The Asian-Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Nanjing Millions event in Nanjing, China, was raided by the Chinese National Police on Friday, April 16th, which led to the official closure of the event held at the Jiangsu Wutaishan Sports Center.
A representative of the Nanjing police gave the following information to PokerNews.com.
"We can confirm that the Chinese National Police stopped a poker event in Nanjing. At the moment, we cannot release any information about the police operation, but we would like to remind that any gambling activities are illegal in Mainland China."
The APPT is a PokerStars-sponsored event and the World Gaming Magazine (WGM) was first to break the news on their official Facebook page: "The APPT Nanjing Million has been dramatically shut down after the Chinese National Police raided the tournament late this afternoon."
"We're hearing that the office of the tournament organizers has been seized and surrounded by police," reported WGM. Also noted was there was no clear way on how to proceed and players were trying to reach out to the responsible people to find out how to move forward in the wake of the devastating closure of the event.
From a notice posted at the entrance of the Jiangsu Wutaishan Sports Centre by authorities: "Due to the APPT Nanjing Millions tournament being suspected of illegal gambling, the police have started an official investigation and have decided to stop the event. All the people who took part to the event are now asked to register with the authorities and and cooperate in the investigation."
There were four starting days for the APPT Nanjing Millions Main Event that began on April 14th and more than 2,300 entrants joined the competition. After a massive turnout for the event — which was to have three starting days — the organizers added a fourth starting day to the event to meet the demand.
There has been no information released on any arrests from the event's organizers or the Chinese authorities at this time.
Amaya's Head of Corporate Communications, Eric Hollreiser, spoke with BLUFF: "After three very successful days of tournament poker, the organizers of the Nanjing Millions decided to postpone the event in order to address questions from local authorities. We are in contact with Star Poker Club and are seeking additional details. The organizers have issued a statement apologizing for the inconvenience and plan to resume the tournament in the near future."
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