Today we are looking into a poker pro who is a recipient of the 2014 PokerStars Asia Player of the Year (POY) award. He booked a massive win in WPT Beijing in April 2017. Yes, we know, you have guessed it correctly. We are talking about Pete Chen. This poker dynamo impressively cashed $2,99,485 at the $3,500 NLH Main Event.
Another major win came when Chen had his biggest cash grab of $3,82,122 at the 2017 WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold’em in Vegas. This poker champion is known to clock on an average of 2,000 to 3,000 hours per year to study and play the game. This Taiwanese poker player is also a Natural8 Team Hot ambassador. Chen recently featured in our June 2021 edition of the e-magazine. The poker champion spoke about many things that his fans would definitely wish to know.
We quizzed Chen about what keeps him motivated and how a poker player can stay motivated after booking a major win. Chen confidently says, “I believe that if a poker lover needs to stay motivated by getting money, then he can’t be called a poker lover. Even if I lost a lot of money from playing poker, I would keep playing and take every game seriously. I stay motivated by seeing my progress, by winning, learning, and playing poker.”
While talking about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it changed the dynamics of live poker tournaments, Chen stated, “Many live games have been canceled since 2020 because of COVID-19, so I spent a lot of time playing online poker. Although playing online poker is more effective, it’s relatively boring than playing live games. I hope to spend equal time playing live games and online poker alongside learning.”
Today, the live poker scene is getting back on its feet across the world as lockdown restrictions are eased. But we wanted to know from Chen what casino operators should do to ensure everyone’s safety. The poker pro said, “I think that everyone should take the vaccine, which will ensure everyone’s safety.” We are sure that fans and followers of the Natural ambassador want to know about their favourite poker star.
Chen, who said in his rapid fire round that Australia and Taiwan are his most preferred destinations for playing poker, started playing professionally in 2008. This poker champion dropped out of college in 2014 to play poker and also moved to Macau.
“I set a target of earning HKD $1 million in one year. If I win, I will keep playing poker. If I fail, I would have gone back to Taiwan to finish my bachelor’s degree and find a job,” added Chen on being quizzed about his plan B if poker hadn’t worked out.
Well, Chen gave us some impressive answers and we are sure that this pro will make headlines with his cashes in the coming future. To read the full story on Pete Chen click HERE.
With a Masters Degree in Journalism and Communication, Mrinal Gujare currently is cruising through an exciting genre of writing and editing at Gutshot Magazine. Apart from being an Editor, Mrinal is an avid reader and a former contemporary dancer. She is also perennially hungry for intriguing scoops from across the globe. No holds barred is the rule Mrinal follows in life.