In recent blog post by PokerStars Team Pro Raymond Wu he explains the success of the recent PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour Beijing Millions which played out between the 18th and 27th of July.
“PokerStars recently co-sponsored a tournament series in Beijing, the capital of China. The 2014 Beijing Millions was the first major tournament series to be held in mainland China. Poker tournaments have been held before in Sanya, an island off the southern tip of the country, which is kind of like the Hawaii of China, but never on the mainland.”
The Main Event actually went on to be a huge success with 2,732 players taking part and Chen Qin going on to win the title and first place payout of $109,382. Wu is extremely happy to see the interest that is shown in the game over in China and feels that the game could eventually grow to be as big as it is in Macau.
“A few years ago, when Macau was just starting to boom, we didn’t really see too many Chinese players there. But nowadays, especially in the past six months or so, we’re seeing groups of people from different Chinese cities and provinces come out to play the Macau tournaments and the numbers are off the charts.”
This rise in Chinese players was even evident at this year’s World Series of Poker in which there was a massive increase. He feels that if one of them was to eventually win a bracelet it could have the same sort of effect for the game in the country as it did in America after Chris Moneymaker won the Main Event.
China has the world’s largest population, so you can just imagine what it could do for poker if it does become an extremely popular activity in the country. As Raymond Wu says, the Beijing Millions is certainly a big step in the right direction to achieving that.
You can check out the full blog post by Raymond Wu by heading over here and as far as that Main Event, you can see how it finished up below.
How It Finished
1st) Qin Chen – $109,411
2nd) Yang Zhang- $113,463
3rd) Shen Tong – $105,359
4th) Bai Feng – $95,228
5th) Liu Jing – $50,653
6th) Hao Chen – $40,522
7th) Liu Qiang – $33,228
8th) Xu Hui – $26,364
9th) Chen Yuanye – $20,261
10th) Du Dong – $14,182