The first key event winner of the inaugural U Series of Poker: Poker2U Taiwan Series has been crowned! Taiwan’s Ching Wei Chen ‘Carter’ 陳靖惟 defeated Singapore’s Jacky Wang 王立傑 at heads up of the Kick Off event to seize the champion’s trophy and earn a cool TWD 547,000 (~$18,130). This was Chen’s 陳靖惟 first international title since 2018 and his largest live tournament career score. You can read up on his victory via the Kick Off – Live Updates or scroll down for the highlights.
Ching Wei Chen 陳靖惟
Final table payouts
Ching Wei Chen
Kun Han Lee
Ang Yang Siang
Jung Chou Chen
Kai Jan Chou
Chou Shih Kun
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The Kick Off event opened the series on February 10 and within the first few levels, host venue Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club Taipei) was buzzing with action. By the end of the two flights, 375 entered to boost the prize pool to TWD 2,619,000 (~$86,800). Both flights played to ITM of 12.5% of the field.
Dates: February 10 to 11
Buy in: TWD 8,000 (~$265)
Guarantee: TWD 2,000,000 (~$65,260)
Entries: 375 (Flight A – 214, Flight B – 161)
Prize pool: TWD 2,619,000 (~$86,800)
ITM: 48 players
Day 2 saw the return of 48 players. Taiwan’s Jung Chou Chen 陳榮州 carried in the overall chip lead and was the only player with 100+ BB. On the clear opposite end was Taiwan’s Chen An Lin 林宸安 with 7 BB. While Chen 陳榮州 maintained his big stack, Lin 林宸安 clawed his way up impressively to briefly sit on the leader’s throne at 24 players remaining. Lin 林宸安 exited in 12th place.
Chen An Lin 林宸安
Another player making waves was Malaysia’s Ang Yang Siang 洪揚翔 who entered the day with 17 BB. Siang’s 洪揚翔 stack stayed below average for some time until a flurry of victorious showdowns sent him soaring. At three tables, Siang 洪揚翔 landed a double up off Chen Chia Hsu 許展嘉 and another off Lin 林宸安, then took down a three-way, eventually becoming the first player to reach a million in chips. Siang’s 洪揚翔 hot run ended in 5th place.
Ang Yang Siang 洪揚翔
As the field trimmed to two tables, Singapore’s Jacky Wang 王立傑 was the demise of numerous players to carry in a heavy advantage into the final table. Wang 王立傑 proceeded to crush the hopes of five players, which included Day 1 Flight leaders Jung Chou Chen 陳榮州 and Wen Shan 單文. The latter Shan saw his pocket Kings cracked by trips threes.
Jacky Wang 王立傑
Wang 王立傑 also had more than a handful of run-ins with France’s Leopold Godefroy. On their fifth all in clash, Wang 王立傑 finally won it to send Godefroy out in 4th place. Before Taiwan’s Kun Han Lee 李昆翰 exited in 3rd place, Wang 王立傑 doubled up both of his remaining opponents, Lee 李昆翰 and Ching Wei Chen 陳靖惟.
Ching Wei Chen 陳靖惟
Chen 陳靖惟 went on to eliminate Lee 李昆翰 to overtake Wang 王立傑. It took one heads up hand for Chen 陳靖惟 to secure the title. Wang 王立傑 shoved with that ran into Chen’s 陳靖惟 .
Congratulations to Ching Wei Chen 陳靖惟!
More action ahead so stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we bring you daily recaps and highlights of the ongoing series. The inaugural USOP: Poker2U Taiwan Series is ongoing at the CTP Club until February 19, 2023. For photos, head to the Somuchpoker News & Event Coverage facebook page.
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