WPT Prime Taiwan: Ting Yi Tsai and Moo Jae win trophies; Yih Chia Shaw bags ME Day 1B chip lead; Hsuan Chao Chen tops D1 Superstack; POF race underway


World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Taiwan wrapped up its second day of festivities at the Asia Poker Arena in Taipei City, Taiwan. Two players joined the winners circle – Ting Yi Tsai and Moo Jae – to share the top spot in the Player of the Festival race. At other events, 26 players survived Day 1B of the Main Event Warm Up with Yih Chia Shaw bagging the chip lead and Hsuan Chao Chen topped the 14 survivors of the Mini Superstack Classic.

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The festival kicked off on August 8 and will run for two weeks, concluding on August 21. The star attraction is the Main Event featuring a seven figure USD 1,000,000 guarantee. That event gets underway on August 17, 2023. Scroll down for all the info and for the day’s results.

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

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

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Yih Chia Shaw – file photo

Opening the festival was the Main Event Warm Up which wrapped up its second starting day. It drew a pool of 206 entries with 26 players advancing to the next stage. This brought the cumulative turnout to a combined 368 for a prize pool that eclipsed the TWD 3M guarantee. That pot will continue to grow with one starting day remaining. Currently, 47 players secured their spot in money round.

Leading the chip counts is Hong Kong’s Alan Cho Fung Wong who topped Day 1A. Taiwan’s Yih Chia Shaw bagged the lead at Day 1B and is ranked sixth. Other players making the cut were Yu Sheng Lin, Kyle Bao Diep, and Edwin Dela Cruz

Buy in: TWD 10,000 (~USD 314)
Guarantee: TWD 3,000,000 (~USD 94,300)
Day 1A: 162 entries / 21 advanced (ITM)
Day 1B: 206 entries / 26 advanced (ITM)
Day 1C: Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 12pm
Cumulative entries: 368
Prize pool: TBA

Day 2 qualifiers / ITM

Player Flag Stack
Alan Cho Fung Wong Hong Kong 574,000
Kuang Hung Lee Taiwan 554,000
Herry Lian Germany 509,000
Yan Chen Jiang Taiwan 431,000
Chia Wei Chang Taiwan 429,000
Yih Chia Shaw Taiwan 399,000
Chia Yu Shr Taiwan 399,000
Tsun Fai Lai Hong Kong 391,000
Jun-Zhong Wang Taiwan 320,000
Bella Liu Taiwan 305,000
Shih-Chuan Feng Taiwan 299,000
Chia Yun Wu Taiwan 289,000
Ming Song Huang Taiwan 271,000
Erwin Ng Singapore 271,000
Ka Shun Tsang Hong Kong 270,000
Yu Sheng Chien Taiwan 265,000
Jules Blondel France 264,000
Wen Yi Tseng Taiwan 261,000
Chang Hau Huang Taiwan 258,000
Seung Yong Yi Korea 254,000
Xian-Ming Chang Taiwan 250,000
Jing-Jie Chen Taiwan 233,000
Yu Fan Tsai Taiwan 230,000
Jackie Wu China 228,000
Chia Hsiang Ko Taiwan 226,000
Alan Pham Australia 224,000
Yu Sheng Lin Taiwan 208,000
Taiga Sato Japan 197,000
Lim Sangbeom Korea 191,000
Tao Chu Taiwan 187,000
Chih Hsuan Chiang Taiwan 179,000
You Da Tsai Taiwan 161,000
Chen Wei Tseng Taiwan 160,000
Patrick Liang Taiwan 152,000
Chen Yun Chien Taiwan 148,000
Kai Yang USA 147,000
Che-Wei Chao China 116,000
Wai Kin Lam Hong Kong 115,000
Kyle Bao Diep Vietnam 110,000
Shao Hong Yu Taiwan 103,000
Hung Kai Hsu Taiwan 102,000
Edwin Dela Cruz Philippines 95,000
Lo Chang Ming Taiwan 60,000
Yu-Jung Lo Taiwan 54,000
Yu Chi Liu Taiwan 52,000
Yu You Ci Tsai Taiwan 52,000
Kun Tai Lu Taiwan 28,000

Moo Jae wins the PLO Warm Up

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46 took interest in the two-day Pot Limit Omaha Warm Up with 6 players advancing to the final day, each one guaranteed a piece of the TWD 1,307,000 (~USD 41,085) prize pool. Emerging victorious was USA’s Moo Jae for his career first WPT win and a payout of TWD 121,900 (~USD 3,830).

Buy in: TWD 8,000 (~USD 250)
Entries: 46
Prize pool: TWD 1,307,000 (~USD 41,085)
ITM: 6 places

Place Player Flag Payout in TWD
1 Moo Jae USA 121,900
2 Min Ho Cho South Korea 71,900
3 Bo Ren Chuang Taiwan 43,700
4 Li-Ta Hsu Taiwan 31,200
5 Bo Jia Su Taiwan 25,000
6 Yan Chen Jiang Taiwan 18,700

Ting Yi Tsai wins the first High Roller event of the festival

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Ting Yi Tsai (L), Sparrow Cheung (R)

The Mini High Roller Warm Up title came down between Taiwan’s Ting Yi Tsai and Hong Kong’s Sparrow Park Yu Cheung. While Cheung qualified from Day 1, Tsai was one of the 17 late signups of the final day. Tsai went on to defeat Cheung to claim his first ever WPT trophy and a payout of TWD 806,000 (~USD 25,335).

On the flip side, Day 1 chip leader David Erquiaga was unable to turn his big stack to cash. Also finding the rail were famous South Korean Yohwan “BoxeR” Lim, I-Chun Chiu, and Chao Ting Cheng

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Ting Yi Tsai

Buy in: TWD 66,000 (~USD 2,075)
Entries: 39
Prize pool: TWD 2,269,000 (~USD 71,485)
ITM: 6 places

Place Player Flag Payout in TWD
1 Ting Yi Tsai Taiwan 806,000
2 Park Yu Cheung Hong Kong 538,000
3 Yu Chung Chang Taiwan 358,700
4 Yen Han Chen Taiwan 249,100
5 Huayan Wu Taiwan 180,500
6 Chung Ching Hong Kong 136,700

Event 5: Mini Superstack Classic – Day 1 results

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Hsuan Chao Chen – file photo

The Mini Superstack Classic drew a crowd of 110 entries for a prize pool of TWD 660,000 (~USD 20,745). The night ended with the bubble bursting and 14 players advancing to the final day led by Hsuan Chao Chen with a monster pile. Chen was the only player that crossed in to a mil in chips. Other notables powering through were Chia Yun Wu, Jia Chi Lee, and Kuang Hung Lee. 

Buy in: TWD 6,000 (~USD 190)
Entries: 110 (89 unique, 31 re-entry)
Prize Pool: TWD 660,000 (~USD 20,745)
ITM: 14 places

End of Day 1 chip counts

Player Flag Stack
Hsuan Chao Chen Taiwan 1,191,000
Chih Hsien Lin Taiwan 765,000
Chin Yu Ku Taiwan 565,000
Chuan Min Chien Taiwan 455,000
Chia Yun Wu Taiwan 438,000
Jia Chi Lee Taiwan 345,000
Yi Hsuan Chiang Taiwan 310,000
Zhe Wei Chen Taiwan 275,000
Yang Lin Taiwan 240,000
Shih Hsuan Li Taiwan 235,000
Kuang Hung Lee Taiwan 205,000
Myoung Soo Koh South Korea 200,000
Chang Ming Lo Taiwan 130,000

WPT Player of the Festival

After three completed events, the WPT Player of the Festival race is on! The three event winners each have 300 points. 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. No other festival in Asia awards a POF prize this big for a single festival.

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WPT Prime Taiwan Season XXI Key Highlights

Two 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

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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