After a three day break, APT Taiwan 2021 resumed with action back where it started, at the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club) branch in Taichung. For the final stretch of the series, players were looking at a NT$ 1,000,000 (~US$ 35,900) guaranteed APT Taichung Special Event with the eventual champion due take home the last APT Golden Lion Trophy of the series, a luxury watch, and a CTP Championship Series Pass worth NT$ 25,000.
The first of two starting days completed last night. 71 entered, among them were Main Event 3rd placer Po Cheng Yang and PLO Hi champion Sasha Liu however both were nowhere to be found at bagging time. Among the 16 remaining players, it was Ruei Jiun Liang who set the bar very high with 784,000, which was equivalent to 13 starting stacks. When Liang returns for Day 2, he will kick off with a robust 98 big blinds.
Day 1A Chip Counts – 16 players
Total chips in play: 4,260,000
Average stack: 266,250
The survivors have a one day break before returning to the felt for Day 2 on Sunday, March 14. They await the results of Day 1B which takes place on Saturday, March 13. Shout out to all weekend warriors and fence sitters, Day 1B is your last chance to enter.
Dates: March 12 to March 15
Buy in: NT$ 10,000 (~US$ 360)
Guarantee: NT$ 1,000,000
Payout: top 10%
Day 1A: 16 advanced out of 71 entries
Day 1B: Saturday, March 13
Day 2: Sunday, March 14
Final 9: Monday, March 15
For those just getting wind of this final event, the APT Taichung Special Event is a deep format tournament crafted by the APT. Day 1A and Day 1B run 40 minute blinds. Players begin with a very healthy 60,000 stack which is 600x the Level 1 blinds. Registration closes at the start of Level 10. Starting days bag up at the end of Level 15. Day 2 and Final Day blinds will see it increase every 60 minutes.
For the full structure: APT Players Booklet
A quick flashback of the series so far…. APT Taiwan 2021 kicked off on February 19 at CTP Club Taichung with the APT Taichung Mini Main Event setting the pace. Kun Han Lee shipped it to become the first champion. The series then moved to CTP Club Taipei where a loaded schedule of 19 games played out. Walking away the richest was APT Main Event champion Hui Chen “Kitty” Kuo followed by Ping Hao Huang who cashed in five events including a win at the Championships Event. The tour’s most distinguished APT Player of the Series title went to Kun Han Lee. Lee was the only player to go the distance at two events. We have one last champion to be crowned. The question is, who wants it the most?
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