Championships Event Day 1A draws 122 entries; Mark Reyes bags the chip lead, Ben Lai a close second

With the APT Taiwan 2019 Main Event wrapped up, we moved right into the second featured event the TWD 5 Million guaranteed CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENT. Buy-in for this event was much higher coming in at TWD 49,500. 122 runners turned up at the CTP Club – Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association for Day 1A which means, we’ve already surpassed the guarantee. With Day 1B still to come, expect the guaranteed prize pool to double up and more. 

By the end of the scheduled 8 rounds, exactly half bumped the rail leaving 61 players at bagging time. Two players packed up dominating big stacks, a clear cut distance from the rest of the crew. At the top was the Short Deck event champion, Filipino player Mark Reyes with 358,200 and right at his heels was UK’s Ben Lai with 353,800. These are the players to measure up to coming Day 1B. 

Mark Reyes

Ben Lai

Also making it through were APT major titleholders: Guo Dong (150,000), Park Yu “Sparrow” Cheung (95,700), and Lim Yohwan (87,000). Other survivors were Tomoharu Furuya (256,300), Alan Lau King Lun (253,200), Michael Kim Falcon (199,300), Marc Rivera (168,000), Ian Modder (79,100), Danny Tang (27,000), En-Ching Wu (28,000), and Chen An Lin (21,100). 

All of the day’s survivors advance to Day 2 taking place on Friday, March 1 at 1pm. For those that missed the mark, there is still one starting day to get in with Day 1B running at 1pm on Thursday, February 28. 

Day 1A – Chip Counts

Rank Name Country Chips
1 Mark Reyes Philippines 358,200
2 Ben Lai United Kingdom 353,800
3 Tomoharu Furuya Japan 256,300
4 Lau King Lun Alan Hong Kong 253,200
5 Michael Kim Falcon Denmark 199,300
6 Kelvin Beattie Japan 180,200
7 Mark Gruendemann Ireland 175,800
8 Lau Heng Sehw Singapore 174,900
9 Huang Fang Hao Taiwan 174,300
10 Marc Rivera Philippines 168,000
11 Li Su Chi Kwon Costa Rica 154,900
12 Guo Dong China 150,000
13 Chou Chzh Hsiang Taiwan 132,400
14 Ting Tawei Taiwan 129,500
15 David Battersby Ireland 127,500
16 Justin Chan Hong Kong 125,400
17 Song Byung Hwa Korea 123,100
18 He Xiao Yin China 118,900
19 Yam Chun Ho Edward Hong Kong 115,200
20 Richard Marquez Philippines 111,400
21 Lee Kun Han Taiwan 111,000
22 Yen Han Chen Taiwan 110,600
23 Lee Tse An Singapore 103,700
24 Vincent Huang Australia 103,300
25 Wu-Chia-Yun Taiwan 98,500
26 Sparrow Cheung Hong Kong 95,700
27 Chen Yu Hung Taiwan 93,600
28 Chen Dong China 93,000
29 Hsu Juei-Hsuen Taiwan 91,700
30 Lim Yo Hwan Korea 87,000
31 Jennette (Jay) Tan Hong Kong 86,900
32 Chan Kian Bing Taiwan 83,300
33 En Hao Chan Taiwan 80,800
34 Seo Dong Kyoon Korea 80,600
35 Ian Modder Canada 79,100
36 Li Ke Peng China 78,200
37 Chun Ryeja Korea 73,000
38 Deng Deng Kai Taiwan 72,100
39 Patrick Liang Brazil 63,700
40 Simon Burns United Kingdom 63,000
41 Kwok Ting Shum Hong Kong 60,400
42 Chen Wei Hsun Taiwan 59,400
43 Chu, Yung-Bing Taiwan 55,500
44 Zhang Bin China 52,700
45 Chi Chung Ho Hong Kong 52,400
46 Joshua Abady United States 51,600
47 Zhang Yifan China 46,100
48 Wu Yan Jie Taiwan 46,000
49 Cheng, Sheng-Chien Taiwan 44,600
50 Corbin White United States 44,400
51 Josh McCully Australia 34,600
52 Lim Shyh Chyn Malaysia 33,200
53 Hsiao Tsui Han Taiwan 32,900
54 Peng Yu Lin China 29,100
55 Michael Seymour Australia 27,100
56 Danny Tang Hong Kong 27,000
57 Chan Tsun Ming Hong Kong 22,800
58 Jun-Shan Yeh Taiwan 22,000
59 En Ching Wu Taiwan 21,800
60 Chen-An Lin Taiwan 21,100
61 Natalie Teh Siew Po Malaysia 18,200

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