Vietnam’s Tobias Bui raised up his first ever live event trophy after overcoming fierce competition at the Superstack Challenge final table. For his triumph, Bui pocketed the coveted VN₫ 1,900,000,000 (~US$ 81,000) top prize. Congratulations to the champion!
You can relive the final table race via the link provided below or scroll down for the winner’s recap.
Buy in: VN₫ 107,000,000 (~US$ 4,525)
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,500,000,000 (~US$ 63,970)
Entries: 64 (41 unique, 23 re-entry)
Prize pool: VN₫ 6,208,000,000 (~US$ 264,760)
ITM: 10 places
Payout in VN₫
Yeh Hung Wei
Ang Yang Sang
Huu Dung Nguyen
Chu Thai Thinh
Tan Ken Yong
The eleven-day inaugural U Series of Poker Vietnam kicked off on April 14 at the Crown Poker Club, and on Day 3, the highly popular Superstar Challenge hit the felt. This was the priciest tournament of the series with buy in at VN₫ 107,000,000 (~US$ 4,525). For this edition, it featured a VN₫ 1.5 Billion guarantee.
Throughout the 12 levels of registration, 41 signed up plus 23 re-entries to send the prize pool soaring over 4x to settle at VN₫ 6,208,000,000. Among the players that came out were Triton champions Devan Tang, Dao Minh Phu, 2023 PSPC runner up Max Menzel, Taiwan’s Nevan Chang, USOP founder Tse Ian Lee, Vietnam’s Minh Quang Nguyen, Huy Quang Nguyen, and Sang Nguyen.
By the fourteenth hour of play, Huu Dung Nguyen finally delivered the bubble, then shortly after, William Jia fell in 10th place to mark the end of Day 1.
Superstar Challenge final table
The final 9 players returned the following day led by Germany’s Sebastien Mueller with 43 BB and Tobias Bui running second with 40 BB. Mueller dominated the early action, winning pot after pot, while Bui saw his stack go on a downward spin. It wasn’t until five handed when Bui caught a lucky break to change his course completely.
Down to 10 bb, Bui was all in with against Natural8′s Victor Chong‘s . A king came on the river to save him. With renewed life, Bui went on to eliminate Huu Dung Nguyen in 5th place with pocket Fives surviving overcards. The rush continued, rising to over 70% of the chips in play after sending Ang Yang Sang packing in 4th place. The hand was over .
Ang Yang Sang
At three-handed, Taiwan’s Yeh Hung Wei eliminated Chong with straight beating on a board . This signaled the start of the heads up round with Tobias ahead 56 bb to Yeh’s 23 bb. Both players were now guaranteed a billion VND with the champion earning a substantial VN₫ 700M more.
Wasting no time at all, they shoved on the first hand. Yeh had , Tobias had , the board ran for a fast double up to Yeh to quickly switch command.
It didn’t last. After several small pots exchanged, Bui made the most stunning call of the series. On a board , preflop raiser Yeh bet big at every stage and Bui check-called. Yeh showed his bluff, Bui shipped it with bottom pair.
Yeh Hung Wei
Back up top with a strong 5:1 advantage, Bui still couldn’t close it out. Instead, Yeh grinded impressively to come close to par when the final hand arrived. Tobias limped, Yeh checked, the flop was . Yeh check-raised, Tobias called. On the turn , Yeh shoved with two pair, Tobias snap-called with trips, Yeh was drawing dead.