Aside from the Main Event action continuing well into the final day on August 20th, 2019, Poker King Cup Taiwan 2019 also features a total of nine side events, ensuring action all day everyday during the five-day run. Since its start last Friday (August 16), three side event champions have already been named and prized.
Side Event 1: Alex Lindop from the UK beat out a field of 61 entries to emerge as the No Limit Hold’em side event Champion, taking home the trophy and total prize money of TWD 177,400.
Side Event 2: Taiwan’s own Pete Chen won the NLH Turbo 1 event to take home the trophy and prize money of TWD 104,700.
Side Event 3: Another Taiwanese player, Lee Kung Hang, wins the Head Hunter TWD 2,000/Bounty event, cashing in TWD 113,900 for his efforts.
Side Event 4: Formosa Cup
The Taiwan-only Formosa Cup is one of the only multi-day events of Poker King Cup Taiwan 2019 aside from the Main Event and High Rollers. It comprises of Days 1A and 1B, followed by the Finals.
Buy in for this event has been set at TWD 20,000, with 30-minute blind levels and a starting stack of 20,000 chips. The 200BB structure is the most comfortable to Asian players. Day 1A attracted a 56-strong field of players, including EPT Runner-up 阿桐, who also joined into the Main Event earlier into this tournament, yet seemingly without lady luck at his side:
MP (with 18,400 chips so far) opens the pool to raise 500, MP+1 (with 7600 chips) raises, before阿桐3bets to 3000 at the next home (his chip stack currently at 31600), both call, the pot now up to 9,500.
Flop: 2c3c5d. 阿桐goes all in with 28600 chips. MP thinks a long time about his next action. MP+1 folds ahead of his turn, after which MP finally calls. Showdown: AhKh 阿桐, MP 7h7d.
Turn 2s, River 8d. MP+1 is suspended for one hand for folding out of turn.
Later in the game, an incredible all-in caught the players’ attention:
梁駿傑, currently on the Dealer position, opens the pool to bet 6,500, both Small Blind and Big Blind positions check.
Flop: 6c-8c-7h. Small Blind checks, while the Big Blind bets 7,500. 梁駿傑checks. Immediately the next round Small Blind decides to bet all 13BBs. The Big Blind folds, 梁駿傑calls.
The crowd collectively gasps as the Small Blind shows his cards: Ac4s.
梁駿傑’s cards? Pair 6’s.
Turn 2s, River 8h. The Small Blind passes over all his chips to梁骏杰, making 梁骏杰 one of the bigger pot receivers towards the end of Day 1A with a total of 160,000 chips.
Day 1A of the Formosa Cup ends after 14 levels, with only 10 players left in the field to Day 2 led by Hong Kong player, Wai Lee Ho, with 241,000 chips.
Total Chip Counts for Day 1A are below:
|1||Cheung Wai Ho, Leo||241,000||Hong Kong|
|2||Wang Tzo Wei||188,000||Taiwan|
|3||Leung Chun Kit||164,000||Hong Kong|
|4||Heung Tsz Kin||127,000||Hong Kong|
|5||Hsiao Yun Yang||119,500||Taiwan|
|6||Lee Yuan Hsu||102,000||Taiwan|
|9||Choy Wing Ho||36,000||Hong Kong|
The Formosa Cup resumes today from 3PM onwards for Day 1B, making this your very last chance to try and qualify for the Final Day tomorrow.
Side Event 5: Short Deck
The Short Deck event format has been gaining popularity around the globe for a while now, becoming a favorite with many well-known poker legends. While this tournament’s Short Deck event only managed to garner a field of 20, it is the players who joined who make a difference. Entrants include Poker King Club president, Winfred Yu, famous player Raymond Wu, EPT runner-up, 阿桐, and Macau Millions Champion/J88 founder, Kim Jiwoon, among others.
In the end, it was USA player, Raymond Wu, who triumphed, taking home the total prize money of TWD 111,700.
We held a short interview with him after the event. Here’s what he had to say:
[Interviewer:] Is this your first trophy this year?
[Raymond:] It’s my first trophy in a while now, not just this year (laughs).
[I:] Out of all the other side events we have here at Poker King Cup Taiwan, why join Short Deck?
[R:] I have been playing long deck poker for a long time now, and while I traveled, I’d play online poker. I don’t actually play much live games anymore, but when I saw that you had Short Deck, I decided to try something new.
[I:] What aspect of the Short Deck event format made you take notice?
[R:] Long Deck is, of course, a longer event format in comparison to Short Deck. There are also more tutorials, strategies, and videos available for anyone who’d like to learn Long Deck, even AI software. Relatively speaking, regular levels don’t differ much, so that’s not a big factor for me.
I do understand why some players don’t go back to LD after playing Short Deck. It’s interesting.
Like for me, this is my second time joining a short deck tournament. Poker King Cup’s format is a bit more structured than what I usually play, which makes me to try a bit more. Especially when you go all-in in Short Deck, there are more chances to chase.
[I:] So what’s your next step after just winning this side event?
[R:] Tomorrow I’m playing High Rollers.
A big thank you to Raymond Wu for taking the time to answer this interview, and we wish you the best of luck at the High Rollers event tomorrow.
Side Event 6: NLH Turbo 2
The final side event of the night took a total of 66 entries, quickly filling up the tables from 7PM onwards. In the end, it was Hong Kong’s Lee Yan Zhuang who took home the trophy and total cash prize of TWD 115,200.