Dec 23, 2020
Los Angeles, CA (December 23, 2020) – The World Poker Tour® has concluded the first-ever WPTDeepStacks™ Taiwan festival in Taipei City, hosted by Chinese Texas Hold’em Association (CTP). The WPTDeepStacks Main Event attracted 526 entries to create a prize pool of TWD 6,887,970 ($244,000). Huang Chyan Pu won the tournament, in his first career live event, and the first-place prize of TWD 1,317,800 ($46,756).
WPTDeepStacks Taiwan is the first WPTDeepStacks-branded series in the Asia-Pacific region, and was attended by local Taiwanese players to comply with COVID-19 regulations.
The festival started on December 11 and 26 total events took place, compiling an aggregate prize pool of $687,500 across 2,659 entries. Among the players to participate in the series were WPT® Champions Club member Pete Chen, WPT final tablist and Natural8 ambassador Kitty Kuo, and high stakes cash game regular Andy Tsai.
Zong Chi He took fourth-place in the WPTDeepStacks Main Event and the Players of the Series title, which earned him a $1,500 WPT Passport, eligible to be used at any global WPT event.
Players were able to qualify for the WPTDeepStacks Main Event on Natural8, marking the first live event partnership between the World Poker Tour and one of Asia’s leading online poker sites.
“WPT and the WPTDeepStacks brand have taken a major step forward thanks to our partnership with CTP,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour. “We could not be more pleased with the success of this first-ever WPTDeepStacks Taiwan event and would like to extend many thanks to our partners at CTP for showcasing an incredible series in a safe playing environment.”
“The onsite venue at CTP and the excitement of the local Taiwan players combined to create a wonderful debut of WPT live events in this growing poker hotbed,” added Danny McDonagh, Live Events Specialist for the World Poker Tour. “Thank you to CTP for being a great host and to the players who joined us all week. We are confident in this event one day hosting a large field of global players when it is safe to do so.”
“I am thrilled to have the WPT, the most premier poker brand in the world, here at CTP. Players here in Taiwan have been excited about the inaugural WPTDeepStacks event,” said David Tai, CEO of CTP. “The live action received lots of attention from foreign players who wished they could be here. Many thanks to Danny, Cathy, and the whole WPT team. This is a wonderful opportunity to have the world see the poker boom in Taiwan. I am looking forward to the next WPT Taiwan and to welcome more international poker players, who will visit us when travel restrictions are lifted.”
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