Dao Minh Phu wins Triton Poker Vietnam $50,000 High Roller
Dao Minh Phu won his first major live poker tournament title in his native Vietnam, topping a field of 139 entrants in 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series Vietnam Eight Max No Limit Hold’em event with a $50,000 buy-in to win the trophy and $1,670,000.
“I only learned poker three years ago,” Phu said triton Reporter. “This is my first time playing a major tournament and I’m so happy.”
Phu also earned 1,122 card player Player of the Year points for the win, enough to catapult him to 62nd place in 2023 POY Race classifications sponsored by Global Poker.
This event took place over the course of two days at Hoiana Resort & Golf in Quang Nam. After more than 7 hours of Day 2 action, the final nine players came together at a single table. The first elimination at the unofficial nine-handed final table came when bracelet winner Sam Greenwood ran his AQ against his teammate’s pocket aces World Series of Poker World Champion Ben Heath. Greenwood couldn’t find the miracle runout and was sent home in ninth place ($166,800).
The next knockout started out as a classic preflop chiller and then turned into a rollercoaster ride for both players. The chips came preflop with online tournament superstar Linus Loeliger holding QQ while bracelet winners and World Poker Tour Champion Dan Smith had AK. Löliger was slightly ahead preflop, but took an even bigger lead when the first three cards fell to KQ5 to give it a middle set. The A on the turn, Smith dealt aces and kings, giving him a chance to eventually improve to a higher full house if an ace or king rolled off the deck. The A appeared on the river and gave Smith aces full for the win. Loeliger earned $215,500 in eighth place while Smith climbed the chip top after the wild hand.
Heath’s run in this event ended when his pocket jacks failed to beat Biao Ding’s AQ. A queen-high flop sent Ding charging forward, and the turn and river didn’t change anything. Heath took home $291,800 for his seventh place finish, taking his career earnings to nearly $15.5 million.
Karl Chappe-Gatien, who won his first live title in the $40,000 short deck event at the Triton Mediterranean Poker Party last short stack in last year with J-10 just to wake up Ding with pocket aces. Ding’s Monster held and Chappe-Gatien was eliminated in sixth place ($389,000).
European Poker Tour Champion Patrik Antonius moved all in with KJ and faced Phu’s pocket sixes. Antonius found no help from the board and was sent to the rails in fifth place ($497,000). The Finnish high-stakes star now has more than $14 million in career earnings after that recent deep run.
The last four all started with over 20 big blinds. Smith dropped to the bottom of the leaderboard after losing a coinflip with overcards to a pocket pair for Ding. Smith managed to outlast Viacheslav Buldygin, however, with the Russian player’s pocket kings being passed by the QJ of an up-and-coming Thing, who made a queen-high straight to take a healthy lead when playing in threes.
Ding continued to build as his A-10 suit held up against a short-stacked Smith’s K-7. Ding hit a pair of tens to win the pot, sending Smith into third place ($750,500). The score brought his lifetime total to $40,872,427, good for eighth on the all-time money list.
Heads-up play began with Ding having an almost 2-1 chip advantage over Phu. A big early confrontation caused that gap to narrow significantly. Phu was soon ahead, only to put Ding back in front after winning a big pot with trips. The tables turned again when Phus held AJsuited against Ding’s A-8 in a preflop showdown. Ding stayed on his toes and although he managed to double up he was soon all in and in danger again. This time Ding K stoppedQ and competed against A10for poo The board came down K8th239 and Phu rivered the nut flush to beat Ding’s second-nut flush. Ding took home $1,135,000 in runner-up.
Here’s a look at the payouts and POY Points awarded at the final table:
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Photo credit: Joe Giron / Triton Poker.
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