The 15th edition of the PokerStars LIVE Manila Megastack is in full swing at Okada Manila, Philippines. Doors blasted open on November 28 with a 2-day No Limit Hold’em (NLH) Kickoff event and concluded with South Korea’s Seong Jeon besting the 410 entrants to nab his share of the ₱5,249,640 (~$92,820) prize pool amounting to ₱856,140 (~$15,138). This was Jeon’s first ever title outside of home soil.
Final Table Payouts – ₱15,000 NLH Kickoff Event
|1||Seong Jeon (South Korea)||₱856,140|
|2||Dzmitry Budai (Russia)||₱800,000|
|3||Jonathan Tek Wye Looi (Malaysia)||₱459,000|
|4||Randee Clybouw (Philippines)||₱364,500|
|5||Meng Xuan Ang (Singapore)||₱286,000|
|6||Hok Hei Ngai (Hong Kong)||₱224,000|
|7||Akitoshi Okuda (Japan)||₱168,500|
|8||Alvin Jeff Sembrano (Philippines)||₱119,500|
|9||Rommel Angeles (Philippines)||₱95,500|
The opening event was followed by a ₱10 KBuy-in NLH Freezeout that drew 80 players who competed over the ₱682,880 (~$12,075) prize pool. Ahmed Ibrahimi of Morocco emerged the victor for his first ever spade trophy and ₱187,300 (~$3,317) to bring his total live earnings to over US$360k.
Payouts – ₱10,000 NLH Freezeout
|1||Ahmed Ibrahimi (Morocco)||₱187,300|
|2||Kento Chogo (Japan)||₱133,600|
|3||Edgar Asehan (Philippines)||₱87,500|
|4||Maggy Mae Cenon (Philippines)||₱67,300|
|5||Raymundo Gomez (Philippines)||₱53,300|
|6||Darren Yu (Philippines)||₱41,700|
|7||Keith Basso (USA)||₱32,800|
|8||Takayuki Fukagawa (Japan)||₱25,700|
|9||Hyeonggon Im (South Korea)||₱19,480|
|10||Joseroy Jeremias Jr (Philippines)||₱17,100|
|11||Emmanuel Segismundo (Philippines)||₱17,100|
The series runs until December 5 in Okada Manila, Philippines, spanning 17 events and a total guaranteed prize pool of ₱17 Million (~$300,585). With the searing opening, it is only proper to end the series with a much larger boom.
The much-anticipated Main Event will book-end the series with three Day 1 heats starting on December 2, culminating with the final table on December 5. Buy in is ₱35,000 (~$620) with a single re-entry allowed per day. Heavy competition can be expected over the ₱10 Million (~$176,815) guaranteed prize pool and the 2023 APPT Event Package worth ₱100K for the winner. If the Kickoff event was any indication of what’s to come, then that prize pool is bound to reach a mouthwatering level.
*Article by Aris Aquino
*All images from PokerStars LIVE Manila