WPT Prime Vietnam: Bien Mai, Duy Thuc Nguyen, Pham Quang Huy win trophies

WPT Prime Vietnam awarded a few more side event trophies with Bien Mai, Duy Thuc Nguyen, and Pham Quang Huy earning their first ever WPT wins. Have a read on those victories down below.

The inaugural series has been running since May 19 at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi to conclude on May 30. With sizable turnouts seen daily, it is shaping up to be the tour’s richest event in the country. To date, nine trophies have been claimed and over VN₫ 14.5 Billion (~US$ 636,440) already paid out. More events have yet to be conquered including the festival headliner Main Event which features an VN₫ 8 Billion (~US$ 346,477) guaranteed prize pool. Make sure to check the schedule for all the info. 

Full WPT Prime Vietnam schedule
Main Event details and structure

Event 7: SuperStack – BIEN MAI – VN₫ 205,500,000 (~US$ 8,867)

The SuperStack is always a very popular WPT side event with early birds starting off 400 BB deep. Even for players that sign up at the last second, it is still a decent 33 BB. At the series, the tournament did not disappoint. It filled a large portion of the floor, seeing 120 uniques and 37 re-entries for 157 total entries. After a lengthy 11 hours of play, the title came down between Bien Mai and Deepstack Cheap Freeze champion Ngo Minh Tien. Instead of playing for it, they let luck decide with one fast flip. Ngo had 6s5d, Mai opened a premium AsKd, the board favored Mai as it ran 7sJc10cQs7s for a victorious straight. Mai captured his first ever WPT trophy and an ICM payout of VN₫ 205,500,000 (~US$ 8,867). 

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Brief recap of the event, Ba Tran delivered the bubble with pocket Tens standing firm against King-Eight offsuit. He went on to reach the final table and was first to exit in 9th place. Leading up to heads up, Mai cleaned out several players that included Vu Thai Bao in 5th place. This was Vu’s third final table, bringing him up to 485 points in the Player of the Festival race. The next two to go were Manh Truong Nguyen (4th) and Hanna Azimai (3rd), both players axed by Ngo. Heads up was one no-look showdown. Ngo missed out on a second series title however he did earn a chunk of POF points to stay in the upper ranks.

Buy in: VN₫ 6,600,000 (~US$ 285)
Entries: 157 (120 unique, 37 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 913,740,000 (~US$ 39,428)
ITM: 20 places

Payouts in Vietnamese Dong

1st
Bien Mai
Vietnam
205500000*

2nd
Ngo Minh Tien
Vietnam
199500000*

3rd
Hanna Azimai
Australia
94,000,000

4th
Manh Truong Nguyen
Vietnam
57,000,000

5th
Vu Thai Bao
Vietnam
44,000,000

6th
Son Lam Phu
Vietnam
36,740,000

7th
Jin Hwang Yong
Malaysia
32,000,000

8th
The Viet Nguyen
Vietnam
28,000,000

9th
Ba Tran
Vietnam
24,500,000

10th
Quang Hai Vu
Vietnam
21,500,000

11th
Can Cuoc Cong Dan
Vietnam
21,500,000

12th
The Manh Phung
Vietnam
21,500,000

13th
Gia Trung Nguyen
Vietnam
18,500,000

14th
Duy Anh Le
Vietnam
18,500,000

15th
Ngoc Anh Cao
Vietnam
18,500,000

16th
Ta Khanh Linh
Vietnam
15,500,000

17th
Cheng-I Hsieh
China
15,550,000

18th
Trong Linh Phan
Vietnam
15,500,000

19th
Quang Hung Bang
Vietnam
13,000,000

20th
Mark Christopher Vingua
Vietnam
13,000,000

*Heads up ICM deal

Event 8: Single Day High Roller – DUY THUC NGUYEN – VN₫ 1,040,500,000 (~US$ 44,900)

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Noteworthy attendance at the Single Day High Roller event finding 77 runners to pony up the VN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,373) buy in. This was the first of three high roller events scheduled. Among the many decorated players in attendance were 2019 WPTDeepStacks Vietnam Main Event champion Vincent Chauve who cashed out in 9th place and Bounty Event winner Christopher Mateo in 7th place. The main highlight of this event was undoubtedly the rise of the short stacks, most notably, Duy Thuc Nguyen, who went from 30 BB down to 6 BB, back up to 20 BB, down to 6 BB again, then to champion. 

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Recapping Nguyen‘s ride, at eight-handed, he lost two shoves to plunge to just 6 BB. The first dip was to Peerathat Sukpaisarn and the second was to short stacked Chi Chung Ho with 6d6s banging into 9c9h. Before Nguyen risked his tournament life, Ho continued to climb, winning two more shoves, one of which sent Sukpaisarn out in 8th place with Ad6c trips Sixes cracking KhKc. Nguyen had it all in next with Js10d and found a Jack on the turn to survive Mateo’s As10c. After Vu Duc Trung finished off Mateo (7th), Ho swung, losing a chunk to Nguyen’s 2d2s set. Ho recovered by railing Van Tai Tran (6th) but missed the board holding AcKc against Nguyen’s JhJc to fall in 5th place. Vu eliminated Thibaut Blondel to bring in a big lead entering three-handed. 

Despite Vu’s stack, it was Nguyen putting pressure. Dennis Ng took a stand and scored a double up with AcQd over Kc3h flush over flush on a board 5c6c3c2h7c. Down to just 5 BB, it seemed like the end for Nguyen but three all in wins against Vu nursed him back to health while Vu was out in 3rd place with Ac9h outdrawn by Nguyen’s Kh7h, king on the flop. Heads up was a grind with Nguyen and Ng keeping fairly even. After one level, they opted for an ICM deal then played for the trophy. It lasted one hand with Ng Qc10d, Nguyen KhQs, the board Kc6sQh8h9s. This was Nguyen’s first known live win and personal high score of VN₫ 1,040,500,000 (~US$ 44,900)

Buy in: VN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,373)
Entries: 77 (49 unique, 28 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 3,734,500,000 (~US$ 161,145)
ITM: 10 places

Payouts in Vietnamese Dong

1st
Duy Thuc Nguyen
Vietnam
1040500000*

2nd
Dennis Ng
Hong Kong
957,500,000*

3rd
Vu Duc Trung
Vietnam
455,000,000

4th
Thibaut Blondel
France
308,000,000

5th
Chi Chung Ho
Hong Kong
234,500,000

6th
Van Tai Tran
Vietnam
190,000,000

7th
Christopher Mateo
Philippines
165,000,000

8th
Peerathat Sukpaisarn
Thailand
145,000,000

9th
Vincent Chauve
France
127,000,000

10th
Duy Thanh Dang
Vietnam
112,000,000

*Heads up ICM deal

Event 10: Hyper Turbo – PHAM QUANG HUY – VN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,373)

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The Hyper Turbo blew past in just under four hours and nearly taking it down was  Vietnam’s Vu Thai Bao who continued to impress, reaching his fourth final table. He picked up 225 POF points to catapult to the top with 710 points. We will have the official update for you once it released. Denying Vu the win was fellow countryman Pham Quang Huy Pham who crippled Vu at heads up with Kh9d straight over QcJc two pairs on a board 10dJsQd7d4c. This led to the final hand with Pham’s Qd6d shove further improving to Jc10h9d4cKh straight to dust 8d6h.

Buy in: VN₫ 3,300,000 (~US$ 142)
Entries: 51 (38 unique, 13 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 148,410,000 (~US$ 6,404)
ITM: 7 places

Payouts in Vietnamese Dong

1st
Pham Quang Huy
Vietnam
55,000,000

2nd
Vu Thai Bao
Vietnam
32,500,000

3rd
Kimoto Masayoshi
Japan
20,000,000

4th
Maaku Tanaka
Japan
14,100,000

5th
Trong Viet Hoang Nguyen
Vietnam
11,200,000

6th
Ruel Jose
Philippines
8,900,000

7th
Ta Khanh Linh
Vietnam
6,710,000

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

Event articles:

WPT Prime debuts in Hanoi
Launch day of WPT Prime Vietnam
WPT Prime Vietnam – Day 1 results
WPT Prime Vietnam – Day 2 results
WPT Prime Vietnam – Locals heat up Day 1C
WPT Prime Vietnam – Day 3 results
WPT Prime Vietnam – Filipinos dominate
WPT Prime Vietnam – Phuong Xu wins the Opener

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Author: Justin Graves