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Vietnam has traditionally been one of the hottest poker hubs of Asia and the year has already witnessed several big tournament series taking place in the country. For Indians, Vietnam has been popular as like always, the 2018 World Poker Tour (WPT) Vietnam opened at Vietnam’s popular Pro Poker Club with a good number of Indian players in the mix.
Several Indian players could be seen discussing their travel plans to Ho Chi Minh City for this latest stop on social media and the excitement has already begun with Team India taking to the events with panache!
Headlining the Indian participation is Sumit Sapra, who has sailed through a field of 137 entries to enter the final table of the Welcome Event. With 215,000 in chips, Sapra is holding the fifth-biggest stack among the nine final table contenders who will resume action today. Kunal Patni and Dhaval Mudgal were the other Indian challengers at the event, but they both dropped out short of the money.
The second event that kicked off on the inaugural day was the Charity Event and Tráº§n Kim Äông took the event down after reaching a heads-up deal with Äá»—Huy CÆ°á»ng.
Meanwhile, the first satellite to the WPT Vietnam Main Event that features a VND 8 Billion guarantee was also hosted on September 26.
Overall the 2018 WPT Vietnam is slated to play out 14 events and is scheduled for conclusion on October 4.
In today’s lineup are the two opening flights of WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup that features a VND 5,500,000 (~US$238) buy-in and allows one entry per flight, and the second satellite to the WPT Vietnam Main Event, even as the Welcome Event will play down to the winner. The Main Event will kick off on September 28.
The 2018 WPT Vietnam opened with a bang and stealing the show on the inaugural day was the Welcome Event that featured a buy-in of VND7,700,000 (~$333). The excitement was in the air as 112 players registered to enter. 25 of them re-entered, taking the total entry field to 137.
A day’s play later, the field has narrowed down to the final table and the nine finalists will resume play to compete for the title and top prize of VND 2,60,000,000.
Some of the most seasoned players from the Asian circuit were seen in the field. Team India is likely to come out in good numbers with a number of top pros already in attendance. On September 25, Gaurav Gala in his social media post mentioned that he was traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, with Zarvan Tumboli and Romit Advani for the series.
Team India’s campaign in Vietnam is off to a flying start with Sumit Sapra (215,000) making it to the final table in the opening event. Sapra has an above-average stack but currently stands fifth among the nine finalists and has some catching up to do.
Kunal Patni and Dhaval Mudgal were among the other Indian challengers who entered the event, but both fell out before the money was reached.
Asthe prize pool swelled to VND930,230,000, the payouts were announced. The top 18 spots made the money and among those who earned a payout include, Kjeu Ove Dyb (10th for VND22,790), Nguyá»…n Trung Tín (11th for VND22,790), Ng Pui Cheung (13th for VND19,770), Äào Ngá»c Nam(14th for VND19,770), Richard Amaranton (16th for VND16,980) and Nguyá»…n Äá»©c Há»™p (18th for VND16,980).
However, WPT Asia Player of the Year Pete Chen, Victor Chong and Paul Hockin failed to progress further and busted empty-handed.
Leading the nine finalists is home player, Dung Pro (528,000) who holds the overnight chip lead coming into the final table. Although Alan King Lun Lau (262,000) and Julien Tran (258,000) round off the top three in stacks, Lau and Tran are by no means close to Pro in stacks.
Final Table Chip Counts
1.Dung Pro –528,000
2. Alan King Lun Lau – 262,000
3. Julien Tran – 258,000
4. Nicholas Dixon – 221,000
5. Sumit Sapra – 215,000
6. Nguyen Dang Toan – 214,000
7. Nguy Xuan Hong – 149,000
8. Huy Cosbet – 126,000
9. Nguyen Ngoc Thien An – 82,000
A total of 37 players joined the field in the second event of 2018 WPT Vietnam, the Charity Event. 16 of them re-entered, making for a total of 53 entries. 20% of each buy-in was to be contributed to the Association Montlucon Saigon, a charitable organization for orphaned children in Ho Chi Minh City that has been operational since 1992.
Based on the prize pool generated, the Association received a cheque of VND 26,500,000 from Pro Poker Club Manager, Anh Nguyen. Representatives of the Association, Albane Rodien and organization translator Tram Do were present on the occasion.
The tournament was eventually won by Tráº§n Kim Äông after a heads-up deal with Äá»—Huy CÆ°á»ng who finished runner-up.
Final Table Results (VND)
1. Tráº§n Kim Äông – VND39.220.000
2. Äá»—Huy CÆ°á»ng – VND23.320.000
3. Bùi Há»¯u Tài – VND14.310.000
4. Nguyá»…n Tiáº¿n Thanh – VND10.070.000
5. Nguyá»…n Há»“ng Äiá»‡p – VND7.950.000
6. Koh Norbert – VND6.360.000
7. Há»“Äáº¯c Minh Háº¡nh – VND4.770.000
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