APPT Cambodia 2022: National Final Table led by Le Ngoc Khanh; Leo Soma leads HR Day 1; Eric Wasylenko and Po Wen Fang win trophies


One of the key highlights of the inaugural Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cambodia 2022 is the APPT National which lit up the felt on November 6. Two starting days drew 204 entries for a prize pool of $142,474. Earlier today, 51 hopefuls returned to hunt down the money. After five and a half hours of play, the final 9 was formed with Vietnamese pro Le Ngoc Khanh sitting cool up top. You can read up on the action via our Live Updates or continue on below for the brief recap.


The ongoing festival has now crossed the halfway point. Joining the list of newly crowned champions were Taiwan’s Po Wen Fang and Canada’s Eric Wasylenko. Also heating up the floor was the High Roller Single Re-Entry Day 1 where seven players bagged up led by WSOP bracelet holder Leo Soma.

Games continue at the world class NagaWorld Integrated Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the Main Event $400,000 GTD coming up on November 10 to 13. For all the details, head to the link provided.

APPT Cambodia 2022 – full schedule 

APPT National: Day 2 recap

Day 2 kicked off with 51 players returning and the money 20 spots away starting at 31st place. Just under two hours in, the bubble burst on Brazilian Patrick Liang who called for his tournament life with top pair only to be crushed by Canada’s Eric Wasylenko‘s set. From there, it took another four hours before the final table of 9 players was formed with Vietnamese pro Le Ngoc Khanh as frontrunner.

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Khanh rise to the top started with a double up through Malaysia’s Natalie Teh with pocket Aces over Ace-King. One level later, with the field down to 21 players, he delivered a double knockout to David Erquiaga (20th) and Michael Soyza (21st) with AhKh outdrawing 9d9c and Kc2c.

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While Khanh was shipping it, at a separate table, entering chip leader Nam Hyung Kim continued to dominate by cleaning out multiple players, becoming the first to breach a million in chips. Only when Khanh was moved to Kim’s table did the leader’s stack begin to deplete. Among the numerous pots he won against Kim was cracking pocket Aces with trips Jacks to steal the lead.

Korea’s Seongmin Lee was another late mover. He landed quads Sixes to crush Vietnam’s Duc Thanh Nguyen‘s pocket Jacks. Day 2 closed with Taiwan’s Hua Wei Lin eliminating South Africa’s Marc Joseph in 10th place.

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Nam Hyung Kim

Of the final 9, Nam Hyung Kim brings in the most impressive festival stats with three prior final table cashes that includes a near victory at the Mini High Roller. Chong and Wasylenko have already lifted one of the spade trophies, and Lin cashed in 3rd place at the Hyper Turbo.

The final table takes place on Wednesday, November 9 starting at 1pm. Up for grabs is the iconic PokerStars shard trophy and the $30,133 top prize. Follow the action via our Live Updates. 

Final 9 players

Player Chips BB
Le Ngoc Khanh 1,673,000 139
Seongmin Lee 1,081,000 90
Nam Hyung Kim 1,070,000 89
Eric Wasylenko 609,000 51
Victor Chong 473,000 39
Hua Wei Lin 408,000 34
Rajeev Kanjani 387,000 32
Hak Do Kim 319,000 27
Chi Ling Tsang 100,000 8


High Roller Single Re-Entry Day 1 update

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Leo Soma

The High Roller Single Re-Entry attracted 41 to the tables each one ponying up the $3,000 buy in. By the end of the scheduled 12 levels, only 7 remained which was one spot before dipping in the $109,765 pot. In the driver’s seat was France’s Leo Soma with a towering 81 BB stack. When players return on Wednesday, November 9 at 2pm, blinds open at Level 13: 8,000-16,000-16,000 Ante BB.

Player Chips BB
Leo Soma 1,302,000 81
Jean Robert Autran 810,000 51
Clement Van Driessche 588,000 37
Gary Thompson 456,000 29
Mark Hammond 420,000 26
Ajitpal Singh 324,000 20
Hamish Crawshaw 133,000 8

Short Deck: PO WEN FANG – $2,017*

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A small crowd of 22 Short Deck enthusiasts tossed in the $300 buy in for a prize pool of $5,762. It was a fast race to the top with Taiwanese high roller Po Wen Fang and Tunisia’s Selim Souissi opting to split the money down the middle then play for the trophy. Fang prevailed with pocket Aces crushing Ace-Nine. This was Fang’s first career Short Deck win.


1st Po-Wen Fang Taiwan $2,017*
2nd Selim Souissi Tunisia $2,017*
3rd Kyle Bao Quoc Diep Vietnam $1,037
4th Kentaro Mori Japan $691

*Heads up chop, played for the trophy 

$500 NLH Turbo – ERIC WASYLENKO – $5,343

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Eric Wasylenko

The $500 NLH Turbo dragged in 36 entries for a prize pool of $15,714. Among the players that cashed were Dhanesh Chainani and Christopher Mateo, both on their second final table appearance. At three-handed, two German players had the advantage to score a first win for the country but could not get past Eric Wasylenko. The Canadian pro eliminated Max Menzel in 3rd place then called out Finn Penderak’s river bluff shove with Ace-high to grab the trophy and the $5.343 first prize.

Catching the action on a turn board 5dKcQh4s and 150K in the pot, Wasylenko check-called Finn Penderak’s 45k bet. The river 2d, Wasylenko checked again, Penderak shoved which was just under half of Wasylenko’s stack. Wasylenko thought out loud and said “you have Jack-Ten, Ten-Nine?” Wasylenko reluctantly called and he was on the money. Penderak had 10d9d missed draw. Wasylenko won it with Ah8d.

Buy in: $500
Entries: 36 (31 unique, 5 re-entries)
Prize pool: $15,714
ITM: 6 places

1st Eric Wasylenko Canada $5,343
2nd Finn Penderak Germany $3,693
3rd Max Menzel Germany $2,357
4th Dhanesh Chainani Singapore $1,807
5th Christopher Mateo Philippines $1,414
6th Lars Lind Madsen Denmark $1,100

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