|Sep 6, 2020||
No Limit Hold'em - WSOP MILLION$ (Event #84)
World Series of Poker, Online
– General Introduction –
Anson Yan Shing Tsang is one of the highest ranked professional live tournament poker players from Hong Kong. He was born in 1983.
He is a two-time WSOP champion. In 2018, he took down the €2,200 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed event at WSOP Europe in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. In 2020, he finished first in the US$500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em online event on Natural8-GGNetwork.
Tsang has US$2.985 million in live tournament earnings to his name. He is a member of Natural8 Team Bling.
In January 2021, he finished first the US$400 Christmas PLOSSUS event at the WSOP Winter Online Circuit, thus winning US$178,921 and a WSOP Circuit ring.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2009: He starts playing small to mid stakes live tournaments in Macau.
- 2013: He comes in 7th in the HK$1,000,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event at the GuangDong Asia Millions in Macau for HK$7.150 million. That is the biggest single live tournament cash of his career to date.
- 2018: He wins his first WSOP gold bracelet after finishing first in the WSOP Europe €2,200 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed event for €€91,730.
- 2021: He wins the US$400 Christmas PLOSSUS event at the WSOP Winter Online Circuit for US$178,921.
-Anson Tsang’s Career –
Tsang has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He found poker in his college years by coming across the play money poker app Zynga Poker on Facebook. In 2008, he started playing live poker for “real money”.
He got his name on the board in 2009. However, it wasn’t until 2013 where he posted a significant result. Anson Tsang placed 7th out of 125 entries in the HK$1,000,000 buy-in Guang Dong Asia Millions Main Event for HK$7,150,000 (~US$921,004). Until today, that payout remains to be his single largest live score.
Following that huge payday, Anson Tsang seemed to disappear from the live scene. No winnings were recorded for the next three years. Then in 2017, he re-emerged, coming out strong with 21 deep runs. Although none were victories, eleven were cashes in the five-digits and two in the six-digit range. The largest was 4th place out of 688 players at the Mid-States Poker Tour Deepstack Extravaganza III for a payout of US$220,745. He also cashed three times that year at the WSOP for nearly US$70,000 in winnings. Two of them were at Pot Limit Omaha, a game Anson Tsang also excels in. To close out that year, he pocketed € 8,500 (US$92,544) at the PokerStars Championship Prague – €1,100 National Championship event for finishing 5th out of 2,117 runners.
If 2017 was a big year, 2018 was even bigger for Anson Tsang . He cashed in 22 events in various parts of the globe. His first take was at the Aussie Millions. He nearly shipped the A$2,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Shot Clock event finishing 3rd out of a field of 252 players. This earned him A$55,280 (US$44,375) and it was the first of seven 5-digit payouts he pocketed that year. He also gained three 6-digit payouts. The biggest shipment was at EPT Barcelona €10,300 Pot Limit Omaha for €151,700 (US$176,680).
Anson Tsang also had a better run at the WSOP that year with seven cashes. His biggest was at the US$10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship where he placed 10th out of 476 players for a payout of US$67,210. This became his largest score at the WSOP until the WSOP Europe in Rozvadov where he won the €2,200 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max for €91,730 (US$105,428). He was the first player from Hong Kong to have won a WSOP bracelet.
2019 was another profitable year for the Hong Kong pro. Anson Tsang profited in three events at EPT Monte Carlo for nearly US$67,000 in combined total winnings.
He cashed at the US$ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em – WPT Aria Summer Championship finishing 8th out of 192 runners and, besides some other WSOP cashes, placed 3rd out of 114 entries of the WSOP US$10,000 Short Deck event for a payday of US$130,482.
Tsang came close to a WSOP Circuit ring at King’s Casino in Rozvadov in October 2009 where he came second in the €5,300 WSOP Circuit Highroller for €44,175. He had a few more close shots with final table finishes at the same festival.
During the Corona online poker period, Anson Tsang managed to capture his second bracelet and a first prize of US$150,460 in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online US$500 Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em (Event #68) on Natural8.
A few months later, in January 2021, Tsang delivered another impressive online score. Playing under the screen name “Tara@0z” on Natural8 again, he finished first in the US$400 Christmas PLOSSUS event at the WSOP Winter Online Circuit for US$178,921. That was his first WSOP Circuit ring.
So thankful to capture my first WSOPC ring @natural8 @GGPoker @WSOP! Probably the first WSOPC ring for Hong Kong too. Absolutely a good start in 2021😃 What a crazy HU match btw lol. Congrats to all the bettors too! May the heater keep going🔥#Natural8#WSOPC#1stRing#GoodBet pic.twitter.com/egzoHoPWHc
— Anson Tsang (@AnsonTsangPoker) January 2, 2021
Anson Tsang is currently ranked 5th in Hong Kong’s All Time Money List.