Michael Kim Falcon leads record-breaking WPT Cambodia Championship, 48 players return for Day 3


The biggest story of Day 2 was Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon who stole the spotlight early, catapulting to the top after numerous takedowns that included a crucial double bust. Falcon bagged the chip lead with 1,876,000 (125 bb).

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Michael Kim Falcon

On January 25, 2024, Season XXII of the World Poker Tour (WPT) commenced with the most anticipated event – the inaugural WPT Championship in Southeast Asia. In collaboration with boutique gaming company Connaissance Management and NagaWorld Integrated Resorts, this ambitious event attracted players from across the globe to spectacularly crush the USD 1M guarantee and deliver a record-breaking prize pool of USD 2,432,760. This marked the richest prize pool by the WPT in Asia.

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Day 1 results

Day 1A: 373 entries (283 unique)
Day 1B: 387 entries (158 unique)
Total entries: 760 (441 unique)

Buy in: USD 3,500
Guarantee: USD 1,000,000
Entries: 760 (441 unique)
Prize pool: USD 2,432,760
ITM: 95 places

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Bubble bursts!

Day 2 opened with 231 players led by the highly decorated Thailand pro Punnat Punsri and Japanese heavy hitter Nozomu Shimizu, three WPT Champions were also in the mixTony Dunst, Masato Yokosawa, and Hoyt Corkins. Shortly after the dinner break, excitement was at a high with the bubble round at hand. It took one deal to crack. Andrej Desset‘s flopped top pair was outdrawn by Pham Bao’s flush on the turn.

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Joshua McCully

This was quickly followed by early fallouts that included Punsri (89th), Aditya Agarwal (88th),  Gavin Best (86th), Ankit Ahuja (79th), and Sriharsha Doddapaneni (74th). On the last level of the day, Australia’s Joshua McCully cracked Yokosawas KsKd and Fabian Spielmann‘s QhJd with 9c9d landing a two-outer.

Joshua McCully, Tony Dunst, Daniel Tighe

Day 2 wrapped up with 48 players led by Falcon and McCully. In fourth rank was Tony Dunst, the last remaining WPT Champion in the lineup. The next stage – Day 3 – is on Sunday, January 28,2024 starting at 11:30am. The goal is to reach the Final 9.

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While a decent return of USD 9,943 is ensured for all the returnees, it is the enormous USD 441,546 top prize and having one’s name immortalized on the coveted Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup that will drive the action. Follow the action via the WPT Live Updates and the SMP Daily Highlights.

*Champion’s purse is inclusive of a seat worth $10,400 to Season XXII WPT World Championship in Wynn Vegas. 

Day 3: January 28, 2024 at 11:30am
Day 3 blinds: 10K-15K ante 15K, 90 minutes
Chips in play: 38,000,000
Average stack: 791,667 (52 bb)

End of Day 2 – Top 10 in chips

Rank Player Stack BB
1 Michael Kim Falcon Ravn 1,876,000 125 T-1 [04]
2 Joshua Curtis Mccully 1,810,000 121 T-01 [03]
3 Vincent Vinh Anh Du 1,576,000 105 T-2 [06]
4 George Anthony Dunst 1,575,000 105 T-3 [04]
5 Rolands Norietis 1,336,000 89 T-45 [07]
6 Daniel Patrick Tighe 1,313,000 88 T-8 [06]
7 Nicholas Zeyuan Wang 1,271,000 85 T-45 [05]
8 Szymon Andrzej Wysocki 1,266,000 84 T-45 [03]
9 Nemiroysky Dmitry 1,113,000 74 T-2 [04]
10 Daniel Hinh 1,100,000 73 T-8 [05]

For the full list: WPT Championship – Chip counts

Remaining Payouts

Place Payout
1 $441,456
2 $287,255
3 $211,819
4 $157,858
5 $118,906
6 $90,532
7 $69,678
8 $54,212
9-10 $42,647
11-12 $33,919
13-14 $27,410
15-16 $22,424
17-20 $18,574
21-24 $15,580
25-32 $13,238
33-40 $11,396
41-48 $9,943

Championship – News

WPT Championship – Chip counts
WPT Live Updates
Punnat Punsri bags WPT Championship Day 1A lead
Nozomu Shimizu tops Day 1B, new WPT record

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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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