Updated: Sep 12, 2019
Asia's rising star, Pete Chen, has pocketed another award to add to his trophy collection by being awarded the WPT Asia Player of the Year. Back in April 15th, 2017, Pete Chen outlasted an exclusive invitational event of 400 entrants in Beijing to become the first player on the WPT Champions Cup for Season XVI. Shortly after that, he finished runner up at a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event in the 48th World Series of Poker to collect $382,122. He has participated in every big name tournament imaginable and cashed in over 176 live events.
Chen is currently ranked 3rd overall on the all-time Taiwan money list, 79th on the Global Poker Index (GPI), and 1st on the GPI for Taiwan. This is most certainly not his first POY award. Back in 2014, he earned the Asia Player of the Year title from PokerStars. Chen also finished as the GPI Asia Player of the Year in 2017. As for 2018, he is currently trailing fellow ambassador Daniel Tang, who is first on the list with 2,483.04 points (a fellow #1 rank in GPI rankings for Hong Kong). Chen sits not too far behind with 2,384.68 points. Although we are only at the halfway mark, the excitement is already brewing in the air. Will Pete Chen win his second straight GPI Asia Player of the Year award? For now, it's anyone's game, but Chen seems like a safe bet.