Nguyen Van Trung leads followed by Norbert Koh

From the start, many notable players were in action such as Iori Yogo, Le Ngoc Khanh, SJ Kim, Natalie Teh, Lim Yohwan, Feng Zhao, Huy Coshet, however by the end of the scheduled 13 rounds, most were missing in the 31 player round up. Successfully navigating to the very top was Vietnam’s own Nguyen Van Trung trailed closely by Singapore’s Norbert Koh.

Nguyen Van Trung

Taking a closer look at the overall chip leader, Nguyen Van Trung may not be a familiar face in the live tournament circuit but after today, players will be keeping a tight watch on him. Trung racked up a dominating stack halfway through the day and continued to pile it in until the final buzzer. He amassed 394,000.

In second rank was a player seemingly the direct opposite of the leader, poker pro Norbert Koh. Unlike Trung, Koh is a very familiar figure in the Asian circuit, especially in Vietnam where he has enjoyed multiple deep runs throughout the year. At the DSO, Koh shipped a double up late in the day with A-K over A-J to send his stack zooming into the upper tier. He closed with 380,500.

Both Trung and Koh were the only two players to reach the 300k marker. Among the notable players also making it through were Vi Khoa, Tzai Phua Wei, Pham Bao, Nguyen Quoc Vu, and Steffen Endres. All of these players along with everyone in the list below will be returning on Friday, November 16 for the race to the inaugural DSO Vietnam title. Only the top 20 places will earn a piece of the VND 1,344,420,000 (US$57,680) prize pool with the eventual winner claiming the VND 361,340,000 (~US$15,490) first prize.

Here’s a look at the chip counts with Final Day seat assignments:

COUNTRY NAME CHIPS TABLE SEAT
VIETNAM NGUYEN VAN TRUNG 394,000 4 6
SINGAPORE NORBERT KOH 380,500 3 9
VIETNAM PHAN TRONG LINH 269,000 3 8
VIETNAM NGUYEN THE ANH 242,500 5 3
CHINA XIAOXIN HE 239,500 5 8
FINLAND PASI HEINANEN 235,000 4 7
FRANCE LE 226,500 2 6
VIETNAM VI KHOA 218,000 5 7
VIETNAM NGUYEN QUOC HUNG 216,500 5 2
VIETNAM LY ANH MINH 210,500 2 4
VIETNAM PHAM BAO 160,000 4 3
HONG KONG HWANG SANG YEON 157,500 2 3
VIETNAM NGUYEN QUOC VU 140,000 4 2
VIETNAM PHAM ZHANH TUNG 137,500 4 4
VIETNAM NGUYEN VAN TU 135,500 3 2
JAPAN YOSUKE IWATA 122,000 3 6
MALAYSIA CHUNG FAI 114,000 3 3
VIETNAM TRAN XUAN TRUO 112,500 3 1
SINGAPORE SEAN CHA 99,000 5 9
JAPAN GO MORI 98,000 5 1
GERMANY STEFFEN ENDRES 93,000 5 6
VIETNAM TRAN VAN QUAN 85,000 3 4
VIETNAM TRAN KIM 84,000 4 8
SINGAPORE PHUA TZAI WEI 83,000 2 9
THAILAND CHINNACT T 80,500 2 7
HONG KONG NG PUI CHEUNG 72,000 3 7
VIETNAM THANH MAI TRUO 55,000 5 4
VIETNAM TRAN HONG HAI 51,500 2 8
KOREA SAE HUNG AN 48,000 2 1
VIETNAM NGHIEN QUANG HUY 39,500 2 2
MALAYSIA WONG WAZ YEN 32,500 4 1