APPT Cambodia 2022 Main Event: Nam Hyung Kim bags the lead again; Gary Thompson dominates SHR; Daniel Westerholm wins PLO Bounty


Unbelievable! Topping the headlines once again was Korea’s Nam Hyung Kim who closed out Day 1A of the Main Event as chip leader with 410,000 in chips, which was equivalent to 103 BB entering Day 2. Kim has been an absolute crusher at the inaugural APPT Cambodia 2022.  He racked up massive stacks at four prior tournaments which turned into four final table cashes. He is now on his way to #5.

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Namhyung Kim

The APPT Main Event ran its first starting day on Thursday, November 10, and despite its slow start, it eventually brought 93 players with 20 of them re-entering. A couple of the early risers were South Africa’s Marc Joseph and USA’s Yu Qi Zhao however both were unable to get through the last rounds. Also bumping the rail were two time WSOP bracelet winner Hoyt Corkins, newly minted APPT National champion Seongmin Lee,  and 2019 APPT Manila Main Event champion Florencio Campomanes who fell to the silent but deadly Nam Hyung Kim. On the flip side, this win catapulted Kim to the top where he parked for the rest of the day.

Read up on the Day 1A highlights via the LIVE UPDATES. 

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Kim has been a total beast since the start of the festival. At the NagaWorld Kickoff, Kim carried in the second largest stack to Day 2 and proceeded to finish 9th. At the APPT National, Kim entered Day 2 as the overwhelming chip leader then placed 5th. He also finished 3rd at the PLO Knockout, and at the $2K buy in Mini High Roller, Kim was chip leader until Michael Soyza got the best of him to settle for 2nd place.

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Tzai Wei Phua

In addition to Kim, other strong finishers were Singapore’s Tzai Wei Phua who was one of the day’s late entries. He knocked out Korea’s Hwany Lee with quads over two pair. WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Smiljkovic jumped in after busting out of the Super High Roller and closed with a healthy 39 BB stack.

The 21 survivors have a day’s wait before returning to action on Saturday, November 12. Up next is Day 1B and Day 1C (Turbo), both taking place on Friday, November 11 at 1pm and 9pm. Buy in is $1,500 featuring a guarantee of $400,000. Make sure to check the schedule for all the details.

Buy in: $1,500
Guarantee: $400,000
Day 1A: 113 entries

Chips in play: 3,390,000
Average stack: 161,428
Day 2 opening blinds: 2000-4000-4000 BB Ante

Top 5 in chips

Player Chips BB
Nam Hyung Kim 410,000 103
Renniel Glavez 347,000 87
Chris William Backhouse 289,000 72
Tzai Wei Phua 279,000 70
Masamichi Hayashi 246,000 62


GARY THOMPSON crushes the SHR final table to seize $47,045

After a one day delay, the Super High Roller got underway with a star studded lineup of 9 players and one needing a second bullet for a total of 10 entries. With buy in at $10,000 a piece, it sent the prize pool to  $94,090 with the top 3 places paid. Ireland’s Gary Thompson crushed the final table, eliminating the last four players to lift the coveted PokerStars shard trophy and seize the $47,045 top prize.

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Gary Thompson

This was Thompson’s career first APPT tournament win however he did come close in 2019 at the APPT Manila High Roller where he placed 2nd. To bag the win, Thompson first eliminated Vincent Huang two spots before the money, then on the bubble, he cleaned out APPT Open Taipei Main Event champion Zong Chi He with 6d6h set over Ad2d two pair on a board 6s2h9sAhKd.

Sitting pretty with the biggest stack, Thompson faced off against Pete Chen, the player who denied him a first ever WSOP bracelet at the GGNet Online Series two months prior. This was payback. Thompson flushed out the Taiwanese pro with QdJd getting lucky against AcQh, hitting the flush on a board 2dAd4d8hKs.

Entering heads up against recently crowned Michael Soyza, it was a lopsided match with Soyza dropping to 6 BB before doubling up. On the next showdown, Soyza’s Kc6c was outdrawn by Thompson’s 10d7h, with a Seven on the river.

Buy in: $10,000
Entries: 10 (9 unique, 1 re-entry)
Prize pool: $94,090
ITM 3 places


1st Gary Thompson Ireland $47,045
2nd Michael Soyza Malaysia $28,227
3rd Pete Chen Taiwan $18,818

DANIEL WESTERHOLM dominates the PLO Knockout

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Daniel Westerholm

The second Pot Limit Omaha event was double the buy in of previous costing $1,000 to enter. After six hours of play, England’s Daniel Westerholm came out victorious, knocking out three of his nine contenders. One of the fallen was Kamran Suriya whom he faced at heads up. By then, Westerholm had built an intimidating stack. Suriya announced all in with KsKd8d5d, Westerholdm called with Qd8s10hJs, the board was 8h3c2sJh6c for a winning two pair. This was Westerholm’s first ever win which came with a spade trophy and $3,701. Westerholm also earned an extra $800 in bounties for a total of $4,501.

Buy in: $1,000
Entries: 10 (9 unique, 1 re-entry)
Prize pool: $7,403
Bounty pool: $2,200
ITM: 3 places

Payouts (does not include bounties)

1st Daniel Westerholm England $3,701
2nd Kanran Suriya Pakistan $2,221
3rd Ryan Revai Canada $1,481

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker for all the action as we bring you updates 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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