Games are in full swing at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cambodia 2022 with Day 5 of festivities in the books and eight players minted with brand new spade trophies. Today’s main highlight was Day 1B of the APPT National $100K GTD. WSOP bracelet winners Mike Takayama and Leo Soma were among the notables in the field which saw 112 entries.
With 92 signed up for Day 1A, the combined number of starters grew to 204 to send the prize pool surging past the guarantee. The remaining 51 players are now looking at a richer $142,474 prize pool. They return on Tuesday, November 8 at 1pm to chase down the $30,133 first prize and the iconic PokerStars trophy. Follow the final day action via our Live Updates.
Running simultaneously was the $2K buy in Mini High Roller which ran until 4am. Clinching it was Malaysian pro / 2018 APPT Korea Main Event champion Michael Soyza but not before enduring a rollercoaster heads up battle against Korea’s hot running Namhyung Kim. We’ve got those stories for you down below.
APPT National update
The talk of the series is Korea’s Namhyung Kim who has been dominating the felt since opening day. Kim carried the second largest stack into the NagaWorld Kickoff final day, and now at APPT National, he brings in the largest stack having bagged a jaw dropping 221 BB stack at Day 1A.
At Day 1B, players attempted to surpass the leader, and after 12 rounds, Korea’s Bonil Koo topped the counts with 227,000 (110 BB). Though commendable, it was still far behind. Koo will return running fifth overall. Other notables advancing from this heat were female players Natalie Teh and Hua Wei Lin.
Buy in: $800
Entries: 204 (126 unique, 78 re-entries)
Prize pool: $142,474
ITM: 31 places
Day 1A: 92 entries / 17 advance
Day 1B 112 entries / 34 advanced
Final day qualifiers – 51 players
Chips in play: 6,120,000
Average stack: 120,000
Opening blinds: 1000-2500-2500 Ante BB
Yu Qi Zhao
Hak Do Kim
Raja Sekhar Puttamsetty
Pete Yen Han Chen
Chao Ting Cheng
Dale Andrew Townsend
Duc Thanh Nguyen
Lars Lind Madsen
Po Wen Fang
Chay Lem Lim
Jimmy Hien Diep
Chi Ling Tsang
Hoa Thinh Nguyen
Clement Van Driessche
Derek Wei-Yee Wang
Yu Chung Chang
Ngoc Khanh Le
Kyle Bao Quoc An Diep
Gyula Ryan Revai
Hassaan Arif Siddiq
Ceesvin Abraham Abdulla
MICHAEL SOYZA seizes a spadie at the Mini High Roller
On his debut Cambodia appearance, APPT Korea 2018 Main Event champion Michael Soyza captured a spade trophy at the Mini High Roller however it was no walk in the park. Korea’s Namyoung Kim was just as determined and threw everything he had at the pro. Meeting up for the title, the pair engaged in an hour long heads up match that saw stacks swinging until Soyza finally put a lid on it. He pocketed the $18,490 first prize while Kim settled for a runner up payout of $12,743.
Taking the action back before registration closed, Soyza jumped in at Level 8, just after qualifying for the APPT National final day. By then, Kim was already holding court. As usual, he was sitting on an enormous stack which he carried into the final table. Registration closed with 28 entries for a prize pool of $49,974.
Down to the final seven players, and the money two spots away, Soyza began his ascent. He doubled up through Kim with pocket Queens over pocket Jacks to take the lead for the first time. Victor Chong delivered the bubble with straight dusting Taiwan’s Nevan Yu Chung Chang on a board .
The next five all in showdowns saw Zarvan Tumboli tumble in 5th place to Soyza with pocket Nines outdrawn by Ace-Jack, the perpetually short stacked Fritz Douhan doubled up twice, Kim lucked out on Soyza with finding two Eights against to regain the lead, and Chong falling in 4th place with outdrawn by Kim’s flush on a board . Down to three, Soyza recouped some of his lost chips with pocket Nines surviving Kim’s Ace-Five, then climbed back up top after railing Douhan in 3rd place.
Heads up began with Soyza up 64 BB to Kim’s 44 BB. The first big pot of the swingy match saw Kim overtake. On a board that completed , Soyza raised pre flop, double barreled, then checked the river. Kim had beating Soyza’s .
The next big pot was a failed bluff by Kim to send him plunging down to 10 BB. Kim raised preflop then triple barreled. Soyza called and won with to Kim’s . Kim would not go down easy, he grinded to 20 BB then doubled up with Ace-King (king on the board) against pocket Nines to send Soyza plummeting to 6 BB.
In desperation, Soyza shoved twice and won both to slightly edge Kim. The second shove his Queen-Jack found a lady on the river to dust Ace-Seven. The one hour heads up battle ended with Soyza’s spiking the six on the river to bust Kim’s .
Buy in: $2,000
Prize pool: $49,974
ITM: 5 places
Fritz Mattias Douhan
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