USOP Taiwan MAIN EVENT begins today! – January 11 to 15, 2024

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After six days of U Series of Poker (USOP) Taiwan pre-games, welcome to the MAIN EVENT! The much awaited highlight gets underway at exactly 12pm today, January 11, 2024 and runs until January 15, 2024, at the Asia Poker Arena in Taipei City. For this year’s opening edition, the guarantee is set at a conservative NTD 15,000,000 (~USD 484,400).

With tremendous support seen since opening day, and more players making their way just for this event, anticipate the guarantee to be surpassed well before the completion of the four entry days. As a gauge, last year’s inaugural launch accumulated a prize pool of NTD 18,210,800; there is no reason this figure will not be breached.

Main Event

Date: January 11 to 15, 2024
Buy in: NTD 33,000 (~USD 1,056)
Guarantee: NTD 15,000,000 (~USD 484,400)

Schedule and Info

Day 1A: Thursday, January 11, 2024
Day 1B: Friday, January 12, 2024
Day 1C: Saturday, January 13, 2024
Day 1D: Saturday, January 13, 2024 (Turbo flight)

*Each entry day plays down to ITM of 12.5% of the field

Day 2: Sunday, January 14, 2024
Day 3: Monday, January 15, 2024

Starting stack: 40,000
Opening blinds: 100-100 ante 100
Day 1 level intervals: 40 minutes, 25 minutes (Turbo)
Day 2 and Day 3 level intervals: 60 minutes

For the full structure, see Event 26 in the USOP Taiwan Player Guide

USOP Main Event in 2023

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In February 2023, USOP emerged into the live scene, staging its first event in Taipei City, Taiwan. The attraction was immediate, players flocked to generate a Main Event prize pool of NTD 18,210,800. At the time, the buy in was just NTD 20,000, the lowest ever offered by the brand. Philippine player Edwin Dela Cruz was crowned champion, pocketing NTD 3,060,000 (~USD 98,340).

Edwin Dela Cruz wins inaugural USOP Poker2U Taiwan Series Main Event for TWD 3,060,000 (~$100.8K)

Since the brand’s introduction into the live scene, it held three more events, all in Vietnam – two at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi and the finale in Da Nang. Each time, the prize pool swelled past the previous figure with the brand’s season ender holding the record for the richest in Da Nang, and each time, a first time Main Event winner was hailed. The next one could be you!

Main Event Buy in Entries Prize Pool Champion Winner Payout
USOP Taiwan NTD 20,000 (~USD 660) 1,043 NTD 18,210,800 (~USD 600,200) Edwin Dela Cruz NTD 3,060,000 (~USD 100,800)
USOP Vietnam VN₫ 22,000,000 (~USD 930) 851 VN₫ 16,509,400,000 (~USD 702,680) Dai Ngoc Nguyen VN₫ 3,550,000,000 (~USD 151,100)
USOP Hanoi VN₫ 25,000,000 (~USD 1,057) 1,336 VN₫ 29,158,200,000 (~USD 1,212,000) Vishal Ojha VN₫ 4,952,000,000 (~USD 205,840)
USOP Da Nang VN₫ 25,000,000 (~USD 1,057) 1,595 VN₫ 34,810,800,000 (~USD 1,434,020) The Naing VN₫ 4,979,000,000 (~USD 205,190)

USOP winner links:

Đại Ngọc Nguyễn wins first major victory at U Series of Poker Main Event

Vishal Ojha conquers record-breaking USOP Hanoi Main Event!

Singapore’s The Naing crowned USOP Danang Main Event champion

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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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