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WPT Philippines: Main Event Day 1A brings 126 entries; Jaeho Kim sets the bar

After eight days of side event action at WPT Philippines, the Main Event arrived and with it a turnout of 126 entries (109 uniques, 17 re-entries) for Day 1A. This was a strong turnout considering the travel ban and quarantines imposed in the region. Another piece of good news, the Philippine government lifted the ban on traveling to and from Taiwan. That should bring in more players. Lastly, the prize pool. It is now at Php 8.25M and with Day 1B still to come, players can expect the Php 12 million guarantee to be smashed. We’ve got all the info below including chip counts and other useful numbers.

Day 1A closed with 24 players led by Korea’s Jaeho Kim with 312,000. One of Kim‘s victims was Asia Pacific Player of the Year contender, Sim Jae Kyung aka Simba.

Jaeho Kim

Bagging up a close second was Guam’s Julien Weymouth with 290,000. He would have had more than Kim at bagging had he not lost the last hand of the day to Vikaash Shah.

Julien Weymouth

Another player advancing was Filipino David Erquiaga with 189,500. Erquiaga has been running deep at major events since last year, he is due for a big win. If Day 1B matches up with Day 1A (at the minimum), Erquiaga will be in contention in the POY race.

David Erquiaga

On the opposite end of the pole were players that missed the mark. Among them was POY joint leader Hamish Crawshaw who fired two bullets, WPT Cambodia finalist Si Yang Phua, Linh Tran, Henrik Tollefsen, Richard Marquez, and Huu Dung Nguyen. These players all have Day 1B to look forward to.

Read up on the Day 1A action via our live posts.

WPT Philippines 2020 Live Updates

Main Event info

Dates: February 14 to 17
Venue: Coral Lounge at Okada Manila
Buy-in: Php 75,000 (~US$ 1,500)
Guarantee: Php 12,000,000 (~US$ 237,300)
Re-entry: one allowed per day

Day 1A: 24 advanced out of 126 entries (completed)
Day 1B: Saturday, February 15 at 12pm
Day 2: Sunday, February 16 at 1pm
Final Day: Monday, February 17 at 1pm

Starting stack: 30,000
Opening blinds: 100 – 100 ante 100
Starting day level duration: 40 minutes
Registration: closes at the start of Level 10
Bagging time: end of Level 14

Day 2 and Final day level duration: 60 minutes
Final heads up level duration: 30 minutes

Day 1A chip counts – 24 players

Last Name First Name Country Chips
Kim Jaeho Korea 312,000
Weymouth Julien Guam 290,000
Morales Francesco Italy 252,000
Chargualaf Joshua Usa 249,000
Garberg Markus Norway 247,500
Kim Kunwoo Korea 239,000
Gulbrandsen Simen Norway 199,500
Ragozzini Sean Australia 194,000
Erquiaga David Philippines 189,500
Sammarco Daniel Usa 181,000
Berg Andre Norway 160,000
Schade Sebastian Germany 154,000
Uhara Motokatsu Japan 138,000
Obara Jun Japan 136,000
Jeremias Joseroy Philippines 128,500
Shah Vikaash India 127,500
Fujihisa Naoya Japan 125,000
Han Yeongpil Korea 119,000
Rivera Marc Philippines 78,500
Akahori Kaname Japan 74,500
Tolon Wilson Philippines 71,500
Edoc Redentor Philippines 59,000
Chen Zhining China 51,500
Kikiuchi Masahiro Japan 18,500

Average stack: 157,500
Chips in play: 3,780,000

WPT Philippines 2020 Coverage

More:  An update on the WPT Asia-Player of the Year Race with Tricia David!

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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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