WPT Prime Cambodia: Main Event Day 1A breaks previous turnout; Mike Takayama clinches $10K SHR


On Thursday, August 17, WPT Prime Cambodia welcomed players in for the highly anticipated Main Event $500K guaranteed. The WPT team along with partners Connaissance and NagaWorld held a brief presentation. Actor / WPT commentator Vince Van Patten officially launched the big event with the customary poker kickoff address ” Shuffle up and Deal!”

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Within the first few levels, there was no doubt, the event was headed for a record breaker. By the end of registration, it easily surpassed its previous Day 1A entries with 264 as the final tally. Among the 33 players that advanced to the next round was India’s Kunal Patni who has been running red hot at the series. He is currently ranked 2nd in the WPT Player of the Festival race. He has reached three final tables with a victory in one. At the main, Patni bagged the chip lead, trailing closely was Korea’s Minjung Kim, and to round out the top 3 was South Africa’s Rayhaan Adam. You can check out the Live Updates posted in the WPT website.

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Action continues with Day 1B followed by Day 1C. These are the two remaining starters to be part of poker history and possibly secure a big score.

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Mike Takayama clinches SHR Single Day Challenge for US$ 94,100


Once again Filipino players dominated the Super High Roller event. At the inaugural WPT Prime in Vietnam, Florencio Campomanes took down the Super Stars Challenge of a similar buy in. Here at the WPT Prime Cambodia, Christopher Mateo finished runner up at the $5.3K SHR event. Now fellow compatriot Mike Takayama closed out the $10K SHR Single Day Challenge for US$ 94,100. This was his second ever WPT High Roller title with the first one won in the Philippines back in February 2020. Takayama defeated Campomanes at heads up.


Those who have heard of Takayama will know that he is the lone WSOP bracelet winner from the Philippines. Takayama’s poker career is littered with incredible achievements. Prior to this event, he conquered the Asia Poker Championship on home soil for a six figure payout. To date, his total live tournament winnings is closing in on the $2M mark.

Event recap

The $10K SHR Single Day Challenge came in with the highest price tag of the entire lineup. It attracted a tight mix of 16 players that included pros and the heavy pocketed.  Adding more to the pot were 4 re-entries for a prize pool of US$ 188,180 Among the attendees were Phachara Wongwichit, Abhinav Iyer, Gackt, and Punnat Punsri who reached the money. Punsri fell in 3rd place with pocket Twos losing the flip against Takayama‘s Queen-Jack suited.

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The title came down between Filipino top guns Takayama and Campomanes.  The latter Campomanes was seen crushing the competition in the early rounds, knocking out multiple players that included John Tech and David Erquiaga. However, this time the glory would not be his. Takayama kept a tight grip on the lead. It concluded with all the chips in the middle on a flop Jh6c4c. Takayama had Js9h top pair, Campomanes with 7s6h second pair, the board completed 3d turn and Ah river for Takayama to clinch the title.


Buy in: US$ 10,000
Entries: 20
Prize pool: US$ 188,180
ITM: 3 places


1st Mike Takayama Philippines $94,100
2nd Florencio Campomanes Philippines $56,450
3rd Punnat Punsri Thailand $37,630

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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