WPT Prime Taiwan: Victor Chong clinches the Bounty Event; Pi Ying Hsu, Takao Shimizu, Chung Liang Kuo win trophies; SHR Day 1 update


Wall to wall poker at WPT Prime Taiwan with another batch of games drawing players to host venue Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club Taipei). In the aftermath, anothr four trophies were awarded. We’ve got those results below including an update on the ongoing Super High Roller and the Player of the Festival standings.

 WPT Prime Taiwan – Full results

VICTOR CHONG clinches the Bounty Event

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Overnight chip leader Malaysia’s Victor Chong carried the torch all the way to the finish to clinch the Bounty Event and a payout of NT$ 401,700 (~$13,000). In addition, Chong collected NT$ 70,000 (~$2,263) in bounties and lifted a career second WPT Prime trophy having won his first at the Cambodia festival last August.

In Day 2, Chong maintained his lead and entered the final table as top dog. He ballooned further after eliminating Hong Kong’s Cliff Chow (9th) with pocket Twos turned Quads and later cleaned out Yu Chung Chang (6th) with AdKs over AsQs.

To nail it shut, Chong cracked Cheng Chao Ting‘s pocket Kings with Ace-Queen both pairing up. The win was his fourth for the year, marking it as his best year yet on the live tournament felt. For runner up Cheng it was an equally good performance. He knocked out just as many players as Chong.

Buy in: $22,000 (~$710)
Entries: 108
Prize pool: NT$ 2,095,200 (includes bounties)
ITM: 14 places

Final table payouts

1st Victor Chong Malaysia $401,700
2nd Cheng Chao Ting Taiwan $247,700
3rd Chih Feng Li Taiwan $148,700
4th Chun Han Lin Taiwan $97,100
5th Yu Fan Tsai Taiwan $75,000
6th Yu Chung Chang Taiwan $61,600
7th Jack Wu Taiwan $52,200
8th Terry Sua Malaysia $45,500
9th Cliff Chow Hong Kong $40,200

PI YING HSU outlasts at Short Deck

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Roars were heard throughout the day with the Short Deck event providing plenty of excitement. At the close of registration, it drew a healthy 83 entries for a prize pool of NT$ 479,000 (~$15,487). Taking it down was CTP regular Pi Ying Hsu who was also the bringer of good news by delivering the bubble. Hsu earned a cool NT$ 155,400 (~$5,020) and his first WPT trophy.

Buy in: NT$ 7,000 (~$226)
Entries: 83
Prize pool: NT$ 479,000 (~$15,487)
ITM: 11 places


1st Pi Ying Hsu Taiwan 154400
2nd Chung Yi Ho Taiwan 93400
3rd Wei Chun Liu Taiwan 58100
4th Shao Me Yang Taiwan 39300
5th Tsung En Yeh Taiwan 29900
6th Philip King Chung Taiwan 24000
7th Nobuaki Sasaki Japan 19900
8th Chin Jack David Singapore 16800
9th Wu Chiayun Taiwan 15400
10th Shengfu Yu Taiwan 14400
11th Mingchang Xiao Taiwan 13400

CHUNG LIANG KUO top the Freezeout

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The Freezeout event pulled in 96 players to fill up nearly half the club. It took seven and a half hours to find its champion. After the elimination of Chanhee Yea, it was an all Taiwanese three-handed race to the title. Ching Wei Chen was first to miss the glory, falling to Chung Liang Kuo’s pocket Eights. Heads up ran a quick ten minutes. Kuo’s 8d8c held against Chieh Shan Yang‘s overcards.

Buy in: NT$ 6,000 (~$195)
Entries: 96
Prize pool: NT$ 931,200 (~$30,108)
ITM: 11 places


1st Chung Liang Kuo Taiwan 295500
2nd Chieh Shan Yang Taiwan 177000
3rd Chingwei Chen Taiwan 111700
4th Chanhee Yea South Korea 72200
5th Pieter Borremans Belgium 55900
6th Tatsuto Chinen Japan 4420
7th Yu Jenam South Korea 37200
8th Sparrow Cheung Hong Kong 32600
9th Ryo Kotake Japan 29500
10th Shihchi Kao Taiwan 27000
11th Minjun Jeon South Korea 25100

TAKAO SHIMIZU wins the Seniors NLH

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The first ever Seniors NLH in Asia was tabled at the festival and this was largely due to a poker enthusiast named Buddy. An avid player, Buddy shared,

“I messaged WPT’s Danny McDonagh about the possibility of adding a Seniors Event, and he said yes for WPT Prime Taiwan. Despite all the news about China and North Korea, three of us were still able to go this year. My Global Poker Community Facebook group has over 6,000 and I believe there will be a bunch more members going next year.”

It may have been a light 19 player turnout for its debut appearance but it certainly was a good start. Third placer Anthony Hope was thrilled to have this event on the list. He also enjoyed the structure. In the end, the win was awarded to a well known Japanese pro / 2018 WPTDS Vietnam  Main Event runner up Takao Shimizu, who struck a deal with Chung Chun Wen at heads up. With more chips, Shimizu was awarded a slightly higher payout and the trophy.

Buy in: NT$ 6,000
Entries: 19
Prize pool: NT$ 93,900 (~$3,035)
ITM: 3 places


1st Takao Shimizu Japan $39,550*
2nd Chung Chun Wen Taiwan $35,550*
3rd Anthony Hope Australia $18,800

*Heads up deal

Day 1 results: Super High Roller

The Super High Roller saw 33 players toss in the NT$ 200,000 (~$ 6,467) buy in into the kitty which was padded up another 14 re-entries for a closing pot of NT$ 8,662,100 (~$280,065). Among the international contingent were Korea’s Yohwan Lim famously known as BoxeR, WSOP bracelet winners Sung Joo Hyun, Motoyoshi Okamura, Australia’s Joseph Sandaev, and Hong Kong’s Sparrow Cheung. However, all failed to make it through the day.

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Returning to Day 2 are the final 13 players led by New Zealand’s Hamish Crawshaw. He is trailed closely by one of the hottest running Asian pros today, Punnat Punsri, and Korea’s Seung Hun Ko. Five players will be representing home turf with Chia Yun Wu ahead of that pack. One of the hands that helped build his stack was his elimination of Thailand pro Phachara Wongwichit.

Buy in: NT$ 200,000 (~$6,467)
Entries: 47 (33 unique, 14 re-entry)
Prize pool: NT$ 8,662,100 (~$280,065)

Day 1 chip counts

Player Flag Chips BB
Hamish Crawshaw New Zealand 1,260,000 50
Punnat Punsri Thailand 1,145,000 46
Seung Hun Ko Korea 1,105,000 44
Hon Cheong Lee Hong Kong 1,015,000 41
Chia Yun Wu Taiwan 1,005,000 40
Natalie Teh Malaysia 955,000 38
Daisuke Ogita Japan 950,000 38
Yu Chung Chang Taiwan 945,000 38
Michael Soyza Malaysia 925,000 37
Jun Hao Wu Singapore 855,000 34
Pete Chen Taiwan 650,000 26
Wen Kai Chen Taiwan 615,000 25
Yen Liang Yao Taiwan 225,000 9

Player of the Festival – update (9 events)

CHUNG YI HO 475 2nd
LEE KUN HAN 375 4th
YI WEI PENG 350 5th
YU SHENG LIN 300 7th
NATALIE TEH 300 10th
PI YING HSU 300 12th

Stick with us at Somuchpoker as we bring you updates of the ongoing series.


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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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