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.
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, 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.
However, Lester Edoc—who is featured here on somuchpoker.com 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 somuchpoker.com for the latest news in the poker event rocking the metropolis today.
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