Cards flying at APPT Cambodia! – NagaWorld Phnom Penh from May 5 to 15


Cards are flying here at NagaWorld Phnom Penh with the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) back for its second visit to the Kingdom of Wonder. In partnership with boutique gaming consulting company, Connaissance Management, the eleven day festival opened at 1pm today, May 5, 2023 with the NagaWorld Kickoff Event featuring a US$ 50,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Among the faces in the crowd are international players from around the world, some that have tasted victory at the previous APPT Cambodia such as Chi Tsang (pictured below). Also expected is a large contingent of Chinese players. Already seated is two time WSOP bracelet winner Wei Guo Liang. 

Chi Tsang
Wei Guo Liang

Two hours into the opener was  an opening dance number by K-Stars followed by the ceremonial joining of hands of NagaWorld Senior Operations Manager Christopher Paul Gros, Senior Manager of APPT Lorie Ann Lagrosas, and Connaissance Management General Manager Erique Tan. 



At the time of writing, the screens the Kickoff had 90 entries and rising with registration open until 6:20pm. If you miss that window, or you hit the rail, there are still two chances to enter. On Saturday, May 6 are Day 1B at 1pm and Day 1C Turbo at 7pm.  Buy in for the Kickoff is US$ 350.


For the upcoming days, there’s plenty in store at APPT Cambodia with games running until May 15, 2023. For payers looking to grab one of the PokerStars Shard Trophies, make sure to mark these events down in your calendars: 

Events Guarantee Dates Buy in
APPT National $100,000 May 7-9 $800
Super High Roller
May 10-11 $10,000
APPT Main Event $400,000 May 12-15 $1,500
APPT High Roller 5K
May14-15 $5,000

Cash Games

APPT Cambodia tournament players can also look forward to plenty of juicy Cash Games. Both No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha are offered with stakes of $1/$3, $2/$5, $5/$10, and $10/$25. Other stakes can be considered. Cash game players can also enjoy complimentary beer during happy hour from 5-9pm.

Player Information

Special player room rates are still available at NagaWorld. Make sure to book yours before they run out. Rates start from as low as US$ 55 per night. For first timers, Phnom Penh is 5 hours away from Siem Reap, site of Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world. Make sure to set time  apart from the felt as this is a must see destination.


NO TAX on winnings

Players will also be glad to know that there is “NO TAX” on both cash and tournament winnings.

Airport to NagaWorld Integrated Resort Complex

For travelers arriving at the Phnom Penh International Airport, there are multiple options available to get to NagaWorld Integrated Resort Complex. To avoid getting overcharged, Grab Taxi and Metered Taxi Service – Global Taxi are recommended. The distance is roughly 10km which is around 30 minutes.


The country’s currency is the Cambodian Riel, however the US Dollar is widely accepted. In fact, USD is more accepted than the Riel. At the festival, USD will be used for both tournaments and cash games. Exchange counters are available at the hotel lobby.

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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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