The World Poker Championship games at Grand Loyal Poker Club, Hanoi has packed in undeniable success through its first half, with its festival’s generated prize pools cruising way above its advertised guarantees. Record turnouts and massive fields are among the two things that have been consistent all throughout the past five days. With the awaited Main Event finally in action, more players have begun to pour in, ready to take on the battlefield and claim their share of the juicy prize pools.
A total of four starting flights are set to complete for the ongoing VN₫ 8 Billion guaranteed Main Event, open through Thursday, September 22nd. Day 1A kicked off today and packed in an outstanding 187 entries for already 40% of its guarantee. With three more flights to go and the rate that it’s going, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a VN₫ 13 Billion prize pool by the end of the week.
Day 1A Recap
Today’s Main Event first qualifier played down to 12.5% of the field with 23 players making it through to Day 2 and already guaranteed a minimum payout. Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon piled a humongous stack early on and dominated the tables with his unending aggression. A frequent runner across the Asian circuit, Falcon racked up over 200 big blinds by the last five tables and managed to hold onto his lead all through to the end.
Michael Kim Falcon
Bubble time saw chip leader Falcon in the middle of the action as he continued to run as table captain and put maximum pressure on his opponents. Having opened firstly with , Falcon called off over 30 big blinds and was up against . The board however, ran low with Ace-high good enough for the win. As massive as his lead was, Falcon still bagged the biggest stack by the end of the day and even delivered the bubble shortly after.
Buy in: VN₫ 20,000,000 (~US$ 844)
Guarantee: VN₫ 8,000,000,000 (~US$ 337,909)
Qualifiers: 23 players
Main Event Day 1A Qualifiers
MICHAEL KIM FALCON
LIM SHYN CHYN
MIN BYEONG MUN
CHEOUG GIL PARK
SONG JIN SU
NGUYEN VAN TRUNG
NGUYEN DUC HUY
JUN SU WAN
NGUYEN DUC HOA
KIM JAE JUNG
DINH TRE DZ
PARK JEA HYUNG
NGUYEN QUANG HIEU
BAE WON IL
LAU WAI KIT JASON
Chips in play: 5,608,000
Average stack: 243,826
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Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.
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