Poker Dream makes its mark in Taiwan! 10 thrilling days, 26 trophies, TWD 38M (~USD 1.23M) guaranteed – underway @Asia Poker Arena

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Poker players have started to gather in Taipei City for the first ever Poker Dream festival in Taiwan. The much-awaited ten-day series kicked off earlier today, Friday, June 16 at the newly opened Asia Poker Arena, and will continue until its final day on Sunday, June 25. If you are still making your way, there’s plenty to get excited about. For starters, 26 trophies are up for grabs and a large TWD 38,000,000 (~USD 1.23 Million) in guarantees.

Other Highlights:

  • 8 Guarantee-Backed events
  • 9 High Roller events buy ins from TWD 35,000 (~USD 1,140) to TWD 250,000 (~USD 8,140) – includes Short Deck and Pot Limit Omaha
  • Main Event features three different buy ins
  • Crazy Weekend Accumulator Format – multiple stacks pooled together!
  • Three Mystery Bounty Events – Mystery Bounty TWD 3M GTD, Mystery Bounty High Roller TWD 4M GTD, and Mystery Bounty Turbo
  • Ladies Event


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If there is just one event you can attend, make sure it is the MAIN EVENT. Be the first to capture this coveted title in Taiwan. The festival centerpiece is highlighted by a solid TWD 15,000,000 (~USD 488,470) guarantee. It runs from June 20 to 25.

An ample ten entry flights are offered with varying buy ins of TWD 11,000 (~USD 360), TWD 22,000 (~USD 720), and TWD 33,000 (~USD 1,080). This is the first time this format is being introduced so make sure to check the schedule or ePlayer Guide for all the details. Among the players confirmed to attend is past champion / trophy hunter Edwin Dela Cruz.

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Edwin Dela Cruz

*We were just informed that there are still a few Main Event Early Bird Hotel Packages available at both the MVSA Hotel (3 minute walk to venue) and FX Hotel (10 minute walk to venue). Players that have availed of the package will be Bubble Protected (including re-entries) and will be eligible for the Lucky Draw which awards two lucky players USD 1,000 in PD Tournament Credits. For those interested, make sure to purchase the package by June 19.

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Also confirming attendance and turning up early are Irish pro Steve O’Dwyer and multi decorated Webster Lim. Both are currently battling it out at opening day’s Single Day High Roller. Other notables in action are PD founder Winfred Yu, and PD Vietnam SHR champion Ewe Eng Soon. 

This event is currently livestreaming. Watch it via the link – Poker Dream Taiwan -Single Day High Roller – YouTube

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Drawing significant action during the opening hours was the Taiwan Open which features a TWD 2,000,000 (~USD 65,125) guarantee. Three flights to enter. At the time of posting, Flight A registration closed. Flight B and Flight C (Turbo) are up next, buy in is TWD 8,000 (~USD 264) and will play down to ITM of 15% of the field. Flight B registration closes at 10:15pm and Flight C (Turbo) at 1:00am.

And now, here are the highlights of the PD Taiwan schedule.

Events backed by Guarantees

# Event Guarantee Dates Buy in
1 Taiwan Open TWD 2,000,000 June 16-17
TWD 4,000 & TWD 8,000
4 Super High Roller TWD 8,000,000 June 17-18 TWD 200,000
5 Crazy Weekend Accumulator TWD 3,000,000 June 17-19
TWD 7,500 & TWD 15,000
10 Mystery Bounty TWD 3,000,000 June 19-21
TWD 10,000 & TWD 20,000
13 MAIN EVENT TWD 15,000,000 June 20-25
TWD 11,000, TWD 22,000, TWD 33,000
22 Monster Stack TWD 2,000,000 June 24-25
TWD 7,500 & TWD 15,000
23 Mystery Bounty HR TWD 4,000,000 June 24-25 TWD 70,000
25 Mini Main Event TWD 1,000,000 June 25
TWD 5,000 & TWD 10,000

High Roller Events

# Event Guarantee Dates Buy in
Single Day High Roller
June 26 TWD 80,000
4 Super High Roller TWD 8,000,000 June 17-18 TWD 200,000
Single Day High Roller
June 18 TWD 100,000
9 Dream Stars June 19-20 TWD 250,000
14 150K Short Deck June 20 TWD 150,000
16 High Roller June 22 TWD 120,000
19 Pot Limit Omaha June 22 TWD 80,000
23 Mystery Bounty HR TWD 4,000,000 June 24-25 TWD 70,000
26 Mini High Roller June 25 TWD 35,000

Crazy Weekend TWD 3,000,000 GTD – Accumulator Format

For the first time, Poker Dream introduces a twist to its Crazy Weekend event. Unlike in Manila where players received free drinks, here in Taiwan, it is even crazier. Players that accumulate multiple stacks will combine them in Day 2! So no need to ditch your short stack, make it count by bagging up another.

Ladies Event

There has been a significant increase in women at the poker tables and to give them their own light, Poker Dream has included a Ladies Event for the first time. This is a one day event taking place on Monday, June 19. Buy in is TWD 8,000 (~USD 265).

Livestreaming and Live Updates

Livestreaming is the popular choice for players to keep tabs of the action, plays, and of the final table competition in general. Listed below are events to feast on. Somuchpoker will also bring you live updates for those who prefer to read up on the action.


*Some photos provided by Poker Dream

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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