PASAY CITY, Philippines—Korea’s Justin JaeWook Shin and Kim Tae Hyung made the biggest splash of the Day 1B competition, pacing the “Regular” field while poker veteran Martin Corpuz emerged as the chip-leader for the “Turbo” flight as 301 entries marked the second qualifying round of MIKES MILLIONAIRE MAKER: 3M for 3K tournament here.
A total of 215 entries braved the challenging Metro Manila traffic for their shot at the PhP1,000,000 grand prize plus a brand new car. 86 more entries completed the buy-ins for the evening salvo now bringing the total number of entries to this PhP3,000,000 guaranteed event to 721—which also includes the remote Day 1s held in the provinces of Pampanga and Cebu.
Korea’s JaeWook Shin and Kim Tae Hyung made the biggest splash of the Day 1B ‘Regular”
In all, five Koreans were among the 29 runners who advanced to Day 2 with Shin and Kim grabbing the lion’s share of the chips in play.
Justin JaeWook Shin finished Level 15 with 218,000 in chips to snare the overall chip lead from the metropolis wars thus far, while Kim—who won the 2014 World Poker Tour (WPT) National Philippines Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) event—kept within striking distance with 174,500 in holdings. Local bet Richard Go placed third in the flight with 166,000.
Among the notable names who also barged into Day 2 —which happens on Sunday (August 21st)—were former two-time Asian Poker Tour (APT) champion Vic “Pokermax” de Guzman, Philippine poker “star maker” Jojo Bai and Canada’s Christopher Clark.
Martin Corpuz emerged as the chip-leader for the “Turbo” flight
In the night session, Corpuz picked his spots exquisitely and all but bullied the competition en route to 128,000—which is so far the biggest amount amassed in the Turbo flight.
Corpuz, a former national champion and one of the men instrumental in bringing poker—in general—to the forefront in his days as a Las Vegas grinder alongside the likes of Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese and the rest of the American poker legends, was followed closely by unheralded Philip Badier (111,500) and 2M for 2K deep runner Jeffrey Caluma (107,000).
With a total of 84 runners through to Day 2, MIKES ROOM expects the usual last minute turnout to thicken in Day 1C this Saturday (August 20th) and are looking good to once again eclipse the 1,000 entry mark first breached by the 2M for 2K tournament last June wherein a record-shattering 1,403 entries made MIKES ROOM the toast of the Philippine poker industry.
Here are the combined total chip-counts from Day 1B
|Justin JaeWook Shin||KOR||218000|
|Kim Tae Hyung||KOR||174500|
|Joseph Ty Sia||PHI||133000|
|Tommy Kim Dung Hyun||KOR||129000|
|Byung Il Park||KOR||100500|
|JR “Gambit” Clores||PHI||52500|
|In Chul Shin||KOR||47500|
|Bong Paltep, Jr.*||PHI||47500|
|Vic de Guzman||PHI||38500|
|Rhen Holz Villanueva*||PHI||37000|