Poker Dream Manila draws 499 Main Event entries for over US$ 500K prize pool; Ryan McAllister leads the 76 returning players; Chierro De Leon, Wai Yan Koo win trophies

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On Friday, May 5, 2023, the Grand Wing of Newport World Resorts in Manila, Philippines was packed with players seeking glory at Poker Dream‘s featured PH₱ 20 Million guaranteed Main Event. Day 1B drew the largest turnout of 265 entries. Among the attendees was poker super star Tom DwanIn an interview with Poker Dream, Dwan shared,

“Ivan was my friend and a lot of people went to Vietnam to support and I wasn’t able to make it. So when I heard the event was here, I was happy to support.”

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Tom Dwan

Dwan missed the mark however he did knock out a few players before joining at the rail. One player was Filipino Jester Intia who was happy to be seated next to Dwan despite falling to the pro. The heat ended with 40 players advancing to Day 2. USA’s Ryan McAllister bagged a monster pile of 777,000, equivalent to 159 big blinds which he will carry into the next round as overall chip leader.

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Ryan McAllister

Over at the last flight, Day 1C Turbo, another 93 entered to bring the total entries to 499 with Day 1A attracting 141. This boosted the prize pool to PH₱ 28.7 Million, well over US$ 510K. The 76 advancing players are all guaranteed a cut. The final heat bagged up with Won Jae Lee as chip leader. He closed with 622,000 in chips to enter Day 2 ranked second overall. 

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Won Jae Lee

All advancing players are now guaranteed to pocket a minimum PHP 105,000 (~US$ 1,900) and for the eventual winner a whopping PHP 5,510,000 (~US$ 99,445).

You can read up on the Day 1 action via the SMP Live Updates. We will also track the Day 2 action which plays down to the Final 9 players.

Poker Dream – ePlayer Guide

For those unable to qualify for Day 2, there’s more lined up on the penultimate day. At 12pm is the NLH Turbo with buy in of PHP 15,000 (~US$ 275). For players with heavier pockets, the festival has you covered with the two-day High Roller featuring a PHP 6 Million (~US$ 108,300) guarantee, event starts at 3pm with registration closing at the end of Level 13 in Day 2. Then at 6pm is the two-day Monster Stack event featuring a PHP 2 Million (~US$ 36,100) guarantee. Buy in is PHP 30,000 (~US$ 550).

Side Event winners

Chierro De Leon wins the KO Bounty Turbo

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Chierro De Leon

Buy in: PH₱ 15,000 (~US$ 275)
Entries: 67 
Prize pool: PH₱ 522,868 (~US$ 9,440)
Bounty pool: PH₱ 335,000 (~us$ 6,045)
ITM: 9 places

*Bounties not included

Place Player Flag
Payouts in PH₱
1 Chierro De Leon Philippines 153,000
2 Seungyoon Rhy Korea 109,600
3 Yew Fai Wong Malaysia 71,268
4 Terry Gonzaga Philippines 53,800
5 Shuhei Ikushiba Japan 41,900
6 Tiang Luok Ronny Lee Malaysia 32,500
7 John Lamert Samiento Philippines 25,700
8 Rico Adrian Pecho Philippines 19,900
9 Ryan Jerico Gonzales Platon Philippines 15,200

Wai Yan Koo wins the NLH Turbo

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Wai Yan Koo

Buy in: PH₱ 15,000 (~US$ 275)
Entries: 15 
Prize pool: PH₱ 192,060 (~US$ 3,465
ITM: 6 places 

Place Player Flag
Payouts in PH₱
1 Wai Yan Koo Malaysia 42,060
2 Kai Rong Daniel Wong Malaysia 30,000
3 Deokryong Kim Korea 30,000
4 John Kim USA 30,000
5 Ryoya Miyazawa Japan 30,000
6 Kazuki Akamatsu Japan 30,000


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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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