WPT Prime Cambodia: Fabio Oka and Micheal O’Neill win trophies; Benjamin Mun tops Main Event Day 1A; Norietis leads PLO final six


Day 8 of WPT Prime Cambodia Season XXI opened with Day 1A of the $500,000 guaranteed Main Event lighting up the tournament floor. Running alongside were the Bounty Event with 31 players resuming the title chase, the 10K Super High Roller Single Day Challenge, and the PLO. At night’s end, WPT Global Japan brand ambassador Fabio Oka and Ireland’s Micheal O’Neill emerged victorious while Latvia’s Roland Norietis bagged the PLO chip lead. We’ve got those results down below.

WPT Prime Cambodia – Festival Results

MAIN EVENT: Day 1A closes with 28 survivors, Benjamin Mun bags the lead

Benjamin Mun

As expected, players poured in for the festival’s star attraction, the $500,000 guaranteed Main Event. The four and a half hours of registration drew 218 entries (190 unique, 28 re-entry) with bagging time at ITM of 28 players. At the twelfth hour, it was reached with India’s Abhishek Goindi eliminated in brutal fashion by fellow compatriot Shardul Parthasarathi. Short stacked Goindi was all in with AcKc, Shardul had Ad5h, the board ran 9c8c7dKs6s for a straight to Shardul on the river.


Goindi will return for Day 1B. As for his slayer Shardul, he finished third in chips with 509,000 (63 bb). Shardul is behind pack leader Benjamin Mun who bagged up 578,000 (72 bb) in chips and Ireland’s Frank Lillis with 563,000 (70 bb).

The Day 1A survivors await the results of Day 1B and Day 1C before returning to action on Sunday, March 19 at 1pm. Here are the top 10 in chips. Click the link provided for the full list.

Top 10 in chips

1 Benjamin Mun 578,000
2 Frank Lillis 563,000
3 Shardul Parthasarathi 509,000
4 Alok Birewar 474,000
5 Anh Minh Nguyen 407,000
6 Thijs Hilberts 347,000
7 Gaurav Sood 345,000
8 Zi Xuan Tan 338,000
9 Jeffry Kurniawan 323,000
10 Shengchao Zhu 320,000

WPT Prime Cambodia – Main Event – Chip Counts
WPT Prime Cambodia – Main Event – Live Updates
WPT Prime Cambodia – Event Schedule

Fabio Oka dominates 10K Super High Roller Single Day Challenge

Fabio Oka

WPT Global Japan ambassador / vlogger Fabio Oka, was a force to reckon with at the 10K Super High Roller Single Day Challenge. For a majority of the race, Oka was backed by a big stack, if not the biggest. One of the players he railed was WPT brand ambassador Brad Owen whose Ah8h trips on a board 9s8cJs10c8s fell to his Ks10s flush. Another bust was Gary Lin whose pocket Sevens ran into Oka’s pocket Kings.

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The bubble burst on WPT ambassador, Andrew Neeme, with AsKs not improving againstRoman Hrabec‘s 6s6h. Entering ITM, Oka led and surged. He eliminated the last three players – Hrabec (4th), Vincent Huang (3rd), and Lun Loon in 2nd place to seize his first WPT title and a six figure US$ 109,500.

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Buy in: US$ 10,000
Entries: 31
Prize pool: US$ 291,679
ITM: 5 places

1 Fabio Oka Japan $109,500
2 Lun Loon Malaysia $73,000
3 Vincent Huang Australia $48,600
4 Roman Hrabec Czech Republic $34,500
5 Richard Sheils England $26,079

Micheal O’Neill wins the Bounty Event

Micheal O’Neill

The two-day Bounty Event was highly popular with a hungry 244 pulling up seats to generate a prize pool of US$ 170,410. Day 1 closed at ITM with Pratibh Saluja serving the bubble with 6h6c standing solid against AdKh.


Resuming the following day, the 31 returnees were led in by Rajneesh Katoch who went on to reach the final table as one of four players from India in the lineup. However, the crew were unable to take it all the way. Katoch exited in 5th place while Raju Jaruplavath held on but only reached 3rd place.

Rajneesh Katoch

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The title came between Korea’s Woojin Kim and Micheal O’Neill, the lone Irishman in the round. O’Neill closed it out with QdJc pairing the Queen on a board 6s7sQc2d5c to dust and bust Kim’s Kh8h. O’Neill pocketed his largest live tournament cash of US$ 25,358 and his maiden live title.


Buy in: US$ 800
Entries: 244
Prize pool: US$ 109,410
Bounty pool; US$ 61,000
ITM: 31 places

*Bountiy prizes not included

1 Micheal O’Neill Ireland $25,358
2 Woojin Kim Korea $17,817
3 Raju Jaruplavath India $11,214
4 Akshay Kapoor India $6,822
5 Rajneesh Katoch India $5,268
6 Dylan Wayne Australia $4,365
7 Joshua Mccully Australia $3,720
8 Aladin Reskallah France $3,173
9 Anmol Mehta India $2,536
10 Tomohiro Yamamoto Japan $2,150
11 Yen-Han Chen Taiwan $2,150
12 Marvin Unsworth Germany $2,150
13 Ngoc Khanh Le Viet Nam $1,849
14 Richard Marquez Philippines $1,849
15 Amir Abbas NZ $1,849
16 Sevvy Steenman UK $1,548
17 Andrey Leonov Cambodia $1,548
18 Abhijith Cheruku India $1,548
19 Pratibh Saluja India $1,271
20 Thijs Hilberts Netherlands $1,271
21 Joseph Adams UK $1,271
22 Somashekar Nahadeva India $1,007
23 Adrien Franck Berger France $1,007
24 I-Chun Chiu Taiwan $1,007
25 Mr. Shyamsundar India $882
26 Tien- Min Liang Taiwan $882
27 Selim Souissi Tunisia $882
28 Andrew Kittipong Adamson NZ $754
29 Vincent Chauve France $754
30 Filipe Miranda Usa $754
31 Jasven Saigal India $754

Event 18: PLO – 6 players remaining led by Rolands Norietis

Roland Norietis

Only 47 runners took interest in Event 18: Pot Limit Omaha for a prize pool of US$ 32,825. It was a 12 hours race to ITM of 6 places. Bagging up the chip lead was Latvia’s Rolands Norietis of 443,000, equivalent to 37 bb. Also in the lineup was India’s Deep Raina who was on his third final table in this series. Action resumes at 1pm on Friday, March 17 for the title and the US$ 12,803 top prize.

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Deep Raina

Buy in: US$ 800
Entries: 47
Prize pool: US$ 32,825
ITM: 6 places

Chips in play: 1,305,000
Average stack: 235,000
Day 2 blinds: 6K-12K, 12K ante (15:16 time remaining)

Seat Player Flag Stack BB
1 Rolands Norietis Latvia 443,000 37
2 Kamran Suriya Pakistan 209,000 17
3 Philippe Switzerland 81,000 7
4 Generalov Russia 259,000 22
5 Deep Raina India 145,000 12
6 Sajay Kandampully India 168,000 14


1 $12,803
2 $7,550
3 $4,595
4 $3,282
5 $2,616
6 $1,969

Player of the Festival – update after 16 events

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Kiale Matthews

After 16 completed events, Australia’s Kiale Matthews maintains his Player of the Festival lead with 800 points. Matthews reached three final tables with his deepest a 3rd place finish. Ireland’s Micheal O’Neill moved up to second rank with 675 points after his victory at the Bounty Event. Sharing the third spot are RIchard Marquez and Joshua McCully, both players with 650 points.

Still plenty of events to conquer and earn points including the Main Event which is underway. The player with the most points at the end of the festival will win a WPT Passport worth $5,000 to any WPT Main Tour of Season XXI.

Top 10 in POF points

1 Kiale Matthews 800
2 Micheal O’Neill 675
3 Richard Marquez 650
4 Joshua McCully 650
5 Chien-Chih Weng 550
6 Duc Thanh Nguyen 525
7 Bien Mai 500
8 Tyler Suansrakaew 450
9 Fung Kong 450
10 Vikaash Shah 425
11 Deep Raina 425
12 Huyen Duc Luu 400
13 Brad Owen 400
14 LeoSoma 400
15 Fabio Oka Da Silva 400
16 Woojin Kim 375

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. To date, sixteen players have walked away victorious. Only 14 trophies up left.

The Main Event $500,000 guaranteed is underway. With Day 1A completed, two starting days left to join the race. It runs from March 16 to 20. Buy in is US$ 1,100. By the looks of it, it will easily breach one thousand entries with the potential to surpass current Gold Coast record of 1,224 entries.

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

For added enjoyment, there are ample cash games running daily and the Cash Game Bonanza.


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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