640 players bought into The Walk to a Million, which was hosted by Metro Card Club. The event took place between June 15th and 20th, with the prize pool being guaranteed at PHP1 million (USD$21,675) including 27 seats to the upcoming PHP2 million guaranteed Main Event. Each seat had a value of PHP4,000. With 640 runners taking part, the Walk to a Million event exceeded the PHP1 million guarantee, eventually reaching PHP1,280,000 (USD$27,744).
64 of the initial 640 starting field would go on to cash, and by the time the final table was set, Lester Edoc had a commanding lead. His 2.6 million stack dwarfed his nearest challenger, who had 1.7 million. All other players had under 1 million. Of course, it is good to start the final table as big chip leader with the weight of expectation on you, but closing it out and winning is still a tough task. Luckily for Lester Edoc, he’s been here before, and knows how to get the job done. He defeated Peter Chong heads up to take home the title, the seat into the PHP2M Main Event, and PHP330,000(USD$7,152).
This win is one of many that Edoc has enjoyed at Metro Card Club, his most recent being a PHP2 million guaranteed tournament in February. With each win that Edoc adds to his list, he elevates himself further up the Philippines all time money list, and now sits in 7th. He is quickly becoming one of the most decorated and accomplished players from the Philippines.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st Lester Edoc – PHP330,000(USD$7,152)
2nd Peter Chong – PHP169,000(USD$3,663)
3rd Rey Tuason – PHP84,000(USD$1,820)
4th Jason Ong – PHP54,000(USD$1,170)
5th Mark Vergara – PHP44,000(USD$953)
6th PJ Angeles – PHP36,000(USD$780)
7th JR Villanueva – PHP30,000(USD$650)
8th Bonifacio Mondalo – PHP24,000(USD$520)
9th Jesus Florida III – PHP20,000(USD$433)
10th Ricky Singapan – PHP16,000(USD$346)