Daisuke Ogita Wins APT Taipei 2024 Record Breaking Main Event for TWD 12,944,020 (~$410,137)

In an unprecedented showing at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Taipei 2024, Daisuke Ogita from Japan claimed the Main Event title, securing a monumental TWD 12,944,020 (around $410,137) and the prestigious Gold Lion APT Main Event trophy. This victory marked a significant milestone in Taiwan’s poker history as Ogita topped a record-breaking field of 1,182 participants (737 unique), claiming the largest single-event payout ever awarded in the nation.

Ogita’s win at the APT was not just about the substantial prize money; it was a testament to his skill and determination. Starting the final table with the third-highest chip count, he displayed remarkable strategy and focus, eliminating five out of his eight final table opponents. The highlight of his journey came when he outplayed Taiwan’s Guo Zhang Xi in a nail-biting heads-up match, securing the runner-up spot and a considerable TWD 7,620,000 (approximately $242,508) prize.

Reflecting on his win, Ogita shared his disbelief and joy, stating, “Fantastic! I can’t believe it, it’s amazing,” highlighting the friendly and enthusiastic nature of Asian players. He also extended his gratitude towards his family and supporters back in Japan, humorously noting the luck involved in his victory.

Although a new face to the APT, Daisuke Ogita, has already amassed $1.854,999 in tournament earnings since 2017, according to the HendonMob. He mostly plays in Europe and the US. In April of 2023 he won the PokerStars FPS Main Event for € 307,160, while also winning a European Poker Tour event two months earlier in February for €111,000. He currently stands 7th on Japan’s all-time money list.

The event also celebrated the achievements of other top finishers, including South Korea’s Seungmook Jung and Thailand’s Pitipong Posri, who made significant earnings, demonstrating the competitive spirit and talent present at the final table.

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Final Table Results 2024 APT Taiwan Main Event

Result Player Country ~TWD Prize ~$ Prize
1 Daisuke Ogita Japan TWD 12,944,020 $410,137
2 Guo Zhang Xi Taiwan TWD 7,620,000 $242,508
3 Chi-Jen Chu Taiwan TWD 5,360,000 $170,583
4 Seungmook Jung South Korea TWD 4,016,000 $127,810
5 Li Wei Sun Taiwan TWD 3,077,000 $97,926
6 Jung Chuan Liao Taiwan TWD 2,275,000 $72,402
7 Pitipong Posri Thailand TWD 1,734,000 $55,185
8 Safwane Bahri France TWD 1,236,000 $39,336
9 Steve Ng Singapore TWD 959,000 $30,520

Stanley Weng Wins APT High Roller

In another highlight of the APT Taipei 2024, Stanley Weng from the USA dominated the APT High Roller event, clinching the top prize of TWD 5,053,000 (about USD 160,685). With a strong start and maintaining his lead throughout, Weng faced formidable opponents, including a former APT Main Event champion and some of Asia’s top players. His victory, marked by a straight flush in the final hand, was his second major cash in Asia and a proud moment as he expressed his euphoria and gratitude towards his supporters.

As the APT moves on to its next destination in Jeju, Korea, from April 26 to May 5, the success of the Taipei event, with its record-breaking turnout and prize pools, sets a new benchmark for poker tournaments in the region, highlighting the growing popularity and competitive level of the game in Asia.

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