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WPT Prime Returns to Vietnam in May to Seek a New Record

The 2023 edition of WPT Prime Vietnam will occur from May 16-29 at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi City. Last year’s edition boasted a record 777 entries, making it the largest WPT tournament ever in Vietnam. This year that record may be beaten. The WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event will start on May 25th with 3 starting flights. The buy in will be $1,000 and the event will offer a guaranteed prize pool of $511,000.

The WPT Prime Vietnam Festival

The festival offers 38 events with entries ranging from $140 to the Billionaire Club High Stakes Challenge at $9,000. The action will begin on May 16 with an Opener event with a $375 buy-in. This event offers three starting rounds and a $85,000 guaranteed prize pool. Additionally, WPT Prime Vietnam offers a guaranteed prize pool of $1.2 million to be distributed among all tournaments in the series.

The featured events:

#EventDateBuy-InGTD Prize Pool
1WPT OpenerMay 16-18$375$85,000
2Single Day High RollerMay 16$2,300
6Mystery BountyMay 18-21$468$127,000
9Billionaire Club ChallengeMay 19$9,000
15Megastack High RollerMay 21$3,200
18Warm UpMay 22-24$703$85,000
20WPT Ladies EventMay 22$140
27WPT Prime Main EventMay 25-29$1,066$511,751
28Super High RollerMay 25-26$4,200

 

You can see the complete schedule and structures of all the WPT Prime Vietnam events in this link.

The Main Event

Schedule:

  • Day 1A: Thursday, May 25 at 11 AM (play till field is in the money)
  • Day 1B: Friday, May 26 at 11 AM (play till field is in the money)
  • Day 1C: Saturday, May 27 at 11 AM (play till field is in the money)
  • Day 2: Sunday, May 28 at 11 AM (play till the final table has been reached)
  • Final Table: Monday, May 29 at 12 PM

Structure:

  • Buy-In: $1,066
  • Starting Stack: 30,000 chips (150 big blinds)
  • Guaranteed Prize Pool: $511,751
  • Ante Format: Big Blind Ante
  • Blind Levels: 40 minutes during Day 1 and 60 minutes during Day 2 and Final Table
  • First Blind Level: 100/200 with 200 Big Blind Ante
  • Late Registration: registration closes at the start of Level 7
  • Payouts: 12.5% of the field

WPT Prime Vietnam

The WPT Prime Vietnam Venue

Crown Poker Club is located at 214 Hao Nam, 7th floor of NHS Center, Dong Da in Hanoi. The lounge features 30 poker tables and has its own kitchen offering a wide variety of dishes. It is equipped with the latest table system and the best live streaming devices available.

The WPT Prime Vietnam festival organizers are offering a variety of packages to players that include lodging at the Pullman Hotel, breakfast, a 20% discount on food and beverages for $95 per night. To qualify for this price individuals must play the Main Event, the Warm-Up, or one of the High Roller events. For more information please email [email protected].

The City

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second largest city in the country after Ho Chi Minh City. It is located in the northern part of the country, on the right bank of the Red River just over 1,000 miles north of Ho Chi Minh City and about 75 miles west of Hải Phòng, Vietnam’s main port.

The ten most popular attractions in Hanoi are: the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Water Puppet Theatre, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, The Perfume Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son, Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi Old Quarter, Ba Vi National Park, Hanoi Opera House, and the Temple of Literature.

WPT Prime Vietnam Hanoi

Past Editions of WPT in Vietnam

The World Poker Tour visited Vietnam five times, starting in 2014 with the WPT Dragon Series. The most recent edition was last year with the new WPT Prime circuit. Below are all the champions of the Vietnam main events:

EventDateBuy-InEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
WPT Dragon SeriesApril 2014$10K10$100KJiang Yu$28K
WPT DeepStacksOctober 2018$1K679$566KDhaval Mudgal$104K
WPT DeepStacksMarch 2019$1K686$652KVicent Chauve$119K
WPT DeepStacksSeptember 2019$2.4K373$983KHamish Crawshaw$163K
WPT PrimeMay 2022$1K777$738KZarvan Tumboli$131K

Last year’s edition of WPT Prime Vietnam registered a record 777 entries (the largest WPT tournament ever in Vietnam) and distributed $738,020 in prizes among the top 96 players. Two players from India defined the tournament: Ashish Munot took second, winning $87K, while the champion was Zarvan Tumboli, winning the biggest prize of his career: $131,394.

Will it be possible to surpass the 777 entries in the Main Event this year? During 2023 the WPT Prime circuit has thus far passed through Paris (1,071 entries), Gold Coast (1,224), Cambodia (1,011), Amsterdam (1,000) and India (857). Will WPT Vietnam Prime top the 1,000 entry mark to become the largest WPT field in Vietnam yet? We will soon find out.

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Santiago is a longtime veteran of the poker industry, having written primarily about the game in Argentina since 2009. He has published hundreds of articles in Sudamerican Poker and Pokerlogia, and has provided live media coverage at the WSOP Main Event in 2015 and 2019. In addition to being a former columnist in PokerFace Magazine, […]

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