On Thursday, March 9, doors opened at NagaWorld Integrated Resorts for Season XXI of World Poker Tour Prime Cambodia. Tables quickly filled up for Event 1: NagaWorld Superstack 50K and the late afternoon Event 2: NagaWorld Millions $150K guaranteed. Among the day’s sluggers were WPT champions Marc Inizan, Dhaval Mudgal, Vincent Chauve, and Zarvan Tumboli. Here are the day’s results.
Event 1: NagaWorld Superstack 50K
The most popular tournament of opening day was the NagaWorld Superstack 50K with 202 entries for a prize pool of US$ 53,884. Just past 11.5 hours of play, the bubble burst. Chip leader Kosuke Hanzawa cracked a player’s on a board . The remaining 26 players bagged up with Hanzawa sitting on the largest of 48 bb.
The players return on Friday, March 10, at 1pm for the final stage of the race. Each one is guaranteed to min-cash US$ 403 however all focus will be on locking up the trophy and the US$ 13,253 top prize. Players will also be the first to earn points towards the Player of the Festival race.
Chips in play: 10,100,000
Average stack: 388,460
Day 2 opening blinds: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 bb ante (8:00 remaining)
Duc Luu Huyen
Jong Min Won
Chi Ling Tsang
Yoke Wei Woon
Men Van Nguyen
Eike Soren Strub
Syu Ho Shen
Han Yee Seow
Adrien Franck Berger
Buy in: US$ 300
Entries: 202 (168 unique, 34 re-entry)
Prize pool: US$ 53,884
ITM: 26 places
Event 2: WPT Prime Cambodia NagaWorld Millions $150K GTD
Xu Jing Je
At the close of Event 1: NagaWorld Superstack 50K, the WPT Prime Cambodia NagaWorld Millions – Day 1A – got underway. It was the first of four events on schedule boasting a guarantee. For this one, a $150,000 prize pool awaits players, which could grow further with a total of four entry heats to play out. Day 1A attracted 33 entries.
Just missing the chance to ITM and advance were Taiwan’s Hua Wei Lin and Australia’s Armon Van Wijk. The latter Wijk busted on the bubble with failing to improve against Taiwan’s Chao Ting Cheng’s .
Bagging the chip lead was China’s Xu Jing Je who knocked out two players simultaneously at the final table with Queen-Jack pairing up to beat Ace-King and Ace-Five. The remaining four players have a couple of days break before returning on Sunday, March 12 at 1pm for the race to the top.
Before that happens, up next is Day 1B which takes place at 1pm on Friday, March 10. This is followed by two flights on Saturday, March 11 – Day 1C starts at 1pm and Day 1D Turbo starts at 7pm (blinds increase at a faster 25 minutes).
Buy in: US$ 550
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Day 1A: 33 entries (27 unique, 6 re-entry)
Day 1A ITM: 4 players
End of Day 1A qualifiers – 4 players (ITM)
Xu Jing Je
Chao Ting Cheng
Cash Game Bonanza
Not all the fun was being experienced at the tournament tables. Over at the cash tables, a daily draw called the Cash Game Bonanza awarded players US$ 100 every two hours starting at 7pm. A total of 10 draws per day throughout the 13 festival days for a total of US$ 13,000 in cash giveaways.
WPT Prime Cambodia, in partnership with Connaissance Management, runs from March 9 to 21 at NagaWorld Integrated Resorts. A total of 30 tournaments are scheduled and US$ 1 Million in guarantees.
Last year, the Main Event set new heights for the brand with 1,050 turning up. At the time, it was the largest WPT Main Event for an open tournament. In prize money, it guaranteed half a million dollars which doubled up, closing at US$ 1,018,500. This year, the Main Event returns with the same guarantee with the goal of surpassing its previous turnout and possibly even set another new record. Already seen on site is reigning WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event champion David Erquiaga who will be most certainly hunt down a back to back.
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