WPT Prime Taiwan: Thibaut Blondel, Hao Wai Ku, Vamerdino Magsakay, Matthew Cook, Peter Ng, Sohei Obara top highlights; Alan Pham leads POF

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The World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Taiwan concluded another round of thrilling games at the Asia Poker Arena in Taipei City with five players claiming trophies during the Day 6 festivities. The top story was the Mystery Bounty event where Thibaut Blondel captured his first live title and Hao Wai Kim pulling the biggest reward. Here are the highlights and results.

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

Thibaut Blondel captures maiden live title at Mystery Bounty

Big day for France’s Thibaut Blondel who entered Day 2 of the Mystery Bounty event ranked 82nd out of 87 returnees then walked away as champion. The victory was Blondel’s career first. He pocketed the TWD 1,225,000 (~USD 38,500) top prize and two bounties – runner up and his own amounting to TWD 60,000 – for a total payout of TWD 1,285,000 (~USD 40,190).

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Thibaut Blondel

At heads up against Yu Jung Lo, Blondel had Lo covered over 2:1 when the final hand was tabled. The board completed 2dKs6sJs10c, Lo check-called throughout then led out on the river only to face a shove by Blondel. Lo tank-called for his tournament life with Jh6h two pair, Blondel dominated and won it with 2h2c set.

You can relive Blondel’s race to victory via the livestream, just click the link provided below.

Mystery Bounty – Final Table – Livestream
Mystery Bounty – Day 2 Chip Counts

The Mystery Bounty event was a big one with 692 entries for a prize pool of TWD 10M. 87 players returned in Day 2, each one guaranteed a piece of the TWD 6,712,400 (~USD 210,980) cash pool while all hopes were on pulling the biggest bounty reward of TWD 600,000 (~USD 18,860). That lucky moment was granted to Hao Wai Ku, with his wife finding the lone ticket. Hao eliminated a total of 4 players to amass the largest collection of TWD 775,000 in bounties. He walked away with a cool TWD 856,500 (~USD 26,790) to rank third overall in payouts.

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Hao Wai Ku

Date: August 11 to 13, 2023
Buy in: TWD 16,500 (~USD 520)
Guarantee: TWD 5,000,000 (~USD 157,160)
Entries: 692
Prize pool: TWD 6,712,400 (~USD 210,980)
Bounty pool: TWD 3,356,200 (~USD 105,490)
ITM: 87 places

Final 9 payouts

Place Player Flag Payout in TWD Bounties
Total payout
1 Thibaut Blondel France 1,225,000 60,000 1,285,000
2 Yu Jung Lo Taiwan 860,000 55,000 915,000
3 Yu Chung Chang Taiwan 555,000 60,000 615,000
4 Yu Sheng Lin Taiwan 407,000 407,000
5 Romain Bier France 312,000 185,000 497,000
6 Hsiao Wei Wu Taiwan 248,000 500,000 748,000
7 Shingo Horikoshi Japan 205,000 205,000
8 Kong Fung Hong Kong 164,000 164,000
9 Jia Chi Lee Taiwan 122,900 15,000 137,900

*Full payouts in WPT Taiwan – Festival Results

Other winners

Matthew Cook wins maiden title at the day’s Deepstack

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Matthew Cook

Large turnout at the day’s Deepstack tournament with 191 firing up the floor to generate a prize pool of TWD 1,390,900 (~USD 43,720). Several well known players reached the final table, Patrick Liang, Park Yu Cheung, and Ka Shun Tsang who missed a series second title, falling to Matthew Cook at heads up. Cook locked up the TWD 422,500 (~USD 13,213) top prize and his career first title.

Date: August 13 to 14, 2023
Buy in: TWD 10,000 (~USD 315)
Entries: 191
Prize pool: TWD 1,390,900 (~USD 43,720)
ITM: 24 places

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Final table payouts

Place Player Flag
Payout in TWD
1 Matthew Cook USA 422,500
2 Ka Shun Tsang Hong Kong 288,000
3 Yi Hing Cheng Hong Kong 171,000
4 Jen Chieh Liu Taiwan 104,000
5 Park Yu Cheung Hong Kong 80,300
6 Kai Cheng Hsu Taiwan 66,500
7 Chunyen Lee Taiwan 56,700
8 Patrick Liang Taiwan 50,000
9 Kai Lun Zhuang Taiwan 42,400

Peter Ng wins career first WPT title at the Turbo

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Peter Ng

Another trophy for Hong Kong with Peter Ng outlasting the 113 entry field of the Turbo event to claim his career first WPT win. Ng pocketed the TWD 165,000 (~USD 5,160) top prize and a cool trophy to commemorate the achievement.

Date: August 13, 2023
Buy in: TWD 6,000 (~USD 190)
Entries: 113
Prize pool: TWD 559,100 (~USD 17,575)
ITM: 15 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in TWD
1 Peter Ng Hong Kong 165,000
2 Yim Chiu Ting Hong Kong 102,100
3 Josei Kamei United 61,000
4 Yu Tang Hu Taiwan 39,100
5 Tin Ka Lee Hong Kong 29,600
6 Kensuke Tajika Japan 24,600
7 Hernan Jaybee Villa Philippines 21,200
8 Kar Wee Chee Malaysia 18,700
9 Yuan Hsu Lee Taiwan 16,500

Full payouts in WPT Taiwan – Festival Results

Vamerdino Magsakay claims trophy at Turbo 50K Survivor event

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The Turbo 50K Survivor event drew 54 entries, among them was Filipino Vamerdino Magsakay who has been running hot since last year with numerous titles and cashes earned in the Philippines and Vietnam. He now has one in Taiwan, his first ever WPT trophy after a heads up deal with Lee Kun Han.

Date: August 13, 2023
Buy in: TWD 16,500 (~USD 520)
Entries: 54
Prize pool: TWD 435,700 (~USD 13,695)
ITM: 7 places

*Heads up deal, play for trophy

Place Player Flag
Payout in TWD
1 Vamerdino Magsakay Philippines 128,500*
2 Lee Kun Han Taiwan 128,600*
3 David Erquiaga Philippines 58,800
4 Hon Cheong Lee Hong Kong 41,400
5 Ty C Taiwan 32,700
6 Jong Eun Kim Korea 26,100
7 Chien Chih Weng Taiwan 19,600

Sohei Obara wins Hyper Turbo High Roller

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Sohei Obara

Date: August 12, 2023
Buy in: TWD 50,000 (~USD 1,575)
Entries: 25
Prize pool: TWD 1,124,500 (~USD 35,345)
ITM: 4 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in TWD
1 Sohei Obara Japan 502,000
2 Yen Han Chen Taiwan 310,200
3 Park Yu Cheung Hong Kong 189,600
4 Mai Bien Vietnam 122,700

Events resuming on August 14, 2023

Event 15: Mini High Roller – Day 1 results

Date: August 13 to 14, 2023
Buy in: TWD 66,000 (~USD 2,075)
Entries: 39
Prize pool: TWD 2,269,800 (~USD 71,340)
ITM: 6 places
Top prize: TWD 806,800 (~USD 25,360)

Final 4 players by stack

Player Flag Stack
Toshio Kataoka Japan 3,015,000
Ping Hsien Chan Taiwan 1,190,000
Cha Minan Lok Macau 935,000
Po Wen Fang Taiwan 705,000

Event 16: PLO – Day 1 results

Date: August 13 to 14, 2023
Buy in: TWD 11,000 (~USD 345)
Entries: 60
Prize pool: TWD 582,000 (~USD 18,290)
ITM: 8 places
Top prize: TWD 209,500 (~USD 6,585)

Player Flag Stack
Selim Souissi Tunisia 357,000
Wei Tsung Chen Taiwan 136,000
Chih Feng Li Taiwan 183,000
Chih Ping Yu Taiwan 156,500
Yi Wei Peng Taiwan 91,000
Jong Bum Bae Korea 56,500
Bo Jia Su Taiwan 59,500
Sean Wu Taiwan 149,000

WPT Player of the Festival

The WPT Player of the Festival race is on! Below are the standings after twelve completed events. 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

Six 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.

Another big event is the 8 Max Championship TWD 2,000,000 (~USD 65,150) guaranteed which runs today, August 14 to 15, buy in is TWD 22,000 (~USD 690).

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

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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