APT Taiwan 2019 ran its first starting heat of the MAIN EVENT which took place starting at 1pm at the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association aka CTP Club. The featured event attracted a field of 54 entries, each one eager for a piece of the TWD 6 million guarantee. At the end of the scheduled 9 rounds of play, only 31 survived. Bagging up the largest stack of 98,000 was Malaysia’s Shyh Chyn Lim.
Lim is a regular in the APT circuit. Throughout his career he has cashed four times at an APT Main Event with his deepest run in December 2017 finishing in 3rd place. One of Lim’s late winning hands saw him min-raise from the button from 600 to 1200. Small blind three-bet to 4900, Lim four-bet to 11200, called by the small blind. At the flop 9♣ K♦ Q♥, sb checked, Lim c-bet 7500, sb folded.
Another player causing havoc at the table was China’s Jia Tang who closed the day in second rank with 91,900. Tang entered numerous pots during the final half hour of play. He shaved some chips off late-comer Chan Tsun Ming with trips holding K♠ 7♠ on a board 7♣ 4♠ 7♦ A♣ Q♥.
Earning third rank was Hong Kong’s Choy Wai Tak with 90,500. We weren’t able to get a hand on Choy but we will be tracking his progress in Day 2. Also bagging up chips was decorated APT Main Event champion Guo Dong closing with 33,000.
Main Event Day 1A chip counts
|Rank||Name||Country / Region||Chips|
|1||Lim Shyh Chyn||Malaysia||98,000|
|3||Choy Wai Tak||Hong Kong||90,500|
|4||Chi Chung Ho||Hong Kong||65,400|
|6||Yao Te Tsai||Taiwan||62,100|
|7||Li Kwun Ngai Vincent||Hong Kong||60,200|
|8||Preston Lee||United States||58,400|
|9||Chan Tsun Ming||Hong Kong||56,800|
|10||Chu Chi Jen||Taiwan||51,200|
|11||Tsai Yu You Ci||China||49,800|
|12||Chen Choung Yeh||Taiwan||48,400|
|13||Tso Wei||Hong Kong||43,500|
|15||Huang Yi Qing||China||37,500|
|16||Chan Ying Kit||Hong Kong||36,700|
|17||Choi Yun Lam Kelvin||Hong Kong||36,600|
|18||Wang Tzo Wei||Taiwan||35,700|
|22||Li Su Chi-Kwon||Costa Rica||30,900|
|23||Fang Po Wen||Taiwan||30,500|
|24||Wu Yu Faz||Hong Kong||25,000|
|26||Yen Han Chen||Taiwan||23,000|
|28||Peng Hsin Hhui||Taiwan||19,800|
|29||Tai Hsing Hsiung||Taiwan||17,500|
|30||Deng Deng Kai||Taiwan||16,000|
|31||Lee Wai Kiat||Malaysia||13,500|
|Day 1A = 54 Entries|
|1,350,000 Chips in Play / 43,548 Average Chip Stack|
The day’s survivors advance to Day 2 taking place on Sunday, October 13 at 1pm. They await the results of Day 1B which is up next, and Day 1C which follows.