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WPT Prime Cambodia to feature $1M in tournament guarantees and a MUG with Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme

The Prime circuit of the World Poker Tour has already passed through Paris this year and is currently playing Down Under in Gold Coast, Australia. Now it is the turn of Southeast Asia with the WPT Prime Cambodia, which will be played from March 9-21 at the Nagaworld Resort.

WPT Prime Cambodia

The Festival

The festival will feature 30 events with buy-ins ranging from $200 to the $10,000 Super High Roller Single Day event. There will be $1,000,000 guaranteed in prize pools in the top tournaments. The WPT Prime Main Event will feature a $1,100 buy-in and will have three starting flights, along with a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.

WPT Prime Main Event Schedule

  • Day 1A: March 16 at 1 PM (play until field is ITM)
  • Day 1B: March 17 at 1 PM (play until field is ITM)
  • Day 1C: March 18 at 1 PM (play until field is ITM)
  • Day 2: March 19 at 1 PM (play until final table)
  • Day 3: March 20 at 1 PM (final table)

WPT Prime Main Event Structure

  • Buy-In: $1,100
  • Starting stack: 30,000 chips (150 big blinds)
  • Re-entry: Unlimited during late registration
  • Blind levels: 40 minutes during Day 1 and then 60 minutes
  • First level: 100/200 with 200 Big Blind Ante
  • Ante Format: Big Blind Ante
  • Late registration: Closes at the start of Level 7
  • Guaranteed Prize Pool: $500,000
  • Action Clock: During Day 2 and final table
  • Payouts: 12.5%

Below is a chart of some events that will surely be festival highlights:

Event Day Time Buy-In Stack Levels GTD
Nagaworld Millions March 9 5:30 PM $550 25K 25 mins $150K
Mystery Bounty March 12 1 PM $550 40K 30 mins $100K
Mini High Roller March 12 2 PM $2,200 40K 40 mins
Super High Roller March 14 3:30 PM $5,300 250K 40 mins $250K
Ladies March 15 7 PM $200 15K 20 mins
WPT Prime Main Event March 16 1 PM $1,100 30K 40 mins $500K
SHR Single Day March 16 2 PM $10,000 200K 30 mins
High Roller March 19 4 PM $3,000 100K 40 mins
Closer Turbo March 21 4 PM $550 20K 15 mins

You can see the complete calendar with all the WPT Prime Cambodia events and their structures at this link.

The Venue

Nagaworld is one of the largest 5-Star hotels with 1,658 luxurious rooms and the only luxury premium casino in Cambodia. The complex includes restaurants, nightclubs, a spa, and a theater. Shopping lovers can enjoy the China Duty Free Group, the first underground shopping center in the country, selling luxurious international brands.

You can reserve your place at the hotel by clicking on this link.

MUG with Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen

The famous vlogging duo of Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen will once again hold a Meet Up Game during the festival and this time it will be on March 15. The MUG is set to commence at 1:00 PM with a minimum of 12 tables that will run a combination of $1/$3 and $2/$5 No Limit Hold’em cash games. Following the action, the pair of WPT ambassadors will hold a Meet & Greet from 8:30–10:00 PM, which will include a spread of complimentary food and drinks.

Neeme “had the pleasure of traveling to Cambodia last year, and it was an unforgettable experience with great food, great people, and great poker. I’m happy to have the opportunity to return and excited to run back the Meet-Up Game.”

Owen added that After hearing about Andrew’s time in Cambodia, I really wanted to make the trip as well. I couldn’t let him have all the fun. The MUG is going to be a great time and I’m also pumped to play some tournament poker in Cambodia for the first time.”

Cash Games Bonanza

Up to $13,000 will be given away to cash game players in daily draws during cash games at WPT Prime Cambodia. $1,000 will be given out in daily draws (10 draws between 7 PM and 9 AM) from the March 9-21.

How does the promotion work? $100 to be given away every tournament day at each of the 7 PM, 9 PM, 11 PM, 1 AM, 3 AM, 5 AM, 6 AM, 7 AM, 8 AM & 9 AM lucky draws. Players can qualify by dropping their same-day tournament receipt into the lucky draw barrel.

Cambodia

The City

Cambodia is a sovereign state located in the south of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is inhabited by some 16 million people, 95% of whom practice Buddhism as their religion. In the last 10 years Cambodia has experienced great economic growth thanks to the good performance of sectors such as textiles, agriculture and tourism, which have attracted foreign investment and international trade.

What to visit in Cambodia? We highlight the ruins of Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Beng Mealea and Preah Khan. You can also go to the Angkor Archaeological Park, Pub Street, Phnom Kulen National Park, Angkor National Museum and Tuol Seng Genocide Museum.

WPT in Cambodia

The World Poker Tour visited Cambodia twice. First it did so in 2019 as part of the WPTDeepstacks circuit. That tournament had 750 $1,100 entries and handed out $727K in prize money, nearly tripling the $250K guaranteed pot. The champion was Brian Douglas of the United States, winning $131,430.

David Erquiaga

Last year the WPT returned with its brand new Prime circuit and was record breaking, gathering 1,050 entries of $1,100 with a prize pool of $1M. The grand champion was David Erquiaga from the Philippines, who won the biggest prize of his career: $137,008.

Who will lift the trophy this time, and can the number of entries for 2022 be surpassed? We will see soon enough.

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Santiago is a longtime veteran of the poker industry, having written primarily about the game in Argentina since 2009. He has published hundreds of articles in Sudamerican Poker and Pokerlogia, and has provided live media coverage at the WSOP Main Event in 2015 and 2019. In addition to being a former columnist in PokerFace Magazine, […]

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