Five international teams unveiled for PPPoker World Championship Teams Event in Manila

The 2019 PPPoker World Championship (PPWC) is nearly upon us with the much anticipated festival set to take place on February 15 to 21 at Resorts World Manila in the Philippines. The festival boasts of P30,000,000 (~US$573,000) in guaranteed prizes with 11 events throughout the 7-day schedule.

One of the first highlights of the series is the Teams Event with a P10,000,000 (~US$191,000) guarantee. This event is shaping up to be quite thrilling with several teams from around the world already confirmed. More are certain as we get even closer.

The current lineup includes: Team India, Team Malaysia, Team Thailand, Team Brazil, and the latest, Team Norway. Additional teams like Australia, USA and Philippines are  also expected.

The Teams Event will kick off the festival, running from February 15 to 17. Buy-in is P550,000 per team (~US$10,500). Here’s a brief look at those confirmed:

Team India

India L

Team India comprises of Pulki Totla (captain), Rishab Jain, and Kalyan Chakravarty.

Team Malaysia – AU Kingsmen

Malaysia L

Team Malaysia will be represented by six players: Darian Tan, Ying Lin Chua, Alex Foo, Alvin Mak, Paul Teoh, and Xiu Meng.

Team Thailand – Thai Poker Pro

Team Thailand

Team Thailand weigh in with four members: Kannapong Thanarattrakul (captain), Thanisorn Saelor, Kajornnut Prirungrueng, and Wanchana Valaikanok.

Team Brazil


The first confirmed team outside of the Asian region is Team Brazil. They are bringing in a strong roster of 6 players: Gabriela Belisario, Rafael Oliveira, Natanael Silva, Caio Hey, Eder Murata, and Marcelo Lanza.

Team Norway

Team Norway

Team Norway is the first team from Europe to confirm attendance. Four players make up this powerhouse team: Borge Dypvik (captain), Markus Garberg, Henrik Tollefsen, and Thomas Floan.

Teams Event format

In Day 1, all teams compete in three varying NLH formats: 6 Max SNG, Double Heads Up, and Heads Up. Teams with the highest points advance to Day 2 where they will once again compete in these three formats. Only two teams advance to the final day where they compete in these formats for the last time to determine the ultimate PPWC World Teams Event champion.

The PPWC Festival lineup


Apart from the Teams Event, what everyone will have their sights fully set on is the Main Event with its P20,000,000 (~US$382,600) guarantee. The event runs a total of six days from February 16 to 21. Buy-in is P55,000 (~US$1,052).

Day 1A- February 16
Day 1B – February 17
Day 1C – February 18
Day 2 – February 19
Day 3 – February 20
Final Table – February 21

For those looking to jump in the Main Event at a lower cost, there are five satellite events scheduled at P6,000. Interestingly, there is also one other for P3,000 called the Raise of Fold Main Event Satellite. Those are the only two actions you can take on your turn.

There will also be High Rollers event running from on February 19 to 21. Buy-in is P110,000 (~US$2,100). There are four satellites to this event with two with a turbo structure.

Other events include the Mixed Game, PLO, Deepstack Turbo, Monster Stack NLH, Bounty Event (10K/bounty), 6 Max NLH, Shot Clock Bounty Event (6K/bounty), and lastly, PPPoker Championship NLH Freezeout. The winner of the PPPoker Championship NLH Freezeout automatically qualifies to the 2020 PPWC Main Event.

You can view the full schedule and all tournament structures here:

2019 PPPoker World Championship Schedule

Article by Tricia David

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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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