The inaugural Pokerstars.net sponsored Beijing Millions 2014 tournament came to an end this Sunday and took home an impressive record, as it is the biggest poker event outside of the USA to have ever been played.
The tournament was a part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) and it was their first ever event in mainland China. The tournament was hosted in the Beijing Star Poker Club from July 18-27th and the main event attracted a massive 2,732 players. The tournament was won by the Chinese player Chen Qin.
With the massive attendance, the APPT managed to beat the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Goliath from the biggest poker event outside of the US. The Grosvenor Poker Tour had an attendance of 2,570 against the APPT's 2,732 and the third spot on the list is the Pokerstars sponsored Brazilian Series of Poker Millions Sao Paolo with 2,446 players.
"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 honour for PokerStars and the APPT team to be selected to support this tournament." added McDonagh. "It's been a historical week. Not just the record itself but how it may change the future landscape for poker in China."
AoBoTe (Beijing AoBoTe Sports Culture-Transmitting Company Limited) principal Jian Yang said, "I'm so happy to run such a successful event in Beijiing and have the support of APPT and the event organizers from the Beijing Sports and Administration Centre. 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."
**FINAL TABLE RESULTS**
1. Chen Qin (China)
2. Yang Zhang (China)
3. Tong Shen (China)
4. Feng Bai (China)
5. Jing Liu (China)
6. Chen Hao (China)
7. Qiang Liu (China)
8. Hui Xu (China)
9. Yuanye Chen (China)