WPT Prime Cambodia: Leo Soma defies odds for Super High Roller title; Tuomas Urtti, Ivan Ermin, Anna Lee win trophies


The French contingent celebrated a big win at Day 7 of WPT Prime Cambodia Season XXI with their very own Leo Soma taking down the Super High Roller. Soma won four consecutive showdowns to climb out of the hole and into the winner’s seat. The incredible comeback earned Soma his first victory of 2023 and US$ 91,520.

Also joining Soma in the exclusive list of winners were PLO champion Tuomas Urtti (Finland), Short Deck’s Ivan Ermin (Russia), and Anna Lee (Korea) who claimed the Ladies NLH title. Impressively, all of these winners earned the first title for their flag in this series.

WPT Prime Cambodia – Festival Results

Leo Soma defies odds to win the Super High Roller


The two-day Super High Roller attracted 51 runners at US$ 5,300 each for a prize pool of US$ 247,350. Sixteen players returned in Day 2, each one gunning for the US$ 91,520 top prize. After six hours of intense play, it concluded with France’s Leo Soma overcoming a huge deficit at heads up to deny Filipino Florencio Campomanes the title.


Recapping the race, among the nine players that fell without pay were entering chip leader Vincent Huang, and on the bubble, Czech Republic’s Roman Hrabecwho fell to Soma with Ad4s two pair at the flop burned on the river by As6c higher kicker on a board Ah4cKc3hKd.


With the money intact, the pace was quicker. Brandon Hsien Ren Koh was ousted in 7th place with 5s5d outdrawn by Gary Yongja Lin’s AsJc that improved to trips-Jacks. Mini High Roller champion Joshua McCully followed, also booted by Lin with Ace-King dominating Ace-Queen throughout. Taiwan’s Justin Chi-Jen Chu fell next in 5th place with AcJd dusted by Soma’s KhJh flush on a board 7h2h5h9d5c.

Down to four players, Campomanes doubled through Lin with pocket Aces ahead of pocket Sixes. The momentum carried leading to the end of Shardul Parthasarathi in 4th place and Lin in 3rd place. Against Shardul, Campomanes check-called throughout a board Kc8s3d6s2h, Shardul shoved on the river with Qx9x bluff, Campomanes called with Jx8x second pair. To eliminate Lin, it was all in at the flop 7s4d5d. Lin Jc8c, Campomanes with 9d8d. The turn 2s was no help to Campomanes but the river Jd gave him the flush.


This kicked off heads up with Campomanes ahead 70 bb to Soma’s 53 bb. Despite the deep stacks, it didn’t take long for Campomanes to drain down Soma, at one point to as low as 5 bb, but Soma recovered with a double up. In total , Soma doubled up three times before the final hand was tabled.

On the first win, Soma’s 7h7s set beat AhKs on a board 7dQs5h3sAc. Next one was Ks4s two pair on the turn to stay ahead of 9s8h mid-pair. The third showdown, Campomanes had Ac2d, Soma with KsQh, a Queen dropped on the flop and held.

Flo Campomanes

With Soma slightly ahead in chips, the pair engaged in a pre-flop war that ended with Soma’s five-bet shove tank-called by Campomanes. Soma dominated with AhKc over As6d, the board ran 9c9h4c3hQs.

Buy in: US$ 5,300
Entries: 51
Prize pool US$ 247,350
ITM: 7 places

Rank Player Flag Payouts
1 Leo Soma France $91,520
2 Florencio Campomanes Philippines $54,417
3 Gary Yongja  Lin China $33,392
4 Shardul P India $23,498
5 Justin Chi-Jen Chu Taiwan $18,551
6 Joshua McCully Australia $14,841
7 Brandon Hsien Ren Koh Malaysia $11,131

Tuomas Olavi Urtti wins the PLO event

PLO winner

The first non-Texas Hold’em event was tabled with 116 taking interest for a prize pool of US$ 30,380. It was a fast race to the final table, and even faster to reach heads up, then it slowed. Both players – Tuomas Olavi Urtti and Byoung Soo Lee – wanting the trophy. In the end it was Urtti’s day, capturing the win and the US$ 8,000 top prize. Urtti became the first player from Finland to reach the top at the series.

Buy in: US$ 300
Entries: 116
Prize pool: US$ 30,380
ITM: 15 places

1 Tuomas Olavi Urtti Finland $8,000
2 Byoung Soo Lee Korea $6,505
3 Kevin Kupferschmid Switzerland $3,311
4 Ankit Jajodia India $2,127
5 Deep Raina India $1,610
6 Brad Owen USA $1,337
7 Nicholas Williams Australia $1,154
8 Gyula Ryan Revai Canada $1,018
9 Mitsuru Sano Japan $896
10 Armon Van Wijk Australia $790
11 Niko Mykkanen Finland $790
12 Pratibh Saluja India $790
13 Jimi Hyvonen Finland $684
14 Martin Kanaker Sweden $684
15 Martins Ivanovs Latvia $684

Ivan Ermin wins Short Deck


Buy in: US$ 200
Entries: 85
Prize pool: US$ 14,429
ITM: 11 places

1 Ivan Ermin Russia $4,654
2 Martin Kanaker Sweden $2,814
3 Wah Meng Tan Singapore $1,749
4 Seongdo Heo Korea $1,183
5 Younghwi Cho Korea $902
6 Vitalii Borodin Russia $721
7 Nicholas Williams Australia $599
8 Norbertas Popa Lithuania $505
9 Kentaro Mori Japan $465
10 Minkyu Kim Korea $433
11 Alexis Reyes Lim Philippines $404

Anna Lee wins the Ladies NLH


Buy in: US$ 200
Entries: 17
Prize pool: US$ 2,886
ITM: 3 places

1 Anna Lee Korea $1,443
2 Maon Oroku Japan $866
3 Hua-Wei Lin Taiwan $577

Player of the Festival – update after 11 events

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Kiale Matthews

After 14 completed events, the Player of the Festival race has a new leader. Australia’s Kiale Matthews is now the player to catch with 800 points. Matthews reached three final tables with his deepest a 3rd place finish. He is trailed by Mystery Bounty champion Richard Marquez with 600 points, and NagaWorld Millions champion Maggie Chien Chih Weng has been bumped down to third rank.

Still plenty of events to conquer and earn points including the Main Event which kicks off on Thursday, March 16 and runs through March 20. The player with the most points at the end of the festival will win a WPT Passport worth $5,000 to any WPT Main Tour of Season XXI.

1 Kiale Matthews 800
2 Richard Marquez 600
3 Chien-Chih Weng 550
4 Duc Thanh Nguyen 525
5 Joshua Mccully 525
6 Bien Mai 500
7 Tyler Suansrakaew 450
8 Fung Kong 450
9 Vikaash Shah 425
10 Deep Raina 425
11 Huyen Duc Luu 400
12 Brad Owen 400
13 Leo Soma 400
14 Rolands Norietis 350
15 Lucas Tae 340
16 Sameer Agarwal 325

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. To date, fourteen players have walked away victorious. More trophies up for grabs including the upcoming Main Event $500,000 guaranteed which runs from March 16 to 20. Buy in is US$ 1,100. By the looks of it, the headliner will easily breach one thousand entries with the potential to surpass current Gold Coast record of 1,224 entries.

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

For added enjoyment, there are ample cash games running daily and the Cash Game Bonanza.


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

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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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