Qian Zhi Qiang Wins WPT Sanya Main Event for $242,5553 weeks ago
The resort city of Sanya on the southern end of China’s Hainan Island has been a very happy hunting ground for Chinese pro Qian Zhi Qiang, who this week added a WPT title and $242,555 to his resume.
The WPT has been criss-crossing the world in its efforts to bring the game to new and emerging markets such as India and China and in Sanya there was an excellent response from players – 888 of them entering the Main Event and producing a huge prizefund of $1,339, 882 with several live streams on covering the final table on Chinese sites.
The HendonMob.com results page shows an unusual and amusing 101 of the eventual cashers as ‘unknown’, only the final table finishers and 14th placed Jin Tian getting a mention, but elsewhere it was reported that the likes of American WPT Champions Club members Daniel Weinman and Sam Panzica made an appearance but failed to make the money.
Qiang has some previous in Sanya as mentioned in the intro, coming second last August in the CPG China Championships Main Event for $162,000 but his victory yesterday in the WPT doubled his lifetime earnings and jumped him to 37th spot in China’s all-time earnings list for live tournaments.
It took 5 days of play to separate the winner from the rest of the hopefuls – which PokerNews report also included WPT Beijing champion Pete Chen, WPT Cambodia champion Benjamin Gonzva and WPT Thailand runner-up Vincent Chauve who all fell at the first hurdle, and it was an all-Chinese final table at the money end of the festival held in the MGM Grand.
As the WPT live updates reported, ‘Qiang’s performance at the final table was a truly dominant one. He entered as the chip leader and never gave up the top spot on the leaderboard, eliminating five players en route to getting heads up with Fei’.
Qian’s 3-1 chip lead heads-up was soon increased in the hour-long battle and eventually the fate of the WPT Sanya crown was decided when Qian’s button raise with K♠ 2♦ and was 3-bet by Fei holding 4♠ 4♦ with Qian’s call bringing a 10♠ 5♣ 2♣ flop.
When Fei bet out, Qian shoved and it looked like the shorter stack would live to see another hand, but the K♥ turn and 2♥ river filled out an unlikely full house and the victory belonged to Qian. Hu Ling Fei’s runner-up spot earned the businessman $166,700.
Final Table Payouts
|1||Qian Zhi Qiang||$242,555|
|2||Hu Ling Fei||$166,700|
|3||Li Cheng Bei||$106,000|
|4||Huang Deng Dong||$78,800|
|7||Li Yu Guang||$39,400|
|8||Chen Sui Yu||$30,100|
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