Every year we see poker players achieve huge milestones such as reaching the top of the GPI country ranking, turning a satellite ticket to a goldmine, winning that first life changing million dollars, and for some, breaking a world record. Last week Hong Kong pro Edward Chun Ho Yam did exactly that.
While attending the Boyaa Poker Tournament (BPT) in Taiwan, Yam broke the world record for most cashes in a calendar year. The record was previously held by Hong Kong Poker Players Association (HKPPA) chairman, Park Yu “Sparrow” Cheung with 67 cashes in 2017. Yam is now at 68 cashes. And with the year not nearly over, heis on his way to setting a new Guinness World Record.
HKPPA chairman Cheung was very thrilled,
“A record is meant to be broken. To see one of my best friends, and a top player from HK breaking the record makes me very happy. Edward’s poker ability and his dedication to the game is second to none. I am absolutely delighted for him.”
HKPPA Managing Director Stephen Lai shared his sentiment,
“Edward’s strive for success is an inspiration to us all. He has been in the scene for as long as I can remember, and his latest achievement is well deserved. We are only half way through 2019, let’s see if he will set an unassailable record for future to-be record breakers to chase!”
Edward Yam’s 2019 run
Edward Yam’s first live tournament was back in 2010 however it wasn’t until 2017 did he begin to rack up a significant number of earnings. That year he cashed 27 times then followed it up with 28 in 2018. This year, he broke that personal high hitting 29 cashes in March at the WPT Vietnam Shootout Flight #1 finishing 8th out of 120 players.
Backtracking to the start of the year, Yam was seen at 9 final tables before claiming his first victory of 2019. In early February, he won the Paradise Poker Series 3 – High Roller in Korea. This earned him KRW 24,674,000 (~US$ 21,961). Other deep runs with double digit payouts were: APT Taiwan High Rollers finishing 3rd for NT$ 442,600 (~US$ 14,370) and WPT Vietnam High Roller event finishing 5th for VND 450,520,000 (~US$ 19,467)
In May, he seized another High Roller victory, this time at the Japan Highroller Festival 7 in Busan, Korea for KRW 13,750,000 (~US$ 11,546).
In addition to accumulating cashes galore, Yam won the APT Korea Seoul 2019 Player of the Series title for cashing in six events. This was an improvement from his previous APT POS 3rd place at the APT Kickoff Vietnam 2019.