PPWC: Alpheus Chan ends Main Event Day 1B at the top of 46 survivors; William Ysmael close behind

It was an action-packed Sunday at the PPPoker World Championship with Main Event Day 1B dragging out 143 players to host venue Resorts World Manila. The draw of course was none other than the meaty PHP 20 Million (US$382,000) guaranteed prize pool. By the end of the scheduled 10 hours of play, only 46 had chips to bag. Owning the leader’s status was Canada’s Alpheus Chan with 273,500 in chips.

PPWC – Canada’s Alpheus Chan

During the first half of the day, Chan eliminated WSOP champion Mike Takayama, one of the most well-known figures in Philippine poker. In the latter half, he delivered a double knockout with his KcQh spiking royalty on the board 7s5cJdKh5d to bounce out Ah7h and 8c7c. Chan has now overtaken Day 1A chip leader Abhinav Iyer (230,400) and will be the player to catch up to for Day 1C players.

Trailing close behind the leader is Filipino pro William Ysmael with 266,500. Ysmael catapulted to the top of the rankings after taking down German pro Marvin Rettenmaier. Rettenmaier raise-shoved on the river board 6hJc3s3cJs. Ysmael found the guts to call it and shipped the massive pot with QsQc over 9d9c. Ysmael takes second rank in the combined starting days.  

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PPWC – William Ysmael

The only other player to settle above the 200k marker was Ireland’s Mark Gruendemann with 204,100. Gruendemann’s stack swung all day until his 6s7s paid off with a straight to ship all of a player’s stack. He completes the top three leaders of the day.

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Other notable players coloring the survivors list were: Lester Edoc, Alex Lee, Kiat Lee, John Tech, Tzai Wei Phua, Ying Lin Chua, Si Yang Phua, and Hung Sheng Lin.

You can read up on the action the Day 1B Live Updates post.

PPWC Main Event – Live Updates


Day 1B chip counts

No. Name Chip Count Nationality
1 Alpheus Tin Ho Chan 273,500 Canada
2 Ysmael William Lim 266,500 Philippines
3 Mark Gruendemann 204,100 Ireland
4 Daniel Lankford Smith 185,900 New Zealand
5 Marquez Richard Serrano 184,300 Philippines
6 Lester Edoc 178,000 Philippines
7 Mendoza James Uy 173,600 USA
8 Alex Lee Xiang Wei 148,700 Singapore
9 Pena Jharome Capito 145,200 Philippines
10 Olsson Per Douglas 143,600 Philippines
11 Guillem Ivan 138,100 Spain
12 Samuel Santa Puche 130,000 Spain
13 Kim Choong Kon 128,400 Korea
14 Haydar Merih Arkun 121,500 Turkey
15 Lee June Kiat 115,100 Malaysia
16 John Zendrick De Guzman Tech 110,900 Philippines
17 Loo Junzhong 107,000 Malaysia
18 Tan Yongquan 104,400 Singapore
19 William Tjokroprawiro 100,800 Indonesia
20 Georges Chehade 88,800 Lebanon
21 Benedict Koh Gek Chiang 84,000 Singapore
22 Rajeev Kanjani 82,800 India
23 Inclan Elijah John Legarde 82,100 Philippines
24 Dypvik Borge 79,200 Norway
25 Yoo Yong Hyun 74,900 Korea
26 Phua Tzai Wei 60,700 Lebanon
27 Khalife Hanna 60,500 Lebanon
28 Witcha Wïtoonchart 56,600 Thailand
29 Ugur Ozgur Secilmis 53,300 Turkey
30 William Allyn Schrodeder 50,100 USA
31 Chua Ying Lin 47,000 Malaysia
32 Benjamins Gregory 45,200 Netherlands
33 Ruben Mar Ongnclamares 45,100 Philippines
34 Vamerdino Abad Magsakay 44,100 Philippines
35 Usawad Pakinai 43,800 Thailand
36 Yammin Tarek Jack 41,200 Denmark
37 Damrongsak Pruksakit 40,600 Thailand
38 Teoh Ming Hong 39,200 Malaysia
39 Phua Si Yang 39,200 Singapore
40 Orjan Skommo 34,200 Norway
41 Lin Hung-Sheng 29,800 Taiwan
42 Joseph Ty Sia 26,800 Philippines
43 Ong Jingxiang 26,400 Singapore
44 Moses C Saquing 23,400 Philippines
45 Joven Ingente Huerto 22,200 Philippines
46 Tor Anton Welo 16,900 Norway

All of these players advance to Day 2 taking place on Tuesday, February 19 at 12pm.

Day 1B casualties

With the field downsized considerably from 143 to 46 players, the list of fallouts included well known players: Pete Chen, Linh Tran, Lim Yohwan, Pham Bao, Simon Burns, Gabriela Belisario, Florencio Campomanes, Marcuss Liow, Kai Paulsen, Dhanesh Chainani, and Sumit Sapra. All is not lost though, they will have one more chance to get back in the running with Day 1C (last starting day) coming up next.

Day 1C is on Monday, February 18 at 2pm. Buy-in is PHP 55,000 (US$ 1,050) So far, a combined total of 68 players out of the 207 runners have advanced to this upcoming elimination round.

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Article by Tricia David


Triccia David

Triccia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits. She spent a year working part time with Poker Portal Asia and later became the editor and writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live blogger for several other major events in the Philippines. Currently, she is in charge of events reporting for Somuchpoker.

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