Epic turnout at China Poker Video games tenth 12 months Anniversary; 4,406 Primary Occasion entries for ~$6.5M prize pool


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For years, worldwide poker organizations have tried to penetrate the huge Chinese language market however as a result of strict authorities rules, strides have been slim to none. That doesn’t imply poker is lifeless within the nation, fairly the other. Very like the remainder of Asia, poker is booming in mainland China with stay festivals staged by quite a few native manufacturers all year long. Probably the most extremely revered is premier poker model China Poker Video games. 

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This 12 months marks CPG’s tenth 12 months within the enterprise, and to have a good time the milestone, the model is at present internet hosting its 10th 12 months Anniversary Celebration on the Howard Johnson Resort in Sanya Bay, Hainan Island, China. Ongoing since March 1, the occasion runs for ten days, concluding on March 10. The occasion has been nothing wanting epic.

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Gamers have been welcomed in with free buffet, leisure actions, a particular ceremony to commemorate the event, even a CPG mascot was seen greeting the gamers.

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Getting right down to enterprise, like earlier, the every day lineup populated a number of rooms. In whole there have been 150+ poker tables in operation. The highlighted Primary Occasion was a sight to recollect, drawing a complete of 4,406 entries over three beginning days – Day 1A – 1,221, Day 1B – 1,660, Day 1C – 1,525. This was the most important match ever staged in Asia, beating its personal earlier file of three,132 entries.

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To additional emphasize the enormity of the sector, it was repechage format, which meant no similar day re-entry allowed. In line with the organizers, the prize pool amounted to ~$6.5 Million with a large CN¥ 4.4 Million (~US$ 630,000) awaiting the eventual champion. Among the many attendees have been WSOP double bracelet winner Wei Guo Liang and Taiwanese professional Chen An Lin. 

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Chen An Lin

Previous to the Primary Occasion, an unique match was held known as the Dragon King. This was an invitational comprising of previous CPG Primary Occasion champions and WSOP bracelet winners.

A gap ceremony came about to introduce each the occasion and the contributors. 33 gamers joined. Purchase in was free. No re-entry. The construction was much like that of a single day excessive curler.

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Gamers have been actually getting the “pink carpet” therapy with interviews from the paparazzi. In the long run it was 2021 CPG Grasp champion Zheng Tian Hao going the gap to carry the one-of-a-kind White Jade Dragon trophy.

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Zheng Tian Hao – Dragon King champion

Up subsequent for CPG

On the conclusion of this epic celebration, gamers have one other CPG occasion to look ahead to. Yearly, the model attracts hundreds of gamers to its annual CPG Championships in Sanya Bay. In 2019, the 12 months previous to the pandemic, the model eclipsed $4.1 Million with 3,132 entries. Up till this week, it was the one largest match in Asia with the trajectory to rival the now defunct Aussie Thousands and thousands.

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The annual CPG Championships takes place from August 20 to 27, 2023 on the Howard Johnson Resort. Right now, it’s nonetheless tough to acquire a visa to China nevertheless efforts are being made to totally open to spice up tourism in Hainan Island. Worldwide gamers concerned about attending the upcoming annual occasion should safe visas until they’re already within the nation or their nation has a border settlement with China. Extra updates to observe.

*All photographs courtesy of CPG

Extra on CPG:

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CPG Continues to Draw Massive Fields
CPG 2019 Main Event – 3,132 Entries, $4.1+ Million prize pool
CPG Revealed: Interview with Mr. Li – Hainan Poker Association