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WPT Vietnam: Madhav Gupta & Yasheel Doddanavar Final Table Side Events, Kalyan Chakravarthy & Shashank Jain Make Day 2 of Super High Roller

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  • Namita Ghosh March 18, 2019
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A busy weekend at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chih Minh City of Vietnam saw the World Poker Tour (WPT) Vietnam marching along its hectic schedule. The series opener Kickoff event wound down to the final table that eventually saw American pro Rex Clinkscales coming out on top. Clinkscales dominated the 595-strong field and reached a heads-up deal with Kopyl Waldemar to claim the top prize of VND 905,000,000 (₹26.83 Lakhs), while the latter finished runner-up for VND 765,190,000 (₹22.69 Lakhs).

Another player bagging the winner’s trophy was local pro-Pham Quang Anh who captured the Deepstack Turbo title for VND132,000,000 (₹3.91 Lakhs).

Playing alongside was the Bounty 2-Day that has now reached its final table and the Super High Roller that played down to 19 players.

It was a particularly profitable day for Team India as MadhavMaddy” Gupta stormed his way into the final table at the Kickoff event, scoring a deep, fourth place finish for VND 316,910,000 (₹9.39 Lakhs). “Not a great run, was still a final table finish so, I’m ok with it, all considered,” said Gupta after his deep run.

Madhav Gupta
Madhav Gupta

Capturing the limelight was another Indian challenger, Yasheel Praveen Doddanavar who final tabled the Deepstack Turbo. Doddanavar finished sixth for VND 20,170,000 (₹59,790).

Two other Indian`s – Kalyan Chakravarthy and Shashank Jain have advanced forward to Day 2 in the Super High Roller with healthy stacks. Chakravarthy has had a rollicking 2018, with one of his two bumper wins coming in Las Vegas last Summer where he shipped the Venetian DCPS 2018 $600 NLH Monster Stack for $147,233 (~₹1.01 Crore) in July. While that was Chakravarthy’s career-best score, he booked another major score at WPT India in November (100K High Roller for ₹37.53 Lakhs).

Kalyan Chakravarthy
Kalyan Chakravarthy

While Chakravarthy carries the fourth largest stack, i.e., 1,085,000 in a survivors list comprising of 19 names, Jain who is a seasoned hand and a popular pro himself, also found a spot in the top 10 with 770,000 in his bag.

Meanwhile, looking at the enthusiastic turnouts and player requests, WPT has announced the addition of a couple of Super High Roller`s to the series’ schedule. WPT’s Danny McDonagh announced this on social media today. “At the request of Danny Tang, we are adding a couple of Super High Roller events at WPT Vietnam. The first one is confirmed and is a 100 Million Turbo at 4.30 pm on March 24, ideal for players busted out of the main High Roller,” McDonagh wrote. He added, “The second one we are gauging interest is for a 4pm 100 Million buy-in at 4 pm tomorrow (Tuesday 19th March).”

While both, the Bounty 2-Day and WPT Vietnam Super High Roller will crown a champion today, there are two other events on the plan today – Short Deck Hold ‘em and the Deepstack Turbo.


Rex Clinkscales Wins Event #1 – WPT Kickoff

The first event on the WPT Vietnam roster was the VND 10,000,000 (₹29,801) buy-in WPT Kickoff that recorded 595 entries across four starting flights. Only 74 of them advanced to the final day, and it was American pro Rex Clinkscales who claimed the title following a heads-up deal with Kopyl Waldemar. Clinkscales earned the top prize of VND 905,000,000 (₹26.83 Lakhs) while Waldemar took home a hefty VND 765,190,000 (₹22.69 Lakhs).

Talking about Indian participation, a total of seven players from the Indian contingent made it to the final day. Alok Birewar (222,000) and Praveen Dwarkanath (84,000) went through from Day 1A, and Pavan Jain (17,000) progressed from Day 1B. Day 1C registered the biggest turnout of all four flights with 271 entries, and among the 34 surviving further were four Indian challengers, Romit Advani (390,000), Madhav Gupta (185,000), Shashank Jain (167,000) and Eka Vedantham (126,000).

Gupta was the lone Indian who made it as far as the final table. Gupta made a late comeback as he was down to five big blinds with only 18 players remaining but chipped up to fight his way into the final table. However, he ran into several tough spots and was again left with about five big blinds with eight players left. “I busted with ace-jack to ace-queen pre-flop. Had a diamond and three diamonds came on the flop,” Gupta recalled after busting. He finished fourth for VND 316,910,000 (₹9.39 Lakhs).

While the full list of payouts was yet to be announced at the time of filing this report, Shashank Jain (24th for VND 38,230,000-1.13 Lakhs), Eka Vedantham (58th for VND 17,870,000 ~₹52,997), Praveen Dwarkanath (61st for VND 17,870,000 ~₹52,997) and Pavan Ashokumar Jain (74th for VND 15,380,000 ~₹45612) were the Indian names on the incomplete list.

Shashank Jain
Shashank Jain

All the 74 players who had reached the final day were already in the money for VND 15,380,000. Nguyn Quc Anh (10th for VND 81,910,000) bubbled the nine-handed final table. Korea’s Eunho Kwon (21st for VND 46,020,000), Vietnam’s Cao Ngoc Anh (35th for VND 27,010,000), and Malaysian pro Natalie Teh (46th for VND 20,620,000) were among the other notables who made it in the money.

Rex Clinkscales
Rex Clinkscales wins the Kickoff after heads-up deal

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Rex Clinkscales – VND 905,000,000*
  2. Kopyl Waldemar – VND 765,190,000*
  3. Huỳnh Ngọc Huy Triều – VND 443,810,000
  4. Madhav Gupta – VND 316,910,000
  5. Heinanen Pasi – VND 243,250,000
  6. Pavel Lubov – VND 199,720,000
  7. Norbert Koh Shi Fu – VND 164,610,000
  8. Andy Li Xueyan – VND 131,260,000
  9. Hoàng Văn Long – VND 98,480,000

*denotes heads-up deal


Pham Quang Anh Wins Event #3 – Deepstack Turbo

Playing alongside the Kickoff and Bounty 2-Day was the Deepstack Turbo that had Vietnam’s Pham Quang Anh capturing the top prize of VND 132,000,000 (₹3.91 Lakhs).

All the eight players who reached the final table were assured to take home at least VND 13,200,000 (₹39,129). India’s Yasheel Praveen Doddanavar also final-tabled the event and earned a sixth-place payout of VND 20,170,000 (₹59,790).

Pham Quang Anh
Pham Quang Anh

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Phạm Quang Anh – VND 132,000,000
  2. Simon Matthonnet – VND 77,540,000
  3. Chave Vincent – VND 48,580,000
  4. Pak Hang Pun – VND 33,000,000
  5. Zhang Min china – VND 25,670,000
  6. Yasheel Praveen Doddanavar – VND 20,170,000
  7. Um Sung Wan – VND 16,500,000
  8. Yam Chun Ho Edward – VND 13,200,000

Event#4 – Bounty 2-Day

The fourth event on the series’ roster i.e. Bounty 2-Day attracted 178 runners to the field and played down to the nine-handed final table yesterday. The money bubble burst towards the latter half of the play with the top 23 players making it over the money line.

Leading the final table is local pro-Le Ngoc Khanh who holds a massive stack of 7,13,000. Khanh is currently ranked fourth on Vietnam`s All-Time Money List on GPI with his career graph boasting close to $317,182 in live earnings. In January he had posted two big scores at the 2019 APT Vietnam, finishing runner-up at the High Rollers (VND 769,034,000) followed by a third-place finish in the Championships Event (VND 945,703,000).

Heading into the final table, Khanh is far ahead of the next big stacks, Thanh Nguyen (4,43,000) and Benjamin Gonzva (3,24,000).

Le Ngoc Khanh
Le Ngoc Khanh

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Le Ngoc Khanh – 7,13,000
  2. Thanh Nguyen – 4,43,000
  3. Benjamin Gonzva – 3,24,000
  4. Kevin Hodinh – 3,22,000
  5. Yukim Miyakura – 2,81,000
  6. Vinh Tran – 2,48,000
  7. Dung Huynh – 2,04,000
  8. Tuan La – 1,20,000
  9. Masato Sawa – 46,000

Event #5 – WPT Super High Roller

The VND 100,000,000 (₹2,96,359) buy-in WPT Super High Roller kicked off on March 17 and attracted a total of 61 entries, including 49 unique entries and 12 re-entries. After an action-pack day, the field was trimmed down to 19 players who have bagged up and will resume play today.

Team India had reason to celebrate as two Indian pros – Kalyan Chakravarthy (1,085,000) and Shashank Jain (7,70,000) made it through to Day 2.

Leading the final 19, however, is Vu Duc Trung (21,60,000) while Phachara Wongwicht (12,20,000) and Wayne Henng (1,705,000) are not too far behind.

Other notables who have found stacks for Day 2 include Thanisorn Saelor (6,35,000), Danny Tang (5,70,000), Kannapong Thanarattrakul (4,05,000) and Natalie Po (2,95,000).

The top eight finishers will each win at least VND 200,230,000 (₹5.93 Lakhs), with the winner set to take home VND 2,002,310,000 (₹59.34 Lakhs). The runner-up will bank VND 1,176,360,000 (₹34,86 Lakhs).

Vu Duc Trung
Vu Duc Trung leads the final 19 in Super High Roller

Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 1

  1. Vu Duc Trung – 21,60,000
  2. Phachara Wongwicht – 12,20,000
  3. Wayne Henng – 1,705,000
  4. Kalyan Chakravarthy – 1,085,000
  5. Kilian Loeffler – 9,30,000
  6. Wai Kiat Lee – 8,80,000
  7. Fei Han – 8,15,000
  8. Van Phinh Nguyen – 7,70,000
  9. Shashank Jain – 7,70,000
  10. Long Meng – 7,45,000


Content & Images Courtesy: Danny McDonagh & World Poker Tour

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