While several poker festivals cancelled in the region, the Asian Poker Tour decided to go ahead with APT Taiwan 2020 in Taipei City. Kicking off on March 4 at the Chinese Hold’em Poker Association (CPT), the popular festival has moved into the final stage and will be concluding on March 15. While the numbers have been low due to coronavirus, the Main Event attracted a decent number and it was New Zealand’s Hamish Crawshaw who overcame 82 entries to win the title for TW$ 725,200.
With a total of 82 entries each paying TW$ 33,000, the Main Event generated TW$ 2,386,200 in total prizepool, which was eventually shared by the top 9 finishers. This was the second Main Event title for Crawshaw and he crossed a million in live earnings after winning his second major live title.
Running March 6 to 9, the Main Event final table was reached at the end of Day 2. The eventual champion Crawshaw entered the final day as the chip leader and held his lead throughout. The final table was dominated by Taiwanese players. Crawshaw did pretty well at the FT as he went on to eliminate three of the final tablists to collect a 6:1 chip advantage. Finally, he reached heads-up with Taiwan’s Ho Cung Yi, who fought well but could not go all the way, eventually finishing runner-up.
The last hand saw Ho with Qh Js and Crawshaw with 9d 7s. The board ran out 7h Qd 4h 9h 9c, giving Crawshaw a full house to take down his first APT Main Event title for TW$ 725,200 in top prize.
APT Taiwan ME Payouts:
- Hamish Crawshaw – TW$ 725,200
- Ho Cung Yi – TW$ 483,400
- Chi Jen Chu – TW$ 336,000
- Chin Wei Khong – TW$ 242,700
- Hsien Hua Chin – TW$ 181,500
- Liu Chen Yi – TW$ 140,100
- Vincent Huang – TW$ 111,200
- Yi Wei Peng – TW$ 90,600
- Carter Ching Wei Chen – TW$ 75,500