WPT Cambodia Championship Day 1A soars past USD 1M, Punnat Punsri bags the chip lead


Five years ago in 2019, the World Poker Tour made its debut in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, marking the start of what would eventually evolve into the brand’s most significant event in the Asian region – the first WPT Main Tour in Southeast Asia.

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On January 25, 2024, the inaugural WPT Cambodia Championship, in partnership with Connaissance Management, kicked  off at world class NagaWorld Integrated Resorts featuring a 1 Million USD guarantee. Mid-way through Day 1A, the player count surged to 313 entries to instantly breach the guarantee. The momentum continued and the heat closed at a fiery total of 373 entries for a prize pool of USD 1,193,973. With Day 1B yet to play out, confidence is high that the pot will soar past USD 2 Million.

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Punnat Punsri

At the end of 11 levels, it was bagging time. Thailand’s top player and back-to-back GPI POY National champion Punnat Punsri topped the counts with 528,500 (176 bb). Punsri was already one of the big stacks during the last break of the day when he took the lead on a player’s six-bet shove with Ace-rag falling to Punsri’s pocket Kings.

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Trung Ha Nguyen

First time outside of home turf, Viet Nam’s Trung Ha Nguyen aka Hasagi was also seen rising up the ranks during the last level of play to take second rank with 489,000 (163 bb).

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Amit Kaushik

To round out the top three was India’s Amit Kaushik who had been consistently running deep at numerous events the past week. Kaushik has two cashes under his belt, 12th at the Championship Warm Up and 3rd at the Megastack Action Clock. He grinded up to 403,000 (134 bb). Another shaker at Day 1A was Denmark’s Michael Falcon, racking up four starting stacks very early in the day and maintained to close in the top 10 with 329,000 (110 bb).

Masato Yokosawa

Other players down the rung were WPT Champions Club members Japan’s Masato Yokosawa (111 bb) and USA’s Tony Dunst (72 bb).

Top 10 in chips

1 Punnat Punsri Thailand 528,500
2 Trung Ha Nguyen Viet Nam 489,000
3 Amit Kaushik India 403,000
4 Vitalii Polikarpov Russian Federation 366,000
5 William Lius Indonesia 351,000
6 Hwang Wei Choong Malaysia 348,500
7 Masato Yokosawa Japan 334,000
8 Michael Kim Falcon Denmark 329,000
9 Sriharsha Doddapaneni India 295,000
10 Avi Cohen Israel 293,000

WPT Live Updates – Day 1A 
Day 1A – chip counts

Other links:

WPT Cambodia – Daily updates

WPT Cambodia – News Coverage and Results
WPT Cambodia – Player of the Festival standings
WPT Cambodia – Player Guide
WPT Cambodia – Photos

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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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