Alexander Puchalski

Canada’s Alexander Puchalski becomes the first player in Asia Pacific Poker Tour history to boast the prestigious honour of lifting the PokerStars golden shard trophy in the South East Asian Kingdom after winning the PokerStars LIVE APPT Cambodia Main Event.

The 10-day, 26-event series, playing out in the opulent ballroom setting of the multi-award winning, a world-class integrated resort of NagaWorld, saw 363 unique players compete for a massive $1,345,242 in prize money.

Just over a third of the series’ prize money was awarded in the Main Event, which saw 378 entrants from 44 different countries compete for a sizable $494,991 prize pool with 55 of them making the money.

It was 27-year-old poker professional Alexander Puchalski who claimed the crown, making his maiden PokerStars LIVE title win a memorable one.

Thailand-based Ontario native Puchalski defeated India’s Akshay Kapoor to take the trophy, title and the $96,028 top prize, after coming into the short heads-up confrontation with a commanding 6-to-1 chip lead.