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Dinh Xuan Dinh bests Danny Tang at the WPT Vietnam High Roller + other side winners; Alex Lee leads the Superstack

The penultimate day of the inaugural WPT Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City had a wide range of side action filling every seat at the Pro Poker Club. By the midnight cutoff, three titles were claimed and one bagging up with the final 9 remaining. We’ve got those stories for you below.
Dinh Xuan Dinh wins the High Roller event
Like we said in an earlier post, the WPT Vietnam High Roller event was one of the hottest tickets with 224 entries turning up over the two starting days. With each entry at VND 44,000,000, today’s 67 remaining players were welcomed in with a VND 8,691,200,000 (~US$372,250) prize pool of which 28 players would get a slice. Taking home the largest cut of VND 2,072,670,000 (~US$88,650) was Vietnam’s Dinh Xuan Dinh after he defeated Danny Tang at heads up.
Dinh Xuan DinhDinh’s rise to the top all took place at the final table. He eliminated Abhinav Nataraj (6th) when his improved to a flush to crush , then scooped up all of Tran Xuan Truc’s chips (4th) with pocket jacks staying well ahead of pocket twos. After Tang sent Hoang Hong Giang (3rd) out next, Dinh still had the edge over Tang at the start of heads up. Dinh had 13.9M in chips and Tang with 8.5M.
Heads up: Dinh vs Tang
Heads UpThe heads up battle seemed like a boxing match with both contenders applying pressure. On just the third hand, Tang evened it up winning a big pot with trips. Recapping the action, with blinds at 150K-300K ante 300K, Tang limped in and Dinh checked on the big blind. At the flop , Dinh bet, Tang called. On the turn, Dinh checked, Tang bet 650k, Dinh raised to 1.925M, and Tang called. Then at river, Tang called the 1.650M bet by Dinh and won it with trips over , two pair.
At hand #10, it was Dinh’s turn to win a big pot. Tang limped in, Dinh checked, and the flop landed . Dinh checked, Tang bet 350k, Dinh raised to 1.050M, and Tang called. The turn saw no bets to bring about the river . Dinh checked, then called Tang’s 1.675M bet. Tang showed bottom pair while Dinh held top pair to win it.
The next hand almost saw Tang ship in a double up but the board had other plans giving both players a straight on the river to split the pot. Dinh surged ahead at hand #15 claiming another big one however this time there was no showdown. It kicked off with Tang limping in and Dinh with the check to see the flop run . Dinh checked, Tang bet 475k, Dinh called. On the . turn, action was the same with Dinh check-calling a 950k bet. However, on the .river, Dinh jumped out with a 1.525M bet, Tang raised to 3.225M, which Dinh answered with a shove. Tang folded leaving himself around one-tenth of the total chips in play.
A couple of hands after, Tang managed to double up, but it wouldn’t hold. On hand #20 of heads up, Tang fell in 2nd place. The final hand saw Dinh shove with and Tang called with . The board ran for a pair to both but Dinh came out with the higher spread. We have the final 9 payouts below.
Among those who cashed outside of the final table were Ken Okada, Vincent Li, Nishant Sharma, Marvin Rettenmaier, Iori Yogo, and locals Nguyen Pham Duy Khanh and Duong Vi Khoa.
As for the unfortunate bubble boy, that was was Shyh Chyn Lim who prior to gambling it all, he lost a sizable pot to Tang, then pushed on the next hand with . He ran into Nataraj’s .
Final 9 payoutsPrize pool: VND 8,691,200,000 – Buyin: VND 44,000,000 – Entries: 224 – ITM: 28
1st Dinh Xuan Dinh – VND 2,072,670,000
2nd Danny Tang – VND 1,449,780,000
3rd Hoang Hong Giang – VND 890,850,000
4th Tran Xuan Truc – VND 541,900,000
5th Ngo Trung Hieu – VND 418,480,000
6th Abhinav Nataraj – VND 346,780,000
7th Dylan Wilkerson – VND 295,500,000
8th Dang Van Hien – VND 252,040,000
9th Soo Jo Kim – VND 207,290,000
WPT Pro Poker Club Superstack Classic: Day 2 review
WPT Pro Poker Club Superstack ClassicThe three-day WPT Pro Poker Club Superstack Classic event concluded its second day with the final 9 players bagging up. Way out front was Alex Lee amassing a mighty stack of 2,790,000. Everyone else paled in comparison with the closest contender, Cheli Lin, at 1,600,000. See chip counts below.
This event saw registration remain open for another two hours today. At the close, flashing on the screen was a combined 195 entries – 136 players, 59 re-entries – and with each one signing up for VND 11M, it made for a healthy prize pool of VND 1,891,500,000. Top 25 places paid. We will have the official results when it concludes. Cards back in the air at 1pm on Thursday, October 4.

Name
COUNTRY
Seat
Chips
1
VIVEK RIGHANZ
INDIA
1
570,000
2
GO MORI
JAPAN
2
270,000
3
NGUYEN HONG DIEP
VIETNAM
3
1,195,000
4
KEVIN AYON
CANADA
4
940,000
5
GAO WENLING
CHINA
5
490,000
6
ALEX LEE
SINGAPORE
6
2,790,000
7
TAKAO SHIMIZU
JAPAN
7
900,000
8
FUBANG HUANG
TAIWAN
8
1,000,000
9
CHELI LIN
TAIWAN
9
1,600,000
Akshay Nasa wins the Deepstack Turbo
The Deepstack Turbo event was the game to play for those getting a late start yet looking to win a WPT trophy all in a single night’s work. In just six hours, the 128 entry field quickly downsized to the final table then wrapped up within the next hour. Winning the event was Akshay Nasa who built up an enormous lead that simply could not be toppled. Nasa adds another title for India here in Vietnam.
Final 9 payoutsPrize pool: VND 496,630,000 – Buyin: VND 4,400,000 – Entries: 128 – ITM: 16
1st Akshay Nasa – VND 144,030,000 (~US$6,160)
2nd Michele Limongi – VND 89,400,000
3rd Tzu Chieh Lo – VND 53,390,000
4th Duy Ho – VND 35,520,000
5th La Anh Tuan – VND 24,830,000
6th Dieter Pospischil – VND 21,360,000
7th Chang Gon Lee – VND 18,500,000
8th Duong Vi Khoa – VND 16,390,000
9th Le Nhu Hai – VND 14,400,000
WPT Vietnam Ladies Championship Freeze Out
Nguyen Dieu Phuong Linh11 fine women took to the felt to compete for the first WPT Vietnam Ladies Championship Freeze Out title. Dominated by Vietnamese in numbers, one of their own, Nguyen Dieu Phuong Linh seized it after a tough heads up battle against Thailand’s Orathai Nasathaen. Linh won VND 34,680,000 and the WPT trophy, and Nasathaen earned VND 18,670,000 for runner-up.
Closing Day events
The last day of WPT Vietnam is upon us. The Superstack Classic returns for the final race to the title, and to complete the package, the WPT Vietnam Finale Superstack Turbo takes flight at 130pm. Buy-in is VND 5,500,000 (~US$238).
Article by Tricia David
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Catching up on the WPT Vietnam side event action; WPT Asia Swing POY standings

With the WPT Vietnam Main Event now in the books, it’s time to catch up on the side event action. Currently running is the WPT – Pro Poker Superstack Classic. That’s a three-day event and by the size of the field, it looks like players will be seeing a very nice pot for that. Registration has now closed. We have the official numbers below along with results of all the other events that have concluded plus the WPT Asia Swing Player of the Year current standings.
WPT – Pro Poker Superstack Classic
OverviewPlayers returned today for Day 2 of the WPT – Pro Poker Superstack Classic with registration still open for another four rounds, approximately 2 hours. A steady stream of players were seen signing up to bring the total runners of this event to 195. With buy-in at VND 11,000,000, players are looking at a prize pool worth VND 1,891,500,000 (~US$80,930). The money will be reached today with 25 players paid. The eventual winner will receive VND 470,850,000 (~US$20,150). Today’s goal is to play down to the final 9 players then bag up for a night’s rest to complete the race tomorrow.
Among those seen at the felt are numerous notables: Alex Lee, Paul Hong, Kunal Patni, Henrik Tollefsen, Cao Ngoc Anh, Julien Tran, Michael Kim Falcon, Eric Tsai, Norbert Koh, Natalie Teh, Piet Pape, Sumit Sapra, Wenling Gao, Hai Chuot, Ying Lin Chua, Hung Sheng Lin, Zarvan Tumboli, Fubang Huang, and En-Ching Wu. Also taking no breaks from their fantastic run yesterday are Main Event winner Dhaval Mudgal, and runner-up Takao Shimizu, both are out there in the mix.
WPT Vietnam: Side Event results
Seen below are results for side events 6,7,8, and 9.
Event 6: Teams Event Freezeout
Prize pool : VND 139,680,000 – Buyin: VND 8,800,000 – Entries: 18
Ji Woon Kim / Jae Wook Shin1st Ji Woon Kim / Jae Wook Shin – VND 60,740,000
2nd Sebastian Wong Wei Quan / Ken Thoo Ming – VND 51,000,000
3rd Alok Birewar / Manoj Pentakota – VND 27,940,000
Event 7: Flip It
Prize pool: VND 77,600,000 – Buyin: 2,200,000 – Entries: 40
La Anh Tuan1st La Anh Tuan – VND 34,920,000
2nd Dinh Van Thanh – VND 20,950,000
3rd Yik Yin “Ray” Chiu – VND 13,190,000
4th Pete Yen Han Chen – VND 8,540,000
Event 8: PLO
Prize pool: VND 250,260,000 – Buyin: VND 6,600,000 – Entries:43
George Sandford1st George Sandford – VND 80,650,000
2nd Ngeow Chung Fai – VND 63,660,000
3rd Fubang Huang – VND 45,880,000
4th Song Ly – VND 25,030,000
5th Chu Ching Ling – VND 20,020,000
6th Nguyen Phuong Linh – VND 15,020,000
Event 9: Shootout / 6 Max
Prize pool: VND 582,000,000 – Buyin: 6,600,000 – Entries: 100
Wei Cheng Yin1st Wei Cheng Yin – VND 197,880,000
2nd Markus Garberg – VND 113,480,000
3rd Hwang Sang Yeon – VND 71,000,000
4th Duong Manh Thang – VND 48,020,000
5th Josh McCully – VND 36,380,000
6th KH – VND 29,100,000
7th Sebastian Wong Wei Quan – VND 25,610,000
8th Xiadyin He- VND 23,280,000
9th Choong Kian Weng – VND 19,790,000
10th Manoj Pentakota – VND 17,460,000
WPT ASIA SWING Player of the Year standings
Participants of the WPT Asia Swing (Japan – Korea – Vietnam) aren’t just playing for titles. Players that run deep accrue points towards the WPT Asia Swing Player of the Year race. At the end of the final leg, the player at the top of the standings will win a WPT India Main Event package. WPT India takes place on November 16 to 19, 2018. The package includes a seat to the Main Event, ground transportation, and accommodation at Deltin Royale in Goa, India.
Rank
Name 
Points
1
YISHA CHEN
120
2
ENDO SHINGO
100
3
TAKAGI YOSUKE
100
4
CHOON TONG SIOW
100
5
HIRATA YUKI
100
6
VALERIY PAK
100
7
NOBUYUKI KOMORI
100
8
KIM DONG TRAN
100
9
NGOC QUOC BAO PHAM
100
10
DHAVAL MUDGAL
100
11
KIMURA TARO
90
Article by Tricia David
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A thunderous showing of 224 runners for the WPT Vietnam High Roller event; 67 into the Final Day

While the inaugural WPT Vietnam Main Event was running, the Pro Poker Club continued to fill to capacity with players gobbling up seats to the side events. One of the hottest tickets was the High Roller event pulling a thunderous 224 entries over the course of two starting days. With each entry ponying up the VND 44,000,000 buy-in, the prize pool beefed up to VND 8,691,200,000 (~US$372,250).
High Roller Trophy67 players made the cut into the Final Day which is currently in full swing. Only 28 places will be paid with the eventual winner pocketing VND 2,072,680,000 (~US$88,840). We’ve got the chip counts for you below.

Name
COUNTRY
Table
Seat
Chips
7
CHAN TSUN MING
HONGKONG
3
7
      917,000
40
NISHANT SHARMA
INDIA
3
1
773,000
43
PENTA KOTA MANOJ
INDIA
2
4
      737,000
27
IORI YOGO
JAPAN
9
4
      662,000
35
NGUYEN CHI THANH
VIETNAM
6
4
      652,000
11
DANNY TANG
HONG KONG
4
5
641,000
21
HIEU NGO
VIETNAM
7
2
632,000
2
AKSHAY NASA
INDIA
8
8
      627,000
33
MICHAEL FALCON
DENMARK
8
1
606,000
55
SOO JO KIM
KOREA
2
7
      553,000
52
SAMANTHA COHER
USA
3
5
      542,000
14
DINH XUAN DINH
VIETNAM
5
6
530,000
44
PHAM BAO
VIETNAM
5
8
515,000
54
SHYN CHYN LYM
MALAYSIA
9
7
      514,000
47
PIET PAPE
GERMANY
4
6
      512,000
18
EUGENE CO
PHILIPINE
2
6
      467,000
10
DANG VAN HIEN
VIETNAM
4
4
446,000
28
JAE WOOK SHIN
KOREA
9
6
      446,000
29
KEN OKADA
JAPAN
3
3
418,000
22
HOANG HONG GIANG
VIETNAM
5
3
      406,000
30
LAM KIM LONG
VIETNAM
5
4
      404,000
24
HUYNH DUC TAI
VIETNAM
8
7
      400,000
32
MARVIN PETTENMATER
GERMANY
6
8
      379,000
4
AMAN DHAMIJA
INDIA
7
8
371,000
58
TRAN HONG HAI
VIETNAM
7
3
      365,000
15
DO MANH TUAN
VIETNAM
1
7
      351,000
17
DYLAN WILKERSON
USA
8
6
      342,000
1
ABHINAN IYEN
INDIA
5
7
      336,000
64
VICTOR CHONG
MALAYSIA
1
1
      323,000
26
HWANG SANG YEON
HONGKONG
6
1
      304,000
39
NGUYEN VAN PINH
VIETNAM
8
3
304,000
63
VI KHOA
VIETNAM
7
6
      301,000
67
WEI CHENG YIN
TAIWAN
4
2
      301,000
16
DUONG NGUYEN
VIETNAM
8
2
297,000
48
PRANAV BASAI
INDIA
4
7
      297,000
20
HENRIK TOLLEFSEN
NORWAY
3
6
290,000
65
VINH TRAN
VIETNAM
5
5
      280,000
23
HUU DUNG NGUYEN
VIETNAM
7
1
      276,000
42
PAUL HONG
NEW ZEALAND
3
4
      267,000
37
NGUYEN PHAM DUY KHANH
VIETNAM
1
5
      258,000
3
ALEX LEE
SINGAPORE
1
6
      254,000
25
HUYNH VAN TAN
VIETNAM
1
3
237,000
31
LI KWUN NGAI VIVAENT
HONGKONG
2
2
      237,000
68
YEN HAN CHEN
TAIWAN
9
2
      236,000
57
TRAN DUC PHUONG
VIETNAM
7
7
      230,000
6
BENJAMIN GONZVA
THAILAND
7
4
228,000
41
ORJAN SKOMNO
NORWAY
2
3
      216,000
9
CHUA SHAN HUI
SINGAPORE
4
1
      212,000
66
VIVER RINHANI
INDIA
4
3
      206,000
56
TA DUY QUOC KHANH
VIETNAM
9
1
      197,000
49
QUAN NGUYEN
VIETNAM
1
2
      190,000
36
NGUYEN CHI THINH
VIETNAM
9
8
      170,000
12
DAO XUAN KHANH
VIETNAM
6
3
      168,000
60
TRAN XUAN TRUC
VIETNAM
6
7
163,000
34
NATALIE PO
MALAYSIA
6
2
154,000
46
PHANESH CHAINANI
SINGAPORE
1
4
      149,000
5
APOORVA GOEL
INDIA
7
5
      138,000
53
SEITARO ASO
JAPAN
8
5
137,000
51
RAGHAV BANSAL
INDIA
5
2
      133,000
13
DARUMA
INDIA
9
5
      112,000
38
NGUYEN TIEN SON
VIETNAM
3
2
      111,000
50
QUANG NGUYEN
VIETNAM
6
5
      105,000
62
TUNG NGUYEN
VIETNAM
2
5
      100,000
59
TRAN UY THANH
VIETNAM
5
1
        87,000
61
TUN NGUYEN
VIETNAM
6
6
77,000
45
PHAM THANH TUNG
VIETNAM
9
3
74,000
19
GAO WEN LING
CHINA
2
1
        26,000
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Dhaval Mudgal wins the inaugural WPT Vietnam Main Event for VND 2.4 Billion

India’s Dhaval “Dirty” Mudgal made World Poker Tour history tonight as the first player to win a WPT Main Event title in Vietnam. Amidst a crowded rail, Mudgal defeated Japan’s Takao Shimizu at heads up and captured the VND 2,4287,580,000 (US$104,000) first prize.
Dhaval Mudgal and Team IndiaThe VND 22M buy-in Main Event ran a total of five days from September 28 to October 2 attracting 679 entries – 528 players, 151 re-entries. This produced the largest-ever seen live tournament poker prize pool in the country, a record-breaking VND 13,172,600,000 (~US$565,000). Portions of that enormous pot were shaved off at Day 2 starting at 85th place.
Final Day recap
Entering today’s final race, Dhaval Mudgal was the only player left waving the Indian flag. Impressively, Team India represented well at the WPT Asia Swing with a large contingent turning up for both this leg and the Korea leg. Among the fifteen returnees, Mudgal had the second largest stack which he improved on, entering the official final table of 9 players at the helm.
Final TableBut despite the lead, his race to the title was no easy stroll. It was more of a nerve-wracking rollercoaster ride with near eliminations. After railing Dac Duc Phuong in 9th place, giving him an even larger arsenal to play with, things started to go south. Nguyen Duc Hai (Hai Chuot) shaved off a big chunk on a double up, then Tai Hsing had his hands in it as well. This led to Mudgal becoming short, attempting to steal the blinds and antes with a shove. Shimizu snapped him off with , and when the community board ran a nutty full house this saved Mudgal from the exit.
From there, Mudgal gained momentum. He landed another lucky save on the river to double up through Tai Hsing, then shipped a monster after getting full pay from Hai Chuot for his pocket jacks turned straight. This re-established Mudgal as the leader until Shimizu knocked out the last two Vietnamese contenders, Hai Chuot (5th) and Tran Cao Tam (4th). Mudgal proceeded to eliminate Taiwan’s Tai Hsing in 3rd place and entered the heads up round though still dominated in chips by Shimizu.
Heads UpThe heads up round didn’t last too long though. Mudgal commanded most of the action, often seen raising or three-betting that the lead switched up due to his successful grinds. Shimizu fought valiantly and was able to regain the lead but Mudgal quickly took it back. The final hand, saw Mudgal push with and Shimizu calling for his tournament life holding . The final board ran to close it with a big victory for India.
Congratulations to Dhaval Mudgal! This victory was his first-ever major championship title and his largest-ever live tournament payout to date. You can read up on all the thrilling action in the Live Updates post.
More : WPT Main Event Live Updates
Final 9 payouts
1st Dhaval Mudgal – India – VND 2,4287,580,000
2nd Takao Shimizu – Japan – VND 1,702,030,000
3rd Tai Hsing Hsiung – Taiwan – VND 1,097,540,000
4th Tran Cao Tam – Vietnam – VND 802,340,000
5th Nguyen Duc Hai (Hai chuot) – Vietnam – VND 613,840,000
6th Hanh Phong – Vietnam – VND 490,420,000
7th Nguyen Hoang Nam (Apuweo) – Vietnam – VND 406,240,000
8th Norbert Koh – Singapore – VND 323,390,000
9th Dao Duc Phuong – Vietnam – VND 242,770,000
Article by Tricia David
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WPT Vietnam Main Event Live Updates – Final Day

Welcome to WPT VIETNAM MAIN EVENT! This is the event everyone has been waiting for with its jaw-dropping VND 8 Billion Guaranteed prize pool. Action gets underway at 1pm. Buy-in is VND 22,000,000.
Follow all the action via this link:
WPT Vietnam Main Event – Live Updates
 
ALL NEWS
From 178 to the Final 15 players of the WPT Vietnam Main Event; Yik Yin “Ray” Chiu chip leader
WPT Vietnam Main Event sets country’s largest-ever prizepool of VND 13.1 Billion; Mike Takayama tops Day 1C
250 runners for WPT Vietnam Main Event Day 1B; Pham Bao wins the Bounty Event
Tran Hanh crushes WPT Vietnam Main Event Day 1A; Zarvan Tumboli wins the Ho Chi Minh Cup
WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup draws 207; Nguyen Dang Toan wins the Welcome Event
WPT Vietnam draws 137 to the Opener; Trần Kim Đông wins the Charity Event
World Poker Tour kicks off inaugural WPT Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City
Schedule – Events News
 
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From 178 to the Final 15 players of the WPT Vietnam Main Event; Yik Yin “Ray” Chiu chip leader

WPT Vietnam Main Event saw the return of the 178 survivors and from the get-go it was action-packed at Pro Poker Club. The event attracted 679 total entries for a smashing prize pool of VND 13,172,600,000. This was the largest-ever live tournament poker prize pool seen in the country. And to earn a piece, all players needed to do today was reach the money round of 85 places.
Into the fourth round, the bubble round was at hand. Tung Nguyen avoided elimination landing a two-outer on the river, however, for Vinh Tran, it was the opposite. Attempting to steal the blinds and ante, he shoved on the button with J-8 only to get snap-called by Jason Nguyen on the small blind with A-K. The bubble burst. The money flowed. And it was a hunt for a seat to the final day.
Vinh TranAmong the big movers and shakers were Norbert Koh, Apu Weo, and WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama. Between the three, Takayama’s day would end much earlier despite running up quad aces not once but twice. He finished in 39th place, falling to Hong Kong’s Ray Chiu who is also through to the finals.
For the day’s entering chip leader, Austria’s Tran Hanh, he was unable to match his performance at Day 1A and exited in 51st place. Wenling Gao also bowed out within that range. Multi WPT / WSOP Circuit winner Dylan Wilkerson did better reaching the final three tables. And John Phan’s rollercoaster of a day ended in 23rd place.
You can read up on the action in our Live Updates post.
Day 2 – Live Updates
Below are the final 15 players returning tomorrow. One of these players will be crowned the first-ever WPT Vietnam Main Event champion and will pocket the eye-popping VND 2,427,580,000 first prize.
Full coverage continues in the Final Day. Cards in the air at 1pm.
Yik Yin “Ray” Chiu – Hong Kong – 2.43M
Ray ChiuRay Chiu will enter the final day as the chip leader. One of his biggest drops in Day 2 was WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama. This thrusted his stack to the top where he parked for the rest of the day.
Dhaval Mudgal – India – 2.355M
Dhaval MudgalIndia’s last hope for the gold is Dhaval Mudgal who closed Day 2 with the second largest stack. Mudgal is a well known poker figure in the Asian circuit. Among his many successes today was the elimination of American pro Dylan Wilkerson late in the game.
Hai Chuot – Vietnam – 2.245M
Hai ChuotHost country Vietnam had numerous players advancing to the final day. Amassing the largest stack of the group was Hai Chuot. For a majority of Day 2, Chuot kept pace with the leaders then took command after winning a big pot against Indian pro Raghav Bansal. He also made some big calls that knocked out a few players.
Tran Huu Khoi – Vietnam – 1.68M
Tran Huu KhoiWhen the field compressed to the final two tables, Tran Huu Khoi was one of the shortest but a late game double up through Apu Weo gave him renewed life.
Nguyen Thanh Phuong – Vietnam – 1.590M
Nguyen Thanh PhuongNguyen Thanh Phuong built an impressive stack throughout the day. He was moved multiple times and at each table, was able to chip up.
Tai Hsing Hszung – Taiwan – 1.470M
Tai Hsing HszungTaiwanese player Tai Hsing Hszung started Day 2 just above starting stack. He won numerous pots on uncalled shoves.
Tran Cao Tam – Vietnam – 1.335M
Tran Cao TamTran Cao Tam shipped in a big pot after a successful showdown against highly decorated Viet khieu John Phan. He also eliminated Tung Nguyen, the player that landed a two-outer on the river to avoid being the bubble.
Johannes Felix Hoeld – Germany – 1.180M
Johannes Felix HoeldJohannes Felix Hoeld had a steady rise in chips throughout Day 2 but needed some help at the final two tables. He found the moment, doubling up through Apuweo during the final minutes to jump back to good health.
Ben Andrews – UK – 1.150M
Ben AndrewsUK’s Ben Andrews sat in the same seat from start to finish watching players come in and out throughout the day. Down to two tables, he tanked John Phan twice to win a couple of nice pots without a showdown.
Norbert Koh – Singapore – 1.135M
Norbert KohNorbert Koh continues to enjoy success in Vietnam. Early in the day he stormed to the leader’s seat with an enormous stack. He railed Tran Son Thach late in the game to stay above seven-digits.
Dac Duc Phuong – Vietnam – 1.025M
Dac Duc PhongAmong Dac Duc Phuong’s winning pots was the elimination of Taiwan’s Tzu Chieh Lo. He also railed Cong Le to bring the field down to 16 players.
Takao Shimizu – Japan – 805K
Takao ShimizuTakao Shimizu is the only player left holding up the Japanese flag. Shimizu has had a big stack since the start of Day 2 and stayed consistent throughout to secure his spot in the final day. He
Le Ngoc Khanh – Vietnam – 790K
Le Ngoc KhanhLe Ngoc Khanh is a familiar face in the Asian circuit, attending events all over Asia. He’s also produced numerous deep runs in Vietnam but is still hunting down that first championship title.
Apu Weo – Vietnam – 620K
Apu WeoApu Weo entered the Main Event at Day 1C and within the first fifteen minutes, he’d already knocked out a few players. At Day 2, his list of wins piled up sending out strong players such as Huu Dung Nguyen and Romit Advami. Both of these players shoved on his big blind.
Low Kar Doi – Malaysia – 560K
Low Kar DoiLow Kar Doi rounds out the list with the shortest stack.
More: WPT Vietnam Coverage
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APT Championships series stirs up the Philippines in September

Undoubtedly, one of the most attractive Asian destinations for many poker enthusiasts is the Philippines. From the ample amount of events offered per year, to the hospitality, the vibrant Manila nightlife, and the stunning beaches just a short flight away, players are practically assured an enjoyable time both on and off the felt.
Coming September 13 to September 24, the country stirs up with the Asian Poker Tour returning to Resorts World Manila for the second edition of the APT Philippines Championships 2018. This highly popular festival is one not to miss with 22 events lined up and over PHP 12 MIllion in guaranteed prizes.

Guaranteed Events
APT Main Event: PHP 8,000,000 (September 15 – 19)
APT-RWM Opening Event: PHP 2,000,000 (September 13 – 14)
MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo: PHP 750,000 (September 22)
Monster Stack: PHP 2,000,000 (September 23 – 24)
APT Main Event
Taking a closer look at the APT Main Event, this featured event is what everyone will be coming out for. It offers the largest guarantee of PHP8 Million (~US$149,000). Buy-in is PHP55,000 (~US$ 1,030) with players able to jump in as late as one hour into Day 2.
Day 1A: Saturday, September 15
Day 1B: Sunday, September 16
Day 2: Monday, September 17
Day 3: Tuesday, September 18
Final 8: Wednesday, September 19
In April, the Main Event delivered a prize pool of PHP 15.7 Million (~US$292,700) with 325 players in attendance. Filipino pro Lester Edoc claimed the victory, earning his first-ever APT championship title and nearly US$50,000 in winnings.
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[Watch] Phil Hellmuth crushes Poker After Dark for $300,000

Phil Hellmuth’s woes when it comes to televised cash games are well documented, with a series of high profile losses and blow ups having been broadcast to the world. This has always been an oddity in his career however, especially when you consider his unrivalled success at the tournament tables and record haul of WSOP bracelets. Finally, this week, Hellmuth has found an upswing at the televised cash tables, banking $300,000 and a fantastic session on Poker After Dark.
Aces hold
During the two sessions that Hellmuth walked away from with profit, a crucial hand came up against Jean Robert Bellande, in which Hellmuth held pocket aces, and JRB somehow levelled himself into getting everything in with AJ. Hellmuth held up, and he was well on his way to a huge winning session.

Pocket aces for @Phil_Hellmuth and a big decision for @BrokeLivingJRB! Watch how tonight’s #PokerAfterDark session ended with an over $230,000 pot! https://t.co/5rUlItuiNK pic.twitter.com/2k4u2B85WT
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) August 29, 2018 read more

 

September on Natural8: $100K AOF, New weekly missions and software updates

Natural8 is a poker room in continual evolution, always seeking to grow and improve. In its latest efforts to fortify the brand and embellish what it brings to players, Natural8 has updated software, given players new weekly missions and scheduled its All in or Fold (AOF) festival.
$100,000 AOF festival

The flagship offering from Natural8 in the coming month is the $100,000 AOF festival. Specially designated AOF tables will be in operation during the festival, and players simply have to take a seat and play the required number of hands to get involved. Once the required number of hands has been played, players will be awarded a seat into an AOF tournament with a guaranteed prize pool. Hand counts run in four separate week-long periods between September 1st and September 29th.
Required AoF Hands
Eligible Tournament
Tournament Time
Total Prize
200, in a day
All-In AoF Festival $200 GTD
Daily throughout September, 15:00:00 (UTC+0)
$101,000
500, in a day
All-In AoF Festival $500 GTD
Daily throughout September, 16:00:00 (UTC+0)
3,000, in a week
All-In AoF Festival $20K GTD
September 8th, 17:00:00 (UTC+0)
September 15th, 17:00:00 (UTC+0)
September 22nd, 17:00:00 (UTC+0)
September 29th, 17:00:00 (UTC+0)
 
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Imperial Poker Club

Located in the expat’ neighborhood of Thao Dien, 20 minutes from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, the Imperial Club has not failed to attract local players.
Opened in 2018, its great facilities and attractive tournaments and freerolls have helped build a solid customer base.
Opening Hours : No Information
 
  Playing Poker at Imperial Poker Club
 Cash Games:
No Cash Games.
  Tournaments:
Tournament schedules will be posted weekly on Imperial Poker’s fanpage:
https://www.facebook.com/Imperialpokerclub/
Example:

 Rake:
No information.
 Pratical Info
   Address: 115 Quoc Huong, Thao Dien, Q.2 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 Contact Number: +84 028 2240 8181
  Email: https://m.me/Imperialpokerclub
  Website: https://www.facebook.com/Imperialpokerclub/
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Unfold Hold’em Makes Debut at PokerStars

Continuing in their quest to invent new poker variants, PokerStars has launched a new game called “Unfold Hold’em” that allows players to get back in the game after the flop and win a side pot if they folded their hole cards pre-flop and find themselves racked with regret after seeing the flop.

 

Party Poker Announces Biggest Ever PowerFest Series

Party Poker has announced the dates and schedule for September´s PowerFest Series. The event will run from Sunday 2nd September until Sunday 23rd September and consist of an incredible 670 tournaments guaranteed for a total of more than $60 million – Party Poker´s biggest ever tournament series guarantee.

 

Mikita Badziakouski wins Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju Main Event

Mikita  Badziakouski goes back to back
Mikita Badziakouski – Photo Triton PokerBack to back Main Event titles in any live poker series is something most players only ever dream of, but for Mikita Badziakouski that dream has become a reality. Not only that, but he has accomplished his feat in a series that richly rewards its winners. The Triton Super High Roller Series crowned its new champion and handed him HKD$41,250,000 (USD5,255,456) this week, except of course, he wasn’t a new champion at all, having won the previous Triton Super High Roller Main Event in Montenegro just a few months ago. This event, held in Jeju, South Korea attracted 55 runners, many of them world-class high stakes pros, with each competitor paying HK$2,000,000 (US$256,420) to enter.
The final payouts for the Main Event are as follows:
1st – Mikita Badziakouski – HK$41,250,000 (US$5,255,456)2nd – Chan Wai Leong – HK$25,520,000 (US$3,251,376)3rd – Richard Yong – HK$16,720,000 (US$2,130,212)4th – Sam Greenwood – HK$11,550,000 (US$1,471,528)5th – Jason Koon – HK$8,470,000 (US$1,079,120)6th – Sergio Aido – HK$6,490,000 (US$826,858)

Million Dollar Cash Game
While millions of dollars always change hands when players win tournaments at the Triton Super High Roller Series, the biggest money of all can perhaps be found in the more secluded arena of cash games. With so many talented high stakes players in one place, it is no surprise that huge cash games have been going on. Usually these games are very private, but this time around they are being televised in several episodes due to air later this week. Viewers can expect to be treated to some big names in action, playing for colossal sums of money.
Blinds began at the US equivalent of $3,000/$6,000 with a $6,000 button bet added, and the buy in was set at $900,000 in US money. At the start, around $8,000,000 was on the table, but by the end there was $16,000,000 circulating. The games being played switched between regular Texas Hold’em and Short-deck Holdem.
J.P.Park who supervised the game said “I’ve been around poker for a long time, and that was the most exciting game I’ve ever seen,” Park said. “The million-dollar cash game was the biggest cash game I have ever been involved with. They started with roughly $8 million, about a million per person, on the table. And at one point there was $16 million on the table.”
Side event winners
David Peters – Photo Triton PokerIn the side events during the series, several huge scores were collected, with David Peters winning the HK$500,000 (USD$64,105) Six-Max No Limit Hold’em event for HK$8,775,000 (US$1,100,000). He defeated a field of 39 players to take down the event.
There were 60 entries for the HK$1,000,000 (US$128,210) Triton Hold’em side event. (Short Deck Ante-Only). Kenneth Kee managed to defeat all comers in that one, picking up HK$22,500,000 (US$2,860,000 approx.)
The HK$500,000 (US$64,105) Triton Hold’em event (Short Deck Ante-Only) was won by Ivan Leow who managed to best a final table that included Jason Koon and Tom Dwan to pocket the 1st prize of HK$8,470,000 (US$1,079,586.
The smallest event still offered a great payday to eventual winner Nick Schulman, with 61 players having paid the HK$100,000 (US$12,821) entry fee. On his first outing playing Short Deck Ante-Only poker, he triumphed over Kenneth Kee heads up to win the event, banking HK$2,135,000 (US$272,084).
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Poker in India

Poker in India

Influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures, India has a huge history in many different card games (Gin, Bridge), and even created some of their own. In 2006, Teenpatti, a poker variant, started becoming popular in India, and many experts agree that India is the largest and fastest growing online gambling market in the world.  Nowadays, close to a million Indians play real-money poker on a regular basis, even though uncertainty surrounding the legal landscape of the game remains. This gambling craze is particularly true during the times of festivals such as Deepawali and Holi, where the gambling business upgrades to 30-40% in India.
The recent creation of a Global Poker League in India with teams representing cities located all over the country is also a favorable indicator of Poker’s development in India, whilst local clubs attract more and more players.
 
Online Poker: Legal in certains States
  Live Poker: Legal Poker Clubs
  Casinos with Poker:
Coming Soon
 
– Casinos & Poker Rooms in India –
 
COMING SOON
 
– Playing Live Poker in India –
  Live Poker Legislation in India
India’s gambling laws are quite restrictive and apply everywhere in the country.
The most important law regarding real-money gaming in India is the federal Public Gambling Act of 1867, which makes it illegal for anyone to run a public gaming house or even to be present in an establishment of this sort.
However, if according to the Supreme Court of India, games of chance are illegal, skill-based games are legal, leaving room for the development of the Poker industry. In other decisions, the High Courts of Karnataka and Calcutta have noted that police/law enforcement authorities cannot interfere in the game of poker. Another important document is the Information Technology Act of 2000, which makes a distinction between casino games and card games.
Moreover, as India is a federal state, local legislators may create favorable law environments for gambling & poker, which is, for instance, the case of two states in particular: Goa and Sikkam.
Throughout the whole country of India, some laws do, however, apply in a uniform fashion. As such, the minimum legal gambling age is 18 everywhere in India. Also, regarding taxes, players have to pay 30 percent income tax on all winnings above 10,000 rupees (around $150).
  Live Poker Venues in India
While there are no legal casinos in most of India, Goa is home to a total of seven land-based casinos, as well as several offshore ones. You can play poker in at least four of them: Casino Pride, Casino Royale, Casino Carnivale, and Casino Goa.
Sikkim state welcomes two land-based casinos where you can play poker: Casino Sikkam & Casino Mahjong.
A third state, the state of Daman, is expected to start operations in the next few years.
Foreigners and Indians are allowed to enter casinos and legal poker clubs.
– Playing Online Poker in India –
  Online Poker Legislation in India
Technically, online poker is only legal in the states of Goa and Sikkim, with the latest standing as the only Indian state with clear-cut online poker regulations and licensed online poker rooms (such as adda52.com).
In most cases, the country’s legislative and judicial branches haven’t ascertained legal status of online poker sites in most Indian states. As a result, online gambling in the rest of India is kind of a grey area: it is still quite unclear if playing poker online is fully legal or not. For example, Indian online poker leader, adda52.com, does not allow players from certain regions, such as Assam, Odisha, Nagaland and Telangana. Additionally, the Information Technology Act of 2000 prohibits internet service providers from hosting gambling websites.
However, consumers and brands are now thriving in the country, both being quite confident that the law will be on their side, based on the aforementioned decision of the Supreme Court of India. Access to all major poker sites is common throughout the country.
Indians tend to rely on credit card payments to fund their poker accounts. In Sikkim, other popular options include Netbanking and Pay By Cash, wire transfer and check by mail. Generally speaking, Sikkim-licensed sites don’t accept e-wallet payments such as Neteller or Skrill.
India’s average Internet Speed is 3.5 Mbps with a lot of disparity on the territory, but it’s usually sufficient to play online poker. A VPN is recommended.
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Poker players using Skrill Wallet can now buy and sell cryptocurrencies

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 5 years or so, you will certainly have heard the term ‘cryptocurrency’ finding its way into conversations especially, between poker players.
Bitcoin was the first to become a sensation, as its value went through the roof in a short space of time, but since then several other types of online currency have come to the fore.
This infatuation has been fuelled in the poker community by prominent players such as Doug Polk and Jason Lee, who have publicly shared their involvement in this new sector.
Despite this growing popularity, when it comes to ordinary people without any experience of trading on stock markets or making risky investments, the whole process of buying cryptocurrency still sounds quite complicated for many people.
Skrill offer cryptocurrency at the click of a button
As one of the leading companies when it comes to online money storage, Skrill are well placed to begin expanding their offerings to include investment opportunities.
It has been announced that their customers will now be able to buy cryptocurrency with the click of a button, and that it has made the process as simple as can be.
Skrill is already widely used by poker players to deposit and cash out on online poker sites and so the news has been positively received by the poker community.

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Details of the announcement
The following details have already been announced:
Supported cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash
Commission for exchanging USD to BTC: 1,5%
Commission for making a deposit to Skrill using BTC: 1%
Skrill will be using the popular crypto-exchange BitPay to process the transactions
Customers will not be able to transfer their cryptocurrency holding to other Skrill customers or use it to transact with merchants. This service will be added in the future.
Lorenzo Pellegrino, CEO of Skrill, Neteller and Income Access said “The world of cryptocurrency trading is exciting and dynamic, and our digital wallet service very much lends itself to this environment. I’m confident that the ability to trade in cryptocurrencies quickly and easily through Skrill will appeal to consumers both now and in the future. We know many people want to experiment with cryptocurrency trading but don’t know where to start and we’ve made the entire process very straightforward.”
Eligible countries
Skrill will initially be launching this service in the following countries, and it’s expected to be launched soon in other markets too.
Australia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and the UK.
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Article by Craig Bradshaw
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WSOP Announces Ten Poker Hall of Fame Finalists

Following months of public nominations and scrutiny by the WSOP´s Governing Council, the final ten candidates for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame have been announced. Existing Hall of Famers and an 18-member media panel now have five days to vote on who should be inducted into poker´s most exclusive club.

 

APT heats up July with the Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships

This July, the Asian Poker Tour heads back to Vietnam to host their fifth event of the season, the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships. The upcoming event promises to be bigger than before with twelve days of nonstop poker festivities taking place at the Pro Poker Club from July 11 to July 22.
See You In Vietnam – Photo APTAs always the festival offers an exciting roster of events however what everyone will be eyeing is the Main Event – VND 6 Billion Guaranteed (US$261,300). Last January saw 664 entries for the 3M guaranteed Main Event making it the largest attendance in the tour’s history. With the guarantee now doubled, expectations are high for another massive turnout.
Main Event details
For a rundown on the featured tournament, the Main Event runs from July 13 to July 18. Buy-in is VND 22,000,000 (~US$960). Players can jump in the game by signing up to any of the three starting days offered and up until the first hour of Day 2.
See the schedule below:
Day 1A: Friday, July 13 @ 1pm
Day 1B: Saturday, July 14 @ 1pm
Day 1C: Sunday, July 15 @ 1pm
Day 2A: Monday, July 16 @ 1pm
Day 2B: Monday, July 16 @ 7pm
Day 3: Tuesday, July 17 @ 1pm
Final Day: Wednesday, July 18 @ 130pm
Five Main Event packages via CoinPoker and other promos
Voyage to VietnamAnother way to secure a spot in the Main Event is through APT sponsor CoinPoker, a cryptocurrency-based online poker room. CoinPoker Voyage to Vietnam satellites to the qualifier are currently running. The Main Event qualifier will be held on July 11 at 17:00 EEST with 5 Main Event packages up for grabs. Packages include Main Event Day 1B seat, 3 night’s accommodation, and travel expense allowance of €250 paid in equivalent CHP value.
Last month CoinPoker offered two promos at APT Korea Seoul and will be extending the same to Main Event players in Vietnam: the Main Event Rake Back and the Last Man Standing promo. In Korea, Paul Hong was the first beneficiary of the Last Man Standing award winning a Main Event seat to APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships. The next winner will receive a Main Event seat to APT Korea in Incheon.
Schedule of events
In addition to the Main Event is another featured tournament, the Championships Event. This event runs back-to-back with the main, taking place from July 18 to July 22. Buy-in is VND 33,000,000 (~US$1,440).
For players that prefer the exclusivity of small fields and big returns, the CoinPoker High Rollers event takes place from July 12 to July 13. With a buy-in at a whopping VND 107,500,000 (~US$4,685), that will surely narrow the field to to heavy hitters and top players.
Making an appearance at the the APT for the first time is the NLH Single Day Ante BB. With the Ante BB growing in popularity around the world, the APT will offer two events featuring this new format.
For more information on the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships, just click on the schedule below.
More: APT Vietnam Championships 2018 Schedule
Article by Tricia David
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July Promotions at Natural8

#1. Flush Jackpot

Jackpot payouts for huge hands are fairly common in the world of poker, but most of the time, they require the rarest of hands to be completed before a single cent of the money is paid.
With Natural8, things are a little different. While you still get a huge payout for a straight flush or royal flush, you also get paid a portion of the jackpot simply for making a regular flush.
The jackpot percentage payouts are 1% for a flush, 15% for a straight flush and 50% for a royal flush and they apply they across cash game tables where a player has a qualifying hand.
There are a few criteria that must be met, including putting at least 15 big blinds in the pot, but this is clearly an excellent chance for players to earn a little boost during their cash game sessions.
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Switzerland Domestic Gambling, Bans Foreign Operators

Switzerland has been reforming its gambling laws recently. The country has agreed to allow gambling operations to expand, but it has voted to root out offshore operators. Some have seen in this move an attempt to impose Internet censorship whereas others have construed it as the fulfilment of social responsibilities. Switzerland has voted to block […]