The Asian Poker Tour Cambodia 2016 concluded its $1100 Main Event with Japanese pro Hisashi Ogi outlasting a field of 48 total entries to claim his first-ever APT championship title and the first place cash of $16,530.
The day began with the final eight players of the Main Event returning to the felt with UK’s Samad Razavi as the most decorated player in the field. Razavi showed his stuff swiftly eliminating two players, Australia’s Daniel Tan and Singapore’s Eugene Lin Weiquan, which set the stage for the bubble round. In no time, the bubble burst with Vietnam’s Le Ngoc Khanh railing Japan’s Takashi Hirukawa.
Entering the money stage, it was Cambodia’s Kim Lay Ly who was the first to fall with Frenchman Stephane Carrier landing two pair and Ly missing his flush draw. Surprisingly, the next one on the chopping block was Khanh whose impressive run and momentum at Day 2 was mostly absent at the final table. Khanh ended up as Razavi’s third victim of the day.
With an enormous stack built up, Razavi seemed to be on his way to victory with his remaining opponents, Ogi and Carrier, holding significantly lower stacks. But in poker, anything can happen, and change is always constant. When the tides shifted it was Razavi who went on a downward spiral, paying out big pots including a costly double up to Carrier with ace-king getting the best of Razavi’s ace-jack. Carrier eventually finished off the Englishman, eliminating Razavi in 3rd place.
The heads up round saw Carrier with a dominating chip lead however, Ogi doubled up to bring his stack up and in fighting contention. Carrier challenged back and claimed a slew of pots to dominate in chips once again but similar to Razavi’s fate, Carrier couldn’t hold on to his chips, instead doubled up Ogi and in the process lost the chip lead. Unlike Razavi and Carrier, Ogi was able to close it out, eliminating Carrier in 2nd place and winning his first APT Main Event championship title.
Main Event payouts
1st Hisashi Ogi – Japan – $16,530
2nd Stephane Carrier – France – $13,730
3rd Samad Razavi – UK – $7,000
4th Le Ngoc Khanh – Vietnam – $5,100
5th Kim Lay Ly – Cambodia – $4,200