USOP: Poker 2U Taiwan Series: Main Event Day 1B draws 201 entries; Filipino Edwin Dela Cruz bags a monster stack; two flights remain


It was another massive day at the inaugural U Series of Poker: Poker2U Taiwan Series with the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club) jampacked as players poured in for a seat to Main Event Day 1B. After the scheduled nine rounds of registration, it closed with 201 entries.

Five and half hours later, the day wrapped up with Filipino player Edwin Dela Cruz bagging up a towering 573,000 (95 BB). Cruz now leads the combined list of Day 2 qualifiers. Read up on the action via the Live Updates.

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Edwin Dela Cruz

Main Event Day 1B – Top 10 in chips

Edwin Dela Cruz Philippines 573,000
Hong Che Wang 王洪哲 Taiwan 508,000
Yao Wei Huang 黃耀緯 Taiwan 391,000
Noel Llamedo Philippines 372,000
Yu Sheng Lin 林祐聖 Taiwan 370,000
Tsung Ying Lee 李宗英 Taiwan 336,000
Chien Fa Chou 周建發 Taiwan 299,000
Yung Bing Chu 祝永斌 Taiwan 286,000
Ori Kossonogi Israel 282,000
Chi Han Hsieh 謝其翰 Taiwan 279,000

CLICK HERE for complete list of Day 2 qualifiers

For a majority of the day, Cruz sat on a healthy stack until he ran into a big hand against Jen Li Liu. This sent him skyrocketing far ahead of the pack. With betting at every stage, except the river, the board completed 6h8hJhAh8c. Liu had KsKd, Cruz with the nut flush AsKh.

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Hong Che Wang

Taiwan’s Hong Che Wang also surged, racking up 508,000, to place him roughly 10 BB behind Cruz and second in the overall Day 2 qualifier list. During the bubble round, with the board showing Qs6s8c5sKh, Wang tanked on a player’s check-shove. He eventually found the courage to call for all his chips and banked a double up with KdQd two pair. Cruz and Wang were the only two players in the 500K mark.

Other notable players advancing were WSOP bracelet winners Paul Ming Juen Teoh and Webster Chin Wei Lim. Taiwan’s Chien Fa Chou delivered the bubble, eliminating Jen Li Liu with pocket Kings beating Ace-Queen.

Main Event – Day 1C and Day 1D Turbo up next

The Main Event kicked off on February 15 at 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. Only two entry heats remain, both take place on Friday, February 17. A total of 462 entries is now in the books,. Excitement is in the air as a much bigger pot than advertised is certain.

Day 1C starts at 1pm. Starting stack is 30,000 (300x the starting blinds). Blinds go up every 40 minutes. If you plan to sign up late, keep in mind registration closes at the start of Level 10, by 7:30pm. If you miss that window, the last chance is Day 1D Turbo flight which starts at 7pm. Registration closes at 10:20pm. Starting stack is 30,000 (300x the starting blinds) but blinds increase at a much faster rate of every 20 minutes.

Buy in: TWD 20,000
Guarantee: TWD 10,000,000
Day 1A: 261 entries / 33 advanced
Day 1B: 201 entries / 26 advanced
Day 1C: Friday, February 17 @ 1pm
Day 1D (Turbo): Friday February 17 @ 19:00

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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