One of the key highlights of the inaugural Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cambodia 2022 is the APPT National which lit up the felt on November 6. Two starting days drew 204 entries for a prize pool of $142,474. Earlier today, 51 hopefuls returned to hunt down the money. After five and a half hours of play, the final 9 was formed with Vietnamese pro Le Ngoc Khanh sitting cool up top. You can read up on the action via our Live Updates or continue on below for the brief recap.
The ongoing festival has now crossed the halfway point. Joining the list of newly crowned champions were Taiwan’s Po Wen Fang and Canada’s Eric Wasylenko. Also heating up the floor was the High Roller Single Re-Entry Day 1 where seven players bagged up led by WSOP bracelet holder Leo Soma.
Games continue at the world class NagaWorld Integrated Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the Main Event $400,000 GTD coming up on November 10 to 13. For all the details, head to the link provided.
APPT Cambodia 2022 – full schedule
APPT National: Day 2 recap
Day 2 kicked off with 51 players returning and the money 20 spots away starting at 31st place. Just under two hours in, the bubble burst on Brazilian Patrick Liang who called for his tournament life with top pair only to be crushed by Canada’s Eric Wasylenko‘s set. From there, it took another four hours before the final table of 9 players was formed with Vietnamese pro Le Ngoc Khanh as frontrunner.
Khanh rise to the top started with a double up through Malaysia’s Natalie Teh with pocket Aces over Ace-King. One orbit later, with the field down to 21 players, he delivered a double knockout to David Erquiaga (20th) and Michael Soyza (21st) with outdrawing and .
While Khanh was shipping it, at a separate table, entering chip leader Nam Hyung Kim continued to dominate by cleaning out multiple players, becoming the first to breach a million in chips. Only when Khanh was moved to Kim’s table did the leader’s stack begin to deplete. Khanh shaved down Kim’s towers to steal the lead.
Nam Hyung Kim
Korea’s Seongmin Lee was another late mover. He landed quads Sixes to crush Vietnam’s Duc Thanh Nguyen‘s pocket Jacks. Day 2 closed with Taiwan’s Hua Wei Lin eliminating South Africa’s Marc Joseph in 10th place.
Of the final 9, Nam Hyung Kim brings in the most impressive festival stats with three prior final table cashes that includes a near victory at the Mini High Roller. Chong and Wasylenko have already lifted one of the spade trophies, and Lin cashed in 3rd place at the Hyper Turbo.
The final table takes place on Wednesday, November 9 starting at 1pm. Up for grabs is the iconic PokerStars shard trophy and the $30,133 top prize. Follow the action via our Live Updates.
Final 9 players
Le Ngoc Khanh
Nam Hyung Kim
Hua Wei Lin
Hak Do Kim
Chi Ling Tsang
High Roller Single Re-Entry Day 1 update
The High Roller Single Re-Entry attracted 41 to the tables each one ponying up the $3,000 buy in. By the end of the scheduled 12 levels, only 7 remained which was one spot before dipping in the $109,765 pot. In the driver’s seat was France’s Leo Soma with a towering 81 BB stack. Player return with opening blind at 8K-16K-16K Ante BB.
Jean Robert Autran
Clement Van Driessche
Short Deck: PO WEN FANG – $2,017*
A small crowd of 22 Short Deck enthusiasts tossed in the $300 buy in for a prize pool of $5,762. It was a fast race to the top with Taiwanese high roller Po Wen Fang and Tunisia’s Selim Souissi opting to split the money down the middle then play for the trophy. Fang prevailed with pocket Aces crushing Ace-Nine. This was Fang’s first career Short Deck win.
Kyle Bao Quoc Diep
*Heads up chop, played for the trophy
$500 NLH Turbo – ERIC WASYLENKO – $5,343
The $500 NLH Turbo dragged in 36 entries for a prize pool of $15,714. Among the players that cashed were Dhanesh Chainani and Christopher Mateo, both on their second final table appearance. At three-handed, two German players had the advantage to score a first win for the country but could not get past Eric Wasylenko. The Canadian pro eliminated Max Menzel in 3rd place then called out Finn Pender’s river bluff shove with Ace-high to grab the trophy and the $5.343 first prize.
Catching the action on a turn board and 150K in the pot, Wasylenko check-called Finn Pender’s 45k bet. The river , Wasylenko checked again, Pender shoved which was just under half of Wasylenko’s stack. Wasylenko thought out loud and said “you have Jack-Ten, Ten-Nine?” Wasylenko reluctantly called and he was on the money. Pender had missed draw. Wasylenko won it with .
Buy in: $500
Entries: 36 (31 unique, 5 re-entries)
Prize pool: $15,714
ITM: 6 places
Lars Lind Madsen
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