APT Taipei, Taiwan 2023



#2: APT Kickoff - TWD 2,000,000 GTD - Final Day





TWD 1.3M

Taiwan's Chia Yun Wu Wins Record-breaking APT Kickoff for TWD $1.25M (~USD $40K)

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Taiwan's Chia Yun Wu is the champion of the APT Kickoff Taipei 2023, winning the largest Asian Poker Tour opening event in the tour's fifteen-year history, triumphing over a 751-strong field to claim the lion's share of the TWD $7,005,130 (USD $220,600) prize pool.

Wu defeated fellow compatriot Yan Chen Jiang heads-up to take down the TWD $1,254,100 (~USD $40,770) top prize; The moment Wu won the final hand of the tournament, the rail went wild chanting his name and congratulations were on repeat.

The Taiwanese player is a local regular here at CTP Taiwan, and adds an APT title to his already impressive poker resume, claiming the first of the APT Taipei 2023's stunning New Era marquee event trophies in addition to the largest APT Kickoff top prize in history.

Final Table Results

PlaceFull NameCountryPrize TWD (USD)
1Chia Yun WuTaiwan1,254,100 (~$40,770)
2Yan Chen JiangTaiwan764,100 (~$24,840)
3Ravn TeoSingapore541,700 (~$17,600)
4Gavin FlynnIreland408,900 ($13,300)
5Sun Chen ChouTaiwan323,900 (~$10,330)
6Nishant Kishanlal SharmaIndia245,000 (~$7,965)
7Kun Han LeeTaiwan175,900 (~$5,720)
8Shang Lun YenChina120,200 (~$3,900)
9Nithiwat SuphanitThailand94,900 (~$3,085)

A total of 106 players made the money and all prize pool and payout information can be found on the Official Results page.

APT Taipei 2023 Event #2 APT Kickoff Final Table.jpg

Wu started the final table with 1,565,000 in chips, but his stack soared quickly through some of the battles he had with the big stacks on the table. Most noticeable were the blind vs blind battles between him and start-of-day chip leader Ravn Teo.

Teo was easily the most aggressive player in the entire field, holding the chip lead for most of Day 2 and on the final table. However, Wu showed no fear and won a few big pots against him to help build momentum to the finish line.

It was Thailand's Nithiwat Suphanit who became the first of the final table casualites, falling at the hands of Teo just a few hands into the action. Suphanit moved all-in pre-flop with pocket jacks but was unable to overcome the Singaporean's king-ten offsuit, with Teo spiking a king on the turn to send the Thai player to the rail in ninth for a TWD $94,900 (~USD $3,085) payday.

After a disasterous run that saw his aces cracked earlier on in the proceedings, China's Shang-Lun Yen hit the rail a level later, his pocket queens unable to hold against the queen-ten offsuit of Ireland's Gavin Flynn with the latter flopping trip tens to bring Yen's tournament to a close. Yen exited in eighth place for TWD $120,200 (~USD $3,900).

It was shortly after Yen's departure that Wu began his winning run and his climb to the top of the chip counts, winning a couple of decent sized hands from India's Nishant Sharma that saw the two swap places in the pecking order.

It took two levels of cagey play before the next elimination, with China's Kun Han Lee the man on the chopping block with Yan Chen Jiang wielding the executioner's axe.

Lee came in as the second chip leader carried himself all the way to the final table but couldn't manage to go any further after getting short and moving all-in for his last two big blinds. Both Teo and Jiang made the call, checking the action through to the river which saw Jiang claim the pot with jack-five offsuit after pairing his jack - which was enough to beat Lee's queen-ten suited queen-high. Lee exited in seventh for TWD $175,900 (~USD $5,720).

Lee would not get lonely on the rail, with Nishant Sharma unable to improve his fortunes and exiting in sixth place for a TWD $245,000 (~USD $7,965) pay day after his ace-jack suited was outpipped by Wu's ace-queen after the two got all the chips in the middle pre-flop.

It took a break and two more levels before five became four with Taiwan's Sun Chen Chou the next man out, his ace-king offsuit losing a crucial race against Flynn's pocket queens. Chou collected TWD $323,900 (~USD $10,330) for his fifth place finish.

However, the Irishman did not get to enjoy his newly won chips for long, falling at the hands of a rampant Wu just a few hands after Chou's exit. It was an innocuous limped pot that spelled the end for the Irishman, with Flynn flopping two pair holding seven-deuce and becoming embroiled in a raising war with Wu that saw all the chips go in. Unfortunately for Flynn, Wu had flopped a set of sevens and that was that. Flynn received TWD $408,900 (~USD $13,300) for his fourth place finish.

Pocket sevens also played a crucial role in cutting Teo's stack down, with the Singaporean – holding ace-king – losing a race to Jiang who held the pocket pair and flopped a set and turned quads to take a huge bite out of Teo's stack.

The former chip leader could not recover, and Jiang administered the coup de grace a few hands later, his pocket jacks easily overcoming Teo's king-eight offsuit. Teo was out in third for TWD $541,700 (~USD $17,600).

APT Taipei 2023 Event #2 APT Kickoff Final Day Ravn Teo and Chia Yun Wu battle.jpg Ravn Teo and Chia Yun Wu fought multiple battles at the baize

When it got to heads-up between Wu and Yan Chen Jiang, Wu was simply unstoppable. Starting with only a slight chip lead, he chewed down on Jiang's stack little by little until there was nothing left. Although there were no love lost between the two, they shared a laugh and congratulated each other. No doubt we will be seeing these two again during this series.

Congratulation to all the players who made the money and shout out to the APT stuffs for an amazing event here in the CTP poker room in Taipei.

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Level 35: Blinds 200000-400000, 400000 ante

Yan Chen Jiang Out 2nd for TWD $764,100 (~USD $24,840)

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Yan Chen Jiang went down fighting and is our runner-up in the APT Kickoff Taipei.

Jiang came into day 2 with 122,000 in chips, navigated through a field of 106 players and made the final table with 15 big blinds. However, he took a beating and went down to just under three big blinds with 8 players left, but managed to bounce back up time and time again, he kept on fighting till the very end. The last hand he played was 9♥ 2♥, after flopping a combo draw with two live cards on J♥ T♥ 8♣, his fight ended with a 3♣ 5♦ run out, losing to ace high.

Jiang scored himself a 2nd place finish worth NT$764,100(US$24,840).

Level 35: Blinds 200000-400000, 400000 ante

Wu is on Match Point

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Wu has been winning most of the pots and now has most of the chips in play. On the last hand we saw him making a straight on the river with 9♥ 8♦ on 6♥ Q♣ T♣ 5♦ 7♣ and got paid by Jiang earning himself a few match points.

Level 34: Blinds 150000-300000, 300000 ante

Advantage Wu

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After a few chip exchanges between the two, Wu now has a 2:1 chip lead over Jiang.


Heads Up!

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With Ravn Teo out of the picture, now Chia Yun Wu and Yan Chen Jiang are playing heads up for the top prize NT$1,254,100(US$40,770) and runner-up prize NT$764,100(US$24,840), there are still a lot to play for. Wu has a small chip lead over Jiang but it's a fair fight between these two players.

May the best man win!

Level 34: Blinds 150000-300000, 300000 ante

Ravn Teo Out in 3rd for TWD $541,700 (~USD $17,600)

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Just a few hands after losing to quads, Teo survived one all-in pot, chopping with Wu when a full-house was on the board. The very next hand Jiang finished off what he started and knocked out the chip leader through out most of the day 2 and the final table with J♣ J♠. Teo's K♠ 8♣ did not improve on 8♠ 9♠ 5♠ Q♦ T♦.

Teo's impressive run sadly ended in 3rd place but he is taking home NT$541,700(US$17,600). We hope to see him play his aggressive style of play in the coming events on this APT Taipei series.

Level 34: Blinds 150000-300000, 300000 ante

Sevens from the Heaven

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Not long after Wu's 7♠ 7♥ hand, Jiang picked up these hot potatoes himself and went up against Teo's A♠ K♥.

The board ran out :7: 2♥ 7♥ 3♣ 7♣.

All the sevens were once again on displayed and this left Teo one foot out the door.

Level 33: Blinds 125000-250000, 250000 ante

Gavin Flynn Out in 4th for TWD $408,900 (~USD $13,300)

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Ireland's Gavin Flynn has been knocked out in a brutal blind vs blind hand against Chia Yun Wu.

The hand started with Wu completing the small blind and Flynn checked his option.

Flop: 7♦ 6♦ 2♠

Both players seemed to like this flop as they went back and forth a few times eventually going all-in. Flynn soon see the bad news as Wu showed 7♠ 7♥ for a set, completely crushing his 7♣ 2♣.

Having just 0.5% chance to win this hand, Flynn did not use his "One Time" and accepted his 4th place finish. Flynn scored a decent win worth NT$408,900(US$13,300).

Level 33: Blinds 125000-250000, 250000 ante

Sun Chen Chou Out in 5th for TWD $323,900 (~USD $10,330)

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After nursing his short stack for a whole level with walks and going all-in to win the blinds, Sun Chen Chou finally putting his stack to work holding A♠ K♣ and found himself in a flipping situation against Flynn's Q♥ Q♦.

The board ran out 6♥ T♠ 8♥ 7♦ J♠, Chou could not hit to stay alive and is out in 5th place. His prize is NT$323,900(US$10,330).

Level 32: Blinds 100000-200000, 200000 ante

Teo Slow Play Pays Off

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Action started with Flynn opening to 400,000 on the cut-off and Teo defended his big blind. Teo called a c-bet of 325,000 on 6♥ 5♥ T♦. A K♣ on the turn and Flynn kept on firing this time for 850,000 and Teo made the call. A 4♣ brought a possible straight on board but it did'nt slow down anyone as Flynn triple barrel for another 800,000 and Teo snap called with A♥ K♣. Flynn showed his losing hand A♣ 8♦ as he was supposed to be the first to show.

Teo is once again the chip leader playing with over 7,000,000.