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WPC Loyal Hanoi: Jasven Saigal Ships High Roller Single Day (VN₫ 528 Million); Amit Kaushik Finishes Runner-Up in Bounty Hunter (VN₫ 96.5 Million)

The 13-day-long World Poker Championship Loyal Hanoi, hosted at the Grand Loyal Poker Club, culminated on Sunday, January 15. The 24-tournament-long series, touted to be the biggest poker festival held in Vietnam, saw Team India raking in numerous deep runs, but the title eluded the contingent till the very last day.

On Sunday, well-known Indian pro Jasven Saigal took down the penultimate tournament of the series, Event #23: High Roller Single Day, lifting the WPC trophy and the VN₫ 528 Million up top. Saigal had a good run on the Asian felts last year, winning Event #13: ₱22K NLHE at the APT Philippines and Event #23: Superstack at WPT Prime Cambodia. He has persisted with his stellar form in 2023, firing up six deep runs in Hanoi for VN₫ 700 Million!

Another consistent scorer for the team, Amit Kaushik, eyeing a second title in Hanoi (his first at the series), came excruciatingly close to taking down Event #19: Bounty Hunter, placing second for VN₫ 96.5 Million. Korea’s Shin Kyeong Rim won the title for VN₫ 150 Million. Kaushik had an eventful outing at the WPC with five deep runs and VN₫ 195.86 Million in total earnings.

Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Trung (Won Event #18: Turbo Event for VN₫ 84.81 Million), Korea’s Kim Nam Hyung (Won Event #20: Super High Roller for VN₫ 1.725 Billion), Singapore’s Lin Hao (Won Event #21: Monster Stack for VN₫ 514 Million), Korea’s Kim Jin Young (Won Event #22: Megastack for VN₫ 179 Million), and Vietnam’s Ha Manh Tuong (Won Event #24: Megastack Closer for VN₫ 56.28 Million) won the last few side events at WPC Loyal Hanoi.

The Megastack Closer champion Ha Manh Tuong was awarded the Player of the Series (POS) trophy and received a Main Event ticket to the 2023 World Poker Championship.


Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Trung Champions Event #18: Turbo Event For VN₫ 84.81 Million

Event #18: Turbo Event attracted 91 participants, generating a prize pool worth VN₫ 264.81 Million. Only the top 11 finishers got paid, and adding to Vietnam’s title tally at the stop was Nguyen Van Trung, who defeated compatriot Hoang Thanh Tung (2nd for VN₫ 53 Million) heads-up to win the title for VN₫ 84.81 Million.

Nguyen Van Trung
Nguyen Van Trung


Complete Results (VND)

  1. Nguyen Van Trung – VN₫ 84,810,000
  2. Hoang Thanh Tung – VN₫ 53,000,000
  3. Trinh Anh Dung – VN₫ 33,000,000
  4. Lee Gyu Bong – VN₫ 22,000,000
  5. Han Seo Yoon – VN₫ 16,500,000
  6. Kim Kyoung Hun – VN₫ 13,000,000
  7. Yoon Wonsig – VN₫ 10,500,000
  8. Kang Jong Deok – VN₫ 9,000,000
  9. Park Gwang Jin – VN₫ 8,000,000
  10. Park Sung Woon – VN₫ 7,500,000
  11. Le Cong Vuong – VN₫ 7,500,000


Korea’s Shin Kyeong Rim Wins Event #19: Bounty Hunter For VN₫ 150 Million; India’s Amit Kaushik Finishes Runner-up For VN₫ 96.5 Million

The VN₫ 8.80 Million buy-in Event #19: Bounty Hunter took place on Friday, January 13, with 109 hopefuls buying for a share of the VN₫ 518.84 Million prize pool.

The Indian contingent was in the hunt for its first title victory of the series and the Noida-based Amit Kaushik came incredibly close to accomplishing the dream, falling one short of the finish line.

Amit Kaushik
Amit Kaushik


Korea’s Shin Kyeong Rim claimed the title for VN₫ 150 Million, while Kaushik, making his third FT appearance in the festival, collected a runner-up payday of VN₫ 96.5 Million – his fifth score of the series.

Shin Kyeong Rim
Shin Kyeong Rim


Final Table Results (VN₫)

  1. Shin Kyeong Rim – VN₫ 150,000,000
  2. Amit Kaushik – VN₫ 96,500,000
  3. Lee Jin Kyu – VN₫ 56,000,000
  4. Do Quang Thai – VN₫ 38,000,000
  5. Yoon Won Sig – VN₫ 30,000,000
  6. Kim Yong Hee – VN₫ 25,000,000
  7. Lee Gyu Bong – VN₫ 21,000,000
  8. Kim Kyoung Tae – VN₫ 18,000,000
  9. Le Van Hai – VN₫ 16,340,000


Korea’s Kim Nam Hyung Ships Event #20: Super High Roller For VN₫ 1.725 Billion

The fourth of the five Super High Roller events at the WPC Loyal Hanoi series, VN₫ 66 Million buy-in Event #20: Super High Roller, saw Korea’s Kim Nam Hyung overcoming the star-studded 94-player field to clinch the title for VN₫ 1.725 Billion. Hyung’s fellow countryman Kang Byung Jin finished runner-up for VN₫ 1.04 Billion.

Event #20 paid out the top 11 places a share from the VN₫ 5.47 Billion prize pool.

Kim Nam Hyung
Kim Nam Hyung


Complete Results (VND)

  1. Kim Nam Hyung – VN₫ 1,725,000,000
  2. Kang Byung Jin – VN₫ 1,040,000,000
  3. Wun Jun Hao – VN₫ 656,000,000
  4. Duong Thanh Ha – VN₫ 434,000,000
  5. Lee Seok Jun – VN₫ 328,000,000
  6. Lee Gyu Hyuk – VN₫ 262,000,000
  7. Kim Dong Hyun – VN₫ 220,000,000
  8. Jung Ju Young – VN₫ 190,000,000
  9. Choi Tae Jin – VN₫ 165,800,000
  10. Ysmael William Jasper – VN₫ 150,000,000
  11. Oh Huyn – VN₫ 150,000,000
  12. Park Ji Bok – VN₫ 150,000,000


Singapore’s Lin Hao Wins Event #21: Monster Stack For VN₫ 514 Million

Event #21: Monster Stack featured a VN₫ 11 Million buy-in, and with 221 entrants joining the action, VN₫ 2.14 Billion was collected in the prize pool. The top 28 finishers got paid at least VN₫ 17 Million.

Singapore’s Lin Hao was the last player standing and won the title for VN₫ 514 Million after besting Vietnam’s Vu Duc Trung heads-up, the latter banking VN₫ 343 Million in second place.

The long-time pro Jasven Saigal was the only Indian to finish in the money. Entering the event on the back of deep runs in Event #7: Superstack (24th for VN₫ 10.5 Million), Event #9: HSOP Main Event (14th for VN₫ 66 Million), Event #13: Mystery Bounty (19th for VN₫ 24 Million), and Event #17: NLH Freezeout (12th for VN₫ 23.50 Million), Saigal booked his fifth score of the series, netting VN₫ 48.70 Million in 9th place.

Lin Hao
Lin Hao


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Lin Hao – VN₫ 514,000,000
  2. Vu Duc Trung – VN₫ 343,000,000
  3. Nicholas Tompkins – VN₫ 217,000,000
  4. Kim Jong Wan – VN₫ 160,000,000
  5. Park Jae Hyung – VN₫ 125,000,000
  6. Lam Wing Yin – VN₫ 100,000,000
  7. Nguyen Trung Ha – VN₫ 80,000,000
  8. Ly Dac Dung – VN₫ 62,000,000
  9. Jasven Saigal – VN₫ 48,700,000


Korea’s Kim Jin Young Wins Event #22: Megastack For VN179.50 Million

Event #22: Megastack had 101 participants eyeing a share of the VN 587.82 Million prize pool, and only 13 made the payouts list.

Korea’s Kim Jin Young championed the event for VN 179.50 Million after defeating Vietnam’s Pham Huu Son (2nd for VN 110 Million) in the heads-up play.

Kim Jin Young
Kim Jin Young


Complete Results (VND)

  1. Kim Jin Young – VN179,500,000
  2. Pham Huu Son – VN110,000,000
  3. Seo Moon Ho – VN 67,500,000
  4. Nguyen Minh Hiep – VN44,000,000
  5. Kim Woo Seok – VN34,500,000
  6. Doan Minh Tuan – VN27,500,000
  7. Nguyen Dinh Phuc – VN23,500,000
  8. Vu Duc Trung – VN20,500,000
  9. Ngo Tho Long – VN18,320,000


India’s Jasven Saigal Champions Event #23: High Roller Single Day For VN₫ 528 Million

On the last day of the series, seasoned pro Jasven Saigal finally made India’s dream of lifting a WPC trophy come true. The Mumbai-based reg stomped over the 49-entry field in Event #23: High Roller Single Day and bested Tomazoy Andreas (2nd for VN₫ 314 Million) heads-up to win his first title of 2023 (his sixth live title overall) and the VN₫ 528 Million top prize.

Saigal made six ITM finishes in the series, including this title win and another FT finish.

Jasven Saigal
Jasven Saigal


Final Table Results (VN₫)

  1. Jasven Saigal – VN₫ 528,000,000
  2. Tomazoy Andreas – VN₫ 314,000,000
  3. Ly Dac Dung – VN₫ 192,000,000
  4. Lim Yoh Wan – VN₫ 135,000,000
  5. Tran Thanh Hung – VN₫ 107,000,000
  6. Sumo – VN₫ 85,000,000
  7. Lee Sung Kun – VN₫ 64,900,000


Ha Manh Tuong Wins Event #24: Megastack Closer For VN56.28 Million

The final event of the WPC Loyal Hanoi, the VN 33 Million buy-in Event #24: Megastack Closer saw Vietnam’s Ha Manh Tuong taking down the 31-player field to win VN 56.28 Million. Korea’s Kim Jang So placed runner-up for VN 32 Million.

This was Ha Manh Tuong’s fifth ITM finish at the series and his third FT appearance, earning him the Player of the Series trophy.

The top 4 places earned a share of the VN 120.28 Million prize pool.

Ha Manh Tuong
Ha Manh Tuong


Complete Results (VND)

  1. Ha Manh Tuong – VN56,280,000
  2. Kim Jang So – VN32,000,000
  3. Choi Ho Won – VN20,000,000
  4. Choi Jung Hoon – VN12,000,000


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WPC Loyal Hanoi: Vietnam’s Ta Son Tung Wins Super High Roller Title For VN₫ 1.075 Million (3-Way Deal), India’s Akshay Nasa Finishes 4th (VN₫ 405 Million)

It was a busy Wednesday at the World Poker Championship (WPC) Loyal Hanoi running at the Grand Loyal Poker Club. Two tournaments played down to a winner even as the Main Event hosted its second starting flight.

Vietnam’s Ta Son Tung grabbed the headlines yesterday after topping the 55-player field in Event #15: Super High Roller to grab the biggest payout awarded at the series yet worth VN₫ 1.075 Million. He struck a three-way deal with Vietnam’s Khoa Anh Ngo and Korea’s Lim Jong Hak, both netting VN₫ 1.01 Million each in second and third place, respectively.

The Indian rail was fervently following the Super High Roller final table live stream, which had Akshay Nasa starting as one of the top stacks. Chasing his first title in over four years, Nasa entered the final table second in chips but eventually fell in fourth place for VN₫ 405 Million.

Akshay Nasa
Akshay Nasa


Nasa has had immense success in live tournaments in Vietnam, having won three of his four live titles in the country. His best live score came in the 2019 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Ho Chi Minh Main Event, which he took down for VND 1.486 Million (~₹46 Lakhs).

The Super High Roller FT finish was Nasa`s second cash of the series. He previously finished 35th in Event #13: Mystery Bounty for VN₫ 15 Million.

The WPC showstopper VN₫ 10 Billion GTD WPC Main Event is running the last two of its four starting flights today. Day 1B ran its course on Wednesday, registering 168 entries. Added the 139 entries from Day 1A, the field expanded to 307 players. Only 22 players survived the Day 1B onslaught, with Korea’s Seo Moon Hoo (488,000) bagging the chip lead.

Event #13: Mystery Bounty 20th place finisher Rahul Melwani (211,000) was the lone Indian to bag a stack on Day 1B. The Day 1A qualifiers, Apoorva Goel (219,000) and Akshay Nasa (147,000) are the other Indians who will join Melwani on Day 2 tomorrow, along with any other survivors from the Day 1C and Day 1D Turbo flights.

Rahul Melwani
Rahul Melwani


The long-time pro Jasven Saigal reeled in his third cash at the series on Wednesday. He was among the 111 players who entered Event #17: NLH Freezeout and placed 12th for VN₫ 23.50 Million. Saigal previously placed 14th in the HSOP Main Event, followed by a 19th-place finish in Event #13: Mystery Bounty.

Jasven Saigal
Jasven Saigal


Jasven Saigal (546.17 points) is also the only Indian player in the top 10 of the WPC Player of the Series (POS) rankings, where he currently sits at #9.

The other side event, Event #17: NLH Freezeout, was taken down by Korea’s Park Soo Rin for VN₫ 200 Million, who edged past Kang Byung Jin (2nd for VN₫ 172 Million) heads-up.

With 17 events in the books, Event #1: Kick Off champion Vietnam’s Do Anh Tai (1,110.59 points) leads the WPC Player of the Series (POS) race, with compatriots Ha Manh Tuong (841.88 points) and Vu Thai Bao (759.68 points) ranked #2 and #3 in the standings, respectively.

RankPlayerPOS Points
1Do Anh Tai1110.59
2Ha Manh Tuong841.88
3Vu Thai Bao759.68
4Kong Fung696.09
5Ta Son Tung611.15
6Park Soo Rin602.08
7Izumi Yuta584.25
8Nguyen Phuong Ngoc580.5
9Jasven Saigal546.17


Vietnam’s Ta Son Tung Wins Event #15: Super High Roller For VN₫ 1.075 Million (3-Way Deal), India’s Akshay Nasa Finishes 4th (VN₫ 405 Million)

VN₫ 4 Billion GTD Event #15: Super High Roller had 55 entrants signing up for VN₫ 66 Million buy-in, generating a mammoth VN₫ 4,268,000,000 prize pool. Only 16 players returned on Day 2, and the battle for the title was settled through a three-way deal.

Vietnam’s Ta Son Tung grabbed the WPC trophy and VN₫ 1.075 Million in first-place prize money, with the other two finalists, Vietnam’s Khoa Anh Ngo and Korea’s Lim Jong Hak netting an equal VN₫ 1.01 Million in second and third place respectively.

Ta Son Tung
Ta Son Tung


The 2019 APT Ho Chi Minh Main Event winner Akshay Nasa was another top contender on the final table and entered the last leg with the second-largest stack. Hunting down his fourth live tournament title in Vietnam, Nasa eventually fell out fourth for VN₫ 405 Million.

You can watch the replay of the final table live stream (30-minute delay) on the Grand Loyal Poker Club Facebook page below.


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Ta Son Tung – VN₫ 1,075,000,000*
  2. Khoa Anh Ngo – VN₫ 1,009,600,000*
  3. Lim Jong Hak – VN₫ 1,009,600,000*
  4. Akshay Nasa – VN₫ 405,000,000
  5. Mi Ran Hwang – VN₫ 320,000,000
  6. Pham Duy Anh – VN₫ 256,000,000
  7. Gyuh Yuk Lee – VN₫ 192,000,000

*denotes a three-way deal


Korea’s Seo Moon Hoo Tops 22 Survivors From Day 1B of the Main Event, India’s Rahul Melwani Advances to Day 2

The biggest attraction at the ongoing festival, the VN₫ 10 Billion GTD (~$425,080) WPC Main Event, ran its second starting flight on Wednesday. Day 1B registered a 168-entry field, with 22 advancing to Day 2.

Korea’s Seo Moon Hoo (488,000), Hong Kong’s Tam Hoi Wai (458,000), and compatriot Yo Hwan Lim (416,000) topped the day-end chip counts.

While the field had several Indian players in the mix, Rahul Melwani (211,000) was the only team member to make the cut and bagged the 12th biggest stack.

Once a full-time poker pro, Melwani has since moved away from the scene and spends most of his time on his poker merchandising business. He already has one cash in the series, a 20th place finish in Event #13: Mystery Bounty worth VN₫ 24 Million.

Through the first two flights, the Main Event has registered 307 entries. The last two flights, Day 1C and 1D Turbo are up and running from 11 AM and 3:30 PM (local time) today.

The qualifying stacks from all four starting flights will converge for Day 2 on Friday, January 13.

Seo Moon Hoo
Seo Moon Hoo


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B

  1. Seo Moon Hoo – 488,000
  2. Tam Hoi Wai – 458,000
  3. Yo Hwan Lim – 416,000
  4. The Best – 374,000
  5. Dinh Quang Huy – 273,000
  6. Nguyen Manh Hieu – 265,000
  7. Keun Soo Yoon – 254,000
  8. Sun Ho Yoo – 250,000
  9. Kim Yong Min – 247,000
  10. Nguyen Van Trung – 221,000


Korea’s Park Soo Rin Wins Event #17: NLH Freezeout For VN₫ 200 Million, India’s Jasven Saigal Finishes 12th

Event #17: NLH Freezeout had 111 hopefuls vying for a share of the VN₫ 861.36 Million prize pool, each paying VN₫ 8.80 Million to get in.

The top 14 finishers got paid, with Korea’s Park Soo Rin bagging away the lion`s share of VN₫ 200 Million and the title. It was a top-two finish for Team Korea as another Korean player Kang Byung Jin finished runner-up for VN₫ 172 Million.

Following up on his deep runs in the HSOP Main Event and Event #13: Mystery Bounty earlier in the series, the Indian poker veteran Jasven Saigal finished 12th for VN₫ 23.50 Million.

Park Soo Rin
Park Soo Rin


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Park Soo Rin – VN₫ 200,000,000
  2. Kang Byung Jin – VN₫ 172,000,000
  3. Ham Dong Myung – VN₫ 131,000,000
  4. Nguyen Phuong Ngoc – VN₫ 64,000,000
  5. Vu Thai Bao – VN₫ 50,000,000
  6. Yun Hui Beom – VN₫ 40,000,000
  7. Park Ji Bok – VN₫ 34,000,000
  8. Nguyen Van Phu – VN₫ 29,500,000


Content & Images Courtesy: Life of Poker

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This Week in Poker: January 4 – 10

In the PokerGuru feature, ‘This Week in Poker,’ we bring you the weekly roundup of the most significant online scores by Indian MTT players and the top stories from both the live and online poker circuits. Here are this week’s top stories!


It`s been a busy start to 2023, thanks to PokerBaazi’s 1000X Series 2.0 and PokerStars India’s Winter Series 5.0.

The year’s first mega-series dished out massive cash prizes, and unsurprisingly, this week’s “PokerGuru Star of the Week!” is the 1000X Main Event champion Young Gun Gaurav Sood. The two-time POY winner thrashed out ₹18.02 Lakhs in weekly winnings (including two titles), asserting himself as a strong contender for the 2023 POY title.

Vishal Bajaj, Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra, Tarush Gupta, and Himanshu Arora were the week`s other top online scorers.

Breaking away from the online domain, Indians continued their domination in Vietnam by reeling in breakout scores in the ongoing WPC Loyal Hanoi! The country’s most respected poker stalwart Aditya Agarwal found early success in the series by finishing fourth in the WPC Kick-Off for a hefty VN₫ 225 Million!

Amit Kaushik (three ITM finishes), Jasven Saigal (two ITM finishes), Rahul Melwani, Yash Khandelwal, Anshul Rajput, and Akshay Nasa are some other Indian players to have notched up scores in WPC Loyal Hanoi.

Moving over to the promotional announcements, Eastern Europe’s leading online poker room, PokerMatch, recently launched in India as PokerMatch India. And they announced their entry into the country with a bang by joining hands with the world’s first professional Match Poker league, Match IPL, and are the title sponsors for Season 5 of the MIPL.

PokerStars India is currently hosting its first flagship MTT festival of 2023 – the Winter Series. The popular series returned for its fifth & biggest-ever edition on January 5 and runs till January 15, guaranteed over ₹3 Crores in cash prizes across 59 tournaments.

IndiaPlays’ brand-new ₹15 Lakhs GTD Resolution Series is also off the mark. The one-of-a-kind series promises unmatched value for all 14 tournaments on the schedule are RAKE-FREE. The series will run until January 18.

In other news, Global Poker Index (GPI) unveiled the GPI Player of the Year (POY) winners of 2022, ranking the top-ranked players across 79 countries. Ankit Ahuja (2,140.10 points) topped the 2022 GPI India POY rankings, followed by bracelet winners Abhinav Iyer (2,107.33 points) & Kartik Ved (2,107.33 points).

Stephen Song (3,543 points) won the 2022 GPI POY title while also topping the GPI Mid-Major rankings (2,580 points). Cherish Andrews (2,835 points) bested a fiercely contested race against Angela Jordison (2,612 points) to bag the 2022 GPI Female POY title.

The Union Minister of State (MeitY), Rajeev Chandrasekhar, disclosed last Thursday that the draft rules for online gaming released by MeitY earlier this week would be discussed with relevant stakeholders to get their input starting this week.

In an inexplicably refreshing development, the Chhattisgarh government passed the Chhattisgarh Gambling (Prohibition) Bill 2022, banning online gambling and betting but exempting games of skill such as poker, rummy, and fantasy sports.

A few weeks after releasing the schedule for the first quarter of the 2023 PokerGO Tour (PGT) season, PokerGO released an official statement announcing that is doubling up the prize pool for the 2023 season-ending extravaganza, the PGT Championship, offering a whopping $1 Million in freeroll guarantees.

Online Railbird Report

Young Gun Gaurav Sood was the week’s top scorer, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.” The two-time POY winner thrashed out ₹18.02 Lakhs in weekly winnings (including two titles), asserting himself as a strong contender for the 2023 POY title. His best finish was conquering PokerBaazi’s ₹50 Lakhs GTD 1000X#32 Main Event for ₹7.89 Lakhs.

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood


His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s 1000X#32 Main Event for ₹7,89,096

> 1st in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹5,76,290

> 6th in Spartan Poker’s Thursday High Roller (6-Max) for ₹1,51,200


Another top poker talent, Vishal Bajaj, added a hefty ₹17.67 Lakhs to his weekly tally, including two titles. The 26-year-old MTT phenom picked up scores across sites and won Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for the third time for ₹8.98 Lakhs.

Vishal Bajaj
Vishal Bajaj


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹8,98,240

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller for ₹4,00,619

> 4th in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹1,89,750

> 7th in Spartan Poker’s Thursday High Roller (6-Max) for ₹1,19,700


Several top pros won two tournaments this past week, and one of them was Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra. He added ₹16.82 Lakhs on the back of two standout scores and a litany of deep runs.

Sanat Mehrotra
Sanat Mehrotra


His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s BSS HighRoller for ₹4,91,300

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Wednesday High Roller (6-Max) for ₹4,39,090

> 2nd in PokerStars India’s Winter Series-02 [High Roller], 6-Max for ₹3,55,766


Tarush Gupta walked away with the week`s single-biggest paycheque, winning the ₹50 Lakhs GTD Adda52 Big Game for ₹16.25 Lakhs.

Tarush Gupta
Tarush Gupta


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Adda52’s Big Game for ₹16,25,000


The first The MoneyMaker champion of the year, Himanshu Arora, lapped up ₹11.79 Lakhs across his weekly run.

Himanshu Arora
Himanshu Arora


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s Tuesday High Roller (6-Max) for ₹2,89,000

> 3rd in PokerStars India’s Winter Series-21 [Sunday High Roller], 6-Max for ₹2,52,144

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s The Summit for ₹2,44,673

> 8th in PokerBaazi’s BSS HighRoller for ₹1,06,930

> 4th in Adda52’s Sunday Showdown for ₹84,556


Vinay Rajpal, Avneesh Munjal, Rising Star Ritwik Khanna, Pradip Ghosh, Goonjan Mall, Ashutosh Balodhi, and Akhilendra Chauhan were the week`s other top online scorers.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Tarush Gupta₹16.25 LakhsAdda52 Big Game ₹50 Lakhs GTD
Vishal Bajaj
₹8.98 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹35 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Gaurav Sood₹7.89 Lakhs1000X#32 Main Event ₹50 Lakhs GTD
Anuj Yadav
₹6.71 LakhsThe Elite (6-Max) ₹30 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Aayush Arya
₹6.61 LakhsThursday High Roller (6 Max) ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Gaurav Sood₹5.76 LakhsThe Ballers ₹20 Lakhs GTD
Neel Joshi
₹5.24 Lakhs(7-Max) BSS Championship ₹35 Lakhs GTD
Rajneesh Thakur
₹4.97 Lakhs1000X#16 Mini Main Event ₹35 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashutosh Balodhi
₹4.94 LakhsUltron ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanat Mehrotra₹4.91 LakhsBSS HighRoller ₹20 Lakhs GTD
Nitin Rawat
₹4.90 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Pradip Ghosh₹4.89 Lakhs1000X#24 Friday Prime ₹35 Lakhs GTD
Vinay Rajpal₹4.82 LakhsWinter Series-02 [High Roller] ₹25 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Vinay Rajpal₹4.63 LakhsWinter Series-21 [Sunday High Roller - Boosted GTD] (6-Max) ₹20 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Sanat Mehtora
₹4.39 LakhsWednesday High Roller ₹20 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Ritwik Khanna₹4.28 LakhsTuesday High Roller ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Rishabh Gupta₹4.12 LakhsThe Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTD
Vishal Bajaj₹4.01 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD
Anmol Mehta
₹3.95 LakhsArmageddon ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Raghav Bansal₹3.94 LakhsDeepStack Turbo ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
₹3.66 LakhsWinter Series-20 [Mini Main] ₹25 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Uttam Gope
₹3.25 Lakhs1000X#20 Thursday Prime ₹30 Lakhs GTD
Buhr Advirkar₹3.19 LakhsDestiny 25.0 ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Vikram Mishra
₹3.13 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹20 Lakhs GTD
Sunil Arora₹3.03 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTD
₹3.03 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Suraj N Yadav
₹3.01 LakhsMega Stack (IOPC Bubble) ₹17 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Pradip Ghosh
₹2.93 LakhsThe Pride ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Gokul Raj₹2.91 LakhsWinter Series-08 [Uppercut] ₹15 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Faiz Alam₹2.54 Lakhs1000X#33 MegaStack ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Karan Radia
₹2 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD
Parag Shah₹1.97 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹12 Lakhs GTD
Ashit Sharma₹1.90 LakhsWinter Series 26 [6-Max, Deep] ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Anuj Yadav
₹1.85 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Adarsh Jha
₹1.76 LakhsThe Big Show ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Shrvan Amlekar₹1.66 Lakhs1000X#34 AfterParty ₹10 Lakhs GTD
₹1.56 LakhsFuturistic ₹8 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Anshul Bagai₹1.46 Lakhs1000X#21 ₹9 Lakhs GTD
“mangubansal”₹1.31 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Sanjay Khanna₹1.31 Lakhs1000X#17 ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Pratibh Saluja₹2.28 LakhsThe Rainmaker ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Abhijeet Kumar₹1.26 LakhsWinter Series-04 [Uppercut Mini] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ujjwal Narwal
₹1.24 LakhsMaster Minds [8-Max] ₹6 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Karan Thakker₹1.20 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Abilash Bala₹1.08 Lakhs(7-Max) Afternoon Boost – ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Allen Romeo₹1.04 Lakhs1000X#19 ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD
Akhand Shukla
₹1.04 LakhsWinter Series-10 [Battle Royale] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹1.02 LakhsEliminator [8-Max] ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
“RageAce”₹1.01 Lakhs1000X#15 ₹10 Lakhs GTD
₹1.01 Lakhs1000X#14 ₹7 Lakhs GTD
Gurpal Singh
₹1.01 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
“manish jangid”₹1.01 LakhsWinter Series-28 [The Classic] ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
₹99K1000X#25 ₹8 Lakhs GTD
Kamal Joshi
₹90K1000X#23 ₹7 Lakhs GTD
Kritagya Sharma₹86K(7-Max) Afternoon Boost ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Ankit Jajodia
₹81K(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Aman Parakh₹75K(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Seedhemautt”₹69K1000X#18 ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Sanchit Anand
₹68K(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Pranay Chaudhry
₹55K(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD


Eastern Europe’s Leading Online Poker Room PokerMatch Launches in India; Becomes the Title Sponsor of MIPL Season 5

Eastern Europe’s leading online poker room, PokerMatch, has launched in India as PokerMatch India.

Eastern Europe’s Biggest Gaming Platform PokerMatch Makes its India Debut
Eastern Europe’s Biggest Gaming Platform PokerMatch Launches in India With Playtech


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Announcing its entry into the country with a bang, PokerMatch joined hands with the world’s first professional Match Poker league, Match IPL, becoming the title sponsor for Season 5 of the MIPL.

Standing by its promise of offering the best experience to players, PokerMatch India has been awarding free entry tickets into the prestigious Match IPL. Join the daily qualifiers running on the site until January 15 with 12 seats to Match IPL Season 5 up for grabs.

PokerMatch India Makes a Splash in the Indian Poker Scene
PokerMatch India Makes a Splash in the Indian Poker Scene


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Rake-Free 15 Lakhs GTD Resolution Series Kicks Off on IndiaPlays (January 10 – 18)

IndiaPlays raised the bar by announcing the ₹15 Lakhs GTD Resolution Series – which has all 14 tournaments on the schedule entirely rake-free. The series runs from January 10 until January 18 and offers a mix of Texas Hold’em, PLO6 & Bounty tournaments.

IndiaPlays - Resolution Series
IndiaPlays – Resolution Series


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2023 WPC Loyal Hanoi Updates

Sounding off the live tournament action in Asia was the World Poker Championship (WPC) Loyal Hanoi, which got underway at the Grand Loyal Poker Club on January 3. With a combined prize pool guarantee of $1 Million, this is the biggest-ever live poker festival held in Vietnam, and the action continues till January 15.

Vietnamese players have been a formidable force in the series, taking down several headliner tournaments. Do Anh Tai was one of them, and he tamed a guarantee-crushing field in the series-opener Event#1: Kick-Off, striking a heads-up deal with American pro Peter Kiem to win the trophy. Both players locked in an equal VN₫ 565 Million payday.

Do Anh Tai
Do Anh Tai


The Indian contingent is already off to a solid start in the series, with the country’s most renowned poker stalwart, Aditya Agarwal, finishing fourth in the WPC Kick-Off for a hefty VN₫ 225 Million.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal


There is a title sweat brewing for Team India in Event#15: Super High Roller, where Akshay Nasa is running hot on the final table.

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Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Que championed the WPC Loyal Hanoi VN₫ 3 Billion GTD HSOP Main Event following a heads-up deal with compatriot Dung Anh Trinh – both netting an equal VN₫ 756 Million.

Nguyen Van Que
Nguyen Van Que


India’s Jasven Saigal posted a 14th-place finish for VN₫ 66 Million.

Jasven Saigal
Jasven Saigal


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Vietnam’s Ngo Long won the WPC Loyal Hanoi Event #13: Mystery Bounty for VN₫ 479 Million after defeating fellow countryman Dinh Van Tien heads-up.

Ngo Long
Ngo Long


Three Indians, Jasven Saigal (19th for VN₫ 24 Million), Rahul Melwani (20th for VN₫ 24 Million), and Akshay Nasa (35th for VN₫ 15 Million), made ITM finishes in the Mystery Bounty.

The series showstopper, VN₫ 10 Billion GTD WPC Loyal Hanoi Main Event, is currently running its second starting flight.

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Team India Scores in the WPC Loyal Hanoi

RankPlayerEventPrize Amount
4thAditya AgarwalEvent #1: Kick OffVN₫ 225 Million
14thJasven SaigalHSOP Main EventVN₫ 66 Million
18thAmit KaushikEvent #1: Kick OffVN₫ 36 Million
19thJasven SaigalEvent #13: Mystery BountyVN₫ 24 Million
20thRahul MelwaniEvent #13: Mystery BountyVN₫ 24 Million
9thAmit KaushikEvent #7: SuperstackVN₫ 29.86 Million
5thAmit KaushikEvent #5: Bounty HunterVN₫ 22.50 Million
3rdYash KhandelwalEvent #5 Turbo EventVN₫ 21.60 Million
19thAnshul RajputEvent #11: MegastackVN₫ 20 Million
35thAkshay NasaEvent #13: Mystery BountyVN₫ 15 Million


List of Side Event Winners

PlayerEventPrize Amount
Yu Seung MinEvent #8: Single Day High RollerVN₫ 882 Million
Kim Gab YongSuper Star ChallengeVN₫ 861 Million
Nguyen Van QueHSOP Main EventVN₫ 756 Million
Do Anh TaiEvent #1: Kick OffVN₫ 565 Million
Tam Hoi WaiEvent #11: MegastackVN₫ 450 Million
Kim Kyoung HunEvent #7: SuperstackVN₫ 290 Million
Nguyen Manh TuEvent #2: High Roller – Single DayVN₫ 186 Million
Suk KimEvent #12: Short DeckVN₫ 104.440 Million
Ahn SungminEvent #6: Bounty HunterVN₫ 80.70 Million
Vu Thai BaoEvent #4: Deepstack FreezeoutVN₫ 67 Million
Tran Duc ChinhEvent #5: Turbo EventVN₫ 59.20 Million
Song Hyeong YuEvent #10: Hyper TurboVN₫ 52 Million
Yuta IzumiEvent #3: Hyper TurboVN₫ 36.45 Million


With this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from the world of poker. We will return next week with our weekly report. Stay tuned.

WPC Loyal Hanoi: Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Que Wins HSOP Main Event After Heads-Up Deal With Trinh Anh Dung With Both Banking VN₫ 756 Million

It was an intense and exciting weekend at the 2023 World Poker Championship (WPC) Loyal Hanoi, currently underway at the Grand Loyal Poker Club in Hanoi, Vietnam, with one of the featured attractions of the festival, VN₫ 3 Billion GTD HSOP Main Event, playing down to a winner on Sunday.

2021 had seen Indians dominating the Asian felts with multiple title wins and FT finishes. Team India has kicked off 2023 with a BANG, persisting with raking in the big scores. The VN₫ 16.50 Million buy-in HSOP Main Event had several Indians joining the two starting flights.

Once all was done and dusted, Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Que was the player posing for the winner picture after besting compatriot Dung Anh Trinh heads-up. Both players had agreed on a heads-up deal that saw them bank VN₫ 756 Million each. The duo then sat down to compete for the trophy, where Que emerged victorious. They laudably even left a tip for all the dealers and the casino staff!

Several Indians entered the HSOP Main Event, and though we don’t have the exact numbers, long-time circuit pro Jasven Saigal was the only one from the country to cross the money line. He qualified through Day 1A and finished 14th for VN₫ 66 Million.

Jasven Saigal
Jasven Saigal


Saigal had a hugely successful live poker outing in 2022, posting as many as 23 scores in tournaments held in Asia last year. He most prominently won two titles, starting with the WPT Prime Cambodia Event #23: $300 NLHE Superstack 6-Max ($6,255) and the APT Philippines Event #13: ₱22K NLHE (₱532,300).

The other Indian in Hanoi, Amit Kaushik, has been on a scoring spree in Hanoi and picked up his third cash at the stop on Friday (January 6). Following up on deep runs in the Kickoff and Event #5: Bounty Hunter, the Noida resident fell whiskers short of the final table in Event #7: Superstack, pocketing VN₫ 29.86 Million in ninth place.

Amit Kaushik
Amit Kaushik


Another Indian player, Anshul Rajput, landed a payday in Event #11: Megastack, finishing 19th for VN₫ 20 Million.

Anshul Rajput
Anshul Rajput


Korean players wreaked havoc over the weekend, winning four of the six tournaments, which included Yu Seung Min (Won Event #8: Single Day High Roller for VN₫ 882 Million), Kim Kyoung Hun (Won Event #7: Superstack for VN₫ 290 Million), Suk Kim (Won Event #12: Short Deck for VN₫ 104.440 Million), and Song Hyeong Yu (Won Event #10: Hyper Turbo For VN₫ 52 Million). The lone player from Hong Kong to claim a WPC trophy was Tam Hoi Wai (Won Event #11: Megastack for VN₫ 450 Million).


Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Que Wins HSOP Main Event Following Even Heads-up Deal With Trinh Anh Dung With Both Pokceting For VN₫ 756 Million Each

Event #9: HSOP Main Event drew 284 players from two starting flights (Day 1A – 106 & Day 1B – 106), shattering its listed guarantee of VN₫ 3 Billion to generate a massive VN₫ 4,132,200,000 prize pool. Only 34 players returned on Day 2 (Day 1A – 21, Day 1B – 13).

The event finally wrapped proceedings on Sunday, January 8. Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Que emerged as the victor, eventually opting for a heads-up deal to claim the title and the VN₫ 756 Million up top. Que’s fellow countryman Trinh Anh Dung finished in second place, pocketing an equivalent payout.

Nguyen Van Que
Nguyen Van Que


Representing Team India on Day 2 was Jasven Saigal, who brought forth a stack of 342,000 from Day 1A. Saigal eventually fell out in 14th place, pocketing his first cash at the series (his first live score of 2023), amounting to VN₫ 66 Million.

The top 35 finishers earned at least VN₫ 30 Million from the VN₫ 4,132,200,000.

The final table began following the elimination of Korea’s Ko Kyungsuk (9th for VN₫ 88.10 Million).

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Dung Trinh Anh – 1,910,000
  2. Andreas Tomazou – 1,850,000
  3. Mr. Big – 1,590,000
  4. Ha Manh Tuong – 1,080,000
  5. Lee Jin Kyu – 780,000
  6. Louie Yu – 495,000
  7. Nguyen Van Que – 410,000
  8. Park Soo Rin – 405,000


Final Table Recap

Korea’s Louie Yu became the first casualty in the final table, losing his stack to Nguyen Ngoc Dai cowboys that dominated his king-three, ending the former’s run in eighth place.

Another player from Korea, Park Soo Rin, then lost a battle of the blinds against Andreas Tomazou, with ace-seven being trumped by the latter’s ace-ten, eliminating her in seventh place.

Tomazou then eliminated Vietnam’s Ha Manh Tuong, aka Hamatu, and Korea’s Lee Jin Kyu in sixth and fifth places, respectively.

Next up, Nguyen Ngoc Dai, aka Mr. Big, then lost a coin flip to Nguyen Van Que, who made two-pair of queens and fives to outrun Dai’s two-pair of sevens and fives. Dai was eliminated in fourth place.

Dung Anh Trinh then knocked Andreas Tomazou out in third place after his ace-six hit top pair on the flop, besting Tomazou’s king-eight.

Nguyen Van Que and Dung Trinh then agreed to split the final payouts equally, playing for the HSOP Main Event trophy that Que claimed, clinching the bragging rights of being the Main Event champion!

You can watch the final table live-streamed on a 30-minute delay on the Life of Poker Facebook page below:


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Nguyen Van Que – VN₫ 756,000,000*
  2. Trinh Anh Dung – VN₫ 756,000,000*
  3. Tomazoy Andreas – VN₫ 400,000,000
  4. Nguyen Ngoc Dai – VN₫ 300,000,000
  5. Lee Jinkyu – VN₫ 230,000,000
  6. Ha Manh Tuong – VN₫ 180,000,000
  7. Park Soo Rin – VN₫ 140,000,000
  8. Yu Seung Min – VN₫ 110,000,000

*denotes a heads-up deal


Korea’s Yu Seung Min Wins Event #8: Single Day High Roller For VN₫ 882 Million

Korea’s Yu Seung Min bested a field of 49 entries in Event #8: Single Day High Roller to lay claim to the trophy and the winner’s cheque worth VN₫ 882 Million. Vietnam’s Ta Son Tung finished runner-up place for VN₫ 522 Million.

The VN₫ 55 Million buy-in event collected a VN₫ 2,376,500,000 prize pool, and the top 49 finishers got paid.

Yu Seung Min
Yu Seung Min


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Yu Seung Min – VN₫ 882,000,000
  2. Ta Son Tung – VN₫ 522,000,000
  3. Keita Minami – VN₫ 320,000,000
  4. Kim Gab Yong – VN₫ 225,000,000
  5. Kim Woo Seok – VN₫ 178,000,000
  6. Pham Duy Anh – VN₫ 142,500,000
  7. Lee Gyuhyuk – VN₫ 107,000,000


Hong Kong’s Tam Hoi Wai Wins Event #11: Megastack For VN₫ 450 Million

The VN₫ 8.8 Million buy-in Event #11: Megastack played out on January 8, with 254 entries in the competition. A prize pool of VN₫ 1,971,040,000 was collected and distributed among the top 32 finishers.

Hong Kong’s Tam Hoi Wai eventually topped the field to grab the title and top prize of VN₫ 450 Million. China’s Chen Ziyang settled for a runner-up payday of VN₫ 299 Million.

From India, Anshul Rajput cashed the event, placing 19th for VN₫ 20 Million, opening his scorecard at the stop.

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Tam Hoi Wai – VN₫ 450,000,000
  2. Chen Ziyang – VN₫ 299,000,000
  3. Jason Kyle – VN₫ 200,000,000
  4. Pham Duy Anh – VN₫ 150,000,000
  5. Hoang The Thanh – VN₫ 115,000,000
  6. Wu Jun Hao – VN₫ 90,000,000
  7. MinhAAA – VN₫ 72,000,000


Korea’s Kim Kyoung Hun Wins Event #7: Superstack For VN₫ 290 Million

The VN₫ 6.6 Million buy-I Event #7: Superstack recorded 198 entries, making for a whopping VN₫ 1,152,360,000 prize pool. The final 25 finishers got paid at least VN₫ 9 Million, and walking away with the trophy was Korea’s Kim Kyoung Hum, who took it down for VN₫ 290 Million after defeating China’s Kong Fung (2nd for VN₫ 190 Million) in the heads-up showdown.

The lone Indian to cash Event #7: Superstack was Amit Kaushik. Fresh from his 18th place score in the Kickoff and an FT appearance in Event #5: Bounty Hunter, where he placed fifth, Kaushik almost made it to his second final table at the series, eventually falling in ninth place to earn a VN₫ 29.86 Million payday.

Kim Kyoung Hun
Kim Kyoung Hun


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Kim Kyoung Hun – VN₫ 290,000,000
  2. Kong Fung – VN₫ 190,000,000
  3. Park Je Young – VN₫ 115,000,000
  4. Dinh Duc Trung – VN₫ 73,000,000
  5. Song Hyeong Yu – VN₫ 58,000,000
  6. Cu Duc Canh – VN₫ 48,000,000
  7. Hoang Phi – VN₫ 40,000,000
  8. David Erquiaga – VN₫ 34,000,000


Korea’s Suk Kim Wins Event #12: Short Deck For VN₫ 104.440 Million

Korea’s Suk Kim came out on the top of a 42-strong entry field in the VN₫ 6.6 Million buy-in Event #12: Short Deck, claiming the title and the top prize of VN₫ 104.440 Million. Vietnam’s Vu Thai Bao collected VN₫ 61 Million in second place.

Only the top five finishers dug into the VN₫ 224,440,000 prize pool.

Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Kim Suk – VN₫ 104,440,000
  2. Vu Thai Bao – VN₫ 61,000,000
  3. Bui Duc Thien – VN₫ 36,000,000
  4. Tran Anh Tuan – VN₫ 24,000,000
  5. Kim Woo Seok – VN₫ 19,000,000


Korea’s Song Hyeong Yu Wins Event #10: Hyper Turbo For VN₫ 52 Million

Korea’s Song Hyeong Yu was among the 254-player field to enter the VN₫ 8.8 Million buy-in Event #10: Hyper Turbo. He eventually rode to the finish line to clinch the trophy and the top prize of VN₫ 52 Million.

Only the top six finishers earned a share of the VN₫ 1,971,040,000 prize pool.

Song Hyeong Yu
Song Hyeong Yu


Final Table Results (VND)

  1. Song Hyeong Yu – VN₫ 52,000,000
  2. Dang Vu Duy Hai – VN₫ 30,000,000
  3. Choi Howon – VN₫ 18,000,000
  4. Thijs Ardo Hilberts – VN₫ 13,000,000
  5. Ta Khanh Linh – VN₫ 10,000,000
  6. Yow Jia Wei – VN₫ 7,950,000


Content & Images Courtesy: Life of Poker

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