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WPT Prime Cambodia: Main Event crushes $500K GTD! Last chance to enter; Somashekar Kurkhepally, Aun Jian Wong, Martijn Gerrits win trophies; Hieu Ngo leads POF

 

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.

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William Kang bubbles at Main Event Day 1B

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.

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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 Ac2s and was snap-called by the shorter stacked big blind player Siddanth Kripalani who had AdAh. Looking like a double up, the flop came crashing down 4c3c5h and with the turn 3s and river 9c it was a nutty straight for Ho and no dinero for Kripalani. 

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BOUNTY EVENT $250 BOUNTY (1 RE-ENTRY) BUBBLE

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 Ad8s getting very lucky on AsJh 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.

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BOUNTY EVENT $250 BOUNTY FINAL TABLE

Dates: August 17 to 18
Buy in: US$ 800
Entries: 150
Prize pool: US$ 67,260
Bounty pool: US$ 37,500
ITM: 19 places

Payouts 

1st Somashekar Kurkhepally India $18,567
2nd Yu-Chun Chang Taiwan $11,771
3rd Armon Van Wijk Australia $6,928
4th Jeseung Lee Korea $4,206
5th Tsung-Ying Lee Taiwan $3,262
6th Duy Manh Ho USA $2,694
7th Jasven Saigal India $2,354
8th Eric Wasylenko Canada $2,102
9th William Bolton Australia $1,857
10th David Peter Rodwell Australia $1,614
11th Hsien Ren Koh Malaysia $1,614
12th Jonas Magdalinski Sweden $1,614
13th Sokmeng Hun $1,379
14th Daniel Chin Malaysia $1,379
15th Harold Brooks South Africa $1,379
16th Kanchan Sharma India $1,177
17th San Tze Chia Singapore $1,177
18th Samuel Adams New Zealand $1,177
19th Avneesh Munjal $1,009

Malaysia’s Aun Jian Wong wins Pot Limit Omaha

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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 QcQhKh3c flush over 3rd placer Minxuan Fu‘s AsAc5d5c set on a board 7hAh9hJh4c. 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
Entries: 66
Prize pool: US$ 46,094
ITM: 9 places

Payouts 

1st Aun Jian Wong Malaysia $16,133
2nd Wei Wen Thio Singapore $9,219
3rd Minxuan Fu China $5,647
4th Jun Hao Wu Singapore $4,033
5th Chao Ting Cheng Taiwan $3,111
6th Vamdino Magsakay Philippines $2,420
7th Chung Yi Ho Taiwan $2,074
8th Jasven Saigal India $1,844
9th Chengcai Pan China $1,613

Dutch pro Martijn Gerrits wins the Short Deck High Rollers

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Martijn Gerrits

Date: August 19
Buy in: US$ 5,300
Entries: 4
Prize pool: US$ 29,100

Payouts

1st Martijn Gerrits Netherlands $20,600*
2nd Fuwei Chen China $8,500*

*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.

HIEU NGO 825
KUNAL PATNI 600
SEMEN KAPITONOV 550
SHARDUL PARTHASARATHI 520
AKSHAY KAPOOR 500
FLORENCIO CAMPOMANES 475
MINSEONG CHO 425
ANAND KUMAR 400
GAKUTO OSHIRO 400
TSUNG-YING LEE 400
SOMASHEKAR NAHADEVA 400
MARC ANTHONY JOSEPH 375
CHRISTOPHER VMATEO 375
KYLE BAO DIEP 350
YU-CHUNG CHANG 350
ASHISH MUNOT 300

Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we bring you updates on the ongoing WPT Prime Cambodia at NagaWorld Phnom Penh. For pics, head to the Somuchpoker FB page.

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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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