There was no doubt, at the pace WPT Cambodia was going, it was headed for its most successful Asia Pacific Main Event at NagaWorld Phnom Penh. The event kicked off on November 21 with three starting days. Each one saw the field increase from 188 entries (Day 1A) to 216 entries (Day 1B), and at today’s final heat, Day 1C produced an enormous turnout of 346 entries.
This gathered a combined 750 entries to shatter the guarantee and set both a new WPT APAC record and a country record. WPT Live Events Specialist, Danny McDonagh expressed,
“It is the biggest event ever hosted in Cambodia, it is the biggest open WPT event in Asia-Pacific. Thank you players for all your support. Thank you to NagaWorld and our partner Connaissance.”
Now for what everyone wants to know, the official numbers. With each entry at US$ 1,100, the prize pool ballooned to a staggering US$ 727,500. Coming Day 2, only 94 players will profit. The eventual champion will pocket a handsome US$ 131,460.
Day 2 info
Chips in play: 22,500,000
Average stack: 152,000
Opening blinds: 2000 – 4000 ante 4000
Starting time: 12PM
Bagging time: Final 9 players
For the first three levels, the blinds will increase every 40 minutes. Starting Level 19, the blinds will increase every 60 minutes.
Day 2 top 10 in chips
1 – Jingjing Ke – 486,000
2 – Ceesvin Abraham – 442,000
3 – Richard Serrano Marquez – 417,000
4 – Eui Woong Kim – 406,000
5 – Didrik Andreas Mantor – 392,000
6 – Mitja Rudolf – 384,000
7 – Abhinav Nataraj Iyer – 367,000
8 – Kuang-Hung Lee – 355,000
9 – Apichai Jewampai – 323,000
10 – Arravind S/O Udayakumar – 312,000
Day 1C recap
Day 1C opened with 100 players already seated in the first 20 minutes. By the end of registration, the tally was 346 entries (267 uniques, 79 re-entries). Another six rounds were played and at the close of day, 71 remained with Singapore’s Ceesvin Abraham bagging the largest of 442,000. This put him in second rank overall to Day 1A leader Jingjin Ke with 486,000.
Other players bringing their stacks up to fine form were Philippine player Richard Marquez at 417,000 and Eui Woong “Edgar” Kim with 406,000. One of the most exciting hands of the day was heard all over the room. Marquez shipped a very big pot with a straight flush over quads. You can read up on how the leaders packed it in via our live posts.
Among the day’s survivors was WPT APAC Player of the Year front runner Hari Varma with 126,000. Joint leader Hamish Crawshaw didn’t make the cut. Another player into Day 2 was Season XVII WPT APAC Player of the Year winner Vincent Chauve. His stack swung all day then settled at a healthy 131,000. Also through were Super High Roller winner Piet Pape, Ying Lin Chua, and Jaegwang Kim who delivered a double bust within the first 15 minutes of play.
Somuchpoker is onsite and will continue to bring you all the Main Event action via our live posts. We will also have updates and news on all the festival results.