Zhou Yun Peng has been crowned champion at the first-ever World Series of Poker China Main Event. Peng collected the first WSOP gold bracelet awarded on Chinese soil along with the cash prize of $367,000.
Zhou Yun Peng, hailing from the Hebei province, is relatively unknown in the live poker community. This was Peng’s first live poker tournament. According to the champion, he has learned to play poker by watching videos and reading poker books.
In a bid to make its way to Asia, the WSOP had entered into an agreement with Tencent Poker earlier this year. The executive director of WSOP Ty Stewart explained the partnership saying, the Asian market is untapped and in Tencent they have found an ideal partner. He said the group expects to spread the great game throughout the continent with the help of Tencent’s reach in the continent.
The champion, Peng, faced Long Rong in the heads-up play. In the end, it was down to his pocket deuces against Rong’s A-8. All the chips went in pre-flop. The move gave Peng a flush and handed the first career win.
The inaugural WSOP Main Event in China garnered the attention of media and players alike. The known names such as Bertrand "ElKy" Grospellier had participated in the poker event and finished 75th.
The runner-up Long Rong took home $226,889 in cash, while Zhang Jian Bin who finished third took home $158,380. Li Xiang Lai, Wu Xin and Ni Cang Sheng were fourth, fifth and sixth on the leaderboard to snap $112,220, $80,702 and $58,930, respectively, in prizes.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation, one of the leading names in casino entertainment, owns the World Series of Poker. The World Series of Poker has been organizing poker events for more than forty years now. At WSOP, the events are open for everyone to play in.