It isn’t just international brands buzzing up the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP club) in Taipei City, running from July 18 to 30 was the Taiwan Millions Tournament.
This homegrown festival has become very popular and was reflected on its recent turnout. Now on its sixth installment, the lineup of games was bigger than previous. 23 events colored the roster along with a boastful NT$ 3,000,000 in guarantees. At the close, the festival exceeded all expectations amassing a grand prize pool worth NT$ 14,6737,000 (~US$ 471,000) and nearly 3800 entries.
The Main Event drew the largest numbers with a huge field of 737 entries. Not only did this break its previous record of 645 entries but it also surpassed the NT$ 2M guarantee. With each buy-in at NT$ 8,000 (~US$ 260), the prize pool came to NT$ 5,011,600 (~US$ 161,200). 110 reached the money. Winning the NT$ 752,100 (~US$ 24,200) first prize was local player Zong Chi He aka Artless after knocking out four out of his eight opponents at the final table.
We’ve got a short recap for you below along with the final table payouts.
Main Event recap
The Main Event ran a total of six days with the final table taking place on Monday, July 29. Eventual winner, Zong Chi He aka Artless, led in the pack with the largest stack. Nine players battled it out.
After the fall of Ming Nan Chou in 9th place, his executor, Guan Lun Chen, took the lead and held it until Artless sent Hung Chun Wu out in 6th place.
Back on top, Artless watched as Chen Pu Huang railed Tsung Shun Fu in 5th place which brought the field down to the final four players. From there, it was Artless commanding the action. He amassed sixty percent of the chips in play by knocking out Guan Lun Chen in 4th place. Artless’s completed a flush on a board to defeat Chen’s .
Not long after, Artless’s pocket eights held against Chung Pen Cheng’s big slick to face Chen Pu Huang at heads up and backed by over 70 percent of the chips. It didn’t take long to see both all in. Artless with , Huang with , the board bricked and it was all over.
This was Artless’s second Main Event title of the year. In April, he won the first-ever HKPPA Premier League Taiwan Main Event also held at the CTP. He overcame a field of 256 entries to claim US$ 39,000 which continues to be his largest live score.
Final table payouts
1st Zong Chi He – Taiwan – NT$ 752,100
2nd Chen Pu Huang – Taiwan – NT$ 504,100
3rd Chung Pen Cheng – Taiwan – NT$ 351,900
4th Guan Lun Cheng – Taiwan – NT$ 256,200
5th Tsung Shun Fu – Taiwan – NT$ 193,600
6th Hung Chun Wu – Taiwan – NT$ 151,300
7th Lau King Sing – Hong Kong – NT$ 121,800
8th Chun Hui Wu – Taiwan – NT$ 100,800
9th Ming Nan Chou – Taiwan – NT$ 85,400
Article by Tricia David