USOP: Poker2U Taiwan Series: Opening ceremony at Main Event Day 1A; Yu You Ci Tsai 蔡余有騏 tops 33 survivors


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Staging its first ever live festival, the U Series of Poker, in partnership with Poker2U and the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club), officially opened the games at Day 1A of the Main Event. Welcome speeches were given by CTP owner David Tai, UPoker COO Tse Ian Lee, and USOP’s Alex Wong, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. Lee shared,

“We are delighted to have players fly in from all over the world… so many of you! We are all gathered here with the same purpose and same interest with the same passion. So let us keep up with what we believe in making poker a bigger and better mind sport. I wish every one of you the best of luck and a memorable experience throughout the series. May the flop, turn, and river be with you.”

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With that, the Main Event resumed with registration still open for Day 1A. Several notables in the field were 2020 WSOP Online bracelet winner Paul Teoh, Thailand’s Thananat Therdtakoonrat, Taiwan’s Zong Chi He, Pete Yen Han Chen, and Nevan Yu Chung Chang.

Registration closed at an impressive 261 entries, which covers over half of the guarantee. With many international players making their way to the Main Event, the likelihood of crushing the guarantee at Day 1B is high.

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Yu You Ci Tsai 蔡余有騏

Day 1A wrapped up when Tak Yan delivered the bubble with AhJc dominating Ac10d. Topping the 33 survivors was Yu You Ci Tsai 蔡余有騏who was one of the day’s early casualties, seen busting out in the first level, then returned with renewed might. Tsai held the chip lead for the last seven levels, closing with 484,000 (60 BB).

At his heels were Mystery Bounty finalists – 9th placer Kar Hou Lin  林嘉浩 with 468,000 (58 BB) and champion Kuan Han Chen 陳冠翰 with 452,000 (56 BB). Other notables making it through were Fu Bang Huang 黃富邦 (392,000 – 49 BB) and Kun Han Lee 李昆翰 (362,000 – 45 BB). Read up on the action via the LIVE UPDATES

Top 10 in chips

Yu You Ci Tsai 蔡余有騏 Taiwan 484,000
Kar Hou Lin 林嘉浩 Malaysia 468,000
Kuan Han Chen 陳冠翰 Taiwan 452,000
Duhan Lee Korea 436,000
Yu Che Liu 劉運哲 Taiwan 425,000
Fu Bang Huang 黃富邦 Taiwan 392,000
Shannon Lee 李漢權 Singapore 381,000
Kun Han Lee 李昆翰 Taiwan 362,000
Siu Ren Chen 陳信任 Taiwan 345,000
Jason Lau Wai Kit Malaysia 316,000


Main Event – Day 1B up next

The Main Event kicked off on February 15 the CTP Club in Taipei City and will run through February 19. For an  affordable price of just TWD 20,000 (~$660), players have a chance at a whopping TWD 10 Million (~$330,00) prize pool. Day 1B is up next. Cards in the air at 1pm on Thursday, February 16. Starting stack is 30,000 (300x the starting blinds). Blinds go up every 40 minutes. Registration closes at the start of Level 10, by 7:30pm.  Players can expect an exciting Day 1B as the guarantee has the potential to be breached today.

Buy in: TWD 20,000
Guarantee: TWD 10,000,000
Day 1A: 261 entries / 33 advanced
Day 1B: Thursday, February 16 @ 1pm
Day 1C: Friday, February 17 @ 1pm
Day 1D (Turbo): Friday February 17 @ 19:00

Following today’s heat are two final entry days. Day 1C and Day 1D (Turbo) run on Friday, February 17 at 1pm and at 7pm. Turbo flight blinds increase every 20 minutes.

It pays to get there early, register, and have your chips in play by the first deal. This ensures you with Bubble Protection. Click the link below for all the Main Event details including this exclusive incentive.

Everything you need to know about the Main Event

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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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