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Russia’s Semen Kapitonov wins WPT Prime Cambodia Opener for US$ 35,000

 

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Semen Kapitonov

After four days of competition, with a final day that ran over twelve grueling hours, Russia’s Semen Kapitonov clinched the WPT Prime Cambodia Opener for his first ever live tournament title. Kapitonov earned the higher cut of the three way deal, pocketing US$ 35,000, and the cool WPT side event trophy.

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“This is probably only my 10th tournament in life, I’m a cash game player. So this was my first final table and first win. I cant believe it. I will definitely play more tournaments but I think I used up all my luck.”

When asked about his overall tournament experience at the Opener, Kapitonov shared,

“My background is I used to play high stakes cash games in Macau before it closed because of Covid. In cash, it’s easy. When you lose, you can just buy in again but playing here just a $500 tournament, it was much more stressful because when you risk, sometimes it is for your tournament life. Winning US$ 35,000 is okay but winning the tournament is more special.”

 

Event recap

The much awaited WPT Prime Cambodia kicked off with a four-day Opener that saw its guarantee smashed with 442 entries across four starters. With every heat bagging up at ITM, 56 players advance to the final day, each one already earning a minimum of US$ 900 from the US$ 214,370 prize pool.

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You Zhuang Chua

When the field was cut to half, Day 1A chip leader Wanki Baik had already departed in 30th place while Singapore’s You Zhuang Chua cracked a player’s pocket Aces to jump way out front. Down to two tables, pressure was high to reach the final table. Day 1D chip leader Michael Kim Falcon bumped heads with Vietnamese high roller Hieu Ngo twice, first doubling up with a flush on the river then busting 14th on a three way. This sent Ngo soaring to second in chips. Chua eliminated Sweden’s Jonas Magdalinski (10th) to maintain his lead entering the final table.

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Opener $150k GTD Final Table

The final table ran just under five hours. One hour in, Kapitonov doubled up through the leader Chua with QsQd dominating 7s7d. At eight-handed, a mad three-way came down resulting in Kyle Bao Diep tripling up and Jiazhi Zhong getting the boot. At the all in preflop, Diep had AhAd, Zhong 5s5h, and Ngo with QhQs. The board spread 6dAc4s5cKc.

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Kyle Bao Diep

Following the loss, Ngo soon joined the rail in 7th place. China’s Ji Jun Xu who entered the final day with a commanding stack, couldn’t really get much going and finished in 6th place. Out next was Chua, losing his chips in two bad beat hands. The first one saw his KcKs cracked by Tomas DedinasKdQd on a board that ran 9d6d10dAd5d then on his second all in it was a crushing defeat. Chua had 10d10h, Minseong Cho had 9h9c, a two-outer Nine found the river.

At three-handed, the players reached a deal awarding 2nd and 3rd the same prize money and 1st the largest plus the trophy. Kapitonov went on to eliminate Diep with a lucky flush on the river, then in a handful of hands, he drained out Cho with Qh7h two pair over Jc8c that bricked.

Buy in: US$ 550
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Entries: 442
Prize pool: US$ 214,370
ITM: 56 players

Payouts 

Rank Player Flag Payout
1st SEMEN KAPITONOV RUSSIA $35,000*
2nd MINSEONG CHO KOREA, REPUBLIC OF $28,865*
3rd KYLE BAO QUOC DIEP USA $28,865*
4th TOMAS DEDINAS USA $13,000
5th YOU ZHUANG CHUA SINGAPORE $10,110
6th JI JUN XU CHINA $8,395
7th TRONG HIEU NGO VIET NAM $7,030
8th JIAZHI ZHONG CHINA $5,670
9th JOSHUA KAI EN TAN SINGAPORE $4,310
10th JONAS MAGDALINSKI SWEDEN $3,655
11th FRANK JAMES LILLIS IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF) $3,655
12th RISHAB MALIK INDIA $3,655
13th MANH TRUONG NGUYEN VIET NAM $3,035
14th MICHAEL KIM FALCON DENMARK $3,035
15th KYOUNGWON PARK KOREA, REPUBLIC OF $3,035
16th WILLIAM NOBLE BOLTON AUSTRALIA $2,485
17th KAI YANG GU SINGAPORE $2,485
18th KYARR CHAN YAN MYANMAR $2,485
19th HIROKI MORISHITA JAPAN $2,070
20th JAE KYUNG SIM KOREA, REPUBLIC OF $2,070
21st THIRITH LY $2,070
22nd RAJU JARUPLAVATH INDIA $1,745
23rd LEONG JACK SINGAPORE $1,745
24th JIEWEI YANG CHINA $1,745
25th LOUIS BILODEAU CANADA $1,425
26th VAN HOANG NGUYEN VIET NAM $1,425
27th SAMUEL DAVID ADAMS NEW ZEALAND $1,425
28th DAZHANG CHEN CHINA $1,180
29th YOKE WEI WOON $1,180
30th WANKI BAIK KOREA, REPUBLIC OF $1,180
31st YU-CHUNG CHANG TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA $1,180
32nd DIWEI HUANG SINGAPORE $1,180
33rd DANIEL WEI XIONG CHIN MALAYSIA $1,180
34th DALE ANDREW TOWNSEND AUSTRALIA $1,180
35th HANNES THEO DANIEL GERMANY $1,180
36th SHANKAR KAILARSH MALAYSIA $1,180
37th ROCKY PIKE HAROLD BROOKS SOUTH AFRICA $1,040
38th PROMMIN TALORSPONG THAILAND $1,040
39th DANEIL HINH AUSTRALIA $1,040
40th ARMON VAN WIJK AUSTRALIA $1,040
41st ANSHUL RAJPUT INDIA $1,040
42nd MARC ANTHONY JOSEPH SOUTH AFRICA $1,040
43rd THOMAS KYUNG-CHUN LAERSEN SWEDEN $1,040
44th DUC KIEN TRAN VIET NAM $1,040
45th ANTON WIDJAYA INDONESIA $1,040
46th SUPAKIT ANUKOOLPITAKNIL THAILAND $900
47th DHAVAL MUDGAL INDIA $900
48th CHENGCAI PAN CHINA $900
49th YAO LOON TAY SINGAPORE $900
50th MANSOUR KHORRAMSHAHI IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF) $900
51st THANAKRIT LACHAIMA THAILAND $900
52nd ERIC D WASYLENKO CANADA $900
53rd VEELAPHAN SIEWLEE CANADA $900
54th TRENT WAYNE FECHTER USA $900
55th EDGAR ANTONIO ANTEZANA SOUTH AFRICA $900
56th JULIUS UMBRAZIUNAS LITHUANIA $900

*Three way deal

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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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