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Chen Qin Wins Biggest Poker Event Held Outside USA

by | Published: Friday, August 1st, 2014

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:

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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2014 Macau Poker Cup Scheduled for January 2014

by | Published: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Following up from the success in recent years of the entire Asia-Pacific Poker Tour, the Macau Poker Cup has quickly been etched out as one of the region’s most sought-after prizes and it now appears the 20th edition of the tournament in 2014 will be bigger and better than ever.

As the biggest tournament in undoubtedly Asia’s biggest gambling hub, the Macau Cup has been part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour’s official calendar for the last six seasons, steadily growing in popularity throughout each event and contributing to the spike in popularity of poker-based games in Macau as a whole.

Scheduled to take place from January 10th- January 21st 2014 inclusive, the 20th edition of Asia’s most prestigious prize is set to feature 12 official Player of the Year events, peaking with the major ‘Red Dragon’ Main Event, boasting a HK$8 million guaranteed prize pool, equating to around US$1 million.

Featuring a reasonable buy in of only around US$1,550, the Main Event will take place in the City of Dreams Poker Room from January 16th and will allow for three starting day flights.

Pokerstars Pokerstars Pro Celina Lin shared her excitement of the 2014 edition of the Macau Poker Cup.

“I always knew the MPC would get bigger and the Red Dragon is hugely popular throughout Asia” Lin said.

“It’s hard to believe we’re at number twenty already, but I have no doubt MPC20 is going to be the biggest ever and I love the opportunity of winning a historic event.”

With more than 10 major poker events scheduled, the 2014 Macau Poker Cup is already in line to be the biggest in the history of the tournament.

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2014 Aussie Millions Teams up with APPT

by | Published: Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Melbourne’s Crown Casino has announced the 2014 Aussie Millions will now be part of the Pokerstars Pokerstars Asia-Pacific Poker Tour after an agreement was reached between the two bodies this past week.

Set to begin on January 23, the 16th annual Aussie Millions will feature the AU$10,600 Main Event on February 2, as well as other draw card competitions the AU$100,000 Challenge and AU$250,000 Challenge.

Crown Resorts Chief Operating Officer Xavier Walsh released a statement regarding the major announcement, highlighting the mutually-beneficial agreement.

“The Aussie Millions is regarded as one of the marquee poker events globally” Walsh said.

“And by aligning with the biggest poker tour in the region, the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour, will further guarantee the event’s success in coming years.

“This initiative will provide Crown with significant exposure in Asia, Europe and America, and for an integral part of Crown’s global marketing strategy to attract further international visitors to Australia and Crown Melbourne”.

Since its inception in 2007, the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour has well and truly put tournament poker on the map throughout the region; hosting the first ever tournament in major gambling destination Macau, awarding the first ever $1million prize in Australia and hosting the first ever televised poker in Asia, just to highlight a few major achievements.

“The Aussie Millions becoming part of the APPT is a great fit for both Crown Melbourne and Global Poker Tours Ltd” APPT President Danny McDonagh said following the announcement.

“Linking one of the best tournaments in the Asia-Pacific with the region’s biggest poker tour benefits everyone.

“Personally, I can’t wait to again be actively involved in one of the very top big buy-in events in the world”.

In seven seasons to date, the APPT has grown to include stops in the Philippines, South Korea, Macau, New Zealand and Australia.

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