APPT Nanjing Unexpectedly Raided, Shut Down by Chinese Police

Wutaishan Sports Center

A booming poker tournament in Nanjing, China was raided and shut down earlier today by Chinese police according to a report from World Gaming Magazine.

A new mainland stop on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour run by the team from PokerStars Macau, the Nanjing Millions had drawn over 2,300 players since it began on Tuesday.

The event had proven so popular, in fact, an extra Day 1 flight had to be added to accommodate demand.

That stopped abruptly today when police raided the 62,000-seat Wutaishan Sports Center, where the tournament was being held, and shut everything down.

No Arrests Reported, Sign on Door Only Info

Still work to do to legitimize poker in China.

According to World Gaming Magazine the only information provided to players so far has been a sign on the door of the Sports Center which says:

“Due to the APPT Nanjing Millions tournament being suspected of illegal gambling, the police are now investigating and the event is being ceased.

"All related staff should go and register at the designated location and co-operate with the police for the investigation.”

APPT President Danny McDonagh is reportedly in Nanjing but there's been no indication of any consequences for staff or players beyond the shutdown.

WGM does say the office of the tournament organizers has been seized and surrounded by police.

According to Eric Hollreiser, Head of Corporate Communications for Amaya and PokerStars, who spoke to Bluff Magazine, the tournament was originally OK'ed by the local government, sanctioned through a local Chess association and organized by local poker operator Star Poker Club.

More details from Bluff .

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