APPT to Hit Mainland China
The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) debut of the Beijing Millions will take place from 18 July to 27 July at the Beijing Star Poker Club.
The buy-in for the tournament is US$480. The exact structure of the tournament is still to be released but it should be similar to the 2014 Macau Millions.Poker tournaments of this nature are rare in mainland China, but have taken place before.
The WPT held a US$1,500 event in 2012 and 2013 in Sanya, on the island of Hainan.
Gambling is typically limited to Macau and Hong Kong, however, poker has been promoted as “mind sports” in the region.
Even though the government has taken a more lenient approach to poker, during the WPT event, live reporting, photography and video were banned inside the casino.
The General Administration of Sports in China permitted poker tournaments in 2012 in the Hubei Province, which surrounds Beijing. The Poker clubs of Hubei now fall under the management and watchful eye of the sporting governing body.
The East Asian Poker boom seems to have begun, which became clearly evident at the Macau Millions, where more than 35 percent of the 1,800 plus players were from China.
The online poker rush is also taking shape by the number of players entering the first satellite for the Beijing Millions on PokerStars, with more than 100 runners.