World Poker Championship pays out over ₫51.6 Billion (~$2.2M); Ha Manh Tuong wins Player of the Series; WPC returns to Grand Loyal on March 31 to April 9

 

On January 15, the World Poker Championship (WPC) in partnership with the Hanoi Series of Poker (HSOP) concluded another stellar festival at the Grand Loyal Poker Club in Hanoi. The event got underway on January 13 featuring a confident US$ 1 Million guarantee. Locals and Koreans flooded the felt, joined by a scatter of international players from India, Singapore, Philippines, USA, to mention a few. After thirteen days of nonstop action, all the trophies were claimed including the Player of the Series title. 

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Although the room has since quieted, the excitement remains with the WPC having already announced its return. In just two and a half months, the brand heads back to the Grand Loyal Poker Club for a ten day series running from March 31 to April 9. Like previous, a solid US$ 1 Million is guaranteed. Players can expect another jam-packed room from start to finish. 

As players await the next series, here are the closing figures and highlights of the recently concluded festival.

Festival highlights

Festival prize pool: ₫51,630,785,000 (~$2,203,430)
Trophy events: 26
Main Event prize pool: ₫14,244,075,000 (~$607,890)
Main Event champion: Thang Ngoc Dao – Main Event champion – ₫1,540,030,000 (~$65,700)
Player of the Series: Tuong Manh Ha – 1171.58 points
Most final tables: Yuta Izumi (4)
Most cashes: Jasven Saigal (6)
Trophies by Flag: Vietnam (12), Korea (9), Singapore (2), Japan (1), Hong Kong (1), India (1) 

Main Event: THANG NGOC DAO

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The Main Event fueled in the biggest prize money of ₫14,244,075,000 (~$607,890). Although it didn’t beat its inaugural run numbers, it still blew past its ten billion vietnamese dong guarantee. Impressively, the three Vietnamese players at the final table found themselves at the final three with Thang Ngoc Dao going the distance for his career first title and high score of ₫1,540,030,000 (~$65,700).

Player of the Series: TUONG MANH HA

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Vietnam’s Tuong Manh Ha is remembered for lifting the first WPC Main Event title in Vietnam, and though he missed the mark at this series, he still made headlines by clinching the WPC Player of the Series. In a mad dash for the finish line, Ha shipped the festival’s final event – Megastack Closer – to steal the POS victory. Ha cashed in a total of 5 tournaments to accrue 1,171.58 points. He was awarded a Main Event ticket to the next WPC festival. Here are his series cashes:

3rd
Event 1: Kickoff Event

6th
Event 9: HSOP Main Event

14th
Event 17: NLH Freezeout

25th
Event 21: Monster Stack

1st
Event 24: Megastack Closer

Most final tables: YUTA IZUMI

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While there were many players that reached multiple final tables, it was Japan’s Yuta Izumi who had the most with four final table cashes. One of those deep runs was a Vietnam maiden victory at Event 3: Hyper Turbo. 

1st
Event 3: Hyper Turbo

9th
Event 6: Bounty Hunter

4th
Event 14: Hyper Turbo

5th
Event 16: Superstack Turbo

Most cashes: JASVEN SAIGAL

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India’s Jasven Saigal has been a frequent flyer in the Asian circuit and is on a mission to make this year another lucrative one. He cashed at 23 events last year and is well on his way to breaking that number with six payouts at the festival. He also lifted his first title on Vietnam soil at Event 23: High Roller Single Day. 

24th
Event 7: Superstack

14th
Event 14: HSOP Main Event

19th
Event 13: Mystery Bounty

12th
Event 17: NLH Freezeout

9th
Event 21: Monster Stack

1st
Event 23: High Roller Single Day

Festival champions

Event
Champion
Flag

Main Event
Dao Ngoc Thang
Vietnam

Super Star
Gab Yong Kim
Vietnam

1
Tai Anh Do
Vietnam

2
Tu Manh Nguyen
Vietnam

3
Yuta Izumi
Japan

4
Bao Thai Vu
Vietnam

5
Chinh Duc Tran
Vietnam

6
Sungmin Ahn 
Korea

7
Kyoung Hun Kim 
Korea

8
Seung Min Yu 
Korea

9
Que Van Nguyen 
Vietnam

10
Hyeong Yu Song 
Korea

11
Hoi Wai Tam 
Hong Kong

12
Suk Kim 
Korea

13
Long Tho Ngo 
vietnam

14
Hyun Sup Kim 
Korea

15
Tung Son Ta 
vietnam

16
Zhi Guang Zou 
Singapore

17
Soo Rin Park 
Korea

18
Trung Van Nguyen  
Vietnam

19
Kyeong Rim Shin 
Korea

20
Nam Hyung Kim
Korea

21
Hao Lin 
Singapore

22
Son Huu Pham 
Vietnam

23
Jasven Saigal
India

24
Tuong Manh Ha 
Vietnam

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Author: Henry Brown