APPT Cambodia Day 7 highlights: Joshua McCully, Bin Zhang, Bien Mai, Tianyuang Tang

Day 7 was a day of glory at the 2023 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) taking place at NagaWorld Integrated Resorts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Four players emerged victorious to walk away with coveted PokerStars trophies. The festival has been ongoing since May 5 and will run through May 15. Here are the latest  results.


Joshua McCully wins the APPT Super High Roller


“It’s good! I haven’t been so good health-wise so to win in in one hand heads up is great! Early on I lost a huge pot against him and I was down to starting stack, I spun it back up so it’s good.”

This was McCully’s second PokerStars title having won a spade trophy back in 2017 in Manila. For the victory, he claimed his first shard trophy and US$ 86,939, the second largest live tournament payout of his career. He now has over US$ 600K in live tournament earnings per Hendon Mob.

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16:40: Xixiang Luo eliminated on first heads up hand, takes 2nd place – US$ 57,959
Level 19: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Xixiang Luo

On the first heads up hand, both players had it all out front. Xixiang Luo behind with 6s6c, McCully dominating with 9h9s. At the flop 9c5sKs, the Aussie rail celebrated the set as the Chinese rail called out for a runner runner. The turn 7h sent Luo’s rail erupting as the runner runner was possible. However, the river 7s wasn’t it. Luo busted in 2nd place.

McCully outlasted a field of 22 hard-hitters. Among the players in attendance were Taiwanese pro Pete Chen who was first to cash in 4th place however his fellow countrymen Eric Tsai and Zhong Chi He were not so fortunate.

Buy in: US$ 10,000
Entries: 22
Prize pool: US$ 206,998
ITM: 4 places

Place Player
Payouts in USD
1 Joshua McCully $86,939
2 Xixiang Luo $57,959
3 Hao Tian $37,260
4 Pete Chen $24,840

China’s Bin Zhang prevails at the Mystery Bounty


Bin Zhang is the next player from China to lift a trophy at APPT Cambodia. He entered the final day as chip leader and despite others catching up, two crucial double ups at heads up against Ashish Munot practically ensured his victory. Zhang won the US$ 15,598 top prize and picked up five bounties which included the largest of US$ 7,700 for a total of US$ 11,700 added to his winnings.

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19:30: Bin Zhang doubles up twice, Munot plunges to 2 bb
Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Ashish Munot

Ashish Munot was backed by a massive stack but not anymore after Bin Zhang scored two double ups to build a dominating stack. The first showdown was Zhang QdQh, Munot As2d, no hits on the board for Munot.

The next all in came five minutes later with Munot ahead AdJs and Zhang As8d. With the board running 6c8h9dKhKd, Zhang caught an Eight on the flop to pair up and score a second double up. Munot plunged to 2 big blinds.

Bin Zhang – 7,860,000
Ashish Munot – 410,000

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Yuwen Pan

The Mystery Bounty attracted 243 entries over two starting flights. 38 players advanced to the final day, each one in the money. Ashish Munot, Yuwen Pan, and Zhou Quan picked up the most bounties of seven apiece but it was the champion Zhang who claimed the biggest bounty and the largest amount collectively.

Buy in: US$ 550
Entries: 243
Prize pool: US$ 116,677
Day 2 players / ITM: 38

Final 9 payouts (includes bounties)

Place Player Bounties Payouts in USD
1 Bin Zhang $11,700 $27,298
2 Ashish Munot $4,180 $14,550
3 Yuwen Pan $6,500 $14,085
4 Quan Zhou $4,500 $10,623
5 Sven McDermott $1,800 $6,600
6 Amit Kaushik $400 $4,033
7 Van Binh Pham $2,668
8 Wing Kei Chan $1,960
9 Xiaosheng Zheng $600 $2,233

Complete payouts in the FESTIVAL RESULTS.

Bien Mai continues strong performance with a win at the Turbo Freezeout

Bien Mai

There is no festival where Bien Mai does not pull off either a win or multiple deep runs. Out of 9 cashes this year so far, 7 were final table finishes. He added another one after locking up the victory at the Turbo Freezeout, outlasting 45 players to earn the trophy and the US$ 4,097 top prize.

Emerging from obscurity last year, Mai racked up numerous cashes and five wins. This year he banked his first six figures (~US$ 117.840) when he placed 2nd at the WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event in March. Three weeks ago, he placed 2nd again, this time at the Crown Poker Series Main Event for a payout of ~US$ 89,700).

Buy in: US$ 300
Entries: 46
Prize pool: US$ 12,047
ITM: 6 places

Place Player Payouts in USD
1 Bien Mai $4,097
2 Trent Fechter $2,831
3 Sung Son $1,807
4 Eric Ceret $1,385
5 Fei Wang $1,084
6 Rindra Norodom $843

Tianyuan Tang wins Single Day High Roller

Tianyuan Tang

China continues to dominate as Tianyuan “Terry” Tang ships the Single Day High Roller. Tang entered heads up behind in chips against Hongru Zhang, then proceeded to dominate the action. He topped the 65 entry field to bank the largest cut worth US$ 50,900 and the lone golden spade trophy on the mantle.

During the final hand, with 30K-60K blinds, Yuan raised to 150K, Zhang called. At the flop 5c4h2h, Tang c-bet 160,000, Zhang check-called. On the turn 2c, same action with Zhang check-calling a larger 520,000. on the river Jc, Zhang switched up and shoved, Tang called. Zhang had Kd4d, Tang shipped it with As5h.

Buy in: US$ 3,000
Entries: 65
Prize pool: US$ 174,018
ITM: 9 places

Place Player
Payouts in USD
1 Tianyuan Tang $50,900
2 Hongru Zhang $36,544
3 John Perry $23,753
4 Juial Warhurst $17,924
5 Yuwen Pan $13,921
6 Hao Tian $10,789
7 Wei Guo Liang $8,527
8 Jin Kim $6,613
9 Ting-Yi Tsai $5,047

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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