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Looking for high stakes cash games in Manila? Well, that may not be very difficult. In a city where poker continues to flourish, there are many options, but just recently, a new player has entered the arena, the Lucky Fish Poker Club, and after a month in operation, this venue is the talk of the town offering much more than just nonstop action.
Conveniently located at the Remington Hotel of Resorts World Manila, the Lucky Fish Poker Club is the “love for the game” creation of Alex Chong, a well-known poker player and businessman. Having been well travelled, Chong simply wanted a place for poker players visiting from outside of the country to have a comfortable place to play where they would be treated as a VIP. The name Lucky Fish comes from him being coined a fish, but one who also gets very lucky.
Unlike other poker venues, the Lucky Fish Poker Club is undoubtedly quite unique. It is broken up into three separate floors. At ground level is the Singles Bar, a cozy little nook for anyone looking to have a good drink, perhaps even a nice single malt to warm up; one flight up the stairs is La Maison, an upscale bar by Maria Ozawa; and on the third floor is the Lucky Fish poker room.
Though not exclusive, the poker room caters to a select market of players, mostly international. Linh Tran, APPT 10 Manila Main Event champion, has been seen frequenting the room during his recent Manila visits.
The room has four poker tables, soon to be seven, offering only high stakes cash games of PhP100-200-500 ($2-$4-$10) No Limit Hold’em and PhP200-500 ($4-$10) Pot Limit Omaha. The rake is very appealing, only 5%, with a maximum rake of PhP600 ($12) in PLO and PhP500 ($10) in NLH.
According to the management, players tend to stay at the tables much longer when the rake is low, and games can get started with as little as four players. In order to get in on the action, one must have at least PhP20,000 ready to put on the line. Additionally, Lucky Fish takes pride in the fact that they do not have prop players. With limited seating available, it is advisable for visiting players to contact the venue through their facebook page in order to reserve a seat. Of course, you can also chance it as the worst that can happen is you’ll be on the waiting list.
In appearance, the Lucky Fish poker room is very well lit and spacious. It is secluded at the topmost floor giving it a sense of exclusivity. On one side, there is a comfortable lounge area with plush couches for those who want to socialize, on the opposite side are four slot machines (though hardly used), and in the middle is the poker gaming area. Ensuring a standard of quality, Lucky Fish provides all their guests with VIP service, including complimentary food and beverage. On several occasions, players are also treated to a free room after a long night at the felt. Although there is no dress code, it is advisable to bring a jacket as the temperature in the room can get quite frigid. Smoking is not allowed in the gaming area.
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With the poker room now open for over a month the Lucky Fish Poker Club is getting ready for its grand opening, scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016. The room will be inaugurated with a PhP1,000,000 Guaranteed tournament ($21,000). This is a one day event with a buy-in of PhP25,000. Players are allowed a single re-entry. There will be six tables running for the tournament and one for the cash game. From what we were told, they plan to hold this type of tournament once a month.
The Lucky Fish Poker Club is open daily from 2pm onwards. It is located at the Remington Hotel of Resorts World Manila in Newport City, Manila, Philippines, directly across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. For more information, head to their facebook page.