MSS Main Event guarantee breached! Edilberto Gopez tops 33 Day 1B survivors; flight C up next

Huge turnout at Day 1B of the Manila Super Series 17 Main Event with 220 entries pulled in during the ten rounds of registration. Added to the 144 Day 1A entries, the combined count came to 364 which meant it not only crushed the PHP 3M guarantee but propelled the prize pool to over PHP 4.6 Million. Good news to all, that pot will increase further with Day 1C yet to be played out. For weekend warriors, fence sitters, and those that missed the mark in the previous days, this is the last chance to enter.

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As Day 1B drew to a close, Mikko Cayetano delivered the bubble with yet another harsh defeat. Cayetano’s pocket Sevens spiked the two-outer on the river to dust pocket Queens. He bagged up the fifth largest of the Day 2 crew.

Earning the top spot among the 33 qualifiers of this heat was local pro Edilberto Gopez with a very healthy 572,000 in chips, equivalent to 71 big blinds. This placed him second in the cumulative Day 2 lineup with Day 1A chip leader Jae Ki Choi retaining the high position. One of the hands that helped Gomez kick off his race to the top was pocket Twos set against a players top pair.

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Now in its 17th edition, the Manila Super Series continues to be a crowd favorite. Its highly affordable buy ins and short tournaments attract not just the pros but the recreational players as well. The ongoint event takes place at the PokerStars LIVE hub at Okada Manila, Philippines. Here are the detail so far:

Date: May 29 to June 4, 2023
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~US$ 270)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~US$ 53,320)
Day 1A: 144 entries / 22 ITM
Day 1B: 220 entries / 33 ITM
Day 1C: Friday, June 2, 2023

End of Day 1B – Top 10 in chips

Edilberto Gopez 572,000
Cezar Quiambao 462,000
Zhiqiang Liu 399,000
Yun Rong Cheong 373,000
Mikko Cayetano 292,000
Ronny Tiang Luok Lee 287,000
Darren Yu 286,000
Yan Ke 275,000
Wei Hsiang Chen 268,000
Conor Berry Grimsley 264,000

For the full list of Day 2 qualifiers, head to the LIVE UPDATES page of the Main Event.


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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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