WPT Prime Cambodia: Japan’s Kosuke Hanzawa and China’s Xu Jing Je top opening day events 



On Thursday, March 9, doors opened at NagaWorld Integrated Resorts for Season XXI of World Poker Tour Prime Cambodia. Tables quickly filled up for Event 1: NagaWorld Superstack 50K and the late afternoon Event 2: NagaWorld Millions $150K guaranteed. Among the day’s sluggers were WPT champions Marc Inizan, Dhaval Mudgal, Vincent Chauve, and Zarvan Tumboli. Here are the day’s results.

Event 1: NagaWorld Superstack 50K

The most popular tournament of opening day was the NagaWorld Superstack 50K with 202 entries for a prize pool of US$ 53,884. Just past 11.5 hours of play, the bubble burst. Chip leader Kosuke Hanzawa AdQd cracked a player’s KsKd on a board 6h7c3hAc4d. The remaining 26 players bagged up with Hanzawa sitting on the largest of 48 bb.

Kosuke Hanzawa

The players return on Friday, March 10, at 1pm for the final stage of the race. Each one is guaranteed to min-cash US$ 403 however all focus will be on locking up the trophy and the US$ 13,253 top prize. Players will also be the first to earn points towards the Player of the Festival race.

Chips in play: 10,100,000
Average stack: 388,460
Day 2 opening blinds: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 bb ante (8:00 remaining)

Player Flag Chips BB
Kosuke Hanzawa Japan 955,000 48
Vineet Kumar India 590,000 30
Duc Luu Huyen Vietnam 575,000 29
Jong Min Won Korea 535,000 27
Richard Sheils “Ginge Poker” 530,000 27
Kiale Matthews Australia 515,000 26
Dhanesh Chainani Singapore 515,000 26
Xianbing Zhang 500,000 approx 25
Chi Ling Tsang Canada 455,000 23
Kevin Clemot France 435,000 22
Daniel 430,000 22
Amir Abbas Australia 430,000 22
Lucas Tae USA 400,000 20
Jeremy Jehanne France 390,000 20
Yoke Wei Woon Malaysia 375,000 19
Kuhnast Germany 330,000 17
Men Van Nguyen USA 290,000 15
Eike Soren Strub Germany 251,000 13
Syu Ho Shen Taiwan 210,000 11
He Zhou China 202,000 10
Stephen Nathan UK 190,000 10
Krzysztof Wierzbicki Poland 180,000 9
Han Yee Seow Singapore 165,000 8
Adrien Franck Berger France 150,000 8
William Bolton Australia 135,000 7
Jasven Saigal India 85,000 4

Buy in: US$ 300
Entries: 202 (168 unique, 34 re-entry)
Prize pool: US$ 53,884
ITM: 26 places


1 US$ 13,253
2 US$ 9,200
3 US$ 5,523
4 US$ 3,360
5 US$ 2,594
6 US$ 2,150
7 US$ 1,832
8 US$ 1,579
9 US$ 1,326
10-12 US$ 1,153
13-15 US$ 981
16-18 US$ 808
19-21 US$ 647
22-24 US$498
25-26 US$ 403

Event 2: WPT Prime Cambodia NagaWorld Millions $150K GTD

Xu Jing Je

At the close of Event 1: NagaWorld Superstack 50K, the WPT Prime Cambodia NagaWorld Millions – Day 1A – got underway. It was the first of four events on schedule boasting a guarantee. For this one, a $150,000 prize pool awaits players, which could grow further with a total of four entry heats to play out.

According to WPT Live Events Specialist, Danny McDonagh, this event is similar to the Macau Millions in that it features better payouts. Only the top 10% of each starting day is in the money. Day 1A attracted 33 entries with 4 reaching ITM.

Just missing the chance to advance were Taiwan’s Hua Wei Lin and Australia’s Armon Van Wijk. The latter Wijk busted on the bubble with Ad9c failing to improve against Taiwan’s Chao Ting Chengs 7h7d.

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Bagging the chip lead was China’s Xu Jing Je who knocked out two players simultaneously at the final table with Queen-Jack pairing up to beat Ace-King and Ace-Five. The remaining four players have a couple of days break before returning on Sunday, March 12 at 1pm for the race to the top.

Before that happens, up next is Day 1B which takes place at 1pm on Friday, March 10. This is followed by two flights on Saturday, March 11 – Day 1C starts at 1pm and Day 1D Turbo starts at 7pm (blinds increase at a faster 25 minutes).

Buy in: US$ 550
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Day 1A: 33 entries (27 unique, 6 re-entry)
Day 1A ITM: 4 players

End of Day 1A qualifiers – 4 players (ITM)

Player Flag Chips
Xu Jing Je China 281,000
Chao Ting Cheng Taiwan 230,500
Rolands Norietis Latvia 166,000
Jeffry Kurniawan Indonesia 147,000

Cash Game Bonanza

Not all the fun was being experienced at the tournament tables. Over at the cash tables, a daily draw called the Cash Game Bonanza awarded players US$ 100 every two hours starting at 7pm. A total of 10 draws per day throughout the 13 festival days for a total of US$ 13,000 in cash giveaways.


WPT Prime Cambodia, in partnership with Connaissance Management, runs from March 9 to 21 at NagaWorld Integrated Resorts. A total of 30 tournaments are scheduled and US$ 1 Million in guarantees.

Last year, the Main Event set new heights for the brand with 1,050 turning up. At the time, it was the largest WPT Main Event for an open tournament. In prize money, it guaranteed half a million dollars which doubled up, closing at US$ 1,018,500. This year, the Main Event returns with the same guarantee with the goal of surpassing its previous turnout and possibly even set another new record. Already seen on site is reigning WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event champion David Erquiaga who will most certainly be hunting down a back to back.

Season XXI WPT Prime Cambodia – Player Guide

Breakdwon of WPT Prime Cambodia schedule


Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we bring you updates of WPT Prime Cambodia 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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