Inaugural Beijing Millions schedule set for July in China

June 4th 2014 By Joshua Bell

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour is set to cross the border into the People's Republic of China for the very first time with the scheduling of the inaugural Beijing Millions this July.

Poker in Asia, unlike many other regions around the world, has shown consistent growth over the last few years and it doesn’t seem like slowing down any time soon. This is perhaps courtesy of Danny McDonagh, and the rest of his team, and all the work they are doing with the Asia Pacific Poker Tour.

The team at Poker Asia Pacific have witnessed first-hand the tremendous popularity of poker in Macau, with events like the MPC Red Dragon, APPT Macau, Asia Championship of Poker and the Macau Millions hosting mammoth fields.

These tournaments host players from all around the world, but especially from nearby places like Hong Kong and Japan. However, not surprisingly, these fields always see a majority of players hailing from China. This was especially true in the massive record-breaking Macau Millions, which featured a field of 1,804 entrants – 629 of which were from China. That was roughly 35% of all entrants.

Upon hearing these stats, it may be surprising for some to hear that there haven’t been too many poker tournaments like this held in China. That all changes this July as we present to you, the first ever APPT Beijing Millions.

Taking place at Beijing Star Poker Club in the People’s Republic of China, the Beijing Millions will run from July 18th – 27th. It is a ¥3,000 buy-in (~US$500) tournament and while the full official format and official Beijing Millions structure has not been released yet, McDonagh tells us that it will run in a very similar manner to the Macau Millions.

To refresh the Macau Millions structure, basically there are several Day 1 flights on offer and instead of playing a set amount of levels on Day 1 like most tournaments, each day ends when 7% of the field remain – regardless of how quick or long this takes. Those players who make the 7% then qualify for Day 2 and immediately pocket cash. In the case of the 2014 Macau Millions, a HK$2,200 buy-in tournament, HK$8,000 was awarded for making Day 2.

The Macau Millions also offered players the chance to enter as many Day 1 flights as they liked and any player who qualified more than once for Day 2, the largest chip stack was taken through to Day 2. There was also a bonus cash prize for each additional stack after the first that qualified for Day 2. In the case of the 2014 Macau Millions, it was HK$11,000.  So as an example, if a player qualified for Day 2 three times, they received HK$8,000 + HK$11,000 + HK$11,000.

So, once again, the Beijing Millions specific structure and payout format has not been released, but it will likely be very similar to the aforementioned scenario. We will be sure to update on the Beijing Millions structure once that information comes to light.

What we do know about the Beijing Millions is that there are six Day 1 flights scheduled and if numbers exceed capacity on the final Day 1 flight, a seventh will be added, first exclusively for those missing out on the previous day and then depending on numbers, open to everyone. If the popularity of the Macau Millions is anything to go by, we wouldn’t at all be surprised if this extra day needs to be added. Furthermore, early interest has been huge, with McDonagh already taking to social media to voice his excitement.

“What a massive first satellite for the Beijing Millions just started. Well over 100 runners. Not seen this level of interest ever before in Asia Pacific,” McDonagh said, referring to the first online satellite which has already begun and is likely to award at least five seats.

There will of course be some side events on offer during the Beijing Millions, including a ¥2,000 NLHE Deepstack, ¥1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, and 16-player max ¥10,000 Heads-Up NLHE and 16-player max ¥10,000 Turbo Heads-Up which are sure to be exciting events.

This Beijing Millions is going to be massive and is a great first step into one of the largest potential poker markets in the world. For anyone wanting to play the Beijing Millions who hails from outside China, be sure to check China’s Visa requirements. The full 2014 Beijing Millions schedule can be found below and be sure to check out more information regarding the first-ever Beijing Millions at http://www.appt.com/tournaments/beijing/

2014 Beijing Millions Schedule

TIME

EVENT

TOURNAMENT

Buy-In

       

Friday 18th July

   

5.00pm

1

APPT Beijing Millions Day 1A

¥3,000 (¥2,700 + ¥300)

Saturday 19th July

   

2.00pm

1

APPT Beijing Millions Day 1B

¥3,000 (¥2,700 + ¥300)

Sunday 20th July

   

2.00pm

1

APPT Beijing Millions Day 1C

¥3,000 (¥2,700 + ¥300)

Monday 21st July

   

5.00pm

2

No Limit Hold'em Deepstack

¥2,000 (¥1,700 + ¥300)

Tuesday 22nd July

   

5.00pm

3

Pot Limit Omaha

¥1,500 (¥1,275 + ¥225)

Wednesday 23rd July

 

5.00pm

4

No Limit Hold'em KO Bounty Day 1

¥5,000 (¥4,250 + ¥750)

Thursday 24th July

   

4.00pm

 

No Limit Hold'em KO Bounty Day 2

 

5.00pm

1

APPT Beijing Millions Day 1D

¥3,000 (¥2,700 + ¥300)

Friday 25th July

   

5.00pm

1

APPT Beijing Millions Day 1E

¥3,000 (¥2,700 + ¥300)

Saturday 26th July

   

2.00pm

1

APPT Beijing Millions Day 1F *

¥3,000 (¥2,700 + ¥300)

6.00pm

5

Heads Up No Limit Hold'em (16 max)

¥10,000 (¥9,000 + ¥1,000)

9.00pm

6

Turbo Heads Up No Limit Hold'em (16 max)

¥10,000 (¥9,000 + ¥1,000)

Sunday 27th July

   

2.00pm

7

¥20,000 No Limit Hold'em

¥20,000 (¥18,000 + ¥2,000)

2.00pm

 

APPT Beijing Millions Day 2

 

5.00pm

 

China, Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macau Challenge

Invitation Only

6.00pm

8

No Limit Hold'em Teams Event

¥3,000 (¥2,550 + ¥450)

 

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