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Driving up the live poker action in Asia, the 2022 World Poker Tour (WPT) Prime Cambodia hit the ground running at NagaWorld Phnom Penh on August 11. With the first two days of the series now in the books, Team India has already set the ball rolling, with PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (cover image) picking up his second WPT live title in the first side event of the series, NagaWorld SuperStack, adding $12,877 (~₹10.25 Lakhs) to fast-growing poker bankroll.
Hailed as one of the top poker pros in the country, Munot is a former WPT Main Event champion and won the 2019 WPT India Main Event for ₹63.48 Lakhs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the poker coach added two WPT Online titles to his poker resume, taking down the ₹30 Lakhs GTD WPT Mega Stack and the ₹20 Lakhs GTD WPT Wednesday Feature in a span of three days at the 2020 WPT Online India.
The recent win marks his second side event victory this month. Last week, he took down Event 17: ₱100,000 NLH 6 Handed at the 2022 APPT Manila for ₱1.362 Million (~₹19.31 Lakhs).
Munot boasts an illustrious poker resume, and 2022 has undoubtedly been a breakout year for the Indian poker star. In May, he came strikingly close to lifting his second WPT Main Event title at WPT Prime Vietnam, where he lost the heads-up battle to Spartan Poker Team Pro Zarvan Tumboli, collecting VND 2.025 Billion in second place. His second close run at winning his first international title came two weeks later in the VND 5 Billion GTD APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event. This time, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi whisked away the trophy, relegating Munot to a runner-up finish.
What`s even more impressive is that his live tournament exploits haven`t kept him completely away from the online grind. On Thursday, after bagging the fourth biggest stack among 23 survivors on Day 1 of the two-day-long NagaWorld SuperStack, Munot fired up a fifth-place finish in Spartan Poker’s FCS #69 – High Roller, netting ₹3.65 Lakhs.
Returning as one of the top stacks in the NagaWorld SuperStack, Munot dominated the Day 2 action from the get-go. He ultimately defeated American player Trent Fechter (2nd for $8,636) heads-up to win the first side event trophy of the series.
Poker commentator Akshay Kapoor (4th for $3,099, ~₹2.46 Lakhs), Young Gun Anmol Mehta (5th for $2,393, ~₹1.90 Lakhs), and Rishab Malik (15th for $920, ~₹73,259) also cashed the event.
Munot’s fabulous start in the WPT Prime Cambodia has already placed him on top of the WPT Player of the Festival leaderboard race with 300 points. Akshay Kapoor (150 points) and Anmol Mehta (125 points) are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.
In other side events, the series-opener $150K GTD WPT Prime Cambodia Opener roped in 196 entries across its first two starting flights, with two flights left to run. Lithuania’s Tomas Dedinas (551,500) commands the overall chip leader. Two Indians, Anshul Rajput (213,000) and the first-ever WPT Prime Main Event champion Dhaval Mudgal (94,500), were among the 25 survivors of the Day 1A flight.
Meanwhile, Day 1 of the Deepstack NLH Freezeout saw 13 runners from a 98-player starting field make it to Day 2. Bae Kyung Suk (449,000) chip leads the field heading into the final day, with India’s Kunal Patni (358,00) second in chips. The 2022 APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi (97,000), is also in contention.
The Asian tournament circuit is packed with marquee tournaments running back to back. Currently, the 2022 APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh is playing out at the Saigon Poker Club, and the Indian contingent has been divided between these two stops. The APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh is slated to wrap up on August 17, giving the Indian players currently in Vietnam a chance to make it to Cambodia in time for the WPT Prime Cambodia Main Event that starts on August 18.
PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot Wins NagaWorld SuperStack for $12,877 (~₹10.25 Lakhs)
The two-day-long NagaWorld SuperStack had 183 participants vying for a share of the $49,703 prize pool. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot was the last player standing and defeated USA’s Trent Fechter (2nd for $8,636) heads-up to win his second WPT live title (his fourth overall) and $12,877 (~₹10.25 Lakhs) in prize money!
On Day 1 of the event, Munot was precariously placed with the money bubble looming overhead. With the board open , a big stacked player moved all-in with and Munot called off with , scoring a much-needed double up.
That massive pot helped Munot bag the fourth biggest stack of 620,000, with fellow Indian Akshay Kapoor (1,140,000) topping the Day 1 chip counts and Young Gun Anmol Mehta (1,110,000) a close second. Rishab Malik (195,000) was the only other Indian advancing to Day 2.
Of the four Indians returning on Day 2, Malik was the only one busted before the final table was formed, cashing $920 (~₹73,259) in 15th place.
Munot went on a blistering run on Day 2 as he stormed into the final table as the chip leader. He eliminated Eric Wasylenko (8th for $1,486), Tatsuhiko Terai (7th for $1,690), and Akshay Kapoor (4th for $3,099, ~₹2.46 Lakhs) before facing Fechter in the heads-up match.
Before his fourth place elimination at the hands of Munot, Kapoor sent compatriot Anmol Mehta packing in fifth place for $2,393 (~₹1.90 Lakhs).
The heads-up lasted about three hands and ended with Munot walking away with the title. The deciding hand saw the board opening . Munot check-jammed and Fechter called, risking his tournament life.
Both players had flopped a pair, but Munot was ahead with his pair of Queens. The on the river awarded Munot the title.
Final Table Results (USD)
Korea’s Bae Kyung Suk Leads 13 Finalists to Day 2 of Deepstack NLH Freezeout, India’s Kunal Patni 2nd in Chips
Day 1 of the Deepstack NLH Freezeout saw 98 hopefuls pony up the $300 buy-in, generating a $25,566 prize pool. The first six hours were fast-paced and saw the field dwindle to 13 runners.
Bae Kyung Suk (449,000) headlined the day-end chip counts, while Indian pro Kunal Patni (358,000) bagged the second largest stack.
On the bubble, Indian heavyweight Shardul Parthasarathi found a silver lining when he was down to just 1.5 BB and was de-facto all-in on the big blind. Parthasarathi was dealt pocket rockets and managed to find a much-needed triple-up. Parthasarathi (97,000) ended the day with a 10 BB stack.
Another well-known Indian pro, Jasven Saigal, was not as fortunate as Parthasarathi as his stack drained out, and he eventually fell to Korea‘s Bae Kyung Suk.
The 13 survivors will resume the quest for the title on Saturday, August 13 at 1 PM (local time). All remaining players are guaranteed at least $642, with $7,828 reserved for the champion!
End of Day 1 Chip Counts
Lithuania’s Tomas Dedinas Headlines 25 Survivors to Day 2 of the WPT Prime Cambodia Opener; India’s Anshul Rajput & Dhaval Mudgal Advance Through Day 1A
The series-opener WPT Prime Cambodia Opener is off to a solid start, having locked in 196 entries across its first two starting flights. The $550 buy-in event promises a $150,000 guarantee.
Two more starting flights, Day 1C and 1D are to run on August 13. Day 2 of the WPT Prime Cambodia Opener will commence at 1 PM (local time) on August 14, where all the remaining players will converge one last time to play down to a winner.
Day 1A Recap
Day 1A of the $150K GTD WPT Prime Cambodia Opener picked up 54 entries throughout the eight levels of registration. By the time the dust settled, only seven had a stack to carry to Day 2. Wanki Baik (484,500) bagged the end-of-Day 1A chip lead.
Two Indian team members, Anshul Rajput (213,000) and Dhaval Mudgal (94,500), featured among the Day 1A survivors.
The first-ever WPT Vietnam Main Event champion, Mudgal, fresh off winning Event #35: ₱5,000 Flipout for ₱96,000 (~₹1.37 Lakhs) at the 2022 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila, is chasing his third WPT title. However, he will need to get going fast on Day 2 if he has to make a serious bid for the title.
Another notable player among the Day 1A survivors is the 2019 WPT Cambodia Main Event finalist Jae Kyung Sim aka Simba (169,500).
The seven survivors get a few days off before returning to action on Day 2, which starts at 1 PM (local time) on Sunday, August 14.
End of Day 1A Chip counts
Day 1B Recap
Day 1B of the $150K GTD WPT Prime Cambodia Opener saw a massive turnout, with 142 runners taking their seats before the registration ended. Combined with Day 1A, the field has expanded to 196 entries, with two entry flights left to play out.
Notable who survived the Day 1B flight include Thailand’s Prommin Talordpong, the former PokerStars pro, Singapore’s Bryan Huang Diwei, Vietnam’s Tran Duc Kien, and South Africa’s Marc Joseph.
Another player making the cut was Germany’s Hannes Theo Daniel. On the second hand of his second bullet, Daniel survived a pretty scary ordeal. He was all in with cowboys and was up against two players, each holding pocket Aces. The river dropped the highly improbable King to get Daniel a miraculous triple up.
Lithuania’s Tomas Dedinas (551,500) topped the 18-player surviving field and is also the overall chip leader.
End of Day 1B Chip Counts
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