From November 15th until the 21st, the MGM Grand Sanya of China played host to the World Poker Tour. Players were able to take part in the WPT Sanya Main Event via invite with a total of 888 players taking to the felt in the hopes of earning a WPT title win. A total of CNY 8.88 million was up for grabs and it was Qian Zhi Qiang who outlasted the large field of competitors and earned the first-place finish.
It would take Qian Zhi Qiang less than an hour to claim the first-place prize once heads-up play began. The poker player had a 3 to 1 chip lead over his competitor, Hu Ling Fei, and in the end, would earn CNY 1.6 million for his efforts, equal to $242,555 USD.
Before the final hand, Qiang would be able to gain an even bigger chip lead by earning a big pot from Fei. Then the final hand would take place with Qiang showing K-2 offsuit while Fei held pocket fours. With a flop of 10-5-2, Fei had the lead but a King on the turn gave Qiang the lead and then a 2 on the river secured him the win with a full house.
|First||Qian Zhi Qiang||$242,555|
|Second||Hu Ling Fei||$166,700|
|Third||Li Cheng Bei||$106,000|
|Fourth||Haung Deng Dong||$78,800|
|Seventh||Li Yu Guang||$39,400|
|Eighth||Chen Sui Yu||$30,100|
The World Poker Tour now heads to Asia to host the WPT Japan. The festival actually started on the 18th of November, with the Main Event of the tour stop set to take place from the 23rd to the 26th.