USOP Taiwan Day 8 highlights: Tsun Yin Ng tops Main Event Day 1B; Chin Ling Hsu, Kensuke Tajike, Shmuel Aizik, Zi Wei Tung win trophies


Another blazing day of cards flying and pushing chips at U Series of Poker (USOP) Taiwan taking place at Asia Poker Arena in Taipei City. At the top of the Day 8 menu was the Main Event which drew a crowd of 282 entries on its second flight. By night’s end, 36 advanced to the next round led by Hong Kong’s Tsun Yin Ng and four more trophies left the mantle with  Here are the results and highlights.

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Main Event – update after Day 1B

Tsun Yin Ng

The second entry day of the Main Event drew an even larger crowd with 282 runners signing up over the ten levels of registration. Only 36 players advanced, which was 12.5%  of the field. Up top was Hong Kong’s Tsun Yin Ng with 92 bb, who just edged Day 1A leader Jun Li from the UK to slide up top the cumulative Day 2 qualifiers list.

Other players advancing via this heat were hot running Malaysian Xiang Guang Chang, event winners Vincent Chauve, William Jiaand notables Po Wen Fang, Kristof Segers, Dae Woong Song, Harry Duong, and John Perry.

USOP Taiwan: MAIN EVENT – Day 2 chip counts

Date: January 11 to 15, 2024
Buy in: NTD 33,000 (~USD 1,056)
Guarantee: NTD 15,000,000 (~USD 482,230)
Day 1A results: 203 entries / 26 advance
Day 1B results: 282 entries / 36 advance
Cumulative entries: 485
Cumulative ITM: 62 players

Day 2 qualifiers – Top 10

Player Flag Stack BB
Tsun Yin Ng Hong Kong 1,101,000 92
Jun Li United Kingdom 1,073,000 89
Chung Howe Sean Singapore 930,000 78
Yi Hsiang Lu Taiwan 763,000 64
Mark Gruendemann Ireland 712,000 59
Chi Jen Chen Taiwan 595,000 50
Kuan Yuan Chen Taiwan 573,000 48
Schulze Oliver Germany 571,000 48
Chia Hsiang Ko Taiwan 557,000 46
Po Wen Fang Taiwan 487,000 41

After two starters, the Main Event has now increased to 485 entries, and with two entry flights to play out, the NTD 15 Million is expected to be breached within the first round of Day 1C. So for all those fence-sitters and weekend warriors, this is the last chance to enter!

CHIN LING HSU banks it at the Mystery Rush Bounty


Avid head hunter Chin Ling Hsu finally captured his first international festival bounty title after numerous attempts since 2022. Hsu outlasted 107 runners of the Mystery Rush Bounty event to claim the NTD 220,800 top prize. In addition, he collected a total of six bounties, which included the biggest one worth NTD 85,000, for a combined NTD 115,000 in bounties. He walked away with a grand total career high payout of NTD 335,800 (~USD 10,800).

Date: January 12, 2024
Buy in: NTD 12,000 (~USD 384)
Guarantee: NTD 800,000 (~USD 25,720)
Entries: 107
Prize Pool: NTD 1,120,930 (~USD 36,090)
ITM: 14 places

*Payouts do not include bounties

Rank Player Flag Payout in NTD
1 Chin Ling Hsu Taiwan 220,800
2 Isaac Chern Chze Malaysia 136,200
3 Lee Jung Yeol South Korea 81,700
4 Rajeev Kanjani India 53,400
5 Quian Pu Huang Taiwan 41,200
6 Sean Tan Singapore 33,900
7 Yashiro Naoki Japan 28,700
8 Yi Hsuan Chen Taiwan 25,000
9 Paul Yugendra Malaysia 22,000
10 Kwok Yip Hong Kong 19,500
11 Chin Te Huang Taiwan 19,500
12 Jun Li United 19,500
13 Pak Ning Lee Hong Kong 17,300
14 Chien Yu Lin Taiwan 17,300

Heads up even chop at the Tag Team Event


The Tag Team Event continues to grow in popularity with 87 teams signing up. The top 9 teams earned a cut of the NTD 843,900 prize pool. The event wrapped up with the final two teams opting on an even deal, splitting the winnings and one trophy each per team. This meant a second victory for teammates Wei Jen Wang and Chien Hsiang Hung. The night prior, Hung won the 8-Max Hyper Turbo and five days prior, Wang won the Double Board – Single Winner event.

Date: January 12, 2024
Buy in: NTD 22,000 (~USD 704)
Entries: 87
Prize Pool: NTD 843,900 (~USD 27,130)
ITM: 9 places

*Heads up even chop

Rank Player Payout in NTD
1 Kensuke Tajika /
Shmuel Aizik
1 Wei Jen Wang / Chien Hsiang Hung 209,950
3 Dylan Foster /
Yita Choong
4 Oliver Schulze 70,000
5 Chien Ju Chang / Yi Chun Lin 55,000
6 Hon Cheong Lee / Chien Chih Weng 52,000
7 Czar Ian Marcos 50,000
8 Peng Sen Wu / Chih Feng Li 49,000
9 John Tech / Christopher Pasion 48,000

ZI WEI TUNG wins first USOP title at 7-Max Hyper Turbo


On his series second final table cash, Taiwan’s Zi Wei Tung turned it into victory at the evening’s 7-Max Hyper Turbo. Tung bested a field of 88 entries to lift his first USOP trophy and the NTD 121,200 (~USD 3,900) top prize.

Date: January 12, 2024
Buy in: NTD 5,000 (~USD 160)
Entries: 88
Prize Pool: NTD 375,600 (~USD 12,075)
ITM: 11 places

Rank Player Flag Payout in NTD
1 Zi Wei Tung Taiwan 121,200
2 Tzu Ching Kuo Taiwan 73,200
3 Mesut Ulas Germany 45,500
4 Yew Tong Malaysia 30,800
5 Wai Huen Lee Hong Kong 23,500
6 Jamel Sarray Italy 18,800
7 Chenghuan Chou Taiwan 15,600
8 Rui Lu Taiwan 13,100
9 Seonguk Huh South Korea 12,100
10 Chunyu Yang Taiwan 11,300
11 Jereld Sam Singapore 10,500

USOP Taiwan 2024

In partnership with the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP), USOP Taiwan runs from January 5 to 15, 2024 at the largest brick and mortar poker room in the region, Asia Poker Arena in Taipei City. With eight days in the books, 34 of the 45 trophies have already been claimed. Only 11 left! There’s still time to win yours!

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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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