Another bustling day at WPT Prime Cambodia Season XXI with numerous events filling up the grand ballroom of NagaWorld Phnom Penh. The main entrees were the last two flights of the Mystery Bounty which featured a US$ 100,000 guarantee. By the close of registration, that figure was completely shattered with a combined 406 entries (Day 1B – 256, Day 1C – 150) added to Day 1A’s 144 entries for 550 total and a prize pool of US$ 266,750.
The day also witnessed three players lift up trophies – Josh McCully at the Mini High Roller, Yu Ogusu at the Deepstack NLH, and Lucas Tae at the evening’s NLH Turbo.
We’ve got all those results for you down below including an update on the Player of the Festival race.
Mystery Bounty surges with 550 entries; 69 to hunt down biggest bounty
The Mystery Bounty was one hot ticket to drive the guarantee from $100K to well over half a million dollars. Day 1B was most popular with a roaring 256 pulling up seats. The heat bagged up at ITM of 32 players with WPT Prime Taiwan Main Event champion Marc Inizan at the helm. Inizan amassed exactly 1,000,000, equivalent to 83 BB, placing him second overall in the Day 2 lineup.
It was a thrilling race to ITM with Jose Catela surviving the bubble when his spiked the two outer against on a board . Same as well for Gavin Best whose cracked on a board . The bubble was finally delivered by Anton Widjaya with a dramatic straight on the river with dusting on a board .
End of Day 1B – Top 10 in chips
Hong Sung Heon
Lee Seok Jun
End of Day 1D – Top 5 in chips
Over at Day 1C, the last flight attracted 150 with 19 players bagging up. Unlike Day 1B, pocket Aces held for Richard Mari to deliver the bubble. Ireland’s Frank Lillis emerged as heat leader, placing him 5th rank in the overall Day 2 lineup.
Jae Kyung Sim
Tan Zi Xuan
Mystery Bounty numbers
Buy in: US$ 550
Guarantee: US$ 100,000
Total Entries: 550
Prize pool: US$ 266,750 (includes bounties)
Day 1A: 144 entries / 18 ITM
Day 1B: 256 entries / 32 ITM
Day 1C: 150 entries / 19 ITM
Day 2 players: 69
FULL DAY 2 CHIP COUNTS
*We will have the payouts and bounty prizes posted for you once it has been made available.
Top 10 Entering Day 2
Redemption for Josh McCully, clinches 2.2K NLH Mini High Roller
One week ago, Australian pro Josh McCully nearly captured his first ever WPT side event title at the WPT Prime Gold Coast $10K Super High Roller but fell short in 2nd place. With the festival all wrapped up down under, he made his way to WPT Prime Cambodia and found immediate success. McCully outlasted the 75 entry field of the 2.2K NLH Mini High Roller, defeating WPT Brand Ambassador Brad Owen at heads up to claim the trophy and the US$ 49,469 top prize.
The two-day event drew 75 entries for a prize pool of US$ 145,500. Day 1 played a total of 14 levels with 19 players left at bagging time and nine spots to the money.
Day 2 kicked off with Brad Owen and Mike Takayama as race leaders. Reigning WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event champion David Erquiaga jumped out front after his knocked out two players simultaneously. Young gun Gary Lin couldn’t turn his chips to cash with unable to improve against McCully’s . The bubble burst on Kunal Patni with running into Owen’s . The final table was formed at the elimination of Michael Rocco to McCully.
Carrying in the biggest stack into the final table, McCully delivered a brutal bust to Bluff & Catch Team Pro Seung Mook Jung with burning on a board . McCully also cleaned out Micheal O’Neill with pocket Aces over Ace-Queen.
Takayama eliminated the next two – Erquiaga (5th) and Tossapat Chunharas (4th) – but on his next shove, he could not get past McCully. The Filipino pro pushed with Queen-Jack that stayed behind pocket Kings.
This brought about heads up with McCully ahead 75 BB to Owen’s 45 BB. Due to the deep stacks, not much change was seen until the final hand. On a turn board , McCully had set, Owen with draw, the river was not one of Owen’s outs to bust in 2nd place. McCully collected a cool US$ 49,496 for his well earned victory.
Buy in: US$ 2,200
Prize pool: US$ 145,500
ITM: 10 places
Japan’s Yu Ogusu maintains lead to lift maiden live title
Yu Ogusu turned his $300 buy in thirty times over after taking down the Deepstack NLH for a payout of US$ 9,196. Ogusu topped the 119 entry field to lift his maiden live title and a first trophy for Japan in this series.
After two players fell, chip leader Ogusu knocked out two players in one go, and surprisingly, both busts – Zi Xuan Tan and Wah Meng Tan – had the same amount of chips. They split 6th and 7th prize money down the middle.
A few more busts later, Ogusu eliminated Vietnamese pro Le Ngoc Khanh (3rd) when his spiked the Ten to dust . This led to heads up against Australia’s Aroha Ngata, both players vying for their first WPT trophy. Despite Ngata’s efforts, Ogusu stayed ahead and took it to the finish line with standing firm against on a final board .
Buy in: US$ 300
Prize pool: US$ 31,166
ITM: 15 places
Le Ngoc Khanh
Duc Thanh Nguyen
Zi Xuan Tan
Wah Meng Tan
Ta Khanh Linh
Payout 10 – 15 (paid out on Day 1)
Ngoc Minh Nguyen
Deal awards Lucas Tae the NLH Turbo title
The evening’s NLH Turbo found 53 runners for a prize pool of US$ 13,881. Four hours in, Wipat Udomkanjananan won a three-way with two pair beating and on a board to deliver the bubble. Udomkanjananan went on to bust in 5th place and was followed out by Tyler Suansrakaew in 4th place.
The final three players attempted to deal numerous times but failed. This led to the fall of Nicholas Cantelo to Lucas Tae with dominating on a board . Another deal was attempted and this time it was reached. The final two split the remaining cash down the middle and Tae was awarded the trophy for his larger stack. For runner up Deep Raina, it was his second final table appearance having placed 7th at the 8-Max NLH Single Day.
Buy in: US$ 300
Prize pool: US$ 13,881
ITM: 7 places
Chakshu Deep Raina
Nicholas J Cantelo
Niko Antti Juhani Nyman
Player of the Festival update
After seven completed events, the Player of the Festival is heating up. Leading the race is NagaWorld Millions champion, Maggie Chien Chih Weng, with 550 points. Listed below are the top 16 in points. At the end of the festival, the player with the most points accrued will win a WPT Passport worth $5K to any WPT Main Tour this year.
Huyen Duc Luu
Chi Ling Tsang
On Season XXI WPT Prime Cambodia
WPT Prime Cambodia, in partnership with Connaissance Management, runs from March 9 to 21 at NagaWorld Integrated Resorts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A total of 30 tournaments are scheduled and US$ 1 Million in guarantees. To date, seven players have walked away victorious. More trophies up for grabs including the upcoming Main Event $500,000 guaranteed. For added enjoyment, there are ample cash games running daily and the Cash Game Bonanza.
WPT Prime Cambodia – Player Guide
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