Poker Dream Taiwan: Philip Wang, Jinyou Li, Czar Ian Marcos win trophies; Alan Khoo tops SHR Day 1, reg still open; Crazy Weekend opens with 174 entries

Day 2 at Poker Dream Taiwan was all about champions as three players emerged victorious, Philip Wang, Jinyou Li, and Czar Ian Marcos. Also running alongside were two events, the Super High Roller TWD 8M guaranteed with Alan Khoo bagging up big at Day 1, and the Crazy Weekend – Accumulator Format with a combined 174 entries over two starting flights. Both events still have open registration Here are all of the day’s results.

*All images with Poker Dream watermark provided by the brand


Philip Wang wins Taiwan Open

One of Taiwan’s most decorated players, Philip Wang, captured the Poker Dream -Taiwan Open title. He defeated Ting Yao Lin at heads up and walked away with an ICM deal payout of TWD 397,500. In a brief interview with the champ, he shared,

“I didn’t get much sleep last night, I only slept for four hours, I was so overwhelmed and excited. So winning this trophy really means the most to me. It is very special. This is my first international event trophy this year and it is at the first Poker Dream event in Taiwan.”

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Wang further shared his thoughts on Poker Dream and on his victory,

“This event has a really good structure, Poker Dream made a good one for this event. It gives players like me, who are pretty good post flop, the advantage. But today, I was very patient, waiting for good hands and good spots. Early in the day, I was down to around 6 bb and went all in on the button with King-Eight. I made a full house and tripled up. That was the turning point for me.”


Philip Wang is all in with Kc8d, he is called by Lai 10s10d, and Kai Cheng Hsu Ah8h. With the board running Ks8c2sQdKd, Lai and Hsu check it down. Wang triples up to 22 bb with his full house.

No rest in the agenda for Wang who plans to play more events in hopes of lifting another trophy. Read up on the Taiwan Open Day 2 action via the live updates and watch the final table race to victory via the recorded livestream.

Taiwan Open review

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Poker Dream Taiwan welcomed players in with the TWD 2M GTD Taiwan Open event. All three entry flights were held on Day 1. A combined 452 turned up to exceed the guarantee. 55 ITM players advanced to the Final Day, led in by Hong Kong’s Cheuk Him Tsang.

Date: June 16-17, 2023
Buy in: TWD 4,000 (~USD 132)  – 164 entries
Buy in: TWD 8,000 (~USD 264) – 288 entries
Guarantee: TWD 2,000,000 (~USD 65,230)
Total Entries: 452
Prize pool: TWD 2,526,600 (~USD 82,220)
ITM: 57 players

Final table payouts

Rank Player Flag Payouts in TWD
1 Philip Wang Taiwan 397,500*
2 Ting Yao Lin 390,000*
3 Ka Shun Tsang Hong Kong 218,200
4 Cheuk Him Tsang Hong Kong 175,600
5 Eli Chang USA 137,800
6 Nien Heng Li Taiwan 105,700
7 Wei Hsin Yu Taiwan 81,400
8 Wai Loon Ng Malaysia 59,600
9 Yeh Yi Chen Taiwan 48,300

*Heads up payout deal

FULL PAYOUTS in Festival Results

Jinyou Li wins first international title at NLH Hyper Turbo

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Dream come true for Jinyou Li at the NLH Hyper Turbo event! In a fast six hour race, Li outran the 41 entry field, defeating Yu Chien Shih at heads up to seize the TWD 59,500 top prize and his very own Poker Dream trophy to start a collection. Li became the second player in the series to earn a first ever title at Poker Dream Taiwan.

Date: June 17, 2023
Buy in: TWD 5,000 (~USD 165)
Entries: 41 (35 unique, 6 re-entry)
Prize pool: TWD 174,900 (~USD 5,690)
ITM: 6 places

Rank Player Flag Payout in TWD
1 Jinyou Li Taiwan 59,500
2 Yu Chien Shih Taiwan 41,100
3 Chien Chan Ong Malaysia 26,300
4 Ting Huxan Chen Taiwan 20,100
5 Hao Ran Li Taiwan 15,700
6 Bo Heng Chen Taiwan 12,200

Czar Ian Marcos wins the KO Bounty Hyper Turbo

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Czar Ian Marcos

Another dream fulfilled as Filipino Czar Ian Marcos took down the KO Bounty Turbo event to lift his first trophy on international soil. Marcos came back from just one big blind at three handed to champion. For his win, Marcos pocketed TWD 75,200 (~USD 2,450) and eight bounties amounting a total of TWD 24,000 (~USD 780).

Prior to the money round, Chin Ling Hsu delivered the bubble with QcQd standing tall against a player’s AsKh. Hsu went on to reach three-handed where he doubled up huge with top pair against Marcos second pair. This sent Marcos plunging to 1 bb. In a three-way showdown, Marcos tripled up, Hsu knocked out a player, and it was heads up for the title.

Date: June 17, 2023
Buy in: TWD 9,000 (~USD 300)
Entries: 51
Prize pool: TWD 391,800 (~USD 12,778)
ITM: 7 places

Rank Player Flag
Payouts in TWD
1 Czar Ian Marcos Philippines 75,200
2 Chin Ling Hsu Taiwan 54,300
3 Kin Meng Ng Malaysia 34,600
4 Chin Jack David Liew Singapore 26,300
5 Yan Chen Jiang Taiwan 20,300
6 Jung Chou Chen Taiwan 15,500
7 Song Hau Pham Vietnam 12,600

Event 4: Super High Roller – Day 1 results

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Alan Khoo

While a large crowd turned up for the day’s mid-ranged buy in event, at the two-day Super High Roller TWD 8M guaranteed, 20 players coughed up the TWD 200,000 (~US$ 6,590) entry with five needing to re-enter for a total of 25 entries. This was the second high roller event of the festival. Among the new attendees were Dong Hyun Kim aka Tommy Kim, Slade Fisher, and Alan Khoo who bagged a massive stack at the end of Day 1 play.

Also seen but not at the tables were father / son tandem Richard Yong and triple crown Triton Main Event champion Wai Kin Yong. We will likely see them at the tables tomorrow. Players can still sign up during the first two hours. Registration closes at 3pm, at the start of Level 14.

Buy in: TWD 200,000 (~USD 6,590)
Guarantee: TWD 8,000,000 (~USD 260,900)
Day 1: 25 entries / 13 survivors
Prize pool: TBA
Registration: open for first two hours in Day 2 (June 18, 2023)

Player Flag Stack Table Seat
Alan Khoo Singapore 3,350,000 1 5
Alex Xiang Wei Lee Singapore 1,475,000 2 7
Eng Soon Ewe Malaysia 1,335,000 3 1
Slade Richard Fisher New Zealand 975,000 3 5
Peng Sen Wu Taiwan 965,000 2 4
Dongkyu Kim Korea, South 950,000 2 1
Chin Wei Lim Malaysia 755,000 2 8
Eng Siang Ewe Malaysia 645,000 3 7
Donghyun Kim Korea, South 575,000 1 4
Chun Liang Kuo Taiwan 505,000 1 2
Junseok Oh Korea, South 355,000 3 3
Ka Wing Winfred Yu Hong Kong 325,000 1 8
Wei Hsiang Yeu Malaysia 295,000 1 7

Event 5: Crazy Weekend Accumulator Format – Flight A and Flight B results

A new format was introduced for the first time at Poker Dream. the Crazy Weekend Accumulator Format. In a gist, players are encouraged to attempt for multiple stacks because coming Day 2, instead of the best stack forward rule, players get to combine their multiple stacks.

The first of four flights were tabled today with a combined 174 signing up. The lower buy in Flight A drew 105 runners at TWD 7,500 each. It bagged at ITM of 12.5% of the field / 14 players. Filipino Justin Geronimo topped Flight A and Tian Yu Lee topped Flight B.

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Date: June 17, 2023
Flight A Buy in: TWD 7,500 (~USD 247)
Entries: 105
ITM / Survivors: 14 players
Chip leader: Justin Geronimo

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Flight B Buy in: TWD 15,000 (~USD 494)
Entries: 69
ITM / Survivors: 18 players
Chip leader: Tian Yu Lee

*Chip counts to be posted

Remaining flights

Date: June 18, 2023
Flight C Buy in: TWD 7,500 (~USD 247) – plays to ITM of 12.5%
Flight D Buy in: TWD 15,000 (~USD 494) – plays to ITM of 25%

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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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