APT Cambodia: Day 1a and day 1b Recap

Day 1a at APT Cambodia saw 59 players buy in, with 40 taking their seats for day 1b. This meant there were 99 entries total. 58 of them survived to day 2 with David Farber (USA) leading the field. Last year saw 112 runners, with Michael Lindstrom taking the title. Everyone involved would of course be hoping to exceed 100 players, and perhaps even improve on last year's turnout, but this event takes place just before the ACOP and during a PHP1 million guaranteed event in Manila.

Field and Ambiance

There are many poker enthusiasts and regular tournament players who live locally here, particularly in the Sihanoukeville and Pnohm Penh areas, and they were joined in this tournament by APT regulars, and players looking to discover a new and vibrant location. The players here don't turn out for the promise of a huge pay day and life changing money, it's about community, and the joys of relaxing with each other in the bar by the beach, and competing against each other in the spirit of friendly rivalry. The APT always bring a loyal following of players to events, and it adds to the atmosphere greatly.


99 players entered the Main Event

Notable Names to Look Out For on Day 2

Three of Japan's most familiar and well respected names have progressed through to day 2. These include Tetsuya Tsuchikawa with just over 53,000 chips. Tsuchikawa is one of the elder players of the notable Japanese contingent, and has a WPT National event to his name, which he won in the Philippines. Akira Ohyama is also still in the event with a fairly healthy stack of 49,850. He is a member of 888Poker's team of pros and has made some waves in the Asian poker world with his live results since 2012. His online results are more impressive though, where he plays under the name 'Clutch Hero.' Aside from these two well known pros, there is also the imposing figure of Iori Yogo still in the field. He may only have 28,500 chips but he is sitting in 2nd on the APT Player of the Year race. In an interesting sub plot, the man in 1st, Sam Razavi, couldn't stay until the end of this festival. This means with the Main Event and other events still to play, Iori Yogo could close the gap significantly.

Clutch Hero

Team pro 888  Akira Ohyama

While there is much to be said about Japanese notables, India is also still going strong in this event, with 4 players coming back today. Leading those players is Dhaval Mudgal. He has a 2nd place in an Indian Poker Open Main Event to his name, along with a 4th place at a Macau Poker Cup event for over USD$43,000. He sits 10th on India's all time money list and will  start day 2 with a stack of 63,575.

There are a couple of Vietnamese residents remaining too, in the form of Julien Thabault and Patrick Honsel. Thabault has previously taken down the Vietnam Poker Cup 1 High Roller event, and with 67,150 is one of the ten biggest stacks still in the event. Honsel won the deep stack turbo event at that very same festival, and is still in with a shout going into day 2. Also worth a mention is the Vietnam number 1 ranked player on the GPI, Linh Tran. He will bring 27,775 to the table tomorrow.

Singapore also have their own hero still in the hunt, with 33,000 chips. He goes by the name of Feng Zhao, and has already won APT events in the past, a High Roller, and a Main Event crown. Finally, for the Philippines, is the well respected Ian Brion. He will bring 27,775 to the table.

Chipcounts in the forum

Article by Craig B


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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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