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POKERSTARS BEIJING MILLIONS A RECORD SETTER
Forget WSOP Europe and the Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour Goliath...the record for the biggest entry field for a live poker tournament held outside the United States now belongs to The Pokerstars Beijing Millions, which last week registered 2,732 entrants in its first outing.
That compares favourably with the 2,570 contestants who played in the 2013 Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour Goliath, and with the 2,446 competitors who registered for the 2013 Brazilian Series of Poker Millions Sao Paolo.
The Beijing event sponsored by Pokerstars concluded last weekend with China's Chen Qin taking the honours and the main prize of $109,000 in the first-ever venture into mainland China of Pokerstars' Asia Pacific Poker Tour.
Entrants for the event paid a buy-in of around $480, creating a prize pool of $1,195,000.
"We always believed that this would be a successful event but this result greatly exceeded our wildest expectations." said APPT President Danny McDonagh this week.
The 10-day poker festival was organised by the Beijing Sports Competitions Administration Centre, a division of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports.
"It's a great honour for PokerStars and the APPT team to be selected to support this tournament." added McDonagh. "It's been a historical week. Not just the record itself but how it may change the future landscape for poker in China."
When the final table of the main event formed, it was an all-Chinese affair, featuring Chen Qin and Yang Zhang, Tong Shen, Feng Bai, Jing Liu, Chen Hao, Qiang Liu, Hui Xu and Yuanye Chen.
Heads up, Qin had an almost 2 to 1 chip advantage on Yang Zhang, which proved to be too high to beat; with the blinds at 200k-400k, 50,000 ante, the final hand arrived which enabled Qin to claim victory with a full house.
Geno Smith: 'I'm the guy' for N.Y. Jets, not Matt Simms
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday NFL Odds that former undrafted free agent Matt Simms has "real support" within the Jets' building. Smith was asked about the report during a Monday radio appearance.
"Adam's doing his job, and I'm pretty sure whatever he put out there, he probably got some information," Smith said, via ESPNNewYork.com. "But I can tell you one thing. Within this organization, from my coaches right down to (general manager) John (Idzik), Rex (Ryan), all those guys -- I don't think they would have brought me in here if they didn't see the potential in me."
"Matt, I think is a really good quarterback," Smith went on. "But I think I'm the guy for the job."
There was plenty of optimism around Smith after he made some positive plays in the Jets' season-opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Those baby steps were washed away Thursday night, however, when Smith threw three fourth-quarter interceptions in a 13-10 loss to the New England Patriots.
Mark Sanchez was moved to IR-designated to return last week, temporarily removing him from the equation. The only other in-house option besides Simms is Brady Quinn, a journeyman with little upside.
If this all sounds familiar, it is. Before the start of the season, NFL Media columnist Mike Silver reported there was internal skepticism that Terrelle Pryor was the right choice at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders.
Pryor made those whispers go away -- at least for now -- with his performance on the field. Smith can pull off a similar trick. Of course, that's easier said than done for a rookie who might not be ready.
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