APT Taiwan 2021 concluded its first day at the highly popular Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club) Taipei branch with Day 1B of the MAIN EVENT NT$ 2,000,000 (~US$ 71,500) guaranteed igniting the action. 68 took to the felt however after nine levels of play, only 31 made the Day 2 cut led by Croatia’s Li Su Chi Kwon with 117,600 in chips (58 BB). Kwon has now taken over the Day 2 chip lead, surpassing Day 1A leader Ho-Ru Wu.
Day 1B chip counts
Total chips in play: 2,175,000
Average stack: 54,375
The 31 Day 1B survivors join the 9 qualifiers from Day 1A for a total of 40 players through to Day 2. They all have a day break before returning to action on Monday, March 1. While they wait, Day 1C gets on the felt. This is the last starting day. For those new to the APT, the eventual champion will take home the motherlode: first place cash, APT Champion’s Ring, and APT Main Event Golden Lion Trophy. We also have a great incentive on offer, the Bubble Protection. Details can be found at the bottom of the page.
Dates: February 26 to March 3
Buy in: NT$ 16,500 (~US$ 590)
Guarantee: NT$ 2,000,000 (~US$ 71,500)
Day 1A: 9 advanced out of 19 entries
Day 1B: 31 advanced out of 68 entries
Cumulative entries: 87
Day 2 qualifiers: 40 players
Location: CTP Taipei
Day 1C: Sunday, February 28
Day 2: Monday, March 1
Day 3: Tuesday March 2
Final 8: Wednesday, March 3
Notable pros at Day 1B
Also attacking the felt at Day 1B were high profile Taiwanese pros Kitty Kuo, Chen An Lin, and Chi Jen Chu. Only Lin advanced to Day 2 with a healthy above average stack of 59,500. Others bumping the rail were series opener champion Kun Han Lee and APT Taiwan 2019 Main Event champion Zong Chi He. With one starting day left, we will likely see those that missed returning.
APT Main Event Format, Shot Clock, and Bubble Protection
The APT MAIN EVENT has a deep format with blinds increasing every 60 minutes. Players start with a 25,000 stack which is 250 times the opening big blind (50-100). All starting days bag up at the end of Level 9. To ensure everyone gets a chance to play, late registration stays open until the start of Level 11 in Day 2. Players that have qualified to Day 2 may attempt for multiple stacks on ensuing starting days however only their largest stack advances.
When the tournament is down to the final six tables, the Shot Clock will be introduced. Players will receive 5 initial time banks worth 60 seconds each then another 5 at the Final 8 table.
For players that get on the felt early, you will be eligible for the APT’s Bubble Protection incentive. This is a great perk to have in the event that you are short stacked during the bubble round. If a bubble protected player falls on the bubble, that player will receive his/her buy in back in the form of APT tournament credits. To be eligible you simple need to complete these three steps:
- Draw for your seat before starting time
- Have your chips put into play on the first deal of Level 1
For more information, make sure to review the Player’s Guide.