Within the space of six weeks, a player at BetOnline Poker twice saw his Quads crushed at showdown, and twice won the Bad Beat Jackpot – collecting $340,040.
Hopes of Michigan becoming the fifth state to pass online poker and gambling legislation were dashed with a veto by outgoing Governor Rick Snyder.
2018 has come to a close and what an incredible year it was for players from the Asia-Pacific region. While there are many to acknowledge, here’s our list of top 10 player achievements for the year:
Michael Soyza tops Asia GPI ranking
Michael Soyza – Photo PokerStarsMalaysian pro Michael Soyza turned up the notch this year accumulating over $2.65M in live tournament earnings and rising to top rank of the Asia GPI standings with 3,112,36 points. This also placed him 13th in the overall GPI ranking.
Among Soyza’s numerous deep cashes and victories were six payouts in the six-figure range. His first one was $148,629 for his triumph in April at the APPT Korea Main Event. Two months later, this was easily usurped by his victory at the DeepStack Championship Poker Series in Las Vegas for a massive take of $588,249. With half the year passed, he was not only cashing in big but was also raking in the GPI points.
In August, Soyza padded up another fat chunk of points for his wins at the APPT Manila High Roller BB Ante event and at the EPT Barcelona €10,300 NLH event. This also added another $400K combined to his live earnings.
At the end of October, Soyza placed 3rd at the largest buy-in event we’ve seen him cash in, the €100,000 NLH Leon’s High Roller event at the WSOPE in Rozvadov. Though the GPI points he earned for this event didn’t make the tally, he still shipped $592,594 for his largest live career payout. Just before closing out the year, Soyza collected a combined $500K in two high roller events at the Jeju Red Dragon Series.
More: GPI Asia #1 Michael Soyza talks success, career and more
Michael Addamo wins bracelets at the WSOP and WSOPE
Michael Addamo – Photo King’s CasinoFor the past two years, Australian pro Michael Addamo has come very close to clasping one of those coveted WSOP gold bracelets. That all changed in 2018. Not only did Addamo win a bracelet, he won one at the WSOP in Las Vegas and another at the WSOPE in Rozvadov.
After piling in deep runs in Australia and Hong Kong, Addamo took to the 2018 WSOP in June and bested a field of 1,637 at the $2,620 NLH – The Marathon event. He claimed $653,581 and the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career. Four months later, he was in Rozvadov, Czech Republic for the 2018 WSOPE. He won the €25,500 NLH High Roller event for his second WSOP bracelet. He overcame a field of 133 and earned his largest live career payout of €848,702 which is roughly around $980K.
Alexander Lynskey WSOP Main Event Final 9 + WSOP Sydney Main Event Champion
Alex Lynskey – Photo Star Poker / PokerNewsIn July, Australian pro Alexander Lynskey navigated through a crowd of 7,874 players to reach the WSOP Main Event final table of nine. He went on to finish in 7th place and scored a deserving payout of $1,500,000. This was his first seven-figure win.
In December, the WSOP was hosting its International Circuit in Sydney, Australia. The Main Event attracted a large field of 1,191 players. Lynskey won the event for A$422,796 to claim his first WSOP ring.
Ivan Leow’s Super High Roller run
Ivan Leow and Team MalaysiaSeng Yee Leow “Ivan” took the felt by storm this year going from just $123K in live tournament earnings to amassing over $5.8M. The bulk of his winnings came from Super High Roller events starting in May at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Montenegro. Though he didn’t champion any events there, he scooped up a combined $450K for his two 6th place finishes.
The month of July was when it all broke open for Leow. He cashed in three events at the Triton Poker series in Jeju, one of which was a victory at the HK$500K NLH – Short Deck Only event. This awarded him over HK$8,470,000 which was just over US$1M. That leg earned him a combined US$1.53M.
Immediately after, he set off for Sochi, Russia for the Triton Super High Roller event at the partypoker MILLIONS. He powered over the 29 entrants for his second SHR career victory and second seven-figure payday of approximately US$1,133,555. The streak continued in September at WPT Korea in Incheon where he won a Super High Roller event for approximately US$118K and placed 2nd at another SHR event for US$156K.
In October, Leow championed the €100,000 NLH Leon’s High Roller at the WSOPE in Rozvadov, adding around US$1.4M to his insane list of SHR winnings. His last score was at the end of November. He finished 4th at the Jeju Red Dragon Series SHR event for over US$250K.
Mike Takayama brings home the first WSOP bracelet for the Philippines
Mike Takayama & Team PhilippinesFilipino pro Mike Takayama is a very well-known figure in the Philippines poker circuit with a long list of achievements earned in his home country since 2014. This year however was a particularly big one. Takayama took on the world stage for the first time, trekking to Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual WSOP.
For his debut visit, he impressed his fans with a victory at the US$1K NLH Super Bounty event. He became the first Filipino to win a WSOP bracelet. He also earned $198,568 which is his largest live score to-date. At the series, Takayama also placed 32nd at the Double Stack Event for $17,814 and 421st at the Main Event for $29,625.
More: Interview with Mike Takayama, the first Filipino WSOP bracelet winner
Iori Yogo wins three APT major titles
Iori Yogo – Photo APTAPT Player of the Year 2016 champion Iori Yogo had another strong year in the APT circuit. Among his numerous deep runs were victories in major events. In March, he won the P110,000 APT Championships Event after overcoming several close calls against runner-up Lester Edoc. He won roughly $45,800. In August, he won the APT Main Event in Korea, Incheon for around $36,100; then in December, he won a second APT Championships Event, this one with a much higher buy-in of P165,000. He became the first player to win two APT Championships Event titles. Yogo pocketed roughly $54,700. This year saw the Japanese pro cash 17 times at the APT.
Wei Guo Liang wins the Little One for One Drop
Wei Guo Liang – Photo WSOPOne of the most popular events in the WSOP lineup is the $1,111 NLH – Little One for One Drop. This year saw another big field of 4,732 entries for a prize pool of $4,258,800. Several Asian players ran very deep here but none as deep as Chinese pro Wei Guo Liang. Wei championed the event to capture his first WSOP bracelet and $559,332. He became the fourth Chinese national to win a WSOP gold.
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa adds an APT Main Event title to his portfolio
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa – Photo APTOne of the Asian Poker Tour’s biggest supporters / promoters is Japanese pro Tetsuya Tsuchikawa. Through the years, the number of Japanese players attending the APT circuit has grown due to his efforts. Tsuchikawa is a highly accomplished poker player with stats dating back to 2011. He has won a WPT Main Event, a PokerStars Manila Main Event, and after two near APT Main Event victories – one in 2012 and another in 2014 – finishing runner-up in both, Tsuchikawa finally secured a win at the APT Main Event in Vietnam this past October.
Lester Edoc collects 1st places in his home country
Lester EdocUp until this year, Filipino pro Lester Edoc only had one major title under his belt which he won at the International Poker Open Main Event in Manila back in 2015. As of today, he now has another four, all of them won on home turf.
In February, Edoc won the Asia Poker League Road Series Philippines Main Event besting a field of 276 entries. This was immediately followed up with a win at the PokerStars Manila Super Series Main Event in March topping a field of 1,118 entries.
Later that same month, Edoc won the APT Philippines – Main Event and nearly captured the APT Championships Event of the same series. He fell in runner-up to Iori Yogo. In September, Edoc attended the APT Philippines II and took down the Main Event once again for back-to-back series victories. These major wins plus the 2nd place against Yogo earned him nearly $190K combined.
Philip King Chun Wang most cashes in 2018
Taiwanese player Philip King Chun Wang overtook Chinese player Xing Biao Zhu in the final stretch of the Hendon Mob 2018 Number of Cashes. He closed the year with 64 cashes, earning most of them in his home country and in the Philippines. His largest score though was at APPT Macau in January. He finished 2nd at the HK$55K NLH Megastack for HK$250,000 ($31,971).
As for Xing, he too had a commendable run. He led the race back in April and closed with 61 cashes. Interestingly, from January to April, Xing was very active in the scene. He cashed numerous times on each of those months to put him at the top of the list.
Then from May to September, it was zero activity. Xing did not post a single cash. When October rolled in, Xing was back on attack raking in the ITMs once again. At the AJPC Asian Circuit in Korea, he earned in 10 events, five of which were wins. To close out the year, he scored at another AJPC Korea event in December cashing in 9 events.
Article by Tricia David
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2018 shined brightly on many destinations in Asia and for this article, we put our spotlight on the Metro Card Club aka Metro – one of the pioneers of poker in the Philippines.
For those unfamiliar with this incredibly popular poker joint, it is the largest brick and mortar poker room in the country, and for many years, it was the largest in Asia. Many of today’s top Filipino pros started at the Metro including Mike Takayama, the first homegrown Filipino 2018 WSOP bracelet winner.
This year was a very busy one at the Metro with festivals nearly every month. Since they cater to the wallets of the locals, as always buy-ins stay relatively low from P2,200 – P10,000 with guaranteed prize pools ranging from P750,000 to P5,000,000. Although they haven’t hosted an international event in quite some time, these home brewed festivals also attract foreign players residing and/or visiting the country.
Here’s a summary of the year’s biggest events and the champions:
February 7 to 12: P2 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P2,043,790
Entries – 602Winner – Rommel Angeles
April 11 to 16: Summer Event P3 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P3,294,500 ~US$62,000)
Entries – 599Winner – Joseph Sia
June 27 to July 2: Walk to a Million – P1 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P1,664,520 (~US$31,400)
Entries – 858Winner – Marvin Cerbito
August 22 to 27: P2 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P2,400,265 (~US$45,300)
Entries – 707Winner – Euryd Rivera
The P2 Million Guaranteed Main Event concluded with a highly thrilling final table. The last five players were all well-known figures in the local poker scene: John Tech, Mike Takayama, Lester Edoc, Marc Rivera, and Euryd Rivera. Euryd Rivera went on to defeat Marc Rivera at heads up and captured the trophy.
Euryd Rivera – Photo MetroOne month later, to introduce the Big Blind Ante system to their patrons, the Metro held a P1.5 Million Big Blind Ante festival. The format they chose was ante first, a similar structure used by the World Series of Poker. Since then, they’ve adapted this format for most of their tournaments.
September 26 to October 1: Big Blind Ante P1.5 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P1,455,000 (~US$27,400)
Entries – 472
Winner – Jharome Pena
When November rolled in, it was the time of year for the Metro’s biggest annual event, the RVS CUP Philippine Poker Championship. This event comes with a P5 Million guarantee. For the first time, the event was extended from 6 days to 11 days with pre-events added. Another addition was a Player of the Series title.
November 14 to 19: RVS CUP P5 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P5,665,770 (~US$107,000)
Entries – 649Winner – Marco AlmerezPlayer of the Series – Joven Huerto
Marco Almerez – Photo MetroThe Main Event witnessed the rise of Davao southern province favorite, Marco Almerez. Almerez overcame the likes of Mike Takayama and Lester Edoc at the final table. After this victory, Almerez went on to score another win at the Asian Poker Tour Finale festival. He won the APT-RWM Opening Day event defeating Takayama at heads up.
Metro creates Metro Team Pros
Team Pros – MetroIn July, several Filipino pros attended the 2018 World Series of Poker. This was the first time a strong contingent from the country entered the world stage in numbers. They did justice to their flag, cashing in numerous events, including the Main Event. Mike Takayama captured a bracelet after nearly giving up and packing for home. Hence the moniker “Batang Metro” sprung, translated as “Bred from Metro”, used to describe any player representing the room.
Upon their return, the Metro honored them for their achievements. Since then, a Metro Team Pro was formed. They comprise of Takayama. Lester Edoc, Marc Rivera, John Tech, Martin Gonzales, Ronald Singson, Mark Amparo, Joven Huerto, Czardy Rivera, Euryd Rivera, Alexis Lim, Terry Gonzaga, William Ysmael, and Nicandro Filart.
Article by Tricia David
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Back in the days when the WSOP was half a dozen men sat around a table playing what was basically a sit & go, few could have foreseen what the series would grow to be fifty years later. The WSOP is now the most recognisable and prestigious series on earth, and its 50th anniversary this summer will be marked by yet another packed schedule. Some of the details of that schedule were released into the public domain just a few days ago, and we now have a partial idea of what to expect in the summer. Here’s what we know so far.
To mark the half-century point in the WSOP’s history, a new event has been added to the schedule. The Big 50 will command a $500 buy in, have 50-minute levels and a $5 million guaranteed prize pool. Players will begin with 50,000 chips and $1 million is guaranteed for the winner of the event. There is also an extra twist to the event, as the first entry of all players will be completely rake-free. This event will be one of the opening events of the series, beginning on May 30th and will permit players to re-enter on a subsequent starting day flight if they lose all their chips.
Other special June events
June 7th will see another event award $1 million to the player who lifts the bracelet. The Millionaire Maker has become a regular fixture on the WSOP schedule, with a $1,500 buy in fee and 60-minute levels. Expect a large field for this one, with each player starting off with 25,000 chips. The Monster Stack event will begin on June 21st and also costs $1,500 to enter. 50,000 chips and 60-minute levels should see a large field battling away for several days to determine a winner. The 28th of June sees another smaller buy in tournament with $888,888 guaranteed to the winner. The event is, of course the Crazy Eight’s event which has a buy in of $888.
As ever, those looking to play the WSOP Main Event will have to stump up $10,000. The grandest tournament in the world will begin on July 3rd, consist of 2-hour blind levels and all players involved will start off with 60,000 chips. The guarantee for this event is yet to be set, but with a large field of 7,874 assembling at the Rio for the Main Event last year, this summer should see another healthy turnout.
Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em
$1 million to winner
Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (50+)
APT Finale Philippines 2018: Mikiya Kudo wins the Main Event; Marco Almerez, Bobby Zhang, Kosei Ichinose among the early winners
The end of the year is a busy one for poker players in the region. One of the ongoing festival’s attracting players is the Asian Poker Tour’s last event of the season taking place in the Philippines.
The APT Finale 2018 is currently underway at Resorts World Manila. The festival runs from November 27 to December 6. Half of the games have already concluded including 3 of the 5 guaranteed events. The first featured tournament, the Main Event P10M guaranteed was won last night with Japan’s Mikiya Kudo defeating Korean pro Lim Yohwan at heads up.
Here’s a look at the festival’s early results:
Mikiya Kudo wins the Main Event
The Main Event ran from November 28 to December 2. 307 runners signed up, each one paying the PHP 55,000 buy-in to easily surpass the P10M guarantee. The prize pool settled at PHP 14,889,500 (US$284,500) of which 52 players earned a piece. The largest share of PHP 2,844,500 (US$54,300) went to Japan’s Mikiya Kudo after his impressive performance at heads up against the more seasoned live tournament pro Lim Yohwan.
Mikiya KudoKudo became the 9th APT Main Event champion of the year. His rise began late in Day 3 when he knocked out Sam Welbourne with a full house over a bluff. He also eliminated Che Li Lin to enter the Final 8 round as chip leader with Yohwan trailing in second rank.
The Final 8 was decorated with pros: Kosei Ichinose, Victor Chong, Le Ngoc Khanh, and of course Yohwan. Other than Yohwan who won the APT Philippines II 2018 Championships Event in late-September, everyone else was on the hunt for their first APT major.
Early final table action was dominated largely by Yohwan to steal the lead from Kudo. But where it mattered, at heads up, the momentum reversed. Yohwan was ahead in the count but quickly lost it after Kudo claimed pot after pot. Yohwan could not stop the chips from flowing out and he fell in second place. Kudo claimed his first live tournament career victory and his largest-ever live tournament payout.
Final 8 payouts1st Mikiya Kudo – Japan – PHP 2,844,2002nd Lim Yohwan – Korea – PHP 1,896,1003rd Koji Asaka – Japan – PHP 1,323,8004th Le Ngoc Khanh – Vietnam – PHP 963,6005th Victor Chong – Malaysia – 728,2006th Kosei Ichinose – Japan – PHP 569,0007th Stephen Nathan – UK – PHP 458,0008th Jiego Erquiaga – Philippines – PHP 379,200
Other players reaching the money were: Bobby Zhang (24th), Linh Tran (26th), En Ching Wu (38th), Fu Bang Huang (47th), and Alexis Lim (51st).
Phachara Wongwichit denies Lester Edoc the Super High Roller title
The PHP 500K buying Super High Rollers event saw only three players, Phachara Wongwichit, Soobum Kim, and Lester Edoc. This generated a winner-take-all pot of PHP 1,453,000. Edoc was hot on the hunt for a second APT SHR title, amassing a wide lead over his opponents within the first two levels. After Kim dropped out, Edoc was up 5:1 at heads up however the winds quickly shifted. Wongwichit staged an incredible comeback to overtake Edoc, exposing bluffs and missed draws. A deal was then reached. Wongwichit went on to win it for his first-ever APT title.
Phachara WongwichitPayouts1st Phachara Wongwichit – Australia – PHP 953,0002nd Lester Edoc – Philippines – PHP 500,000
Marco Almerez opens with a win
Kicking off the festival with a big win was local player Marco Almerez. Almerez defeated WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama at heads up of the APT-RWM Opening Event. This was outstanding for Almerez who won the largest local tournament just days prior, the RVS Cup 5 Million Guaranteed Main Event held at the Metro Card Club.
Marco Almerez defeats Mike TakayamaThe opening event attracted 220 runners. With each entry at PHP 11,000, it doubled up the P1M guarantee to PHP 2,134,000 (US$40,700). 37 players got paid with Almerez earning the largest cut of PHP 350,600 (US$6,700).
Final 8 payouts1st Marco Almerez – Philippines – PHP 350,600 (deal)2nd Mike Takayama – Philippines – PHP 300,000 (deal)3rd Czar Ian Marcos – Philippines – PHP 300,000 (deal)4th John Carlo Sayo – Philippines – PHP 151,1005th Chi Hung Ho – Taiwan – PHP 114,2006th Tomohiro Tanaka – Japan -PHP 89,2007th Si Yang Phua – Singapore – PHP 71,9008th Rio Kitaoji – Australia – PHP 59,500
Bobby Zhang and Kosei Ichinose win High Roller titles
After Bobby Zhang cashed at the Main Event in Day 3, he proceeded to win the PHP 107,500 buy-in High Rollers event. The two-day tournament saw 58 entries for a prize pool of PHP 5,626,000 (US$107,500). Many notable pros heated up seats but only 10 players reached the money.
Bobby ZhangPayouts1st Bobby Zhang – Australia – PHP 1,382,800 (deal)2nd Ying Lin Chua – Malaysia – PHP 1,350,000 (deal)3rd Cao Ngoc Anh – VIetnam – PHP 763,2004th Henrik Tollefsen – Norway – PHP 555,5005th Hideo Kudo – Japan – PHP 419,9006th Eunho Kwon – Korea – PHP 328,2007th Mike Takayama – Philippines – PHP 264,3008th Tetsuya Enoki – Japan – PHP 218,6009th Andreas Rauh – Germany – PHP 185,20010th Aso Seitaro – Japan – PHP 158,300
Kosei Ichinose wins the Short Deck High Rollers
Alike Zhang, Kosei Ichinose wasted no time jumping in another event after falling out of the Main Event in 6th place. Ichinose overcame the 16 runners of the Short Deck High Rollers. The event also had a PHP 107,500 buy-in. The prize pool amounted to PHP 1,552,000 (US$29,600).
Kosei IchinosePayouts1st Kosei Ichinose – Japan – PHP 789,200 (deal)2nd Seungsoo Kong – Korea – PHP 530,000 (deal)3rd Julian Hasse – Germany – PHP 232,800
James Auld wins the MSW Deepstack Turbo 1M
Another guaranteed event completed with the MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo just reaching the 1M guarantee. With the buy-in at a very affordable PHP 5,500, it drew 208 entries for a prize pool of PHP 1,008,800 (~US$19,200). Out of that pot, 35 players were paid with Canada’s James Auld earning the grand share of PHP 213,700. Mike Takayama also cashed in this event in 3rd place.
Final 10 payouts1st: James Auld – Canada – PHP 213,7002nd Katsuhiro Mori – Japan – PHP 142,6003rd Mike Takayama – PHP 99,6004th Guilherme Matsunaga – PHP 72,5005th Mark Leonardo – PHP 72,5006th Ricardo Torres – PHP 42,8007th Luis Bernardo – PHP – 34,5008th Mikio Komatsu – PHP 28,5009th Mark Ilin – PHP 24,20010t Yusutake Oka – PHP 20,600
APT Finale Philippines 2018 continues with the second featured tournament setting sail today. The event has a PHP 165,000 (US$3,150) buy-in and a guaranteed pot of PHP 10 Million (US$191,000). There is only one starting day offered which runs today. Players can sign up until the end of the first hour in Day 2. The event runs from December 3 to 6.
Other trophy events are also scheduled including the PHP 2 Million guaranteed Monster Stack event taking place on December 5 to 6. We will have the results for you as soon as it concludes.
Article by Tricia David
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Michael Soyza has enjoyed a close relationship with Natural 8 in recent years and has been seen wearing their logo on several occasions when lifting trophies and playing at the tables. While his affiliation was not official back then, it certainly is now. Natural 8 have announced that Michael Soyza is now part of their group of Team Hot ambassadors for the online brand Natural 8.
Michael Soyza – Photo APTTeam Natural 8
As the newest recruit, Soyza will not look at all out of place among the talented stars already assembled by Natural 8. He is the Malaysia and Asia GPI number 1 ranked player with over US$3,000,000 in live cashes and ranks 14th in the world in the GPI standings. He joins a roster of Natural 8 players which includes Kitty Kuo, Bryan Paris, Dong Kim and Henry Buhler.
Team HotAn exceptional live talent
While speaking to Somuchpoker two months ago, Michael Soyza explained that he had only been pursuing poker full-time for two years. This very short span of time underlines just how steep his trajectory towards the pinnacle of the game has been. His recent tournament results have made him a very well-known player, but Soyza also has plenty of experience in cash games too, having started at $0.03/0.06 and worked his way up the ladder before he turned to poker as a full-time career.
More: GPI Asia #1 Michael Soyza talks success, career and more
First online results
Since the announcement, he has been busy playing in the ongoing GG Series which has US$3.5 million guaranteed. So far, he has registered 129 entries, had 15 finishes in the money and cashed for a total of US$23,921.
Here are some of the highlights of Michael Soyza’s results:
3rd in N8GGS#7 for US$19,916.
Footage of that final table can be found here:
He also chopped the daily US$88 with Natural 8 pro Bryan Paris for US$4,996.
Soyza’s most recent big live result came a few hours ago in the Red Dragon Jeju ₩60M Super High Roller where he took 3rd for ₩376,200,000 (US$335,760).
A full report of the event will be published on Somuchpoker.
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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The social poker application PPPoker has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Initially launched in Asia, PPPoker is now widely used across the World.
While the application is better known by players as a platform on which to organise games between friends, its Global Tournaments series also allows players to compete for prizes. On top of that, PPPoker has recently entered the live poker scene too.
Having grown stronger from these successes the company is preparing itself for a bigger challenge – the PPPoker World Championship (PPWC).
PPWC is a professional global poker tournament series created by PPPoker with a massive guaranteed prize pool of 30,000,000 PHP (Approx. USD$574,665). PPWC will be held between February 15th and 21st 2019, at Resorts World Manila.
PPWC Main Event
The 7-day festival features a PHP 20,000,000 (Approx. USD$383,110) guaranteed Main Event tournament, alongside 15 various other events. The buy in is set at PHP 55,000 (Approx. USD $1,000).
Feb 16: Main Event Day 1AFeb 17: Main Event Day 1BFeb 18: Main Event Day 1CFeb 19: Main Event Day 2Feb 20: Main Event Day 3Feb 21: Main Event Final Day
PPWC TEAMS Event
Additionally, in what promises be one of the highlights of the series, players representing dozens of different countries will compete in the Teams Event for the honour of crowning their nation the PPPoker World Champion. Teams from all around the world are expected to attend this event. The buy in for a team of nine into the event is set at PHP550,000 (approx. USD $10,000)
Feb 15 Team Event Day 1
Feb 16: Team Event Day2
Feb 17: Team Event Day 3
More than ten additional side events are scheduled during the festival. More details on those will be announced in the coming weeks
In the meantime, PPPoker users will have the opportunity to win PPWC Main Event tickets through their in-app Global Tournaments leading up to the series. Register now to join the action at PPWC!
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Jack Sinclair banished the memory of an 8th place finish at the 2017 WSOP in the best way possible last night, winning the WSOPE Main Event for 1,122,239 Euros ($1,279,352). He outlasted a field of 534 players to claim his first career bracelet, besting a final table that included former WSOP Main Event winner, Ryan Riess.
Jack Sinclair – Photo King’s CasinoA star-studded field
The event was a lengthy affair, with 6 days of play leading up to the final table. 7, if you count the two, day 1 starting flights. Many illustrious names descended on King’s Casino in Rozvadov, in the Czech Republic. By the end of the third day, many had fallen by the wayside, but one name really stood out. 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess led the chip counts, with over 4.2 million chips compared to his nearest challenger’s 2.4 million. Igor Kurganov and Sylvain Loosli, both familiar names on the WSOP circuit were also flying high, with two-time bracelet winner Norbert Szesci and Sergio Aido a little further down the order.
Ryan Riess – Photo King’s CasinoAs the next two days passed by, so did the opportunity of victory for all those names, bar one. Ryan Riess seemed to be cruising along serenely, persistently gathering chips and was ever-present around the top of the chip counts.
Sinclair conquers final table
Final Table – Photo King’s CasinoJack Sinclair remained comparatively new to major live events coming into this one. His trip to last year’s WSOP in Las Vegas was his first, and his entry into the Main Event was the first time he had ever bought into an event for $10,000. He proceeded to enjoy an extremely deep run in that tournament, making the final table and finishing 8th place. He once again gave a great display in this WSOPE Main Event, flying somewhat under the radar with Ryan Riess looming large at the final table. While Riess was sliding backwards during the final table, Sinclair was marching onwards. Having entered the final table 4th in the chips he took an early big pot to become one of the main contenders, while Riess eventually faded, falling in 4th place.
Bulgaria’s Krasimir Yankov was soon sent to the rail in 3rd, leaving Sinclair and Hungary’s Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas to fight for the top prize. In the end, it was a one-sided contest, with Bujtas seemingly struggling to find any cards and Sinclair playing excellent poker from the start. Before long, the final chapter of this event had closed. Bujtas was left rueing what might have been, while Sinclair was fastening his first career WSOP bracelet around his wrist.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Jack Sinclair – 1,122,239 Euros ($1,279,352)
2nd – Laszlo Bujtas – 693,573 Euros ($790,673)
3rd – Krasimir Yankov – 480,028 Euros ($547,232)
4th – Ryan Riess – 337,778 Euros ($385,067)
5th – Milos Skrbic – 241,718 Euros ($275,559)
6th – Ihor Yerofieiev – 175,965 Euros ($200,600)
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Excitement is building up at the Asian Poker Tour as they get ready for their last event of the season. The APT Finale Philippines 2018 takes place from November 27 to December 6 at Resorts World Manila with PHP 24 Million (~US$451,000) in guaranteed prizes. 19 trophy events are up for grabs with the Main Event and the Championships Event highlighting the series.
Main Event – PHP 10 Million GuaranteeChampionships Event – PHP 10 Million GuaranteeMonster Stack – PHP 2 Million GuaranteeAPT-RWM Opening Event – PHP 1 Million GuaranteeMegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo – PHP 1 Million Guarantee
Main Event – PHP 10 Million Guaranteed
Getting a look at the first featured tournament, the Main Event comes with a PHP 10 Million (~US$188,500) guarantee. It runs a course of five days from November 28 to December 2. With its highly crafted deep structure, this is revered as one of the top events to play in Asia. Last September in the Philippines, the series saw 306 entries for a prize pool of PHP 14.8 Million.
For a buy-in to of PHP 55,000 (~US$1,040), players start off with a very healthy stack of 500x the opening big blind; levels increase every sixty minutes. Two starting days are offered with late registration closing at the start of Level 10 in Day 2.
Day 1A – Wednesday, November 28Day 1B – Thursday, November 29Day 2 – Friday, November 30Day 3 – Saturday, December 1Final 8, Sunday, December 2
The past edition of the series saw local pro Lester Edoc successfully defend his Philippines Main Event title capturing back-to-back series victories.
Championships Event – PHP 10 Million Guaranteed
The second main feature is the Championships Event which also extends a PHP 10 Million (~US$188,500) guarantee. It runs immediately after the Main Event covering a total of four days from December 3 to 6. Unlike previous versions, only one starting day is offered however late registration still closes at the start of level 10 in Day 2.
Alike the main, this is another APT custom designed deep structured tournament with players starting off with 500x the opening big blind; levels also increase every sixty minutes. With the buy-in much higher than the main, PHP 165,000 (~US$3,110), the Championships Event tends to see a field packed with top pros.
Day 1 – Monday, December 3Day 2 – Tuesday, December 4Day 3 – Wednesday, December 5Final 8 – Thursday, December 6
The Main Event and Championships Event are the most prestigious tournaments of the APT and are definitely the events “not to be missed”. For those looking to try to join in at a lower cost, three satellites per featured event are offered. Resorts World Manila is also running guaranteed satellites to the Main Event every Sunday in November.
The Winning Poker Network´s progressive rake race – “The Beast” – is going to be run daily to see if players prefer this format over the weekly structure.
Today sees the start of Responsible Gambling Week in the UK and Ireland, and a number of poker sites have joined to campaign to support responsible gambling.
The UK Gambling Commission is introducing new rules from 31st October that (hopefully) will result in a fairer gaming environment for all online gamblers.
With more than $8M in live earnings on the international poker circuit, Manig Loeser is one of the most talented German players. He spent his last few weeks in Rozadov for the WSOPE where our reporter Gaelle Jaudon had the chance to meet him.
Manig Loeser – Photo King’s CasinoSomuchpoker: Your first cash was in 2011, and now you have more than $8 million in live winnings. How have you managed your career? Did you always have a plan in your head?
Manig Loeser: Well, in the beginning I didn’t really have a plan. I just knew that’s what I wanted to do, and I tried really hard to become successful at the game and get better. Also, I got really lucky in the beginning. I had the chance to win something big at one of my first tournament. From there, I just tried to increase my winnings and travel more, and that’s worked out so far! But I never really had a plan in mind.
SMP: What were the most difficult periods of your career?
ML: Oh good question… I think it was a few years ago. I lost quite a lot online before the WSOP, and then during two months at the WSOP, I only got two cashes. I was just busting every day. It was tough to go through that downswing, to try to recover and not lose faith in my abilities.
SMP: But you never thought about quitting the game?
ML: No, not really; that never happened.
SMP: We saw you play on different cash game shows. You had a crazy hand with Dan Shak at the Partypoker Millions and here at the Kings Casino live cash game too. What are the limits you usually play, and how often do you play cash games?
ML: I play very often now. I play quite a bit in Macao, at high stakes limits, and whenever there is a big tournament series with big cash games I try to play them too. It always depends on the situation. I can play low limits too, like 10/25, and up to very high limits.
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WSOPE: Ivan Leow conquers €100K Leon’s High Roller, Michael Soyza takes 3rd; Ryan Reiss bags lead at Main Event Day 3
Running alongside the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) bracelet events are a plethora of daily tournaments at host venue King’s Casino. Though the fields have generally been on the lighter side, these games have still produced plenty of thrilling results. Last night, two high ranking Malaysian pros earned the largest payday of their career; Ivan Leow won the €100K Leon’s High Roller event for €1,251,455 (~US$1,422,140) and Michael Soyza finished 3rd for €521,471 (~US$592,594).
We’ve got that story for you below along with an update of the Main Event. 50 players remain at the end of Day 3 with past champion Ryan Reiss at the helm.
Ivan Leow conquers the €100K Leon’s High Roller
Ivan Leow – Photo King’s Casino2018 continues to be a millionaire year for Ivan Seng Yee Leow. The Malaysian pro just shipped his fifth-ever career title and a third seven-figure live tournament payday. All this in six short months. His latest victory was the €100K Leon’s High Roller event topping the 33 entry field for €1,251,455 (~US$1,422,140), his largest live tournament score.
Ever since Leow’s 6th place finish at the HK$1M Triton Super High Roller Main Event in Montenegro in May, he has been shaking up the big leagues. He captured his first career victory later that month at the Oriental Poker Championship HK$100K High Roller event in Macau; earned his first million payout at the Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju at the HK$500K Short Deck Ante Only, then proceeded to win the partypoker Triton Super High Roller event in Russia for another US$1.1 Million.
Final Table Results
1 – Ivan Leow: €1,251,455
2 – Martin Kabrhel: €773,457
3 – Michael Soyza: €521,471
4 – Tony G: €351,579
5 – Dominik Nitsche: €237,038
His rapid rise continued in Korea with a win and a 2nd place finish at the Super High Rollers events, and now Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Prior to his latest victory, Leow final tabled three events, all non-bracelet events, finishing 2nd at the €25,000 King’s Short Deck Championship won by Mikita Badziakouski.
Having had plenty of practice against the big guns the past several months, at Leon’s High Roller event Leow faced off with players the likes of Mikita Badziakouski, Stefan Schillhabel, David Peters, Matt Kirk, Sam Trickett, and Leon Tsoukernik. All of these players failed to reach the money, including Manig Loeser who fell on the bubble.
First to the money was Dominik NItsche who interestingly has cashed in three events in Rozvadov, all of them a 5th place finish. Antanas Guoga aka Tony G, a rare sight in live events these days, pulled off 4th place, and taking 3rd was Michael Soyza.
Alike Leow, Soyza has been tearing up the felt all over the world. Among his numerous victories this year was a big one at the Mid-States Poker Tournament Deepstack Championship Series. He pocketed US$588,249 at the US$1,655 No Limit Hold’em event. That was his largest live score until his recent 3rd place finish in Rozvadov which earned him €521,457 (~US$592,594).
Just as impressive was Martin Kabrhel who recently won his second-ever bracelet at the WSOPE €100K Super High Roller event. Kabrhel finished 2nd to Leow and mounted another big score of €773,457 to his growing list of live earnings.
To further amplify Leow’s incredible performance this year, out of his US$5.55M total live earnings, US$5.43M was claimed just this year. He has now overtaken Wai Kin Yong at The Hendon Mob’s Malaysia All Time Money List. He sits in 4th rank.
PayoutsPrize pool: €3,562,581 (US$3,135,000) – Entries: 33
1st Ivan Seng Yee Leow – Malaysia – €1,251,455 (~US$1,422,140)2nd Martin Kabrhel – Czech Republic – €773,4573rd Michael Soyza – Malaysia – €521,4574th Anatanas Guoga (Tony G) – Lithuania – €351,5795th Dominik Nitsche – Germany – €237,038
Ryan Reiss bags the lead at Main Event Day 3
Ryan Riess – Photo King’s CasinoThe €10,350 No Limit Hold’em Main Event saw 165 players of Day 2 downsize to just 50 players at the end of the night. Sitting at the top with a massive stack was Ryan Reiss – 2013 WSOP Main Event champion. Reiss bagged up 4,233,000 (over 200x the big blind) while his closest competitor was Ivan Gabriell with 2,412,000.
Day 2 chip leader, Dario Sammartino held strong and sits in ninth rank with 1,503,000 and Day 1A chip leader Marco Slacanac is down the rung with 677,000. In addition to Reiss, three WSOP bracelet winners are in the running, Igor Kurganov, Niall Farrell, and Norbert Szecsi. For Day 1B chip leader, Adrian Mateos, he exited outside of the money.
Among the notable players in the money were Rainer Kempe (52nd), Tobias Peters (53rd), Dietrich Fast (59th), Piotr Nurzynski (61st), Jan-Eric Schwippert (67th), Will Givens (76th), Mustapha Kanit (78th), and Ben Heath (80th).
The hunt for the 2018 WSOPE Main Event title continues. The event drew in 534 entries for a prize pool of €5,073,000. The eventual winner is due to pocket the €1,122,239 first prize. We will continue to have WSOPE updates right here in Somuchpoker.com.
Article by Tricia David
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Coming November 9 to 19, the most popular poker room in the Philippines, the Metro Card Club aka Metro will host its biggest event of the year, the RVS CUP 2018 Philippine Poker Championship. Running for a fifth consecutive year, this highly anticipated series once again brings to the table a PHP 5 Million (US$ 93,300) Guaranteed Main Event. Unlike its previous editions, this year’s festival has been extended to 11 days instead of its usual six with ten exciting events to look forward to.
For those unfamiliar with the Metro, many of the country’s top pros got their start at the card room including the first homegrown Filipino WSOP winner, Mike Takayama. Among the numerous reasons that attract players to the Metro tables are the low buy-in tournaments and generous guarantees. The upcoming series is proof of this with the Main Event buy-in at just PHP10,000 (~US$187) and side games ranging from PHP1,650 to PHP11,000. To get things started, over PHP1 Million in additional guaranteed prizes will be offered prior to the main feature.
Pre-Event PHP750K Guaranteed
The RVS CUP 2018 opens with the Pre-Event PHP750K Guaranteed. This is a three-day tournament running from November 9 to 11. Another guaranteed prize pool event is the PHP300K Guaranteed taking place on November 13. This is a scheduled one day tournament. Both events have buy-ins of PHP3,300. Filling up the rest of the days are No Limit Hold’em tournaments with varying formats, Pot Limit Omaha games, and two High Rollers events – High Roller PLO and High Roller Hold’em. These two events extend the largest buy-ins of PHP11,000 each.
Main Event PhP5 Million Guaranteed
Side events aside, the tournament everyone will want to attend is the headliner, the PHP5 Million Guaranteed Main Event. The event runs from November 14 to 19 There are four starting days offered followed by Day 2 and the Final Day. Players begin with a very healthy 20,000 stack (equivalent to 400x the opening big blind). It will utilize the Big Blind Ante format adopted by the WSOP. All starting days have 30 minute levels which increases to 40 minutes for Day 2 and the Final Day. Buy-in is PHP10,000.
Day 1A – Wednesday, November 14
Day 1B – Thursday, November 15
Day 1C – Friday, November 16
Day 1D – Saturday, November 17
Day 2 – Sunday, November 18
Final Day – Monday, November 19
RVS CUP past winners
Metro RVS Cup 2017A brief look back on the RVS CUP’s beginnings, the first event was held in 2014 with 282 runners. That number swelled to 644 the following year, dipped to 562 in 2016, then ballooned to a massive 1,176 last year. The event consistently attracts both local and foreign players, though a non-local has yet to win it. Now on its fifth year, the RVS CUP has become the most hunted Metro title.
Below are the event’s past champions:
Lester Edoc – 2014 champion
Richard Marquez – 2015 champion
Anacleto Quijano – 2016 champion
Christopher Chua – 2017 champion
RVS CUP 2018 Player of the Series
Along with the extended schedule, for the first time the Metro will award an RVS CUP Player of the Series. The player that accumulates the highest number of points throughout the festival earns the title along with a 4D/3N accommodation at The District Boracay with airfare.
More: Complete Schedule
Article by Tricia David
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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.
NGUYEN HONG DIEP
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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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.
CHOON TONG SIOW
KIM DONG TRAN
NGOC QUOC BAO PHAM
Article by Tricia David
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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.
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PENTA KOTA MANOJ
NGUYEN CHI THANH
SOO JO KIM
DINH XUAN DINH
SHYN CHYN LYM
DANG VAN HIEN
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HOANG HONG GIANG
LAM KIM LONG
HUYNH DUC TAI
TRAN HONG HAI
DO MANH TUAN
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WEI CHENG YIN
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HUYNH VAN TAN
LI KWUN NGAI VIVAENT
YEN HAN CHEN
TRAN DUC PHUONG
CHUA SHAN HUI
TA DUY QUOC KHANH
NGUYEN CHI THINH
DAO XUAN KHANH
TRAN XUAN TRUC
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TRAN UY THANH
PHAM THANH TUNG
GAO WEN LING
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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
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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.
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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.
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