The 2016 Boyaa Pokaer Tour (BPT) finally came to an end yesterday (October 24), after three days of intense competition. A player from Hong Kong, Brian Yip, topped the 300 players from different parts of the world and was crowned the global Champion of the tournament with a prize of HKD560,000.
This year, BPT has successfully attracted overseas attention -- 70% of the players come from different countries around the world, such as Germany, Italy, Poland, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia and Iraq. A majority of these overseas players are first-time participants of the tour while some of them attended the first BPT held by Boyaa Interactive last year and returned for the competition this year.
The 2016 BPT set up an astonishing prize pool from which half of the participants would be rewarded. In order to make the tournament more entertaining, a side event, Turbo Deep Stack, and a global invitation event, the Worldwide Squad Tournament, have been held alongside the classic BPT main event. Eventually, Hong Kong player Steven Siu won the championship of the Turbo Deep Stack, and the Mainland China team won the Worldwide Squad Tournament.
As a Hong Kong-listed company, Boyaa Interactive always carries out its social responsibility by practical actions. On the opening ceremony of BPT, Boyaa Interactive announced to donate HKD40,000 to Macau-based charity Macau Bishop Hill Children's Centre. The donation will be used to help children and young people in need.
Boyaa Interactive is committed to creating an equal, professional and international environment for all players. Participants were invited to participate in a series of preliminary online trials and shortlisted players would receive tickets to the offline finales. In addition, Boyaa Interactive has invited the former WSOP Main Event referee, Tom M. Chou, as the consultant for the competition, contributing his professional advice and expertise to the Poker tournament.
Thanks to the experience gained from the 2015 BPT, Boyaa Interactive has once again staged a successful Boyaa Poker Tour with improved race design and service for all the poker lovers around the world this year. It is hoped that with BPT officially joining the Global Poker Index (GPI) and an increasing number of international players in the game, the next BPT would be presented with an even more professional and international attitude in the future.