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Chen Qin Wins Biggest Poker Event Held Outside USA

by | Published: Friday, August 1st, 2014

Last weekend, the inaugural 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:

Place Player Country Prize
1 Chen Qin China ¥675,000
2 Yang Zhang China ¥700,000
3 Tong Shen China ¥650,000
4 Feng Bai China ¥587,500
5 Jing Liu China ¥312,500
6 Chen Hao China ¥250,000
7 Qiang Liu China ¥205,000
8 Hui Xu China ¥162,650
9 Yuanye Chen China ¥125,000


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.”

chen qin beijing millions winnerThe 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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Xing Zhou Wins 2012 APPT Macau: Asia Championship of Poker

by | Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Xing Zhou has outlasted a star studded final table to win the APPT Macau: Asia Champion Of Poker Main Event.

The relative newcomer to poker took home the first prize of $454,808 after a long and at times tedious five day tournament.

“I’m not a regular in big tournaments like this. This is only my second major tournament. There were a lot of skillful players and I’m really tired,” Chou said through a translator.

“Being able to win this event and come first, I think I’m really lucky.”

Chou went into the final table as the chip leader but knew he was going to have a tough time against experienced players like Michael Kanaan, Alan Sass and Andrew Hinrichsen.

“At the beginning I was chip leader and my strategy was to take advantage of that chip lead and be aggressive,” Chou said.

“I wasn’t running really well, there was a couple of bad beats and the chip lead shifted a few times.”

Kanaan had the chip lead when the tournament went three-handed but lost a couple of major hands and was knocked out by Chou in third place.

Chou took an eight to one chip lead into the heads up-battle but wasn’t able to finish off Ying Kit Chan.

Chan fought back and eventually took the chip lead before it was regained by Zhou after five hours of heads-up play.

At this point both players were exhausted and after six hours decided to split the first and second place prizemoney and play the hand out blind for the title.

Zhou’s Ten-Six beat Chan’s Seven-Five to win the tournament in truly unique circumstances.

“After six hours of heads up, my body couldn’t take it anymore. I feel the skill level was almost the same, so if we continued it was going to be very tiring and wouldn’t make a lot of difference,” Zhou said.

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Sam Razavi Breaks British Drought

by | Published: Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Great Britain’s Sam Razavi has won the 2012 AAPT Melbourne Main Event to become the first British poker player to win an Asia Pacific Poker Tour Event.

Razavi went into the final table with the second largest chip stack and remained in that position until the tournament was down to three players.

Razavi, Keith Walker and Tom Grigg engaged in an exciting three handed contest and traded the chip lead on several occasions.

However, Razavi took control of the tournament by crippling Grigg’s stack before eliminating him with a set of fives the very next hand.

Razavi had a monster chip lead going into heads-up play and took just ten minutes to defeat Walker and claim the tournament victory.

Razavi was extremely pleased with his performance, especially with the way he came back when the tournament was three handed.

“I feel amazing because when we got three ways I started dwindling and I thought this is it. A lot of people say that are going for the win but it’s a big bubble for the $200k (2nd prize) and that was the figure I had my mind set on, so it felt like it was slipping away and then just like that it turned around,” Razavi said.

The British player was lucky even to make it to Australia for the tournament as an overbooked flight almost saw his tournament end before it had even begun.

“I was playing a tournament in Mauritius and when I went to the airport to get my flight here (Melbourne) I checked in, my bags went through and then they told me that the flight was overbooked and I said look I can’t miss the flight, if I miss the flight I will not make the tournament and with about a minute to spare they told me there may be one seat available on the plane and after I had a good feeling about this,” Razavi laughed.

The $326,125 prize was Razavi’s second big score in Australia after he won $225,000 at the 2011 Aussie Millions.

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Allan wins Queenstown Snowfest Title

by | Published: Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The 2011 Asian Pacific Poker Tour has crowned its first champion with Australian David Allan converting his day 1 chip lead into a title at the Queenstown Snowfest Main Event on Sunday.

The chip leader for the first two days of the tournament, Allan walked away with a tournament record $110,600 first prize joining fellow Australians Danny Chevalier and Julian Cohen as well as German Marcel Schreiner as Queenstown Snowfest Main Event Champions.

While Allan was the champion, most of the early attention at the final table was focused on Team Pokerstars Pokerstars Pro Bryan Huang who was attempting to confirm his status as the best player in Asia-Pacific. Huang’s tournament was ended when his pocket sevens were dominated by Jordan Westmorland’s pocket kings putting him out in 7th place.

Allan entered the final day of the tournament, when the field was reduced to a single table, in 3rd position with 393,500 in chips behind Ken Demlakian and Jordan Westmorland. However, after a couple of hours of play it was Westmorland who held a big chip lead. Unfortunately for Westmorland, he lost a large amount of chips to multiple players and was eliminated by Demalakian in 3rd position, giving Demalakian a chip advantage going into heads-up play.

Allan slowly ground away at Demalakian’s advantage taking the lead just before the two-hour mark of the heads-up battle and it wasn’t long after that Allan’s 10 high flush beat Demalakian’s two-pair to give Allan the title and the money.

Allan considers himself an online poker professional and appeared underwhelmed at his first ever live tournament victory.

“ It’s good to do something in a live tournament, but I’ve always said in the past that there is a lot of variance in live tournaments so I can’t really turn around now and say there was a large degree of skill in winning one,” Allan said in a post-tournament interview.

Allan will head to Sydney and Melbourne to play in the upcoming APPT tournaments in Sydney and Melbourne.

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