Players worldwide continue to pour into WPT Prime Cambodia for the biggest event this year in Asia. The highly anticipated Main Event has been much talked about and after two record breaking starting days, it is on track to crush its 2019 turnout. As it stands, the 610 combined entries – Day 1A (264 entries) and Day 1B (346 entries) – have already torn past the US$ 500,000 guarantee. Players have one last chance to enter with Day 1C up next on Saturday, August 20 starting at 1pm at NagaWorld Phnom Penh.
Currently in the lead is Day 1A chip leader India’s Kunal Patni trailed very closely by Day 1B chip leader Taiwan’s Chi Jen Chu. Other players advancing with big stacks were Sameer Agarwal and WPT India champion Ashish Munot. You can follow the action via the WPT Live Updates.
At the side events, three players lifted trophies. Somashekar Kurkhepally lifted another one for India at the Bounty event, Malaysia’s Aun Jian Wong captured his first live title, and Dutch pro Martijn Gerrits second ever WPT title. We’ve got those stories and highlights down below.
Somashekar Kurkhepally brings India trophy #5 at the Bounty Tournament
India continues to shine at the series with another player capturing a trophy. The latest champion was Somashekar Kurkhepally who outlasted the 150 entrants, staging an incredible comeback against Taiwanese pro Yu Chung Chang at heads up.
The two-day Bounty tournament saw 19 players rejoice after WPT Prime Vietnam Player of the Festival winner Duy Ho cracked Aces during the bubble round. With action folding around the felt, small blind Ho shoved with and was snap-called by the shorter stacked big blind player Siddanth Kripalani who had . Looking like a double up, the flop came crashing down and with the turn and river it was a nutty straight for Ho and no dinero for Kripalani.
At Day 2, action continued to be fast paced. Ho reached the final table and bowed out in 6th place. The title came down between Kurkhepally and Taiwanese pro Yu Chung Chang aka Nevan. The newcomer Kurkhepally was behind in the counts but after a double up with getting very lucky on with an Eight falling on the flop, he gained on Nevan then drained him to seize the US$ 18,567 top prize. Kurkhepally also earned an extra US$ 1,500 for his six bounties.
Dates: August 17 to 18
Buy in: US$ 800
Prize pool: US$ 67,260
Bounty pool: US$ 37,500
ITM: 19 places
|3rd||Armon Van Wijk||Australia||$6,928|
|6th||Duy Manh Ho||USA||$2,694|
|10th||David Peter Rodwell||Australia||$1,614|
|11th||Hsien Ren Koh||Malaysia||$1,614|
|15th||Harold Brooks||South Africa||$1,379|
|17th||San Tze Chia||Singapore||$1,177|
|18th||Samuel Adams||New Zealand||$1,177|
Malaysia’s Aun Jian Wong wins Pot Limit Omaha
Aun Jian Wong
Another first time WPT winner emerged with Malaysia’s Aun Jian Wong outlasting the 66 runners of the Pot Limit Omaha event. Wong denied Singaporean Wei Wen Thio at heads up to turn his US$ 800 buy in into a substantial US$ 16,133 payday. One of Wong’s crushing hands was flush over 3rd placer Minxuan Fu‘s set on a board . This gave him a big advantage at heads up against Thio that was never broken. Among the finalists was Jasven Saigal who reached back to back final tables. Saigal placed 7th at the Bounty tournament.
Dates; August 18 to 19
Buy in: US$ 800
Prize pool: US$ 46,094
ITM: 9 places
|1st||Aun Jian Wong||Malaysia||$16,133|
|2nd||Wei Wen Thio||Singapore||$9,219|
|4th||Jun Hao Wu||Singapore||$4,033|
|5th||Chao Ting Cheng||Taiwan||$3,111|
|7th||Chung Yi Ho||Taiwan||$2,074|
Dutch pro Martijn Gerrits wins the Short Deck High Rollers
Date: August 19
Buy in: US$ 5,300
Prize pool: US$ 29,100
*Deal made to award 2nd place payout
Update: WPT Player of the Festival
After 13 completed events, the WPT Player of the Festival is shaping up to be a very tight race. Hieu Ngo still holds the lead however, Kunal Patni has already qualified into Day 2 of the Main Event and he is currently one of the chip leaders. More points can be earned at the side events. The player with the most points at the end of the festival will receive a WPT Passport worth US$ 5,000 to any WPT Main Tour of choice this year.
|MARC ANTHONY JOSEPH||375|
|KYLE BAO DIEP||350|
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