Action packed Day 3 at World Poker Tour Prime Cambodia as players made a dash for the final heats of Event 2: NagaWorld Millions. Before the first hour ended, the $150K guarantee was breached, eventually closing at a cumulative 508 entries for a prize pool of US$ 246,380.
Buy in: US$ 550
Guarantee: US$ 150,000
Total Entries: 508
Prize pool: US$ 246,380
ITM: 53 players
Day 1A: 33 entries / 4 ITM
Day 1B: 182 entries / 19 ITM
Day 1C: 190 entries / 19 ITM
Day 1D (Turbo): 103 / 11 ITM
DAY 2 CHIP COUNTS
The day also witnessed two players emerge victorious at the side events. The newly minted were India’s Alok Birewar and Vietnam’s Bien Mai, both players dominated the final table. We’ve got those stories and results down below.
Event 2: WPT Prime Cambodia NagaWorld Millions $150K GTD
The NagaWorld Millions opened with 215 entries already generated from the previous two starting days, this left only two flights for players to join the action. Midway through the second level of Day 1C, the tables filled up, and just like that, the $150,000 guarantee was breached. At the close of registration, 190 was the count, among them were famous vloggers / WPT Brand Ambassadors Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme.
Several hours later, the bubble burst on Ankit Jajodia who missed the board against Firat Basbaydar‘s . This gave Basbaydar enough chips to surge and earn the heat’s chip lead. He will return on the final day as the overall chip leader with a massive 118 bb.
End of Day 1C – 19 players
Chu Myat Thwe
Hua Wei Lin
Khanh Ngoc Le
Nevan Yu Chung Chang
Over at the Day 1D Turbo flight, 103 took advantage of their last opportunity to qualify. Among them was WPT Beijing 2017 Main Event champion Pete Yen Han Chen however he was long gone when the bubble burst. USA’s Gabriel Vetters delivered the bad news with dominating throughout. Day 1D bagged up with China’s Jijun Xu as heat leader with 78 bb.
End of Day 1D – 11 players
Kang Yoon Ko
Eric Chan Sai Hoe
Melvin Ng Wei Zong
DAY 2 CHIP COUNTS
India’s Alok Birewar crushes the Deepstack NLH Freezeout
Alok Birewar became the first player from India to capture a side event title at the series. Birewar championed the two-day Deepstack NLH Freezeout for a cool US$ 7,748 payday and his career second WPT trophy. His first win was back at the 2018 WPTDS Big Bounty in India.
The day saw 13 out of the 97 registrants return with Birewar high up on the pedestal. Birewar maintained that status throughout, eliminating four players at the final table, including Vietnam’s Thi Xuan Ha Tran at heads up. Impressively both Birewar and Tran entered the Final Day as top two and closed it in the same ranking.
The final hand saw Birewar shove top pair on a turn board and Tran risked it with two pair. The river paired the board to give Birewar the win with his Ace kicker.
Buy in: US$ 300
Prize pool: US$ 25,404
ITM: 13 places
Thi Xuan Ha Tran
Cheap Ty Tang
Jung Hoon Choi
Good call from Bien Mai to win the 8-Max NLH Single Day
The 8-Max NLH Single Day produced a 79-entry field for a prize pool of US$ 24,138. After the bubble burst and Finland’s Mikael Andersson was eliminated in 10th place, the final table was formed with Bien Mai as chip leader. This was the Mai’s second final table of the day. Sevvy Steenman was also back for his second visit.
As the game progressed, Mai continued to dominate, eliminating four players before going head-to-head against Marco Wiederkehr. Despite the stacks being very lopsided, with Mai up 10 to 1, he could not close it out immediately. Instead, Wiederkehr grinded and nearly reached par until the final hand arrived.
On a board and a raised pot preflop by Mai, he checked to Wiederkehr who then shoved. Mai was about to fold then reviewed the board for a bout a minute then called. It was the right one with Wiederkehr turning over and Mai slightly ahead with . The turn and river sealed the win.
Wiederkehr went over to Mai to congratulate him and say, “What a call!” Mai banked the US$ 8,206 top prize and his career second WPT Prime trophy. He brings Vietnam its second trophy of the series.
Buy in: US$ 350
Entries: 79 (64 unique, 15 re-entry)
Prize pool: US$ 24,138
ITM: 10 places
Byoung Soo Lee
Mikael T Andersson
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.
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. The number to beat is 1,224 which was set at the recently concluded WPT Prime Gold Coast.
WPT Prime Cambodia – Player Guide
Breakdown of WPT Prime Cambodia schedule
In addition to tournaments, players can also enjoy the cash tables. A special promo called the Cash Game Bonanza is held daily featuring a total of US$ 13,000 in cash giveaways.
From the start of the festival to finish, 10 daily draws take place. The winning player is awarded a minimum of US$ 100. To be eligible, drop your same day tournament ticket in the raffle box, play the cash tables, and if your name is drawn, you will win cash. To collect, you must be playing at the cash table when your name is drawn.
Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we bring you updates of WPT Prime Cambodia from start to finish.
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