WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event: final 9 players determined; Ashish Munot among the finalists

The World Poker Tour will soon be crowning its first ever WPT Prime Main Event champion with the final 9 players now determined. The race to the title and the immense VN₫ 3,050,000,000 (~US$ 131,607) first prize gets underway on Monday, May 30th at the Crown Poker Club in Ha Noi, Vietnam. Cards in the air at 12pm local time. For those unable to catch the action live at the poker room, premier video production group ShareHand will stream the final table (30 minute delay) via WPT social media channels. You can also follow the action via live updates on WPT.com

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The Main Event got underway on May 26 and after three entry days, it set new heights for the country and the brand in Asia with a record breaking 777 Main Event entries. In cash, the advertised guarantee more than doubled. The 97 players in the money were looking at a juicier VN₫ 17,131,373,700 pot. Coming final day, the largest cuts will be awarded with the eventual champion turning his VN₫ 25M buy in into a massive VN₫ 3,050,000,000 (~US$ 131,607) payout. Along with the dough is the first WPT Prime champion’s trophy and 700 Player of the Festival points.

Main Event review

Buy in: VN₫ 25,000,000 (~US$ 1,080)
Guarantee: VN₫ 8,000,000,000
Entries: 777
Prize pool: VN₫ 17,131,373,700 (~US$ 739,219)
ITM: 97 places

Breakdown of results

Day 1A: 18 advanced out of 145 entries – Trung Van Nguyen (chip leader)
Day 1B: 30 advanced out of 242 entries – Anh Duy Pham (chip leader)
Day 1C: 49 advanced out of 390 entries – Zarvan Tumboli (chip leader)

Final 9 players

Player
Country
Chip Count

Zarvan Tumboli
India
6,550,000

Minh Quang Nguyen
Vietnam
3,870,000

Trung Van Nguyen
Vietnam
2,865,000

Trung Nam Tran
Vietnam
2,795,000

Do Kwan Nam
South Korea
2,365,000

Tuan Anh Tran
Vietnam
1,620,000

Denis Pham
Vietnam
1,615,000

Ashish Munot
India
1,025,000

Tien Van Pham
Vietnam
545,000

Once again, India’s Zarvan Tumboli topped the counts, this time with a towering 131 BB stack that dwarfed the rest. Tumboli slashed numerous heads throughout the day including a crushing bad beat to Dung Anh Dong in 11th place with pocket Queens set over pocket Kings.

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Tumboli‘s closest challenger, though quite a distance in chips, is Vietnam’s Minh Quang Nguyen with 77 BB. Out of all the finalists, Nguyen is in still contention for the POF title. He is considerably the most expressive player in the lineup and quite fun to watch. Nguyen is running red hot at the series with a 6th place finish at the opener. Another strong contender from the host country is Trung Van Nguyen who entered Day 2 as overall chip leader and went on to bag up a very healthy 57 BB worth. Four other Vietnamese pulled through namely Trung Nam Tran, Tuan Anh Tran, Denis Pham, and Tien Van Pham.

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One player looking to seize his second WPT championship title is 2019 WPT India Main Event winner Ashish Munot. Munot is the only decorated champion remaining and the only player in the lineup to have ever reached a WPT Main Event final table. Munot carries in 21 BB. Both Munot and Tumboli are part of WPT Platinum Partner Thank God For Poker (TGFP). To complete the final 9 is lone Korean player Do Kwan Kim with a very healthy 47 BB.

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When the players return, they are all guaranteed a good chunk worth VN₫ 300,000,000. Here’s a look at what they will be gunning for at every step of the way.

Final 9 payouts (in Vietnamese Dong)

1st
3,050,000,000

2nd
2,025,000,000

3rd
1,500,000,000

4th
1,115,000,000

5th
840,000,000

6th
640,000,000

7th
490,000,000

8th
380,873,000

9th
300,000,000

At Main Event Day 2, the money flowed with all 97 qualifiers guaranteed a minimum cash of VN₫ 40,500,000 (~US$ 1,748). Notable players earning some pay were Pham Bao (18th – VN₫ 131,000,000), Huy Pham  (19th – VN₫ 131,000,000), 2019 WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Vincent Chauve (20th – VN₫ 131,000,000), Vu Thai Bao (21st – VN₫ 110,000,000), Kunal Patni (22nd – VN₫ 110,000,000), Vi Khoa Duong (24th – VN₫ 110,000,000), Terry Nguyen (25th – VN₫ 93,000,000), WPT Japan Main Event champion Shingo Endo (25th – VN₫ 93,000,000), Huu Dung Nguyen (35th – VN₫ 120,500,000), online beast Gaurav Sood (36th – VN₫ 93,000,000), James Chavanarojrit (40th – VN₫ 93,000,000), 2021 WPTDS Hanoi Main Event champion Phinh Van Nguyen (51st – VN₫ 61,000,000), 2018 WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Dhaval Mudgal (57th – VN₫ 55,000,000), Anthony Cierco (59th – VN₫ 55,000,000), and WSOP bracelet champion Aditya Sushant (85th – VN₫ 43,000,000). During one of the first hands of the day, Sushant’s pocket Aces were cracked by Huy Pham‘s pocket Kings to drop to just 5 BB from which he never recovered. You can read up on the action via WPT.com live updates.

WPT Prime Vietnam kicked off on May 19 and after 11 days of games it enters its final day. The Player of the Festival title is up for grabs with points yet to be awarded in five other events. We will have those results for you. Currently ahead in the race is series opener champion Nguyen Tu Phuong aka Phuong Xu with 800 points, he is closely trailed by Duy Ho with 750 points, and Vu Thai Bao with 710 points. Nguyen Quang Minh has a chance to overtake the leader if he wins the Main Event. It is down to the wire. The player that collects the highest number of points will win a US$ 5,000 WPT Passport to any WPT Main Tour of choice.

Stick with Somuchpoker as we bring you recaps and highlights of the inaugural WPT Prime Vietnam. 

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
WPT Prime Vietnam – Duy Ho wins Mystery Bounty
WPT Prime Vietnam – Indian contingent and side event results
WPT Prime Vietnam – Main Event smashes records with 777 entries

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Author: Justin Graves