We are well past the mid-year mark and it is prime time to update everyone on the exciting Player of the Year races in Asia.
Pete Yen Han Chen leads both the GPI Overall Asia and GPI Asia POY 217 standingsPete Chen – Photo WPT
2017 has been a year of fireworks for Pete Yen Han Chen and to think the year isn’t even close to being over. Since January, Chen has cashed big in a multitude of events, something he tends to drive higher each year. In addition to his four and five digit scores, he claimed two enormous six-figure payouts, one for his victory at WPT Beijing, and the other at the WSOP 2017 where he nearly captured a bracelet, finishing just one spot shy of the shine.
Currently, Chen’s stats puts him right at the top of both the GPI Overall Asia standings and the GPI Asia POY 2017 race. While he has a sizable lead in the POY race, the numbers are much tighter at the Overall Asia battle with Xixiang Luo and Yang Zhang both just a stone’s throw away.
GPI Overall Asia current standings
#1 Pete Yen Han Chen – 2,454.78
#2 Xixiang Luo – 2,442.58
#3 Yang Zhang – 2.401.78
#4 Nipun Java – 2,177.53
#5 Quan Zhou – 2,167.10
GPI POY 2017 standings
#1 Pete Yen Han Chen – 2,542.69
#2 Xixiang Luo – 1,937.72
#3 Yang Zhang – 1,921.55
#4 Park Yu “Sparrow” Cheung – 1800.18
#5 Yan Shing “Anson” Tsang – 1,766.24
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa leading the APT POY 2017 race
No longer are Iori Yogo and Samad Razavi holding court in the Asian Poker Tour circuit. This year, a new player has taken control of the APT Player of the Year 2017 race. Though he isn’t exactly new to the scene. That player is Tetsuya Tsuchikawa, one of the most highly respected players in the game and one of the pioneers of poker in his home country of Japan.
Tsuchikawa has been on a roll since APT Macau 2017 earning quite a rack of points with his multiple victories and cashes. Due to his outstanding performance, he was awarded the APT Player of the Series title. From there, it has been no brakes for the Japanese pro. He picked up more APT trophies and profits at the subsequent events to take the lead position in the APT POY. He will however need to continue to lock up more points with fellow compatriot Yoichi Uesugi trailing very close behind.
APT Player of the Year 2017 standings
#1 Tetsuya Tsuchikawa – 767.35
#2 Yoichi Uesugi – 711.49
#3 Hung Sheng Lin – 626.56
#4 Sano Mitsuru – 424.45
#5 Hailong Huang – 368.84
Park Yu Sparrow Cheung takes the lead in the 2017 Asia Player of the Year race
Now that the PokerStars Festival Manila has concluded, the stats are up and a new boss has taken over the high chair of the Asia Player of the Year race. Hong Kong’s Sparrow Park Yu Cheung usurped fellow countryman Alan King Lun Lau midway through the festivities and finished the series with a total of nine cashes overall, six of which were final table appearances and one title.
But of course we can’t neglect the other powerhouse players vying for the throne. Second position Lau is just an earshot away from retaking the lead and he is decorated with a 2015 APOY title. Though not very close in points is 2014 APOY champion, Pete Yen Han Chen. He currently ranks 4th. If he intends to catch up with the leader, he has a lot of ground to cover for the rest of the year.
Asia Player of the Year – Standings as of day ending July 30,2017
#1 Park Yu Sparrow Cheung – 7,971
#2 Alan King Lun Lau – 7,413
#3 Tse Ian Lee – 7,058
#4 Pete Yen Han Chen – 6,020
#5 Jack En Ching Wu – 5,014
Article by Triccia David