APPT Cambodia 2022: Chien-Chih Weng banks it at Mystery Bounty; Mike Takayama redeemed at NLH 6-Handed; Namhyung Kim tops National Day 1A

 

The first ever Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cambodia concluded its fourth day of festivities at NagaWorld Phnom Penh with another two players lifting PokerStars spade trophies. We’ve got those stories for you including results of APPT National Day 1A.

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Maggie Chieh Chih Weng emerged as the first female to win at the ongoing APPT Cambodia 2022. The Taiwanese player was one of the final 15 players of the Mystery Bounty event then went on to claim the motherlode. Weng pocketed the $7,337 first prize and four bounty rewards that included the biggest one of $3,667 for a combined $14,294 in earnings.

The turning point was at three handed where Weng faced tough adversaries Hoa Thinh Nguyen and Nevan Yu Chung Chang, both players started the day as the two biggest stacks. Nguyen and Chang wrestled for control but it was Weng who snuck up from behind. She chunked Nguyen down to 3.5 BB and nearly cleaned him out in second place but the Vietnamese pro lucked out with 10h8d straight on a board 4c9sJdAd7c to beat Weng’s Kd8h. A few hands after, Nguyen doubled up again, this time with Ks10d dominating Weng’s 7h6h throughout, to climb to second rank.

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Having failed to eliminate Nguyen, Weng set her sights on Chang who pushed a couple of times before she finally called. Weng’s Kh10d prevailed over Chang’s Kd7s to enter heads up backed by 21 BB to Nguyen’s 9 BB. The end came quick. Nguyen shoved As3c which fell to Weng’s JhJd.

This was Weng’s first Asian victory outside of Taiwan and her second largest career payout. Last year, she won a $400 buy in Ladies Tournament at The Wynn Las Vegas for $16.3K. She bumped up her Hendon Mob tracked earnings to over $96K.

A total of 89 entered the Mystery Bounty for a prize pool of $42,733. The two Day 1 flights bagged up at ITM. The only player on a second final table appearance was Zong Chi He who placed 2nd at the impromptu $500 buy in Flipout.

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Buy in: $550
Entries: 89
Prize pool: $42,733 (includes bounties)
ITM: 15 players

Payouts (bounty rewards not included)

1st
Maggie Chien-Chih Weng
$7,337

2nd
Hoa Thinh Nguyen
$5,043

3rd
Yu Chung Chang
$3,305

4th
Christopher Mangal
$2,678

5th
Zong Chi He
$2,151

6th
Marc Joseph
$1,681

7th
Ceesvin Abraham Abdulla
$1,325

8th
Aladin Reskallah
$1,012

9th
Hideaki Matsuoka
$741

10th
Muhammad Hassan Shahzad
$598

11th
Hua Wei Lin
$598

12th
Hamish Crawshaw
$527

13th
Jose Molina Colada III
$527

14th
Takuya Shimabukuro
$484

15th
Alessio Isaia
$484

MIKE TAKAYAMA wins the NLH 6-Handed

Redemption for Filipino pro Mike Takayama who took down NLH 6-Handed, just one day after finishing second at the NagaWorld Kickoff. The event drew 22 entries for a prize pool of $9,603. Only the top 4 got paid with Takayama claiming the $4,033 winner’s purse and a new spade trophy to add to his collection.

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The race to the money was brutal for the two remaining ladies at the final table. Hua-Wei Lin busted in 6th place with pocket Nines running into Takayama’s pocket Queens. She was followed out by newly minted Maggie Chieh Chih Weng who bubbled with AcJs that missed the board against Jun Hao Wu‘s 7h7d.

With the money intact, Takayama eliminated Harry Ross when his Ac9d improved to trips Aces to dust 5s5c. Before the next bust, Wu, Takayama, and Christopher Mateo took turns up top. Mateo nearly fell with Ace-Nine running into Wu’s Ace-Jack until a Nine found the board. Wu eventually drained out in 3rd place, and in less than ten minutes of heads up, Takayama defeated Mateo with Ks7s over Kh5c.

Buy in: $500
Entries: 22
Prize pool: $9,603
ITM: 4 places

1st
Mike Takayama
$4,033

2nd
Christopher Mateo
$2,689

3rd
Jun Hao Wu
$1,729

4th
Harry Ross
$1,152

APPT National $100,000 GTD – Day 1A results

Among the day’s highlights was the start of APPT National $100,000 guaranteed. This was a Single Re-entry event with no option of multiple stacks. The $800 buy in attracted 70 players with 22 re-entering for 92 total entries. After 10.5 hours of play, only 17 remained led by Korea’s Namhyung Kim. This was another fantastic result for Kim who earlier bagged the overall second largest stack of the NagaWorld Kickoff and went on to place 9th.

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Another player just as consistent as Kim was Yu Qi Zhao who bagged the second largest stack of the day. Earlier, Zhao topped the NagaWorld Kickoff Day 1 chip counts and eventually finished in 5th place. Other notables in the list were newcomers to APPT Cambodia, Florencio Campomanes and David Erquiaga.

The Day 1A survivors return on Tuesday, November 8 for the final day. Up next is Day 1B with cards in the air at 2pm on Monday, November 7. This is the last chance to enter. At this time, only 48 entries are needed to break the guarantee which should happen fairly fast.

End of Day 1A chip counts – 17 players

Namhyung Kim
553,500

Yu Qi Zhao
275,000

David Erquiaga
232,500

Rajeev Kanjani
229,000

Florencio Campomanes
202,000

Raja Sekhar Puttamsetty
174,000

Pete Yen Han Chen
165,500

Chao Ting Cheng
151,500

Po Wen Fang
128,000

Chay Lem Lim
123,000

Marc Joseph
109,500

Chi Ling Tsang
105,500

Dhanesh Chainani
104,500

Quan Qiu
78,500

Victor Chong
72,000

Hamish Crawshaw
39,000

Go Mori
21,500

 

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