World Poker Tour opens 2024 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia featuring $1M guaranteed WPT Cambodia Championship

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The World Poker Tour (WPT) makes history as it opens its 2024 season at the posh NagaWorld Integrated Resorts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Somuchpoker looks into the key events that could pique the interests of poker aficionados across the region.

WPT Cambodia will be the first time the Main Tour makes a stop in Southeast Asia, acknowledging the epicenter of the game’s rebirth in poker’s post-pandemic chapter.

“NagaWorld has been an excellent partner for us in recent years, hosting record-breaking WPT Prime events in each of the last two seasons,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska said in an interview. “It is a venue well fit for our first-ever Main Tour festival in Southeast Asia.”

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44 events are slated in the renowned entity’s initial salvo for the upcoming year and will be held from January 17-30, 2024. It is important to note that all players must obtain their NagaWorld membership card at the time of registration for any event.

Here’s SMP’s dissection of the recently released schedules, highlighting the events that should be on the radar.

WPT Cambodia Championship

Date: January 25 to 29, 2024
Buy-in: US$ 3,500
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Starting stack: 50,000 (250x opening big blind)
Levels: 60 minutes

Players will now have the chance to experience the true spirit of the Main Tour and its amazing structure that allows for optimal play for the same guaranteed prize pool as when it is run in the Western Hemisphere.

There are only two Day 1s (Day 1A is on Thursday, January 25 while Day 1B is on Friday, January 26) so the competition will be fierce. However, unlimited re-entries are allowed and registration for the Day 1s close at the end of Level 10’s break.

Numerous Milestone Satellites will also be spread across the calendar from the opening week, so aspirants may work their way up to seats via this process.

Milestone event Buy-in (US$) Date
Single Tables to Milestone Satellites (Top 2) 110
On Demand
Single Tables to Milestone Satellites 70
On Demand
Flips to Milestone Satellites 55/110
On Demand
Feeder to Milestone Satellite (15 sec) 120
January 17 (2 flights)
Feeder to Milestone Satellite (15 sec) 120 January 18
Feeder to Milestone Satellite (15 sec) 120 January 19
Win Your Seat @70k Milestone Satellite 560
January 20 (3 seats GTD)
Feeder to Milestone Satellite (15 sec) 120 January 21
Win Your Seat @70k Milestone Satellite 560
January 21 (3 seats GTD)
Feeder to Milestone Satellite (15 sec) 120 January 22
Win Your Seat @70k Milestone Satellite 560
January 22 (3 seats GTD)
Feeder to Milestone Satellite (15 sec) 120 January 23
Win Your Seat @70k Milestone Satellite 560
January 23 (3 seats GTD)
Feeder to Milestone Satellite (15 sec) 120 January 24
Win Your Seat @70k Milestone Satellite 560
January 24 (3 seats GTD)
Feeder to Milestone Satellite (15 sec) 120 January 25
Win Your Seat @70k Milestone Satellite 560
January 25 (3 seats GTD)

The inaugural WPT Cambodia Championship will see the winner’s name forever etched in history on the iconic Mike Sexton Champion’s Cup, named after the late, great WPT TV broadcaster.

Mike Sexton Champions Cup coming to Asia! WPT Cambodia – January 17 to 30, 2024 at NagaWorld Phnom Penh

High Rollers

The schedule also offers eight events for the deep-pocketed. The most anticipated events will be Super High Roller, the 10K Single Day Challenge (most expensive event in the lineup), and the WPT Cambodia High Rollers event which carries a guaranteed prize pool of US$ 200,000.

Event Guarantee (US$) Buy-in (US$) Date
Single Day Megastack Mini HR (30 sec)
2,200 January 18
Megastack Single Day HR (30 sec)
5,000 January 20
Single Day HR (Re-Entry) (30 sec)
3,000 January 21
Super High Roller – 15 Levels (30 sec)
10,000 January 22-23
10k Single Day Challenge (30 sec)
10,000 January 24
Mini HR Hyper-Turbo – 2 Re-Entry (15 sec)
2,000 January 25
Mini HR – 10 Level (30 sec)
2,200 January 27-28
WPT Cambodia HR – 11 Levels 200,000 5,000 January 28-29

Middle to Low Tier Key Events

All eyes will be on always riveting Mystery Bounty event with US$ 230 going into the Bounty Pool. The Championship Warm Up is highly recommended as it offers the same structure as the star attraction but with faster blinds. There are also five Freezeout events on the schedule.

Event Guarantee (US$) Buy-in (US$) Date
Championship Warm-Up 150,000 800
January 18-20 (3 Day 1 flights)
Mystery Bounty 200,000 800
January 19-22 (3 Day 1 flights)
8 Max Survivor 2k Bounty 150,000 1,100
January 22-24 (3 Day 1 flights)
Mini Championship Freezeout – 20 Levels
1,100 January 27-28
Superstack Classic Freezeout – 22 Levels
800 January 29-30
Micro Championship 300 January 29-30
1K Re-Entry 1,100 January 29-30

Other Variants/Special Events

The Ladies Event and the multi-day Pot Limit Omaha are the highlights of this section.

Event Buy in (US$) Date
Single Day Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) 300 January 19
Short Deck 300 January 20
WPT Ladies Event (1 Re-Entry) 200 January 24
Short Deck Hyper-Turbo (15 sec) 200 January 24
Shootout 300 January 25
PLO Hyper-Turbo (15 sec) 200 January 26
PLO (multi-day) 800
January 27-28
10/10/10 (10 sec) 200 January 30

Check out the WPT Cambodia Players’ Guide here.

Player Information

In addition to the games, Cash Tables are abundant and juicy, offering a wide range of stakes. Both No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha are offered with stakes of $1/$3, $2/$5 and $25/$50. 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.


WPT Cambodia 2024 full schedule revealed! – January 17 to 30 at NagaWorld Phnom Penh

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*Article by Noel Zarate

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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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