Record breaking WPT Prime Cambodia pays out over $2.9M; David Erquiaga hailed Player of the Festival; Mike Takayama wins two events

 

The record breaking WPT Prime Cambodia may be in the history books but the confetti continues to fly with winners yet to be celebrated and moments to relive. Running from August 11 to 23 at NagaWorld Phnom Penh, the final day witnessed more Philippine players lift trophies. Mike Takayama emerged as the first player to capture two events, Main Event champion David Erquiaga was hailed WPT Player of the Festival, and India walked away with a whopping 8 event trophies. We’ve got those stories, festival highlights, and final side events winners for you.

Festival review

Grand prize pool: US$ 2,951,395 (24 events)
Entries: 4,309
Main Event champion: David Erquiaga
Player of the Festival: David Erquiaga
Multi-winner: Mike Takayama – 10K SHR Single Day Challenge & $HR 3K
Biggest earner: Mike Takayama – US$ 200,100
Most final tables: Kunal Patni (4) Jasven Saigal (4)
Trophies by flag: India (8), Philippines (3), Malaysia (3), Vietnam (2), Russia (1), Korea (1), South Africa (1), United Kingdom (1), Indonesia (1), Netherlands (1), USA (1), Taiwan (1)

Philippines’ David Erquiaga hailed WPT Player of the Festival

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Philippines’ David Erquiaga was supposed to fly home after winning the Main Event but postponed it in an attempt to secure his lead in the WPT Player of the Festival race. With three events yet to complete on closing day, Erquiaga wasn’t safe with only 100 points ahead of Kunal Patni. Five others down the rung were also in contention, Trong Hieu Ngo, Mike Takayama, Martijn Gerrits, Christopher Mateo, and WPT Prime Vietnam Player of the Festival winner Duy Ho. WPT Live Events Specialist, Danny McDonagh, provided the blow-by-blow in his Facebook page:

The Player of the Festival for WPT Prime Cambodia went literally right down to the wire! I was fortunate to have a front seat to watch the action. Coming into the final three events the top 7 were live.

Christopher Mateo was actually on 375 points and a 2nd in the SuperStack Classic moved him up to 675 points. He declined to play the Turbo Closer given his flight that night and Mike Takayama also passed on the last two events for the same reason.

However, the other 5 in the top 7 all played Event 23, the $300 6 Max. Both Kunal and Martijn Gerrits busted and jumped into the Turbo Closer but both ultimately fell short in that event also.

That left the start of day leader David Erquiaga with 900 points, Trong Hieu Ngo on 825 points and Duy Ho on 650 points to fight for the trophy and 5K Main Tour entry in the 6 Max. The winner would receive 300 points, going down to 50 points for 9th.

All three were live with 11 remaining and David was seriously short stacked down to 53k. And then in the matter of three hands this happened.

David went all in a slight underdog and doubled up. Next hand on same table Duy Ho was all in with Aces against a shove of 6’s for a 500k plus pot only to see a 6 fall on the flop and eliminate him in 11th.

And on the other table just after Duy busted Hieu Ngo was all in and busted in 10th to guarantee David the POF win.

Erquiaga earned 800 points for his Main Event victory and 150 points for 6th place at the $5.3K Super High Roller for a combined 950 points. With the most points accrued, he won the WPT Passport worth $5,000 to any WPT Main Tour of choice.

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Record breaking Main Event

The WPT Prime Cambodia broke bounds with a record breaking 1,050 Main Event entries for a prize pool of US$ 1,018,500. This was the largest turnout and pot for an open event by the brand in Asia.

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Emerging triumphant was Philippine pro David Erquiaga for his first ever major title. In addition to a career high payout of US$ 137,008, Erquiaga won a seat worth US$ 10,400 to the WPT World Championship $15M guaranteed. The event takes place in December at the Wynn Las Vegas.

David Erquiaga clinches the record breaking WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event

Philippines’ Mike Takayama captures second high roller title, closes as biggest earner

Highly decorated Filipino pro Mike Takayama impressed at the festival, becoming the only player to bag two events. Takayama‘s first win was at the 10K Super High Roller Single Day Challenge for a substantial US$ 94,100 payout, then on penultimate day, he outlasted the 140 entry field of the High Roller 3K event for a larger US$ 106,000 paycheck. With a combined US$ 200,100 in winnings, he was also the festival’s biggest earner.

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The HR 3K event was a two-day affair, and being that it was the last high roller event scheduled, it drew a 140 entry field for a bulky US$ 380,240 prize pool. Among the players in attendance were Tzai Wei Phua, Cao Ngoc Anh, GACKT, James Mendoza, Punnat Punsri to mention a few. Day 1 closed with Philippines’ Alfie Poetra leading the hunt while Takayama was ranked 8th. Also in the top 10 lineup were WSOP champion Leo Soma, France’s Clement Van Driessche, Russia’s Vladimir Mefodichev, and Filipino Vamerdino Magsakay.

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At seven-handed, Takayama amassed a monstrous stack after delivering a double elimination with a nutty nut flush AsJh against Magsakay‘s KcKs and Mefodichev’s AdKd on a board 2s5sQdJs3s. From there he cruised to heads up backed by a massive lead against Dutch pro Martijn Gerrits. Both players were seeking their second festival title with Gerrits having won the Short Deck High Roller. Despite Takayama‘s big lead, it wasn’t an easy close. Gerrits battled to steal the lead. Once Takayama grabbed it back, he nailed it shut with pocket Tens over King-Five.

Buy in: US$ 3,000
Entries: 140
Prize pool: US$ 380,240
ITM: 18 places

1st
Mike Takayama
Philippines
$106,000

2nd
Martijn Gerrits
Netherlands
$66,900

3rd
Sangbeom Lim
Korea
$39,700

4th
Clement Van Driessche
France
$23,800

5th
Phachara Wongwichit
Thailand
$18,500

6th
Vladimir Mefodichev
Russia
$15,590

7th
Vamerdino Magsakay
Philippines
$13,400

8th
Somashek Kurkhepally
India
$12,000

9th
Koen Breed
Netherlands
$10,600

10th
Punnat Punsri
Thailand
$9,250

11th
Alfie Poetra
Philippines
$9,250

12th
Abhinav Iyer
India
$9,250

13th
Mei San Ang
Singapore
$8,000

14th
Fuwei Chen
China
$8,000

15th
Gavin Best
Australia
$8,000

16th
Zarvan Tumboli
India
$8,000

17th
Kyungtae Lee
Korea
$7,000

18th
Viet Hoang Tran
Vietnam
$7,000

Kunal Patni and Jasven Saigal reach four final tables

While several players reached multiple final tables, Indian players Kunal Patni and Jasven Saigal topped the counts with four each. Both players also won one event. Here’s a look at their achievements:

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3rd place – Event 3: Deepstack NLH Freezeout
1st place – Event 5: Deepstack NLH
5th place – Event 7: Mystery Bounty
6th place – Main Event

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6th place – Event 7: Mystery Bounty
7th place – Event 11: Bounty Event $250 Bounty
8th place – Event 16: Pot Limit Omaha
1st place – Event 23: SuperStack 6-Max Finale

WPT World Championship package winner: DINH QUOC NGUYEN

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Vietnam’s Dinh Quoc Nguyen won a package worth US$ 12,500 to the WPT World Championship after outlasting seven other runners at the WPT WC Satellite.

India lifts eight trophies

Throughout the 13-day festival, players from all over the globe were in participation. Coming in packs were players from Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, South Africa, France, and India who lifted 8 trophies, the most by any nation.

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Winners: Ashish Munot (NagaWorld SuperStack), Kunal Patni (Deepstack NLH), Akshay Kapoor (NLH Single Day), Zarvan Tumboli (Pot Limit Omaha), Shardul Parthasarathi (SHR), Somashekar Kurkhepally (Bounty Event), Jasven Saigal (SuperStack 6-Max Finale), and Gurpal Singh (Closer Turbo).

Final side event winners

Event 18:  NLH Freezeout – DUY MANH HO – US$ 6,460

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Buy in: US$ 300
Entries: 119
Prize pool: US$ 31,166
ITM: 15 places

1st
Duy Manh Ho
USA
$6,460*

2nd
Anton Widjaya
Indonesia
$5,711*

3rd
Chi Chung Ho
Hong Kong
$6,110*

4th
Abbouchi Mohamad
Lebanon
$2,182

5th
Suk Sun Noh
Korea
$1,652

6th
Po Chun Wen
Taiwan
$1,371

7th
Jin Xiong Lee
Singapore
$1,184

8th
Tomas Dedinas
USA
$1,044

9th
Raju Jaruplavath
India
$919

10th
Bruce Richard Kelly
Australia
$810

11th
Kittipat Poochaneeyangkoon
Thailand
$810

12th
Robert Campbell
Australia
$810

13th
Lindsay Charles Jefferson
Australia
$701

14th
Kamran Suriya
Pakistan
$701

15th
Harsh Bubna
India
$701

*Three-way deal

Event 19: NLH Turbo Freezeout – VICTOR CHONG – US$ 8,000

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Buy in: US$ 300
Entries: 115
Prize pool: US$ 30,119
ITM: 15 places

1st
Victor Chong
Malaysia
$8,000*

2nd
Duy Manh Ho
USA
$6,382*

3rd
Gunisha Sinha
India
$3,283

4th
Samuel Adams
New Zealand
$2,108

5th
Ari Marlon Kumpumaki
Finland
$1,596

6th
Raju Jaruplavath
India
$1,325

7th
Prommin Talordpong
Thailand
$1,145

8th
Tanik Kongjaroentin
Thailand
$1,009

9th
Chung Yu Ho
Taiwan
$888

10th
Chang Yu Lee
Taiwan
$783

11th
Omair Javed
Pakistan
$783

12th
Laksh Pal Singh
India
$783

13th
Kanchan Sharma
India
$678

14th
Muhammed Ali Chandna
Pakistan
$678

15th
Eunju Jung
Korea
$678

*Heads up deal

Event 20: Bounty Event $150 Bounty – VAN TRUNG NGUYEN – US$ 12,100

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Buy in: US$ 500
Entries: 194
Prize pool: US$ 84,681
Bounty pool: US$ 29,100
ITM: 25 places

1st
Van Trung Nguyen
Vietnam
$12,100*

2nd
Duc Kien Tran
Vietnam
$11,264*

3rd
Trent Fechter
USA
$5,697

4th
Klas Stafan Borjesson

$3,465

5th
Hua Wei Lin
Taiwan
$2,676

6th
Junxiang Collin Lim
Singapore
$2,218

7th
Constantine Paparestis
Ireland
$1,890

8th
Mohamad Bin Noording
Singapore
$1,634

9th
Ari Marlon Kumpumaki
Finland
$1,383

10th
Kyoungwon Park
Korea
$1,203

11th
Hiroki Karatsu
Japan
$1,203

12th
Hiroki Morishita
Japan
$1,203

13th
Ankit Wadhawan
India
$1,028

14th
Van Canh Nguyen
Vietnam
$1,028

15th
Phuong Ngoc Nguyen
Vietnam
$1,028

16th
Ying Chang Chen
Taiwan
$853

17th
Chyuan Seng Wee
Malaysia
$853

18th
Jain Bhuvan
Singapore
$853

19th
Kenichi Seto
Japan
$681

20th
Jun Hao Wu
Singapore
$681

21st
Guoxi Lian
Singapore
$681

22nd
Sunho Yoo
Korea
$514

23rd
Thai Bao Vu
Vietnam
$514

24th
Chun Hsiang Yang
Taiwan
$514

25th
Pratibh Saluja
India
$417

*Heads up deal

Event 22: SuperStack Classic Freezeout – CHAO TING CHENG – US$ 14,271

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Buy in: US$ 400
Entries: 148
Prize pool: US$ 51,682
ITM: 19 places

1st
Chao Ting Cheng
Taiwan
$14,271

2nd
Christopher Mateo
Philippines
$9,044

3rd
Ngoc Quoc Bao Pham
Vietnam
$5,323

4th
Sinsung Yoon
Korea
$3,232

5th
Anton Widjaya
Indonesia
$2,507

6th
Kohei Wada
Japan
$2,070

7th
Jun Hao Wu
Singapore
$1,809

8th
Dzmitry Halubitski
Belarus
$1,615

9th
David Peter Rodwell
Australia
$1,427

10th
Ben Abrahams
Thailand
$1,240

11th
Minjae Bae
Korea
$1,240

12th
Yoke Wei Woon
Malaysia
$1,240

13th
Samuel Adams
New Zealand
$1,059

14th
Jianguo Zhou
China
$1,059

15th
Shardul Parthasarathi
India
$1,059

16th
Rindra Norodom

$904

17th
Ngoc Quoc Luat Tran
Vietnam
$904

18th
Julius Umbrazuinas
Lithuania
$904

19th
Alfonso Baja
Philippines
$775

Event 23: SuperStack 6-Max Finale – JASVEN SAIGAL – US$ 6,255

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Buy in: US$ 300
Entries: 90
Prize pool: US$ 23,571
ITM: 12 places

1st
Jasven Saigal
India
$6,255*

2nd
Rindra Norodom

$5,700*

3rd
Sylvain Chhang

$2,829

4th
Amit Kaushik
India
$1,827

5th
Laksh Pal Singh
India
$1,414

6th
Kun Kiet Wong
Malaysia
$1,120

7th
Wongyu Kang
Korea
$943

8th
Huaxin Wang
China
$825

9th
David Jansen Erquiaga
Philippines
$748

10th
Duy Manh Ho
USA
$684

11th
Trong Hieu Ngo
Vietnam
$636

12th
Sombath Sok

$590

*Heads up deal

Event 24: Closer Turbo – GURPAL SINGH NANDA – US$ 11,713

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Buy in: US$ 550
Entries: 69
Prize pool: US$ 33,465
ITM: 9 places

1st
Gurpal Singh Nanda
India
$6,255

2nd
Ankit Wadhawan
India
$5,700

3rd
Chung Yi Ho
Taiwan
$2,829

4th
Jeffry Kurniawan
Indonesia
$1,827

5th
Ashish Munot
India
$1,414

6th
Dhanesh Chainani
Singapore
$1,120

7th
Sumit Sapra
India
$943

8th
Kim Lay Ly
Canada
$825

9th
Kevin Sabbe
Australia
$748

Up next is WPT Australia

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For the first time, the World Poker Tour will bring its main tour to Australia with games taking place from September 15 to 27 at The Star Gold Coast. The festival features a full schedule of 13 events with buy ins from A$ 440 to A$ 10,000. The highlight is the A$ 5,400 Main Event which runs from September 23 to 27. Two starting days are available to join the action. With the past WPT festivals drawing massive crowds, players can expect this event to surpass all others. Head to the WPT website for all the info.

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