After several days of action and fierce competition, the inaugural event of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Season XVI came to an end, crowning Pete Yanhan Chen as the WPT Beijing Main Event winner. The player emerged victorious from the first-ever WPT Main Event held in China, taking home a cash prize estimated to ¥2,063,454.
The first prize also includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, which is considered as the most prestigious event of the World Poker Tour.
Pete Yanhan Chen managed to outlast a field of a total of 400 entries to grab the event champion’s title and the largest portion of the guaranteed prize pool. The cash prize he was granted with as a winner is also the largest one he has generated in his live poker career so far. Before emerging as a winner from the first WPT Season XVI event, Chen’s total live earnings amounted to $714,885, with a best live cash of $90,712 on his account.
The player entered the final table holding more than half of the chips in play and took down the event after a fierce heads-up battle with his last standing opponent Chen Ke.
The final table competition was so serious that Pete Chen could never be sure that he would grab the Main Event’s title despite the fact he put all his efforts, skills and luck in action. Still, regardless of the fierce competition, he was the clear favourite for winning the event. The large chip stack he had was also a great advantage which allowed him to put a lot of pressure on his opponents at crucial moments of the gameplay.
Only 10 hands were necessary for Bryan Huang, one of the most serious rivals of Pete Yanhan Chen, to leave the game by ranking sixth, followed by Tan Yancheng who left on the fifth place. The four-handed play between the last players remaining at the final table took more than a while as the three opponents of Chen tried to pick up chips. However, the soon-to-be winner, kept on putting some pressure on them, until he was left to face a heads-up battle against Chen Ke.
At the time when there were only two players left around the table, Pete Yanhan Chen had an approximately 5-1 lead over Chen Ke. This lead, however, turned out as too much for Ke to overcome, and Chen was the one to be crowned as a winner.
With Pete Yanhan Chen occupying the first position of the ranking with a prize of ¥2,063,454, his main opponent Chen Ke finished as a runner-up, scooping a cash portion estimated to ¥1,373,026. Lu Yingqi remained third, with ¥882,619 in cash.
The fourth place was occupied by Zhang Wenben, followed by Tan Yancheng. The final sixth place at the final game was taken by Bryan Huang for ¥373,218.