Asia’s finest looking forward to World Poker Tour Prime Cambodia; full schedule released – US$ 1M guaranteed – March 9 to 21


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The poker world is buzzing with the recent release of the World Poker Tour Prime Cambodia Season XXI schedule. With the upcoming festival just a month and a half away, players are already planning their trip. Here are some of Asia’s best expressing their enthusiasm.  

David Erquiaga, Season XXI WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event champion,

“WPT now offers a project for content creators so I am excited since it is the first time. I plan to produce content before, during, and after the event. Also, I am looking forward to the event itself. The turnout last year was great so expecting it to be the same this year.”

Justin Chu, Season XXI WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event runner-up,

“What excites me is that I’ll get to compete with all the top pros around the world and I am looking forward to hopefully making another main event FT and finish what I didn’t finish off last time.”

Zarvan Tumboli, Season XXI WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event champion

“Playing a prestigious series like WPT is always exciting. Cambodia is a nice venue and I enjoy playing at NagaWorld. I look forward to grabbing another WPT Main Event title.”

Marc Inizan, Season XXi WPT Prime Taiwan Main Event champion, 

“I am looking forward to playing the bounty tournaments. I haven’t had a chance to play many of them live so I’m excited about it. Also, I love to travel. This will be my first visit to Cambodia. It’s always a really good feeling to be in a new place and explore the local culture, food, architecture, etc..” 

Chien Chih Weng, one of the Asia’s up and coming young female players and WPT Prime Taiwan Dice Championship winner, 

“I am going to WPT Prime Paris and I’ll likely go to Cambodia too. I hope to be in the best state so I can run good. Also I am looking forward to back-to-back Dice Championship titles.”

Victor Chong, partner with the Asian Poker Tour and three-time WPT Prime Cambodia side event champion, 

“I won three events in Cambodia over three series so I am excited to be there.”

Chan Lok Ming, WSOP bracelet winner,

“I am most excited to compete against pros from many different countries. I will use it as preparation before returning to the WSOP. I am looking forward to shipping something during the series and bringing home a trophy.”

Minh Anh Nguyen, Poker Dream Vietnam Main Event champion,

WPT is a good brand name around the world and very much so in Asia. They’ve proven their success in various events in the past. WPT Hanoi in 2022 broke the Vietnamese record for the largest buy-in event. WPT Cambodia also broke the 1 million USD prize pool for the Main event. I attended both events in the past and I will be there this March. Last time, I secured myself a very nice looking WPT trophy from one of the side events, this time I am definitely aiming for the big one!”

Vietnamese pro Harry Duong

“I am planning to be there as WPT always produces great events and has one of the best structures in Asia. Hopefully I win the Main Event trophy. The cash games are great during my spare time. And Danny, he adds some entertaining events for players.”

WPT Prime Cambodia

The World Poker Tour is one of the world’s leading poker operators, and in 2013, the brand made its mark in Asia. In 2019, the WPT held its first event in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It generated the largest gathering of international players and set new WPT records. Last year, the WPT returned to Cambodia and once again it was a smasher. The Main Event drew 1,050 entries for a prize pool of US$ 1,018,500. It was the largest and wealthiest WPT Asia open event in history. 

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Coming March 9 to 21, 2023, the brand returns for another WPT Prime Cambodia festival at the NagaWorld Integrated Resort Complex in Phnom Penh. The schedule has grown to a whopping 30 trophy events with a rich US$ 1,000,000 spicing it up. As displayed last year, WPT Prime ensures something for every bankroll posting trophy event prices from $200 to $10,000. 

Players will also be glad to know that there is “NO TAX” on winnings. In addition to the games, Cash Tables are abundant and juicy, offering a wide range of stakes. 

WPT Prime Cambodia – FULL SCHEDULE

Guaranteed Events

WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event – $500,000 guarantee

For the upcoming series, the Main Event boasts a US$ 500,000 guarantee. This is the biggest tournament prize pool ever put forth by any brand in Asia since the pandemic. Defending champion David Erquiaga from the Philippines has already confirmed his attendance. Make sure to key in the dates: 

Dates: March 16 to 20, 2023
Buy in: $1,100
Guarantee: $500,000

Day 1A – Day 1C: March 16 to 18
Day 2: March 19
Day 3: March 20

To get in for less, players have a spread of 17 Main Event Satellites to choose from. Buy ins are $150, $200, and $250. Main Event Satellite Flips are also on demand for $110. 

WPT Prime Cambodia NagaWorld Millions – $150,000 guarantee

The doors open with the NagaWorld Millions featuring a generous $150,000 guarantee. This continues to be the largest opener prize pool proposed by any brand in Asia. Last year, the event exceeded its guarantee with 442 entries for a substantial $35,000 payout to the champion Semen Kapitonov

Dates: March 9 to 12, 2023
Guarantee: $150,000
Buy in: $550

Day 1A – Day 1D: March 9 to 11
Day 2: March 12

Mystery Bounty – $100,000 guarantee

The Mystery Bounty hype continues and for this installment, it is highlighted by a $100,000 guarantee. This is the first time a guarantee has been introduced by WPT for this event in Cambodia. 

Dates: March 12 to 14, 2023
Guarantee: $100,000
Buy in: $550

High Roller Events

Acknowledging the demand of high roller tournaments, five are scheduled with price tags from $2,200 to $10,000. Mark these down. Only one event features a guarantee. 

WPT Prime Cambodia High Roller – $250,000 guarantee

Dates: March 19 to 20, 2023
Guarantee: $250,000
Buy in: $3,000

Other HR events:

March 12 NLH Mini High Roller Single Day $2,200
March 14-15 Super High Roller 5,300
March 16 10K SHR Single Day Challenge $10,000
March 17 Short Deck High Roller $2,200

Other Events

Buy ins from $200 – $550

March 9-10 NagaWorld Superstack 50K $300
March 11 8-Max NLH Single Day $350
March 12-13 Deepstack NLH $300
March 13 NLH Turbo $300
March 14 NLH Single Day $400
March 14 PLO $300
March 14 NLH Hyper Turbo $200
March 15 Short Deck Holdem $200
March 15 Ladies NLH $200
March 17-18 NLH $400
March 18 NLH Turbo Freezeout $300
March 19-20 Bounty Event $150 Bounty $500
March 20 NLH Turbo $300
March 21 Superstack 6-Max Finale $400
March 21 Closer Turbo $550
March 21 10/10/10 $200

Buy ins from $600 to $1,000

March 15-16 Bounty Event $250 Bounty $800
March 16-17 PLO $800
March 20-21 Superstack Classic Freezeout $600
March 20 1K Re-entry $1,000

WPT World Championship

Last year, the inaugural WPT World Championship was an immense success, paying out over $53 Million across 23 trophy events. The ambitious $15M guaranteed World Championship tournament was completely shattered paying out $29.9M. As early as now, players can start shooting for a spot at this year’s WPT World Championship. Satellites and Feeder Satellites are offered at WPT Prime Cambodia for $200 and $300. 

To buy in directly to the WPT World Championship Satellite, it costs $1,500. The winner receives an $11.5K WPTWC Package. 


Players can start reserving rooms at NagaWorld with special hotel player rates starting from as low as US$ 55. Players can also begin wiring funds for their trip. For all the info, head to the WPTCambodia website.

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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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