South Africa’s Anand Kumar and India’ Kunal Patni were the latest players minted at WPT Prime Cambodia. The ongoing festival has now awarded six trophies. Action continues with games running from August 11 to 23 at NagaWorld Phnom Penh. Make sure to check the links provied for all your needs.
South Africa’s Anand Kumar awarded the NLH Mini High Roller title
After a four way deal, South Africa lifted its first trophy of the series with Anand Kumar awarded the win at the WPT Prime Cambodia – NLH Mini High Roller. Kumar turned his US$ 2.2K buy in into a substantial U$ 32.422 payday.
“It feels good to win the trophy. This is my second WPT trophy. I won a WPT tournament in South Africa. I also came in second at the Main Event.”
To reach the final table, Kumar had to climb from under 5 BB. He shared,
“I had a big stack coming into today then dropped down to 28K when a player hit his gut shot. But that’s poker. So I kept my cool and was back to the game.”
When asked why he agreed on a deal despite his overwhelming stack advantage, Kumar said,
“It comes with my experience and learning. Towards the end of the game it becomes not about race. Even if you have really nice cards and you go all in, someone with 6 or 7 can hit that card and the game changes. I had a good lead and I felt it was a good place to make a deal.”
The NLH Mini High Roller was a two-day affair with 60 runners ponying up the US$ 2,200 buy in. It built a six figure prize pool of US$ 116,400 with 8 earning a piece. Day 1 attracted well known pros Punnat Punsri (Thailand) who returned from his highly successful WSOP run, online hyper grinder Florent Remi, WSOP bracelet champion Abhinav Iyer, WPT champions Zarvan Tumboli, Dhaval Mudgal, and Ashish Munot. The day wrapped up with 16 players remaining led by Korea’s Wanki Baik. This was another strong run by Baik who several days prior bagged the chip lead at Opener Day 1A.
At Day 2, it took a few hours to form the final table. With only 8 places paid, it was also bubble time. The money was reached when two short stacks went head to head resulting in South Africa’s Marc Joseph eliminating Taiwanese vlogger Yu Chung Chang aka Nevan.
India’s Shardul Parthasarathi was a familiar face at the final table. He recently finished 8th at Deepstack NLH Freezeout and was stopped here in the same spot. Famous Japanese musician “Gackt” followed with Ace-Seven losing to Kumar’s Ace-Queen. Next was Baik who was first chunked down by Taiwan’s Tsu Ying Lee with broadway beating Queen to Eight straight. Kumar claimed the rest.
Hands later, Kumar also took all of Ankit Jajodia’s stack with spiking the King to outdraw . Down to four handed, the quartet played however Kumar’s stack could not be dented. A deal was then struck to end the game abruptly and award Kumar both the larger payout and trophy. Joseph had the second largest stack which meant it was a 1st and 2nd South African reign.
Buy in: US$ 2,200
Prize pool: US$ 116,400
ITM: 8 places
|1st||Anand Kumar||South Africa||$32,422*|
|2nd||Marc Anthony Joseph||South Africe||$20,000*|
|3rd||Tsung Ying Lee||Taiwan||$20,000*|
|5th||Ankit Kumar Jajodia||India||$8,148|
*Four way deal
Second trophy for India as Kunal Patni claims the Deepstack NLH
Heads up deal between buddies Kunal Patni and Ben Abrahams closed out the Deepstack NLH. Patni had the larger stack to earn him the second trophy for India.
The Deepstack NLH was a one day competition that brought 130 to the chase. With buy in at an affordable US$ 300, it generated a prize pool of US$ 34,047. Just under the seventh hour mark, Ben Abrahams delivered the bubble with standing firm against . Several busts later, Abrahams sent South Africa’s Rayhaan Adam to his knees with straight crushing two pair on a board .
At the final table, Patni and Bae Kyung Suk were back for their second attempt at a trophy. Both players reached the final table of the Deepstack NLH Freezeout. This time Suk didn’t get far at all, falling in 9th place. Leading up to the finish, China’s Zhaohong Guo caught a lucky break when his cracked Viet Hoang Tran‘s . The boost in chips also gave Guo a boost in aggression to drive his stack to the top. However, Guo’s rise would not hold. Players around the felt shaved him down until Patni drained the last of it to take the lead. Patni went on to end Puttamsetty Raja Sekhar with over . An even deal with Abrahams was quickly reached to end the game.
Buy in: US$ 300
Prize pool: US$ 34,047
ITM: 17 places
|3rd||Puttamsetty Raja Sekhar||India||$3,609|
|5th||Chuen Wai Leong||Malaysia||$1,685|
|7th||Viet Hoang Tran||Viet Nam||$1,243|
|8th||David Spatar||New Zealand||$1,090|
|9th||Bae Kyung Suk||Korea||$962|
|11th||Rayhaan Adam||South Africa||$851|
|13th||Tien Hui Sam Lick||Singapore||$749|
|17th||Yong Peng Val Leong||Singapore||$655|
*Heads up deal
WPT Player of the Festival – race update
At the end of the festival, the player with the most points accrued will win a WPT Passport worth US$ 5,000 to any Main Tour of choice this year. Here are the top 16 players in points. Russia’s Semen Kapitonov championed the WPT Prime Cambodia Opener to take the lead.
|KYLE BAO QUOC AN DIEP||350|
|ASHISH MUNOT ANILKUMAR||300|
|MARC ANTHONY JOSEPH||300|
Mystery Bounty – Day 1 results
Dates: August 15 to 16
Buy in: US$ 550
Flight A: 151 entries
Flight B: 99 entries
Prize pool: US$ 80,000
Bounty pool: US$ 41,250
ITM: 31 places
*Payouts and Bounty rewards are at the bottom of the page.
Chips in play: 10,000,000
Average stack: 322,580
Final Day – 31 players
|DAY 2 DRAW MYSTERY BOUNTY||FLAG||CHIPS||TABLE||SEAT|
|Jin Xiong Lee||Singapore||464000||2||2|
|Trong Hieu Ngo||Viet Nam||449000||4||4|
|David Paul Anstice||Ireland||332000||4||8|
|Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Balushin||Russia||323000||1||1|
|Laksh Pal Singh||India||307000||3||3|
|Michael Kim Falcon||Denmark||303000||1||8|
|Samuel Adams||New Zealand||301000||1||5|
|Kuen Wai Jeffrey Lo||Hong Kong||251000||3||6|
|Eike Soren Strub||Germany||226000||3||7|
|Tsz Him Phun||Hong Kong||219000||2||3|
|Aladin Youri Reskallah||France||180000||2||7|
|Hai Nam Le||Viet Nam||153000||2||1|
|Trent Wayne Fechter||USA||116000||3||5|
|Somashekhar Kurkhepally Nahadeva||India||27000||4||5|
|Zhaohong Guo||China||no data||1||7|
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