The World Poker Tour continues to go from strength to strength in South-East Asia with the latest stop in Cambodia proving to be an incredible success. The ten-day poker festival wrapped up in Phnom Penh over the weekend with American Brian Tougias claiming the Main Event title, while Australia’s Michael Egan was successful in the High Roller Event.
The WPT Cambodia event was held at the NagaWorld Phnom Penh Resort and the record-breaking Main Event field of 750 entrants came from all corners of the world to form a prize pool of US$727,500 to almost triple the initial guarantee.
In the end it was Brian Tougias up against Malaysia’s Kai Fu Wong for the trophy. The end would come when a flop of 8c-7d-5d would see Tougias move all in with his pocket kings and Wong make the call with Tc-9d for the open-ended straight draw. The turn and river bricked out to leave Tougias as the WPT Cambodia champion and US$131,430 wealthier.
29-year old Tougias hails from Boston in the United States, but now resides in Thailand where he grinds semi-professionally online, but this is his first major live result.
WPT Cambodia Main Event – Final Table Results
1st Brian Tougias (United States) – US$131,430
2nd Kai Fu Wong (Malaysia) – $92,152
3rd Jae Kyung Sim (South Korea) – US$59,400
4th Aladin Reskallah (France) – US$43,941
5th Si Yang Phua (Singapore) – US$33,574
6th Kue Seong Tchong (Australia) – US$26,583
7th Alex Lee (Singapore) – US$22,007
8th Yong Cheong Foo (Singapore) – US$17,504
9th Jiyoung Kim (South Korea) – US$13,146
Meanwhile, the US$2,750 High Roller Event drew a field of 89 entries, including 66 unique players, to form a prize pool in excess of US$200,000. After finishing 3rd in the Super High Roller Event just a few days earlier for a US$35,357 collect, Michael Egan continued his hot run of form all the way to the trophy in this one. The final hand would see Egan’s pocket aces hit a set to extract maximum value from his opponent, Germany’s Piet Pape. For his victory, Egan pocketed US$64,870 in prize money to take his career earnings over US$1.3 million.
Images provided courtesy of Somuchpoker and the World Poker Tour