Sparrow Cheung flies high at WSOP 2016
Sparrow Cheung has work his way up to the poker scene. Thanks to his good looks and personality he was able to be victorious with a great HKPPA community to which he is the current
Sparrow Cheung has work his way up to the poker scene. Thanks to his good looks and personality he was able to be victorious with a great HKPPA community to which he is the current HKPPA Chairman. Luck and skills has always been in his favor. Showing his poker strategies in the recent WSOP proves that his skills in the game comes with bold greatness and solid dedication for the love of poker.
HKPPA, Hong Kong Poker Player Association is one of the remarkable poker community in Asia. Sparrow Cheung as the chairman of the group with notable players like Jason Lo (Vice Chairman and PKC Pro), Alan King Lun Lao (APPT POY 2015) and KC Wong.
PokerCast Asia had an exclusive talk with Sparrow as he plays the big games at the 47th World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He had been gone to Vegas to give everyone a run for their money. As of publication of this article (July 7, 2016), Sparrow Cheung was able to cash in $33,434, including his 4th place to the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em #32 Event Turbo from the Deep Stack Extravaganza III in Las Vegas. He had been playing pretty well as a result he was able to advance as a true poker pro.
What make you decide to play poker?
I started playing poker with some old friends, then started playing more in Facebook poker. Starting from 2008, Macau has poker rooms, then I started playing real money cash games there. Since I learnt more and was able to earn money from poker, I became a full time poker player from 2009.
Is poker a mind game, skill game or a sport?
Similar to chess, mahjong and bridge, poker is a mind game, as well as a mental sports. It is a sophisticated game with complicated mathematical and psychological analysis. That’s why many countries are debating whether it’s a gambling or sports.
Being the HKPPA Chairman, how does HKPPA helps poker players? Is this group exclusive for Hongkong players?
HKPPA (Hong Kong Poker Players Association) is a non-profit oriented organisation aiming to help all poker players from different countries and popularise poker in HK. We hold gatherings, seminars, training courses and practices (without money involved) for poker players to help them understanding more the skills and techniques of the poker game. We also negotiate the best terms and discounts with the poker tournaments organisations and hotels for the players. HKPPA welcomes players with any nationality and we now consist of members from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines.
Hows your WSOP experience? What makes you decide to play this year? Being able to be in the money, how does it feel to be win in the WSOP? Do you think you can win the Asian Player of the Year?
I went to WSOP from 2010-2012 and I ran deep in a WSOP USD1,500 event for 15th out of 3,000 runners in 2011. I then stopped travelling for 4 years to stay more with my grandmother in HK. Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away last year. I then come back to WSOP this year to continue my career dream.
It’s a good start to have 2 ITM in the first 4 events. They are tiny cashes, but do give me more confidence in the coming events, hope I can run deeper the next one. I will try but I don’t think I can win the WSOP Asian player of the year as my Japanese friend is running so hot in WSOP at this moment.
Did you have any preparations for this event? What makes it diff from the tournaments in Asia? Which do you like to play Asia or Vegas What do you think is your winning edge in this tournament?
Before coming to WSOP, I spent some time to review my own game, trying to adjust to playing against the Americans and Europeans which they have different ranges comparing to Asians. I have also adjusted my strategy for the good and slow blind structure tournaments. I did the same before going to Aussie Million early this year.
I like playing WSOP more than Asian tourneys because the field is much bigger, in better and slower structure tourneys. The slower the structure, the higher the skills edge, and the lower the luck factor.
HKPPA recently released Sparrow’s video as he walks us through inside WSOP.
Video Courtesy of HKPPA. Visit their Facebook Page for more updates.
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Sparrow Cheung flies high at WSOP 2016
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Sparrow Cheung has work his way up to the poker scene. Thanks to his good looks and personality he was able to be victorious with a great HKPPA community to which he is the current HKPPA Chairman. Luck and skills has always been in his favor. Showing his poker strategies