Last weekend, the inaugural PokerStars.net 2014 Beijing Millions concluded with China’s Chen Qin topping the field of 2,732 entries and taking out a prize of ¥675,000 (approx. $109,000).
The tournament, which had a buy-in of ¥3,000 ($480) and created a total prize pool worth ¥7,376,400 ($1,195,000) that was distributed among the top 202 finishers, set a record for the largest tournament ever held outside of the United States.
Beijing Million Final Table Results:
The Beijing Millions, held at the Beijing Star Poker Club, marked the first time the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) held a tournament on mainland China, and it proved to be a tremendous success.
“We always believed that this would be a successful event, but this result greatly exceeded our wildest expectations,” said APPT President Danny McDonagh. “It’s a great honor for PokerStars and the APPT team to be selected to support this tournament. It’s been a historical week. Not just the record itself, but how it may change the future landscape for poker in China.”
The tournament was part of a 10-day poker festival organized by the Beijing Sports Competitions Administration Centre, a division of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports. It broke another record, becoming the largest live PokerStars-sponsored tournament – surpassing the previous mark of 2,446 entries set by the 2013 Brazilian Series of Poker.
With over 2,700 initial players, the tournament required six starting days, but the monster-sized field was surprisingly reduced to a manageable 188 for Sunday’s Day 2.
As you can see from the table above, all final table players were Chinese. This ensured the title would stay on home soil. Qin ended up taking a chip lead of 17,100,000 to 9,000,000 over Yang Zhang into the final heads-up play, using it to his advantage to take out the title.
“I’m so happy to run such a successful event in Beijing and have the support of APPT and the event organizers from the Beijing Sports and Administration Centre,” said AoBoTe principal Jian Yang. “The APPT is a professional event management group capable of running major international poker tournaments and together we created a miracle with the Beijing Millions. I hope the cooperation between APPT and Star Poker will strengthen and develop poker further in China.”
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