Chu Yi Huang crowned APT Taichung Special Event champion

The last champion of the APT Taiwan 2021 series has been crowned! Taiwan’s Chu Yi Huang entered the APT Taichung Special Event final table as the overwhelming chip leader and proceeded to ship it to claim the last APT Golden Lion Trophy of the series, a luxury watch, a CTP Championship Series Pass worth NT$ 25,000, and his largest live tournament score of NT$ 334,000 (~US$ 12,000).

Chu Yi Huang – champion

To capture the win, Huang defeated Day 1A chip leader Ruei Jiun Liang at heads up, both players seeking their first ever live tournament title. The victory marked Huang’s second cash this series; he finished runner up at Event #12 Deep Stack Turbo for NT$ 26,900 (~US$ 965). 

Final Table Payouts 

1st Chu Yi Huang – Taiwan – NT$ 334,000
2nd Ruei Jiun Liang – Taiwan – NT$ 222,600
3rd Hung Hui Chung – Taiwan – NT$ 154,800
4th Yi Syun Ciou – Taiwan – NT$ 111,800
5th Chung Chie Kuan – Taiwan – NT$ 83,600
6th Yung Yu Chen – Taiwan – NT$ 64,500
7th Chung Hsiang Yang – Taiwan – NT$ 51,300
8th Sin Ren Chen – Taiwan – NT$ 41,700 
9th Bo Jie Zhang – Taiwan – NT$ 34,800

Event recap

The APT Taichung Special Event got underway on March 12 with 152 entries across two starting days. With buy in at NT$ 10,000 (~US$ 360), the NT$ 1 million guarantee was exceeded for a richer NT$ 1,253,200 (~US$ 44,960) prize pool. The money flowed at Day 2 starting at 16th place. The final nine payouts were determined on the final day. 

Day 1A recap 
Day 1B recap 
Day 2 recap

Dates: March 12 to March 15
Buy in: NT$ 10,000 (~US$ 360)
Guarantee: NT$ 1,000,000 (~US$ 35,880)
Entries: 152
Prize pool: NT$ 1,253,200 (~US$ 44,960)
ITM: 16 places

The final table kicked off with Chu Yi Huang (seat 8) backed by a monster pile while Day 1A chip leader Ruei Jiun Liang (seat 4) was running a strong second rank. On the opposite end was Day 1B chip leader Bo Jie Zhang (seat 9) with a very short stack. Zhang couldn’t get out of the hole and busted in 9th place. 

Final 9 players

Laddering up the most was Hung Hui Chung (seat #2) who entered the final table ranked seventh in chips then carried it all the way up to 3rd place. Not so fortunate was Sin Ren Chen who entered ranked fifth but dropped three spots to settle for 8th place. For Championships Event 4th placer Chung Chie Kuan, his dreams of glory were shattered when he fell in 5th place. 

Heads up: Chu Yi Zhang versus Ruei Jiun Liang

Heads up was between the day’s towering chip leaders Huang and Liang. From the start, Liang was a force to reckon with, consistently bagging up a big stack. Huang, on the other, had the edge with his larger stack. Huang went on to victory. The last hand saw a board 10 K 6 8 6, Liang had K 4 two pair, Huang A Q rivered the nut flush. 

That concludes the APT Taiwan 2021 series at partner venue Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club). Congratulations to the champion!