APPT Cambodia 2022: Filipino pro Mike Takayama earns overall NagaWorld Kickoff chip lead; 46 advance to the final day


The first ever Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) festival in Cambodia was off to a smashing start with the NagaWorld Kickoff event drawing 299 entries over three starting heats. Day 1A pulled in an impressive 118 entries, Day 1B stormed in creating a larger 126 field, then the Day 1C Turbo flight added another 55 to the mix. With buy in at $300 each, the $50K guarantee was easily crushed. 46 players advanced to the final day and were now guaranteed a piece of the boosted $78,326 prize pool.

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Mike Takayama

Earning the overall chip lead was Filipino pro Mike Takayama who surged at Day 1B, just before the bubble round. Tabled with Korea’s Namhyung Kim who had amassed a towering stack, Takayama won three pots against Kim nearly back to back and all without a showdown. The biggest pot saw Kim raise preflop, big blind Takayama defended, at the flop 9s6hQh, Takayama fired 80K, Kim called. On the 2c turn, Takayama jammed and won the 280k pot. The loss in chips dropped Kim down to second rank. Rounding out the top three was Day 1A chip leader Yu Qi Zhao.

Day 1B ended with Korea’s Wanki Baik falling to Australia’s Roy Khor Wai Meng with 8h8d dominated by AsAh. Day 1C ended with Natural8 Team Hot Pro Pete Chen delivering the bubble. Other players missing the mark at Day 1B and Day 1C were Singapore’s Feng Zhao, New Zealand’s Hamish Crawshaw, and Taiwan’s Zong Chi He.

Bubble time: Wanki Baik and Roy Khor Wai Meng

The next stage of the race is on Saturday, November 5 starting at 2pm at the Grand Ballroom of NagaWorld Phnom Penh. Everyone is due to pocket a minimum of $446 but what they will be chasing is the iconic spade trophy and the $15,709 first prize. 

Day 2 qualifiers – 46 players

Mike Takayama 601,000
Namhyung Kim 460,000
Yu Qi Zhao 390,000
Jonathan Wayne Sanborn 375,000
Quoc Huy Phan 375,000
Ori Haim Elul 341,000
Eike Soren Strub 299,000
Selim Souissi 295,000
Yu Chung Chang 288,000
Bin Chen 284,000
Kim Lay Ly 267,000
Jonas Magdalinski 255,000
Le Hai Nhu 246,000
Pete Chen 219,000
Mai Bien 217,000
Christopher Mateo 203,000
Dhanesh Chainani 203,000
Panitan Poopadsri 201,000
Luke Oliver John Keay 199,000
Davidyouveakreach Koy 197,000
Zarvan Tumboli 183,000
Veronika Safonova 175,000
Adrien Franck Berger 175,000
Tony Phaysith 170,000
Renniel Galvez 161,000
Quan Qui 161,000
Le Ngoc Khanh 160,000
Trent Fechter 160,000
Nguyen Tung Duy 152,000
Kristian Wiermyhr 145,000
Marc Joseph 145,000
Leo Du Boisbaudry 140,000
Wai Meng Khor 136,000
Jonggu Choi 124,000
Ido Aboudi 123,000
Kyle Bao Diep 101,000
Mohamad Abbouchi 81,000
Jonathan Tek Wye Looi 77,000
Jerome Khao 72,000
Koen Breed 72,000
Benjamin Sai 63,000
Frederic Souksamlane 61,000
Akshay Kapoor 59,000
Kang Yoon Ko 51,000
Ricky Sun Kim Gov 46,000
Go Mori 43,000

More events to conquer at APPT Cambodia 2022. Up next is the highly popular Mystery Bounty with buy in of $550. Two flights are scheduled, both running on Saturday, November 5 – Flight A is at 1pm, Flight B is at 6pm. Other key events to seek out are the APPT National $100K GTD taking place on November 6 to 8, and the APPT Main Event featuring a rich $400K guarantee on November 10 to 13.

APPT Cambodia 2022 – full schedule 

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker for all the action as we bring you updates from start to finish.


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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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