Russia’s Semen Kapitonov wins the WPT Prime Cambodia Opener for US$ 35,000

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After four days of competition, with a final day that ran over twelve grueling hours, Russia’s Semen Kapitonov clinched the WPT Prime Cambodia Opener for his first ever live tournament title. Kapitonov earned the higher cut of the three way deal, pocketing US$ 35,000, and the cool WPT side event trophy.

DAC 9210Semen Kapitonov

“This is probably only my 10th tournament in life, I’m a cash game player. So this was my first final table and first win. I cant believe it. I will definitely play more tournaments but I think I used up all my luck.”

When asked about his overall tournament experience at the Opener, Kapitonov shared,

“My background is I used to play high stakes cash games in Macau before it closed because of Covid. In cash, it’s easy. When you lose, you can just buy in again but playing here just a $500 tournament, it was much more stressful because when you risk, sometimes it is for your tournament life. Winning US$ 35,000 is okay but winning the tournament is more special.”

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Event recap

The much awaited WPT Prime Cambodia kicked off with a four-day Opener that saw its guarantee smasher with 442 entries across four starters. With every heat bagging up at ITM, 56 players advance to the final day, each one already earning a minimum of US$ 900 from the US$ 214,370 prize pool.

DJR 8154You Zhuang Chua

When the field was cut to half, Day 1A chip leader Wanki Baik had already departed in 30th place while Singapore’s You Zhuang Chua cracked a player’s pocket Aces to jump way out front. Down to two tables, pressure was high to reach the final table. Day 1D chip leader Michael Kim Falcon bumped heads with Vietnamese high roller Hieu Ngo twice, first doubling up with a flush on the river then busting 14th on a three way. This sent Ngo soaring to second in chips. Chua eliminated Sweden’s Jonas Magdalinski to maintain his lead entering the final table.

DAC 9169Opener $150k GTD Final Table

The final table ran just under five hours. One hour in, Kapitonov doubled up through the leader Chua with QsQd dominating 7s7d. At eight-handed, a mad three-way came down resulting in Kyle Bao Diep tripling up and Jiazhi Zhong getting the boot. At the all in preflop, Diep had AhAd, Zhong 5s5h, and Ngo with QhQs. The board spread 6dAc4s5cKc.

kyle2Kyle Bao Diep

Following the loss, Ngo soon joined the rail in 7th place. China’s Ji Jun Xu who entered the final day with a commanding stack, couldn’t really get much going and finished in 6th place. Out next was Chua, losing his chips in two bad beat hands. The first one saw his KcKs cracked by Tomas Dedinas‘ Kd[qd} on a board that ran 9d6d10dAd5d then on his a second all in it was a crushing defeat. Chua had 10d10h, Minseong Cho had 9h9c, a two-outer Nine found the river.

At three-handed, the players reached a deal awarding 2nd and 3rd the same prize money and 1st the largest plus the trophy. Kapitonov went on to eliminate Diep with a lucky flush on the river, then in a handful of hands, he drained out Cho with Qh7h two pair over Jc8c that bricked.

Buy in: US$ 550
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Entries: 442
Prize pool: US$ 214,370
ITM: 56 players

Payouts 

Rank
Player
Flag
Payout

1st
SEMEN KAPITONOV
RUSSIA
$35,000*

2nd
MINSEONG CHO
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
$28,865*

3rd
KYLE BAO QUOC DIEP
USA
$28,865*

4th
TOMAS DEDINAS
USA
$13,000

5th
YOU ZHUANG CHUA
SINGAPORE
$10,110

6th
JI JUN XU
CHINA
$8,395

7th
TRONG HIEU NGO
VIET NAM
$7,030

8th
JIAZHI ZHONG
CHINA
$5,670

9th
JOSHUA KAI EN TAN
SINGAPORE
$4,310

10th
JONAS MAGDALINSKI
SWEDEN
$3,655

11th
FRANK JAMES LILLIS
IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF)
$3,655

12th
RISHAB MALIK
INDIA
$3,655

13th
MANH TRUONG NGUYEN
VIET NAM
$3,035

14th
MICHAEL KIM FALCON
DENMARK
$3,035

15th
KYOUNGWON PARK
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
$3,035

16th
WILLIAM NOBLE BOLTON
AUSTRALIA
$2,485

17th
KAI YANG GU
SINGAPORE
$2,485

18th
KYARR CHAN YAN
MYANMAR
$2,485

19th
HIROKI MORISHITA
JAPAN
$2,070

20th
JAE KYUNG SIM
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
$2,070

21st
THIRITH LY

$2,070

22nd
RAJU JARUPLAVATH
INDIA
$1,745

23rd
LEONG JACK
SINGAPORE
$1,745

24th
JIEWEI YANG
CHINA
$1,745

25th
LOUIS BILODEAU
CANADA
$1,425

26th
VAN HOANG NGUYEN
VIET NAM
$1,425

27th
SAMUEL DAVID ADAMS
NEW ZEALAND
$1,425

28th
DAZHANG CHEN
CHINA
$1,180

29th
YOKE WEI WOON

$1,180

30th
WANKI BAIK
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
$1,180

31st
YU-CHUNG CHANG
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA
$1,180

32nd
DIWEI HUANG
SINGAPORE
$1,180

33rd
DANIEL WEI XIONG CHIN
MALAYSIA
$1,180

34th
DALE ANDREW TOWNSEND
AUSTRALIA
$1,180

35th
HANNES THEO DANIEL
GERMANY
$1,180

36th
SHANKAR KAILARSH
MALAYSIA
$1,180

37th
ROCKY PIKE HAROLD BROOKS
SOUTH AFRICA
$1,040

38th
PROMMIN TALORSPONG
THAILAND
$1,040

39th
DANEIL HINH
AUSTRALIA
$1,040

40th
ARMON VAN WIJK
AUSTRALIA
$1,040

41st
ANSHUL RAJPUT
INDIA
$1,040

42nd
MARC ANTHONY JOSEPH
SOUTH AFRICA
$1,040

43rd
THOMAS KYUNG-CHUN LAERSEN
SWEDEN
$1,040

44th
DUC KIEN TRAN
VIET NAM
$1,040

45th
ANTON WIDJAYA
INDONESIA
$1,040

46th
SUPAKIT ANUKOOLPITAKNIL
THAILAND
$900

47th
DHAVAL MUDGAL
INDIA
$900

48th
CHENGCAI PAN
CHINA
$900

49th
YAO LOON TAY
SINGAPORE
$900

50th
MANSOUR KHORRAMSHAHI
IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF)
$900

51st
THANAKRIT LACHAIMA
THAILAND
$900

52nd
ERIC D WASYLENKO
CANADA
$900

53rd
VEELAPHAN SIEWLEE
CANADA
$900

54th
TRENT WAYNE FECHTER
USA
$900

55th
EDGAR ANTONIO ANTEZANA
SOUTH AFRICA
$900

56th
JULIUS UMBRAZIUNAS
LITHUANIA
$900

*Three way deal

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