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Making its debut run at Nagaworld in Phnom Penh, World Poker Tour (WPT) Cambodia is now well underway. Part of WPT’s Asia swing and the brand’s ambitious plans to gain a stronger foothold in the region, the series has already awarded trophies in two events since November 16.
The most prominent event that played down to a champion on November 18 was the $1,100 Main Event Warm-Up. The tournament had 20 qualifiers returning to play Day 2, with China’s Jianfeng Sun eventually taking home the title and the $29,234 (~₹21.01 Lakhs) cash prize that came with it.
It has been a great start for Team India at the stop with three players making ITM finishes in the series-opener Kickoff event. Adding to the team’s tally yesterday was PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, who finished runner-up in the Main Event Warm Up to win ₹12.58 Lakhs.
The PokerGuru team of Ambassadors have become a formidable force both live and online. The team has been in breakout form off late with young talents like Ankit Wadhawan, Ashish Munot & Gokul Raj, the more notable winners this month. In fact, they were two PokerGuru Ambassadors – Kartik Ved and Laksh Pal Singh, who were seen playing Day 2 of the Main Event Warm Up. While Ved got unlucky to fall out empty-handed despite starting the day with the fourth-largest stack in the field, Singh more than made up for it by making it all the way to the heads-up play. Even though Singh was denied the title by Sun, he pocketed $17,509 (~₹12.58 Lakhs) for his deep run!
Over at the $300 Nagaworld Cup, the second starting flight of the event saw 84 join the action, including nine Indians. By the time the day got over, the field had whittled down to 11 players, with Shankar Metlapalli (75,000) one of two Indian challengers entering Day 2. The end of day chip leader China’s Yinfei Xiao (206,000) holds the overall chip lead among the 18 players who will be starting play today – this includes seven survivors from Day 1A. India`s Deep Raina (116,000) was one of these seven survivors on Sunday.
Also on the tap for the day are the $500 Megastack Freezeout (1 PM) and the $300 Short Deck (re-entry) (7 PM).
The $1,100 Main Event Warm Up attracted a total of 95 entries. Only 20 could survive to Day 2, and the narrowed down field included PokerGuru Ambassadors Kartik Ved and Laksh Pal Singh.
With only 12 places paid, it didn’t take long for the bubble to burst on Day 2.
Although Ved couldn’t sail past the money line, Singh took his fight all the way to the heads-up finale where he came up against China’s Jainfeng Sun.
Even though Singh was ahead at the start of the heads-up play, Sun soon caught up and took over. In the final hand of the tournament a short-stacked Singh moved all-in preflop with against Sun’s . The board ran , forcing Singh to concede the title to Sun.
Final Table Results (USD)
The second starting flight of the $300 Nagaworld Cup got going at 1 PM (local time) on November 18. A total of 84 players signed up, and along with the 52 who’d entered on Flight 1, the field became 136-strong, generating a prize pool of $35,618.
By the end of the day’s play, only 11 remained standing in the field. China’s Yinfei Xiao (206,000) bagged the overnight chip lead.
A total of nine Indians entered the day’s action, but only one of them – Shankar Metlapalli was able to make the cut for Day 2. Metlapalli, who has a solo recorded live score, a 30th place finish at the 2018 WPT India Main Event, has advanced with a stack of 75,000.
Flight 1 qualifier Deep Raina (116,000) is the other Indian entering Day 2.
Eight others, namely, Meherzad Munsaf, Paawan Bansal, Dhanesh Vijaykumar Chainani, Gaurav Sood, Pradeep Nudurumati, Yesudas Naveensagar, PokerGuru Ambassador Madhav Gupta and Raju Jaruplavanath fell out during the day’s proceedings.
While Xiao is also at the forefront of the 18 players who advanced from the two starting flights, following him in stacks are Si Yang Phua (183,000), Tadashi Ogawa (183,000), and Flight 1 chip leader Alexandar Hoglind (178,000).
Top 10 Chip Counts For Day 2
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