Taipei in Taiwan has welcomed the J88PT Ultra Stack to the ACE8 International Poker Association in recent days, with the opening events now underway. This will be J88’s third event on Taiwanese soil, with the first two attracting a lot of interest.
The opening ceremony and first event have now been completed, with the Main Event starting flights set to begin today. With the previous two J88 live events in Taiwan gathering Main Event prize pools of NT$6.2 million (US$200,009) and NT$10 million (US$322,595) respectively, there is every reason to think this event will also prosper.
The J88PT Ultra Stack has been officially opened by representatives of J88Poker and ACE8 International Poker Association, with J88Poker team pros also in attendance.
J88Poker CEO Luis Kim said, “We are grateful to all who came here today to support us. We believe that nothing can compete with experience from live events: inviting atmosphere, playing together with good friends and meeting new people. That is why we created J88PT, poker series for those who love poker as much as we do!”
The team of ACE8 International Poker Association consists of professionals who aim to provide a tournament place according to the international standards and to take the Taiwanese poker market to the next level.
What to expect from the series
The J88PT Ultra Stack is comprised of 8 events running across six days, from September 18th until September 23rd. The Main Event promises a guarantee of NT$3 million (US$96,779), but organisers will be hoping the final prize pool exceeds this figure by some distance.
The buy in will be NT$12,000 (US$387) and there will be three starting day flights, all of them allowing re-entry with players also able to accumulate the chips earned during all the Day 1s. This will give players a chance to build a big stack early on and will inflate the prize pool significantly.
As well as the specially designed trophy and prize money on offer in the Main Event, players can also get their hands on more cash in the 7 side events which are scheduled. Buy ins range from NT$ 1,800 (US$58) to NT$ 28,000 (US$903), with the High Roller running from September 22nd to the 23rd. In addition, there will be a Short Deck KO Turbo, an Iron Man event and a Progressive KO.
The tournament is overseen by Tournament Director Chris Christian who worked for 10 years as tournament director of PokerStars at WPT, DPT and APL. He will make sure that the festival follows the international standards.
Chen Hao and Dino win opening events
The NT$5,500 (US$177) NLH Turbo event and NT$8,800 (US$284) PKO have already concluded, with a J88Poker team pro taking the first title in event 2. Former WPT winner Chen Hao adds a J88Poker trophy to his collection and still has plenty of events left to claim another. The winner of the NT$8,800 has now also been declared as Taiwanese national Dino.
Article by Craig Bradshaw