Poker Dream Manila: Super High Rollers prepare for the big one; Rene Van Krevelen crushes, Ghai Pang Yap lifts the Dragon Dream Trophy

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Ghai Pang Yap

The first Short Deck High Roller event hit the felt on Day 3 of Poker Dream Manila and among the contenders were confirmed players for the upcoming US$ 1 Million guaranteed White Horse Cup – Short Deck Super High Roller event. Getting in some early practice were Poker Dream founder Winfred Yu, Wai Kiat Lee, Wai Kin Yong,  Danny Tang, and Nobuaki Sasaki. 

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By the close of registration, the PH₱ 200K buy in event drew 31 entries for a hefty PH₱ 5,532,880 (~US$ 99,300) prize pool. With Short Deck notorious for big five card spreads, the race to the first Dream Dragon Trophy of the series was a major thrill and you can relive it via the recorded livestream by media outfit Life Of Poker posted in the Poker Dream facebook page with Japanese and English commentators. We also have a brief recap just below. 

Buy in: PH₱ 200,000 (~US$ 3,670)
Entries: 31
Prize pool: PH₱ 5,532,880 (~US$ 99,300)
ITM: 5 places

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Payouts in PHP
1 Ghai Pang Yap Malaysia 1,000,000*
2 Rene Van Krevelen Netherlands 2,456,880*
3 Nobuaki Sasaki Japan 900,000
4 Daniel Tang UK 650,000
5 Wei Zhen Ng Malaysia 526,000

*Heads up deal

Though all smiles, Hing Yaung Chow missed the money by one spot with Jh10d dominated by Wei Zhen Ng‘s Kh10h

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Wei Zhen Ng

With the money intact, Rene Van Krevelen went on a heater, knocking out the next three players starting with Ng in two showdowns followed by Danny Tang in 4th place with Ks10s broadway on a board QhAc7sJhQc to dust KhKd, and Nobuaki Sasaki in 3rd place with KsQc dominating Js9c.

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Rene Van Krevelen

Sitting with a commanding advantage, Van Krevelen struck an ICM payout deal with Ghai Pang Yap for a big chunk of the remaining cash amounting to PH₱ 2,456,880 (~US$ 44,100) while Yap was awarded the first Dragon Dream trophy and PH₱ 1,000,000 (~US$ 17,900). 

Another Short Deck High Roller is up next with buy in of PH₱ 280,000 (~US$ 5,140). It takes place on Saturday, April 29 starting at 2pm at the Grand Wing of Newport World Resorts. 

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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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