Twenty-seven elite 2v1 players from all over China battled in China’s first professional 2v1 Poker game tournament for RMB1 million (US$145.4 million) in prize money, held in HuangShan.
Held on Dec. 30, 2016, the first place winner walked away with RMB500,000 (US$73,000), the largest 1st prize ever to be won in a 2v1 tournament.
The players qualified through the mobile APP, Hero2v1.cn and battled over 2750 players to earn their place for season one of the ‘China Fun 2v1 Poker Tournament Hero Cup 2016’.
“I am very excited to be able to compete with 2v1 poker experts around the country and become champion. I’m grateful this tournament provides a poker sports platform that combines sports and entertainment. I feel that as long as I am calm, composed and dedicated, nothing is impossible,” said Guo Xiao from Taiyuan city of Shanxi Province, winner of the tournament.
In attendance to kick off the professional tournament were Wang Ping (Vice President of China Sports Publishing Corp and President of Hua Ao ‘Sports.cn’), Wang Yong (Director of Anhui Provincial Social and Sports Center), Ye Changyin (Deputy Director of Huangshan Municipal People’s Congress), Chen Hanwu (Deputy Director of Huangshan Municipal Office), Chen Chaoying (Head Of Huangshan Sports Bureau), Lulu Fan(VP of Hua Ao ‘Sports.cn’), Carol Cao (Chairwoman of Zhong Hong) and David Jung (CEO of Gaming Division of Zhong Hong: Hero2v1.cn).
Wang Yong, director of Anhui Provincial Social and Sports Center said: “The participants are gathered under the foot of Huangshan. For such a tournament to be held in Huangshan is us responding to the national strategy of fitness for all. It helps to promote the long-term development of Huangshan’s sports work for the populace and the regional sports industry. “
Wang Ping, vice president of China Sports Publishing Corp and president of Hua Ao (Sports.cn) had this to say: “Players should strictly play by the rules and compete in a fair and harmonious manner; referees and staff should ensure the absolute systemization, regulation and transparency of this tournament to make it regulated, fair, and open. More importantly, this is a fun tournament, we should show a high level of unity of competition and culture and make sports fashionable so that the players can show their manners and style in competition and enjoy the experience.”
Ye Changyin, deputy director of Huangshan municipal people’s congress and the director of municipal committee of fitness for all stated that: “A very high-level professional tournament like China Fun 2v1 poker tournament’s taking place in Huangshan has given us a rare platform for learning and communication; it will help promote the publicity of Huangshan, the concept of fitness for all and the communication of card game culture and its influence.”
David Jung, CEO of Hero2v1.cn said: “It has been a great honour to host the first professional 2v1 poker tournament in China with the support of the respective government sports authorities which has allowed us to create a truly competitive and professional format to find China’s top 2v1 poker champions. It is our goal to continue to develop Hero2v1.cn as an 020 business model of qualifying players through our app to create a vibrant professional 2v1 poker sports tournament. Our focus is to continually improve and innovate under the guidance and regulation of the respective government sports authorities and their state owned enterprises.”