APT Taipei, Taiwan 2023



#2: APT Kickoff - TWD 2,000,000 GTD - Flight B

Reg Open

Starts at

5:00 PM

Buy-in: TWD 10K

Closes: 11:00 PM (-5389h -10m)

Ravn Teo Tops Flight B of the APT Kickoff

PostedJust nowby Life of Poker - Kai

APTTaipei2023_Event2_APTKickoff_FlightB_132.jpg Ravn Teo

Singapore's Ravn Teo bagged and tagged 930,000 chips to come through as Flight B and overall chip leader in the APT Kickoff event. There were 356 entries (275 unique) recorded for this Flight which totaled 751 (424 unique) for the Kickoff event, creating a prize pool of TWD 6,556,300 and a first prize of TWD 1,254,100.

Teo took the chip lead during level 17 when he rivered a flush against his opponent's turned straight that earned him a 500,000 chip pot, a position he would not relinquish as he continued to accumulate chips finishing on top of the pack.

In a close second is China's Kun-Han Lee who takes through 893,000 in his quest for gold. Lee is a two-time APT champion winning both the Mini Main event and a Single Day High Roller at APT Taiwan a couple of years ago. He also finished runner-up in another High Roller during the same series and is looking to add to his success as the APT returns to Taipei.

Gavin Flynn takes third bagging a respectable 647,000 chips as he tries to make a run at another APT title. The Irish player is back in Asia and has put himself in a good position to make a run at the final table.

The experienced Nishant Sharma brings through 438,000 and a lot of support as the Indian players have certainly shown in force here in Taipei. After a number of bullets across both flights, Sharma finally secured his place in Day 2 and will be hunting down that first-place prize money.

Other notables to make it through to Day 2 were Zarvan Tumboli (277,000), Kwok Tam (271,000), Sang Hwang (235,000), and Yukina Oza (81,000).

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PositionNameCountryChip Count
1Ravn TeoSingapore930,000
2Kun-Han LeeChina893,000
3Gavin FlynnIreland647,000
4Nishant SharmaIndia438,000
5Abraham CeesvinSingapore424,000
6Hung-Wei YehTaiwan375,000
7Wei Chen ChiangTaiwan358,000
8Naoki MatsumotoJapan329,000
9Raju JaruplavathBritish Indian Ocean Territory328,000
10Chih-Chien ShenTaiwan324,000
Level 20: Blinds 6000-12000, 12000 ante

Zarvan Tumboli going strong

PostedJust nowby Life of Poker - Joris

Indian poker professional Zarvan Tumboli is still going strong on Day 1B of the Kickoff Event. He sits on . Tumboli has a total of 4 APT Trophies at home and is looking to make it 5 during his stay in Taipei the coming 9 days.

NameChip Count
Zarvan Tumboli215,000


Level 19: Blinds 5000-10000, 10000 ante

Bubble Time

PostedJust nowby Life of Poker - Kwun

Abraham Abdulla Ceesvin.jpg With 52 players remaining, only two more players needed to get unlucky and eliminated in order for the 50 remainder players to make the money.

Meanwhile on table 21 we saw Abraham Abdulla Ceesvin defending his big blind against Issac Phua who opened on the high-jack. Flop came A♥ 3♥ 5♦, Phua bet the minium of 10,000 saying "it's a good flop for me", Ceesvin made the call regardless. Turn brought an interesting card, the 2♠ where both players checked and a 4♥ on the river made it even more interesting. With a straight on the board, Ceesvin fired an over-bet of 90,000 into a 65,000 pot. It was too much for Phua to pay as he folded his hand A♣ 4♦ faced up. Phua flop top pair then turned a straight only to end up playing the board. Ceesvin also showed his hand K♥ Q♥ telling Phua it was the correct lay down by him. Both players are still sitting healthy while the bubble is closing in.

NameChip Count
Abraham Abdulla Ceesvin330,000
Issac Phua240,000
Level 18: Blinds 4000-8000, 8000 ante

Bang Bang and Two KOs

PostedJust nowby Life of Poker - Kwun

On table 24 we saw a back to back all-in and a call situation where two players were eliminated.

The first hand, it was Abraham Abdulla Ceesvin who produced the knock out punch winning a flip with A♠ K♣ against his opponent's 8♣ 8♠, an A♥ on the turn gave Ceesvin the winning hand.

The second knock out happened on the very next hand, it was Bothra Deepak putting himself at risk with 2♦ 2♥ on the button against Chung Liang Lin's 8♣ 8♠. Pocket eights prevailed this time and Lin is now sitting on 240,000.

NameChip Count
Chung Liang Lin240,000
Abraham Abdulla Ceesvin380,000
Level 18: Blinds 4000-8000, 8000 ante

Kings for Cheng

PostedJust nowby Life of Poker - Kwun

On a flop of T♣ 4♣ 8♣, we saw Po Chia facing an all-in by Yen Ting Cheng for abour 100,000. After some good consideration, Chia put in the chips.

Chia: A♥ T♦

Cheng: K♣ K♠

Chia was in big trouble with his top pair top kicker having only 4 outs, but a K♥ on the turn sealed the deal and Cheng is now stacking his new found chips worth 250,000 and Chia is down to 34,000.

Yen Ting Cheng.jpg

Level 17: Blinds 3000-6000, 6000 ante

Ravn Teo is our chip leader

PostedJust nowby Life of Poker - Joris

Ravn Teo from Singapore has just scooped a massive pot with a rivered flush.

Teo had Q♣ 7♣ on a board of 3♥ 4♣ T♣ 2♦ K♣ while his opponent was holding A♣ 5♥. Thew pot brew to 494,000! Teo in the chip lead.

NameChip Count
Ravn Teo494,000


Level 16: Blinds 2000-5000, 5000 ante

Gamble Gamble

PostedJust nowby Life of Poker - Kwun

Ayesh Hetti took a gamble with 7♣ 8♣ when he open from the cut-off then called an all-in by Guan Jhong Fang on the big blind holding A♠ 2♦. The board ran out 2♠ Q♣ 3♦ K♠ A♦ giving Fang two pairs.

Although Hetti took a hit, he is still sitting on over fifty big blinds deep while Fang has his stack boosted to 130,000.

Level 16: Blinds 2000-5000, 5000 ante

We are Back!

PostedJust nowby Life of Poker - Kwun

First we would like to apologise for the delay due to some technical difficulties but all systems are back on and our team from Life of Poker is back to work.

Players are now on level 16 with 96 players remaining out of 356 entries, the average stack is around 110,000.

Shu In LI is a little closer to the average stack after 3-betting all-in from the big blinds against Chien Chih Weng who opened from the button. Both players are sitting on about half the average stack.

NameChip Count
Chien Chih Weng50,000
Shu In LI45,000

Technical Difficulties

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Level 10: Blinds 600-1200, 1200 ante

Squeeze Makes Hsieh Freeze

PostedJust nowby Life of Poker - Joris

A squeeze just went wrong for Jen Yu Hsieh. The Taiwanese 3-bet pre to 9,600 after UTG+1 Man Lok Chan opened the action to 2,700 and Chi Wang made the call for 2,700. Chan made the call for 9,600, while Wang folded.

Hsieh only had 13,500 behind, when he checked his option to Chan on a board of J♦ 7♥ Q♥ Chan now lead out 8,000 and Hsieh shook his head while throwing his cards in the muck.

NameChip Count
Man Lok Chan47,000
Jen Yu Hsieh13,500