The APT Taiwan 2023 has seen a whirlwind of shattered data and high-quality gameplay, and all of it ends tonight. Whereas a number of tall benchmarks have been set on the soon-to-end collection, the one which stood out was the huge 1,434-strong subject within the Major Occasion, making it the richest poker event in Taiwan so far.

And the Major Occasion discovered a deserving champion on Saturday. The previous Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Cyprus Main Event winner, Punnat Punsri, ranked #1 on Thailand’s all-time cash listing, bagged the beautiful gold-plated APT trophy and TWD $11,210,400 in prize cash, his greatest reside event rating in Asia and third-best total.

Punnat Punsri


Punsri was chip main the 17 finalists on Day 4 and dominated the motion on his method to the ultimate desk, dispatching gamers to the rail, together with his eventual heads-up rival, South Korea’s Soo Bum Kim, to gather the most important paycheque awarded in a poker event in Taiwan.

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Soo Bum Kim didn`t hand over with no struggle, overcoming a 13:1 chip drawback to momentarily snatch the lead and nearly trigger an upset. Nonetheless, Punnat Punsri reclaimed the lead and in the end secured the title. After the extreme battle, Punsri and Kim exchanged a sportsmanlike handshake. Kim pocketed a well-deserved TWD $6,375,500 in second place.

“I obtained fortunate – I certified on-line so I might are available in at first of Day 3,” a modest Punsri stated in his post-match interview.

“I ran tremendous good in the suitable spots, and I had huge arms maintain in very huge pots twice yesterday to outlive. Then at this time, all the things went my method; I coolered many individuals many, many occasions, after which heads-up wasn’t as simple as I anticipated it to be contemplating the stack discrepancy, however yeah… What a journey!” he added to explain his highway to victory.

“I’ve all the time needed to have a deep run in an enormous subject Major Occasion no matter what it’s, and the APT I truly maintain quite a lot of sentiment for, particularly as a result of it was my first huge occasion that I received in Korea [APT Seoul 2019 Championships Event] so be capable of win the outdated Championship after which this feels wonderful!” Punsri continued earlier than posing for the winner footage together with his rail.

The large TWD $62,594,100 prize pool collected within the Major Occasion was distributed among the many prime 200 gamers – which went as much as 203 whole payouts because of three simultaneous bustouts on the cash bubble. Two Indians featured on the payouts listing, Gamezy Poker Crew Professional Nishant Sharma (62nd for TWD $148,400) and Abhinav Iyer (106th for TWD $110,000), each hitting the rail on Day 3.

Nishant Sharma
Nishant Sharma


Saturday marked Day 4 of the Major Occasion, and it took 4 hours of gameplay to achieve the nine-handed ultimate desk.

Amongst these aiming to make APT historical past was two-time APT Major Occasion champion Lester Edoc. Nonetheless, his try on the feat resulted in sixth place, with the eventual champion Punsri delivering the deadly blow, fetching the Filipino professional TWD $1,982,700.

Natural8 Ambassador Kitty Kuo was one other notable within the operating, chasing her second APT Taipei title. Kuo exited sixteenth, incomes TWD $487,200.

You may learn the APT Major Occasion Day 4 reside protection on the Asian Poker Tour website.

The Major Occasion ultimate desk was live-streamed (on a 30-minute delay), and you may watch the replay under.

Ultimate Desk Chip Counts

  1. Punnat Punsri – 16,850,000
  2. Lester Edoc – 12,925,000
  3. Teng-Kuei Hsu – 6,000,000
  4. Chih Wei Fan – 5,375,000
  5. Ben Lavatory – 3,975,000
  6. Joshua Tan – 3,550,000
  7. Soo Bum Kim – 3,050,000
  8. Lengthy Lam Kim – 2,975,000
  9. Tung Wing Wong – 2,075,000


Ultimate Desk Recap

Malaysia’s Joshua Tan was the primary casualty on the ultimate desk, leaving in ninth place. Tung Wing Wong shoved preflop with ace-queen, and Tan known as, placing the final of his chip in with pocket jacks. The flop of saved Tan forward, however the flip card was , giving Wong a flush draw. The on the river gave each gamers a flush, however Wong’s hand was superior, ending Tan’s event run.

Not lengthy after that, Chih Wei Fan opened to 500,000 from the center place, and Ben Lavatory jammed 2.5 Million. Fan shortly known as with ace-king to Lavatory’s ace-queen. Fan flopped two-pair on the board, eliminating Lavatory, who had certified on-line by means of Natural8 through a $200 satellite tv for pc, in eighth place.

Regardless of the knockout, Chih Wei Fan couldn’t survive for much longer, and he confronted off with Punsri in a hand the place he shipped his whole stack, evoking a snap-call from Punsri. Fan tabled to Punsri’s . The flop of was no good to Fan, and he didn`t enhance on the final two streets , amassing the seventh place paycheque.

Punsri ran amok on the ultimate desk, increase on his lead additional.

The participant went on an hour-long dinner break, and after they returned, Punsri dispatched two-time APT Major Occasion champion Lester Edoc in sixth place, with Edoc’s pocket jacks dropping to Punsri’s pocket queens.

Teng-Kuei Tsu was despatched packing in fifth place after his queen-ten misplaced to Tung Wing Wong’s pocket eights.

Punsri was fairly the slayer as he claimed his third ultimate desk sufferer in King Lengthy Lam, booting the latter out in fourth place, together with his pocket queens besting Lam’s king-jack.

Three-handed play continued for practically an hour earlier than Tung Wing Wong open-shoved with and Punsri known as with . The flop of saved Wong forward, and he was secure by means of the flip. However the on the river modified the dynamics, with Punsri pairing his king. Wong was eradicated in third place, setting the stage for the heads-up.

Punsri, who had certified on-line through Natural8, started the heads-up in opposition to Soo Bum Kim with a staggering 13-to-1 chip benefit, holding 53,00,000 to Kim’s 4,500,000. Whereas it appeared like Punsri can be celebrating with the trophy quickly, Kim proved a tricky contender and fought arduous. The heads-up lasted 93 arms performed over 4 ranges.

Kim set to work instantly, doubling up twice, after which scooped a monster pot with a turned two-pair besting Punsri’s rivered top-pair to take the chip lead. However Punsri continued to use stress and shortly reclaimed the benefit.

Within the ultimate hand of the event, Punsri and Kim had their stacks within the center after the flop, with Punsri holding and Kim displaying . The flip card was the bringing Punsri a successful flush, rendering the on the river meaningless.

Each gamers embraced earlier than Punsri celebrated his success because the champion of the richest APT Major Occasion hosted in Taiwan!

Ultimate Desk Outcomes (TWD)

  1. Punnat Punsri – TWD $11,210,400
  2. Soo Bum Kim – TWD $6,375,500
  3. Tung Wing Wong – TWD $4,503,000
  4. Lengthy Lam Kim – TWD $3,311,900
  5. Teng-Kuei Hsu – TWD $2,595,400
  6. Lester Edoc – TWD $1,982,700
  7. Chih Wei Fan – TWD $1,517,100
  8. Ben Lavatory – TWD $1,074,500
  9. Joshua Tan – TWD $823,500


The APT organizers had different data to cherish as properly. Operating alongside the sidelines of the Major Occasion, the TWD $100K buy-in and TWD $4.50 Million GTD APT Excessive Curler – 8 Max noticed record-breaking participation, attracting 302 entries and surpassing the earlier 204 participant report set at APT Hanoi VSOP 2023 in February. As registration closed on the finish of stage 12, the prize pool reached a whopping TWD $26,364,600 (~$860,930), making it the second-largest within the collection behind the Major Occasion.

On the finish of fifteen 40-minute ranges, solely 84 gamers remained. Norway’s Peter Da (1,096,000) emerged as the one participant advancing with over 1 Million in chips. Australia’s Adam Kharman (999,000) and Hong Kong’s Timothy Yim (870,000) rounded out the highest three day-end counts.

Peter Da
Peter Da


The Day 2 subject consists of two Indians. Spartan Poker Crew Professional Zarvan Tumboli (813,000) had an excellent run, accumulating the fourth-largest stack in play. The 2022 WPT Prime Vietnam Major Occasion champion, Tumboli, who has two cashes right here within the APT Kickoff (45th for TWD $23,900) and Tremendous NLH Tremendous Holdem (3 Gap playing cards) (14th for TWD $11,900), is chasing his third APT title.

Zarvan Tumboli
Zarvan Tumboli


The 2019 APT Vietnam Main Event champion Abhinav Iyer (371,000) is one other Indian professional in rivalry. The WSOP bracelet winner is on monitor for his third rating within the collection after his splendid FT end in APT Super High Roller 8 Max (third for TWD $1,755,700) and one other deep run within the Main Event (106th for TWD $110,000).

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


The fortunate winner is about to win a large TWD $5,286,500, with 39 gamers cashing in. Different notables in rivalry embrace Natural8 Ambassador Phachara Wongwichit (206,000), high-stakes professional James Chen (567,000), and Hong Kong’s Sparrow Cheung (201,000).

High 10 Chip Counts on the Finish of Day 1 (APT Excessive Curler – 8 Max)

  1. Peter Da – 1,096,000
  2. Adam Samir Kharman – 999,000
  3. Timothy Yim – 870,000
  4. Zarvan Tumboli – 813,000
  5. Napat Chokejindachai – 751,000
  6. Chung Chuen Co – 727,000
  7. Wooram Cho – 708,000
  8. Julien Rouxel – 703,000
  9. Robert Nemeskeri-Kiss – 669,000


Day 2 of the record-setting TWD $2 Million GTD Occasion #37: Double Stack kicked off at 12:15 PM (native time) yesterday, that includes 55 contenders from an preliminary subject of 390 entries (326 distinctive). Hong Kong’s Ho Yi Chau championed the event to win TWD $991,350, edging previous Dhanesh Chainani within the heads-up showdown. The Indo-Singaporean Chinani missed out on his third APT title however earned a considerable TWD $628,200 in second place.

Ho Yi Chau
Ho Yi Chau


Taiwan’s Inkuei Tan rounded out the rostrum with a third-place prize of TWD $454,000 (~$14,825). Different notable finishes included France’s Romain Morvan (thirteenth for TWD $70,000) and the start-of-day chip chief Toshio Kataoka (twenty fourth for TWD $40,300).

The TWD $5,000 Occasion #40 Turbo happened within the early hours of Saturday morning, attracting 188 contributors (160 distinctive entries) and producing a TWD $820,620 prize pool. After thirty-one 15-minute ranges, Taiwan’s Yuan Hao Chang emerged victorious. Within the ultimate moments, Chang, Shao-Ting Jian, and China’s Cheng-Feng Tsai agreed on an ICM-based deal, with Chang getting the trophy and TWD $120,120 in prize cash.

Jian took residence TWD $146,000 in second place, whereas Tsai landed TWD $123,000 because the third-place finisher.

Yuan Hao Chang
Yuan Hao Chang


Thailand’s Napat Chokejindachai emerged because the champion of the TWD $15,000 Occasion #41 Turbo – 8 Max, outplaying a subject of 189 opponents (157 distinctive entries). Chokejindachai defeated Singapore’s Nicholas Heng heads-up to safe the TWD $548,655 prime prize and his maiden APT title. The occasion generated a TWD $2,474,955 (~$80,820) prize pool.

Napat Chokejindachai
Napat Chokejindachai


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