If you thought the month of November couldn’t get any better, it has. While international brands heat up parts of Asia, in the Philippine Islands the most popular card room in the country is doing the same.
Starting today, the Metro Card Club opens its doors with the annual RVS CUP Philippine Poker Championship.
Now on its sixth year, this festival has grown from a six-day run to a 14-day schedule taking place from November 8 to 21. The roster consists of 11 games and over Php 6M (~US$ 119,000) in guaranteed prizes. As always, the games are very affordable with buy-ins ranging from Php 1,600 (~US$ 32) to Php 20,000 (~US$ 400). Everyone from age 21 upwards is welcome to attend.
For those new to the Metro, up until last year, it was the largest brick and mortar card room in Asia with 30 tables, a billiards table, bar, and a VIP section. At previous RVS CUP PPC festivals, the place was always filled to capacity, this year should be no different. If you are in the country, make sure to head on over to what will surely be the biggest gathering of players in Manila this time of year. Here’s a look at what’s in store.
There are four events extending generous guarantees. We have them listed for you according to schedule.
1. Pre-Event 600K (~US$ 11,800) guaranteed
This is the festival’s kickoff event. It starts today November 8 until November 10. Buy-in is Php 2,200 (~US$ 45).
Day 1A (Friday, November 8)
Day 1B (Saturday, November 9)
Day 1C (Saturday, November 9 evening turbo flight)
Final Day (Sunday, November 10)
2. 300K (~US$ 5,900) guaranteed – November 12 – Php 3,300 (~US$ 65)
3. Main Event – Php 5 Million (~US$ 99,000) guaranteed
This is the festival’s main feature and it’s what brings everyone out of the woodwork. The Main Event comes with a Php 5,000,000 guarantee. It runs from November 13 to 18. Buy-in is Php 11,000 (~US$ 220).
Day 1A (Wednesday, November 13)
Day 1B (Thursday, November 14)
Day 1C (Friday, November 15)
Day 1D (Saturday, November 16)
Day 2 (Sunday, November 17)
Final Day (Monday, November 18)
4. RVS CUP Main Event Players 200K (~US$ 4,000) guaranteed FREEROLL
It’s rare nowadays to hear of a live Freeroll event but there it is. The RVS CUP PPC will close with a Php 200K guaranteed Freeroll event exclusively for players who attended the Main Event. The event is of course free but to re-enter it will cost a low Php 1,100 (~US$ 22).
Day 1A (Tuesday, November 19)
Day 1B (Wednesday, November 20)
Final Day (Thursday, November 21)
Other Events and Shot Clock
In addition to the events mentioned above, there are seven more for players to try to win.
Power Button: Sunday, November 10 – Php 1,650 (~US$ 33) buyin
Mixed Game NLHE/PLO: Monday, November 11 – Php 2,200 (~US$ 44) buyin
Big Bounty: Wednesday, November 13 – Php 3,300 (~US$ 65) buyin
NLHE Turbo Shot Clock: Thursday, November 14 – Php 2,200 (~US$ 44) buyin
High Roller PLO: Saturday, November 15 – Php 11,000 (~US$ 220) buyin
High Roller Hold’em: Sunday, November 16 – Php 20,000 (~US$ 400) buyin
Deep Stack Turbo: Monday, November 17 – Php 3,300 (~US$ 65) buyin
*For players attending the NLHE Turbo event, once registration closes, the Shot Clock will be introduced. This will be the first time the Metro implements a timer at the table. Expect this turbo event to finish in no time.
RVS CUP Player of the Series
Last year, the Metro crowned Filipino player Joven Huerto as the first ever RVS CUP Player of the Series winner. He was awarded a packaged trip to the elegant shores of Boracay Island. Due to its success and positive feedback, the race is on the table again at this year’s event. Point generating events are: Pre-Event, Main Event, and all Side Events (except the Freeroll and Satellites).