Richest Taiwan Millions Tournament pays out over USD 2.1 Million!


From its modest beginnings of just ten events and a festival prize pool barely reaching USD 4K, the CTP Club’s homegrown Taiwan Millions Tournament has now ballooned to the largest local festival in Asia. 


Running from January 19 to February 5, 2024 at the Asia Poker Arena in Taipei City, the 15th installment served up a massive 70-event schedule and concluded with a stunning NTD 68,269,231 festival prize pool, equivalent to USD 2,175,000. No homegrown festival in Asia has ever reached those heights.


Numbered events – #1-#45:  NTD 56,828,231
High Roller events – #1-#8 – NTD 9,440,300
Daily Deepstack – #1-#17 – NTD 2,000,700

Record-breaking Main Event

Round Trophy 36 Main Champion
Cheng Jyun Yang

Contributing largely to that pot was the TMT 15 Main Event which drew a record 3,891 entries over eight flights for a prize pool of NTD 25,296,116 (~USD 805,900). This was NTD 2.5M more than previous. Sponsored by Natural8, the online platform generated 365 entries. On the floor, the influx was tremendous with 700 Day 1A entries, setting a new record for a first-entry flight, typically the lightest attended. This was followed by another blockbuster turnout on Day 1E, which saw 924 entries, surpassing the previous 909 record.

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In the aftermath, the TMT 15 Main Event title came down between Taiwan’s Cheng Jyun Yang and Japanese star Tetsuya Enoki. Both players were deep in blinds that it took two hours to conclude. Yang jumped to a big lead when he called out Enoki’s bluff (hand above) then held on for his first Main Event title and a career high NTD 3,780,600 (~USD 120,500).

For Enoki, the runner up finish earned him NTD 2,607,500 (~USD 83,100), the second largest live tournament payout of his career.

Watch the final table action via CTP Club YouTube.

Main Final Table
TMT 15 Main Event final table

Buy in: NTD 8,000 (~USD 255)
Guarantee: NTD 10,000,000 (~USD 318,700)
Entries: 3,891
Prize pool: NTD 25,296,116 (~USD 805,900)
ITM: 468 places

Final Table payouts

Place Player Flag Payout in NTD
1 Cheng Jyun Yang Taiwan 3,780,600
2 Tetsuya Enoki Japan 2,607,500
3 Chieh Chi Liu Taiwan 1,780,000
4 Chun Sing Yau Hong Kong 1,310,000
5 Deng Deng Kai Taiwan 1,000,500
6 Pen Yu Ke Taiwan 780,000
7 Cheng Yu Lai Taiwan 600,000
8 Wei Chieh Hsu Taiwan 467,000
9 Gingyu Huang Taiwan 367,500

Other Big Winners

Round Trophy H8 HR
Chia Chaing Ko
  • Poker Queen –  YI XUAN WU – Taiwan – NTD 47,800 (~USD 1,523)
  • Championship – CHEN AN LIN – Taiwan – NTD 697,000 (~USD 22,200) 
  • Kick-Off – DARREN MOVES – Australia – NTD 905,000 (~USD 28,840)
  • Mystery Bounty – YONG YAO JIANG – Taiwan –  NTD 817,000 bounties not included
  • Super High Roller – CHIA CHAING KO – Taiwan –  NTD 922,000 (~USD 29,385) 
  • GiantStacks – CHIA JUNG LIU – Taiwan – NTD 360,000 (~USD 11,475)
  • Mini Main – SHAO CHING CHEN – Taiwan – NTD – 478,200 (~USD 15,240)

All of these winners including the Main Event champion, Player of the Series, and Team Challenge winner were awarded a October Go Taiwan – TMT Championship Main Event Pass, sponsored by CTP. The event takes place on October 18 to 28, 2024. Check out the video link:

Team Athletic wins Team Challenge / Chih Hsien Lin wins Player of the Series

New format for the Team Challenge with three players per team. Each player was rated on their GPI points and were tallied as a team. Team Athletic topped the numbers to each win a TMTC Main Event Pass, NTD 33,000, and a trophy.


Team and Individual stats:

1st Chih Hsien Lin Taiwan 851.21 points 19 ITM, 10 FT, 4 wins
2nd Wu Chiayun Taiwan 695.68 points 17 ITM, 9 FT, 1 win
3rd Zong Chi He Taiwan 691.14 points q3 ITM, 7 FT, 1 win
Chih Hsien Lin

With Taiwan’s Chih Hsien Lin also accruing the most points of the festival, he earned the Player of the Series title. Lin denied Wu Chiayun a back-to-back, dusting him in 2nd place. Lin cashed 19 times, reached the final table 10 times, and won 4 events. For his achievement, he was awarded another TMTC Main Event Pass, NTD 33,000, and a special POS Trophy.

Second placer Wu was awarded TMTC credit worth NTD 20,000, and third placer Zong Chi He was awarded TMTC credit worth NTD 10,000.

Yi Wei Peng successfully defend Heads Up title

For the second consecutive TMT, Taiwan’s Yi Wei Peng was undefeated at the Heads Up challenge. Peng outlasted the 32 entry field to be crowned back-to-back champion and collected a payout of NTD 320,000 (~USD 10,200).

HU Back to back 2 seasons winner

*All photos by CTP 

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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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