WPT Sanya Final Table: Live Updates

Qian Zhi Qiang wins 2017 WPT Sanya Main Event

WPT Sanya Winner - Qian Zhu Qiang

Many believed it was only a matter of time. It also appeared that so did Qian Zhi Qiang as he is crowned the champion of the sixth staging of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Sanya Main Event, outlasting Hu Ling Fei in a heads-up battle that took less than an hour.

In the final hand, Qian—who had amassed a commanding 4-1 lead in terms of stack sizes—was first to act and raised to steal Hu’s BB with  Ks 2d. Hu, did a re-raise with his  4d 4s. Qian called.

The flop showed:  Ts 5c 2c. Hu barrelled and Qian raised all-in and was surprised to get called. The turn, however, produced a  Kh giving Qian the lead as he began celebrating. The river was a  2h giving Qian a runner-runner full house and claiming the victory after besting the full field of over eight hundred runners.

Hu, the 38-year-old businessman from Hai Kou who has never had a live cash and has only been playing poker as a hobby, actually had the shortest stack heading into the Final 9 and worked his way up after doubling-up three times within the first hour of the battle. He takes home $166,700 and gets to now be recognized as someone who has scored in an international event.

Qian, who was in Hu’s position in the 2016 CPG China Championships Main Event, finally ends his dominance over the last three days of the competition with the title as he was the tournament’s chip-leader since the conclusion of Day 3.

Of course, Qian now also has the biggest payday of his career as the $242,555 top purse here almost matches has total live earnings of $248,071 as well as valuable ranking points in the WPT Asia Pacific (APAC) Player of the Year (POY) race.

Here’s the total payouts of the Final 9 (in US Dollars)

1st – Qian Zhi Qiang – $242,555
2nd – Hu Ling Fei – $166,700
3rd – Li Cheng Bei – $106,000
4th – Huang Deng Dong – $78,800
5th – Tang Ying – $60,600
6th – Chen Ke – $46,900
7th – Li Yu Guang – $39,400
8th – Chen Sui Yu – $30,100
9th – Fu Peng – $22,700

Li Cheng Bei busted by Qian, now at heads-up


The first hand after the mandatory ten minute break led to the elimination of Fund Manager Li Cheng Bei as Qian Zhi Qiang adds to his enormous chip stack and scalp another to have two players remaining to contest the World Poker Tour (WPT) Sanya Main Event and the top purse of $242,555.

The players barely got their seats warm when Li—under the gun on the Button with the shortest stack of the three left—woke up with 9c9d and decided to go all-in. Qian in the SB re-raised all-in to isolate Li and when Hu Ling Fei folded, Qian showed his AsTs.

Right on the flop, Qian spiked his ace as it went: AhJcJs. The turn card came out as a 3c and the miracle two-outer never showed up on the river as it showed 2d.

Li picked up the $106,000 prize for finishing in third place and we are now at heads-up with Qian and Fu now guaranteed $166,700.

Qian now holds what is estimated to be a 3-1 advantage in terms of chip stacks.

Huang Deng Dong outdrawn by Qian, out in 4th place

Huang Deng Dong
Huang Deng Dong

Qian Zhi Qiang’s stack continues to grow, but this time he took out Huang Deng Dong who had the second most chips coming into the finale of the Main Event in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Sanya.

Folded to Qian, whose chip stack was nearing the 8M mark, made a strong raise with AdQd on the SB. Huang, a 35-year-old online pro from Fu Zhou, surprisingly went over the top all-in with his stack of KsJs. After much tanking and asking for a count of Huang’s stack, Qian called with Huang behind but with live cards.

The flop showed Kc6c3c, with Huang taking the lead with top pair. Needing an Ax to regain the upper hand, Qian called for it. But instead it yielded a Jc, giving Huang two-pair. However, there was also a redraw for the former Asian Championship of Poker (ACOP) NLHE Turbo champion.

The river gave the miracle card Qian needed as a Ts arrived, giving him a backdoor straight and showing Huang the door in the process.

Huang got $78,800 for his efforts and now the final three players slug it out; now guaranteed six-figures in American currency ($106,000). Of course, the champion gets $242,555.

Qian still in the lead in Level 31, four handed

4 handed play
4 handed play

Former CPG China Championships Main Event runner-up Qian Zhi Qiang is still throwing his weight around in the Final Table of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Main Event here in Sanya as he has now built a more than 2M chip lead with our players remaining in Level 31 (blinds at 60000/120000/20000).

At this point of the tournament, everyone is now guaranteed $78,800 and one of them is just three eliminations away from the title and the top purse of $242,555.

Qian presently has 7,915,000 in holdings while the currently second-placer is Hu Ling Fei, who started today’s hostilities as the shortest stack. The businessman from Hai Kou has 5,795,000 in chips.

Third so far is enigmatic Huang Deng Dong with 5,145,000 while currently bringing up the rear is the reigning WPT Jeju Monster Stack titlist Li Cheng Bei with 2,990,000.

Play has slowed down considerably after the spate of bust outs that occurred within the first two hours of the resumption, but there has been a lot of moves done—primarily by Qian.

Chen Ke, Tang Ying both busted by red hot Hu

Chen Ke
Chen Ke

Erstwhile second biggest stack holder Chen Ke is out at sixth and was followed by the Tang Ying, the last lady left in contention, as both were railed by former short stack—and now second in chips—Hu Ling Fei, the businessman from Hai Kou who is only in his second year of playing organized poker.

Chen, who was second in chips at the end of Day 3, had his holdings dwindle due to the aggression displayed by chip-leader Qian Zhi Qiang all throughout  the ongoing Level 30 (blinds at 50000/100000/15000). Folded to him in the SB, Chen—who has only been playing poker for three years—pushed all-in with  7s 7d, but got a call from the BB of Hu, who revealed  Ad Qd—another coin flip.

The flop was no help to Wu:  2s 3d As on the turn as Chen yelled feebly for his two-outer to emerge but to no avail.

While Chen was busy collecting his  prize for his sixth place finish, Tang—the 27-year-old IT specialist from Yang Zhou—did a three-bet-shove against what appeared to be a KsKc button steal from Hu, but Hu called (owing to Tang’s greatly reduced stack). He showed  Ac 9h.

Hu immediately flopped the  As to take the lead and Tang didn’t get any help on the board. She receives $60,600 in prize money.

With five players remaining, Qian Zhi Qiang is still the monster stack but Hu is now at second. Chip counts will be provided soon.

Former Red Dragon winner Li Yu Guang out in seventh place

Li Yu Guang
Li Yu Guang

With a slew of eliminations happening within the first two hours of the finale, 2015 Red Dragon and Macau Poker Cup High-Roller winner Li Yu Guang became the next to hit the rail.

Folded to him in the hi-jack position, Li (who taken back-to-back hits by folding his pre-flop raises) moved all in with Jd9d. The action was folded to chip-leader Qian Zhi Qiang on the button who re-raised all-in to get the blinds to fold. Qian showed he was ahead with KdTd, but the live cards of Li made nothing safe.

The flop went: Qh5c8s. But when a Ks appeared on the turn, that cut Li’s outs to just one of the three remaining Ts in the deck for a gut-shot straight redraw. But unfortunately for the Beijing businessman, the river yielded a 5s.

Qian, the runner-up in the 2016 CPG China Championships Main Event, has now eliminated two players and we are now six handed.

Chen Sui Yu eliminated by chip leader Qian

Chen Sui Yu
Chen Sui Yu

Chen Sui Yu chose the wrong guy to bluff at the wrong time. After a button raise from 2015 Red Dragon champion LiYu Guang, Chen went over the top and put what was left of his dwindling stack in the middle on an attempted steal with Kh5h. But after much tanking, Qian—the chip-leader for the past two days—made a call with KsKdTdJc, the turn: Jd and the river was a 7c.

Qian scooped the pot and sent Chen to the rail in eighth place, but became $30,100 richer for his efforts this week.

We have just entered Level 29 with blinds at 40000/80000/10000.

Fu Peng out in ninth in 3-way

Fu Peng became the first casualty in the Final Table as he walked into a three-way all-in starring former short stack Hu Ling Fei (who had doubled-up in the second hand of the day) and Yang Ting, the lady who has the third biggest stack coming into the last day of the competition.

Fu showed 9d9s and rejoiced for a moment when he saw that he was slightly ahead of Hu’s AhKc but then wilted when Yang turned over TsTh.

The flop came: 5d3s3d, but then the turn card revealed an As, giving Hu the lead. The river card was a 6s, tripling-up Hu and slightly denting Yang as Fu—the hotel manager from here in Sanya—got booted out but has to settle for the $22,700 purse for ninth place.

Later on, Fu struck again; only this time going through chip-leader Qian Zhi Qiang as his shoved KcJd outdrew his opponent’s  Ah 9d on a board of  Jc Td 4s Ks Js.

Fu is now unofficially hovering in the top three in holdings with three double-ups and one triple-up.

Early Double up for Hu Ling Fei

In the second hand of the day, short stacked Hu Ling Fei made a move by shoving his 540,000 stack from the button with Ah9d. He was called in the BB by Li Cheng Bei, who has over 2M in chips, with QcJd.

The flop was 6c8h7d and then Hu hit his 9s on the turn, but gave Li an Open Ended Straight Draw with two over cards. The river was a 3s as Hu now doubled up and stay in the hunt.

Final 9 in WPT Sanya Main Event in action


After a call-in ceremony to introduce the members of the final nine players remaining to contest the title and the $242,555 grand prize, the action quickly ensued here at the MGM Grand Hotel as the final day of competition in the World Poker Tour Sanya commenced.

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