WPT Cambodia Day 3 and Day 4 winners: Ivan Lee, Seongho Cho, Kyle Bao Diep, Steve Ferry, Ayato Shibata

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Cards have been flying nonstop in Cambodia with the World Poker Tour (WPT) hosting its first Main Tour in Southeast Asia. Taking place at NagaWorld Phnom Penh, the past two days saw five players join the winners club with Korea’s Seongho Cho becoming the first to win two trophies. Other minted players were Steve Ferry (PLO), Ayato Shibata (Hyper Turbo), Ivan Lee (Megastack High Roller), and Kyle Bao Diep (Short Deck). Scroll down for the highlights.

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


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Steve Ferry

Good turnout at the PLO event seeing a record 121 entries for a prize pool of USD 31,690.  At bubble time, Woon Yoke Wei knocked out Chao Ting Cheng with AcAs8sKh over JcQdKcAd on a board 10c9cAh6s with the shoves seen at the flop. Woon went on to reach the final table as chip leader eventually bowing out in 6th place.

At heads up, Steve Ferry and Hyuntaek Jo agreed to chop the pot then played for the trophy. Ferry went on to win for his first WPT trophy. The final hand saw both all in preflop. Ferry had 5c3dAh9h  straight over AdKc8s7s.

Date: January 19, 2024
Buy in: USD 300
Entries: 121 (86 unique)
Prize pool: USD 31,690
ITM: 16 places

*Heads up even chop / played for trophy

Place Player Flag
Payout in USD
1 Steve Ferry United Kingdom $7,448*
2 Hyungtaek Jo Korea $7,447*
3 Pkkar Kyaw Myanmar $3,407
4 Daniel Adam Haywood New Zealand $2,139
5 Edward Graham Lawrie United Kingdom $1,584
6 Yoke Wei Woon $1,363
7 Po-Jui Chou Taiwan $1,180
8 Natalia Rozova Russia $1,046
9 Sevvy Martinus Cornelius Steenman United Kingdom $919

Full payouts in the WPT Cambodia – Festival Results

AYATO SHIBATA wins Hyper Turbo 15 Sec

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Ayato Shibata

Fast action at the evening’s Hyper Turbo with a 15 second timer from the onset. Three hours in, the 65-entry field was down to ITM of 9 places. At six-handed, Ayato Shibata outdrew Panitan Poopadsri with 6d7d straight over KcJh pair on a board 5c8sAcKh9s.

Shibata went on to knock out three players to face Sean Tan for the title. With the average stack at just 10 bb, both players agreed to chop the pot then played for the trophy. Shibata won it for his maiden title.

Date: January 19,2024
Buy in: USD 230
Entries: 65 (57 unique)
Prize pool: USD 12,610
ITM: 9 places

*Heads up even chop / played for trophy

Place Player Flag
Payout in USD
1 Ayato Shibata Japan $3,469*
2 Sean Joon Hou Tan Singapore $3,468*
3 Brent Alan Cook USA $1,545
4 Andrei Lipin Russia $1,103
5 Samuel David Adams New Zealand $851
6 Panitan Poopadsri Thailand $662
7 Richard Amaranto Mari United Kingdom $567
8 Cheng Zhang China $504
9 Seungmoon Hong Korea $441

IVAN HON CHEONG LEE wins the Megastack Single Day HR

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Ivan Hon Cheong Lee

Just last week, Hong Kong’s Ivan Hon Cheong Lee crushed the high roller scene in Taiwan, walking away as the second richest earner of the USOP festival. Lee seems to have brought the winning vibe to Cambodia. On Day 4, he overcame the star studded 67 entry field of the 5K Megastack Single Day High Roller to lock up the largest first place payout of the festival to date of USD 93,607. 

Leading up to Lee’s win, he entered the final table with 13 bb while the chip leader Khanh Nguyen sat with three times his stack. By three-handed, Lee doubled up twice through Nguyen to take the lead: the first hand was Qs7d over Qd3s on a board 3h2cAd10d7c, followed by QcJs over Ac3c on a board KhJd6dQd4d.

Nguyen continued to plunge, losing another shove, this time against Victor Chong with Qd10h dusted by Kc8c. Lee put Nguyen out of his misery in 3rd place with Ad2d over KdQh on a board 4h7d5c9s4s.

Heads up against Chong lasted just one shocking hand. Lee landed the flush with Ah7c on a board Qh2h5s6h7h to defeat Chong’s Ad7s.

Date: January 20, 2024
Buy in: USD 5,000
Entries: 67 (53 unique)
Prize pool: USD 305,453
ITM: 10 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in USD
1 Ivan Hon Cheong Lee Hong Kong $93,607
2 Victor Chong Malaysia $62,404
3 Pham Duy Khanh Nguyen Viet Nam $41,603
4 Connor Tam Aidan Thailand $28,911
5 Punnat Punsri Thailand $20,982
6 William Jia Australia $15,929
7 Daneil Hinh Australia $12,685
8 Tianhao Zheng China $10,614
9 Konstantin Held Germany $9,359
10 John Edward Perry Australia $9,359

KYLE BAO DIEP wins Short Deck

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Short-stacked during the bubble round, Kyle Bao Diep navigated his way to heads up of the Short Deck event. After a deal, Diep defeated Matthew Paoletti to add another trophy to his growing collection. This was Diep’s first WPT win.

Date: January 21, 2024
Buy in: USD 300
Entries: 55 (45 unique)
Prize pool: USD 14,405
ITM: 7 places

*Heads up deal

Place Player Flag
Payout in USD
1 Kyle Bao Quoc An Diep USA $4,000*
2 Matthew Joseph Paoletti USA $4,500*
3 Richard Serrano Marquez Philippines $1,945
4 Topijohannes Palenius Finland $1,368
5 Law Hui Hean Edwin Malaysia $1,080
6 Ramy Berguiga Netherlands $864
7 Dzmitry Rusin Belarus $648

SEONGHO CHO wins second trophy at Deepstack Turbo Big Bounty

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When Seongho Cho walked in the festival doors, he was on the hunt for his career first trophy. On Day 2, he secured it at the two-day NagaWorld Superstack and a payout of USD 17,780.

Two days later, the winning momentum carried into the Deepstack Turbo Big Bounty event where Cho knocked out 9 players to capture a second trophy. He walked away with another five-figure payout of USD 12,225. Cho was the first player to win two events at the ongoing festival.

Date: January 20, 2024
Buy in: USD 550
Entries: 154 (118 unique)
Prize pool: USD 36,190
ITM: 20 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in USD
1 Seongho Cho Korea $9,725
2 Xiao Yi Loo Singapore $6,310
3 Qiuyao Dong China $3,719
4 Rindra Norodom $2,262
5 Bas Wilhelmus Cornelis Jo De Laat Netherlands $1,746
6 Maulik Bharatkumar Shukla India $1,448
7 Chakshu Deep Raina India $1,258
8 Veeramate Laoraoviroj Thailand $1,129
9 Jun Lai China $973

Full payouts in the WPT Cambodia – Festival Results

WPT Cambodia

WPT Cambodia is the first Main Tour in Southeast Asia taking place at NagaWorld Phnom Penh. Festival runs January 17 to 30, 2024. WPT Cambodia Championship takes place on January 25 to 29 featuring a USD 1 Million guarantee. The champion will be forever memorialized on the iconic Mike Sexton Champions Cup!

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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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