from Erquiaga. The river 3d, Erquiaga checked, all in by Seymour for 675k, Erquiaga tank-folded. Erquiaga down to 460k, Seymour up to average stack of 1.6m. 

20:05: Nguyen Van Dung picks up the first good pot
Level 26: Blinds 25K-50K ante 50K

Button Hamish Crawshaw raised to 125k, sb Huynh Tan Dung called, bb Nguyen Van Dung three-bet to 260k, called by both Crawshaw and Huynh. At the flop 3c4c}Jc Huynh led for 155k, called by Nguyen, Crawshaw folded. On the turn 6h, Huynh checked, Nguyen shoved his 340k stack, fold from Huynh. Nguyen up to 1.4m.

Final table formed!

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WPT Vietnam Final Table

We have reached the final 9 of the Main Event! WPT’s Danny McDonagh has decided to have the players continue for another two hours of to 6th place whichever comes first. Here are the final 9 players by seat:

1 – Tung Nguyen – Vietnam – 1,095,000
2 – Michael Seymour – 1,085,000
3 – Nguyen Nam Duong – Vietnam – 730,000
4 – Chen Da Jia – China – 370,000
5 – Hamish Crawshaw – New Zealand – 3,000,000
6 – Huynh Tan Dung aka Pegasus – Vietnam – 6,005,000 (chip leader)
7 – Nguyen Van Dung – Vietnam – 810,000
8 – David Erquiaga – Philippines – 995,000
9 – Aditya Agarwal – India – 840,000

Action will resume at Level 25 with blinds at 20K-40K ante 40K for one hand then to Level 26 with blinds at 25K-50K ante 50K. Total chips in play is 14,920,000, average stack is 1,657,777.

19:15: Zhao Jia Jun misses the final table! Eliminated in 10th place – VN₫ 316,222,000
Level 25: Blinds 20K-40K ante 40K

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Zhao Jia Jun – 10th place

Zhao Jia Jun is out of the running falling in a critical spot, 10th place, just missing the final table. It was battle of the blinds against massive chip leader Huynh Tan Dung. Huynh limped then called bb Zhao’s {100k raise. On the flop Jc4h2d, check from Huynh, all in for 600k from Zhao, called by Huynh.

Zhao AsJh top pair
Huynh 4d4s set

The turn Ad improved Zhao to two pair but with the river 8c, it was all over for him. He fell in 10th place. He earned VN₫ 316,222,000 for his great run. Huynh up t o a commanding 6M!

19:10: Huynh Tan Dung on a roll; takes from Erquiaga
Level 25: Blinds 20K-40K ante 40K

Huynh Tan Dung has taken command of his table winning pot after pot. Having just given William Kang the bad news, he proceeded to gain some off David Erquiaga to climb to 5m. The hand saw two limpers (button Huynh) and sb, then bb Erquiaga raised to 145k. He  was called only by Huynh. At the flop 3d6h8c, Erquiaga fired 100k, Huynh raised to 350k, fold by Erquiaga who went down to 1m.

18:56: William Kang falls in 11th place – VN₫ 316,222,000
Level 25: Blinds 20K-40K ante 40K

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William Kang – 11th place

William Kang has just been bumped out by Huynh Tan Dung. It was all in preflop with Kang Ah10s and Huynh ahead AdKc. The board cam Kd4s8d3c3h. Kang VN₫ 316,222,000 for his deep run. Huynh is the overwhelming chip leader 4.5m

18:55: Nguyen Van Dung doubles up through Crawshaw 
Level 25: Blinds 20K-40K ante 40K

Nguyen Van Dung was in need of a double up with just 200k behind, he got it all in with Ad2c. He was called by Hamish Crawshaw Qd9s. The board ran 7h10cAcQc5c for a double up granted to Nguyen. He is up to 480k.

18:50: Tung Nguyen takes some back from Seymour
Level 25: Blinds 20K-40K ante 40K

Several hands prior, Tung Nguyen was dealt a terrible bad beat against Michael Seymour. The two met again and Nguyen won some of the lost chips. From mp, Nguyen raised to 90k preflop, cutoff Seymour three-bet to 290k, Nguyen jammed, Seymour folded. Nguyen up to 1.44m. He is now back to average stack.

18:45: Aditya Agarwal back in fighting form
Level 25: Blinds 20K-40K ante 40K

Aditya Agarwal was down to his final 545k and put it all out front from the big blind after being pushed by sb David Erquiaga. AGarwal AsKs, Erquiaga Ac3h, the board ran Kc6h7sKh8h. Agarwal up to 1.37m, Erquiaga down to 1.1m.

18:35: Hamish Crawshaw cripples Nguyen Van Dung
Level 25: Blinds 20K-40K ante 40K

Utg Nguyen Van Dung raised to 90k, bb Hamish Crawshaw three-bet to 270k, called by Nguyen. On the flop {3sQh8s, Crawshaw bet 100k, Nguyen raised to 250k, Crawshaw shoved with 2m behind, Nguyen folded while showing JcJs. Crawshaw showed AdKd over cards. Nguyen down to 300k, Crawshaw climbed to 2.8m.

18:25: Michael Seymour doubles up through Tung Nguyen
Level 25: Blinds 20K-40K ante 40K

Tung Nguyen was not happy at the result of this hand while Michael Seymour was relieved at the lucky turnout. Nguyen raised to 80k preflop, Seymour all in for 750k, called by Nguyen.

Nguyen {}kd}Kh
Seymour 4d4s

The board ran 8s7s6d5d6c for a winning straight to Seymour and the double up to 1.6m. Nguyen dropped to below average of 1m.

18:20: JC Sayo falls in 12th place – VN₫ 316,222,000
Level 25: Blinds 20K-40K ante 40K

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JC Sayo

JC Sayo had an impressive ride at his first WPT Vietnam Main Event. On his final hand, he three-bet all in his 250k stack and was called by initial raiser, chip leader Huynh Tan Dung. Sayo had Ah2h, Huynh Ad4d, the board spread Ks7c3hJs4s. Sayo earned VN₫ 316,222,000 for his deep finish. Huynh now at 3.4m in chips.

18:15: Jaideep Sajwan out in 13th place – VN₫ 267,739,000
Level 25: Blinds 20K-40K ante 40K 

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Jaideep Sajwan – 13th place

Jaideep Sajwan ran hot at the festival. He cashed at the Kickoff event and though he wished he could have won the Main Event, he did cash at a respectable 12th place. He was railed by Hamish Crawshaw. The hand saw Sajwan raise to 60k from cutoff, sb Crawshaw called and the big blind. At the flop QcJd7c, Sajwan c-bet 100k, Crawshaw check-raised to 240k., bb folded, Sajwan shoved and got called.

Sajwan Qs9s
Crawshaw KdQh

The turn fell 5h and river 10d for a higher spread to Crawshaw. He climbed to 2.3m while Sajwan packed up to get his VN₫ 267,739,000 earnings.

18:10: Edgar Antezana ends his run in 14th place –  VN₫ 267,739,000
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

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Edgar Antezana – 14th place

Edgar Antezana struggled with a short stack all day but managed to ladder up all the way to 14th place. At one point he even quadrupled up with just 50k in chips. However, his day ended at the hands of chip leader Huynh Tan Dung who just won a pot against Zhao Jia Jun to go up to 2.45m.

Antezana’s final hand saw a board 2cQh5cQc2h, both players checked it until the river. Huynh bet 40k, Antezana raise shoved his last 120k, called. Antezana showed 6c8c flush that fell to Huynh’s Qs5h full house. Antezana earned VN₫ 267,739,000 for his deep finish.

17:55: Huynh Duc Tai stopped in 15th place – VN₫ 267,739,000
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

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Huynh Duc Tai – 15th place

Big celebration by Tung Nguyen after railing Huynh Duc Tai to climb over 1.7m. The hand started with a 60k raise by Tung from hijack,, joined by three callers to the flop which included Huynh on the big blind. At the flop 4d9cJs, Tung bet 90k, Huynh check-called and was the only player to continue. The turn Qh, Huynh led for 135k, Tung called. The river 3c, Huynh jammed (430k), and still couldn’t push out Tung who tank-called. Upon seeing the cards, Huynh had 4d6c low pair, Tung shipped it with AdJh. Great call by Tung. Huynh out in 15th place and earned VN₫ 267,739,000 for his deep run.

17:50: Jin Yong exits in 16th place – VN₫ 219,438,000
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

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Jin Yong – 16th place

Jin Yong sent his remaining 320k out front and hoped his Qd8s was good enough however he ran right into Zhao Jia Jun’s AdAc to send him out in 15th place when the board ran empty. Yong earned VN₫ 219,438,000 for his deep finish.

17:45: David Erquiaga exposes Crawshaw’s bluff
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

David Erquiaga is now leading with 1.85m after taking a sizable chunk from Hamish Crawshaw who failed on a bluff. Crawshaw kicked off the hand with a 70k raise from hijack, bb Erquiaga three-bet to 200k, called by Crawshaw. At the flop 2h5hJh no bets. On the turn 8h Crawshaw bet 150k, and Erquiaga check-called. The river card 7h saw more bets with Crawshaw betting 300k and Erquiaga check-calling. Crawshaw KdQs bluff, Erquiaga with 10h4s flush. Crawshaw down to 1.7m.

17:40: Rubin Labroo packs up in 17th place – – VN₫ 219,438,000
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

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Rubin Labroo – 17th place

On a raised pot preflop, Rubin Labroo check-raised all in on a flop 4d9d2h and was called by Huynh Tan Dung.  Labroo showed 9h8c top pair but Huynh Tan Dung had AsAh overpair. The turn 5s and river 6c sent Labroo packing in 17th place for a take of VN₫ 219,438,000.

17:36: 16 players remaining 
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

Remaining: 16 players
Total chips in play: 14,920,000
Average stack: 932,500

17:35: Alok Birewar exits in 18th place – VN₫ 219,438,000
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

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Alok Birewar – 18th place

Another player falling in this round, India’s Alok Birewar went all in on the button with 8cJh but the big blind Zhao Jia Jun would not let him pass and called with KsJd. The board ran Kh4d3c2s6s. He earned VN₫ 219,438,000 for his deep finish. Zhao now at 1.550m. 

17:30: William Kang takes a bit from the leader
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

Hijack William Kang raised to 75k and the big blind big stack Hamish Crawshaw defended. On the flop KdJs4c, Kang c-bet 95k and was check-called by the leader. On the turn 7d, Kang with a strong 100k bet, Crawshaw check-folded. Kang up to 850k, Crawshaw down to 2.35M.

17:20: Short stacked Edgar Antezana not going anywhere
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

Edgar Antezana has been short stacked since the start and continues to be. However, he did win a double up to have more to play with. Pushing all in with Ah9h from mid position, Antezana was called by Zhao Jia Jun on the big blind with AdJh. When the board ran 9s6c5c7c2h, Antezan shipped it to go up to 375k.

17:15: Hon Cheong Lee out in 19th place – VN₫ 182,724,000
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

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Hon Cheong Lee – 19th place

This new level opened up with Hon Cheong Lee falling in 19th place. On a raised pot preflop, he check-raised all in on the flop Js4d7s and Zhao Jia Jun called.

Zhao AhAc
Lee Jh2h

The turn 4s and river Ks were no help to Lee. He earned VN₫ 182,724,000 for his deep finish. 

17:10: Chip leaders at the break
Level 24: Blinds 15K-30K ante 30K

Hamish Crawshaw 2,470,000
Nguyen Van Dung 1,250,000
Zhao Jia Jun 1,240,000
Huynh Tan Dung  1,230,000
David Erquiaga 1,130,000

17:05: Huynh Duc Tai goes back to 920k
Level 23: 15K-25K ante 25K 

Mp Nguyen Van Dung limped and big blind Huynh Duc Tai checked. Both saw the flop 2dQd4s, Huynh checked, Nguyen bet 35k, Huynh called. On the turn 3c, check again by Huynh, Nguyen bet 75k, raised by Huynh, shove by the bug stack Nguyen, and Huynh risked it.

Huynh Ac5h straight
Nguyen Qc10s top pair  

Nguyen was drawing dead. River was 10h. Double up for Huynh to 900k.

17:01: 19 players left
Level 23: 15K-25K ante 25K

Remaining 19 players
Total chips in play: 14,920,000
Average stack: 785,266

17:00: Phan Huu Minh Tri railed in 20th place
Level 23: 15K-25K ante 25K

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Phan Huu Minh Tri – 20th place

Phan Huu Minh Tri all in with Ad7c and faced Zhao Jia Jun with 7d7s. No ace on the board to overtake. Phan railed in 20th place. He earned VN₫ 182,724,000 for his finish.

16:45: Aditya Agarwal drops on a Sayo boost
Level 23: 15K-25K ante 25K

Button JC Sayo shoved his remaining 225k with JdJc and found one caller in bb Aditya Agarwal with As3d. No hits on the board for Agarwal for a double up to Sayo. He now has 490k, Agarwal down to 270k.

16:40: Hamish Crawshaw keeps rising; Huynh Duc Tai down to 300k
Level 23: 15K-25K ante 25K

Hamish Crawshaw is unstoppable. He picked up another pot to send him far ahead of the pack with 2.56m. The latest win was against Huynh Duc Tai who raised from utg to 65k, hijack Crawshaw three-bet to 190k, called by Huynh. The flop landed Ad5s4c, both checked. The turn Kd had Huynh bet 150k, called by Crawshaw. Then on the river Qc check Huynh, bet 345k by Crawshaw, called. Crawshaw showed KhKs set. Huynh mucked and is down to 300k.

16:22: Short stacks go head to head
Level 23: Blinds 15K-25K ante 25K 

Two short stacks all in, Phan Huu Min Tri went up to 560k, Chen Da Jia down to 130k. The hands tabled were {Phan As5d, Chen Ac4s, the board ran 5s9sQh10dKd.

16:18: Thananat Therdtakoonrat falls in 21st place
Level 23: Blinds 15K-25K ante 25K

Thananat Therdtakoonrat was all in for his remaining 415k and Nguyen Van Dung called. Therdtakoonrat KsQd, Nguyen AcQc, the board bricked. Therdtakoonrat out in 21st place for VN₫ 182,724,000.

16:15: Sumit Sapra exits in 22nd place 
Level 23: Blinds 15K-25K ante 25K

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Sumit Sapra – 22nd place

Sumit Sapra was all in with Ac4s and best he could hope for was a chop with his called holding As5d. No such luck as the board ran 5s9sQh10dKd. Sapra out in 22nd place for VN₫ 150,151,000.

16:10: Hamish Crawshaw over 2m in chips
Level 23: Blinds 15K-25K ante 25K

Hamish Crawshaw continues to lead the pack here. There are 21 remaining and he is up top with over 2m in chips. The hand that sent him there was against William Kang who opened to 55k from mid-postion and called by Crawshaw on the small blind. At the flop 3h6dQc, Crawshaw checked, Kang c-bet 45k, called. The turn 4s no bets by either and the dealer opened the river 2c. Crawshaw came out with a 145k bet, Kang called, Crawshaw showed 2h2d set on the river. Kang mucked. Kang down to 480k.

15:45: Tung Nguyen banks a double off Erquiaga
Level 22: Blinds 10K-20K ante 20K

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Tung Nguyen

All in preflop action led to Tung Nguyen doubling with JdJh through David Erquiaga with Kc10d. The board was 9d8d7h2c8h. Nguyen up to 450k, Erquiaga dipped to 900k.

15:35: No repeat for Vincent Chauve, falls in 23rd place
Level 22: Blinds 10K-20K ante 20K

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Vincent Chauve – 23rd place

The reigning champion Vincent Chauve will not bring home a back-to-back. He fell in 23rd place to Hamish Crawshaw. His final hand was total domination with Crawshaw AcAd and Chauve Kd10s. The flop did give Chauve a king but not much more. He earned VN₫ 150,151,000 for his finish.

15:30: Zhao Jia Jun rises to 1.4m
Level 22: Blinds 10K-20K ante 20K

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Zhao Jia Jun

Zhao Jia Jun built up a very big stack prior to this hand however we weren’t able to get all the hands that helped him rise. One of them was a double up through Huynh Duc Tai with AhKh doing the job finding partners for both on the board. His 420k stack zoomed to 850k. Here is another winning hand to send his stack to 1.4m. Zhao raised to 45k preflop and found four callers to the flop 7c6sAd. Only one player called and the turn landed 2d. Zhao sent out a massive 325k, bet and this time no challenge to scoop it up.

15:26: 23 players remaining
Level 22: Blinds 10K-20K ante 20K

Remaining: 23 players
Total chips in play: 14,920,000
Average stack: 648,695

15:25: Nguyen Quang Huy out in 24th place
Level 22: Blinds 10K-20K ante 20K

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Nguyen Quang Huy- 24th place

Another Vietnamese player is out of the running here with Nguyen Quang Huy getting the boot from fellow countryman Nguyen Nam Duong. It was all in preflop with Quang holding 9d9s and Duong AhKc. The flip went to Duong with the board Qs3dJcAs6d. Quang earned VN₫ 150,151,000 for his finish.

15:20: Jaideep Sajwan exposes the bluff; gets back in the game
Level 22: Blinds 10K-20K ante 20K

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Jaideep Sajwan

Jaideep Sajwan is having an erratic ride entering as one of the big stacks, dropping to 10 bbs, and now on the upswing with a good pot won against big stacked Huynh Duc Tai. Opening it was utg Sajwan to 50k, called by Huynh in mid position. At the flop As10d3h, Sajwan led 40k, called by Huynh. The turn 9c action switched with Sajwan checking, Huynh firing 80k, called by Sajwan. The river 3c, check again by Sajwan, Huynh bet two green towers worth 200k, Sajwan tank-called. Huynh showed KdQc bluff, Sajwan won the pot with AhJd top pair. He rose to 900k, Huynh dropped to 950k.

15:11: 24 players remaining
Level 22: Blinds 10K-20K ante 20K

Remaining: 24 players
Total chips in play: 14,920,000
Average stack: 621,667

15:10: Le Anh Minh exits in 25th place
Level 22: Blinds 10K-20K ante 20K

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Le Anh Minh – 25th place

Le Anh Minh three-bet all in his last 270k while holding AcKd, Rubin Labroo went to tango with As10d. The board ran 10c2d2sAh8h for a higher two pair to Labroo. Minh busted in 25th place and earned VN₫ 130,251,000 for his finish.

14:50: Break time info

Remaining: 25 players
Total chips in play: 14,920,000
Average stack: 596,800
Next blinds 10K-20K ante 20K

Nguyen Van Dung 1.4m
Hamish Crawshaw 1.3m
Huynh Duc Tai 1.23m
Michael Seymour 900k
David Erquiaga 900k

14:40: Jaideep Sajwan’s turn to double
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

After his pocket kings were crushed by Vincent Chauve’s pocket eights turned set, it was Sajwan’s turn to double up. He had AcKs against Thananat Therdtakoonrat’s AdJs. The board ran 10s7h5hKc6d. Therdtakoonrat dropped to 480k, Sajwan up to 300k.

14:35: Vincent Chauve with some luck of his own
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

Vincent Chauve is staging a comeback pushing his remaining 160k with 8c8s and getting lucky on Jaideep Sajwan with KcKh with the board running 4d6c3h8hQd. Sajwan fell to 140k, Chauve rose to 360k.

14:30: Nguyen Duc Hop falls in 26th place
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

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Nguyen Duc Hop

Despite a nice boost in chips at the start of day, Nguyen Duc Hop could not bring it any higher than 26th place. He fell to Huynh Tan Dung. It was all in preflop with Huynh KdKs, Nguyen 8d8h, the board ran empty for Nguyen. Huynh shipped it and climbed to 700k. Nguyen earned VN₫ 130,251,000 for his finish. 

14:27: William Kang lands the two-outer; Chauve plunges 
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

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William Kang

After shipping in Martin Stausholm’s chips, Vincent Chauve’s stack took a beating with William Kang getting very lucky. It was battle of the blinds. Sb Chauve raised to 45k, bb Kang all in (525k), called by Chauve. Kang 7h7s, Chauve 8s8d, the board ran clean until the river Ac3h6d5h7d for a winning set and a double up to Kang. Kang over a million, Chauve down to 170k.

14:25: Martin Stausholm out in 27th place
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

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Martin Stausholm

Next to eat dust was Martin Stausholm with reigning champion Vincent Chauve knocking him down to the ground. Prior to his hand, Chauve lost several pots to go below average. Both players needed this pot to get back in form.

Action saw Stausholm shove (160k) from the button with Qs4s, bb Chauve called with a dominating QsAs. The board came Ad9h5h5c2h. Chauve claimed it while Stausholm earned VN₫ 130,251,000 for his finish. 

14:15: Hoang Van Manh falls in 28th place
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

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Hoang Van Manh- 28th place

Unable to ladder up to the next payscale was Hoang Van Manh falling in 28th place. He was in a preflop war against Hon Cheong Lee that saw all his chips go in. Hoang had Ad10d, Lee with KsJs, the board ran well for Lee 4c9cJhKd6s. Hoang earned VN₫ 105,829,000 for his deep run. 

14:10: Sumit Sapra cripples JC Sayo
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

Mp JC Sayo raised to 35k, sb Sumit Sapra called and the flop ran Js8d5d. Check from Sapra led to Sayo sending out a 36k c-bet, called. The turn Jh, check again by Sapra, 45k from Sayo, raise to 135k by Sapra, Sayo tank-called. On the river 7c, Sapra jammed (170k), Sayo tank-folded and dropped to 30k. Sapra back up to 600k.

14:05: Sumit Sapra plummets as Michael Seymour doubles up
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

Action folded to the blinds, sb Sumit Sapra raised to 35k, bb Michael Seymour three-bet to 125k, Sapra all in, Seymour risked it with less chips.

Sapra Ac8c
Seymour AhQd

The board ran 3s10cQc2hKs for a double up to Seymour. He now has 960k, Sapra plummeted to 108k.

14:00: Three hits sends Aditya Agarwal’s stack to 720k
Level 21: Blinds 10K-15K ante 15K

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Aditya Agarwal

Aditya Agarwal got involved in a few hands and all didn’t go his way to send him down to 720k. He lost two pots against Nguyen Van Dung. The first pot, Nguyen three-bet from mp to up utg Agarwal’s raise 30k to 80k. Agarwal called. On the flop Ks7s10c, no bets and the turn came Ac. Agarwal check-called 85k. The river 5c Agarwal check-called 50k then mucked to Nguyen’s Ah6d top pair. Nguyen went up to 1m in chips. 

The next loss to Nguyen saw an mp raise to 35k, hijack Agarwal three-bet to 120k, cutoff Nguyen four-bet to 210k, mp folded, Agarwal called and the flop came 4d3d7s. Agarwal checked, Nguyen bet 125k, Agarwal folded.  

The third drop in chips saw mp Rubin Labroo raise to 35k, called by button Huynh Tan Dung and bb Agarwal. The flop 7h10h8c, action was checked to Huynh who bet 23k, called by Labroo and Agarwal. On the turn, Huynh bet 76k and this time both Labroo and Agarwal check-folded.

13:50: Edgar Antezana quadruples up but still very short
Level 21: Blinds 10K-15K ante 15K

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Edgar Antezana

Edgar Antezana was down to his last 26k and risked it all with Kc2c. He was called by three players who call checked down the board 2d9c8d3h8s. With his bottom pair, Antezana quadrupled up to 114k. 

13:45: Another double up for Alok Birewar
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

Alok Birewar shipped another double up, this time paying it was chip leader Hamsh Crawshaw who could easily afford it. Birewar all in with JhQc, Crawshaw Ah10s, the board Qs3dJd7h3h. Birewar up to 470k. 

13:40: David Erquiaga vs Quang Huy
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

David Erquiaga and Quang Huy were seen attacking each other’s chips on two separate occasions. During the opening level, Quang jammed on a turn board 8c4h5d2d to win the pot with Erquiaga tank-folding. This brought Quang up to around 320k while Erquiaga dropped to 500k. 

On their next meeting it was Erquiaga who sent Quang tanking. Preflop war, Erquiaga raised to 30k, Quang three-bet to 66k, Erquiaga four-bet to 146k, fold from Quang. Erquiaga up to 640k, Quang down to 270k. 

13:35: Martin Stausholm saved by the river
Level 21: Blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K 

After losing chips to Aditya Agarwal on a previous hand, Martin Stausholm has been sitting on a stack of 10bbs. He finally got it all in with AhKd and once again it was big stacked Agarwal there to put the heat on. Agarwal had Ac5c. When the flop ran 5hAd4d, Agarwal overtook with two pair however with the turn 9d and river 8d, Stausholm seized back the lead to double up to 300k. He is now at 20bbs. Agarwal is down to 1.4M.

13:29: Francis Garson out in 29th place
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

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Francis Garson – 29th place

The fourth casualty of the day also happened in the opening round with Francis Garson getting bounced out by Michael Seymour. Short stacked Garson was all in preflop with AhQs and faced Michael Seymour with 6d6c. When the flop came 9s6sJc, Seymour further improved, and despite the turn Qh pair for Garson, he was drawing dead. River was Jh. Garson earned VN₫ 105,829,000 for his deep run. 

13:25: Yuwen Pan exits in 30th place
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

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Yuwen Pan – 30th place

After getting crippled by a very bad beat against the Thai player, Yuwen Pan waited until he had a decent hand to get it all in. He shoved (131k) holding Kh10s but ran into Jin Yong’s AsQd. The board had a crazy spread 9dAd6s7d8dfor a winning flush to Yong over Pan’s straight. Pan earned VN₫ 105,829,000 for 30th place. 

13:20: Thananat Therdtakoonrat bets on every street
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

Thailand player Therdtakoonrat doubled up earlier with a gorgeous foursome of ladies. He picked up another pot to bring him up to 590k. From utg, he opened to 25k, bb Tung Nguyen called. On the flop 3c5h10s, Nguyen checked, Therdtakoonrat c-bet 25k, called by Nguyen. On the turn 8h another 40k c-bet and that Nguyen check-called. However on the river 10d, Nguyen couldn’t bring it in, he tank-folded to a 50k c-bet. Nguyen dropped to 400k.

13:18: Manh Hoang doubles up through Huynh Duc Tai
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

Short stacked Manh Hoang will be sticking around having just shipped a double through Huynh Duc Tai. Hoang had AcJc, Huynh AhQs, the board ran well for the lesser hand 5cKcJh2hJs to improve and climb to 310k.

13:10: Martin Stausholm loses some to Aditya Agarwal
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

Utg player opened the betting to 25k, called by hijack Martin Stausholm, called by bb Aditya Agarwal. On the flop 4s5sAc, Agarwal led for 115k, utg folded, Stausholm called and the turn came 3s. Both players checked, the river 8s came, Agarwal bet 85k, Stausholm tank-folded.

13:05: Nguyen Duc Hop boosted by Crawshaw
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

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Nguyen Duc Hop

After Alok Birewar doubled up, another one followed at his table. Jaideep Sajwan opened, Hamish Crawshaw three-bet, Nguyen Duc Hop shoved, Sajwan folded, Crawshaw called.

Nguyen KhQh
Crawshaw 10d9d

The board ran Qc8d7s3h10s. Nguyen up to 400k. Crawshaw down to 1.3m.

13:00: Alok Birewar doubles through Jaideep Sajwan
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

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Alok Birewar

Two players from India had it all in, Alok Birewar three-bet shoved his 148k stack and fellow countryman Jaideep Sajwan called.

Birewar KdJd
Sajwan AhQh

The board ran 8h5cQc10hKc for a top pair spiked on the river by Birewar. He doubled up to 400k, Sajwan dropped to 430k.

12:55: Thananat Therdtakoonrat with quads, chunks Yuwen Pan
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

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Thananat Therdtakoonrat

Thananat Therdatkoonrat was in danger of elimination with his QcQd all in against Yuwen Pan’s KhKc. However, the poker gods shined on the Thai player as it ran 10c2h4cQsQh for a crushing quads. He doubled up to to over 520k, Pan dropped to 150k.

12:50: Josh McCully falls to Rubin Labroo
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

Josh McCully has tumble out of the running. Despite enjoying a decent run yesterday, his half average stack today could not get any larger with big stacked Rubin Labroo denying him the coin flip. McCully was all in with AhKs, Labroo with JcJd, the board bricked. McCully earne VN₫ 105,829,000 for his finish in 31st place. 

12:47: William Kang muscles the big stack 
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

Utg William Kang put the muscle on Huynh Duc Tai to claim himself a good pot. Action opened with Kang raising to 26k, Huynh three-bet to 62k, called by Kang. At the flop 10s3hQh, Huynh c-bet 52k, Kang shoved (251k), Huynh folded. Kang up to 430k

12:45: Nguyen Chi Thinh railed by Huynh Duc Tai
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

Short stacked Nguyen Chi Thinh put it all in with AsKh, called by one of the leaders, Huynh Duc Tai with KdKs, the board ran 7s9dKh5d10c. That gives us the first elimination of the day. We are down to 31 players.  Nguyen earns VN₫ 105,829,000 for his finish. 

12:40: Big stacks battle; Sajwan triple barrels but Crawshaw draw first blood
Level 20: Blinds 6K-12K ante 12K

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Hamish Crawshaw

Entering chip leader Hamish Crawshaw picked up a nice early pot against another big stack, Jaideep Sajwan. Mp Sajwan initiated the action with a 27k raise, called by bb Crawshaw. On the flop KsQc6c, Crawshaw checked, Sajwan c-bet 32k, called again by the leader. The turn 5d, same action with a 92k c-bet  called. The river Kd, check by Crawshaw, 77k bet by Sajwan, Crawshaw called, immediate muck by Sajwan. He dropped to 630k while Crawshaw climbed to 1.5m.

Cards in the air for Main Event Day 3!

Good afternoon players and welcome to the WPT Vietnam Main Event. We are getting down to the wire here with 32 players remaining out of the 373 entries. This is officially the most lucrative prize pool ever produced by the brand in Vietnam, coming in at an impressive VN₫ 18,090,500,000 (~US$ 780,000).

During the penultimate level in Day 2, the money was reached after reigning WPT champion Vincent Chauve eliminated Hieu Ngo on the bubble. Eliminations were rampant with short stacks shoving and busting. Capitalizing were two players, Hamish Crawshaw and Aditya Agarwal, both amassing over a million in chips and are today’s front runners. 

Action is underway. The first deal has been felted. The agenda for today is to secure a final table seat. We will have live updates for you throughout the day with blow by blow action once it reaches the final two table. For now, here are the payouts for today and all other info.

Eliminations 10th – 12th – VN₫ 316,222,000
Eliminations 13th – 15th – VN₫ 267,739,000
Eliminations 16th – 18th – VN₫ 219,438,000
Eliminations 19th – 21st – VN₫ 182,724,000
Eliminations 22nd – 24th – VN₫ 150,151,000
Eliminations 25th – 27th – VN₫ 130,251,000
Eliminations 28th – 32nd – VN₫ 105,829,000

Main Event info

Total: 373 entries
Prize pool: VN₫ 18,090,500,000 (~US$ 780,000)
ITM: 47 places
1st prize: VN₫ 3,782,723,000 (~US$ 163,000)

Total chips in play: 14,920,000
Average stack: 466,250
Opening blinds: 6000-12000 ante 12000 (Level 20)

Day 3: 32 players
Day 3 starting time: 1230pm
Bagging time: when the final 9 players is reached

Top 5 Chip Leaders

Hamish Crawshaw – 1,281,000
Aditya Agarwal – 1,137,000
Vincent Chauve – 935,000
Huynh Duc Tai – 927,000
Jaideep Sajwan – 821,000

23:20: Day 2 closes with 32 remaining; Hamish Crawshaw bags the lead

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Hamish Crawshaw

A rocking day at the felt has come to an end with 32 players remaining in the Main Event. Bagging up the lead was Hamish Crawshaw with 1,281,000. Joining him up top also with over a mil was Aditya Agarwal with 1,137,000. We shall see you back here tomorrow. Stay tuned for the recap with all the details including the record VN₫ 18 billion prize pool set by WPT here in Vietnam.

Day 3 – Chip Counts & Seat Draw

23:15: Hon Cheong Lee makes up the lost chips
Level 19: Blinds 5000-10000 ante 10000

Hon Cheong Lee doubled up JC Sayo in a previous hand to bring him down to around 340k then found a spot to make up the loss. Heavy preflop betting against Michael Seymour led to both all in. Seymour with KdKh, Lee with AsQs, the board came QdJc6sQc10c for certain victory. Lee up to 720k, Seymour down to around 80k.

23:10: Current eliminations
Level 19: Blinds 5000-10000 ante 10000

Eliminations 33rd – 36th – VN₫ 105,829,000

33rd Eu Woong Kim (Canada)
34th Jimmy Guerrero (France)
35th Burin Shinawatra (Thailand)
36th Jun Yamada (Thailand)

23:05: Jacks double up Phan Huu Minh Tri 
Level 19: Blinds 5000-10000 ante 10000

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Phan Huu Minh Tri

Action preflop saw hijack Martin Stausholm raise to 25k, sb Phan Huu Minh Tri three-bet to 60k, called by Stausholm. On the flop 7s6c2d, Phan c-bet 40k, called by Stausholm. The turn Qc, Phan switched up and checked, Stausholm took the chance to bet 100k, Phan shoved (206k), Stausholm called.

Phan JdJs
Stausholm 9d9s

The river 2s was a double up for Phan to 620k, Stausholm dropped to 420k.

22:55: JC Sayo doubles up through Hon Cheong Lee
Level 19: Blinds 5000-10000 ante 10000

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JC Sayo

Button player JC Sayo raised to 22k, bb Hon Cheong Lee shoved his big stack that well covered Sayo, Sayo called and put himself at risk.

Sayo AhQs
Lee 5d5h

The board ran 10h9h10c3sAs for a higher pair spiked on the river by Sayo. He doubled up to 481k. Lee dropped to 340k.

22:50: Jaideep Sajwan banks a big one off Aditya Agarwal
Level 19: Blinds 5000-10000 ante 10000

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Jaideep Sajwan

Two players from India faced off, Jaideep Sajwan and Aditya Agarwal. Sajwan opened the betting to 22k, Agarwal called from the big blind. On the flop 7d4c9s, Agarwal checked, Sajwan bet 17k, Agarwal called. The turn Ac, Agarwal checked again, Sajwan bet 17k, called again by Agarwal. The river Ah, Agarwal checked, Sajwan bet 155k, Agarwal called. Sajwan showed AsQh trips, Agarwal mucked. Sajwan up to 800k.

22:45: William Kang shoves JC Sayo
Level 19: Blinds 5000-10000 ante 10000

William Kang raised to 23k, and bb JC Sayo defended. The flop As2d10s, Sayo checked, Kang c-bet 22k, called by Sayo. The turn Jc, Sayo checked again, Kang shoved 294k, Sayo tank-folded. Kang up to 390k.

22:31: Aditya Agarwal up to 1.4m
Level 19: Blinds 5000-10000 ante 10000

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Aditya Agarwal

Aditya Agarwal is now at 1.4m after winning chips off Doan Tien Thanh. With everyone folding to the button Doan, he raised to 23k, bb Agarwal defended and they saw the flop Qh10c5h. Agarwal check-called a 23k c-bet. On the 7c turn, Agarwal check-called a 40k bet. Then with the river Ac, Agarwal checked, Doan fired 100k, Agarwal called once more, Doan mucked. Agarwal didn’t have to show.

22:30: Current eliminations
Level 19: Blinds 5000-10000 ante 10000

Eliminations 37th – 45th – VN₫ 96,965,000 (~US$ 4,200)
37th Tom Alner (UK)
38th Tran Hoai Linh (Vietnam)
39th Peter Robertson (Australia)
40th Tran Anh Trung (Vietnam)
41st Bobby Xinghua Zhou (Singapore)
42nd Tai Chen Lye (Singapore)
43rd Dang Duy Thanh (Vietnam)
44th Pham Thang Tung (Vietnam)
45th Binh Zhang (China)

Eliminations 46th -47th – VN₫ 88,643,000 (~US$ 3,800)
46th Alan King Lun Lau (Hong Kong)
47th You Heung Youl (Korea)

21:40: Hieu Ngo busts! Vincent Chauve delivers the bubble!
Level 18: Blinds 4000-8000 ante 8000

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Hieu Ngo bubbles

Vincent Chauve is a monster. He has built up a very big stack, crushing the table, and now delivering the bubble in Hieu Ngo. Ngo lost a series of big pots that left him with a very short stack of 68k. He had it all in with 8s8h against Chauve’s drawing overcards As10h. The flop came 6sJc10d for a higher pair immediately awarded to Chauve. The turn Ks and river 5d didn’t improve Ngo to bust out on the bubble. Chauve now at 850k.

Everyone remaining is in the money. They play until the end of Level 19. From here on, it’s payday.


21:40: You Heung Youl rivers it to stay alive
Level 18: Blinds 4000-8000 ante 8000

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You Heung Youl

You Heung Youl looked down at AcKs and shoved (55k). He was called by Han Cheong Lee with Qh7d. When the flop ran Qc2c8c, Youl was in danger of elimination with Lee spiking a pair however, Youl had plenty of outs to help him. The turn 8d wasn’t one of the, and with the big rail eagerly awaiting the river, it came down Kh for a higher pair and a happy victory for Youl. He doubled to 120k.

21:30: Rubin Labroo with a big river bet to scoop it
Level 18: Blinds 4000-8000 ante 8000

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Rubin Labroo

Cutoff Rubin Labroo raised to 17k, button Doan Tien Thanh called, blinds folded, flop landed JhAhQs. Labroo checked, Doan bet 15k, Labroo called. The turn 5c saw more bets with a check from Labroo, 25k bet by Doan, called again by Labroo. The river Kh, Labroo switched up and bet 105k, no call from Doan. Labroo showed 6s and scooped it up to rise to 650k.

21:00: Bubble time! 48 players remaining
Level 18: Blinds 4000-8000 ante 8000

We have reached the bubble! There are 48 players remaining, only 47 get paid. They are now hand-for-hand.

20:45: David Erquiaga continues to beef up
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

David Erquiaga is currently Hieu Ngo’s nemesis with another tower shaved off. Ngo raised to 15k from utg, hijack called, button Erquiaga three-bet to 50k, called only by Ngo. On the flop 7hQs8h and turn As, both players checked. On the river 7s, Ngo checked, Erquiaga shoved, no call from Ngo who went down to 150k. Erquiaga chipped up to 580k.

20:35: Hamish Crawshaw gains from Jimmy Guerrero
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Having just scooped up all of David Tai’s stack, Hamish Crawshaw was at it again. Action was set off by mp Jimmy Guerrero with a 14k raise, button Crawshaw called. The flop 8d5s8c and turn Kd saw Crawshaw call bets of 15k and 78k. The river 5c, Guerrero checked, Crawshaw all in, Guerrero opted to fold. Crawshaw up to 630k, Guerrero dropped to 290k.

20:30: Set over set! Hamish Crawshaw rails David Tai
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

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Hamish Crawshaw

Crazy hand on table 2 with two players looking to capitalize off the other only to find out it was a set over set. The hand opened with mp raising to 14k, button David Hsing Tai called, bb Hamish Crawshaw joined in for a three-way to the flop 7d5c9c. Crawshaw led 20k, mp and Tai called. On the turn 5h, Crawshaw sent out 15k, mp folded, Tai called. On the river 3s, Crawshaw checked, Tai all in for 75k, Crawshaw called. Tai showed 7s7c full house but it wasn’t good enough for a double up with Crawshaw tabling 9d9h higher full house. Tai out, Crawshaw up to 510k.

20:20: Good pot for Jaideep Sajwan 
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Action kicked off with mp Jaideep Sajwan laying out a 13k raise, cutoff called, bb Thanh Dang defended, and all three went to see the flop 3s6d8h. Action was checked to the cutoff player who bet 16k, Thanh called, Sajwan raised to 54k, cutoff folded, Thanh called. The turn Jd, Thanh checked, Sajwan all in for 160k, Thanh folded. Sajwan up to 320k, Thanh dropped to 110k.

20:10: JIn Yong defends and doubles up
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Everyone folded to the button Peter Robertson, he raised to 13k. Sb folded, bb Jin Yong defended. At the flop Jd7hKc, Yong checked, Robertson fired 15k, called again by Yong. The turn 10d no bets landed and the river felted 5c. Yong checked, Robertson banged out a large 76k, Yong all in (80k), and Robertson called the 4k difference.

Yong Ks7c two pair
Robertson Qc6s bluff

Double up for Yong to 220k.

20:00: Chen Da Jia vs Nguyen Chi Thinh
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Action packed table 6 where Vincent Chauve has been taking control. However, in this hand, the bout was between Chen Da Jia and Nguyen Chi Thinh. Mp Nguyen raised to 16k, called by hijack, three-bet 45k by cutoff Chen, called by Nguyen while hijack got out of the way. The flop 10d2h8s, Nguyen checked, Chen bet 30k, Nguyen called. On the turn 2s, Nguyen checked, Chen all in (73k), Nguyen tank-folded. Nguyen down to 190k, Chen up to 240k.

20:50: Chip leaders 
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Vincent Chauve 730k
Aditya Agarwal 665k
Rubin Labroo 577k
Huynh Duc Tai 550k

19:45: Hieu Ngo loses more; David Erquiaga doubles up
Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000 ante 5000

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David Erquiaga

Hieu Ngo continued to fall, this time it was David Erquiaga taking some. Action began with lo-jack raising to 11k, cutoff Erquiaga called, sb called, bb Ngo called. At the flop 8h10c5h, sb checked, Ngo bet 20k, called by lo-jack, Erquiaga shoved (156k). Only Ngo called.

Ngo Jh4h flush draw
Erquiaga 8s8d set

The turn 4s and river 5c kept Erquiaga ahead to double up to 400k. Ngo down to 210k.

19:30: Another falls to Vincent Chauve
Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000 ante 5000

If this were boxing, this round would be a knock out for Vincent Chauve who sent another player to his doom. This time it was Toan Phan booted. He was all in with his short stack of 55k, Chauve called on the small blind. Chauve Ac5c, Phan 3d3c, the board ran 2sAh4hQd2h for a higher pair spiked by Chauve. He now has 720k.

19:25: Hamish Crawshaw vs Alok Birewar
Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000 ante 5000

Mp player raised to 12k, hijack Alok Birewar called, cutoff Hamish Crawshaw three-bet to 42k, mp folded, Birewar called. The flop Jh4d5d, Birewar checked to the aggressor Crawshaw who bet 27k, called by Birewar. On the turn Qc, Birewar checked again, Crawshaw bet 55k, this time Birewar folded but not after a long deliberation. Crawshaw up to 390k, Birewar down to 240k.

19:20: Huynh DucTai puts the hammer on Hammen
Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000 ante 5000

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Huynh Duc Tai

Huynh Duc Tai is currently leading the race with 760k having just knocked out Joel Hammen. The hand saw Hammen four-bet shove his short stack and big stacked Huynh easily called.

Huynh 4d4h
Hammen AdKc

The board ran dry for Hammen. Huynh shipped it.

19:15: More chips for Vincent Chauve
Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000 ante 5000

Vincent Chauve is on fire this round picking up another sizable pot to climb to 660k. Choo Yoh Han four-bet all in and Chauve snap-called. Han with Qs10d, Chauve with a much stronger AdKd, the board ran 6s4cAhAh7s and out went Han.

19:05: Nguyen Nam Duong up, Dinh Xuan Dinh plummets
Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000 ante 5000

Preflop battle between two locals saw lo-jack Dinh Xuan Dinh slide in a 12k raise, bb Nguyen Nam Duong defended on the big blind. When the flop came 7h10hJd, Nguyen checked, Dinh c-bet 12k, called by Nguyen. The turn Ad same action with Nguyen check-calling 25k to bring on the river {Qd. Nguyen checked, Dinh bet 47k, Nguyen jammed (162k), Dinh folded leaving himself 120k behind. Nguyen up to 300k.

18:55: Vincent Chauve hits Hieu Ngo again to go over 500k
Level 16: Blinds 2500-5000 ante 5000

Mp Hieu Ngo and Vincent Chauve meet again. Ngo raised to 12k, button Chauve three-bet to 35k, back to Ngo, he four-bet to 85k, Chauve called. At the flop QhKs8h, check by Ngo, Chauve bet 55k, called. The turn 5h another check from Ngo, Chauve shoved 219k, Ngo tank-folded while showing Kc top pair. Ngo down to 280k, Chauve up to 510k.

18:20:  Vincent Chauve takes a pot, rises to 330k
Level 15:  Blinds 2000-4000 ante 4000

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Vincent Chauve

Hijack  Vincent Chauve raised to 9k, button called, bb Hieu Ngo three-bet to 35k, Chauve called, button folded. At the flop 5h2h6d, Ngo c-bet another 35k and was called. The turn 5d, Ngo checked, Chauve bet 40k, Ngo tank-folded. Chauve up to 330k. Ngo dipped to 400k

18:15: Aditya Agarwal doubles then rails two; zooms to 600k
Level 15:  Blinds 2000-4000 ante 4000

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Aditya Agarwal

Aditya Agarwal scored two huge pots to send him into the leadership zone. The first hand saw him take command with bets pref, flop, and a shove on the turn 7h6s10c. He was called down every time by Pham Minh Tuan. Agarwal showed Kd8d, Pham {10s10h set, the river 5d was one of the outs Agarwal needed to complete his straight to send Pham fuming in defeat. Agarwal zoomed to 420k, Pham plunged to 16k.

Next hand, Agarwal knocked out two players simultaneously- Pham and Iori Yogo. After a preflop betting war, all chips were out front.

Pham Qc10c, Yogo JdJh, Agarwal AhKc. The board ran 4s4d7hKdQs. Agarwal up to 600k.

18:00: Josh McCully gets action for his boat
Level 15:  Blinds 2000-4000 ante 4000

A splash of chips entered the pot preflop initiated by the utg+1 player. Lo-jack Josh McCully, cutoff Martin Stausholm, and bb Francis Garson all joined to the flop 2sAcKc. Garson checked, urg+1 c-bet 12k, called only by McCully. The turn Ad both checked. On the river Kd, McCully bet 9k and got check-called. McCully showed As8s full house. He is back up to 200k.

18:00: Lucky Iori Yogo triples up to 170k
Level 15: Blinds 2000-4000 ante 4000

One of the most decorated Asian players remaining is Japanese pro Iori Yogo. He entered with a short stack and hasn’t made much ground until now. He earned a triple up to rise to 170k. He was all in preflop with 6s6h and was called by two players one with pocket nines and the other with pocket queens. With the worst hand, Yogo was in danger of elimination however the board ran 7s2cKc6d4c to give him a victorious set.

17:55: Sang In Lee falls to Dave Erquiaga
Level 15: Blinds 2000-4000 ante 4000

Sang In Lee was one of the day’s big stacks however we didn’t get much action on him other than his demise. Delivering the bad news was David Erquiaga. Both players were all in preflop, Lee with KhKs, Erquiaga AhKc, the lone ace found a partner on the board 3cAc6s2c10c. Lee out, Erquiaga up to 130k.

17:50: Nguyen Chi Thinh claims a good pot 
Level 15: Blinds 2000-4000 ante 4000

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Nguyen Chi Thinh

Lo-jack Nguyen Chi Thinh raised to 9k, hijack Hieu Ngo called, the flop came KdJh9h. Both players checked and the dealer opened the turn Qd. Nguyen bet 6k, Ngo raised to 21k, called by Nguyen. On the river 2d, Nguyen bet 41k, Ngo called. Nguyen showed Ad5d nut flush and won the pot with Ngo mucking. Nguyen up to 300k, Ngo down to 420k.

17:35: Phan Huu Minh Tri’s aces pumps in the double
Level 15: Blinds 2000-4000 ante 4000

Button player Phan Huu Minh Tri looked down at AsAc and three bet the utg’s raise of 6500 (called by hijack Ben Lai) to make it 16.5k. Utg folded, Lai called. When the flop landed 5c10s3h, Lai checked to the aggressor Phan who bet 19k, called by Lai. The turn 7s, Lai all in (93k), Phan all in (86k), the tirver Jd sealed the win for Phan and the double up to 330k. Lai plummeted to 5k.

17:25: Yun Yamada’s set of ladies get full pay from Patni
Level 15: Blinds 2000-4000 ante 4000

On a turn board 2s8dJcQc and 38k in the middle, Yun Yamada bet 18k, called by one players, check-raised by bb Kunal Patni to  46k, three-bet shove (94k) by Yamada, fold followed, then Patni called.

Yamada QhQd set
Patni Jd8s two pair

The river was Ks, Yamada doubled up to 250k, Patni dropped to 90k.

17:15: Rubin Labroo skyrockets to the chip lead
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

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Rubin Labroo

Big stacks are now right beside each other with Nguyen Van Dung joined by Rubin Labroo in the leader’s bracket. Sending Labroo there was the knockout of Junichi Nakanawatori. Opening the action was lo-jack with a 7k raise. Button Labroo called, sb Nakanowatari three-bet to 27k, lo-jack folded, Labroo called. At the flop 4sQs8c, Nakanowatari c-bet 25k, Labroo called. On the turn 9d, Nakanowatari bet 49k, Labroo shoved, Nakanowatari all in for less chips.

Labroo Jd10h straight
Nakanowatari AhKs

Nakanowatari was drawing dead. The river Js was formality. Labroo zoomed to 620k.

17:06: Yuwen Pan puts the doorstop on Tran Anh Trung  
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

Preflop action, Yuwen Pan raised to 6500, bb Tran Anh Trung three-bet to 25k, called by Pan. At the flop Jc2sQs, Tran checked, Pan shoved (153k), Tran tanked then folded. Pan up to 280k, Tran down to 390k.

17:00: No call for Nguyen Nam Duong
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

From hijack, Nguyen Nam Duong three-bet from 7500 to make it 20.5k, initial raiser Pham Thanh Tung called. At the flop Kd4d10h, Pham bet 20.5k, Nguyen jammed (57k), Pham tank-folded. Pham down to 270k, Nguyen rose to 120k.

16:50: Tran Anh Trung on a killing spree
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

Another one bites the dust to Tran Anh Trung. This time it was Wu Yuanning who three-bet shoved (49k) holding 7s7c. Tran had him well covered and made the call with Ac9c. The board ran JdAd10h8s3d. Tran shipped it, Wu out.

16:45: Aces cracked! Thananat Therdtakoonrat avoids the rail
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

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Thananat Therdtakoonrat

Preflop war led to two players all in in. Pham Minh Tuan had AhAc, Thananat Therdtakoonrat holding KhKd, with the board running 5s3d9hQc all was clear for Pham until that river Ks awarded a dominating set to Therdtakoonrat. Pham down to 140k, Therdtakoonrat with a lucky double to 280k.

16:40: Martin Stausholm vs Sumit Sapra
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

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Martin Stausholm

Two bigshots battle for a pot. Mp Sumit Sapra raised to 6500, Martin Stausholm three-bet to 18k, Sapra called. On the flop 3h6c5c, Sapra checked, Stausholm c-bet 15k, called by Sapra. The turn 6d Sapra checked then folded to a 55k bet. Stausholm up to 370k, Sapra down to 260k.

16:30: Nguyen Van Dung up to 550k
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

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Nguyen Van Dung

With 16.3k already in the middle, the dealer felted 10sQh3h. Bb Junichi Nakanowatari checked to button Nguyen Van Dung who bet 7k. Nakanowatari called. On the turn 6h no bets were laid out and the river came 2h. Nakanowatari switched up and led for 14k, Dung called. Nakanowatari had {qc]7d top pair but the pot went to Dung with KhJc flush. Dung up to 550k.

16:15: Break time, 99 players remaining
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

We are at another break. 99 players remaining. Money is at 47 places which means plenty more to bust before we get close.

16:05: Dao Minh Phu paid by Martin Stausholm
Level 13: Blinds 1500-2500 ante 2500

Dao Minh Phu has been very active all day however it hasn’t been all up and up. Not long after doubling up Sumit Sapra, he earned a double up of his own through Martin Stausholm. Cutoff Stausholm opened to 5k, bb Phu three-bet shoved (37k), Stausholm called.

Phu Kd7d
Stausholm AhJh

The board ran KcKhJd5h5s for a full house to Phu. He now has 78k.

16:00: Rockets award Francis Garson maximum pay
Level 13: Blinds 1500-2500 ante 2500

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Francis Garson

Plenty of players wanting in on this hand. It started with a raise by an mp player, lo-jack called, hijack Josh McCully three-bet to 27k, sb Francis Garson shoved (90k), back to mp and lo-jack who both folded, McCully called.

Garson AsAh
McCully AcKc

The board bricked to double up Garson to nearly 200k.

15:55: Yan Heung Youl ends Abhinav Iyer
Level 13: Blinds 1500-2500 ante 2500

WSOP champ Abhinav Iyer will not be taking this one down having just fallen to Yan Heung Youl. On a flop 5dAd7s and 23k in the middle, both players had it all in with Iyer at risk. Iyer AcJh, Youl AsQh, the turn 3s and river 4s were no help to Iyer. Youl shipped it while Iyer shipped out. Youl up to 180k.

15:50: Sumit Sapra doubles up through Dao Minh Phu
Level 13: Blinds 1500-2500 ante 2500

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Sumit Sapra

Hijack Sumit Sapra raised to 6k and found three callers to join him to the flop 10sJc8h. Everyone checked and the turn came Qh. Bb Dao Minh Phu bet 8k, Sapra raised to 21k, two folds followed, called by Phu. The river 6h, Sapra all in for 49k, check-called by Phu. Sapra showed AhKh straight to defeat Qc8c two pair. Sapra doubled up to 220k.

15:45: Tran Anh Trung rails Nguyen Bao Trung
Level 13: Blinds 1500-2500 ante 2500

Tran Anh Trung piled in more chips after railing Nguyen Bao Trung who entered the day with a decent stack. Tran raised preflop to 6k, called by two players. The flop AxQx8x Tran checked, Nguyen bet 7k, one player folded, Tran raised to 27k, called by Nguyen. On the turn 10x, all in by both. Tran AxJx, Nguyen AxKx, the river 9x granted Tran the straight to ship it and climb to 400k.

15:35: Three -way showdown goes to Dinh Xuan Dinh
Level 13: Blinds 1500-2500 ante 2500

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Dinh Xuan Dinh

Heavy action preflop led to three players all in.

Gerald Karlic 10d10h stack 163k
Dinh Xuan Dinh KsKd stack 143k
Hai Janess AhJs stack 55k

The board ran5d7dKh4sAs. Dinh scooped up a double up and then some to over 340k. Janess busted. Karlic plummeted to 20k.

15:20: Zhang Zhiwei folds straight to Vincent Chauve’s shove
Level 13: Blinds 1500-2500 ante 2500

Reigning champion Vincent Chauve raised to 5500 from the button, Zhang Zhiwei defended his big blind. At the flop 9d8hKh and 8c turn, no bets. The river 10c, Zhang bet 20k, Chauve shoved (80k), Zhang folded while showing 6s7s straight. Chauve up to 110k.

15:15: Chip leader update
Level 12: Blinds 1000-2000 ante 2000

Nguyen Van Dung 470k
Andrew Tai 360k
Hon Cheong Lee 330k
Josh McCully 320k
Michael Seymour 310k
Dao Minh Phu 300k
Tran Anh Trung 280k
Huynh Tan Dung 250k

15:10: Dao Minh Phu triple barrels, rises to 300k
Level 12: Blinds 1000-2000 ante 2000

Preflop action between Dao Minh Phu and Tran Anh Trung generated a pot of 22k as the flop spread 7c4h7s. Sb Phu led for 10k, button Tran called. On the turn 3h, Phu c-bet 11k, Tran called. The river Qh, Phu sent out a huge 125k bet, Tran tanked until time was called. He couldn’t pull the trigger and folded. Phu rose to 300k, Tran down to 280k.

14:50: Huge double up for Josh McCully 
Level 12: Blinds 1000-2000 ante 2000

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JOsh McCully

With plenty of tables still running, we missed the action that sent Nguyen Van Dung’s stack to over 500k. When we arrived at his table, he already lost a third of it to Josh McCully with both players banging out huge bets on every street.

Button McCully raised to 5k, bb Dung three-bet to 17k, McCully called. At the flop Kh7d9c, Dung checked, McCully bet 9500, Dung raised to 25k, called by McCully. More heavy bets on the turn 2d with Dung firing 57k, McCully called. The river 5s, Dung shoved, McCully risked it with 72k. Dung opened 10x10x, McCully won it with KxJx top pair. McCully zoomed to 340k. Dung plunged to over over 300k.

Despite the drop, Dung scooped some back in another hand to bring him over 450k.

14:40: Aditya Agarwal doubles through Zhang Zhiwei
Level 12: Blinds 1000-2000 ante 2000

Aditya Agarwal three-bet shoved on Zhang Zhiwei and got the call. His Ah10c found a pair on the river Qs4cKd5dAc to avoid the rail and double up to around 65k. Zhiwei had 9c9d.

14:30: Tran Anh Trung storms to 320k
Level 12: Blinds 1000-2000 ante 2000

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Tran Anh Trung

Tran Anh Trung scored two big pots to bring his stack to 320k. Frist hand, he raised to 5k, Ashish Munot three-bet to 16k, Tran called. At the flop 5dQd4s, Tran checked to the aggressor Munot who c-bet 13.5k, called by Tran. The turn 6c, Tran checked again, Munot fired 31k, Tran replied with a shove Munot folded. Tran climbed to 260k.

Next hand, utg+1 Yuwen Pan raised to 5k, button and sb Tran and bb called. On the flop 7c4c8s, Tran bet 9k, bb folded, Pan called. On the turn Ah Tran banged out 21k, and still Pan called. The river 10s, the 37k bet by Tran was good enough to win it with Pan folding.

14:25: Tung Nguyen cracks Abhinav Iyer’s aces
Level 12: Blinds 1000-2000 ante 2000

Preflop action, Tung Nguyen raised to 4500, bb Iyer three-bet to 16.5k, Nguyen called. At the flop Kd8dKh, Iyer bet 8500, called by Nguyen. On the turn 4d, Iyer fired 18k, Nguyen all in (52k), Iyer called. Nguyen opened KcQc trips, Iyer AxAx, the river 8c filled up Nguyen to a boat for a double up. Nguyen up to 160k, Iyer down to 100k.

14:20: Binh Minh rising
Level 12: Blinds 1000-2000 ante 2000

Preflop action saw a 6500 raise from Ming Sang Chung, called by Binh Minh on sb position. At the flop 4h5hQd, Binh check-called a 16k bet. On the turn Js, same action with Binh check-calling a 25k bet. The river 8d, check again by Binh, Chung fired a large 45k, Binh called. Chung showed KxKx, Binh won the pot with 4x4x set. Binh up to 250k.

13:58: Hamish Crawshaw takes the pot
Level 11: Blinds 1000-1500 ante 1500

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Hamish Crawshaw

Everytime we see Hamish Crawshaw he seems to be losing chips however this time it went his way. He opened to 3800, Tran Thanh Tung three-bet to 10.5k, Crawshaw called. At the flop 6hJhKs, both checked. On the turn 7h, Crawshaw checked, Tran slid out 9k, Crawshaw answered with a raise to 20k, Tran called. The river Ad, more chips sent out. Crawshaw checked, Tran bet 30.5, Crawshaw tanked then called. Crawshaw showed AhJd two pair, Tran immediately mucked. Crawshaw up to 160k. Tran dipped to 200k.

13:55: Rollercoaster for Pegasus
Level 11: Blinds 1000-1500 ante 1500

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Huynh Tan Dung

After losing to Nguyen Thanh Binh, Huynh Tan Dung aka Pegasus proceeded to lose more chips to several players around the table. Before the level closed, he managed to gain some back to sit with 250k. The hand was against Junichi Nakanowatari. Pegasus raised to 4k, Nakanowatari three-bet to 8500, Pegasus four-bet to 33k, called by Nakanowatari. At the flop Js9s7d, Nakanowatari bet 13.5k, Pegasus called. On the turn 3h, Nakanowatari checked to Pegasus who muscled with his big stack firing 25.5k. Nakanowatari tank-folded.

13:45: Pegasus vs Nguyen Thanh Binh
Level 11: Blinds 1000-1500 ante 1500

Two local powerhouse players battled for a big pot. The hand saw three players in on a raised pot to 22k and a flop showing AdJd5d. After two checks, mp Huynh Tan Dung aka Pegasus bet 9500 and found one caller in Nguyen Thanh Binh. The turn Qs, check by Nguyen again, Pegasus bet 16k, was called. The river Js, both checked, Nguyen showed Ac4c and won the pot with Pegasus mucking. Nguyen up to 180k, Pegasus dipped to 250k.

13:40: Re-entry player Chi Chung Ho busts to Jaideep Sajwan
Level 11: Blinds 1000-1500 ante 1500

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Jaideep Sajwan

It is clearly not Chi Chung Ho’s tournament to win having been sent to the rail again and this time he could no longer jump back in. The hand saw Jimmy Guerrero raise to 3500, Ho shoved, joined Sajwan all in with more chips, Guerrero folded. When the hole cards opened, Sajwan had a dominating AhAc while Ho needed to get lucky with Ks10s. Ho found a ten on the turn but not much more. Sajwan shipped it and climbed to 130k.

13:35: Julius Lagman outkicks Seymour
Level 11: Blinds 1000-1500 ante 1500

Button Xiao Yu Cheng raised to 3500 and found two callers in the blinds Michael Seymour and Julius Lagman. At the flop 5hAdJd, all checked. On the turn 4c, Seymour led 7k, Lagman called, Cheng folded. The river 4d, Seymour bet another 9k, Lagman called. Seymour showed As6s top pair but the pot went to Lagman with AhJh.

13:30: Mike Takayama doubles up
Level 11: Blinds 1000-1500 ante 1500

WSOP decorated champion Mike Takayama doubled up his short stack through High Roller 1 winner Nguyen Thanh Binh. It was all in at the flop Js3s10h. Nguyen held Jc9h top pair, Takayama with KdKs, the turn 7c and river Kh filled in the board for a winning set to Takayama. He rose to 78k.

13:25: Akshay Nasa claims a sizable pot
Level 11: Blinds 1000-1500 ante 1500

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Akshay Nasa

Button Akshay Nasa raised to 3k, bb Dinh Gia Hung defended to see the flop land 9c8dAs. Both players checked and the turn felted 3c. Hung bet 6k, Nasa called. The river 4s Hung bet 15k, Nasa raised to a massive 75k, Hung called. Nasa showed Asac}, Hung AdQs