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Once again, U Series of Poker (USOP) has broken bounds! At USOP Hanoi, high roller events have been enjoying the same level of popularity as lower-tiered events, a fact that was overwhelmingly evident during the much-anticipated Superstar Challenge.

Conceived by host venue Crown Poker Club, the beloved homegrown tournament attracted an outstanding 94 entries (52 unique) to easily surpass the previous 62-entry Vietnam record for a shattering VND 10.2 Billion  (~USD 424,000) prize pool.

superstar challenge winner 2
Hoang Hai Nam aka Luckyman9999

After two days of intense showdowns and fantastic poker action, Vietnam’s own Hoang Hai Nam “Luckyman9999” staged an impressive comeback at three-handed to steal the win and lock up a career high payout of VND 3,000,000 (~USD 124,560).

This specific event had posed a significant challenge for Hoang in the past. Last year, he narrowly missed the top spot twice at previous festivals, finishing in runner-up position. However, in this latest showdown, he conquered, defeating Malaysia’s Ian Lee at heads up.

You can relive the final table race to victory via the livestream channel:

Date: September 3 to 4, 2023
Buy in: VND 120,000,000 (~USD 5,074)
Guarantee: VND 2,500,000,000 (~USD 103,800)
Entries: 94 (42 unique)
Prize pool: VND 10,212,100,000  (~USD 424,000)
ITM: 14 places

Place Player
1 Hoang Hai Nam 3,000,000,000
2 Lee Tse Ian 1,900,000,000
3 Oshiro Gakuto 1,170,000,000
4 Nguyen Van Sang 781,100,000
5 Abhinav Iyer 576,000,000
6 Allen Michael Josheph 456,000,000
7 Pham Alan Anh-Minh 385,000,000
8 Agarwal Sahil 336,000,000
9 Do Quang Trinh 298,000,000
10 Teoh Minh Hong 270,000,000
11 Pham Duy Anh 270,000,000
12 Kitazato Yohei 270,000,000
13 Husson Pierre 250,000,000
14 Benloch Florent Remi 250,000,000

Event Recap

usop sschallenge bubble

The Superstar Challenge was a two-day affair attracting many well known high profilers. Among them were David Erquiaga, Alex Lee, William Jia, Nguyen Quang Minh, to mention a few. While all of them missed the mark, it was Yeh Hung-Wei who fell the hardest with As7c unable to improve against Michael Allen’s KsKc on the bubble.

usop hanoi superstar challenge final table

Day 2 proceeded with 14 players returning led by Hoang. Pierre Husson was hunting down his third final table but it was not to be as the Frenchman finished 13th. WSOP Online bracelet winner Teoh Ming Hong aka Paul Teoh exited in 10th place to form the final table.

Make sure to relive the action via the livestream. To briefly retell Hoang’s swinging game to the top. At three-handed, the majority of chips were divided between Hoang and famous Japanese star GACKT. The top two switched when Lee doubled up through Hoang with 7d7h full house over Ah6s straight on a board 9d5h9c8d7s.

ss chalenge gackt

Following the loss, Hoang continued to drop down to just 7 bb when he landed a much needed double up off Lee. The momentum carried, and mixed with timed aggression, Hoang reclaimed the top spot. To reach heads up, Hoang hero-called on a board Kh5dQhJd6d to eliminate GACKT who pushed with Jc10s. Hoang had KcKs set.


Heads up was just one hand. Hoang pushed with {s}7d, Lee called for his tournament life with Ad3s, the board ran 2c8h7h2s8c.


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