WPT Spring Festival – Poker King: Main Event CN¥10M GTD underway, take down the world’s top pros; Scotty Nguyen and Stephen Chidwick advance

The WPT Spring Festival is in full swing at the online Poker King app with several events already completed. The twelve-day festival kicked off on February 11 to conclude on February 22. The star attraction Main Event CN¥10 million guaranteed has already begun with 1318 turning up for Day 1A. As advertised, well known pros were in attendance with more confirmed over the next two starting days. If you are geo located in China, Vietnam, or India, then you are in luck. You can join the action, and if you bust out one of the invited stars, you receive an immediate CN¥1,500 (~US$ 233) bounty reward. Read up on our update below along with some of the early results.

Open: WPT Main Event – CN¥10,000,000 guaranteed

The WPT Main Event drew 1318 entries to Day 1A with invited stars Scotty Nguyen, Stephen Chidwick, Allen Iverson, Brad Owen, Matt Savage, Andrew Neeme and Lynn Gilmartin all joining the hunt. However, at the end of regulation, only Nguyen and Chidwick were among the 265 survivors. With two entry days remaining, more stars can be expected such as Poker King brand ambassadors Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey, plus Jean Robert Bellande, Nick Petrangelo, Phil Helmuth, Daniel Dvoress, Celina Lin, Andy Milonakis, Tony Dunst and Rich Zhu.

Stephen Chidwick - Photo WPT
Stephen Chidwick – Photo WPT

Dates: February 17 to February 22
Buy in: CN¥2,000 (~US$ 311)
Guarantee: CN¥10,000,000 (~US$ 1,554,388)

Day 1A: 265 advanced out of 1318 entries
Day 1B: Thursday, February 18
Day 1C: Friday, February 19
Day 2: Saturday, February 20
Day 3: Sunday, February 21
Final Table: Monday, February 22

*The Final Table will stream live (30 minute delay) in four languages: English, Mandarin, Hindi and Vietnamese. Daniel Dvoress and Nick Petrangelo are the confirmed English commentators; for Hindi viewers are Nipun Java and Mohsin Charania; for Mandarin viewers, Celina Lin and Xuan Liu; and for Vietnamese viewers are Tran Duc Hung and Steven Nguyen.


Prior to the start of the Main Event, players whet their appetite with the variety of games offered starting with the WPT Kick Off Event CN¥1,000,000 (~US$ 155,440) guaranteed. With 880 in attendance, the event saw an overlay. Another event offering a guarantee was the WPT Mini Main Event with CN¥500,000 (~US$ 77,700) in tow.

WPT Kick Off Event

Buy in: CN¥600 (~US$ 93)
Guarantee: CN¥1,000,000 (~US$ 155,440)
Entries: 880
Prize pool: ~CN¥1,000,000 (~US$ 155,440)
ITM: 175 places

Winner payout: CN¥225,000 (~US$ 34,970)
Runner up: CN¥117,000 (~US$ 18,200)

At heads up, player “steviepp20” paid a costly double up to his opponent with pocket Tens losing to a straight. This switched up the chip counts (hand pictured below). The next hand ended the event with AdQc victorious over Jh5s on a board 8cKs8d4s7s.

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WPT Mini Main Event

Buy in: CN¥200 (~US$ 31)
Guarantee: CN¥500,000 (~US$ 77,700)
Entries: 3,230
Prize pool: CN¥615,136 (~US$ 95,600)
ITM: 550 places

Winner payout: CN¥107,648.80 (~US$ 16,730)
Runner up: CN¥60,283.32 (~US$ 9,370)

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Events up next

Among the remaining side events to look forward to is the High Roller (two day event) which features a CN¥400,000 (~US$ 62,175) guarantee. This is the most expensive tournament with buy in at CN¥10,000 (~US$ 1,550). It runs from February 20 to 21. Others left are the SD Championship CN¥70,000 guaranteed, the NLHE Heads up CN¥50,000 guaranteed, and the closer NLHE Finale Event CN¥100,000 guaranteed.

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we bring you the final results of the WPT Spring Festival ongoing at the Poker King app.

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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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