China Poker Games (CPG) 2016 edition has been confirmed to be a huge success in Mainland China. Held at the Howard Johnson Resort Sanya Bay, Hainan last August 25-31, 2016, the Main Event of the festival garnered a massive field of 1,294 entries – a significant increase compared to last year’s participation of 1,075 entries. And because of this successful turnout the Total Prize Pool for the Main Event reached over ¥10 Million Yuan which is around US$1.5 Million.
Numerous notable players graced the floor of this prestigious event, to name a few, Alex Lee, Xing Gai, Shao Feng, Yong Wei Mo and Zhi Lin, all of whom were in the money. Also present was Poker King Club’s Si Xiao Li “Juicy”.
Out of the 1,294 entries, 331 players were able to make it to day 2. But the player who won the day was professional poker player Zhi Lin who took home a whopping ¥1.95 Million (US$295,000) worth of travel & real estate vouchers. This is the 3rd time Li has been victorious in a major event. Previous tournaments he had won were the 2016 ACT Beijing Main Event and the 2016 13th Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) –Platinum Series XIII HK$ 5,000 + 500 No Limit Holdem Event.
The final table is as follows:
|2nd||ZHI QIANG QIAN|
|3rd||WEI ZHOU CHA|
|5th||SHI BIN ZHANG|
|6th||LI FAN ZHANG|
|7th||YONG JIE QIN|
|8th||HONG JUN ZHANG|
Other winners include Zhi Yi Xiao, who won The Highrollers Event, and Si Xiao Li, who won the Deepstack Side Event.
CPG has been one of the most successful poker tournament circuits currently running in Mainland China providing Asian poker players with good tournaments with huge prize pools. In the 3 years that it has been in operation, CPG has attracted over 200,000 players, presenting a running total of over RMB 45 Million (US$ 7 Million) in prize pools.
Poker Player Kelvin Tan Wei, who has played in numerous international events, approached Somuchpoker.com to share his views on CPG:
The gameplay and organizers are pretty good. Everything runs smoothly – from Check in to playing of tournaments.
Dealers are professional. Things to not: one must download the CPG app, as all the qr codes for tournament entries are generated in there after payment is made.
The only downside was the difficulty to pay the event’s buy in- As payment goes through alipay or wechat pay, and these Chinese platforms don’t recognize some of the international cards.
With its growing numbers and increasing prize pool is definitely a tournament to be reckoned with by other poker brands and something for players to definitely look forward to in the Asian region.