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Pete Chen (cover image) created history as hetook down the Main Event of the first World Poker Tour event to be held in Beijing. Season XVI of WPT took off with its first stop in China from April 15 -19 at Nuo Hotel Beijing.
Chen topped a field of 400 entries to pocket $299,485, the largest payday of his live poker career, which pushed his earnings past $1 million in lifetime tournament cashes. This was his biggest score to date, surpassing the $90,172 he cashed at PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event, where he finished sixth.
Chen was, however, never all that confident about the title although the Macau-based pro from Taiwan entered the final table with more than half the chips in play.
Not content to simply sit on his stack and wait for the other players to make their moves, Chen began sweeping up seemingly every other pot to move from 2.6 million to 4.6 million without scoring any eliminations at the final table.
With seven players left, Chen won a big pot with pocket nines against the ace-king of Xu Xin to take a truly massive chip lead into the official final table and final day of the event. Chen bagged 6.3 million, good for more than half of the chips in play.
Final Table Recap
Just 10 hands into the final table, Bryan Huang, arguably the most formidable competitor for Chen exited in sixth place, courtesy Zhang Wenbin.
A short while later, Zhang knocked out another opponent, Tan Yancheng. With both the players all in on the flop, Tan’s flush draw couldn’t hold up against Zhang pocket rockets and Tan had to be content with a fifth place finish.
Zhang managed to find a great spot to double through the chip leader Chen. It looked like he would do it again when he got it all in against Chen the very next hand. Chen managed to flop a king, though, busting his biggest chip opponent to take the field to three.
Chen then showed Lu Yingqi the door in third place just seven hands later, setting up a final heads-up battle.
Chen held a roughly 5-1 chip lead over Chen Ke. The heads-up battle took a little more than 20 hands to find a champion. The final hand saw Ke moving all in with queen high. Chen had him bested with king high and held on to win the title.
Pete Yanhan Chen
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Pete Yanhan Chen – $299,485*
2. Chen Ke – $199,278
3. Lu Yingqi – $128,101
4. Zhang Wenben – $84,974
5. Tan Yancheng – $65,401
6. Bryan Huang – $54,168
*Includes a $15,000 seat for season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.