2M for 2K Day 1B “Day” flight brings in 259 entries, Luke Pangan tops field

PASAY CITY, Philippines—With the Day 1B “Day” flight of MIKES ROOM’s “2M for 2K” grand inauguration tournament closing with a massive 259 entries, many observers feel that this event could shatter all existing attendance records in this country’s poker history as now a total of 695 entries brings the undertaking ever so closer to the 1,000 entries mark—a number never before seen here.

With the Day 1B Turbo “Night” flight well underway as of this writing, 21 hopefuls advanced to Day 2 to join 34 others who made the grade from the three Day 1s already played since the tournament began last Wednesday (June 22nd) in Cebu City with the first ever “remote” flight in Philippine poker history.

Luke Pangan

Of the 21 fortunate enough to cross over into Day 2, veteran local campaigner Luke Pangan finished with the most number of chips in this sortie with 269,000 (good for second overall).

Pangan, who has been very active in the local tourney scene for several years now, scored his biggest cash recently in the 2015 APT Asian Poker Series Main Event where he came in seventh and good for a payout of $11,049.

He now has the opportunity to play for the PhP1,000,000 first prize in this endeavor; the biggest chunk of the PhP2,000.000 guaranteed prize pool. The buy-in for this tournament is a mere PhP2,000.

Another Filipino in Lito Bautista came in second in the flight with 262,000 in chips. China’s Chia Wei Chang finished in third with 260,500—making the “Day” flight of Day 1B the first one to yield three players past the 200,000 chip mark.

Wally “The Dream” Sombero

Wally “The Dream” Sombero, Asia’s Godfather of Poker, was among the notables who saw action in this fight, along with Team PKC member Ian Brion and seasoned warrior Flo Campomanes who just could not avoid bad beats to get railed for the second straight day. All three were waylaid in their efforts.

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However, Lester Edoc—who is featured here on in an exclusive interview—managed to finally make it through with a stack of 147,500 and join his PKC teammate John Tech in the next phase. American pro Gerard Casey is also through with 150,000 in holdings.

Players can still qualify for Day 2 via Day 1C of this multi-reentry tourney, which happens on Saturday (June 25th) with the “Day” flight commencing at 2PM and the Turbo “Night” flight taking place at 8PM.

This is also a “Best Stack Forward” event, meaning those who had already booked their seats to Day 2 but are unhappy with their stacks may re-enter in hopes of getting a bigger amount of chips to use in the Day 2 wars.

The Players’ Party—the official inauguration of MIKES ROOM—is also ongoing at the Midas Café, adjacent to the room.

Keep it locked here on for the latest news in the poker event rocking the metropolis today.

1 LUKE PANGAN Philippines 269000
2 LITO BAUTISTA Philippines 262000
3 CHIA WEI CHANG China 260500
4 KIM MICHAEL ENRIQUEZ Philippines 181000
5 DENNIS SINSON Philippines 175000
7 LESTER EDOC Philippines 147500
8 RICHARD TOLENTINO Philippines 135500
9 ALEX TANEO Philippines 134500
10 JESUS RIVERA Philippines 106000
11 JEFFREY CALONGE Philippines 96000
12 CESAR CORPUZ Philippines 91500
13 RUBEN RAFA, JR. Philippines 88500
14 ARMAND DIAMANTE Philippines 82000
15 RUDENCIO DELA CRUZ Philippines 78000
16 EDWIN MARZAN Philippines 73000
17 ELMER KALAQUIHAN Philippines 62500
18 JOSEROY JEREMIAS Philippines 57500
19 JEPH CRUZ Philippines 56500
20 DARWIN SANTELICES Philippines 49000
21 FRANKLIN OLIGARIO Philippines 34500

Read: “2M for 2K” officially inaugurates MIKE’S ROOM, Cebu Day 1 kicks off

Read: “2M for 2K” Day 1A Recap: 280 entries, Martin Ealdama Chip leader

Read: 2M for 2K: 88 entries in “Night Flight”, eight advance to Day 2

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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