Last starting day of the Main Event; Get bubble protected; Mike Takayama runs hot, wins back-to-back titles

Good morning players and welcome to another thrilling poker experience at APT Taiwan 2019! The past two days saw a combined 132 entries turn up for the MAIN EVENT at the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club). 69 advanced to Day 2.

Current Main Event Day 2 qualifiers

Today we host Day 1C which is the last starting day to enter; it is also your last chance to be eligible for Bubble Protection. In case you are just tuning in, this is one event you don’t want to miss. The Main Event comes with a TWD 6 million (~USD 193,000) guarantee which is TWD 2 million richer than our previous visit. 

Main Event info

Buy-in: TWD 33,000 (~USD 1,080)
Starting time: 1pm 

Day 1A: 31 advanced out of 54 entries
Day 1B: 38 advanced out of 78 entries
Day 1C: Today, October 12
Day 2: Sunday, October 13
Day 3: Monday, October 14
Final 8 Day: Tuesday, October 15


  • Starting days play until the end of Level 9
  • Each level runs for 60 minutes
  • Bubble Protection in effect (see below)
  • Registration closes at the start of Level 11 in Day 2
  • Multiple stacks allowed but only the best stack advances
  • Day 2 runs until the end of Level 17
  • Day 3 runs until the Final 8 players is reached

Bubble Protection

Bubble Protection is a one of the best perks for players attending the Main Event. In the event that a “bubble protected player” busts on the bubble, that player will receive his/her buy-in back in the form of APT Tournament credits (valid for one year). Since its inception in 2016, Bubble Protection has saved several players from walking away empty-handed. To be eligible, all you need to do is follow the easy steps below:

  1. Pre-register
  2. Draw for your seat before starting time 
  3. Have your chips put into play on the first deal of Level 1 

Side Event results

Mike Takayama wins back-to-back titles

Filipino pro Mike Takayama is running very hot at the series. Immediately after crushing the Head Hunter event yesterday afternoon, he jumped into the High Rollers Single Day and shipped it once again. Takayama pocketed a much fatter first prize money worth TWD 730,500 (~USD 24,000).

The High Rollers Single Day rounded up 48 runners at TWD 54,000 (~USD 1,800) each for a prize pool of TWD 2,328,000 (~USD 76,100). By the time the bubble round was reached (9 players), Takayama had one of the shortest stacks and nearly fell holding A 6 to Wayne Heung‘s A 8. As luck will have it, the board ran 3 10 10 J 10 to split the pot. Takayama’s next shove Q Q saw him joined by a shorter stacked player A J. The board ran empty, the bubble burst, and the final 8 was formed. 

Bubble bursts

High Rollers Single Day – Final 8 players

The path to victory still didn’t come easy for Takayama. At the start of the final 8, his stack stayed within 8 to 12 bbs while Ko Hsing Ni (seat 2) held the big chip lead. Once the field was down to four players Kazuhiko Yotsushika (seat 6) dominated pushing into the leader’s seat. Short stacked Wu Yu Jui (seat 4) attempted a comeback and was momentarily successful with a double up through Yotsushika however it didn’t last. Yotsushika still sent Wu to the rail on the next hand with K Q straight over A 3 two pair on a board A J 10 Q 3

At three-handed, Yotsushika and Takayama locked horns. Takayama won the bout with A 10 higher two pair fully paid against A 8 lower two pair on a board A 8 2 10 K. This gave Takayama the overwhelming chip lead which he used to bump out the crippled Yotsushika in 3rd place. Heads up against Ko followed and didn’t last long. Takayama grinded her down until she pushed with 10 9. She missed on a board of A 5 J Q 3 and fell to Takayama’s K Q

With this win, Takayama now leads the APT Player of the Series race. For all the players in the money, make sure to check your standing here. 

1st Mike Takayama – Philippines – TWD 730,500
2nd Ko Hsing Ni – Taiwan – TWD 487,000
3rd Kazuhiko Yotsushika – Japan – TWD 338,600
4th Wu Yu Jui – Taiwan – TWD 244,500
5th Ting Heng Kai – Taiwan – TWD 182,900
6th Chung Yuan Yu – Taiwan – TWD 141,100
7th Wilson Lim – Singapore – TWD 112,100
8th Wayne Heung – Hong Kong – TWD 91,300

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