The first ever Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) festival in Cambodia was off to a smashing start with the NagaWorld Kickoff event drawing 299 entries over three starting heats. Day 1A pulled in an impressive 118 entries, Day 1B stormed in creating a larger 126 field, then the Day 1C Turbo flight added another 55 to the mix. With buy in at $300 each, the $50K guarantee was easily crushed. 46 players advanced to the final day and were now guaranteed a piece of the boosted $78,326 prize pool.
Earning the overall chip lead was Filipino pro Mike Takayama who surged at Day 1B, just before the bubble round. Tabled with Korea’s Namhyung Kim who had amassed a towering stack, Takayama won three pots against Kim nearly back to back and all without a showdown. The biggest pot saw Kim raise preflop, big blind Takayama defended, at the flop , Takayama fired 80K, Kim called. On the turn, Takayama jammed and won the 280k pot. The loss in chips dropped Kim down to second rank. Rounding out the top three was Day 1A chip leader Yu Qi Zhao.
Day 1B ended with Korea’s Wanki Baik falling to Australia’s Roy Khor Wai Meng with dominated by . Other players missing the mark at Day 1B and Day 1C were Singapore’s Feng Zhao, New Zealand’s Hamish Crawshaw, and Taiwan’s Zong Chi He.
Bubble time: Wanki Baik and Roy Khor Wai Meng
The next stage of the race is on Saturday, November 5 starting at 2pm at the Grand Ballroom of NagaWorld Phnom Penh. Everyone is due to pocket a minimum of $446 but what they will be chasing is the iconic spade trophy and the $15,709 first prize.
Day 2 qualifiers – 46 players
Yu Qi Zhao
Jonathan Wayne Sanborn
Quoc Huy Phan
Ori Haim Elul
Eike Soren Strub
Yu Chung Chang
Kim Lay Ly
Le Hai Nhu
Luke Oliver John Keay
Adrien Franck Berger
Le Ngoc Khanh
Nguyen Tung Duy
Leo Du Boisbaudry
Wai Meng Khor
Kyle Bao Diep
Jonathan Tek Wye Looi
Kang Yoon Ko
Ricky Sun Kim Gov
More events to conquer at APPT Cambodia 2022. Up next is the highly popular Mystery Bounty with buy in of $550. Two flights are offered, both running on Saturday, November 5 – Flight A is at 1pm, Flight B is at 6pm. Other key events to seek out are the APPT National $100K GTD taking place on November 6 to 8, and the APPT Main Event featuring a rich $400K guarantee on November 10 to 13.
APPT Cambodia 2022 – full schedule
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