Konstantin Held emerged as the champion of the first-ever World Poker Tour (WPT) event held in Cambodia. The tournament took place at the NagaWorld Integrated Resort, with a total of 760 players participating. Held expressed his excitement and joy at winning the championship, stating, “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.”
The buy-in for the tournament was $3,500, and the prize pool amounted to a whopping $4,630,400. Held’s victory earned him a prize of $361,310, along with a seat at the 2024 WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas, valued at $10,400. Adam Pliska, the CEO of WPT, described WPT Cambodia as a special festival that marked the first time the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup was presented in Southeast Asia. He highlighted that Konstantin would forever be the first player to claim a WPT Champions Club title in the region.
Other notable players who secured top positions in the tournament included Joshua McCully, who came in second place and won $277,291, and Florent Remi, who finished in third place and earned $302,019. The final three players made a deal to even out the remaining payouts during the championship. Additionally, the event saw the participation of industry figures such as former WPT Champion and WPT Commentator Tony Dunst, Valeriy Pak, and Masato Yokosava.
The success of the first-ever WPT event in Cambodia has set the stage for the upcoming WPT Prime Aix-en-Provence festival held at Pasino Grand, as the fans eagerly anticipate the next tournament in Season XXII. Held’s victory and the overwhelming response to the event have paved the way for future WPT tournaments in Cambodia and Southeast Asia.