Team China FTW!
May 26, 2022
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Wow, what a great week it's been leading up to the WSOP! Last I left y’all I had mentioned heading out to Vegas for the inaugural World Team Poker event that was being held at the Golden Nugget. I initially heard about World Team Poker when Johnny Chan called me 6 months ago asking me if I would like to be on his team and represent China in a poker event. Of course I said yes without hesitation since not only is Johnny a good friend of mine, but it has always been a goal of mine to help make poker as popular in China and Taiwan as it is in the United States.

As the event grew nearer and I found out who my teammates would be I was ecstatic and proud to say the least to be a part of the team. Johnny Chan needs no introduction as the man has 10 World Series of Poker bracelets and a Championship title under his belt. David Chiu along with Johnny was co-captain for Team China, and not only is David a world-class player, but a wonderful person. Next on the roster was Chau Giang, and for those of you who know about the Big Game, then you all would know that Chau is a regular in those games and is exceptional at all games. Winfred Yu was also on our team and he is not only a great No Limit Hold ‘em player but he is also a casino executive in Macau and definitely has his finger on the pulse of poker in Macau. Derek Cheung is also a no limit specialist who often plays in the biggest cash games in Macau. Rounding out our team was Rich Zhu, who is a great Omaha player with a lot of poker experience. It was such an honor to play with them all and I can honestly say there was a genuine respect and camaraderie that we shared for each other.

Many great countries were represented in this event and of course Team USA boasted a lineup of the who’s who of poker. No country should have been underestimated as each team had to pony up $50,000 for the buy-in to play against some of the world’s most elite poker players. However, the word being circulated in the event was that Team Greece and Team Brazil were being seen as the underdogs since most of their members were not as well known as some of the other members on the opposing team. I actually think this is somewhat of an advantage since it is harder to play against people when you aren’t familiar with who they are or their game. In the end, Team China came into the final table with the chip lead, along with Team Vietnam, Australia, Greece, and Brazil. It came down to a heads up match between China and Brazil, played by Johnny Chan/David Chiu vs. Brazil’s Leandro “Brasa” Pimentel. Brasa put up a more than a tough fight for the title, and I can honestly say I was not only impressed by the talent displayed by Team Brazil, but their classy behavior on and off the tables and their gracious defeat was commendable. As you all can tell from the blog title, Team China emerged victorious and took down the 300k first place prize in what turned out to be an epic 19 hour tournament day and you can catch all the action later this summer as the event will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports Net.

Needless to say this win is a great confidence booster leading right into the World Series which will start in two days. I feel really good about my game and cannot wait to walk into the Amazon Room and walk out with a bracelet. Good luck to all of you and if you see me at the series, come up and say hi!

Check out my recent interview on Poker2Nite below!


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MARIAHO
Auspicious start to the $2500 2-7 triple draw event. Started with 7500 up to 14500. Let's keep building! :)

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