The World Poker Tour set foot for the first time in Vietnam and the decision was totally worth it. The nine-day long festival came to a wrap with a lot of exciting news, here’s a quick look at the highlights.
- The number of entries sky rocketed to over 2200, amassing a prize pool of VND 30 billion.
- WPT’s Main Event recorded the largest attendance in Asia during their India tour last year with 527 entries. This record was broken at the WPT Vietnam series this year with 679 entries and the largest ever live tournament poker prize pool of VND 13,172,600,000 (US$565,000), now that’s a story worth telling in history!
- The felts had a star-studded player line up including WPT multi winner Sam Panzica, Marvin Rettenmaier, and WSOP bracelet winners Mike Takayama and John Phan.
- The Indian Tri Colour stole all the glory this time, when Dhaval Mudgal came out victorious in the Main Event. He took home his first ever international title and a whopping VND 2,427,580,000 (US$104,000)! Well-deserved win! Catch details of his win here.
- Team India had a representation of 40 explosive players who made a dent in the WPT Vietnam series. Zarvan Tumboli and Akshay Nasa joined Mudgal in taking home trophies for the WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup and Deepstack Turbo respectively.
- The high roller event saw Abhinav Nataraj in action and close to another big win for India. However, he fell short and settled for 6th.
- The High Roller event recorded 224 players and it was Vietnam’s Dinh Xuan Dinh who took home 2,072,600,000 (US$88,650)
- The last day of the WPT Vietnam leg also crowned the WPT Asia Swing contest winner. While it was between Japan’s Takao Shimizuand Canada’s Kevin Ayow who were in close contention. Ayow made no mistake and took down the WPT Superstack Classic and the WPT India Main event package!
What a glorious innings it has been for Vietnam. This brings the Vietnam leg of the race to an end. The next WPT will take place in India from November 13th – 19th. Stay tuned for all the action.