Inaugural WPT Prime Vietnam pays out over $2.37M; Duy Ho wins Player of the Festival; next stop Gold Coast from June 9 to 20


The World Poker Tour roared through Hanoi, Vietnam with the first ever WPT Prime series packing the house for twelve straight days. This was the brand’s first international event in Asia since the pandemic struck and it was to the roof. Running from May 19 to 30 at the Crown Poker Club, the event amassed 4,698 total entries, awarded 24 champions, produced a record breaking Main Event turnout for the country, smashed all guarantees, and paid out a staggering VN₫ 55,201,933,700 (~US$ 2,379,292).

Among the long list of flags represented, host country Vietnam topped 14 events, Philippines, France, and Thailand bagged 2 each, USA and Malaysia won 1 each, and India walked away hoisting 2 with Zarvan Tumboli clinching the series headliner Main Event. Tumboli followed in the footsteps of Ashish Munot, becoming the second player from India to win this prestigious title.

In addition, the event witnessed the WPT Feeder and Funnel Program in full swing with player groups attending from Korea, India, and via Poker King. On behalf of the brand, WPT Live Events Specialist, Danny McDonagh, expressed his gratitude,

“WPT is very grateful to the support from Platinum Partners Hot Stone Venture and X-Pentagon from Korea, Thank God for Poker (TGFP) from India, and Poker King who in total sent more than 70 players to the event.”

Up next for the brand is WPT Prime Gold Coast which takes place from June 9 to 20 at The Star Gold Coast in Queensland. This will be WPT‘s third visit to the bustling coastal city and it is expected to make a huge splash as it did last year. The Main Event drew a massive 1,113 entries and paid out A$ 3.1 Million across the board.

And now, here are the final highlights of WPT Prime Vietnam.

Festival review

Grand prize pool: VN₫ 55,201,933,700 (~US$ 2,379,292)
Total entries: 4,698 
Main Event prize pool: VN₫ 17,131,373,700 (~US$ 739,220)
Main Event champion: ZARVAN TUMBOLI 
Player of the Festival: DUY HO

DUY HO steals the Player of the Festival title

Duy Ho

It was down to the wire for the Player of the Festival title with multiple players in contention on the final day. However, after the fall of Vietnam’s Bui Duc Tu “Tobias (3rd) and Hong Kong’s Dennis Ng (6th) at the High Roller event, the win was locked up by USA’s Duy Ho who racked up a total of 975 points. Impressively, Ho reached four final tables which included a victory at the Mystery Bounty. For his stellar performance, he was awarded the coveted US$ 5,000 WPT Passport to any WPT Main Tour Main Event of his choice. With a trip to the USA already planned in the coming days, there is no doubt Ho will be using up that ticket fairly fast. Here’s a look at Ho’s festival results:

1st – Mystery Bounty
2nd – Hyper Turbo
2nd – Megastack Closer
9th – Opener

Record-breaking Main Event

The Main Event set a new record turnout for Vietnam with 777 entries pulled in across three starting days. Not only did this breach the 8BN guarantee, it more than doubled it to VN₫ 17,131,373,700 (~US$ 739,220). This was also the largest WPT Main Event attendance by the brand in Asia. Among the players who reached ITM were WPT Main Event decorated champions Phinh Van Nguyen (2021 WPTDS Hanoi), Vincent Chauve (2019 WPTDS Vietnam), Dhaval Mudgal (2018 WPT Vietnam), Shingo Endo (2018 WPT Japan), and Ashish Munot (2019 WPT India) who was denied a second title by fellow Indian pro Zarvan Tumboli. Also running deep was France’s Anthony Cierco who placed 3rd at last month’s inaugural WPTDS Sydney Main Event.

Final side event results

Tag Team Freezeout: SON LAM / HUU MANH – VN₫ 52,000,000 (~US$ 2,230)

ENZ 8578

Buy in: VN₫ 6,600,000 (~US$ 285)
Teams: 33
Prize pool: VN₫ 192,060,000 (~US$ 8,287)
ITM: top 5 teams

Payouts in Vietnamese Dong

1st Son Lam / Huu Manh 52,000,000*
2nd Dinh Chien / Tuan Khoa 52,000,000*
3rd Thanh Nam / Quoc Anh 52,000,000*
4th Lee Je Seong 21,000,000
5th Masayoshi Kimoto / Ng Chow Han 15,060,000

*Three way even deal, biggest stack wins the trophy

Crown Poker Club SuperStack Classic: FRANCIS GARSON – VN₫ 244,000,000 (~US$ 10,528)

Francis Garson

Buy in: VN₫ 7,700,000 (~US$ 332)
Players: 124
Prize pool: VN₫ 841,960,000 (~US$ 36,323)
ITM: 16 places

Payouts in Vietnamese Dong

1st Francis Garson France 244,000,000
2nd Chu Quang Dung Vietnam 151,000,000
3rd Thananat Therdtakoonrat Thailand 91,000,000
4th Danh Thang Luong Vietnam 57,000,000
5th Pham Phu Son Lam Vietnam 42,000,000
6th Paul Elliott Australia 36,000,000
7th Tran Van Nang Vietnam 31,000,000
8th Jaemin Cha Korea 27,500,000
9th Tomokazu Hattanda Japan 24,460,000
10th Nuttaya Shinawatra Thailand 21,500,000
11th Nguyen Manh Cuong Vietnam 21,500,000
12th Ha Manh Tuong Vietnam 21,500,000
13th Apichai Jewampai Thailand 19,000,000
14th Jeonghyun Seo Korea 19,000,000
15th Hwamin Lee Korea 19,000,000
16th Nguyen Anh Tuan Vietnam 16,500,000

High Roller: NGUYEN VU HUY – VN₫ 1,980,000,000 (~US$ 85,341)

Nguyen Vu Huy – Photo credit:  WPT / Crown Poker Club live stream

The two day High Roller was a huge crowd pleaser attracting 133 entries at VN₫ 66,000,000 (~US$ 2,850) a pop. This more than tripled up the 2.5BN guarantee for a jaw-dropping VN₫ 7,740,600,000 (~US$ 334,000) prize pool. Amid a lineup of well known pros at the final 9, it was unknown player Nguyen Vu Huy surprising the table as he snatched up the victory. Nguyen overcame a deficit at heads up against pro Pham Duy Anh with 10h10s over AdKs to turn the count in his favor. From there, he grinded down the pro to lift his first ever WPT trophy and a career high VN₫ 1,980,000,000 (~US$ 85,341).

Buy in: VN₫ 66,000,000 (~US$ 2,850)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,500,000,000 (~US$ 107,875)
Entries: 133 (91 unique, 42 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 7,740,600,000 (~US$ 334,000)
ITM: 17 places

Payouts in Vietnamese Dong

1st Nguyen Vu Huy Vietnam 1,980,000,000
2nd Pham Duy Anh Vietnam 1,320,000,000
3rd Bui Duc Tu “Tobias Vietnam 922,000,000
4th Nguyen Trung Giang Vietnam 662,000,000
5th Le Huy Thanh Vietnam 490,000,000
6th Sumit Sapra India 373,000,000
7th Koon Siu Dennis Ng Hong Kong 292,000,000
8th Vu Duc Trung Vietnam 237,000,000
9th Cao Ngoc Anh Vietnam 198,000,000
10th Nguyen Van Hoang Vietnam 198,000,000
11th Nguyen Nam Duong Vietnam 171,000,000
12th Le Van Dien Vietnam 171,000,000
13th Chi Chung Ho Ëddy Hong Kong 153,000,000
14th Tran Duc Kien Vietnam 153,000,000
15th Shardul Parthasarathi Aramudhan India 142,000,000
16th Nguyen Huu Nam Vietnam 142,000,000
17th Dinh Xuan Dinh Vietnam 136,600,000

MegaStack Closer: NGUYEN DUC NHAT – VN₫ 220,000,000 (~US$ 9,482)

Nguyen Duc Nhat
Nguyen Duc Nhat

Buy in: VN₫ 7,700,000 (~US$ 332)
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 43,150)
Players: 153 (112 unique, 41 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 1,038,870,000 (~US$ 44,776)
ITM: 20 places

Payouts in Vietnamese Dong

1st Nguyen Duc Nhat Vietnam 220,000,000*
2nd Duy Ho USA 180,000,000*
3rd Kyle DIep Bao Quoc An USA 132,000,000*
4th Pham Phu Son Lam Vietnam 100,000,000*
5th Tomas Dedinas Lithuania 50,000,000
6th Zinmo Kim Korea 41,500,000
7th Nguyen Viet Anh Vietnam 36,000,000
8th Do Duc Khanh Vietnam 32,370,000
9th Jasven Saigal India 28,000,000
10th Kanchan Sharma India 24,500,000
11th Ngo Minh Tien Vietnam 24,500,000
12th Chirag Sodha India 24,500,000
13th Kunal Patni India 21,000,000
14th Justin Skoulholt USA 21,000,000
15th Lok Ching Li Hong Kong 21,000,000
16th Apichai Jewampai India 17,500,000
17th Julius Umbraziunas Lithuania 17,500,000
18th Nguyen Tu Phuong Vietnam 17,500,000
19th Kartik Ved India 15,000,000
20th Tu Thinh Tao Vietnam 15,000,000

*Four way deal

SuperStack Closer Turbo – ISARA PREMPHON KAMOL – VN₫ 110,500,000 (~US$ 4,734)

Isara Premphon Kamol

Buy in: VN₫ 16,500,000 (~US$ 711)
Entries: 19 (`8 unique, 1 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 276,450,000 (~US$ 11,915)
ITM: 3 places

Payouts in Vietnamese Dong

1st Isara Premphon Kamol Thailand 110,500,000*
2nd Nguyen Phuong Ngoc Vietnam 110500000*
3rd Le Son Vietnam 55,450,000

*Heads up even chop

That concludes Somuchpoker’s full coverage of inaugural WPT Prime series in Vietnam. Check out the recaps below. We also have pics and videos in our facebook page. 

Event articles:

WPT Prime Vietnam: Zarvan Tumboli clinches record breaking Main Event

WPT Prime debuts in Hanoi
Launch day of WPT Prime Vietnam
WPT Prime Vietnam – Day 1 results
WPT Prime Vietnam – Day 2 results
WPT Prime Vietnam – Locals heat up Day 1C
WPT Prime Vietnam – Day 3 results
WPT Prime Vietnam – Filipinos dominate
WPT Prime Vietnam – Phuong Xu wins the Opener
WPT Prime Vietnam – Bien Mai, Duy Thuc Nguyen, Pham Quang Huy win trophies
WPT Prime Vietnam – Duy Ho wins Mystery Bounty
WPT Prime Vietnam – Indian contingent and side event results
WPT Prime Vietnam – Main Event smashes records with 777 entries
WPT Prime Vietnam – Main Event Final 9

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