Indian players continue to dominate the WPT Prime Cambodia headlines with Shardul Parthasarathi as the latest to join the champions list. Also bagging titles were UK’s Richard Mari and Indonesia’s Ms. Asmiati. We’ve got those stories below including the updated Player of the Festival leaderboard with Trong Hieu Ngo in the lead. Here are the highlights.
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Shardul Parthasarathi awarded the trophy at the Super High Roller
After a heads up deal, Shardul Parthasarathi picked up another title and trophy for India making that now five for the country. Shardul overcame a deficit at the final table of the $5.3K Super High Roller, rising from the shortest at five handed to winner. From the deal, he walked away US$ 68,922 richer while runner up Philippines Christopher Mateo earned the largest cut of US$ 73,778.
Day 2 of the Super High Roller resumed with registration still open before the first deal of the day. Nine players took advantage to bump up the total entries to 54. With buy in at a hefty US$ 5,300, it built a prize pool of US$ 261,900. Among the newcomers were Viet Nam‘s Nguyen Quang Minh, Filipino Lester Edoc, and Taiwan‘s Chi Jen Chu , joining pros such as Thailand‘s Punnat Punsri who was back in Asia after a spectacular WSOP run, and WSOP bracelet champions Mike Takayama and Abhinav Iyer.
By the time the final table was formed, the day’s entering chip leader Sweden’s Matt Douhan and Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon were long gone with the latter cleaned out by Shardul. Philippines Florencio Campomanes brought in the lead followed by Viet Nam’s Trong Hieu Ngo who won the Mystery Bounty yesterday and was back at his third final table. Filipinos dominated the lineup with David Erquiaga and Christopher Mateo also in the round.
Action proceeded with Florent Remi out as the stone cold bubble with Campomanes landing the Two to dust . First to the money was China‘s Jiazhi Zhong (9th) with all his chips sent to Ngo. Struggling short stack Vincent Huang soon followed and was Mateo’s first final table knockout. As Mateo continued to chip up, Shardul survived an all in, while Erquiaga seesawed to see his stack drained by Mateo and Campomanes.
At five handed, Shardul landed his second double up, this time through Mateo. The loss was minor for Mateo who quickly made up for it and more in a big pot against Ngo then eliminated Malaysia’s Victor Chong (5th) with Ace-Jack outdrawing pocket Fours. Shardul did the rest. He finished off Campomanes (4th) and Ngo (3rd) then struck an ICM deal that ended the chase. Shardul was officially awarded his first ever WPT title.
Buy in: US$ 5,300
Prize pool: US$ 261,900
ITM: 8 places
|3rd||Trong Hieu Ngo||Viet Nam||$38,050|
|7th||Vincent Huang||New Zealand||$11,500|
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UK’s Richard Mari wins Short Deck
UK’s Richard Mari overcame a deficit at heads up against Thailand‘s Phachara Wongwichit to capture his first ever WPT title and a cool US$ 4,214 in cash.
The Short Deck event was one of the cheapest events on the menu costing just US$ 200 to enter. This brought 73 to action for a pot of US$ 12,392. By bubble time, one of the shorties was recent winner Akshay Kapoor who folded with two players all in before him. Wongwichit delivered the bubble with over , both players pairing their lower card. Kapoor met his end in 9th place. South Africa’s Marc Joseph exited (7th), big stacked Michael Lindstrom was stopped in 5th place, then two busts later, Wongwichit opened heads up as massive chip leader.
However, the Thai pro could not close it out. Instead, Mari landed two double ups with a full house on the river over a straight on the turn. The counts switched, Mari grabbed the win with set over two pair on a board .
Buy in: US$ 200
Prize pool: US$ 12,392
ITM: 10 places
|3rd||Chen Zhen Liu||Taiwan||$1,512|
|4th||Hye Min Choi||Korea||$1,022|
|7th||Marc Joseph||South Africa||$545|
|10th||Tsz Him Pun||Hong Kong||$372|
Asmiati finds victory at the Ladies NLH
The first trophy for Indonesia was claimed at the Ladies NLH with Ms. Asmiati rising out of the event’s 20 entrants. With buy in also at the cheapest of US$ 200, Asmiati turned it into US$ 1,700 after defeating India‘s Gunisha Sinha at heads up. This was her first ever poker win.
Asmiati already racked up the biggest stack well before the money round. At four handed, which was bubble time, the only known pro remaining Japan’s Yuri Ishida fell to Singapore‘s Mei San Ang with pocket Nines dominating pocket Eights. Despite the boost, Ang was met with a crushing defeat when her pocket Sixes were cracked by Asmiati’s pocket Fives, Five on the flop. With a massive lead against Gunisha Sinha at heads up, it was an easy finish for the Indonesian.
Buy in: US$ 200
Prize pool: US$ 3,395
ITM: 3 places
|3rd||Mei San Ang||Singapore||$675|
Updated: WPT Player of the Festival
After 13 completed events, Viet Nam’s Trong Hieu Ngo has jumed out front with a big lead in the WPT Player of the Festival race. He finished 3rd at the Super High Roller to overtake Kunal Patni. More points to rack up with 11 events yet to complete. The winner of this race will win a WPT Passport worth US$ 5,000 to any WPT Main Tour of choice this year.
|TRONG HIEU NGO||825|
|MARC ANTHONY JOSEPH||375|
|CHRISTOPHER VECINO MATEO||375|
|KYLE BAO QUOC AN DIEP||350|
|HYE MIN CHOI||300|
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