WPT Cambodia: Yunsheng Sun wins Kickoff, Cards in the air in Warm-up & Nagaworld Cup

Sunday at WPT Cambodia saw the conclusion of one and the start of two tournaments.

The first side event champion was crowned in the $440 Kickoff, while the $1,100 Warm-up and the $300 Nagaworld Cup got the show on the road.

China’s Yunsheng Sun wins the Kickoff

WPT Cambodia’s first event, the $440 Kickoff, has come to a conclusion today. Out of the 212 entries from Day 1A and Day 1B who played to the money, 27 players came back for Day 2 today to try spin up their min-cash and secure themselves a bigger chunk of the $84,799 prize pool.

The final table was an international mix from five different countries.

Kick off Final Table
WPT Cambodia Kickoff Final Table

USA, China and Malaysia were the last three nations left and it took a long five hours to reach heads-up play between the latter two.

It all came down to a 3-way all-in with Malaysia’s Lai Heng Foo holding QdQs, China’s Yunsheng Sun Ad5d and Michael “Irish Mike” Wood Ac10c. Sun’s diamonds sparkled the brightest and evolved into a flush, eliminating the shortie Michael Norman Wood and leaving Foo crippled with only a single big blind.

It almost looked like a “chip and a chair” story in the making when Foo managed to double up twice. But the excitement didn’t last long and eventually Sun came up on top, taking the victory, the trophy and $19,983 for first place.

Kickoff winner
Yunsheng Sun

Final Table Payouts

1 – Yunsheng Sun – China – $19,983
2 – Lai Heng Foo – Malaysia – $13,871
3 – Michael Norman Wood – USA – $8,431
4 – Ong Xun Keith – Singapore – $5,129
5 – Mengyin Zhang – China – $3,961
6 – Bin Mohammad Muhei – Malaysia – $3,282
7 – Anthony Do – USA -$2,797
8 – Rajneesh Katoch – India – $2,394
9 – Raju Jaruplavath – India – $1,999

$1,100 Main Event Warm Up sees 95 entries

Natalie Teh
Natalie Teh

The $1,100 Main Event Warm Up event had the cards in the air at 1.30pm and paused play at midnight, resuming tomorrow at 1pm with the remaining 20 players for Day 2.

The tournament allowed a single re-entry and saw a total of 95 entries today. Registration is closed and so a total prize pool of $92,150 has been created with the winner taking home $29,234

Some familiar faces from the Asian circuit were spotted in the field: Malaysia’s Victor Chong and Natalie Teh who arrived directly from JejuWSOP Asia POY Season 16, Pete Chen, also made his entrance to the festival in this event.

Slovenia’s Tomaz Kogovsek finished the day in the lead and is in good standing for tomorrow’s action.

Top 5 stacks

1 – Tomaz Kogovsek – Slovenia – 263,500
2 – Muhammad Hassan – Pakistan – 201,500
3 – Pete Chen – Taiwan SAR – 201,000
4 – Kartik Ved – India – 198,500
5 – Jakob Kotas – Czech Republic – 197,500

$300 Nagaworld Cup Flight 1

Field 1

Flight 1 of the $300 Nagaworld Cup started at 5pm and saw 52 entries. This flight was played down to the money (7 players paid), finishing the day at 12:30 am. Alexander Hoglind from Sweden finished the day the chip leader with 178,000. But we will see tomorrow how things develop when Flight 2 will kick off at 1pm and ultimately both flights will be combined on Tuesday for Day 2.

Qualifiers to day 2 

Alexander Hoglind – 178,000 – Sweden
Sokmeng Hun – 156,000 – Cambodia
Chakshu Deep Raina – 116,000 – India
Baris Yalcinkaya -106,000 – Turkey
Chi Chung Ho – 82,000 – United Kingdom
Chee Hoong Yeoh – 76,000 – Malaysia
Katsuhiro Muto – 67,000 – Japan

New week = More poker action

Besides Day 2 of the Warm-up and Flight 2 of the Nagaworld Cup, Monday will see two more events starting: the $250 Deepstack Turbo and another $150 satellite to the Main Event.

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