- Nguyen defeated Chak Lam Tsang heads-up to win his second title of the year for $177,764
- The tournament pulled in 1,151 entries and now holds the record for the biggest WPT Main Event in Asia
- The next WPT Prime stop will be in Sanremo, Italy
The 2023 World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Vietnam Main Event is now in the books with Duy Thuc Nguyen crowned as the champion. The Vietnamese poker player outlasted a field of 1,151 entries to secure the title and $177,764 in top prize.
Final Table Results
The final table action started with Xizhen Huang as the chip leader. Nguyen came in third, just one big blind behind Chak Lam Tsang. The latter enjoyed a slight boost to his chip stack when he eliminated Jiniong Hu in 9th place for $17,764.
Nguyen then went into action, cracking Satoshi Kuriga’s pocket aces with A4. Kuriga ended his run in 8th place, earning $22,608. Next to go was Julian Warhurst who took home $29,010 for his 7th-place finish.
Nguyen went on to bust three players consecutively – Jaeho Lee (6th, $37,700), Philip Nguyen (5th, $49,457) and Yuhan Liu (4th, $65,559). Start-of-day chip leader Huang was eliminated next, finishing 3rd for $87,753.
Nguyen entered heads-up play against Tsang with a massive chip lead which extended to 5:1 during the final stages of the one-on-one match. In the final hand, Nguyen held Ac10h versus the Jc8c of Tsang on a QsJh8h9h board. Tsang got no help from the 4c river to settle for 2nd place with $118,637 in winnings.
It’s been a great year for Nguyen’s poker career so far, as he also won a high roller event at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Phu Quoc back in March for $34, 234. All in all, the Vietnamese player has scored four final table finishes thus far in 2023, including the two recent victories.
With his latest win, Nguyen now has almost $220,000 in live tournament cashes.
WPT Prime Heads to Sanremo
The 2023 VND 25,000,000 ($1,065) WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event has gone down in history as the largest WPT Main Event in Asia. It is the second-biggest WPT Prime Main Event overall, with the 2023 WPT Prime Gold Coast Main Event a poker event in Australia topping the list with 1,224 entries.
The next WPT Prime series will be held at Casino Sanremo in Sanremo, Italy from June 1-11, with the €1,100 Main Event kicking off on June 7.