APT Cambodia ends with Falcon and Paulsen bagging trophies; Yogo still leads APT POY race

The Asian Poker Tour concluded its nine-day APT Cambodia 2016 festival at the Queenco Hotel & Casino in Sihanoukville, Cambodia with the last two trophies claimed plus another for a “special event” added before the close of day. With all the events now tallied, the APT Player of the Year 2016 leader board was the highlight with a lot of movement seen throughout the event.

APT Player of the Year 2016 action

At the start of the festival, Japan’s Iori Yogo led the APT POY 2016 standings surging ahead of UK’s Samad Razavi – the quadruple APT POY champion from 2012-2015- at the previous APT event. Determined to keep his lead, Yogo upped the bar by winning the Opening Event. With an immediate victory to boost him further up, Yogo went on to claim another trophy, the Ante Only Turbo event, and placed in three other events to secure a healthy lead at the top. Yogo especially has a dominating lead at the APT POY 2016 Japan race.

Despite being unable to catch up to Yogo, Razavi still holds the second spot in the APT POY 2016 standings and first for the APT POY International race. During the festival, Razavi won the Open Face Chinese Pineapple High Roller event and cashed in three additional events, one of which was a third place finish at the Main Event. Although Razavi didn’t go head-to-haead against Yogo for crucial points, he did butt heads with Norway’s Kai Paulsen twice and lost them both.

Coming out of the dregs in the APT POY 2016 leader board was Paulsen who won three events at the festival and profited in a few more. Due to his impressive achievement, he jumped ten places up and into the tenth spot in the rankings. Paulsen won the No Limit Hold ‘em 1 event, the Pot Limit Omaha Hi, and the last event of the series, the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo. Paulsen also profited in two more events and won the “special event”, the 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.

Two other APT regulars also came out to play, namely Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa and Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon. Both of them picked up some points with Falcon earning higher after reigning at the 6 Handed Turbo event. Falcon moved past Tsuchikawa in the APT POY rankings and is now in fourth position while Tsuchikawa sits in the sixth spot.

With half of the year in the books, it is full speed ahead for the APT. The next event is the APT Philippines 2 back at home turf. This upcoming festival will be held at Resorts World Manila from July 19-27, 2016. All the information is in the website and more updates will be posted as we lead up to the event.

Before we close out the APT Cambodia 2016, here are the results of the final day.

6 Handed Turbo recap

6 Handed Turbo Champion, Michael Falcon

The first event of the day was the 6 Handed Turbo w/Antes with a $220 entry fee. This drew in 23 players for a prize pool of $4,660. Coming out on top was APT regular, Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon who finally captured a trophy after going deep in several events.

6 Handed Turbo payouts
1st Michael Kim Falcon – Denmark – $1,920

2nd Iori Yogo – Japan – $1,200
3rd Ben Abrahams – Thailand – $760
4th Michael Sideridis – Australia – $580

Deep Stack Hyper Turbo recap

Deep Stack Hyper Turbo Champion, Kai Paulsen

The last scheduled event of the festival was the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo with an entry fee of $110. There were 18 players who signed up for a prize pool of $1,750. Norway’s Kai Paulsen bested them all to claim his third trophy of the festival.

Deep Stack Hyper Turbo payouts
1st Kai Paulsen – $880
2nd Risto Hentunen – Finland – $520
3rd Michael Sideridis – Australia – $350

Special Event 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball recap

By request, a special event was added, the 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, with UK’s Samad Razavi and Norway’s Kai Paulsen going one-on-one. This is the first time this poker game has been introduced at the APT, however, these two ambassadors hope to see it added into the APT roster as a mainstay in the near future.  Continuing his streak of wins, Paulsen denied Razavi his second trophy while picking up his fourth and the first place cash of $390. No points awarded for this event.

The APT would like to thank everyone who came out to support the APT Cambodia 2016 and hope everyone had a great time on the felt and at the beach. We would also like to congratulate all the winners, especially Japan’s Hisashi Ogi for capturing his first APT Main Event championship title.

See you in July at the next event, the APT Philippines 2!