|Jan 12 - 13, 2018||
No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
PokerStars Live, Macau
Yang Zhang was born in China, and has had a fairly short career so far, having only played at a serious level starting 2014. On his first year, he spent some time participating in tournaments close to home, recording cashes in Beijing and Macau, but in 2015, he had gone on to record cashes all over the world.
On his first year alone, Zhang had made an impact on the community. His first major cash finish was at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Beijing Millions for USD$113,463 before winning the Beijing Cup Main Event 5 months after for USD$101,683.
The following year, Zhang spent the first half of the year participating in events in the Asian region. Come June 2015, he tried his luck at the World Series of Pokier (WSOP) and confirmed his talent by making it in the money in side events. The 23rd Macau Poker Cup led to a 3rd place in a 6 max Holdem event too, which increased his career winnings by another USD$8,788. Shortly after, he took 4th place in an Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) rebuy event, for another USD$7,755. He went back to the Asian circuit after that and consistently cashed for the remainder of 2015.
The year 2016, however, would turn out to be one of the most significant in his poker career. Zhang started the year by placing 5th in the 2016 Macau Millions China Poker Championships in Macau for US$10,553. He then continued finishing in cash positions almost every month in the Asian, European and American live tournament circuits. The most notable of these finishes include: 8th place in the WSOP No Limit Holdem (NLH) Crazy Eights 8-handed event for US$74,888, 2nd place APPT Macau NLH event for US$41,587, 8th place European Poker Tour (EPT) NLH Event for US$64,364, 2nd place for US$27,855 and 3rd place for US$34,982 in EPT Prague Hyperturbo Progessive Knockout Event and NLH Hyper Turbo Event, respectively.
As a result, he claimed the GPI Asia Player of the Year title in 2016.
Yang Zhang has so far had a short career but has achieved more than others that have been in the industry far longer. He will definitely move further in the coming years, amazing his peers in Asia as well as the whole world.