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WPT Prime Cambodia: Chien-Chih Weng crushes NagaWorld Millions; Brad Owen, Sandro Burkhard, Yu Ogusu bag chip leads

 

Another exciting day at Season XXI WPT Prime Cambodia with Maggie Chien Chih Weng crowned champion at the NagaWorld Millions. The day also saw three players bag chip leads, WPT Brand Ambassador Brad Owen at the Mini High Roller, Sandro Burkhard at Mystery Bounty Day 1A, and Yu Ogusu at the Deepstack NLH. We’ve got those recaps and results for you down below.

WPT Prime Cambodia – Festival Results

Maggie Chien Chih Weng crushes NagaWorld Millions final table

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Topping the headlines was none other than Taiwan’s Maggie Chien Chih Weng for her crushing victory at the first ever NagaWorld Millions. Weng entered the final table as chip leader, proceeded to eliminate six players to clinch the win and a career high score of US$ 50,150.

However, it wasn’t rock and roll at the start. In fact, more on the rocky side for Weng during the first four levels of Day 2. As one of the 53 returning players out of 508 total entries, Weng watched her 24 bb stack drain to <7 BB when she woke up with AdAh. This earned her a triple up while simultaneously railing Jonathan Pollard in 23rd place.

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Maggie Weng triples up!

The momentum carried and by the time the final table was formed, Weng was sitting on the chip lead. She went on to eliminate Xiaoqing Lu (9th), Andrew McGregor (8th), Firat Basbaydar (7th), Lian Ting Hao (5th), Roland Norietis (3rd), and Vikaash Shah (2nd), each time ahead at the showdown.

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The final hand saw Shah shove on a board Ac8d4c4s holding Kc2c flush draw, Weng had Jh4d trips, the river was 10h. Weng became the first player from Taiwan to win at the ongoing series. Also running deep was WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event champion Zarvan Tumboli in 4th place.

The NagaWorld Millions was the first of its kind to be introduced at a WPT Prime series. It paid out 10% of the field. You can read up on the action and see the full results via the link provided.

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Buy in: US$ 550
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Total Entries: 508
Prize pool: US$ 246,380
ITM: 53 players

Day 1A: 33 entries / 4 ITM
Day 1B: 182 entries / 19 ITM
Day 1C: 190 entries / 19 ITM
Day 1D: 103 entries / 11 ITM

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Final table payouts

1 Chien-Chih Weng Taiwan $50,150
2 Vikaash Shah India $35,170
3 Rolands Norietis Cambodia $22,600
4 Zarvan Tumboli India $15,150
5 Ting Hao Lian Singapore $11,650
6 Kiale  Matthews Australia $9,650
7 Firat Basbaydar UK $8,100
8 Andrew McGregor UK $6,550
9 Xiaoqing Lu China $5,000

Event 5: Mystery Bounty $100K GTD

The first of three starting flights of the Mystery Bounty $100,000 guaranteed attracted 144 entries with 18 reaching ITM. It concluded with Switzerland’s Sandro Burkhard delivering the bubble and bagging up the chip lead. Burkhard was already backed by a hefty stack when the final hand went down. He had AcAs that stayed ahead of a player’s 10h10s.

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Sandro Burkhard

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The 18 qualifiers advance to Day 2 which is on Tuesday, March 14 at 1pm. While they wait, two starting flights will run on Monday, March 13, Day 1B starts at 1pm with blinds increasing every 30 minutes and Day 1C begins at 6pm with blinds increasing every 20 minutes. Each flight will play to ITM of 12.5% of the field.

Buy in: US$ 550
Guarantee: US$ 100,000
Day 1A: 144 entries / 18 ITM

End of Day 1A Chip Counts – 18 players

Player Flag Chips
Sandro Burkhard Switzerland 1,047,000
Kimsour Kong 749,000
Saransh Garg India 661,000
Shravan Kumar Singh Indai 463,000
Ilya Firstov Kazakhstan 387,000
Wipat Udomknajananan Thailand 339,000
Sameer Agarwal India 293,000
Terence Lim Singapore 288,000
Benjamin Mun Quang Wei Malaysia 229,000
Romit Advani India 216,000
McSton Chau Australia 172,000
Mangkone Sanaphanith Laos 165,000
Sevvy Steenman UK 165,000
Patrick Liang Brazil/Taiwan 140,000
Lee Kun Han Taiwan 129,000
Melvin Ng Wei Zong Singapore 129,000
Lucas Tae USA 100,000
Raju Jaruplava India 90,000

Event 6: WPT Prime Cambodia 2.2K NLH Mini High Roller

Over at Event 6: WPT Prime Cambodia 2.2K Mini High Roller, the event drew a power lineup of 75 entries at US$ 2,200 each for a prize pool of US$ 145,500. Among the attendees was recent Triton SHR Vietnam Main Event runner up Michael Soyza who fired two bullets and still missed.

On the flip side, WPT Brand Ambassador Brad Owen – who is on his first visit to Cambodia – closed the day as chip leader with 19 players remaining. Filipino pro Mike Takayama bagged up a very close second, just 1 bb behind Owen.

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Brad Owen
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Mike Takayama

The players return on Monday, March 13 at 1pm to chase down the first high roller title of the festival and the US$ 49,469 top prize. Making the cut were WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event champion David Erquiaga, Korea’s Seung Mook Jung, Malaysia’s Victor Chong, WPT Prime Gold Coast finalist Gary Lin, and WSOP bracelet winner Leo Soma.

Buy in: US$ 2,200
Entries: 75
Prize pool: US$ 145,500
ITM: 10 places

Chips in play: 3,000,000
Average stack: 157,895
Opening Day 2 blinds: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante

End of Day 1 Chip Counts – 19 players

Player Flag Stack BB
Brad Owen USA 330,500 55
Mike Takayama Philippines 326,000 54
Seung Mook Jung Korea 299,500 50
Andy Li Xueyan Singapore 287,000 48
David Erquiaga Philippines 250,500 42
Gavin Best Australia 215,000 36
Josh McCully Australia 173,500 29
George A UK 143,000 24
Victor Chong Malaysia 143,000 24
Micheal O’Neill Ireland 125,000 21
Michael Rocco USA 118,500 20
Gary Lin China 118,500 20
Amit Kaushik India 107,000 18
Pham Bao Vietnam 85,000 14
Kunal Patni India 79,000 13
Monika Zukowicz Poland 64,500 13
Leo Soma Frane 69,000 12
Tossapat Chunharas Thailand 62,500 10
Christopher Shebat USA 20,000 3

Payouts

1 $49,469
2 $28,373
3 $17,751
4 $12,004
5 $9,094
6 $7,275
7 $6,402
8 $5,820
9 $4,947
10 $4,365

Event 7: Deepstack NLH – Day 1

The last event to wrap up was Event 7: Deepstack NLH with the 119 entry field trimmed to the final table of 9 players. Leading was Japan‘ Yu Ogusu with 37 bb. Running second was Australia’s Aroha Ngata with 26 bb. She eliminated Julius Umraziunas in 10th place to form the final table. To round out the top three in chips was Vietnam’s Le Ngoc Khanh who delivered the bubble. He bagged up 20 bb.

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Yu Ogusu

The nine remaining players return at 1pm on Monday, March 13. Each one is guaranteed $919 but all focus will be on turning their US$ 300 buy in into a larger US$ 9,196 payout.

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Deep Stack NLH bubble

Buy in: US$ 300
Entries: 119
Prize pool: US$ 31,166
ITM: 15 places

Rank Player Flag Stack BB
5 Yu Ogusu Japan 550,000 37
1 Aroha Ngata Australia 395,000 26
6 Le Ngoc Khanh Vietnam 295,000 20
8 Thanh Nguyen Vietnam 260,000 17
9 Tan Wah Meng Singapore 260,000 17
4 Hua Wei Lin Taiwan 225,000 15
3 Martin Kanaker Sweden 200,000 13
7 Tan Zi Xuan Malaysia 120,000 8
2 Ta Khanh Linh Vietnam 75,000 5

REMAINING PAYOUTS

1 $9,196
2 $5,688
3 $3,397
4 $2,182
5 $1,652
6 $1,371
7 $1,184
8 $1,044
9 $919

PAYOUTS 10-15

10 Julius Umbraziunas Lithuania $810
11 Ngoc Minh Nguyen Vietnam $810
12 Rindra Norodo $810
13 Ankit Jajodia India $701
14 Rahul Marwaha India $701
15 Zhiguang Zou China $701

On Season XXI WPT Prime Cambodia

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

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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. The number to beat is 1,224 which was set at the recently concluded WPT Prime Gold Coast.

WPT Prime Cambodia – Player Guide
Breakdown of WPT Prime Cambodia schedule
WPT Prime Cambodia – Festival Results

In addition to tournaments, players can also enjoy the cash tables. A special promo called the Cash Game Bonanza is held daily featuring a total of US$ 13,000 in cash giveaways.

From the start of the festival to finish, 10 daily draws take place. The winning player is awarded a minimum of US$ 100. To be eligible, drop your same day tournament ticket in the raffle box, play the cash tables, and if your name is drawn, you will win cash. To collect, you must be playing at the cash table when your name is drawn.

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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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