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WPT Prime Cambodia: Kunal Patni Lifts First-Ever WPT Trophy in Deepstack NLH, Anand Kumar Wins NLH Mini High Roller

WPT Prime Cambodia: Kunal Patni Lifts First-Ever WPT Trophy in Deepstack NLH
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis August 16, 2022
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As India celebrated its 75th Independence Anniversary on Monday, Indian poker players had a lot to rejoice. Our Indian challengers have been on a blistering run across three poker destinations – Cambodia, Vietnam, and Spain! While Team India has done well in all three stops, it is in Cambodia, where the team has already won two titles in less than a week!

The 2022 World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Cambodia has been running at the NagaWorld Phnom Penh since August 11. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot got things going for Team India when he took down NagaWorld SuperStack for an impressive $12,877 (~₹10.25 Lakhs) on August 13. Kunal Patni is another Indian pro who joined the list of winners and brought India her second WPT trophy of the series after taking down the Deepstack NLH for $7,853 (~₹6.23 Lakhs)!

Kunal Patni
Kunal Patni


An old-timer in the domestic poker circuit, Patni is a well-known live tournament pro. While this was the Goa resident’s career-first WPT title, he is no stranger to making WPT final table finishes. Patni’s career-biggest live score was the $115,368 (~₹73.21 Lakhs) he won for his runner-up finish in the 2018 WPTDeepStacks Berlin.

The banker-turned-poker pro has been in fine form throughout the series. He opened his scorecard with a fourth-place finish in the Deepstack NLH Freezeout for $1,925 (~₹1.52 Lakhs) and more than made up for that close finish with a thumping victory in the Deepstack NLH, where he struck a heads-up deal with Thailand’s Ben Abrahams (2nd for $7,852).

Puttamsetty Raja Sekhar also final-tabled the Deepstack NLH, finishing third for $3,609 (~₹2.86 Lakhs), while Indo-Singaporean player Dhanesh Chainani FT-bubbled the event, collecting $851 (~₹67,541) in 10th place.

South African-Indian Anand Kumar was another player with an India connect, making it into the winner’s circle. He got there after shipping the NLH Mini High Roller for $32,422 (~₹25.73 Lakhs) and struck a four-way deal with Marc Anthony Joseph (2nd for $20,000), Tsung Ying Lee (3rd for $20,000), and Constatine Paparestis (4th for $20,000) before lifting the WPT trophy. This was Kumar’s second time winning a WPT title, with his first title win coming in the $440 NLHE Win The Button at the 2013 WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic in Johannesburg.

Anand Kumar
Anand Kumar


Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi has also kept busy at the series, having made two FT appearances already, specifically eighth-place finishes. He banked $4,190 (~₹3.32 Lakhs) in the NLH Mini High Roller and pocketed $885 (~₹70,239) in the Deepstack NLH Freezeout.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi


Ankit Jajodia, who placed third in the 2022 APT Summer Festival Hanoi – VSOP VND 5 Billion GTD Main Event, also made a deep run in the NLH Mini High Roller, finishing fifth for $8,148 (~₹6.46 Lakhs). This was Jajodia’s first cash of the series and his eighth FT finish in the Asian tournament circuit this year.

Ankit Jajodia
Ankit Jajodia


Korea’s Younghoon Joo won the Deepstack NLH Freezeout for $5,392, following a three-way deal with fellow countrymen Bae Kyung Suk (2nd for $5,200) and Jony Hyun Baeg (3rd for $5,000).

Russia’s Semen Kapitonov was the last player standing in the WPT Prime Cambodia Opener and made away with a winner’s paycheque worth $35,000. A three-way chop saw Minseong Cho (2nd for $28,865) and Kyle Bao Quoc Diep (3rd for $28,865) locking in the other top payouts.

Rishab Malik (12th for $3,655, ~₹2.90 Lakhs), J. Raju (22nd for $1,745, ~₹1.38 Lakhs), Anshul Rajput (41st for $1,040, ~₹82,541), and Dhaval Mudgal (47th for $900, ~₹71,430) from India scored in the WPT Prime Cambodia Opener.

The Mystery Bounty is currently underway. The $550 buy-in tourney clocked in 250 entries across its two starting flights, of which 31 runners returned for Day 2, with Alexander Puchalski (1,032,000) leading the charge.

PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (514,000) sports the third-biggest stack, with Jasven Saigal (414,000), Young Gun Gaurav Sood (366,000), and Dhaval Mudgal (354,000) also featuring among the top ten stacks heading into Day 2.

Ankit Wadhawan
Ankit Wadhawan


PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh (307,000), Kunal Patni (186,000), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (184,000), and Somashekhar Kurkhepally Nahadeva (27,000) are also in contention.

Meanwhile, JK Sorn shipped the 8-Max NLH Single Day for $6,591.


India’s Kunal Patni Claims Career-First WPT Title in Deepstack NLH for $7,853, Strikes HU Deal With Ben Abrahams

The single-day $300 buy-in Deepstack NLH registered a 130-entry field, posting a $34,047 prize pool. Live tournament pro Kunal Patni took down the event, clinching his career-first WPT title for $7,853 (~₹6.23 Lakhs). A heads-up deal ensured Thailand’s Ben Abrahams an equally impressive $7,852 in second place.

Singapore-based Indian pro Dhanesh Chainani, coming into the series fresh off his third-place finish in the APPT Manila Main Event, bubbled the final table, cashing $851 (~₹67,541) in 10th place.

Dhanesh Chainani
Dhanesh Chainani


Bae Kyung Suk, who was making his second final table appearance in the series, was the first to fall in ninth place.

Following the eliminations of David Spatar (8th), Viet Hoang Tran (7th), Julius Umbraziunas (6th), Chuen Wai Leong (5th), and Zhaohong Guo (4th), it was down to three-handed play.

India’s Puttamsetty Raja Sekhar was the next to go when his ran into fellow countryman Patni’s , ending the former’s dream run in third place for $3,609 (~₹2.86 Lakhs).

The last two players, Patni and Abrahams, quickly shook hands on a deal, with the former taking home the WPT trophy and a live title that had eluded him for almost eight years.

Ben Abrahams
Ben Abrahams


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Kunal Patni – $7,853*
  2. Ben Abrahams – $7,852*
  3. Puttamsetty Raja Sekhar – $3,609
  4. Zhaohong Guo – $2,213
  5. Chuen Wai Leong – $1,685
  6. Julius Umbraziunas – $1,430
  7. Viet Hoang Tran – $1,243
  8. David Spatar – $1,090
  9. Bae Kyung Suk – $962

*denotes a heads-up deal


South African-Indian Anand Kumar Champions NLH Mini High Roller For $32,422 Following a 4-Way Deal

The two-day-long NLH Mini High Roller registered 60 players who paid the $2,200 buy-in, generating a $116,400 prize pool. South African-Indian Anand Kumar shipped the event, netting a $32,422 (~₹25.73 Lakhs) top prize, following a four-way deal with Marc Anthony Joseph (2nd for $20,000), Tsung Ying Lee (3rd for $20,000), and Constatine Paparestis (4th for $20,000).

The Mini High Roller was littered with well-known pros like WSOP bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer, WPT champions Zarvan Tumboli, Dhaval Mudgal, and Ashish Munot, as well as Thailand’s Punnat Punsri.

The 60-player starting field to whittled down to 16 players on Day 1, with Korea’s Wanki Baik claiming the end-of-day chip lead.

The deep structure ensured a lot of play on Day 2, and it took some time for the final table to be formed. With only eight place assured payouts, the money was reached when two short stacks went head to head, resulting in South Africa’s Marc Anthony Joseph eliminating Taiwanese vlogger Yu Chung Chang aka Nevan, on the money bubble.

The reigning APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi, was the first player to finish in the money, and he bowed out in eighth place for $4,190 (~₹3.32 Lakhs).

Japan’s GACKT (7th) and Day 1 chip leader Wanki Baik (6th) were the next two players to fall.

India’s Ankit Jajodia, who had been on a tear in live tournaments in Asia in the last two months, hit the rail in fourth place when his were bested by Anand Kumar’s , who spiked a King on the board. Jajodia took home an $8,148 (~₹6.46 Lakhs) payday, posting his ninth final table finish in a live tournament this year.

A deal was then struck to end the game abruptly that awarded Kumar the larger payout and the WPT trophy.

Marc Anthony Joseph
Marc Anthony Joseph


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Anand Kumar – $32,422*
  2. Marc Anthony Joseph – $20,000*
  3. Tsung Ying Lee – $20,000*
  4. Constatine Paparestis – $20,000*
  5. Ankit Jajodia – $8,148
  6. Wanki Baik – $6,402
  7. GACKT – $5,238
  8. Shardul Parthasarathi – $4,190

*denotes a four-way deal


Younghoon Joo Wins Deepstack NLH Freezeout For $5,392; India’s Kunal Patni (4th) & Shardul Parthasarathi (8th) Post FT Finishes

The Deepstack NLH Freezeout drew 98 entrants at $300 a piece to collect a prize pool of $25,666. The title fight came down to three Koreans, with Younghoon Joo backed by a commanding stack. Joo eventually went the distance and lifted the WPT trophy, netting $5,392 after striking a three-way deal with compatriots Bae Kyung Suk (2nd for $5,200) and Jony Hyun Baeg (3rd for $5,000).

The long-time MTT pro Kunal Patni had entered Day 2 with the second largest stack. He eliminated Japan‘s Tatsuhiko Terai (10th for $706) before pulling off the double elimination of Wanki Baik (7th for $1,020) and fellow Indian Shardul Parthasarathi (8th for $885, ~₹70,239) on the final table.

While Patni seemed to be in dominating form, he could not extend his stay on the final table beyond fourth place, netting $1,925 (~₹1.52 Lakhs).

The Indian pro lost a massive pot in a three-way hand when his were cracked by Joo’s with the board opening . But it was Kai Yang Gu who was eliminated in fifth place ($1,501) as his failed to hold up.

Joo pulled ahead into an overwhelming chip lead after taking down the massive pot and eliminated Patni soon after that. With the Indian pro out of the way, the remaining three Koreans agreed to a deal, and Joo grinded them down to claim the title and the coveted WPT trophy.

Younghoon Joo
Younghoon Joo


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Younghoon Joo – $5,392*
  2. Bae Kyung Suk – $5,200*
  3. Jony Hyun Baeg – $5,000*
  4. Kunal Patni – $1,925
  5. Kai Yang Gu – $1,501
  6. Patrick James – $1,200
  7. Wanki Baik – $1,020
  8. Shardul Parthasarathi – $885
  9. Nguyen Van Xuan – $783

*denotes a three-way deal


PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan Headlines 8 Indians to Day 2 of Mystery Bounty

The $550 buy-in Mystery Bounty locked in 250 entries across its two starting flights (Flight A – 151 & Flight B – 99), creating a $80,000 prize pool ($41,250 bounty pool). Only 31 players made the cut for Day 2, all of them locking in a min-cash of $650, with the eventual champion assured a winner’s paycheque worth $18,400.

Flight 1A chip leader Alexander Puchalski (1,032,000) commands the overall chip leader heading into Day 2 and is the only player with over 1 Million in chips. Flight 1B chip leader Yuri Ishida (856,000) and PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (514,000) are the other chip leaders carrying hefty stacks to Day 2.

Jasven Saigal (414,000), Young Gun Gaurav Sood (366,000), and Dhaval Mudgal (354,000) make for a top-heavy four Indian challengers carrying top 10 stacks into Day 2.

PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh (307,000), Kunal Patni (186,000), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (184,000), and Somashekhar Kurkhepally Nahadeva (27,000) are the other Indian players in contention.

Alexander Puchalski
Alexander Puchalski


Top 10 Chip Counts at the Start of Day 2

  1. Alexander Puchalski – 1,032,000
  2. Yuri Ishida – 856,000
  3. Ankit Wadhawan – 514,000
  4. Jin Xiong Lee – 464,000
  5. Ruslan Belinskll – 463,000
  6. Trong Hieu Ngo – 449,000
  7. Jasven Saigal – 414,000
  8. Gaurav Sood – 366,000
  9. Dhaval Mudgal – 354,000
  10. Jonas Magdalinski – 353,000


Russia’s Semen Kapitonov Wins WPT Prime Cambodia Opener For $35,000

The series-opener, WPT Prime Cambodia Opener, was a four-day-long duel that culminated with Russia’s Semen Kapitonov walking away with the WPT trophy and a top prize of $35,000. He struck a three-way deal with Minseong Cho (2nd for $28,865) and Kyle Bao Quoc Diep (3rd for $28,865).

“This is probably only my 10th tournament in life. I’m a cash game player. So this was my first final table and first win. I can’t believe it. I will definitely play more tournaments, but I think I used up all my luck,” said Kapitonov in the post-tournament interview.

When asked about his overall tournament experience at the Opener, Kapitonov shared, “My background is I used to play high stakes cash games in Macau before it closed because of Covid. In cash, it’s easy. When you lose, you can just buy in again, but playing here, just a $500 tournament, it was much more stressful because when you risk, sometimes it is for your tournament life. Winning US$ 35,000 is okay but winning the tournament is more special.”

The event logged in 442 entries across four starting flights, posting a $214,370 prize pool. The top 56 places were paid.

From India, Rishab Malik (12th for $3,655, ~₹2.90 Lakhs)), J. Raju (22nd for $1,745, ~₹1.38 Lakhs), Anshul Rajput (41st for $1,040, ~₹82,541), and Dhaval Mudgal (47th for $900, ~₹71,430) finished in-the-money.

Semen Kapitonov
Semen Kapitonov


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Semen Kapitonov – $35,000*
  2. Minseong Cho – $28,865*
  3. Kyle Bao Quoc Diep – $28,865*
  4. Tomas Dedinas – $13,000
  5. You Zhuang Chua – $10,110
  6. Ji Jun Xu – $8,395
  7. Trong Hieu Ngo – $7,030
  8. Jiazhi Zhong – $5,670
  9. Joshua Kai En Tan – $4,310

*denotes a three-way deal


JK Sorn Ships the 8-Max NLH Single Day For $6,591

JK Sorn trumped the 74-entry-field in the 8-Max NLH Single Day to claim the title and top prize of $6,591. The fast-paced event lasted seven and a half hours, with the top 10 players getting a piece of the $19,381 prize pool.

JK Sorn
JK Sorn


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. JK Sorn – $6,591
  2. Max Menzel – $3,779
  3. Chihiro Takamu – $2,364
  4. Takuya Mitsui – $1,599
  5. Kien Duc Tran – $1,211
  6. Pham Bao – $969
  7. Kankij Panekwong – $853
  8. Panitan Poopadsri – $775


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