Day 2 of the WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event has ended with Chi Jen Chu leading the final table of nine players with a stack of 8,615,000 chips. Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni has the second-highest chip stack of 6,640,000. Along with Patni, player Ankit Jajodia is also another India to make it to the final table. With two Indians on the FT, it’ll be interesting to see if they will be able to spin the FT in their favour.
Abhinav Iyer bubbles the Main Event final table. Iyer raises to 160,000 with pocket queens and Chi Jen “Justin” Chu three-bets to 500,000 with pocket aces. Iyer shoves and Chu snap-calls. A massive pot is formed on the final table bubble. The flop opens to A ❤ T ❤ 4 ♠ and Chu has a set. Iyer’s hand improves on the turn Q ♣, however, the 7 ♦ did nothing for him. Iyer is eliminated in 10th place for $16,880.
With Iyer’s bust out, Day 2 of the Main Event has come to an end. The final tables is set with nine players taking their seats to fight for the winning title.
After the break, Marcelo Bregoli defends the big blind against Jean Robert Autran and check-calls a bet on a T ♣ 9 ♣ 8 ❤ flop. Bregoli check-shoves on the T ❤ turn, seeing that he has trips. Autran, who already flopped a Q-8 straight calls. The river 3 ♠ does nothing for Bregoli and he’s eliminated in 11th place for $13,440. With his exit, the field is now down to only 10 players.
Level 26 begins with the blinds at 40,000/80,000 with a big blind ante of 80,000. Here are the updated chip counts for the remaining 11 players. Kunal Patni maintains his chip lead while Abhinav Iyer has the third highest chip lead so far.
The last 11 players are now on a break. There are two more eliminations required for Day 2 of the Main Event to come to a close. Only the final nine contenders will head to the final table on Day 3.
Ankit Jajodia raises to 120,000, and Kunal Patni calls. A flop of J ♣ 8 ♣ 6 ♣ appears on the board. Jajodia continues to bet, and Patni calls. Both check on the x ♣ turn and 5 ❤ river, but Jajodia’s A ♠ J ♦ holds no water against Patni’s 3 ♣ 3 ❤ which gives him a flush. Patni now has 6,700,000 in chips while Jajodia has 3,100,000.
Level 25 has begun, and the blinds are 30,000/60,000 with a big blind ante of 60,000. The average stack of 2.7 million and there are only 12 players left. There are four short-stacked players, and the final table bubble looms closer.
Pradeep Sharma pushes all-in for the last 500,000 from UTG position with A ♠ K ♦ . Marcelo Bregoli calls from the cutoff holding A ♦ A ❤ , and the rest folds. The rail from behind shout for kings but none turn up on the board of 7 ♠ 5 ♣ 4 ♦ 6 ❤ Q ❤ giving the win to Bregoli. Sharma exits in 14th place for $10,830.
Only 15 players remain after an intense Level 23. The players are now on a 15 minutes break.
Kanchan Sharma becomes the next Indian player to bow out of the race. Sharma bets 330,000 preflop which is followed by Junnie Pamlona moving all-in with A ♦ K ♣. Sharma calls, and with A ❤ A ♣ is in a good spot to score a major double up. While the female pro was leading on the J ♣ T ♠ 8 ♦ , Pamlona celebrates as the Q ♦ on the turn completes his A-T straight. Only a king could result in a split pot, however, the 6 ♦ river ended the road for Sharma. She finished in 20th place for $7,280.
Michael Kim Falcon bets 110,000, chip leader Chi Jen Chu three-bets to 425,000, Siddhanth Kripalani four-bet shoves, and as the action circles back to Falcon, he tank-folds. Chu calls and the board 2 ♣ 8 ♣ T ♦ K ♣ T ♠ runs out. Kripalani’s Q ♦ Q ❤ doesn’t hold up against Chu’s A ♦ K ♦ as the latter scores better two pairs (KK, TT). Kripalani exits in 21st place for $7,280.
Ankit Jajodia goes all-in for the last 615,000 with A ♣ J ♠ and Siddhanth Kripalani calls with pocket nines. Jajodia leads on the flop with the higher pair and manages to hold his spot till the end to win the pot.
The field is down to the final three tables after two quick eliminations. Players are now on a short break. The new level will start and the final 24 players will be assigned to their new seats after a redraw.
Ming Suan Tan raises to 70,000 and then calls the three-bet shove by table short stack Jasven Saigal for 285,000. Saigal has A ♣ 7 ♣ while Tan held A ♦ J ♦ . However, both aces miss the T ❤ 3 ♦ 3 ♣ flop and 9 ♠ turn. But the river J ♠ improves Tan’s hand, and Saigal is sent to the rail in 29th place for $5,120.
There remaining 29 players are back in their seats as Level 22 begins. Blinds are now at 15,000/30,000 and a big blind ante of 30,000.
Level 21 comes to an end, and players are now on a 15 minutes break. The smaller chip denominations are now being raced off to cut down on massive chip towers.
Michael Falcon bets 225,000 and Abhinav Iyer calls on the board of A ♦ 7 ♠ 6 ❤ 9 ♣ K ♦ . Iyer immediately wins the pot as Falcon decides to muck his cards. Iyer and Chi Jen ‘Justin’ Chu are currently leading the lot, with Kunal Patni following close behind. There are now only 29 players remaining mid-way through Level 21.
After back-to-back shoves, WPT India Main Event champion Ashish Munot is now out of the tournament. First, Munot tried to eliminate Vu Duc Trung who had only 2 BBs left. However, Munot’s 7 ♦ 6 ♦ fails to improve against Trung’s Q ♦ Q ❤ .
In the next hand, Junnie Pamplona raises from the button, and Munot jams. Pamplona calls. Munot shows A ♦ 9 ❤ but did not give him the win against Pamplona’s A ♣ Q ♠ when the board ran out. Pamplona chips up while Munot heads to the exit door.
There are now on 31 players left in the event sitting on the final four tables. Level 21 begins with blinds at 15,000/25,000 with a big blind ante of 25,000.
Gaurav Sood lost a big portion of his stack size and while he went all-in with Q ♦ 8 ♣ a comeback was not in the cards as he went against Aike Ing‘s A ♣ Q ♠. The board A ♠ 7 ♠ 5 ♦ 9 ❤ 9 ♠ gave Ing the win with two pairs (AA, 99) and Sood bowed out of the tournament in 35th place for $4,3980.
Jiho Song who has 450,000 in chips, goes all-in preflop with A ❤ T ♦ . Song’s bet is quickly called by Ritwik Khanna who has pocket queens. The board 9 ❤ 3 ♦ 2 ♣ 8 ♦ K ♦ disappoints Song with no ace. The win goes to Khanna and Song’s tournament life comes to an end.
There are 41 players remaining and the tournament is now on the last six tables. Blinds are now 10,000-20,000 with a big blind ante of 20,000 and the average stack size is at 38 big blinds.
Abhinav Iyer had a big stack which was soon reduced as he lost two all-in showdowns in a row. The WSOP bracelet winner lost against Aike Ing when the Ing nails the top set with Q ♠ Q ♦ on a flop of Q ❤ 4 ♣ 3 ♣ 9 ♠ J ♠. Iyer instantly mucks his cards upon seeing the bad news on the flop.
After this, Iyer’s A ❤ K ❤ went up against Ing’s A ♦ A ♠. The flop of 8 ♣ 7 ♣ 4 ♦ with two blanks following after, results in Iyer losing the showdown again.
Kunal Patni three-bets an open raise by Hsing-Hsiung “David” Tai to 75,000 and receives a call. The flop is J ♠ 8 ❤ 7 ♠. Tai checks and then calls a continuation bet worth 100,000.
Both players check down the turn 2 ♦ and the river 3 ♠ sees Tai bet 103,000. Patni snap-calls with K ♣ J ❤ and wins the pot with top pair, as Tai only has a smaller 9 ❤ 9 ♣. Patni now has 1,500,000 chips while Tai is less than 500,000.
Level 19 has started and now the action has slowed down with all-in showdowns being less frequently. The field is down to 51 players, and the blinds are now 10,000/15,000 with a big blind ante of 15,000.
From the button position, Frederik De Linde Farrington raises to 25,000 and calls a three-bet by India Poker Championship (IPC) Megastacks May 2022 ME winner Siddhanth Kripalani from the small blind. Kripalani continues to on a flop of T ❤ 7 ♣ 3 ♦ and then calls the shove by De Linde Farrington.
De Linde Farrington cards flips over to show T ♦ 9 ♦ , which gives him top pair. However, it was Kripalani’s K ♠ K ♣ that helps him scoop the pot and kick the Danish player off the competition.
Just before the break, David Erquiaga check-raises the on the turn of 5 ♠ 4 ♦ 2 ♠ 2 ♦ . He then bets on the river K ❤ for 200,000. Raja Puttamsetty opts to call for a good portion of his remaining stack.
Erquiaga then asks the dealer, “He just called?” The dealer nodes and Erquiaga with A ♦ 9 ♦ reveals only a busted flush draw. Puttamsetty wins the sizable pot with A ❤ K ♣ and is the next player to have more than a million in chips (1,050,000).
The blinds have now reached6,000/12,000 with a big blind remaining of 12,000, and the current average stands at close to half a million in chips.
Level 17 is now complete, and players are on the first break of the day, which will last 15 minutes. Level 17 saw many players eliminated from the field, which is now down to the last 64 players. Among those to bust out before the break are Q.D.Nguyen, Nudurumati Pradeep, Robert Campbell, Brent Cook, and Dzmitry Halubitski.
There are now less than 100 players remaining in the tournament. The field shrinking fast as all-in showdowns taking place is quick successions every minute. The average stack stands at 38 big blinds. Blinds are now 5,000/10,000 and the big blind ante of 10,000.
Junnie Pamplona is all in for his remaining 84,000 with hole cards A ♦ Q ♠ and poker pro Kanchan Sharma calls with pocket kings. . While Sharma is leading till the turn, the river 8 ♣ 3 ♣ 7 ♦ J ♦ A ♣ brings her a loss and Pamplona gets a needed double up.
With K ♠ Q ♠ Hwamin Lee raises to 16,000 and reluctantly calls the shove by Jasven Saigal, who is holding pocket kings, for 94,500. The board opens 4 ❤ 4 ♣ 2 ♦ A ♠ 2 ♣ giving Saigal a double up with two pairs (KK, 44). Saigal has now chipped up to 200,000.
Only Sam Ath Lor and Zarvan Tumboli were in action at the turn T ♣ 9 ♠ 5 ❤ 3 ♠. Sam Ath Lor checks, and Zarvan Tumboli bets 72,000. A large shove by Ath Lor sends Tumboli tanking. He uses two-time bank extensions but finally opts to fold.
Sam Ath Lor – 580,000
Zarvan Tumboli – 180,000
The event has reached Level 16, and the blinds are now at 4,000/8,000 with the big blind ante of 8,000. Among those to exit early was Anna Lee, who was sent packing after she was unable to build up her short stack.
|Position||Prize (in USD)||POY Points|
|9th – 10th||$16,880||150|
|11th – 12th||$13,440||125|
|13th – 14th||$10,830||100|
|15th – 16th||$8,830||100|
|17th – 20th||$7,280||75|
|21st – 24th||$6,070||75|
|25th – 32nd||$5,120||50|
|33rd – 40th||$4,380||50|
|41st – 48th||$3,780||50|
|49th – 56th||$3,310||50|
|57th – 64th||$2,940||50|
|65th – 72nd||$2,640||50|
|73rd – 80th||$2,400||50|
|81st – 88th||$2,210||50|
|89th – 104th||$2,030||50|
|105th – 117th||$1,900||50|
|118th – 131st||$1,810||50|
We have now reached Day 2 of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Cambodia Main Event. The $1,100 buy-in event welcomed a total of 1,050 entries, out of which 129 players have advanced on to Day 2. The tournament reached a final prize pool worth $1,018,500. Leading the Day 2 survivors is Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni, who has a massive stack of 708,000. Wanki Baik and Ankit Jajodia were two contenders who bagged chips twice and will take their bigger stack to Day 2. They will receive a min-cash of $1,810 each for their previous efforts and will also take home prize money for their deep run today.
The Season 20 WPT Prime Cambodia $1,100 Main Event winner will receive a cash prize of $168,760 and an entry into the WPT World Championships at the end of the Season worth $10,400.
The tournament will now feature the WPT Action Clock, giving players 30 seconds to act on each street. Players will also have four time bank extensions which are available by default, and they will be reset to four again when there are only three tables left. All finalists then receive six new 30-second extensions for the grand finale on Monday, 22nd August 2022.
Watch this space for all the live updates on the WPT Prime Cambodia 2022 Main Event.
Donna Amo was a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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