Dai Ngoc Nguyen
The room erupted in applause when local player Đại Ngọc Nguyễn eliminated Singapore’s Benjamin Sai at heads up to clinch the U Series of Poker Vietnam Main Event. It was a dream come true victory for Nguyễn who had been on the hunt for a major for nearly four years.
“I am very happy. It’s my first big Main Event title. I was tested mentally and physically and I overcame a big field of 870 entries. I am extremely happy. I can’t even think of how I will celebrate because I am just so happy.”
Nguyễn was awarded the USOP Main Event trophy and a career high payout of VN₫ 3,550,000,000 (~US$ 151,100). After collecting his winnings, the newly minted champion went around the poker room, and in a gesture of generosity, Nguyễn shared his wealth by giving everyone what he coined as “lucky money”.
The final hand was indeed a very lucky one. Ahead in chips, Nguyễn had , at-risk Sai with , the board ran for a one card flush to Nguyễn.
Dates: April 20-24, 2023
Buy in: VN₫ 22,000,000 (~US$ 930)
Guarantee: VN₫ 10,000,000,000 (~US$ 425,350)
Prize pool: VN₫ 16,509,400,000 (~US$ 702,680)
Dai Ngoc Nguyen
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Relive Nguyễn’s final table performance via the recorded stream in the Crown Poker Club YouTube channel.
The Main Event ran from April 20 to 24 at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi, Vietnam. A large crowd of international players and locals attended to amass 870 entries and a smashing prize pool of VN₫ 16,509,400,000 (~US$ 702,680). To date, it was the largest Main Event prize pool generated in Vietnam for 2023 (Triton excluded).
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