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The U Series of Poker Hanoi Mystery Bounty 3BN guaranteed event stole the spotlight as hordes of players poured in the Crown Poker Club for the final two heats. In the aftermath, it amassed a collective 388 entries boosting the total entry count to an impressive 496 and swelling the prize pool to VND 3,127,200,000 (~USD 129,840).
As Day 2 approaches, 63 players are set to return, each one guaranteed a minimum payout of VND 12,000,000 (~USD 500) while the ultimate champion is poised to seize a handsome VND 610,000,000 (~USD 25,325).
In addition to the top prize, the players have a chance at the juicy bounty rewards, which for this event, ranges from VND 5,000,000 (~USD 210) to a generous VND 300,000,000 (~USD 12,450). For a bit of a twist, the second largest bounty reward of VND 200,000,000 (~USD 8,300) will be set aside for the final table.
Mystery Bounty review
Date: September 1 to 3, 2023
Buy in: VND 11,000,000 (~USD 465)
Guarantee: VND 3,000,000,000 (~USD 124,560)
Total entries: 496
Prize pool: VND 3,127,200,000 (~USD 129,840)
Bounty pool: VND 1,683,900 (~USD 69,915)
ITM: 63 players
Top 10 entering Day 2
|1||Vu Thai Bao||Vietnam||753,000||126|
|2||Dinh Quang Vu||Vietnam||476,000||79|
|4||Tran Hoang Hoa||Vietnam||407,000||68|
|6||Nguyen Van Dan||Vietnam||361,000||60|
|7||Nguyen Doan Trung Hieu||Vietnam||349,000||58|
|8||Nguyen Manh Trung||Vietnam||336,000||56|
|10||Luong Van Quang||Vietnam||330,000||55|
Chips in play: 12,400,000
Average stack: 196,825
Day 2 opening blinds: 3000-6000 ante 6000
When action resumes on Sunday, September 3, 2023, Day 1A chip leader Vu Thai Bao will bring in the largest stack of 126 bb, that’s nearly 50 bb more than his closest challenger Dinh Quang Vu who bagged up the largest stack at Day 1B of 79 bb. Dinh outpaced the 197 entry field, earning a large portion of his stack on a lucky two-outer with against on a board . 25 players advanced from this heat.
Over at Day 1C, another 191 was added to the entry pool. As the bubble approached, several players were in contention for the chip lead until India’s Arjanveer Chadha knocked out a player with big slick dominating the a shorter stack’s Ace-Five suited. Chadha bagged up 75 bb to earn third rank entering Day 2. The heat closed with Nguyen Doan Trung Hieu lucking out on the river with against seeing a board run out . Nguyen racked up 58 bb to put in 7th rank.
USOP Hanoi – VND 32 Billion in guarantees
USOP Hanoi is the young brand’s third event since its break out to the live scene on February 2023. With its variety of offerings and buy ins that cater to all types of bankrolls, the USOP has quickly become one of the most sought after festivals in the region.
If you haven’t heard yet, for this edition, the brand has spiced up the schedule with VND 32 Billion in guaranteed prize pools. Games run from September 1 to 11, 2023. The star attraction is the Main Event which carries a mighty VND 12 Billion guarantee, that’s over half a million USD! Mark these dates, Main Event runs from September 7 to 11, 2023. Buy in is VND 25,000,000 (~USD 1,060).
Hoodies have become the go-to choice of table attire for poker players, and at USOP, participants who register and have their chips in play during Level 1 of the Main Event will be gifted the newest USOP hoodie. It’s advisable to join on Day 1A as supply is limited to a total of just 250 pieces.
In addition to the Heads Up Challenge, several new events have also been added. One of the most enjoyable will be the Tag Team Event. Strategy is the key. The winning team will receive two trophies, one for each player. Buy in is VND 6,600,000 per player / VND 13,200,000 per team. Teammates must register together. Event takes place on September 8, 2023.
The first 8 levels is individual play with teams battling at separate tables. As soon as Level 9 kicks in, teammates combine their stacks and play Tag Team poker from then on. Teammates can switch off anytime as long as they are not in an active hand.
Other new events to look out for are listed below:
Run It Twice – September 3, 2023
Mixed NLH/PLO – September 5, 2023
Freezeout – September 10, 2023
|Mini High Roller||September 1, 2023|
|High Roller Warm Up||September 2, 2023|
|Mystery Bounty||September 3, 2023|
|Superstar Challenge||September 4, 2023|
|High Roller Superstack||September 4, 2023|
|Mini Main Event||September 6, 2023|
|High Roller Megastack||September 6, 2023|
|Super High Roller||September 7, 2023|
|Heads Up Challenge||September 8, 2023|
|Main Event||September 11, 2023|
|High Roller Finale||September 11, 2023|
Final table promo
In addition to the Hoodie promo, players that reach the final table of any trophy event will receive a newly designed USOP cap. Three colors are available: black, white, and pink.