The World Poker Tour (WPT) made history by hosting its first-ever tournament in Cambodia, with Konstantin Held emerging as the champion. Held not only secured the title but also walked away with a substantial prize of $361,310, along with a seat at the 2024 WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas, valued at $10,400.
The event took place at the NagaWorld Integrated Resort in Cambodia, attracting a total of 760 players. Divided into Day 1A and Day 1B, the buy-in for the tournament was $3,500, contributing to a total prize pool of $4,630,400, with the top 95 players receiving generous payouts.
Expressing his elation at winning, Held shared, “Over the moon. Honestly, over the moon. It has been an insane journey to end up heads up with a good friend of mine. We just enjoyed our time. We were all having a blast. And the experience here was great. I love the venue. I think NagaWorld is great. It’s been amazing to come to Cambodia.”
Adam Pliska, the CEO of WPT, highlighted the significance of the event, stating, “WPT Cambodia was a special festival. Not only did it open the 2024 season, but it also marked the first time the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup was presented in Southeast Asia. Konstantin will forever be the first player to claim a WPT Champions Club title in the region.”
Joshua McCully secured second place, winning $277,291, followed by Florent Remi in third place with a prize of $302,019. Additionally, deals made by the final three players led to Motoyoshi Okamura, Amit Kaushik, and Kyle Bao Diep claiming the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions, respectively.
Several well-known figures in the poker industry also participated in the tournament, including former WPT Champion and WPT Commentator Tony Dunst, Valeriy Pak, Masato Yokosava, and Punnat Punsri, adding to the event’s prestige.
Looking ahead, fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming WPT Prime Aix-en-Provence festival in Season XXII, to be held at Pasino Grand. Overall, WPT Cambodia marked a significant milestone for the renowned poker tour, showcasing its global reach and the growing popularity of poker in new and diverse locations.