|Jul 11 - 13, 2019||
No Limit Hold'em - High Roller (Event #83)
World Series of Poker, Las Vegas
James Chen is a professional poker player from Taiwan. His live tournament achievements date back to 2014. He made his mark in just a short span running very deep in major live circuits in Asia, Australia, and the USA. As of 2018, Chen has won four high roller events, mostly in Macau. He shipped his first seven figure payout at the 50th annual World Series of Poker 2019 to slide into #1 rank in The Hendon Mob Taiwan All Time Money List.
Looking back at Chen’s accomplishments, prior to 2019 he reached the final table in eleven events. The first significant cash was HK$ 230,700 (US$ 29,747) for 2nd place out of 740 entries at the Macau Poker Cup HK$6,000 No Limit Hold’em Baby Dragon in 2015. On September of that same year, he claimed his first victory at the MPC 23 HK$ 80,000 No Limit High Roller event by overcoming a 75 entry field to pocket HK$1,704,000 (US$ 219,850). Exactly one year later in 2016, Chen landed his second victory at the same event – MPC 25 HK$ 80,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller – topping the 109 entries for a payout of HK$ 2,273,000 (US$ 293,044).
2017 was a breakthrough year for Chen. He shipped two events at the 2017 Aussie Millions Poker Championship: the A$2500 HORSE Event for A$ 39,700 (US$ 29,322) and a third High Roller career title at the No Limit Hold’em – A$ 25,000 Challenge for USD$ 652,909. The latter sent him over US$ 1.2 Million in live earnings and remained his largest live score for two and a half years.
The year continued with more big payouts. Chen reached the final table in three other events. In April, he placed 7th out of 88 runners at the PokerStars Championship Macau HK$ 500,000 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller event. This earned him HK$ 1,605,560 (US$ 206,611). That same series also saw him finish 9th out of 180 entries at the HK$ 103,000 High Roller event for HK$ 390,000 (US$ 50,193). His other final table appearance was at the WSOP. Out of his four cashes at the series that year, he finished 5th out of 92 players at the US$ 10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship for US$ 57,316. And to close out the year, Chen placed 9th out of 83 entries at the HK$ 1,000,000 No Limit Hold’em Triton Macau Main Event for HK$ 2,343,000 (US$ 300,067). He nearly breached US$ 2 Million in live earnings.
2018 was another spectacular year for Chen. He cashed 9 times starting with a triumph at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau HK$ 100,000 High Roller event. He pocketed HK$ 4,021,000 (US$ 512,411). In April, he posted his first Europe payout of € 35,000 (US$ 43,177) for 62nd place out of 1,175 entries of the partypoker Millions Grand Final Barcelona € 10,300 Main Event. This was followed with six cashes at the WSOP. He reached the final table of the US$ 3,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6 handed finishing deep in 5th place out of 901 entries for US$ 96,987. His last score for the year was another large one. He finished 2nd out of 21 entries at the HK$ 100,000 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller event for HK$ 1,017,000 (US$ 130,223).
Enter 2019, Chen only has three cashes listed, all of them at the WSOP. His largest was US$ 1,000,023 at the US$25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller – 8 handed. This was his first ever seven digit payout. Chen nearly shipped Taiwan its first bracelet, falling short by one spot to UK’s Stephen Chidwick. Chen now has over US$ 3.7 Million in live earnings. He overtook Joanne Liu to take top rank in Taiwan’s All Time Money List.