WPT Prime Taiwan – Day 3 highlights: Zhe Wei Chen, Julian Warhurst, Ka Shun Tsang win trophies; Shingo Horikoshi bags big at ME Warm Up Day 1C

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World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Taiwan completed another day at the Asia Poker Arena in Taipei City with three players claiming their first ever WPT trophy. The day also wrapped up with the Main Event Warm Up amassing a handsome TWD 5,389,600 ~(USD 169,400) prize pool. We’ve got all those stories for you, just scroll down.

WPT Prime Taiwan – Festival Results
WPT Prime Taiwan – Player Guide

Event 1: Main Event Warm Up – Day 1C results

Day 1C of the Main Event Warm Up drew the largest field of 267 entries to amass a combined 635 total entries. With the guarantee already surpassed at Day 1B, the turnout was added icing, boosting the prize pool to TWD 5,389,600 ~(USD 169,400). A total of 81 players advanced to the final day, and while each one stands to earn a minimum TWD 16,500 (~USD 520), all eyes are on the grand prize of TWD 984,600 (~USD 30,950).

Hua Wei Lin – file photo

Among the heat’s 34 survivors were notables David Erquiaga, Hua Wei Lin (pictured above), and Chien Chih Weng. Bagging the chip lead was Japan’s Shingo Horikoshi with a huge 696,000 stack, equivalent to 58 bb. Horikoshi will enter Day 2 as the overall chip leader. Day 1A chip leader Alan Wong was bumped down to third rank, and Day 1B chip leader Yih Chia Shaw was further down in 14th rank. You can view the survivor list via the link provided.

Main Event Warm Up Day 2 – Chip Counts

Date: August 8 to 11, 2023
Buy in: TWD 10,000 (~USD 315)
Guarantee: TWD 3,000,000 (~USD 94,300)
Total entries: 635
Prize pool: TWD 5,389,600 ~(USD 169,400)
ITM: 81 places

Day 1 results

Day 1A: 162 entries / 21 ITM
Day 1B: 206 entries / 26 ITM
Day 1C: 267 entries / 34 ITM

Top 5 end of Day 1C

Player Flag Stack
Shingo Horikoshi Japan 696,000
Hsi-An Chen Taiwan 599,000
Min Ho Cho Korea 514,000
Yun Yang Hsiao Taiwan 502,000
David Erquiaga Philippines 485,000

Day 2 qualifiers – Top 10 in chips

Player Flag Stack
Shingo Horikoshi Japan 696,000
Hsi-An Chen Taiwan 599,000
Alan Cho Fung Wong Hong Kong 574,000
Kuang Hung Lee Taiwan 554,000
Min Ho Cho Korea 514,000
Herry Lian Germany 509,000
Yun Yang Hsiao Taiwan 502,000
David Erquiaga Philippines 485,000
Cheng Yi Ming Hong Kong 460,000
Hua Wei Lin Taiwan 451,000

Zhe Wei Chen Mini Superstack Classic

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Zhe Wei Chen

At yesterday’s Mini Superstack Classic Day 1, 110 entered for a prize pool of TWD 660,000 (~USD 20,745). The event played down to ITM of 14 players with Hsuan Chao Chen bagging a towering stack. On Day 2, Chen gave it his best but ultimately bowed out in 5th place. The spotlight shined on Zhe Wei Chen who shipped it for his first ever international win and a cool TWD 106,3000 (~USD 3,340) payout.

Date: August 9 to 10, 2023
Buy in: TWD 6,000 (~USD 190)
Entries: 110 (89 unique, 21 re-entry)
Prize pool: TWD 660,000 (~USD 20,745)
ITM: 14 places

Place Player Flag Payout
1 Zhe Wei Chen Taiwan 106,300
2 Yang Lin Taiwan 100,700
3 Douhoung Chien Taiwan 60,400
4 Chuanmin Jian Taiwan 39,500
5 Hsuan Chao Chen Taiwan 30,500
6 Jia Chi Lee Taiwan 25,000
7 Chih Hsien Lin Taiwan 21,20
8 Chin Yu Ku Taiwan 18,500
9 Shih Hsuan Li Taiwan 16,300
10 Brian Koh Korea 14,400
11 Chang Ming Lo Taiwan 14,400
12 Wu Chiayun Taiwan 14,400
13 Lee Kuang Hung Taiwan 12,800
14 Yihsuan Chiang Taiwan 12,800

Event 6: Single Day High Roller Warm Up

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Julian Warhurst

Australian player Julian Warhurst has been having a successful trip in Asia with numerous deep runs since his arrival in May. He was finally able to turn one into a career first WPT title at the Single Day High Roller. Warhurst outlasted a field of 33, denying hot running Taiwan player Chao Ting Cheng at heads up to lift the trophy and claim the TWD 597,000 (~USD 18,765) top prize.

Date: August 10, 2023
Buy in: TWD 50,000 (~USD 1,570)
Entries: 33
Prize pool: TWD 1,456,500 (~USD 45,780)
ITM: 5 places

Place Player Flag Payout in TWD
1 Julian Warhurst Australia 597,000
2 Cheng Chao Ting Taiwan 364,000
3 Chien Hsiang Hung Taiwan 218,500
4 Mai Bien Vietnam\ 160,000
5 Yen Han Chen Taiwan 117,000

Event 7: Megastack Turbo

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Ka Shun Tsang

Hong Kong player Ka Shung Tsang was also the proud owner of a WPT trophy. Tsang overcame the 108 entry field of the Megastack Turbo to earn his first ever live win which came with a payout of TWD 160,200 (~USD 5,035). Impressively, Tsang’s live run began in June this year, and has already racked up 12 cashes of which 9 were final table finishes.

Date: August 10, 2023
Buy in: TWD 6,000 (~USD 190)
Entries: 108
Prize pool: TWD 534,300 (~USD 16,795)
ITM: 14 places

Place Player Flag Payout in TWD
1 Ka Shun Tsang Hong Kong 160,200
2 Caleb Kan Singapore 98,800
3 Vincent Yuan Taiwan 59,300
4 Weilien Chiang Taiwan 38,700
5 Wei Hsin Yu Taiwan 29,900
6 Shao Hong Yu Taiwan 24,600
7 Eli Chang USA 20,800
8 Benny Chung Taiwan 18,200
9 Jules Blondel France 16,000
10 Hsiu Kuan Chu Taiwan 14,200
11 Philip King Chung Wang Taiwan 14,200
12 Hsuan Chao Chen Taiwan 14,200
13 Wu Chiayun Taiwan 12,600
14 Wei Hao Chen Taiwan 12,600

WPT Player of the Festival

The WPT Player of the Festival race is on! Below are the standings after three completed events (Event 2, Event 3, Event 4), The three event winners each earned 300 points. More points to collect with over 40 point-generating events scheduled. The player with the most points accrued at the end of the series wins a WPT Passport worth USD 5,000 to any WPT Main Tour in 2023.

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WPT Prime Taiwan Season XXI Key Highlights

Three days in the books with plenty of action still ahead. WPT Prime Taiwan boasts the richest and most extensive lineup ever announced by the global brand in Asia. A total of 46 trophy events are scheduled highlighted by the Main Event. Make sure to check the schedule link provided for all the details and structure.

WPT Prime Taiwan – Full Schedule

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The WPT Prime Main Event gets underway on August 17 and runs until August 21. For a buy in of TWD 33,000 (~USD 1,075), players have a shot at the mighty USD 1,000,000 guarantee. This is the largest tournament prize pool advertised by the WPT for Taiwan. To further display the worth of this event, the champion will receive a 2023 WPT World Championship seat worth USD 10,400. The WPT value-adds airfare and accommodation.

Other big events are the Mystery Bounty TWD 5,000,000 (~USD 162,245) guaranteed from August 11 to 13 and 8 Max Championship TWD 2,000,000 (~USD 65,150) guaranteed from August 14 to 15.

For high rollers,  the CTP High Stakes Challenge is the most expensive with buy in of TWD 300,000 (~USD 9,475). The WPT Prime Super High Roller and WPT Prime High Roller 3K are also big wig favorites and are certain to attract the creme de la creme of the region.

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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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