2 Minutes Read
It`s good news for live poker in Asia, with the Asian Poker Tour (APT) currently running its first live stop of 2021 in Taiwan. The APT Taiwan series – the fifth time in APT history – took flight on February 19 and runs until March 15. The series features 21 tournaments and a hefty NT$ 5.5 Million in prize pool guarantees. Two Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP) branches – the CTP Taichung and CTP Taipei are hosting the series.
The series opener, the NT$5K (~$179) entry buy-in NT$ 500K GTD APT Taichung Mini Main Event, saw local Kun Han Lee outlasting 390 entries (Day 1A – 142, Day 1B – 178, and Turbo Flight – 70) to win NT$332,200 (~$11,900), the APT Champion’s Ring, and the APT Golden Lion Trophy. The win gave him an early lead in the APT Player of the Series leaderboard standings.
Before this win, Lee had $117,973 in live tournament earnings. His career-best live score dates back to December 2019, when he had placed runner-up in the APT Taiwan High Rollers for NT$716,000 (~$23,479).
The top 40 placed were assured a share of the NT$1,513,200 (~$54,140) (more than thrice its advertised guarantee). Day 2 (Final Day) began with 40 survivors, and it took four-and-a-half hours to reach the final table.
Po Cheng Yang exited on the final table bubble in 10th place for NT$28,800 (~$1,031).
After two-and-a-half hours of play, it was time for Kun Han Lee to face his heads-up opponent, the Day 1A chip leader Zhi Hao Huang. Lee took ten hands to knock out Yang. On the final hand of the tournament, Lee’s dominated Huang’s . The gave Lee a rivered pair of kings to get him his first live title of 2021.
Final Table Results (New Taiwan Dollars)
Content and Image Courtesy: Asian Poker Tour