USOP: Poker2U Taiwan Series: Mystery Bounty draws 534 for ₫4.6BN prize pool; 56 advance; Siyang Phua, Tse Paul Lee 李詩堡 top heats


Another bustling day at the U Series of Poker: Poker2U Taiwan Series with 285 entries (Day 1C – 152, Day 1D – 133) added to the Mystery Bounty player tally. This boosted the total field to 534 entries, and with each buy in costing TWD 10,000 (~$330), the prize pool surged to a rich TWD 4,661,900 (~$154,390). 

Ending the day as heat leaders were Malaysia’s Tse Paul Lee 李詩堡 (Day 1C) with 685,000 and Singaporean WSOP Online bracelet winner Siyang Phua (Day 1D) who bagged up 808,000, just 2 BB behind overall race leader Australia’s Anton Lu. Read up on our recap just below. 

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Tse Paul Lee 李詩堡

End of Day 1C – 16 players

Tse Paul Lee  李詩堡 Malaysia 685,000
Michael Kravitz USA 443,000
Nien Heng Li 李念恆 Taiwan 351,000
Jia Chi Lee 李珈綺 Taiwan 345,000
Yong Hing Foo 符永慶 Malaysia 287,000
Wen Shan 單文 Hong Kong 279,000
Wei Shiang Huang 黃偉翔 Taiwan 206,000
Yesniyazov Murat Kazakhstan 189,000
Sukumar Letchmunan Malaysia 181,000
Shan Hui Chua 蔡善輝 Singapore 167,000
Ming Yi Lin 林明毅 Taiwan 153,000
Yi Wei Peng 彭亦瑋 Taiwan 134,000
Yu Hoi Chan 陳禹愷 Hong Kong 125,000
Edwin Dela Cruz Philippines 119,000
Yu Jui Wu 吳育瑞 Malaysia 70,000
Leopold Godefroy France 68,000

Day 1C brought in 152 entries with 16 players reaching the money round. Malaysia’s Tse Paul Lee 李詩堡 was the bane of several players with his pocket Tens causing plenty of damage.

Well before the bubble round, Lee entered a four way shove that granted him a winning set of Tens to knock out a couple of players and jump to an enormous lead.

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Down to three tables, Lee 李詩堡delivered another crushing bad beat with a double gutshot finding the river. Lee 李詩堡opened from under the gun and got called by the blinds. At the flop 9c7hKh, Lee c-bet then tank-called a check-raise by the small blind. The turn Jc, small blind shoved, Lee tanked then said, “l know I’m behind but let’s go for it!” He made the call and showed 10d10c which was behind AhKs. That all changed when the 8s landed to award the straight.

Lee 李詩堡 bagged up 685,000 (69 BB) to place him overall third in chips. Day 1C wrapped up with Michael Kravitz KcKd dominating 10c10d.

Michael Kravitz

Over at the Day 1D turbo flight, 14 advanced out of 133 entries. WSOP Online bracelet winner Aaron Siyang Phua was happy to bag up 808,000 (81 BB) and commented “ahh, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen this many chips”.

One bust before the bubble round, Phua added to his already bloated pile by ending a short stack’s desperation. From the big blind, Phua defended with Jh2h that went on to land trips Twos on the flop to easily defeat AdQh.

The day ended with USA’s Duy Ho delivering the bubble. Also making it through were Singapore’s Jacky Wang 王立傑 who finished 2nd at the Kick Off event, UPoker’s Tse Ian Lee 李詩堡, and Taiwan’s Chia Yun Wu 吳家運.

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Siyang Phua

End of Day 1D (Turbo) – 14 players

Siyang Phua Singapore 808,000
Jacky Wang 王立傑 Singapore 493,000
Duy Ho USA 325,000
Chun Han Lin 林君翰 Taiwan 244,000
Chin Yao Wang 王靖堯 Taiwan 238,000
Pi Ying Hsu 許必穎 Taiwan 176,000
Cheng Chieh Huang 黃政傑 Taiwan 152,000
Kuan Han Chen 陳冠翰 Taiwan 150,000
Shou Dien Chen 陳守鈿 Taiwan 147,000
Tse Ian Lee 李詩彥 Malaysia 146,000
Keng Yong Tan Singapore 91,000
Chin Te Huang 黃金德 Taiwan 90,000
Chia Yun Wu 吳家運 Taiwan 81,000
Shu In Li 李書吟 Taiwan 66,000

Mystery Bounty review

Buy in: TWD 10,000 (~$330)
Guarantee: TWD 3,000,000 (~$99,350)
Entries: 534
Prize pool: TWD 4,661,900 (~$154,390)
ITM: 56 players

Day 1A: 143 entries / 15 advance
Day 1B: 106 entries / 11 advance
Day 1C: 152 entries / 16 advance
Day 1D (Turbo): 133 / 14 advance

Top 10 in chips

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Player 姓名 Flag Stack BB
Anton Zhen Zhao Lu Australia 827,000 83
Siyang Phua Singapore 808,000 81
Tse Paul Lee 李詩堡 Malaysia 685,000 69
Cheng Jing Lim 林成旌 Malaysia 548,000 55
Kar Hou Lim 林家浩 Malaysia 512,000 51
Jacky Wang 王立傑 Singapore 493,000 49
Michael Kravitz Usa 443,000 44
Chien Chih Weng 翁芊智 Taiwan 411,000 41
Zachary Duce Australia 394,000 39
Cheng Chzeh Yang 楊成傑 Taiwan 366,000 37

Action resumes on Monday, February 13 starting at 1pm at host venue Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club Taipei). Follow the action via the Live Updates. The 56 returning players are each guaranteed a minimum ₫11,200 (~$370) while ₫450,000 (~$14,900) is reserved for the champion.

Mystery Bounty rewards

Players fortunate to eliminate a player will receive a bounty reward. The largest bounty is ₫500,000 (~$16,560). 

Unlike most Mystery Bounty events, this version adds another layer of mystery to the game. Out of the 56 mystery bounty rewards, seven are coined “Top Prize”. Players that draw this ticket will receive anywhere from ₫100,000 to ₫500,000. However they won’t find out the actual amount until the next day. According to the organizers, one of the top seven prizes will be available to Main Event final table players. 

Mystery Bounty prizes in TWD

Top prizes Tickets
500,000 x1
200,000 x2
150,000 x1
100,000 x3
Regular prizes Tickets
60,000 x2
40,000 x7
25,000 x6
20,000 x5
18,000 x7
15,000 x9
12,000 x6
10,000 x7

Payouts in TWD

1st 450,000
2nd 312,000
3rd 200,000
4th 134,000
5th 103,000
6th 88,000
7th 73,000
8th 58,000
9th 45,100
10th-12th 38,500
13th-15th 32,000
16th-18th 26,100
19th-21st 21,800
22nd-24th 18,400
25th-27th 15,000
28th-36th 12,400
37th-44th 11,800
45th-56th 11,200
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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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