WPT Prime Cambodia: NagaWorld Millions draws 508 total entries; Alok Birewar, Bien Mai lift trophies



Action packed Day 3 at World Poker Tour Prime Cambodia as players made a dash for the final heats of Event 2: NagaWorld Millions. Before the first hour ended, the $150K guarantee was breached, eventually closing at a cumulative 508 entries for a prize pool of US$ 246,380.

Buy in: US$ 550
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Total Entries: 508
Prize pool: US$ 246,380
ITM: 53 players

Day 1A: 33 entries / 4 ITM
Day 1B: 182 entries / 19 ITM
Day 1C: 190 entries / 19 ITM
Day 1D (Turbo): 103 / 11 ITM

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The day also witnessed two players emerge victorious at the side events. The newly minted were India’s Alok Birewar and Vietnam’s Bien Mai, both players dominated the final table. We’ve got those stories and results down below.

Event 2: WPT Prime Cambodia NagaWorld Millions $150K GTD

The NagaWorld Millions opened with 215 entries already generated from the previous two starting days, this left only two flights for players to join the action. Midway through the second level of Day 1C, the tables filled up, and just like that, the $150,000 guarantee was breached. At the close of registration, 190 was the count, among them were famous vloggers / WPT Brand Ambassadors Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme. 


Several hours later, the bubble burst on Ankit Jajodia AsJc who missed the board against Firat Basbaydar‘s 10h10s. This gave Basbaydar enough chips to surge and earn the heat’s chip lead. He will return on the final day as the overall chip leader with a massive 118 bb.

Firat Basbaydar

End of Day 1C – 19 players

Firat Basbaydar England 705,000
Rajeev Kanjani India 625,000
Lester Wee Singapore 521,500
Abbouchi Mohamad Lebanon 420,000
Dhanesh Chainani Singapore 419,000
Harsh Bubna India 300,000
Koen Breed Netherlands 264,000
Selim Souissi Tunisia 244,000
Farhad Aghayev Azerbaijan 208,500
Takashi Someya Japan 197,500
Chu Myat Thwe Myanmar 178,500
Vikaash Shah India 152,000
Hua Wei Lin Taiwan 115,000
Roger Spets Sweden 107,500
Khanh Ngoc Le Vietnam 92,000
Yong Chen China 63,000
Nevan Yu Chung Chang Taiwan 61,500
Stephen Nathan UK 49,500
Christopher Shebat USA 32,500

Over at the Day 1D Turbo flight, 103 took advantage of their last opportunity to qualify. Among them was WPT Beijing 2017 Main Event champion Pete Yen Han Chen however he was long gone by the time USA’s Gilbert Vetters delivered the bubble. Vetters KsKd dominated a short stack’s KcQs throughout. Day 1D bagged up with China’s Jijun Xu as heat leader with 78 bb.

Gilbert Vetters
Jijun Xu

End of Day 1D – 11 players

Jijun Xu China 467,500
Kang Yoon Ko Korea 376,500
Gabriel Carter UK 295,000
Joseph Adams UK 266,000
Jonathan Pollard UK 261,000
Gilbert Vetters USA 219,000
Andrew McGregor UK 207,000
Eric Chan Sai Hoe Malaysia 167,000
Kiale Matthews Australia 155,000
Jean-Robert Autran France 102,000
Melvin Ng Wei Zong Singapore 75,000


The 53 remaining players return on Sunday March 12 for the race to glory. Cards start flying at 1pm. Each one is guaranteed a minimum US$ 1,100 with the eventual champion earning US$ 50,150 and the trophy. Here’s a look at the payouts.

1 $50,150
2 $35,170
3 $22,600
4 $15,150
5 $11,650
6 $9,650
7 $8,100
8 $6,550
9 $5,000
10-12 $4,230
13-15 $3,500
16-18 $2,900
19-21 $2,400
22-24 $2,030
25-27 $1,675
28-36 $1,375
37-45 $1,220
46-53 $1,100

Event Results

India’s Alok Birewar crushes the Deepstack NLH Freezeout

Alok Birewar became the first player from India to capture a side event title at the series. Birewar championed the two-day Deepstack NLH Freezeout for a cool US$ 7,748 payday and his career second WPT trophy. His first win was back at the 2018 WPTDS Big Bounty in India.

Alok Birewar

The day saw 13 out of the 97 registrants return with Birewar high up on the pedestal. Birewar maintained that status throughout, eliminating four players at the final table, including Vietnam’s Thi Xuan Ha Tran at heads up. Impressively both Birewar and Tran entered the Final Day as top two and closed it in the same ranking.

The final hand saw Birewar shove AcQh top pair on a turn board 7d3cQc5d, Tran risked it with Qs5s two pair. The river 7c paired the board to give Birewar the win with his Ace kicker.


Buy in: US$ 300
Entries: 97
Prize pool: US$ 25,404
ITM: 13 places

1 Alok Birewar India $7,748
2 Thi Xuan Ha Tran Vietnam $4,763
3 Sevvy Steenman United Kingdom $2,921
4 Jongmin Won Kora $1,905
5 Bien Mai Vietnam $1,486
6 Cheap Ty Tang Switzerland $1,188
7 Sameer Agarwal India $1,010
8 Tyler Warken Canada $876
9 Jason Wong Singapore $775
10 Jonathan Looi Malaysia $699
11 William Bolton Australia $699
12 Vincent Ferrafiat France $699
13 Jung Hoon Choi Korea $635

Good call from Bien Mai to win the 8-Max NLH Single Day


The 8-Max NLH Single Day produced a 79-entry field for a prize pool of US$ 24,138. After the bubble burst and Finland’s Mikael Andersson was eliminated in 10th place, the final table was formed with Bien Mai as chip leader. This was Mai’s second final table of the day. Sevvy Steenman was also back for his second visit.


As the game progressed, Mai continued to dominate, eliminating four players before going head-to-head against Marco Wiederkehr. Despite the stacks being very lopsided, with Mai up 7 to 1, he could not close it out immediately. Instead, Wiederkehr grinded and nearly reached par until the final hand arrived.

On a board 5d3s9h and a raised pot preflop by Mai, he checked to Wiederkehr who then shoved. Mai was about to fold then reviewed the board for a bout a minute then called. It was the right one with Wiederkehr turning over Ah7h and Mai slightly ahead with As8d. The turn 3c and river 8s sealed the win.

Wiederkehr went over to Mai to congratulate him and say, “What a call!” Mai banked the US$ 8,206 top prize and his career second WPT Prime trophy. He brings Vietnam its second trophy of the series.

Buy in: US$ 350
Entries: 79 (64 unique, 15 re-entry)
Prize pool: US$ 24,138
ITM: 10 places

1 Bien Mai Vietnam $8,206
2 Marco Wiederkehr Switzerland $4,707
3 Junwoo Seo Korea $2,945
4 Terence Lim Singapore $1,991
5 Rindra Norodom $1,509
6 Oliver Schulze Germany $1,207
7 Deep Raina India $1,062
8 Sevvy Steenman UK $966
9 Byoung Soo Lee Korea $821
10 Mikael T Andersson Finland $724

On Season XXI WPT Prime Cambodia

WPT Prime Cambodia, in partnership with Connaissance Management, runs from March 9 to 21 at NagaWorld Integrated Resorts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A total of 30 tournaments are scheduled and US$ 1 Million in guarantees.

Last year, the Main Event set new heights for the brand with 1,050 turning up. At the time, it was the largest WPT Main Event for an open tournament. In prize money, it guaranteed half a million dollars which doubled up, closing at US$ 1,018,500. This year, the Main Event returns with the same guarantee with the goal of surpassing its previous turnout and possibly even set another new record. The number to beat is 1,224 which was set at the recently concluded WPT Prime Gold Coast.

WPT Prime Cambodia – Player Guide
Breakdown of WPT Prime Cambodia schedule
WPT Prime Cambodia – Festival Results

In addition to tournaments, players can also enjoy the cash tables. A special promo called the Cash Game Bonanza is held daily featuring a total of US$ 13,000 in cash giveaways.

From the start of the festival to finish, 10 daily draws take place. The winning player is awarded a minimum of US$ 100. To be eligible, drop your same day tournament ticket in the raffle box, play the cash tables, and if your name is drawn, you will win cash. To collect, you must be playing at the cash table when your name is drawn.


Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we bring you updates of WPT Prime Cambodia from start to finish.

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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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