PPWC: Main Event Day 1A ends with Abhinav Iyer leading the 22 survivors

Saturday at the races attracted 64 players to Main Event Day 1A of the PPPoker World Championship at Resorts World Manila.

This was the first of three starting days. No same day re-entries were allowed leaving only 22 players at the end of the scheduled 10 hours of play. Owning the chip lead was India’s Abhinav Iyer with 230,400 in chips.

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PPWC – Abhinav Iyer

Iyer stacked up slowly all day then towards the latter half, he shipped all of Alex Lee’s stack with a set over two pair. From there, Iyer continued to grind to close the day in command.

Another player from India also navigated to the upper ranks, Kalyan Chakravarathy. Chakravarathy was a dominating force at his table, often seen collecting chips by putting pressure on his opponents. He sealed up 206,200.

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PPWC – Kalyan Chakravarathy. Chakravarathy

Filipino player Mark Amparo was out of the media radar until he eliminated Randy Yap. This was all the ammo he needed to boost his momentum. He proceeded to rail Mark Pagsuyuin on a lucky catch on the river to complete a flush. Just before the day ended, fueled in another good pot against David Erquiaga to close with 197,700 in chips.

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PPWC- Mark Amparo

Other notable players making it through were WSOP champion Aditya Sushant, Thomas Lee, Hajime Nakagawa, and Marco Alvarez.

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Day 1A chip counts

No. Name Nation Chip Count
1 Iyerabhinav Nataraj India 230,400
2 Kalyan Chakravarthy Cheekuri India 206,200
3 Mark Anthony Aguilar Amparo Philippines 197,700
4 Sushant Aditya India 116,200
5 Foo Hsien Loong Malaysia 113,100
6 Veterano Burgos Tan Philippines 112,500
7 Ha Carson Canada 104,700
8 Hajime Nakagawa Japan 81,800
9 Mark Daniel Larson Usa 80,400
10 Auganbayev Daniyar Kazakstan 78,400
11 Hans Jurgen Homner Germany 72,100
12 Erquiaga David Jansen Camba Philippines 71,000
13 Thomas Lee Canada 54,800
14 Niilo Veli Olavi Heinikangas Phillipines 54,000
15 Alexander Jay Yap Cruz Philippines 52,400
16 Marco L Almerez Philippines 45,000
17 Thananat Therdtakoonrat Thailand 43,400
18 Liubov Orlova Ukraine 42,300
19 Koh Myoungsoo South Korea 35,000
20 Jimmie Melo Javier Philippines 33,500
21 Kim Jiyoung South Korea 33,300
22 Jasven Saigal India 19,800

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

Day 1A casualties

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PPWC – Linh Tran

Among the early bust outs was German pro Marvin Rettenmaier. As the day progressed, Vietnamese pro Linh Tran joined him on the rail, so did Nicandro Filart, Inaki Santos, and late entry Alex Lee. Lee had a very short day, he played less than one level falling to Iyer with set over two pair. Lim Yohwan also met his end. All of these players can jump back in on any of the remaining starting days, and they should, seeing that the guarantee is a whopping PHP 20 Million (US$382,000). The event needs 400 entries to meet this figure.  

Day 1B takes place on Sunday, February 17 at 2pm. Buy-in is PHP 55,000 (US$1,050).


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Article by Tricia David

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead 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 and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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