WPT Vietnam: Pradeep Sharma bags Opener Day 1A lead; Haisheng Qiu, Michael Newby, Tran Than Hung win trophies


The highly awaited World Poker Tour World Championship is drawing near and to help players secure seat(s) cheap is via WPT Vietnam Passport to World Championship which is currently ongoing at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi, Vietnam. Up to 10 packages are guaranteed – 8 WPT Prime Championship packages and 2 WPT World Championship packages. The first package can be won at the WPT Opener. The first of three flights has already completed. We have those results below including the first side event winners.

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WPT Opener – Day 1A

Pradeep Sharma

Kicking off the games was the WPT Opener which boasts a ₫3 BN guarantee and the coveted WPT Prime Championship package. Throughout the eight levels of registration, 56 entered. The heat concluded at the fall of Sriran Subramanian on the bubble to Romain Bier with 10s10h dominating 9c9h. Seven players bagged up and advanced to the money round.

Romain Bier

Among the survivors Bier bagged up 235,500 (58 bb) placing him in second rank, just behind India’s Pradeep Sharma with 252,000 (63 bb). This was another impressive performance by Sharma who two months back, claimed two trophies at WPT Prime Taiwan. Also on top form was WPT Prime Taiwan runner up Yannick Leonard who advanced with a healthy 146,000 (36 bb) stack.

The survivors have a one day break before returning for Day 2. They await the results of Day 1B and Day 1C, both heats running on Saturday, October 7 at 11am and 4pm.

Buy in: ₫11,000,000 (~US$ 450)
Guarantee: ₫3,000,000,000 (~US$ 123,000)
Day 1A Entries: 56 (37 unique)
Day 2 qualifiers: 7 players (ITM 12.5%)

Pradeep Sharma India 252,000
Romain Bier France 235,500
Nguyen Tuan Hoang Vietnam 188,500
Yannick Leonard France 146,000
Le Nhu An Vietnam 125,500
Aleksei Varashev Russia 98,500
Klay Chen China 74,000

Haisheng Qiu wins High Roller Warm Up for first WPT win

Haisheng Qiu

The first high roller event was a hot item with 54 ponying up the ₫33,000,000 (~US$ 1,350) buy in. China’s Haisheng Qiu looked to be a sure win as he carried a monstrous stack into the final table however after multiple clashes with Nguyen Nang Quang, he was behind at heads up 72 bb to 36 bb. 

On the second heads up hand, with a board that completed Jd5c9d10s10c, Nguyen fired2 bb (flop) and 6 bb (turn), Qiu check-called after tanking and won it with 6s5c, Nguyen was bluffing 6d3d and commented “Wow, good call.”


Qiu’s momentum continued winning two more decent pots to slightly edge Nguyen. The final had was Qiu Ac10c, Nguyen Kc10c, the board ran low. Qiu locked  up his first ever WPT win and a payout of ₫513,400,000 (~US$ 21,000).

Buy in: ₫33,000,000 (~US$ 1,350) buy in
Entries: 54 (35 unique)
Prize pool: ₫1,571,400,000 (~US$ 64,440)
ITM: 8 places

1 Haisheng Qiu China 513,400,000
2 Nguyen Nang Quang Vietnam 343,000,000
3 Tran Van Hung Vietnam 228,000,000
4 Tian Hao Zheng China 159,000,000
5 Tran Van Quang Vietnam 115,000,000
6 Yunkyu Song USA 87,000,000
7 Nguyen Huu Tuan Vietnam 69,000,000
8 Nguyen Van Duong Vietnam 57,000,000

Michael Newby wins the Cheap Freeze 

Michael Newby

UK’s Michael Newby was the last player standing at the Cheap Freeze to capture the day’s second trophy and the ₫51,320,000 (~US$ 2,100) top prize. Newby outlasted the 52-player field defeating Akihito Morita at heads up. The final hand was all in preflop, Newby As9h, Morita QhJd, the board ran Kh9dAc3s7s

Buy in: ₫3.300,000 (~US$ 135) buy in
Players: 52
Prize pool: ₫151,320,000 (~US$ 6,200)
ITM: 7 places

1 Michael Newby UK 51,320,000
2 Akihito Morita Japan 34,300,000
3 Nguyen Tien Thanh Vietnam 22,900,000
4 Nguyen Minh Duc Vietnam 15,900,000
5 Yixuan Dong China 11,500,000
6 Tran Duc Kien Vietnam 8,600,000
7 Tran Thai Duy Vietnam 6,800,000

Tran Thanh Hung closes out the Turbo

Tran Thanh Hung continued his impressive winning streak by claiming yet another trophy, this time at the evening’s Turbo event. Tran’s penchant for victory seems unstoppable as he consistently triumphs (at least once) at every festival he attends. For his latest win, Tran heavily dominated at heads up and defeated Nguyen Vu Lam with Qh5c spiking the queen to bust JhJs.

Buy in: ₫4,400,000 (~US$ 180) buy in
Players: 30 (23 unique)
Prize pool: ₫116,400,000 (~US$ 4,775)
ITM: 7 places

1 Tran Thanh Hung Vietnam 43,700,000
2 Nguyen Vu Lam Vietnam 29,100,000
3 Vu Ta Nhat Vietnam 19,400,000
4 Amit Kaushik India 13,800,000
5 Nguyen Van Dan Vietnam 10,400,000

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Tricia David

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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