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Expanding its growing presence in Asia, the World Poker Tour (WPT) on July 28 announced that it has entered a brand new collaboration with the NagaWorld Integrated Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that will be hosting the first-ever WPT Cambodia from November 16-25 later this year.
WPT has already announced a packed schedule of 17 high-value events for the stop headlined by the $1,100 (~₹75,594) buy-in WPT Main Event (November 21-25) that has a whopping $250,000 (~₹1.71 Crore) prize pool guarantee. The other event buy-ins start from $250 (₹17,180) and go all the way up to $5,300 (₹3.64 Lakhs) with various game variants on offer like the Short Deck, Turbo, Bounty, and Pot-Limit Omaha.
Talking about the brand’s expansion in Cambodia, Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for WPT said, “Asia-Pacific is a hotbed for poker and the WPT is proud to bring another exciting event to the region. This event would not be possible without continued support from players around the globe and we invite them to join us this November at the wonderful NagaWorld property.”
NagaWorld Integrated Resort is the largest entertainment and leisure complex housed in the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. It is a subsidiary of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed company, NagaCorp Ltd. The stunning 5-star property was birthed in 1995 and boasts of 1,658 suites and deluxe rooms, over 20 food and beverage outlets, clubs, two spas, a 2,000-seater NABA Theatre and Cambodia’s first underground shopping gallery, the NagaCity Walk.
WPT Cambodia Schedule
|Date||Time (ICT)||Event Name||Buy-in|
|November 16||1:00 PM||1 | WPT CAMBODIA KICKOFF EVENT DAY 1A PLAY TO ITM 30 MIN LEVELS (RE-ENTRY)||₹30,286|
|6:30 PM||1 | WPT CAMBODIA KICKOFF EVENT DAY 1B PLAY TO ITM 20 MIN LEVELS (RE-ENTRY)||₹30,286|
|November 17||1:00 PM||1 | WPT CAMBODIA KICKOFF EVENT FINAL DAY 2 |
|1:30 PM||2 | MAIN EVENT WARM UP (1 RE-ENTRY)||₹75,715|
|5:00 PM||3 | NAGAWORLD CUP FLIGHT 1 PLAY TO ITM (1 ENTRY PER FLIGHT)||₹20,649|
|November 18||1:00 PM||2 | MAIN EVENT WARM UP DAY 2|
|1:00 PM||3 | NAGAWORLD CUP FLIGHT 2 PLAY TO ITM (1 ENTRY PER FLIGHT)||₹20,649|
|6:00 PM||4 | DEEPSTACK TURBO (1 RE-ENTRY)||₹17,208|
|November 19||1:00 PM||3 | NAGAWORLD CUP DAY 2|
|1:00 PM||5 | MEGASTACK FREEZEOUT 2 DAY EVENT||₹37,857|
|7:00 PM||6 | SHORT DECK 2 DAY EVENT (RE-ENTRY)||₹20,649|
|November 20||12:45 PM||5 | MEGASTACK DAY 2|
|12:45 PM||6 | SHORT DECK DAY 2|
|1:00 PM||7 | BOUNTY ($100 PER BOUNTY) (1 RE-ENTRY)||₹20,649|
|2:00 PM||8 | WPT CAMBODIA SHR DAY 1 (RE-ENTRY)||₹3,64,812|
|November 21||12:45 PM||8 | WPT CAMBODIA SHR DAY 2|
|1:00 PM||9 | WPT CAMBODIA MAIN EVENT DAY 1A (1 RE-ENTRY PER DAY)||₹75,715|
|6:00 PM||10 | NLH FREEZEOUT 1 DAY EVENT||₹27,533|
|November 22||1:00 PM||9 | WPT CAMBODIA MAIN EVENT DAY 1B (1 RE-ENTRY PER DAY)||₹75,715|
|1:30 PM||11 | WPT CAMBODIA HIGH ROLLER SINGLE DAY (1 RE-ENTRY)||₹1,51,431|
|6:30 PM||12 | PLO (1 RE-ENTRY) 2 DAY EVENT||₹37,857|
|November 23||12:45 PM||12 | PLO DAY 2|
|1:00 PM||9 | WPT CAMBODIA MAIN EVENT DAY 1C (1 RE-ENTRY PER DAY)||₹75,715|
|8:00 PM||13 | NLH TURBO FREEZEOUT ||₹17,208|
|November 24||12:00 PM||9 | WPT CAMBODIA MAIN EVENT DAY 2|
|1:00 PM||14 | MEGASTACK FREEZEOUT||₹44,741|
|6:00 PM||15 | WPT CAMBODIA HIGH ROLLER (RE-ENTRY) ENTRY OPEN UNTIL DAY 2||₹1,89,289|
|November 25||1:00 PM||15 | WPT CAMBODIA HIGH ROLLER (RE-ENTRY) ENTRY OPEN UNTIL DAY 2|
|1:00 PM||15 | WPT CAMBODIA HIGH ROLLER DAY 2 (RE-ENTRY) DAY 2 ENTRY OK||₹1,89,289|
|1:30 PM||16 | WPT NAGAWORLD SUPERSTACK FREEZEOUT CLASSIC ||₹20,649|
|5:30 PM||17 | WPT CAMBODIA HIGH ROLLER TURBO (1 RE-ENTRY)||₹1,47,989|
A Surge in Live Tournaments in India and the Asia Pacific
The poker circuit in Asia is one of the fastest-growing in the world and is naturally attracting a lot of attention from the major brands. While global brands like PokerStars, APT and WPT have already conducted several stops in places like Manila, Vietnam, Taipei and even India, Cambodia as a country will be hosting a major poker tournament after almost seven years.
WPT has been the most aggressive when it comes to expanding its footprint in Asia and has been continuously adding new Asian stops since last year. The brand has recently announced stops in Australia and Taiwan and is also returning to the Philippines after a long three-year hiatus, setting up non-stop poker stops in Asia all through next year. The WPT schedule has the following stops lined up – WPT Vietnam (September 3-11), WPT Japan (September 14-16), WPT Korea (September 17-23), WPT Australia (September 27 – October 7), WPT India (October 15-21), WPT Cambodia (November 16-25), WPT Philippines (February 6-17, 2020), WPT Vietnam (March 13-22, 2020) and WPT Taiwan (March 27-April 6, 2020).
There has been a resurgence of live tournaments in India as well with several domestic brands coming out of hibernation by announcing stops in Goa. Flagging off the busy season will be the DPT series (July 31 – August 5) that kicks off tonight followed by the IPC series (September dates), Baazi Poker Tour (October 9-14), and WPT India (October 15-21).
Cambodia – An Attractive Poker Destination For Indian Poker Players
Like most other popular Asian poker hubs, Cambodia too has a lot to offer to the Indian poker player. A popular tourist destination, Cambodia boasts of authentic Khmer culture and beautiful sights that include Buddhist shrines and colonial architecture in the capital city of Phnom Penh.
Affordable Travel and Cost of Living
The currency is Cambodian Riel (₹100 to 5,930 Cambodian Riel), but US Dollars are accepted and preferred everywhere. All cash games and tournament buy-ins will be in USD. Air tickets from Delhi – Phnom Penh, usually cost anywhere between ₹30,000 – ₹40,000.
Accommodation options are relatively inexpensive with options ranging from charming guesthouses and hostels for backpackers to five-star resorts and boutique hotels. Almost all international cuisines can be found in Cambodia with an average per meal cost of around ₹350-₹700.
SIM cards at the airport usually cost around ₹350 for 5 days, and there are easy to book cab apps like Grab, or PassApp which offer a cheap, safe and most reliable way to commute.
Visa on Arrival and E-Visa
For Indians, there is “visa on arrival” that can be acquired at the Phnom Penh International Airport by submitting minimum documents, confirmed return flight tickets, showing minimum $500 (₹34,361) cash and a copy of the hotel accommodation. The cost of the visa is ₹1,377 for a maximum stay of 30 days (extendable).
Another great alternate to enter Cambodia is to get an e-Visa which can be applied for online on www.evisa.gov.kh for an additional cost of ₹550. The single-entry tourist visa allows an applicant to stay for a maximum of 30 days, and it takes three days for the visa to be processed.
The fee can be paid by a credit/debit card, and once the e-Visa is received, a print out of the same will get you entry into Cambodia.
Attractive Tourism Spots
Visitors often go to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat along with the beautiful island beaches of Koh Rong Sanloem. The most popular tourist spots in Cambodia include Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm (Temple Of ‘Tomb Raider’), Phnom Penh Palace, Preah Khan (Buddha Temple), Battambang Bat Caves, Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, Popokvil Waterfall, and Kampot River.
Happening Night Life
For unwinding in the after-hours, there are designated ‘pub streets’ and riverside boulevards in the main town of Phnom Penh. Some clubs remain open for 24 hours and others barely close early. For a more laidback beach bar vibe, one has the option of visiting the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem.