After 18 days in total of live poker action, the Asia Poker Tour (APT) Taiwan 2021 festival has wrapped up at the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club). As previously reported by us here at Natural8, it was a successful series for our ambassadors - with them nabbing three titles in total!
Once the final tournament concluded, Team Hot ambassador Kitty Kuo had retained the biggest earned prize money throughout the entire series. She finished 3rd in Event #2: NT$27,000 High Rollers for NT$96,700 and then claimed victory in the NT$16,500 Main Event. Out of a field of 196 entries, Kuo defeated Chi Ying Tsai in an all-female heads-up duel for another NT$724,200.
Another two flagship events took place after the Main Event, and you can find the summary below. But first, let’s take a look at the overall stats.
Taiwan’s Kun Han Lee was crowned Player of the Series. He started his path to the top spot with victory in the NT$5,000 Mini Main Event, where a field of 390 entries emerged for a total prize pool of NT$1,513,200. The top 40 spots were paid, with all but one contender in the money hailing from Taiwan. Lee claimed all the chips and walked away with the NT$332,200 top prize.
Lee went on to win his second title in Event #2: NT$27,000 High Rollers Single Day for NT$269,400. He was the only player to win two events during the festival. Not only that, he almost won his third title in Event #5: NT$43,000 High Rollers. However he was bested by Natural8 streamer Yu Chung “Nevan” Chang and had to settle for the runner up spot.
These three scores ensured the lion’s share of the $1,000 APT Player of the Series awards went to Lee.
As one of the most expensive tournaments in the entire schedule, the NT$25,300 Championship Event featured two starting days. A field of 89 entries emerged once registration closed on Day 2, which just about missed covering its NT$2,000,000 guarantee.
Only the top nine spots were paid, and all players in the money were from host country Taiwan. Natural8 streamer and Event #5 winner Yu Chung “Nevan” Chang was the unfortunate player to bust on the bubble, when ace-jack failed to hold up versus queen-ten. Among the finalists was also Terry Fan, who eventually bowed out in 5th place for NT$151,000 when his pocket sixes ran into pocket aces.
Chao Ting Cheng was the most active player on the final table and tangled between the lead and middle of the pack after his aggression backfired. Cheng eventually fell in 3rd place for NT$279,600, which left Zhai Hao Huang and Ping Hao Huang to battle for the title.
The former Huang finished 2nd in the Mini Main Event and ended up settling for the exact same spot again, when king-six was beaten by king-eight suited. He walked away with NT$402,200 while the latter Huang earned the top prize of NT$603,300.
The festival wrapped up with the NT$10,000 APT Taichung Special Event, which drew 152 entries throughout two starting days. This made sure the guarantee was covered, and the top 16 finishers earned a portion of the NT$1,253,200 prize pool.
Only 34 players made it through to Day 2, which not only burst the money bubble but also played down to the final table. Kun Han Lee was in contention on the penultimate day of the festival but missed out on another cash. Harry Hao was the first to cash for NT$16,800 and Huang Cheng Chieh bubbled the final table for NT$28,900.
Chu Yi Huang previously finished 2nd in Event #12: Deep Stack Turbo for NT$26,900, but went one spot better this time. He entered the final table with by far the biggest stack and never looked back to claim the NT$334,000 top prize. Along with the cash, he also received the last Golden Lion Trophy of the series, a luxury watch, and a CTP Championship Series Pass worth NT$25,000.
Hung Hui Chung entered the final table as one of the shortest stacks and laddered all the way to 3rd place for a NT$154,800 payday. Ruei Jiun Liang was the other big stack at the table and went into the heads-up duel with Huang. His top pair was no good in the final hand, as the ace-queen suited for the nut flush sealed the victory for Huang. Liang walked away with a respectable NT$222,600 consolation prize.
And that wraps up the APT Taiwan 2021 festival! The series is now on a break, with the next scheduled live festival in Vietnam postponed for now.
Image credits: CTP Club.