WPT Prime Taiwan Main Event: Thailand’s Metasit Pratipsangkom dominates Day 1B


Action packed day at WPT Prime Taiwan with the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club) filled to capacity once again. International players and locals poured in for Main Event Day 1B, and as predicted, the NT$ 10M guarantee was quickly shattered. With a cumulative 452 entries (Day 1A – 189, Day 1B – 263), the prize pool has now reached NT 13 Million which will balloon further with Day 1C yet to complete. Read up on the action via the Live Updates on

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Opening the day’s festivities was a ribbon cutting ceremony with special appearance by Ko  Wen-Je, Mayor of Taipei. After his speech, WPT CEO Adam Pliska also welcomed in the players,

“We are so happy to be here. It is the 20th anniversary of the World Poker Tour and for 20 years the brand has brought people together not just for poker competition but also allowing them to travel the world and meet people all over and forge new friendships. This is what the World Poker Tour is about.”

In anticipation of the large crowd, the WPT and CTP prepared a room at the gymnasium for the side events. This was indeed a good plan with Day 1B attracting a monster 263 entries. For several hours in the day, every seat in the house was spoken for. By midnight, the bubble was delivered, sending Thailand’s Metasit Pratibsangkom‘s stack over the million mark. To emphasize the enormity of his stack, the closest in the overall counts is Day 1A chip leader Carter Chan who is roughly 40 BB behind. To end the day, Pratibsangkom eliminated Shawn Wu on the bubble with pocket Jacks over pocket Tens.

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Metasit Pratipsangkom

End of Day 1B chip counts

Metasit Pratipsangkom Thailand 1,007,000
Yun Hsiang Fan Taiwan 621,000
Nobuaki Sasaki Japan 420,000
Kosei Ichinose Japan 399,000
Bradley Ritschel U.S.A 374,000
Junhwan Kim South Korea 370,000
Sung Joo Hyun South Korea 350,000
Rikuto Sashida Japan 286,000
Louis Bilodeau Japan 280,000
Kun Han Lee Taiwan 267,000
Bin Chiat Tay Singapore 259,000
Po Jun Lin Taiwan 258,000
Min Joo Cho South Korea 251,235
Chieh Shan Yang Taiwan 248,000
Ikeda Maki Japan 246,000
Chih Fang Li Taiwan 243,000
Chun Min Tai Taiwan 230,000
Masaya Hayami Japan 219,000
Yao Wei Huang Taiwan 212,000
Chia Hao Chang Taiwan 202,000
Yung Han Chin Taiwan 177,000
Cheng Liang Liu Taiwan 158,000
Chi Jen Chen Taiwan 149,000
Che Li Lin Taiwan 134,000
Kai Cheng Hsu Taiwan 118,000
Park Giwon South Korea 102,000
Yu Che Chang Taiwan 86,000
Samuel Wilkinson England 82,000
Chia Wei Kao Taiwan 80,000
Sparrow Cheung Hong Kong 71,000
Yu Jung Lo Taiwan 58,000
Hua Wei Lin Taiwan 54,000
Kenny Shih Taiwan 50,000

The Main Event got underway on November 17 and will run through November 21. A total of 57 advanced to Day 2. One starting day remains to join that list. Day 1C takes place on Saturday, November 19 at 1pm. It is expected to be the biggest day yet so make sure to arrive early. Buy in is NT$ 33,000. Cards in the air at 1pm.

WPT Prime Taiwan – MAIN EVENT Day 1A



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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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