World Poker Championship Main Event draws 651 entries for over ₫14.2 Billion prize pool; Grant Gardner bags overall lead; 82 advance to Day 2

 

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Full house at the Grand Loyal Poker Club on Thursday, January 12 as players converged for the final two flights of the World Poker Championship MAIN EVENT. Kicking it off was Day 1C which was the most popular with a thunderous 233 signing up. Only 29 reached the money round led by Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Thang who bagged 725,000 (91 BB) to give him the momentary chip lead entering Day 2.

In contrast, the final flight, Day 1D (Turbo), drew the smallest starting field of 111 entries, however by bagging time, UK’s Grant Gardner sat on a massive 783,000 (98 BB) stack to earn the overall top spot into the next round. Coming Day 2, Gardner and Thang will enter as frontrunners and are the only two players with stacks over 90 BB. 

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The bustling day also saw the return of Korean pro Soo Jo Kim to the Asian live circuit. For the past three years, Kim has spent his live poker career on home turf and in the USA. He bagged up the third overall largest stack of 68 BB. Also making the cut was the newest Super Star Challenge winner Gab Yong Kim with 58 BB.

Here are the top 10 in chips:

Rank
Player
Flag
Stack
BB

1
Grant Gardner
UK
783,000
98

2
Nguyen Xuan Thang
Vietnam
725,000
91

3
Soo Jo Kim
Korea
543,000
68

4
Jun Min Park
Korea
532,000
67

5
Luckyman9999
Vietnam
494,000
62

6
Seo Moon Hoo
Korea
488,000
61

7
Le Huy Thanh
Vietnam
485,000
61

8
Jae Hyung Park
Korea
474,000
59

9
Gab Yong Kim
Korea
461,000
58

10
Tam Hoi Wai
Hong Kong
458,000
57

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Main Event review

From January 10 to 12, the WPC Main Event served four starting days to try to qualify into the next round. 651 took their chances, and with buy in at ₫25,000,000 each, the guarantee was easily shattered for a sweeter ₫14,244,000,000 (~$607,600) prize pool. 

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Dates: January 10 to 14
Buy in: ₫25,000,000 (~$1,060)
Guarantee: ₫10,000,000,000 (~$425,080)

Starting Day
Entries
Survivors

Day 1A
139
17

Day 1B
168
22

Day 1C
233
29

Day 1D (turbo)
111
14

Total entries: 651
Day 2 qualifiers: 82 players

The 82 survivors return to the felt on Friday, January 13 and will race for a final table seat. Cards start flying at 12pm. Everyone is guaranteed ₫36,000,000 (~$1,535) but what they will be gunning for is the juicy winner’s purse of ₫2,710,000,000 (~$115,600). For those in the running, make sure to take note of the list below: 

30-seconds action clock will be in play starting Day 2
Day 2 onwards will see blinds increase every 60 minutes
Day 2 will play down to the final 9 players
Redraw at final 24 players and final 9 players
Final table is on Saturday, January 14

Payouts

Place
Payout in VN₫

1st
2,710,000,000

2nd
1,880,000,000

3rd
1,140,000,000

4th
860,000,000

5th
680,000,000

6th
540,000,000

7th
425,000,000

8th
335,000,000

9th
267,000,000

11th – 12th
210,000,000

13th – 14th
170,000,000

15th – 16th
140,000,000

17th – 20th
116,000,000

21st – 24th
97,000,000

25th – 32nd
82,000,000

33rd – 40th
70,000,000

41st – 48th
61,000,000

49th – 56th
54,000,000

57th – 64th
48,000,000

65th – 72nd
43,000,000

73rd – 80th
39,000,000

81st – 82nd
36,000,000

 

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Author: Henry Brown