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China’s Ji Jun Xu towers over the 56 remaining players of WPT Prime Cambodia Opener

 

It was another fiery day at WPT Prime Cambodia as players made their way in to NagaWorld Phnom Penh Ballroom for the last two entry flights of the Opener $150K GTD. At the close of registration, Day 1C drew a big crowd of 164 and the Day 1D turbo flight pulled in 82. Combined with the the other entry days, the Opener amassed a grand total of 442 entries to well exceed the advertised guarantee. The remaining 56 players are all in the money and are now looking at a far larger prize pool of US$ 214,670. While everyone is guaranteed US$ 900, the goal is to pocket the hefty US$ 43,105 first prize. We’ve got the day’s highlights, Day 2 draw, chip counts, and payouts just below.

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WPT Opener Day 1C Bubble

Day 1C brought some new faces to the tournament area. A couple of lovely ones gracing the field were WSOP bracelet winner Jiyoung Kim and Japan‘s Yuri Ishida. However, both women were not so fortunate. finding the rail well before the bubble round.

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Jiyoung Kim

Among those that navigated the day’s challenges were NagaWorld SuperStack runner up Trent Fechter, Viet Nam high roller Hieu Ngo, and USA’s Kyle Bao Qouc Diep who was relieved to have had more success than the previous starting days. One player very glad to have survived the bubble round was Thailand‘s Thanakrit Lachaima. All in and at risk with Ah6d against a player’s Kc3d, it seemed to be the end when the board ran KdJdKh. However, with the next two cards coming 9d and 7d, he survived with a higher flush.

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Ji Jun Xu

After an hour of hand for hand action, the bubble finally burst. Chip leader Ji Jun Xu turned his Ah2h into a flush on the river to dust a player’s top pair. Xu bagged up 702,000 in chips and will enter Day 2 with an overwhelming advantage.

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Michael Kim Falcon

Firing up in the evening was the Day 1D turbo flight, which was the last chance for players to get in on the huge opening pot. Another 82 gave it a whirl with only 10 of them advancing to Day 2. Racking up the biggest pile was Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon who muscled the table throughout the bubble round until he eliminated India‘s Laksh Pal Singh to bring an end to the day. This was Falcon‘s first poker series since the pandemic and was aleady off to a swell start. He will enter Day 2 ranked 4th in chips.

Buy in: US$ 550
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Day 1A: 7 advanced out of 54 entries
Day 1B: 18 advanced out of 142 entries
Day 1C: 21 advanced out of 164 entries
Day 1D: 10 advanced out of 82 entries
Total entries: 442
Prize pool: US$ 214,370
ITM: 56 players

The conclusion of the Opener is on Sunday, August 14 starting at 1pm. The final 56 players will hunt down the title, top prize, and points towards the WPT Player of the Festival race.

Day 2 qualifiers: 56 players

Rank Player Flag Table/Seat Chips
1 JI JUN XU CHINA T-01 [03] 702,000
2 TOMAS DEDINAS USA T-09 [09] 551,500
3 WANKI BAIK KOREA, REPUBLIC OF T-06 [07] 484,500
4 MICHAEL KIM FALCON DENMARK T-06 [03] 448,000
5 PROMMIN TALORDPONG THAILAND T-11 [08] 447,000
6 THIRITH LY T-11 [04] 406,000
7 VAN HOANG NGUYEN VIET NAM T-01 [08] 400,000
8 RISHAB MALIK INDIA T-11 [06] 331,000
9 WILLIAM NOBLE BOLTON AUSTRALIA T-05 [03] 305,000
10 DAZHANG CHEN CHINA T-10 [04] 294,000
11 MARC ANTHONY JOSEPH SOUTH AFRICA T-10 [09] 289,000
12 HIROKI MORISHITA JAPAN T-01 [09] 287,000
13 YOKE WEI WOON T-02 [02] 273,000
14 RAJU JARUPLAVATH INDIA T-05 [04] 243,000
15 MANH TRUONG NGUYEN VIET NAM T-02 [05] 240,000
16 JONAS MAGDALINSKI SWEDEN T-05 [08] 230,500
17 FRANK JAMES LILLIS IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF) T-05 [01] 230,000
18 HANNES THEO DANIEL T-06 [04] 221,500
19 ANSHUL RAJPUT INDIA T-10 [03] 213,000
20 DALE ANDREW TOWNSEND AUSTRALIA T-09 [03] 210,000
21 TRONG HIEU NGO VIET NAM T-06 [08] 197,000
22 YOU ZHUANG CHUA SINGAPORE T-02 [08] 195,000
23 KYOUNGWON PARK KOREA, REPUBLIC OF T-01 [05] 193,000
24 DIWEI HUANG SINGAPORE T-01 [04] 188,500
25 KYLE BAO QUOC AN DIEP USA T-11 [03] 188,500
26 KYARR CHAN YAN MYANMAR T-09 [06] 181,000
27 JAE KYUNG SIM KOREA, REPUBLIC OF T-06 [09] 169,500
28 THOMAS KYUNG-CHUN LAERSEN SWEDEN T-01 [07] 166,000
29 YAO LOON TAY SINGAPORE T-10 [05] 158,000
30 ROCKY PIKE HAROLD BROOKS SOUTH AFRICA T-06 [06] 156,000
31 ARMON VAN WIJK AUSTRALIA T-01 [02] 146,500
32 TRENT WAYNE FECHTER USA T-02 [01] 132,500
33 SAMUEL DAVID ADAMS NEW ZEALAND T-10 [08] 125,000
34 LEONG JACK SINGAPORE T-09 [01] 121,500
35 KAI YANG GU SINGAPORE T-02 [04] 118,500
36 SEMEN KAPITONOV RUSSIAN FEDERATION T-10 [02] 117,000
37 SHANKAR KAILARSH MALAYSIA T-09 [02] 111,500
38 MINSEONG CHO KOREA, REPUBLIC OF T-10 [01] 109,500
39 MANSOUR KHORRAMSHAHI IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF) T-02 [07] 101,000
40 ANTON WIDJAYA INDONESIA T-10 [06] 100,000
41 JOSHUA KAI EN TAN SINGAPORE T-01 [01] 99,000
42 YU-CHUNG CHANG TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA T-05 [09] 97,000
43 DANEIL HINH AUSTRALIA T-09 [08] 96,500
44 DHAVAL MUDGAL INDIA T-09 [07] 94,500
45 JIAZHI ZHONG CHINA T-06 [01] 94,500
46 DUC KIEN TRAN VIET NAM T-09 [04] 93,000
47 SUPAKIT ANUKOOLPITAKNIL THAILAND T-11 [02] 93,000
48 CHENGCAI PAN CHINA T-02 [06] 93,000
49 LOUIS BILODEAU CANADA T-11 [01] 88,000
50 DANIEL WEI XIONG CHIN MALAYSIA T-05 [05] 81,500
51 THANAKRIT LACHAIMA THAILAND T-06 [02] 80,000
52 ERIC D WASYLENKO CANADA T-02 [09] 63,000
53 JULIUS UMBRAZIUNAS LITHUANIA T-11 [07] 62,500
54 JIEWEI YANG CHINA T-05 [02] 37,000
55 EDGAR ANTONIO ANTEZANA SOUTH AFRICA T-05 [07] 32,500
56 VEELAPHAN SIEWLEE CANADA T-09 [05] 32,000

Payouts

1st US$ 43,105
2nd US$ 30,205
3rd US$ 19,420
4th US$ 13,000
5th US$ 10,110
6th US$ 8,395
7th US$ 7,030
8th US$ 5,670
9th US$ 4,310
10th-12th US$ 3,655
13th-15th US$ 3,035
16th-18th US$ 2,485
19th-21st US$ 2,070
22nd-24th US$ 1,745
25th-27th US$ 1,425
28th-36th US$ 1,180
37th-45th US$ 1,040
46th-56th US$ 900

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker for updates on the ongoing WPT Prime Cambodia

WPT Prime Cambodia schedule
WPT Prime Cambodia structures
A Quick Guide to WPT Prime Cambodia
Road to WPT Prime Cambodia
Experience WPT Prime Cambodia
WPT Prime Cambodia – Shuffle up and Deal
WPT Prime Cambodia – Day 1 recap
WPT Prime Cambodia – Ashish Munot wins the SuperStack
WPT Prime Cambodia – Opener Day 1B and Deepstack Freezeout 

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Triccia David

Triccia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits. She spent a year working part time with Poker Portal Asia and later became the editor and 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 blogger for several other major events in the Philippines. Currently, she is in charge of events reporting for Somuchpoker.

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