WPT Prime Vietnam: Duy Ho takes down the Mystery Bounty; Nuttaya Shinawatra draws the largest prize

The launch of WPT Prime reached its halfway mark with six days of festivities already completed at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi, Vietnam. From the get-go, turnout has been tremendous. Eager players jumped the felt early to test their skill and luck against the new format, and hopefully capture one of the coveted new trophies. The latest player to pull it off was USA’s Duy Ho at the Mystery Bounty event. Ho crushed the final table and defeated Vietnam’s Hai Le in just three quick hands.  He is now race leader in the Player of the Festival leaderboard. Another big winner was Thailand’s Nuttaya Shinawatra who drew the single largest bounty prize of VN₫ 170,000,000 (~US$ 7,335). 

winnerduyDuy Ho

The Mystery Bounty event attracted a combined 256 entries across two flights to boost the prize pool well over VN₫ 2.4 Million. Each flight bagged at ITM for a total of 33 players advancing (Flight A – 18 players, Flight B – 15 players). Making headlines once again was Deepstack Cheap Freeze champion Ngo Minh Trien who topped the overall  chip counts. Also newsworthy was the ultimate bubble round where short stack Ho eliminated an even shorter stacked player when his Ac5s shove found success with a five on the flop to defeat Ah10c.

ngominhNgo Minh Trien

As expected, Day 2 was filled with drama and excitement as the returning players hunted down the largest bounty prizes, most especially the lone VN₫ 170M in the mix. It took seven attempts before Shinawatra came up to the plate after eliminating Singapore’s Li Wenxuan (26th). As the only woman in the field, lady luck shined on her, drawing the one-outer envelope to send her rail erupting. 

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Leading up to the final table, Ho eliminated Victor Lam in 13th place. On the big blind Ho defended with 3s6s which improved to two pairs on the flop to dust and bust Lam‘s pocket Aces. The day’s entering leader Tien exited 12th; and to form the final table, Nguyen Hoang Linh  dominated Hong Kong’s Yik “Ray” Chiu out in 10th place.

Buy in: VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 475)
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 43,150)
Entries: 256 
Cash prize pool: VN₫ 1,664,000,000 (~US$ 373,852)
Bounty pool: VN₫ 819,200,000 (~US$ 35,348)
ITM: 33 players

Total prize pool: VN₫ 2,483,200,000
Most kills: Hai Le = 6
Richest in bounties: Nuttaya Shinawatra = VN₫ 179,200,000
Highest grossing: Hai Le = VN₫ 422,083,000 

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Final table payouts in Vietnamese Dong

Place
Player
Flag
Payout
Bounties
Total

1st
Duy Ho
USA
321,517,000
47,500,000
369,017,000

2nd
Hai Le
Vietnam
274,583,000
147,500,000
422,083,000

3rd
Nguyen Tien Thanh “Villanelle”
Vietnam
213,903,000
45,000,000
258,903,000

4th
Nuttaya Shinawatra
Thailand
103,500,000
179,200,000
282,700,000

5th
Rajesh Sabapathy
Australia
80,000,000
20,000,000
100,000,000

6th
Nguyen Hoang Linh
Vietnam
65,000,000
40,000,000
105,000,000

7th
Huynh Ngoc Cuong
Vietnam
55,000,000

55,000,000

8th
Le Van Dien “Kenny”
Vietnam
46,000,000
90,000,000
136,000,000

9th
David Erquiaga
Philippines
38,000,000

38,000,000

Final Table

First to tumble was Philippines’ David Erquiaga. Prior to reaching the final table, Erquiaga survived a staggering six all in showdowns with one of the hands earning him a triple up. Le Van Dien aka Kenny followed in 8th place. Kenny eliminated four players to boost his payout three times over. It took time before the next bust. Hai Le was clearly in command until Ho lucked out with Kh8h straight cracking the leader’s pocket Kings. From there, Ho was on fire. He outdrew Huynh Ngoc Cuong with Kd8c pairing the king to beat AsQc, then in separate hands, he burned both Nguyen Hoang Linh (6th) and Rajesh Sabapathy (5th)  on the river. To bring about heads up, Hai Le matched Ho in final table kills, cleaning out both Nuttaya Shinawatra (4th), and  Nguyen Tien Thanh “Villanelle” (3rd). In total, Hai Le scalped the most heads totaling six kills.

2nd placer action 1Hai Le

Before heads up got underway, the pair immediately reached an ICM deal and opted to play for the trophy plus split the remaining two bounties down the middle. Ho went on to victory, shaving down Hai Le in just three quick hands.

Remaining payouts 10th to 33rd

10th
Yik Chiu “Ray”
Hong Kong
32,000,000
5,000,000
37,000,000

11th
Dang Quang Thi
Vietnam
32,000,000

32,000,000

12th
Ngo Minh Tien
Vietnam
32,000,000
110,000,000
142,000,000

13th
Vu Hoai Lam “Victor”
Vietnam
27,500,000
125,000,000
152,500,000

14th
Lasse Klieve Lien
Malta
27,500,000
5,000,000
32,500,000

15th
Duc Hanh Pham “Minh Than”
Vietnam
27,500,000

27,500,000

16th
Minh A Nguyen
Vietnam
23,000,000

23,000,000

17th
Duong Vi Khoa
Vietnam
23,000,000

23,000,000

18th
Dinh Xuan Dinh
Vietnam
23,000,000

23,000,000

19th
Dang Duy Thanh
Vietnam
19,000,000

19,000,000

20th
Le Anh Minh
Vietnam
19,000,000

19,000,000

21st
Julien Melet
France
19,000,000
5,000,000
24,000,000

22nd
Van Sang Nguyen
Vietnam
15,000,000

15,000,000

23rd
Nam Le
Vietnam
15,000,000

15,000,000

24th
Mai Tri Minh aka Max Black
Vietnam
15,000,000

15,000,000

25th
Zach Bernstein
Thailand
13,000,000

13,000,000

26th
Li Wenxuan
Singapore
13,000,000

13,000,000

27th
Kim Truong Son Nguyen “Jason”
Vietnam
13,000,000

13,000,000

28th
Tien Quyet Pham “Teddy”
Vietnam
13,000,000

13,000,000

29th
Nhu Hai Le
Vietnam
13,000,000

13,000,000

30th
Tran Van Thinh aka Tuan Lam
Vietnam
13,000,000

13,000,000

31st
Ngoc Tuan Truong
Vietnam
13,000,000

13,000,000

32nd
Bien Mai
Vietnam
13,000,000

13,000,000

33rd
Cao Ngoc Anh
Vietnam
13,000,000

13,000,000

Player of the Festival update

The race is steamy at the Player of the Festival with the US$ 5,000 WPT Passport prize to any brand Main Tour of choice causing players to rethink their deals. While money can be negotiated, points are not. With the completion of the Mystery Bounty event, champion Duy Ho now leads the race with 750 points. He overtook four time final tablist Vu Thai Bao in second rank with 710 points. Satellites and Super Stars Challenge Invitational are not point-generating. Here are the top 5 after 10 side events.

DUY HỒ
750

VŨ THÁI BẢO
710

Nguyễn Tú Phương
600

NGÔ MINH TIẾN
525

NGUYỄN DUY THỨC
500

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

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Author: Justin Graves