U Series of Poker 2024 season opener pays out over NTD 103.6M (~$3.28M) in Taiwan; festival highlights

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Returning to Taiwan for its second consecutive season kickoff, U Series of Poker (USOP) delivered another lucrative festival to add to its already stellar portfolio. Running from January 5 to 15, 2024 at CTP Asia Poker Arena in Taipei City, the eleven-day series paid out over NTD 103.6 Million (~USD 3.28 Million) in prizes across 45 trophy events. This was more than double its initial visit. Adding to the stats, this was the brand’s third consecutive 1000+ Main Event entry field and third consecutive seven figure Main Event prize pool.


USOP is already gearing up for its next event which will take place at the gorgeous coastal city of Da Nang in Vietnam. In partnership with Crown Poker Club and Lucky Poker Tour, the upcoming event features a boosted VN₫ 60 Billion (~USD 2.44 Million) in guarantees. Last time the brand was at this location, it generated a record breaking festival prize pool of VN₫ 163,438,680,000 (~USD 6,741,140). Players can start marking down the USOP Da Nang dates: March 19 to April 1, 2024. Just a heads up, weather-wise, this is the best time of year to be in Da Nang.

Now here are the highlights of USOP Taiwan.

USOP Taiwan – Coverage
USOP Taiwan – Player Guide
USOP Taiwan – Festival Results

Festival Review

Date: January 5 to 15, 2024
Venue: CTP Asia Poker Arena, Taipei City
Festival prize pool: NTD 103,623,365 (~USD 3,281,900)
Trophy events: 45
Main Event entries: 1,100
Main Event prize pool: NTD 32,010,000 (~USD 1,030,500)
Main Event winner: Sam Chen Yu Hung – NTD 5,383,700 (~~USD 170,500)
Superstar Challenge winner: Chih Wei Fan – NTD 3,067,000 (~USD 97,130)
Biggest festival earner: Sam Chen Yu Hung – NTD 5,383,700 (~~USD 173,300)
Largest High Roller Series prize pool: Super High Roller – NTD 10,776,700 (~USD 346,456)
Multi-winners:  Yita Choong (2), Clement Haro (2), Keon Young Oh (2), Wei Ting Chen (2)
Most final table cashes: Punnat Punsri (4), Ivan Hon Cheong Lee (4), Shao Me Yang (4)
Most cashes:
Jun Li (6), Hon Cheong Lee (5) William Jia (5) Alan Khoo (5), Dexter Santos (5), Dou Houng Chien (5), Kim Hak Do (5), Wai Huen Lee (5), Yan Wen Yee, Yu Yong Lin (5)
Trophy by Flag: Taiwan (23), Malaysia (5), South Korea (5), France (4), Australia (4), Hong Kong (2), Japan (1)

Main Event

Sam Chen Yu Hung

The Main Event drew 1,100 entries for a prize pool of NTD 32,010,000 (~USD 1,030,500). This was the brand’s third consecutive Main Event million USD prize pool following record setters USOP Da Nang and USOP Hanoi.

Taiwan’s Sam Chen Yu Hung locked up the coveted win to emerge the single largest tournament earner and the festival’s biggest earner. Hung pocketed a massive career high payout of NTD 5,383,700 (~USD 170,500).

Top 10 in earnings

Player Flag Cashes Total earnings in NTD
~USD conversion
Sam Chen Yu Hung Taiwan 1 5,383,700 170,530
Hon Cheong Lee Hong Kong 5 4,989,700 158,050
Gyeong Byeong Lee South Korea 1 3,774,000 119,545
Chih Wei Fan Taiwan 3 3,647,400 115,535
Punnat Punsri Thailand 4 3,168,100 100,350
Yita Choong Australia 3 3,023,300 95,765
Tao Wei Chang Taiwan 1 2,748,200 87,050
Yu Sheng Lin Taiwan 2 2,474,700 78,390
Calvin Kean Wei Tan Malaysia 4 2,312,800 73,260
Yo Hwan Lim South Korea 2 2,221,600 70,370

Most Cashes: JUN LI

A long list of players cashed multiple times at the series with UK’s Jun Li edging them all. Li cashed six times for a total earning of NTD 310,800 (~USD 9,840).

Place Event
Payout in NTD
45 Mystery Bounty 19,300
12 Sunday Superstack 43,300
9 Midweek Superstack 56,000
12 Mystery Rush Bounty 19,500
5 6-Card PLO 15,700
25 Main Event 157,000

Three players with four final table cashes


Out of all the multi-cashers, Ivan Hon Cheong Lee, Punnat Punsri, and Shao Me Yang had the most final table payouts. Each one had four ft cashes. Lee emerged the richest, banking a combined NTD 4,989,700 (~USD 158,050); Punsri collected a combined NTD 3,168,100 (~USD 100,350); and Yang stayed consistent at the non-high roller events for a combined NTD 316,400 (~USD 10,000).

Taiwan claims over half of the trophies

Not only did Taiwanese players came out in full force, they also dominated the games, claiming 23 trophies, that’s over half of the events won! The biggest home court winner was none other than Sam Chen Yu Hung at the Main Event. Chih Wei Fan also brought down the house with his stunning comeback victory at the Superstar Challenge.


To close out the series, Tao Wei Chang shipped the High Roller Finale, outlasting the 84-entry field and defeating famous South Korean player Yo Hwan “BoxeR” Lim at heads up. Chang pocketed a career high NTD 2,748,200 (~USD 87,050) payout and his first ever USOP title. He was the seventh biggest earner of the festival.


Yita Choong


Champion – Mini High Roller – NTD 412,200 (~USD 13,000)
Champion – High Roller Megastack – NTD 2,436,300 (~USD 77,130)

Clement Haro


Champion – Mystery Bounty – NTD 1,105,600 (~USD 35,700)
Champion – The Closer – NTD 415,900 (~USD 13,165)

Keon Young Oh


Champion – Bounty Hunter Hyper Turbo – NTD 77,700 (~USD 2,460)
Champion – Freezeout – NTD 160,000 (~USD 5,065)

Wei Ting Chen


Champion – 10/10/10 – NTD 90,700 (~USD 2,870)
Champion – Short Deck Turbo – NTD 84,500 (~USD 2,675)

*That concludes the SMP coverage of 2024 USOP Taiwan. Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming USOP Da Nang festival. 

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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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