Asia’s leading online poker platform is on a roll, taking the industry’s top pros under its wing in promotion of its fastest-growing network. Just recently, Natural8 has partnered with well-known pro Pete Yen Han Chen, including him in their roster of ambassadors. Chen is set to represent the platform on both live and online games alongside Team Hot members Kitty Kuo, Kosei Ichinose, Michael Soyza and seven more established pros.
Hailing from Taiwan, Pete Chen began his poker journey back in 2013 and has earned over US$3 million in recorded poker earnings within the span of seven years. While the impressive 31-year old began his career playing cash games recreationally, his move to Macau introduced him to the live tournament scene in which he continuously found success. To date, Chen ranks third in Taiwan’s all-time money list and currently leads GPI Asia rankings for 2020’s Player of the Year award.
Impressive live scene results
The first substantial cash of Pete Yen Han Chen’s career came in June 2013 when he picked up US$7,279 for second place at an Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau side event. New to the scene, Chen quickly earned a name for himself scooping up the Asia Player of the Year title the year right after. Despite only recording one victory, an 81-player Deepstack event at the Macau Poker Cup 21 for a little over US$6,000, the Taiwanese pro bagged the most points by making constant deep runs and multiple final table finishes throughout the year.
Given Chen scored several five-figure payouts, it was not until 2017 that he earned his very first six-figure cash prize of US$299,485. Topping the 400-entry field, the pro finally secured a major event trophy at the WPT Beijing Inaugural Main Event, further solidifying his impressive standing within the poker community. That same year, Chen was awarded the GPI Asia Player of the Year as well as the title, Champion Player of the Year in Taiwan for the next three years in a row. Chen’s persistence in the live circuits both local and international is inspiring to many poker enthusiasts as he travels around the world bringing his knowledge and skillset onto the felt. Considering the narrow tier level of which players win in tournament poker, Chen’s hard work out of the tables has paid off immensely earning him over 300 cashes in live games alone.
Strong online presence
Having amassed a total of US$164,920 in recorded cashes for the first quarter of the year prior to the Coronavirus pandemic breaking out, Chen continued to dominate major series events in the Natural8 network, scoring victories and trophies left and right. In the first Asian Poker Tour (APT) Online edition playing under the username TurboPete, Chen bested the 1,299 player pool $200 Mini Main Event taking $40,058.92 for his triumph and the APT Guardian Trophy to add to his collection.
A great accomplishment already, Chen doesn’t stop there as he continues to bag multiple APT trophies in its second online edition just about a month after. His stellar record of making 18 final table appearances throughout the 14-day duration of the series was a sight to behold. Winning not one but two events, Chen closed out the largest event prize pool from the featured Championships event for US$113,844, making his Natural8 run tremendously profitable. Additionally, Chen was awarded Player of the Series and took home the mother lode of prizes: APT POS Ring, 2,400 Natural8 T$, and a ticket to APT Finale Championships Event.
Aside from his long list of wins, Chen has recently ventured to a different avenue for poker, starting his own YouTube channel entitled Pete’s Poker World intended to showcase his overall poker life along with some tips for beginners interested in jumping in on the action. In his latest video, Chen shares with his viewers details of the ongoing 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online festival and takes them along with him as he journeys to acquire the highly coveted WSOP gold bracelet up for grabs.
So far, Chen has 35 WSOP-related live cashes under his belt amounting to over US$560,000 altogether. Coming close back in 2017 as he finished second out of 623 entries in Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em for a whopping payout of US$382,122, Chen has more than enough chances to score a WSOP victory for himself given the multitude of 54 gold bracelets to be awarded throughout the 7-week period. Running from July 19th to September 6th 2020, players on the Natural8 – GGPoker Network will have the opportunity to participate in the first ever WSOP online catering to players located outside of the United States. With the first few events underway, high traffic and bigger prize pools can be expected in the upcoming events as international players all around the world tune in to compete for one of the industry’s most prestigious awards.