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The first-ever Poker Dream Vietnam is less than a day from winding up. Over the weekend, the series’ showstopper, the VN₫ 10 Billion GTD Main Event, played out Day 2, with 192 players from the original field of 822 entries returning to the felts. After an entire day’s play, only 19 bagged stacks for the final day. Topping the list are three players from the host country. Dinh Tien Van (3,000,000) bagged the biggest stack, with Tien Minh Ngo (2,960,000) and Nam Hoang Nguyen (1,985,000) following through.
The Indian rail was keenly watching the Day 2 action as a total of seven Indians, led by the 2018 WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Dhaval Mudgal returned to the competition. Mudgal had started out with the 16th most enormous stack, and he improved upon his position, eventually ending the day with the sixth biggest stack of 1,520,000 among the 19 survivors.
Mudgal was also the only Indian who remains in contention for the Main Event title with Kunal Patni (55th for VN₫ 62,900,000), Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi (57th for VN₫ 54,800,000), former bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer (105th for VN₫ 40,400,000) and Young Gun Neel Joshi (90th for VN₫ 46,800,000) earning payouts.
Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra hit the rail empty-handed, while PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved was eliminated as the bubble boy of the event.
The tournament generated a record-smashing VN₫ 17,940,150,000 ($722,083) prize pool, the biggest collection made in an NLHE Main Event in Vietnam to date.
Day 3 is scheduled for 1 PM (Local time).
You can watch the featured table livestream on a 30-minute delay below
Day 2 Recap
Day 2 of the VN₫ 10 Billion GTD Main Event saw 192 players from a record-setting starting field of 822 entries returning with stacks to play. Only 19th of them survived the day’s onslaught, and leading the pack was Vietnam’s Dinh Tien Van (3,000,000), who is just one big blind ahead of the next biggest stack, Tien Minh Ngo (2,960,000). Fellow countryman Nam Hoang Nguyen (1,985,000) rounds out the top three stacks for the final day.
A total of seven Indians returned on Day 2, and Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra was eliminated before the bubble.
Former bracelet champion Kartik Ved had the most unfortunate departure as he bubbled the event. Before the hand-for-hand could start there was an all-in and a call after the with Ved showing to Seung Yeol Kim’s . The turn and the river didn’t come to Ved’s rescue, and he was eliminated in 120th place, leaving the remaining 119 players assured of at least VN₫ 40,400,000.
Former bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer (105th for VN₫ 40,400,000) and Young Gun Neel Joshi (90th for VN₫ 46,800,000) also hit the payout desks soon.
Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi had made his way to Day with 179,500, and he carried his momentum till Level 19. Early on, Parthasarathi lost a big pot to Wai Keong Yong, with ace-nine losing to Yong’s ace-ten. Close to the bubble round, Parthasarathi chipped up in a pot versus Ha Thanh Duong. He found himself up against Kunal Patni in Level 19, where Patni open-shoved for his last 111K from the cutoff, and Parthasarathi called it off from the button.
The board of saw Patni secure a higher one-pair and the double-up to spin up to 240,000.
Not shortly after, Parthasarathi jammed his shorter stack with and Jenam Yu called with . The board of missed Parthasarasthi who was eliminated in 57th place, collecting VN₫ 54,800,000.
The Mystery Bounty champion Kunal Patni began Day 2 with a stack of 184,000. Patni’s early ride was steady; by Level 13, he was sporting a big stack of 300,000. In Level 17, Patni clashed with Chung Yi Ho, his pocket jacks winning it against Ho’s ace-six with a straight to eliminate the latter. Over an hour later, Patni, who was seated on the live stream feature table, scored a double-up from compatriot Shardul Parthasarathi.
However, Patni suffered setbacks and lost most of his stack by Level 20, where he faced Manh Huu Nguyen. Both players were short-stacked and all-in preflop, Nguyen showing to Patni’s . The flop was good for Patni but the turn saw Nguyen hit top pair. The duo could have split the pot, but the was a blank. Patni, who’d be forced all-in within the next two hands, then jammed all-in blind with the last of his stack, and Hyunkyu Kim shoved as well.
The 2018 WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Dhaval Mudgal entered the day with the 16th biggest stack of 231,500. He scored a massive double-up in Level 14 from Dinh Xuan Dinh with pocket eights topping Dinh’a ace-deuce.
Mudgal later moved to the feature table, and in Level 17, he lost a big pot to Grant Gardner, the latter staying ahead on the rundown with ace-queen to Mudgal’s queen-ten. Commenting on the hand, Florencio Campomanes said, “He is mortal!” Mudgal grinned, replying, “guess I am supposed to be ahead against some of his range there.”
Later in Level 20, Mudgal also lost a big pot to Ki Chang Kim, but he covered up the next level by doubling up through Hazel Chui with ace-queen dominating Chui’s ace-jack. Towards the fag end of play, Mudgal scored another double-up off Winfred Yu, chipping up to 1,100,000. He eventually bagged the sixth biggest stack of 1,520,000 for the final day.
Other notables still in the fray include the last woman standing, Hong Kong’s Hazel Chui (1,165,000), David Erquiaga (1,100,000), Winfred Yu (1,010,000), Day 1A chip leader Hojin Kim (815,000), and Zong Chi He (660,000).
The third and final day will start from 1 PM (local time), and the event will play down to a champion.
Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 2
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