Record breaking Poker Dream Vietnam pays out over $3.8 Million; locals dominate; Dang Thanh Luong, Sin Ren Chen bag two; highlights inside

 

The inaugural Poker Dream Vietnam has come and gone but the experience will certainly not be forgotten by those that graced the felt. Running from October 14 to 23 at the Grand Hall of Hoiana Hotel & Suites, it was the first live poker event held in Hoi An, Vietnam, and it was an enormous success. Similar to its launch in Malaysia last July, the prize pools were immense, setting new heights in Asia.

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Over 28 events, the series concluded with a grand total ₫94,572,158,000 (~$3,855,366,000) prize pool, making it the richest festival in the region this year. The Super High Roller contributed the most with a Vietnam record prize pool of ₫19,699,960,000 (~$803,100) for a single tournament. The Main Event was also a Vietnam chart buster with 822 entries, the largest attendance for a buy in of ₫25M, and a record prize pool of ₫3,378,000,000 (~$137,700).

In other results, host country Vietnam dominated, capturing 8 trophies which included the Main Event won by Minh Anh Nguyen. Two players bagged two events – Vietnam’s Dang Thanh Luong and Taiwan’s Sin Ren Chen -, and Philippines’ Jason Kyle Magbanua picked up four final table cashes. We’ve got all those highlights below and results of the remaining side events.

Festival review (trophy events only)

Festival prize pool: ₫94,572,158,000 (~$3,855,366,000)
Entries: 3,504
Record prize pools for Vietnam:

Super High Roller – ₫19,699,960,000 (~$803,100)
Main Event – ₫17,940,150,000 (~$731,350)

Largest tournament payout: Ewe Eng Soon – ₫5,230,000,000 (~$215,000)
Main Event champion: Minh Anh Nguyen – ₫3,378,000,000 (~$137,700)

Multiple wins:

Dang Thanh Luong – Deepstack and Monster Stack
Sin Ren Chen – PLO Turbo and High Roller

Most final table cashes: Jason Kyle Magbanua – 4
Trophy by flag:

Vietnam – 8
Korea – 5
Malaysia – 4
Hong Kong – 3
Taiwan – 3
Philippines – 2
Thailand – 2
India – 1

Festival highlights

Record high Vietnam tournament prize pool of ₫19,699,960,000 (~$803,100)

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The Poker Dream Vietnam high roller scene was unlike any seen in Asia this year. In addition to the regular circuit pros was a star studded showing of Asian players mostly seen at Triton events. The Super High Roller was most impressive with a stunning 92 putting up the hefty ₫230,000,000 (~$9,400) buy in. This resulted in the single largest Vietnam tournament prize pool of ₫19,699,960,000 (~$803,100). It was also just three buy ins shy of the inaugural Poker Dream Malaysia collection. Claiming the lion’s share was Malaysia’s Ewe Eng Soon,  earning the single largest festival first prize of ₫5,230,000,000 (~$215,000) for his victory.

Record breaking Vietnam Main Event prize pool of ₫17,940,150,000 (~$731,350)

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The Main Event was anticipated to be a big one that weeks prior, the guarantee was upped from ₫8 Billion to a very generous ₫10 Billion. The response was tremendous with 822 flooding the felt, the largest seen in Vietnam for a buy in of ₫25 Million (~$1,020). This also bloated the prize pool to ₫17,940,150,000 (~$731,350), making it the richest Main Event prize pool in the country. After four days of competition, Vietnam’s own Minh Anh Nguyen claimed it for a career high ₫3,378,000,000 (~$ 137,700). 

VIETNAM closes with eight trophies claimed

Vietnam surged at the end of the series, capturing the last five events to bring its closing trophy total to eight. This was the most by any flag with Korea a far second with five under its belt.

Minh Anh Nguyen – Main Event
Hao Manh Nguyen – Short Deck Single Day
Dang Thanh Luong – Deepstack
Dang Thanh Luong – Monster Stack
Thai Van Nguyen – Midnight Hyper Turbo
Nhat Duc Nguyen – Turbo Edition of the Main Event
Minh Quang Nguyen – Mini High Roller
Ngoc Phuong Nguyen – Deepstack Hyper Turbo

DANG THANH LUONG and SIN REN CHEN bag two events

Vietnam’s Dang Thanh Luong and Taiwan’s Sin Ren Chen both walked away with two titles. Luong was first to achieve this with a victory at the Deepstack and Monster Stack for a total payout of ₫724,180,000 (~$29,520). As for Chen, he won the PLO Turbo event on Day 4 then closed out the series with a bang at the two-day High Roller. He earned a combined ₫2,317,800,000 (~$94,480).  

Filipino JASON KYLE MAGBANUA with four final table cashes

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On his first visit to Vietnam for a poker event, Filipino player Jason Kyle Magbanua finished as the player with the most final table cashes. Magbanua monied at four final tables with a victory at the Pot Limit Omaha for his first ever title outside home turf.

1st at Pot Limit Omaha
6th at Pot Limit Omaha Turbo
3rd at Deepstack
3rd at Mini High Roller

Brandon Koh rises from 1 BB to Main Event runner up

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Malaysia’s Hsien Ren Koh aka Brandon Koh staged the most stunning comeback at the Main Event. Down to 13 players, Koh lost a showdown against Wai Sim Kok to plunge to 1 BB. Forced to bring in the small blind on the next hand, he shortened further to half a big blind. As luck would have it, he won the pot to rise to 3 BB. From there, he claimed four more double ups to regain a healthy stack and eventually reached the final table. Koh took the lead at five handed and carried it into heads up where he finished in 2nd place.

Coming out in full force

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Final side events

Event 23: High Roller 3BN GTD – SIN REN CHEN – ₫2,234,000,000 (~$91,000)

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Buy in: ₫60,000,000 (~$2,445)
Guarantee: ₫3,000,000,000 (~$122,300)
Entries: 172
Prize pool: ₫8,910,420,000 (~$363,245)
ITM: 23 places

1st
Sin-Ren Chen
Taiwan
₫2,234,000,000
2nd
Chung Yi Ho
Taiwan
₫1,514,000,000
3rd
Chin Wei Lim
Malaysia
₫1,008,420,000
4th
Eugene Kim Co
Philippines
₫826,000,000
5th
Mak Weng Kuong
Macau
₫663,000,000
6th
Fuk On Wong
Hong Kong
₫514,000,000
7th
Abhinav Iyer
India
₫380,000,000
8th
Jun Hao Wu
Singapore
₫280,000,000
9th
Binh Duy Tran
Vietnam
₫223,000,000
10th
Anh Khoa Ngo
Vietnam
₫187,000,000
11th
Vincent Huang
New Zealand
₫187,000,000
12th
Wonchul Bae
Korea
₫163,000,000
13th
Tuan The Vu
Vietnam
₫163,000,000
14th
 Tu Anh Nguyen
Vietnam
₫149,000,000
15th
Nam Huu Nguyen
Vietnam
₫149,000,000
16th
Minh Ngoc Le
Vietnam
₫135,000,000
17th
Hwany Lee
Korea
₫135,000,000
18th
Quang Nang Nguyen
Vietnam
₫121,000,000
19th
Donghyun Kim
Korea
₫121,000,000
20th
Duong Thi Thuy Nguyen
Vietnam
₫121,000,000
21st
Tien Quyet Pham
Vietnam
₫111,500,000
22nd
Hoang Huy Tran
Vietnam
₫111,500,000
23rd
Yohwan Lim
Korea
₫111,500,000

Event 21: NLH Turbo – HA YOUNG PARK – ₫92,800,000 (~$3,780)

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Buy in: ₫6,000,000 (~$245)
Entries: 59
Prize pool: ₫309,402,000
ITM: 8 places

1st
 Ha Young Park
Korea
₫92,800,000
2nd
Hojin Kim
Korea
₫66,742,000
3rd
Richard Marquez
Philippines
₫43,300,000
4th
Jun Hee Kim
Korea
₫32,800,000
5th
Ik Jong Kim
Korea
₫25,400,000
6th
Choong Sub Lim
Korea
₫19,800,000
7th
Kyungsuk Ko
Korea
₫15,800,000
8th
Dong Anh Dug
Vietnam
₫12,400,000

Event 22: NLH Turbo – JAEHO KIM – ₫125,000,000 (~$5,095)

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Buy in: ₫6,000,000 (~$245)
Entries: 90
Prize pool: ₫471,420,000
ITM: 13 places 

1st
Jaehon Kim
Korea
₫125,000,000
2nd
Boonorm Yuthana
Thailand
₫87,000,000
3rd
Tran Thanh Hung
Vietnam
₫57,400,000
4th
Joachim Baruch Lob
Switzerland
₫45,000,000
5th
Park Seungri
Korea
₫36,220,000
6th
Nguyen Manh Trung
Vietnam
₫28,300,000
7th
Shiu Carlos
Canada
₫22,400,000
8th
Nguyen Dong Duc
Vietnam
₫17,500,000
9th
Doan Minh Tuan
Vietnam
₫13,200,000
10th
Park Sungwoon
Korea
₫10,200,000
11th
Choi Seunghoon
Korea
₫10,200,000
12th
Kim In Seung
Korea
₫9,500,000
13th
Artem Fedula
Russia
₫9,500,000

Event 24: Monster Stack: DANG THANH LUONG – ₫345,000,000 (~$14,060)

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Buy in: ₫12,000,000 (~$490)
Entries: 131
Prize pool: ₫1,372,356,000 (~$55,940)
ITM: 17 places

1st
Dang Thanh Luong
Vietnam
₫345,000,000
2nd
Lin Yu Sheng
Taiwan
₫233,100,000
3rd
 Jiwon Yoon
Korea
₫151,400,000
4th
Son Duc Tran
Vietnam
₫125,556,000
5th
Phan Huu Minh Tri
Vietnam
₫101,300,000
6th
Hoa Duc Nguyen
Vietnam
₫79,900,000
7th
Lam Kim Long
Vietnam
₫61,100,000
8th
Min Yujung
Korea
₫46,000,000
9th
Vu Thai Bao
Vietnam
₫34,400,000
10th
Xuan Van Nguyen
Vietnam
₫28,200,000
11th
Nguyen Quynh Thu
Vietnam
₫28,200,000
12th
Tran Van Tai
Vietnam
₫24,800,000
13th
Tien Van Nguyen
Vietnam
₫24,800,000
14th
Nhuong The Nguyen
Vietnam
₫22,700,000
15th
Shin Kyungsub
Korea
₫22,700,000
16th
Villanueva Renato
Philippines
₫21,600,000
17th
Vo Ngoc Hien
Vietnam
₫21,600,000

Event 25: Midnight Hyper Turbo: THAI VAN NGUYEN – ₫108,598,000 (~$4,425)

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Buy in: ₫6,000,000 (~$245)
Entries: 71
Prize pool: ₫371,898,000 (~$15,160)
ITM: 9 places

1st
Thai Van Nguyen
Vietnam
₫108,598,000
2nd
Ngoc Phuong Nguyen
Vietnam
₫78,000,000
3rd
Ka Fai Wong
Hong Kong
₫50,700,000
4th
Chuaynum Sartsilp
Thailand
₫38,400,000
5th
Yeu Wei Hsiang
Malaysia
₫29,800,000
6th
Pitakparadon Papach
Thailand
₫23,100,000
7th
Ling Tien Loon
Malaysia
₫18,300,000
8th
Joachim Baruch Lob
Switzerland
₫14,200,000
9th
Chanavee Tungtrongjit
Thailand
₫10,800,000

Event 26: Turbo Edition of Main Event: NHAT DUC NGUYEN – ₫138,300,000 (~$5,630)

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Buy in: ₫8,000,000 (~$325)
Entries: 72
Prize pool: ₫502,848,000
ITM: 11 places

1st
Nhat Duc Nguyen
Vietnam
₫138,300,000
2nd
Doan Minh Tuan
Vietnam
₫98,300,000
3rd
Kien Duc Tran
Vietnam
₫64,400,000
4th
Jonathan Tek-Wye Looi
Malaysia
₫49,500,000
5th
Kim Jun Hee
Korea
₫39,198,000
6th
Park Soorin
Korea
₫30,700,000
7th
Ha Huy Vu
Vietnam
₫24,100,000
8th
Kim Kyoung Moon
Korea
₫18,850,000
9th
Chui Yuen Shan
Hong Kong
₫14,300,000
10th
Wong Ka Fai
Hong Kong
₫12,600,000
11th
Hayoung Park
Korea
₫12,600,000

Event 27: Mini High Roller: MINH QUANG NGUYEN – ₫709,000,000 (~$28,900)

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Buy in: ₫30,000,000 (~$1,225)
Entries: 102
Prize pool: ₫2,671,380,000
ITM: 13 places

1st
Minh Quang Nguyen
Vietnam
₫709,000,000
2nd
Ming San Chung
Hong Kong
₫492,900,000
3rd
 Jason Kyle Magbanua
Philippines
₫326,000,000
4th
Teng Kah Yew
Malaysia
₫255,000,000
5th
Le Phuong Viet
Vietnam
₫205,700,000
6th
Kunal Patni
India
₫160,200,000
7th
Kyeongrim Shin
Korea
₫126,880,000
8th
Changhwan Lee
Korea
₫98,900,000
9th
Seongsu Kong
Korea
₫74,800,000
10th
Sim Kok Wai
Malaysia
₫57,500,000
11th
Tang Ying Seng
Hong Kong
₫57,500,000
12th
Dinh Tien Thanh
Vietnam
₫53,500,000
13th
Dhaval Mudgal
India
₫53,500,000

Event 28: Deepstack Hyper Turbo: NGOC PHUONG NGUYEN – ₫49,050,000 (~$2,000)

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Buy in: ₫6,000,000 (~$245)
Entries: 30
Prize pool: ₫157,140,000
ITM: 5 places

1st
Ngoc Phuong Nguyen
Vietnam
₫49,050,000*
2nd
Richard Marquez
Philippines
₫49,050,000*
3rd
Akanit Rachan
Thailand
₫25,500,000
4th
Tran Duc Son
Vietnam
₫18,540,000
5th
Wong Tin Lam
Hong Kong
₫15,000,000

*Heads up deal

That completes our coverage of Poker Dream Vietnam! You can read up on the event via the links provided below. 

Live Updates page
Poker Dream Player Guide
Daily event pics – Somuchpoker fb page

Article links:

Main Event info
Main Event Day 1A recap
Main Event shatters guarantee, sets new Vietnam record
Main Event champion to be crowned

Poker Dream releases Hoi An full schedule
Poker Dream makes landfall in Hoi An, Vietnam
Poker Dream kicks off 
Poker Dream: Day 1 recap
Poker Dream: First four trophies awarded
Poker Dream: Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand lift trophies
Poker Dream: Ewe Eng Soon wins the SHR for $215K

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Author: Jeffrey Torres