Poker Dream Manila to crown a Main Event champion today; Edwin Dela Cruz leads the Final 9 lineup

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Excitement in the air as the Final 9 players of the Poker Dream Manila Main Event  return to Newport World Resorts to hunt down the coveted title and PHP 5,510,000 (~US$ 99,4000) cash prize. Who will take it? Catch the action via the livestream broadcasted in the Poker Dream facebook page or via the SMP Live Updates. Cards in the air at 1pm.

Main Event info

The Main Event was a huge success, attracting 499 runners over three starting flights to easily breach the PHP 20M guarantee. Each flight played down to the money. In total, 76 players advanced to Day 2 and were guaranteed a piece of the PHP 28,751,400 prize pool. Bagging up the chip lead was Filipino Edwin Dela Cruz.

4 Edwin Dela Cruz
Edwin Dela Cruz

Dela Cruz is one of the fastest rising players in the Asian circuit live scene. In February, he came into radar after winning the USOP Taiwan series Main Event for six figures. Last month, Dela Cruz added a side event title at the USOP Vietnam series, and today, he is in the finest shape to take down another major as he enters with a commanding 108 bb.

To help boost his stack, Dela Cruz eliminated Beh Kok Weng in 10th place with 6c6s cracking KdKc on a board that completed 3h6d9d3s9s.

Seat Player Stack BB
4 Edwin Dela Cruz 4,325,000 108
3 Tor Anton Welo 2,080,000 52
7 Alessandro Taranto 1,630,000 41
5 William Teoh 1,470,000 37
2 David Erquiaga 1,335,000 33
6 Terry Gonzaga 1,180,000 30
8 Ryan McAllister 1,165,000 29
9 Valeriy Pak 1,030,000 26
1 Nicola Montalbano 640,000 16
Starting stack: 30,000
Final Day opening blinds: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Chips in play: 14,970,000
8 Ryan McAllister
Ryan McAllister

Day 2 opened with USA’s Ryan McAllister leading the pack. It took eight hours for the field to trim down to the Final 9 players. McAllister made the final table cut ranked seventh in chips with 29 bb.

2 David Erquiaga
David Erquiaga

Another player to watch for is David Erquiaga who topped last year’s GPI National Philippines and won the WPT Cambodia Main Event. Erquiaga carries in 33 bb into the final table.

3 Tor Anton Welo
Tor Anton Welo

Running second in chips with 52 bb is Tor Anton Welo from Norway. Welo is seeking his first major title on Asian soil. To reach the final table, he knocked out fellow Norwegian Henrik Tollefsen and caught a lucky trips on the river to stay in the running.

7 Allesandro Toranto
Alessandro Taranto

UK’s Alessandro Taranto carries in 41 bb. He entered Day 2 running 10th in chips and drove his stack north to stay in the upper tier throughout the day.

5 William Theo
William Teoh

Malaysia’s William Teoh has been tearing up the felt in Manila and reaching numerous Main Event final tables. However, he has yet to put a lid on one. He will have that opportunity once again as he enters with a decent 37 bb.

6 Terry Gonzaga
Terry Gonzaga

Next one down the rung is Filipino Terry Gonzaga who entered Day 2 running third in chips and maintained his upper tier status for most of the day. Out of his many deep runs throughout his career was a recent victory at PokerStars Manila Super Series Main Event for US$ 37K. He enters with a decent 30 bb.

9 Pak Valeriy
Valeriy Pak

Russia’s Valeriy Pak enters with 26 bb. He is decorated with a WPT Korea Main Event title. To help him reach the final table, he knocked out Indian online player Sriharsha Doddapaneni when the board completed a higher two pair for his ace kicker to play.

1 Nicola Nontalbano
Nicola Montalbano

To complete the final 9 is Italy’s Nicola Montalbano who entered Day 2 running fourth in chips. Taranto has cashed in several events in the Philippines since last year however he has yet to bring in that first career title. He enters the final table with 16 bb.

Read up on the Day 2 action via the SMP Live Updates.

Date: May 4-7, 2023
Buy in: PH₱ 66,000 (~US$ 1,200)

Guarantee: PH₱ 20,000,000 (~US$ 360,960)
Total Entries: 499
Prize pool: PH₱ 28,751,400 (~US$ 519,480)
Total Day 2 qualifiers / ITM: 76 players

When the Final 9 players return, each on is guaranteed to earn a minimum PHP 499,000 (~US$ 9,000) however all eyes will be on the champion’s purse of PHP 5,510,000 (~US$ 99,400).

Place Payouts in PHP
1 5,510,000
2 3,460,000
3 2,471,382
4 1,946,000
5 1,523,000
6 1,184,000
7 885,000
8 609,000
9 499,000
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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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