Day 5 at World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Taiwan at Asia Poker Arena in Taipei City continued to pack the house and pulling the crowd was none other than the Mystery Bounty to easily crush its 5M guarantee. The day also crowned two new winners, Alan Pham at the Main Event Warm Up and Yu Chung Chang at the 2 Day High Roller Warm Up . We’ve got those stories and results for you down below.
WPT Prime Taiwan – Festival Results
WPT Prime Taiwan – Player Guide
Alan Pham takes control at heads up to win the Main Event Warm Up
On the fifth day of play, the Main Event Warm Up festival opener found its victor with Australia’s Alan Pham defeating Yun Yan Hsiao at heads up. This win marked yet another impressive achievement for Pham in the Asian circuit this year, as he secured his career fourth title in the region alone.
Briefly recapping the final stages to victory, Pham entered the final table running a very threatening third rank, and by three-handed, he was neck and neck with Hsiao who began the day as chip leader. Pham went on to eliminate Yu Xuan Pan to widen the gap against Hsiao. It was a grind for Hsiao to claw his way to near par, a game-changing hand sent all his work crashing down to eventually succumb in 2nd place.
Hsiao min-raised with , Pham three-bet holding , Hsiao called. At the flop , Pham c-bet and was called. On the turn , Pham c-bet, Hsiao called. On the river , Pham gave no brakes and shoved, Hsiao folded to drop to 20 bb. Pham zoomed to 75 bb.
Next hand it was all over. Pham shoved with , Hsiao risked it with , the board was .
Pham outlasted a field of 635 entries to walk away with the largest festival payout of the day of TWD 984,600 (~USD 30,945). For runner up Hsiao, his hunt for a maiden title was denied in this event however with a new bankroll of TWD 656,000 (~USD 20,600), he may just get there in this series.
Relive the race to victory via the Main Event Warm Up – Final 9 – Livestream
Date: August 8 to 12, 2023
Buy in: TWD 10,000 (~USD 315)
Guarantee: TWD 3,000,000 (~USD 94,300)
Total entries: 635
Prize pool: TWD 5,389,600 ~(USD 169,400)
ITM: 81 places
Payout in TWD
Yun Yan Hsiao
Yu Xuan Pan
Jing Jie Chen
Chia Yun Wu
Chia Yu Shr
Kuang Hung Lee
Full payouts – WPT Prime Taiwan – Festival Results
Yu Chung Chang wins 2 Day High Roller Warm Up
Yu Chung Chang
The 2 Day High Roller Warm Up saw the return of the final 5 players out of the 30 that entered. Taiwan’s Yu Chung Chang clinched it after a three-way even deal, defeating Eli Chang at heads up. This was Chang’s second cash of the series having finished 3rd at the Mini High Roller Warm Up. He is also guaranteed another payout at the Mystery Bounty with a Day 2 qualification.
Date: August 11 to 12, 2023
Buy in: TWD 50,000 (~USD 1,570)
Prize pool: TWD 1,34,100 (~USD 41,620)
ITM: 5 places
Yu Chung Chang
Chi Jen Chu
Event 8: Mystery Bounty – Day 1B and Day 1C results
Sin Ren Chen
Buzzing up Day 5 was the two final flights of the Mystery Bounty 5M guaranteed and with a combined 497 signing up, it sent the total entries to 692 for a guarantee crushing prize pool of TWD 10,068,600 (~USD 316,470). The Day 1B flight generated the largest field of 274 entries while Day 1C pulled in 223. With every flight playing down to the money, 58 players were added to the Day 2 list for a total of 87 players ensured a piece of the pie.
Date: August 11 to 13, 2023
Buy in: TWD 16,500 (~USD 520)
Guarantee: TWD 5,000,000 (~USD 157,160)
Prize pool: TWD 6,712,400 (~USD 210,980)
Bounty pool: TWD 3,356,200 (~USD 105,490)
ITM: 87 places
Day 1A: 195 entries / 25 ITM
Day 1B: 274 entries / 35 ITM
Day 1C: 223 entries / 23 ITM
Among the long list of notables powering through was Taiwan’s Sin Ren Chen who bagged the biggest at Day 1C. Also packing it in via the same heat was famous Korean ex-Starcraft gamer Yo Hwan Lim aka BoxeR. Both players enter Day 2 running 2nd and 3rd rank while Day 1A chip leader Ker Paw Lin holds firm up top.
Mystery Bounty – Day 2 Chip Counts
Chips in play: 27,680,000
Average stack: 318,160
Top 10 players entering Day 2
Ker Paw Lin
Sin Ren Chen
Yo Hwan “BoxeR” Lim
Yu Lung Tsai
Yen Han Chen
Jung Chuan Liao
Yu Chung Chang
Hon Cheong Lee
Jia Chi Lee
When the players return on Sunday, August 13, not only will they be hunting the juicy top prize of TWD 1,225,000 (~USD 38,500) but they will also be looking to get lucky and pull the lone TWD 600,000 (~USD 18,860) top mystery bounty reward.
Payout in TWD
Mystery Bounty breakdown
Reward in TWD
WPT Player of the Festival
The WPT Player of the Festival race is on! Below are the standings after three completed events (Event 2, Event 3, Event 4), The three event winners each earned 300 points. 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.
WPT Prime Taiwan Season XXI Key Highlights
Five 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
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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