World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Taiwan wrapped up its second day of festivities at the Asia Poker Arena in Taipei City, Taiwan. Two players joined the winners circle – Ting Yi Tsai and Moo Jae – to share the top spot in the Player of the Festival race. At other events, 26 players survived Day 1B of the Main Event Warm Up with Yih Chia Shaw bagging the chip lead.
The festival kicked off on August 8 and will run for two weeks, concluding on August 21. The first of four events highlighted by a guarantee is underway. The star attraction is the Main Event featuring a seven figure USD 1,000,000 guarantee. Scroll down for all the info and for the day’s results.
WPT Prime Taiwan – Festival Results
WPT Prime Taiwan – Player Guide
Event 1: Main Event Warm Up – Day 1B results
Yih Chia Shaw – file photo
Opening the festival was the Main Event Warm Up which wrapped up its second and final starting day. It drew a pool of 206 entries with 26 players advancing to the next stage. This brought the total turnout to a combined 368 for a prize pool that eclipsed the TWD 3M guarantee. 47 players secured their spots in money round.
While each returning player is assured a slice of the pot, the top prize and trophy will be most coveted. The player in best position to rein it in is Hong Kong’s Alan Cho Fung Wong who topped Day 1A to earn the overall big stack. Another strong contender is Taiwan’s Yih Chia Shaw who bagged the lead at Day 1B. Other players making the cut were Yu Sheng Lin, Kyle Bao Diep, and Edwin Dela Cruz.
Buy in: TWD 10,000 (~USD 314)
Guarantee: TWD 3,000,000 (~USD 94,300)
Day 1A: 162 entries / 21 advanced (ITM)
Day 1B: 206 entries / 26 advanced (ITM)
Total entries: 368
Prize pool: TBA
ITM: 47 players
Day 2 players
Alan Cho Fung Wong
Kuang Hung Lee
Yan Chen Jiang
Chia Wei Chang
Yih Chia Shaw
Chia Yu Shr
Tsun Fai Lai
Chia Yun Wu
Ming Song Huang
Ka Shun Tsang
Yu Sheng Chien
Wen Yi Tseng
Chang Hau Huang
Seung Yong Yi
Chia Hsiang Ko
Yu Sheng Lin
Chih Hsuan Chiang
You Da Tsai
Chen Wei Tseng
Chen Yun Chien
Wai Kin Lam
Kyle Bao Diep
Shao Hong Yu
Hung Kai Hsu
Edwin Dela Cruz
Lo Chang Ming
Yu Chi Liu
Yu You Ci Tsai
Kun Tai Lu
Tu Fan Tsai
Moo Jae wins the PLO Warm Up
46 took interest in the two-day Pot Limit Omaha Warm Up with 6 players advancing to the final day, each one guaranteed a piece of the TWD 1,307,000 (~USD 41,085) prize pool. Emerging victorious was USA’s Moo Jae for his career first WPT win and a payout of TWD 121,900 (~USD 3,830).
Buy in: TWD 8,000 (~USD 250)
Prize pool: TWD 1,307,000 (~USD 41,085)
ITM: 6 places
Payout in TWD
Min Ho Cho
Bo Ren Chuang
Bo Jia Su
Yan Chen Jiang
Ting Yi Tsai wins the first High Roller event of the festival
Ting Yi Tsai (L), Sparrow Cheung (R)
The Mini High Roller Warm Up title came down between Taiwan’s Ting Yi Tsai and Hong Kong’s Sparrow Park Yu Cheung. While Cheung qualified from Day 1, Tsai was one of the 17 late signups of the final day. Tsai went on to defeat Cheung to claim his first ever WPT trophy and a payout of TWD 806,000 (~USD 25,335).
On the flip side, Day 1 chip leader David Erquiaga was unable to turn his big stack to cash. Also finding the rail were famous South Korean Yohwan “BoxeR” Lim, I-Chun Chiu, and Chao Ting Cheng.
Ting Yi Tsai
Buy in: TWD 66,000 (~USD 2,075)
Prize pool: TWD 2,269,000 (~USD 71,485)
ITM: 6 places
Payout in TWD
Ting Yi Tsai
Park Yu Cheung
Yu Chung Chang
Yen Han Chen
Event 5: Mini Superstack Classic – Day 1 results
The Mini Superstack Classic drew a crowd of 110 entries for a prize pool of TWD 660,000 (~USD 20,745). The night ended with the bubble bursting and 14 players advancing to the next round. We will have the chip counts and payout breakdown as soon as it is available.
Buy in: TWD 6,000 (~USD 190)
Entries: 110 (89 unique, 31 re-entry)
Prize Pool: TWD 660,000 (~USD 20,745)
ITM: 14 places
*To be posted
WPT Player of the Festival
After three completed events, the WPT Player of the Festival race is on! The top three event winners each have 300 points. The player with the most points accrued at the end of the series wins a WPT Passport worth USD 5,000 to any WPT Main Tour in 2023. No other festival in Asia awards a POF prize this big for a single festival.
WPT Prime Taiwan Season XXI Key Highlights
Day 1 is in the books with plenty of action still ahead. WPT Prime Taiwan boasts the richest and most extensive lineup ever announced by the global brand in Asia. A total of 46 trophy events are scheduled highlighted by the Main Event. Make sure to check the schedule link provided for all the details and structure.
WPT Prime Taiwan – Full Schedule
The WPT Prime Main Event gets underway on August 17 and runs until August 21. For a buy in of TWD 33,000 (~USD 1,075), players have a shot at the mighty USD 1,000,000 guarantee. This is the largest tournament prize pool advertised by the WPT for Taiwan. To further display the worth of this event, the champion will receive a 2023 WPT World Championship seat worth USD 10,400. The WPT value-adds airfare and accommodation.
Other big events are the Mystery Bounty TWD 5,000,000 (~USD 162,245) guaranteed from August 11 to 13 and 8 Max Championship TWD 2,000,000 (~USD 65,150) guaranteed from August 14 to 15.
For high rollers, the CTP High Stakes Challenge is the most expensive with buy in of TWD 300,000 (~USD 9,475). The WPT Prime Super High Roller and WPT Prime High Roller 3K are also big wig favorites and are certain to attract the creme de la creme of the region.
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