Dung Nguyen Wins WSOP $1,500 NLHE For $607,200

Dung Nguyen Wins WSOP $1,500 NLHE For $607,200Dung Nguyen only played WSOP Event#38: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em because his friend persuaded him to give it a go after offering to put up half the tournament buy-in. That proved quite the fateful decision in the end as the US pro proceeded to win his first WSOP bracelet in the competition, while both friends also had a pleasant $607,200 payday to share out between them.
However, at one stage Dung Nguyen, 37, looked to be on his way out of the event having seen his chips diminish to just a short-stack before his luck changed. As Dung Nguyen explains:
“I went to dinner break on the first day and I only had 4,000. I thought I was done. I came back and doubled up three times in a row and that was it. Everything just fell right from there.”
By the time Day 3 had been reached, Dung Nguyen had then managed to make his way through the 2,502 player field and reach the nine man final table in pole position.
Subsequently, Dung Nguyen scored his first elimination after being dealt Q-Q and enticing Jeffrey Manza (K-10) to commit himself on a 10-7-5 flop. As a result, Manza was out in 8th ($58,874), while Nguyen commandeered 40% of the chips in play.
Dung Nguyen’s (A-K) next victim was Kristijonas Andrulis (K-Q) in 6th  ($103,995) before later eliminating Jahanguiri in 3rd ($267,241), having been dealt K-9 and 3-betting Bahman Jahanguiri who proceeded to re-shove with Q-J. The board then ran out 9-5-5-3-10 to usher in the heads-up phase of the tournament between Dung Nguyen and Theo Tran.
Starting with an 8 to 1 chip advantage, before long Nguyen (Q-10) had Tran (A-K) all-in, but the 8-4-3-10-J sealed Tran’s fate, who exited the runner-up for $377,565, while Dung Nguyen captured a prestigious gold bracelet and the $607,200 top prize.
Reflecting on his impressive performance, Nguyen commented: “The cards were just falling right today. I wasn’t even going to play. My buddy over there talked me into playing. It was like destiny or something.”
The final table payouts were as follows:
1. Dung Nguyen – $607,200
2. Theo Tran – $377,565
3. Bahman Jahanguiri – $267,241
4. Blair Hinkle – $192,734
5. David Pham – $140,736
6. Kristijonas Andrulis – $103,995
7. Zachary Korik – $77,791
8. Jeffrey Manza – $58,874
9. Tyler Patterson – $45,087

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