Reiji Kono crowned WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event champion


Reiji Kono entered the final table wedged in the middle of the pack then seven hours later he was hoisting up the WPT Main Event trophy. Kono outdueled hot running Vietnamese player Bien Mai at heads up with full house over trips to claim his first WPT major and first ever six figure score of US$ 121,331. In addition. Kono was awarded entry to the WPT World Championship worth US$ 10,400 plus airfare and accommodations.

Congratulations to the newest WPT Main Event champion!

DJR07135The Main Event ran from May 16 to 20 at the Grand Ballroom of NagaWorld Integrated Resorts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 1,011 entered over three starting days for a prize pool of US$ 980,670. Each starting day played down to ITM. 128 players advanced to Day 2 which completed with the Final 9 players led by Taiwan’s I-Chun Chiu. 

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Chiu went on to finish in fourth place leaving the battle for the title fought among Matthieu Lamagnere, Bien Mai, and Rieji Kono. The trio struck an ICM deal then played for the coveted title, trophy ,and WPT World Championship entry worth US$ 10,400.

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Leading up to Kono’s win, the chip lead switched multiple times, that a runaway winner was clearly not to be. Lamagnere doubled through Mai with AsKd over AcQc to jump to a big lead. With Mai down to 13 bb, he risked it with pocket Sevens and survived then landed another double up on a bluff by Kono to grab the top spot. On the flip side, Lamagnere couldn’t handle the pressure to send his short stack plunging into 3rd place.


Heads up kicked off with Mai ahead 67 bb to Kono’s 33 bb, despite this, it was Kono on the attack to pick up multiple pots and switch them up. On just the 20th heads up hand, it was all over. On a board AsKh8s7s7d, Mai shoved all in with Qc7c trips, Kono had better, 8h7h full house.


Final table payouts / POF points

Reiji Kono

Bien Mai

Matthieu Lamagnere

I-Chun Chiu

Jose Catela

Sho Katsura

Feng Ji Chua

Lewis Cowell

Nicholas Ragot

*Three-way ICM deal; top prize includes WPT World Championship entry worth $10,400. WPT value adds airfare and accommodations.

WPT Prime Cambodia – Player Guide
Breakdown of WPT Prime Cambodia schedule
WPT Prime Cambodia – Festival Payouts

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Author: Henry Brown