Capture the dream at Poker Dream Manila – over $1.7M in guarantees from April 26 to May 7 at Newport World Resorts


Sharpen those skills because in one month’s time Poker Dream makes landfall in Manila, Philippines! Running from April 26 to May 7 at Newport World Resorts, the festival features 30 trophy events and a mighty PHP 95,000,000  (~US$ 1,750,000) in guarantees.

Among the highlights are the Main Event PHP 20,000,000 (~$370,000) guaranteed and the jaw dropping Short Deck Super High Roller Ante-Only PHP 55 Million (~US$ 1,010,000) guaranteed. Mark your calendars!

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As one of the hottest new brands to emerge last year, Poker Dream, has impressed players with its massive turnouts and incredibly rich prize pools. Its official launch in Malaysia in July 2022 generated nearly $3M in prizes, a stunner for a newcomer, then in October, its Vietnam debut set new country records – Main Event prize pool of ₫17.9 Billion (~US$ 731,350) and Super High Roller prize pool of ₫19.7 Billion (~US$ 803,100). In total, the festival  paid out over $3.8 Million, making it the richest in Southeast Asia in 2022.

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In addition, with poker icon Winfred Yu  as the driving force, the festival brought together the biggest names in Asia such as Danny Tang, Webster Lim, Elton Tsang, Devan Tang, Paul Phua to play alongside aspirants and recreational players.

For the upcoming games, players can expect another lucrative series as Poker Dream Manila is sure to attract a big crowd to the popular metropolitan destination. Through the years, the Philippines has been home to some of the “biggest games in Asia” and tournaments consistently generate fat prize pools. Here are the schedule highlights.

Poker Dream Manila schedule

The Poker Dream Manila schedule has been out for some time. Out of the 30-game lineup, seven are highlighted by guarantees from PHP 2,000,000 (~US$ 36,840) to PHP 55,000,000 (~US$ 1,010,000).

Event Guarantee (PHP) Dates Buy in (PHP)
Event 1: Warm Up PHP 3,000,000 April 26 to 27 PHP 15,000
Event 5: Crazy Weekend PHP 4,000,000 April 28 to 30 PHP 25,000
Event 10: SHORT DECK SUPER HIGH ROLLER PHP 55,000,000 April 30-May 1 PHP 1,380,000
Event 13: Mystery Bounty PHP 5,000,000 May 1 to 3 PHP 36,000
Event 22: MAIN EVENT PHP 20,000,000 May 4 to 7 PHP 66,000
Event 26: High Roller PHP 6,000,000 May 6 to 7 PHP 130,000
Event 27: Monster Stack PHP 2,000,000 May 6 to 7 PHP 30,000

High Roller events

With Poker Dream notorious for drawing star studded fields, a total of seven High Roller events are lined up. The Short Deck Super High Roller brings in the heftiest load with over a million USD guaranteed and an expensive price tag of PHP 1,380,000 (~US$ 25,420). On the lower end is the two-day High Roller featuring a PHP 6,000,000 (~US$ 110,500) guarantee, buy in is PHP 130,000 (~US$ 2,400). Check out the image below.

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Early Bird Packages

As early as now, players can avail of Early Bird Packages offered on numerous events. These packages are limited so grab yours fast. For bookings and inquiries please scan the QR code provided in the image below.

1. Main Event pre-registration

  • Hotel discount up to 25% off
  • Lucky Draw to win one of two Main Event seat rebate
  • Bubble protection to all entries in Main Event

2. High Roller pre-registration (applicable to events of PHP 66,000 buy in and higher)

  • Hotel discount up to 25% off

3. Key Events pre-registration (Warm Up, Crazy Weekend, Mystery Bounty, Monster Stack)

  • Pre-register to any 1 Key Event: hotel discount up to 10% off
  • Pre-register to any 2 Key Events: hotel discount up to 20% off

4. Short Deck Super High Roller pre-registration

  • 4 nights free accommodation at Hilton or equivalent hotel

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Tourist information

For players seeking accommodations, there are ample choices right outside the venue. Prices vary from highly affordable to pricey. Just take your pick.

For those flying in, the closest airport is NAIA Terminal 3. From there, you can take a Grab to your destination. It is the most reliable and rates are the most reasonable. Players staying near the venue can take the pedestrian bridge called Runway Manila. It connects the airport to Newport City.

Important note for international travelers, although the pandemic is practically behind us, the Philippine government still requires non-vaccinated travelers to provide a negative result RT-PCR test or antigen test taken 24 hours prior to arrival. Otherwise, a test will be performed at arrival at the traveler’s expense.

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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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