The World Poker Tour DeepStacks $1,100 buy-in Main Event at Cambodia’s NagaWorld Integrated Resort attracted 750 runners, which made it the biggest poker tournament in the country’s history. It was just the second WPT ever held in Cambodia, and the first in Phnom Penh.
Coming out on top was 29-year-old Brian Tougias, originally from the Boston area but not residing in Thailand.
“I feel great. Four months ago I was teaching PE and swimming lessons on Koh Samui, had a couple of big scores online and stopped teaching,” Tougias told WPT officials after the win. “I have only been playing professionally now for four months and semi-pro for five years, but it is pretty surreal. My birthday was yesterday and I couldn’t ask for a better birthday gift.”