WPT Prime Cambodia: Main Event draws 1,011 total entries, 128 into Day 2; Rolands Norietis bags NLH 2-Day, closes in on Kiale Matthews in POF race


As always, the largest Main Event draw happened on the final starting day. WPT Prime Cambodia Season XXI witnessed a roaring 482 entries for Day 1C, to drive the total attendance to 1,011 and the prize pool to US$ 980,670.

Approaching the 13 hour mark, it was bubble time. Taiwan’s Nevan Yu-Chung Chang shipped a huge double up with 4s5s full house on a board 4d10s5d8h5c to beat AdQd missed draw. Shoves were on the turn. Chang closed the day second best with 650,000 in chips.


Two hands after, the bubble burst on Hong Kong’s Dennis Ng whose Ah9h missed all his outs against Vinh Hai Huynh‘s 9c9s on a board 3hJhKs5c7c. Shoves were seen preflop.

Day 1C bagged up at ITM of 61 players. At the helm was USA’s Joshua Zimmerman with 789,000, equivalent to a massive 99 bb. This earned him third rank in the overall Day 2 chip counts. Among those that missed were WPT champions David Erquiaga, Zarvan Tumboli, and Marc Inizan. 

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Joshua Zimmerman

Day 1C – Top 10 in chips

1 Joshua Zimmerman USA 789,000
2 Nevan Chang Taiwan 650,000
3 Matthieu Lamagnere France 550,000
4 Pete Chen Taiwan 533,000
5 Yunsheng Sun China 460,000
6 Vinh Hai Huynh Vietnam 438,000
7 Michael Haddad Australia 425,000
8 Harsh Bubna India 407,000
9 Seongsu Kong Korea 388,000
10 Shue King Ng Malaysia 387,000

Main Event numbers

Buy in: US$ 1,100
Guarantee: US$ 500,000
Entries: 1,011
Prize pool: US$ 980,670
ITM: 128 players

The 128 Day 1 survivors return on Sunday, March 19 at 1pm, each one is guaranteed a piece of the pot. The minimum payout is US$ 800 while the top prize is US$ 173,130 which includes a WPT World Championship entry worth $10,400 at Wynn Las Vegas. WPT value adds airfare + accommodation. Runner up will also bank six figures of US$ 108,540.

Top 9 payouts / POF points

1 $173,130 800
2 $108,540 600
3 $80,150 500
4 $59,820 400
5 $45,120 300
6 $34,400 250
7 $26,510 200
8 $20,660 150
9 $16,280 125


Day 2 will be a long race as they play down to the final 9 players. The blinds start at Level 16: 4K-8K, 8K ante with 20 minutes left in the clock. Once that completes, next level onwards increase every 60 minutes. Leading in the pack are India’s Arun Sriram with 111 bb and Vitalii Borodin with 109 bb, both players bagging big at Day 1B.

Day 2 – top 10 in chips

Rank Player Stack BB
1 Arun Sriram 888,000 111
2 Vitalii Borodin 870,000 109
3 Joshua Zimmerman 789,000 99
4 Dongyun Jo 752,000 94
5 Koen Breed 731,000 91
6 Nevan Chang 650,000 81
7 Gabriel Carter 600,000 75
8 Benjamin Mun 578,000 72
9 Frank Lillis 563,000 70
10 Matthieu Lamagnere 550,000 69


Roland Norietis wins NLH 2-Day, zooms to POF second rank

Entering Day 2 as chip leader, Latvia’s Roland Norietis went on to capture the coveted NLH 2-Day title to add 400 points his name in the Player of the Festival race. This sent him catapulting from 8th rank to 2nd rank and is now just 175 points away from race leader Kiale Matthews.

Roland Norietis

The 2-day NLH event drew 155 entries to generate a prize pool of US$ 54,126. With 20 paid, Kittipong Charoenvijitchai delivered the bubble by cracking Shardul Parthasarathi’s pocket Aces. The event then played until Marcus Tan fell in 10th place to Norietis form the final table.


Day 2 opened with Norietis as chip leader with 50 bb and India’s Somashekar KM in second rank with 30 bb. Both players stayed ahead of the pack and met at heads up about even in chips.

A couple of failed bluffs caused a dip in Norietis’ stack which he made up with {ad]6d flush beating AcAs on a board 2c10d4d3s5d. Several hands later, Somashekhar scored a big one holding 9h6h flush on a board 10h5h8hQs10c to send Norietis back down again to 17 bb. This brought about the first heads up all in with Norietis Ks5c called by Somashekhar with 9h8h. The board ran 8dAs6dAcKc for a double up to Norietis.


At par was brief with another failed bluff by Norietis. Next all in, Somashekhar pushed with KsJs, Norietis called with 4d4s, the board improved Norietis to a full house for his second double up. With the pair back to even, they struck a deal to split the remaining money down the middle and play for the trophy.

Somashekhar took the early lead to send Norietis plunging to once again see the Latvian go all in. For the third time, Norietis doubled  up. His pocket Sixes dodged overcards. From there, Norietis grinded down Somashekhar and shipped it with AhJc beating Ks2d on a blank board.

Buy in: US$ 400
Entries: 155
Prize pool: US$ 54,126
ITM: 20 places

*Heads up deal

1 Rolands Norietis Latvia $11,991*
2 Somashekar KM India $11,991*
3 Anton Widjaya Indonesia $5,561
4 Sunwook Baek Korea $3,383
5 Matthew Henry Bevin Australia $2,612
6 Jasven Saigal India $2,165
7 Yong Kwee Chua Singapore $1,881
8 Kittipong Charoenvijitchai Thailand $1,689
9 Harsh Bubna India $1,455
10 Marcus Tan Singapore $1,272
11 Jun Mitani Japan $1,272
12 Yu-Chung Chang Taiwan $1,272
13 Eric Chan Malaysia $1,096
14 Gunisha Sinha India $1,096
15 Keng Yong Tan Singapore $1,096
16 Martin Kanaker Sweden $926
17 Tatsuya Yamaguchi Japan $926
18 Peng Zheng China $926
19 Sven McDermott Ireland $758
20 Rahul Marwaha India $758

Player of the Festival update

Kiale Matthews

The Player of the Festival race is heating up! After eighteen completed events, Kiale Matthews still holds the top spot however Rolands Norietis is not far behind. Norietis shipped the NLH 2-Day event to catapult from 8th rank to 2nd rank.

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.

1 Kiale Matthews 1100
2 Rolands Norietis 925
3 Micheal Oneill 675
4 Richard Marquez 650
5 Joshua Mccully 650
6 Deep Raina 575
7 Chien-Chih Weng 550
8 Duc Thanh Nguyen 525
9 Anton Widjaya 525
10 Bien Mai 500
11 Lun Loon 475
12 Tyler Suansrakaew 450
13 Fung Kong 450
14 Vikaash Shah 425
15 Jasven Saigal 425
16 Huyen Duc Luu 400

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, eighteen players have walked away victorious. Only 12 trophies left including the coveted Main Event title.

WPT Prime Cambodia – Player Guide
Breakdown of WPT Prime Cambodia schedule
WPT Prime Cambodia – Festival Payouts
WPT Prime Cambodia – Main Event Chip Counts

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 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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