Finally, the World Poker Tour (WPT) has crowned its first ever WPT Prime Main Event champion and it is none other than India’s ace player Zarvan Tumboli who overcame a record field of 777 entries and a tough final table to earn career high $131,394 (approximately INR 1.02 Crore). He eventually outlasted fellow pro Ashish Munot at heads up to clinch the first ever WPT Prime Main Event title.
It was the second WPT trophy for Tumboli who had won his first WPT trophy in the 2018 WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup by taking down the WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup event for a hefty payday of VND 246,950,000. He happens to be the second Indian to win the WPT Vietnam Main Event after the musician turned poker pro Dhaval Mudgal who was the first Indian to win the WPT Vietnam Main Event in 2018.
The VND 25 Million ($1,080) buy-in event ran from May 26 to 30 and logged in a record 777 entries, making it the biggest one for WPT in Asia. The action unfolded at Crown Poker Club in Hanoi, Vietnam from . Day 2 of the event saw 97 players returning for one of nine seats on the final table.
- Buy in: VN₫ 25,000,000 (~US$ 1,080)
- Guarantee: VN₫ 8,000,000,000
- Total Entries: 777
- Prize pool: VN₫ 17,131,373,700 (~US$ 739,219)
- Places Paid: 97 places
Interestingly, the 9-handed final table had not one but two Indian players and it was set Zarvan Tumboli (6,550,000 – 131 BBs) holding a commanding lead. Giving him company on the FT was the fellow pro and the 018 WPT India Main Event champion Ashish Munot (1,025,000 – 21 BBs) who did amazingly well, stacking up nicely and reaching the heads-up against his fellow country man Tumboli. It was a historic moment for India as it was the first time that we saw two Indians battling it out for the WPT main event title. Finally, this historic dual ended with Tumboli emerging victorious.
There were a total of 97 players paid out. Apart from the 30-year old Tumboli and Monut, there were nine other Indians to cash the event, including Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni (22nd for $4,739), Jasven Saigal (27th for $4,006), Gaurav Sood (36th for $3,446), Laksh Pal Singh (54th for $2,628), MPL Poker Team Pro Dhaval Mudgal (57th for $2,369), recent WPT Prime Vietnam Event #15 winner & WSOP champion Aditya Sushant (85th for $1,852) & Harsh Dembla (94th for $1,745).
Final Table Payouts
- Zarvan Tumboli – $131,394
- Ashish Munot – $87,237
- Trung Van Nguyen – $64,620
- Minh Quang Nguyen – $48,034
- Denis Pham – $36,187
- Tuan Anh Tran – $27,571
- Do Kwan Nam – $21,109
- Trung Nam Tran – $16,408
- Tien Van Pham – $12,924