After a year and a half long wait, the World Poker Tour is finally back in Vietnam! Starting today, host venue Crown Poker Club will welcome in players to the tour’s premier mid-major WPTDeepStacks festival. While this is the brand’s fourth visit to the country, it will be its first festival in the capital city of Hanoi. For players fortunate to attend, a loaded roster of events is in store from April 16 to April 25 highlighted by the WPTDS Hanoi Main Event VNđ 4 billion (~US$ 173,500) guaranteed.
Back in 2014, the WPT was the first international brand to plant its flag in Vietnam with one event hosted in the coastal city of Da Nang. After a four-year hiatus, the tour returned, this time bringing with it their famous WPTDeepStacks series to Ho Chi Minh City. Its tremendous success led to two more festivals in 2019 generating overall prize pools as high as US$ 1.7 million. Due to the global impact of the novel coronavirus, this year’s WPTDS edition will see a much lighter international attendance and lowered guarantees however the beloved tournaments will continue to feature the same top notch structure.
During the ten-day series, 13 tournaments are scheduled with buy-ins from VNđ 3.5 million (~US$ 152) to VNđ 55 million (~US$ 2,385). Four events guarantee a combined VNđ 6.8 billion (~US$ 294,875) in prizes. Kicking off the festivities is the Warm Up Event running from today April 16 to April 18. The first two days offer a total of four flights – two flights per day. Each flight bags up at ITM. Day 2 is on Sunday, April 18. Satellites are available with buy-ins at an economical VNđ 770,000 (~US$ 33) and VNđ 1,100,000 (~US$ 48).
Event #1: Warm Up Event
Dates: April 16 to 18
Buy in: VNđ 7,000,000 buy in (~US$ 303)
Guarantee: VNđ 1,500,000,000 (~US$ 65,065)
If there is only one tournament you can attend, then reserve it for the festival’s main entree, the WPTDS Hanoi Main Event VNđ 4 billion (~US$ 173,500) guaranteed. Join the likes of Dhaval Mudgal, Rex Clinkscales, and Hamish Crawshaw in the exclusive WPTDS Vietnam winners club. Buy-in is VNđ 22,000,000 (~US$ 954). In addition to a sizable cash prize, the eventual champion will claim the first ever WPTDS Hanoi Main Event title and bring home the iconic WPT Champion’s Trophy. For players hoping to get in at a cheaper cost, Main Event satellites are the way to go. Eight are scheduled with buy-ins at VNđ 3,500,000 (~US$ 152).
Event #7: Main Event
Dates: April 21 to 25
Guarantee: VNđ 4 billion (~US$ 173,500)
Buy in: VNđ 22,000,000 (~US$ 954)
Day 1A: Wednesday, April 21
Day 1B: Thursday, April 22
Day 1C: Friday, April 23
Day 1D: Friday, April 23
Day 2: Saturday, April 24
Final table: Sunday, April 25
For players sporting thick wallets, three high roller events should keep everyone busy: the Single Day High Roller (Event #4) with buy-in at VNđ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,431), the Super High Roller (Event #8) with buy-in at the costliest of VNđ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,385), and the High Roller 2 Day Event (Event #12) which features a VNđ 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 43,376) guarantee. Buy-in for this event is VNđ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,431). Currently one satellite is scheduled with a buy in of VNđ 5,000,000 (~US$ 217).
Event #12: High Roller 2 Day Event
Dates: April 24 to 25
Buy in: VNđ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,431)
Guarantee: VNđ 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 43,376)
Closing out the series is the Megastack Finale (Event #13). It comes with a VNđ 300,000,000 (~US$ 13,000) guarantee. This is the last event where players can earn points towards the Player of the Series race.
Event #13: Megastack Finale
Date: April 25
Buy in: VNđ 5,000,000 (~US$ 217)
Guarantee: VNđ 300,000,000 (~US$ 13,000)
In addition to the above mentioned events, players can look forward to the highly popular All Bankrolls (Event #5) tournament. Three flights are offered, all running on Monday, April 19. Flight 1 plays to 20% ITM, Flight 2 plays to 15% ITM, and Flight 3 plays to 10% ITM. Day 2 is on April 20.
Another must attend event is the Crown Poker Club Super Stack Classic Freezeout which takes place on April 24 to 25. This is the only freezeout tournament of the festival. Buy-in is VNđ 6,000,000 (~US$ 260).
As always, crowd favorites such as the Deepstack Turbo, Superstack, and Bounty Event are in the lineup. For players interested in Pot Limit Omaha and Short Deck, one event is scheduled for each of those variants.
Player of the Series
To wrap up the festival, the WPT will award the Player of the Series title. To earn points, players will have to reach top 10 ITM at any of the numbered WPTDS Hanoi events. Awards are as follows:
1st place: US$ 1,500 WPT Passport and Trophy
2nd place: VNđ 5,000,000 Crown Poker Club Coupon
3rd place: VNđ 3,000,000 Crown Poker Club Coupon
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