Grand Loyal Poker Club’s ballroom was once again at full capacity with its Main Event Day 1B welcoming a staggering 292 players onto the field. Adding in yesterday’s (Day 1A) 187 entries, a total of 479 bullets have been fired, pushing the prize pool already past its VN₫ 8 Billion guarantee. Two more flights – Day 1C and Day 1D Turbo, are scheduled to run tomorrow, September 22nd for an estimated combined entry field of over 900 runners in the hunt for the massive top prize.
Day 1B Recap
Kim Beab Su
Today’s Main Event starting flight played down to 37 entrants led by Korea’s Kim Beab Su who bowed out in 14th place in the Mystery Bounty event after leading its Day 1B qualifiers. Already with a big stack, Kim soared to the lead after cracking with in an all-in preflop situation, two left to the money. Kim was running hot and continued to pile on chips as he delivered the bubble elimination a few hands later.
The hand began with India’s Ankit Wadhawan raising two-thirds of his stack from under the gun and Kim moving all-in, a seat after. Wadhawan made the call and revealed , way ahead of Kim’s . The flop however, ran to instantly crush Wadhawan and eventually send him out one spot short of the money. Local Dinh Tien Thanh’s patience on the other hand, paid off after he saved his half a big blind to make it through to Day 2 and be guaranteed the minimum payout.
Kim’s stack comes slightly above Main Event Day 1A chip leader Michael Kim Falcon’s 865,000 to lead the 60 qualified players moving on to Day 2.
Buy in: VN₫ 20,000,000 (~US$ 844)
Guarantee: VN₫ 8,000,000,000 (~US$ 337,909)
Entries: 479 (Day 1A – 187, Day 1B – 292)
Qualifiers: 60 (Day 1A – 23, Day 1B – 37)
Main Event Day 1B Qualifiers
KIM BEAB SU
NGUYEN QUANG HUY
TRAN DINH QUY
CHOI SEUNG HOON
LEE JONG WOOK
LEE KYEONG JIN
LEE CHANG HWAN
DAO MINH PHU
WON HO JIN
IN HO CHOI
NGUYEN VAN CHIEN
NOH DOO SUB
DANG VAN HIEN
DA HYE KIM
VU THE TUAN
NGUYEN QUANG HIEU
LIM CHOONG SUB
DONG ANH DUNG
JUNG JI SUNG
PARK SU BIN
PARK SA MIN
LE VIET HUNG
NGUYEN MANH HUNG
YAP TIAN YONG
HA NGOC THAO
DINH TIEN THANH
Chips in play: 8,759,000
Average stack: 236,730
WPC-SEAPT Event #11: NLH Freezeout: Hyunseung Lee – VN₫ 250,360,000 (~US$ 10,565)
The one and only freezeout event across the WPC lineup completed today after 111 players joined the festivities. With 14 of the field making the money, Korea’s Ham Dong Myung did not hesitate to pick up his opponent’s stack with against on a board of right on bubble time. The tournament’s 20 minute blind levels flew by fairly fast as stacks began to shorten, shifting the gameplay to a push or fold preflop.
Korean runner Hyunseung Lee soared to the top after he captured a huge advantage five-handed, clipping a three-way all-in with against and . Lee’s hot run continued on and he single-handedly eliminated all the remaining players to claim the victory and another WPC win for Korea.
Buy in: VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 371)
Prize pool: VN₫ 861,360,000 (~US$ 36,351)
ITM: 14 players
WPC-SEAPT Event #11: NLH Freezeout Full Payouts
Ham Dong Myung
Ng Van Quoc Tuan
Lim Shyh Chyn
Tan Zi Xuan
Kim Ho Geun
Renato Villanueva Jr.
Park Cheong Gil
Wi Dae Han
Kim Min Ku
Min Byeong Mun
Vu Duc Trung
Added Event: WPC-SEAPT High Roller Single Day: Nishant Sharma – VN₫ 679,500,000 (~US$ 26,676)
With more players coming in time for the Main Event, an added single day High Roller tournament was added to today’s list for those catching up on the action. Posting one of the heftier buy-ins, only 35 entries were recorded with five players taking a share of the prize pool. The two tables running saw India’s Nishant Sharma consistently hold the lead from early in the game all the way down to the last five players. After the money was reached, ultra short stacked Ng Vu Huy and Gary Pound Thomas quickly bowed out in 5th and 4th place respectively.
Three-handed play saw both Sharma and Michael Kim Falcon sitting with massive stacks, not until Chakravarthy doubled up with against the latter’s did the gap slightly close. Falcon however, recovered a few hands later after calling off with mid-pair against Chakravarthy’s check-jam with on a flop of . Falcon’s pair held and Chakravarthy exited in third. From then, Sharma managed to snag a slight lead before the final hand was recorded with both players all-in with Ace-high, Sharma with the better kicker.
Buy in: VN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,321)
Prize pool: VN₫ 1,697,500,000 (~US$ 71,639)
ITM: 5 players
WPC-SEAPT High Roller Single Day Full Payouts
Michael Kim Falcon
Gary Pound Thomas
Ng Vu Huy
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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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