WPT Vietnam Opener draws 355 entries, 45 players to battle for Prime Championship package led by Tran Duc Steve


The first round of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Vietnam Opener Event logged in a total of 355 entries over three starting days with 45 players advancing to the money round. Bagging up the overall big stack was Day 1C leader Tran Duc Steve of 418,000 (104 bb), trailed by Day 1B leader Daniel Tighe with 99 bb. The players now enter the second stage of the race where the first WPT Prime Championship package is up for grabs!

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Tran Duc Steve

Date: October 6 to 7, 2023
Venue: Crown Poker Club, Hanoi, Vietnam
Buy in: ₫11,000,000 (~US$ 450)
Guarantee: ₫3,000,000,000 (~US$ 123,000)
Day 1A Entries: 56 (37 unique) / 7 advance
Day 1B Entries: 182 (135 unique) / 23 advance
Day 1C Entries: 117 / 15 advance
Prize pool: VN₫3,443,500,000 (~US$ 141,210)

Day 2 qualifiers: 45 players (ITM 12.5%)

Tran Duc Steve Vietnam 418,000
Daniel Tighe Ireland 395,000
Anthony Cierco France 277,000
Pradeep Sharma India 252,000
Ding Pin China 247,000
Yeh Hung Wei Taiwan 241,500
Romain Bier France 235,500
Lê Văn ĐứC ( Ksđ ) Vietnam 235,000
Zhi Wen Deng China 232,500
Kaoru Kishimoto Japan 227,000
Amit Kaushik India 217,500
Hà Văn Thiên ( ThiệN Hà ) Vietnam 212,000
Deepankur Giupta India 207,000
Nguyen Tuan Hoang Vietnam 188,500
Nguyen Phuong Ngoc Vietnam 188,500
Lawford Edwards Australia 185,000
NguyễN Văn DầN Vietnam 185,000
Bazerli France 181,000
PhạM TiếN Dũng Vietnam 181,000
Yao Ya Di China 164,000
Vũ ĐứC Trung Vietnam 154,000
NguyễN Văn Dương Vietnam 150,000
Leonard Yannick France 146,000
Song Yong Jun Korea 145,500
NguyễN ĐứC CườNg Vietnam 144,000
NguyễN Minh ĐứC Vietnam 142,000
Quang Nguyen Vietnam 134,000
Le Nhu An Vietnam 125,500
Dinh Van Tien Vietnam 124,000
TrầN HảI Hà Vietnam 120,500
Waki Yasuhiro Japan 104,000
Vũ Tá NhấT Vietnam 104,000
Aleksei Varashev Russia 98,500
Hoàng ĐạI Thiên Vietnam 97,000
Manoj Pentakota India 90,500
Romain Morvan France 85,500
Sumit Sapra India 82,000
Klay Chen China 74,000
Đỗ Anh Tài ( Thp ) Vietnam 74,000
NguyễN TiếN Thành ( Cđx ) Vietnam 70,000
Jaruplavath India 62,500
Avneesh Munjal India 43,500
Giang Apple Vietnam 27,500
Yixuan Dang China 26,000
NguyễN Hòa Vietnam 6,000

Payouts in VN

1 727,000,000
2 510,000,000
3 327,500,000
4 213,000,000
5 164,000,000
6 136,000,000
7 114,000,000
8 93,000,000
9 73,000,000
10-12 61,500,000
13-15 52,000,000
16-18 43,000,000
19-21 36,000,000
22-24 29,000,000
25-27 25,000,000
29-36 21,000,000
37-45 17,500,000

Day 1B recap

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Day 1B was the largest heat with 182 runners taking to the felt at Crown Poker Club in Hanoi, Vietnam. Many noteworthy players in the field and advanced to the next round, among them were Australia’s Anthony Cierco, Taiwan’s Yeh Hung Wei, India’s Amit Kaushik, and locals Le Van Duc, Nguyen Nang Quang, Ha Van Thien. 

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Closing the heat with the largest stack was Ireland’s Daniel Tighe who knocked out two players before the bubble round. His first takedown was  a big one with AsKd dominating AhQs to add 30 bb to his stack. The next was the pre-bubble bust with button attempting to steal by shoving nearly 20 bb with 7s5h only to fall to Tighe’s AdQd on a Ten-high board.

The bubble round ran 18 hands before Ha Van Thien knocked out short stacked Chan Chin Hei who was all in for 1.5 bb with Jc4d. Chan missed the board completely, Ha shipped it with Jh7h mid pair.

Day 1C recap


The last flight registered 117 entries which was more than enough to boost the prize pool to over VN₫ 3.44 Billion. Tran Duc Steve raced up an enormous 418,000 to send him to the top of the overall Day 2 counts. Day 1C ended with Nguyen Huu Vinh risking his last 7 bb with Ac2c only to be dominated out of the running by Ding Pin with Ah8c

Upcoming WPT Vietnam MAIN EVENT

WPT Vietnam Passport to the World Championship features 32 trophy events with the festival headliner Main Event running  from October 12 to 16 2023. It is highlighted by a VN₫ 12,000,000,000 (~US$ 492,000) guarantee. In addition to a nice fat payout, the champion will receive a 2023 WPT World Championship US$ 10,400 entry and hotel package with the finale to be held at Wynn in Las Vegas this December.

Other Events to Win Prime Championship Packages

Players can also secure WPT Prime Championship packages via these events:

Event 11: Survivor Bounty 8 Max – ₫30M/bounty – October 9 to 11, 2023
Event 18: High Roller 2 Day Event Warm Up – October 11 to 12, 2023
Event 27: Crown Poker Club Superstack Classic – October 15 to 16, 2023
Event 28: High Roller 2 Day Event – October 15 to 16, 2023
*WPT Prime Championship – 3 PACKAGES!! – October 15, 2023

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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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