Asia Poker League Beijing Main Event by the numbers

The Asia Poker League Reloaded (APL) has been on fire at the Beijing Poker Club with a total of eight days of nonstop poker scheduled from April 15-22, 2017. With the fifth and last starting flight of the Main Event now in the books, it is time for us to take a look at the astounding numbers of this ongoing festival.


Entries: The first edition of the event (which was held last year) saw 472 entries. While this was a big number to beat, by the third day, it was a goner as the numbers continued to soar. With a massive 271 entries recorded for the last flight, Day 1E, by far the largest attendance out of all the flights, the grand total summed up to a huge 911 entries.

Day 2: Although there were big fields generated at each starting day, the number of players that actually advanced into Day 2 was minimal with only 250 in total.

Prize pool: Players will be looking at a CNY 4,555,000 (US$660,674) prize pool

Payouts: The eventual champion will earn a big chunk of the pie, a total of CNY 800,000 (US$116,162). Only 108 players will see a profit with payouts starting at CNY 9,900 (US$1,437).

Chip leaders

Wang Peng
Wang Peng

Day 1A chip leader – Yang Tao with 245,300 will enter Day 2 as the overall leader;

Day 1B chip leader – Wang Pang with 222,400 in chips;

Day 1C chip leader – Chen Dong with 177,000 in chips;

Day 1D chip leader – Cui Jiabin with 195,700 in chips is a decorated pro with a WPT National Korea 2015 Main Event title;

Day 1E chip leader – Xu Zhou Chang with 197,700 will enter Day 2 running second in chips;


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Steve Yeah

Fans will be keeping an eye on some of the better-known players out in the field such as Li Yan, Steve Yea, and Yao Hui.

Between the three, Li Yan will be entering Day 2 with the largest stack at 165,000. She is definitely one of the favorites with very impressive stats under her belt. Last year, she won the APPT 10 Manila High Roller event and is on a good run this year with five cashes including a 7th place finish at the recently concluded PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event.

Korean national Steve Yea advances into Day 2 with 137,300 in chips. Yea has over half a million dollars in live tournament earnings with a large chunk won back in 2008 for his 2nd place finish at the APT Macau Main Event. Last year saw Yea post more tournament cashes with several small payouts earned at the WSOP.

Yao Hui will enter Day 2 with 157,200 in chips. Unlike Yan and Yea, Hui works more under the radar playing many small events throughout the year. Ever since his emergence into the live scene in 2015, he has consistently cashed with his deepest Main Event finish at 6th place during the APT Asian Poker Series Manila in 2015.  

Somuchpoker is onsite to bring you all updates on the ongoing action at the APL Beijing Main Event so stay tuned for more news to come.

Article by Triccia David

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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