Locals dominate WPT Philippines opening event; one flight remains, overlay brewing

It was a day dominated by the locals at WPT Philippines as another set of flights for the All Bankrolls Kickoff wrapped up. Out of the day’s combined 145 entries, 10 of the twelve that qualified to the final day were from the host country. Among them was Philippine All Time Money List leader Marc Rivera. However the top news is the Php 5M (~US$ 99,000) guarantee. With a combined 237 entries (Flight 1&2 = 92 entries), the prize pool sits at around Php 2.4 million, and with one flight remaining, an overlay looms.

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To get in on this pot, today is your last chance to enter. Flight 6 of the kickoff event gets rolling at 1230 pm Philippine time. Buy-in is Php 20,000 (~US$ 390). Starting stack is 40,000. Registration stays open until 5pm. It plays down to ITM at 12% of the field with a minimum Php 30,000 guaranteed.

16 players qualified so far

Currently, 16 players have advanced to the final day. We’ve got the results for you below including the numbers so far.

Flight 5 qualifiers

Flight 1: 53 entries at Php 5,000 buy-in
Total chips: 530,000
Flight 2: 39 entries at Php 10,000 buy-in
Total chips: 780,000
Flight 3: 32 entries at Php 5,000 buy-in
Total chips: 320,000
Flight 4: 39 entries at Php 10,000 buy-in
Total chips: 780,000
Flight 5: 74 entries at Php 20,000 buy-in
Total chips: 2,960,000

Combined entries: 237

Flight 1 – Day 2 qualifiers
Naoki Koshikawa – Japan – 355,000
Rogelio Pacheco – Philippines – 175,000

Flight 2 – Day 2 qualifiers
Kunwoo Kim – Korea – 531,000
Keith Michael Basso – USA – 249,000

Flight 3 – Day 2 qualifiers
Renniel Galvez – Philippines 320,000

Flight 4 – Day 2 qualifiers
Terry Gonzaga – Philippines – 488,000
Marc Rivera – Philippines – 292,000

Flight 5 – Day 2 qualifiers

Christopher Mateo – Philippines – 697,000
Euryd Rivera – Philippines – 444,000
Royly Emir Oracion – Philippines – 340,000
Michael Durik – Czech Republic – 323,000
Michael De Leon – Philippines – 307,000
Koki Takeishi – Japan – 273,000
Joseph Ty Sia – Philippines – 261,000
Ryan Peter Malangen – Philippines – 226,000
Rick Jason Ambata – Philippines – 90,000

Coming Next

WPT Philippines runs from February 6 to 17 taking place at the luxurious Okada Manila. The All Bankrolls Kickoff event is just the first of 21 games scheduled. The Main Event Php 12 million guaranteed takes place from February 14 to 17.

Buy-in: Php 75,000 (~US$ 1,500)
Guarantee: Php 12,000,000 (~US$ 236,500)
Day 1A: Friday, February 14 at 4pm
Day 1B: Saturday, February 15 at 12pm
Day 2: Sunday, February 16 at 1pm
Final Day: Monday, February 17 at 1pm

To get in at a lower cost, satellites are the way to go. The cheapest is the qualifier to the mega satellite at Php 3,500. The mega satellite (3 seats gtd) has a Php 15,000 buy-in. Other satellites offered are at Php 9,000 and Php 15,000.

In addition to the Main Event, players have a multitude of games to engage. Buy-ins range from Php 8,000 (~US$ 160) to Php 100,000 (~US$ 2,000) while the High Roller buy-ins go for Php 150,000, Php 200,000, and the Super High Roller of Php 500,000 (~US$ 9,800) . See the schedule for all the info.

The Somuchpoker team will continue to provide daily recaps and will be on-site during the Main Event to bring you live coverage from start to finish.

WPT Philippines Coverage and Schedule

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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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