WPT Prime Cambodia: I-Chun Chiu leads Main Event Final 9! Chi-Cong Chao, Paul Judge win trophies, 56 survive HR 3K Day 1, reg still open; 17 remaining at Bounty



After three starting days followed by intense Day 2 competition, the Final 9 players of the Main Event was established! It was decided at the fall of China’s Yunsheng Sun in 10th place to France’s Matthieu Lamagnere with KdQh unable to improve against 9d9s.


The WPT Prime Cambodia Season XXI – MAIN EVENT – resumes on Monday, March 20 at 1pm. Everyone is guaranteed a payout of US$ 16,280 however what they will be hunting for is the US$ 173,130 top prize (inclusive of WPT World Championship entry worth US$ 10,400 with airfare and accommodations). Unfortunately there will be no livestream, instead, players can track the action via the Live Updates in the website.

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I-Chun Chiu

At the top of the pecking order is Taiwan’s I-Chun Chiu aka Charlie Chiu with 82 bb. This is Chiu’s second final table having placed 8th at the Mystery Bounty. Chiu has a fairly comfortable lead over second ranked Matthieu Lamagnere with 62 bb. In third rank is Bien Mai, the only Vietnamese player left in the running and the only player with a series side event title. Mai is on his third final table.

Buy in: US$ 1,100
Guarantee: US$ 500,000
Entries: 529
Prize pool: US$ 980,670
ITM: 128 players

Chips in play: 30,330,000
Average stack: 3,370,000
Final Table opening blinds: 40K-80K, 80K ante (22:05 time remaining)

Seat Player Flagq Stack BB
6 I-Chun Chiu Taiwan 6,585,000 82
2 Matthieu Lamagnere France 4,945,000 62
4 Bien Mai Vietnam 4,560,000 57
8 Nicholas Ragot France 3,850,000 48
Lewis Michael Cowell
England 3,225,000 40
7 Reiji Kono Japan 2,755,000 34
3 Chua Feng Ji Singapore 1,850,000 23
1 Jose Catela Portugal 1,300,000 16
9 Sho Katsura Japan 1,245,000 16


Remaining Payouts and 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

Event 23: High Roller 3K – $250K GTD

Swell turnout at Day 1 of the High Roller 3K with 99 signing up to easily breach the US$ 250K guarantee. After 11 levels of 40-minute blinds, 56 bagged up with Russia’s Timur Khamidullin amassing 132 bb. Khamidullin earned a majority of his chips on a double up through WPT decorated champion Vincent Chauve.

Timur Khamidullin

Earning second rank was India’s Pratibh Saluja who shipped a monster pile on a failed bluff by Gary Lin. Thailand’s Kannapong Thanarattrakul finished with the third largest stack. You can read up on the action via the Live Updates – High Roller 3K Day 1. 

For those looking to get in on the action, you have one final chance to do so. Game resumes at 1pm local time on Monday, March 20 at Level 12. Registration closes at 1:45pm, at the start of Level 13.

Buy in: US$ 3,000
Guarantee: US$ 250,000
Day 1 entries: 99
End of Day 1 players: 56
Opening Day 2 blinds: Level 12: 2K-4K, 4K ante

Rank Player Stack BB
1 Timur Khamidullin 528,000 132
2 Pratibh Saluja 509,000 127
3 Kannapong Thanarattrakul 497,000 124
4 Seyed Javad Sedigh 374,000 94
5 Dylan Wayne Foster 313,500 78
6 Ting-Yi Tsai 311,000 78
7 Max Menzel 300,000 75
8 Terry Gonzaga 289,500 72
9 David Chiv 276,000 69
10 Manuel Braunhofer 272,000 68


Event 23: Bounty Event $150 bounty – Final 17 players

Bounty Event bubble

Big turnout at the Bounty Event with 252 on record for a prize pool of US$ 109,998. It was a grind to the end of Day 1. Estonia’s Roland Kivi delivered the bubble then the game played on until the end of Level 20. Seventeen players bagged up with Raju Jaruplavanath as leader sitting on 56 bb. Returning for a second attempt at a trophy is Lucas Tae however he has his work cut out with 7 bb in his arsenal.

Raju Jaruplavanath

The players return at 12pm on Monday, March 20. Each one is guaranteed US$ 1,018 with the eventual winner banking US$ 16,588. Second place will also score a five figure US$ 11,657.

Buy in: US$ 500
Entries: 252
Prize pool: US$ 72,198
Bounty pool: US$ 37,800
ITM: 32 places

Rank Player Flagq Stack BB
1 Raju Jaruplavanath India 1,125,000 56
2 Kaipern Heng Malaysia 780,000 39
3 Amir Abbas Australia 600,000 30
4 Stanislav Kovalenko Russia 585,000 29
5 Nguyen Tuan Anh Vietnam 565,000 28
6 Chi Ling Tsang Canada 535,000 27
7 Minkyu Kim Korea 450,000 23
8 Seongmin Lee Korea 345,000 17
9 Firat Basbaydar England 295,000 15
10 Romit Advani India 285,000 14
11 Roland Kivi Estonia 240,000 12
12 Lee Jong Kyung Korea 225,000 11
13 Gabriel Carter UK 225,000 11
14 Jaehoon Lee Korea 215,000 11
15 Woojin Kim Korea 185,000 9
16 Lucas Tae USA 135,000 7
17 Gunisha Sinha India 75,000 4

Chi-Cong Chao wins the NLH Turbo Freezeout

Chi-Cong Chao

The NLH Turbo Freezeout bolted through Sunday night in high speed with the event completing in seven hours. Taiwan’s Chi-Cong Chao outdueled France’s David Koy at heads up to claim the win and his first ever WPT trophy.


During bubble time, with 18 remaining and average at just 10 bb, big stacked Thomas Lind aka Totti railed Deep Raina (4 bb) with 10h10c dusting Kh7s.

With the money intact, players raced to reach a final table seat. Lind finished in 4th place, falling to Koy with Ace-Ten outdrawn by King-Jack, King on the board. Dongyun Jo fell next leaving Koy and Chao battling for the win. After several hands, both players opted to split the money down the middle. Chao went on to win it with As2s full house on a board 2c2d3h6c3c against Koy’s QsJs.

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Buy in: US$ 300
Entries: 135
Prize pool: US$ 35,357
ITM: 17 places

*Heads up deal

1 Chi-Cong Chao Taiwan $8,154*
2 David Koy France $8,153*
3 Dongyun Jo Korea $3,748
4 Thomas Lind Sweden $2,298
5 Erik Rozhynskyi Ukraine $1,750
6 Hyunjoon Cho Korea $1,485
7 Theerapol Thavon Thailand $1,291
8 Yuji Kawata Japan $1,131
9 Micheal O’Neill Ireland $999
10 Chun-Yen Lin Taiwan $884
11 Krit Skulgunbundit Thailand $884
12 Pheeratham Lerdthammatavee Thailand $884
13 Chi-Ting Chao Taiwan $778
14 Chongmin Park Korea $778
15 Kamran Suriya Pakistan $778
16 Jaecheol Song Korea $681
17 Joris Michl Netherlands $681

Paul Judge wins the Supersonic NLH / Liar’s Dice Championship

Paul Judge

Exciting from start to finish at the Supersonic NLH / Liar’s Dice Championship. UK’s Paul Judge emerged the first winner in Cambodia to take home one of the WPT side event trophies and US$ 929. Player of the Festival race leader Kiale Matthews also reached ITM to add 175 points to his tally and build a wider gap between him and second rank.

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Buy in: US$ 50
Entries: 60 max
Prize pool: US$ 2,619
ITM: 6 places

1 Paul Judge UK $929
2 Saransh Garg India $620
3 Evgenii Chernyi Russian Federation $410
4 Kiale Matthews Australia $290
5 Guillaume Francois Lecointre France $210
6 Patikorn Wong Singapore $160

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. To date, twenty players have walked away victorious. Only 10 trophies left on the mantle including the coveted Main Event trophy which will find its champion on Monday, March 20. Cards in the air at 1pm local time.

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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