Manila Megastack 17: Alvir Inocentes takes down Kick Off for PHP 877,000 (~USD 15,860); Gaby Sawma, Takashi Kawauchi, and Hyeongi Hong claim side events; Bernard Chua leads Mystery Bounty



Four days in the Manila Megastack 17 festival at Okada Manila, Philippines sees more winners emerge victorious and claim top prizes across the action-packed lineup. Local runner Alvir Inocentes for one, came out to be yesterday’s biggest earner after taking down the Kick Off event for PHP 877,000 (~USD 15,860). International runners Gaby Sawma, Takashi Kawauchi, and Hyeongi Hong similarly shared the spotlight having bagged spade trophies from their side event wins. The qualifying rounds for the PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 36,160) guaranteed Mystery Bounty also played through with Bernard Chua topping the ranks into today’s Day 2 Final.

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Event #7: Kick Off: Alvir Inocentes – PHP 877,000 (~USD 15,860)

Alvir Inocentes

A regular favorite across the Manila Megastack lineup, this season’s Kick Off event once again smashed its PHP 3,000,000 (~USD 54,150) guarantee by miles. A total of 488 entries were recorded across three starting flights and saw its prize pool swell to over double in value at  PHP 6,248,352 (~USD 112,990). By the final day, only 73 returned to the felt led by Philippines’ Jeorge Lagatuz with each guaranteed a minimum payout of PHP 23,500 (~USD 420).

It didn’t take long before the first casualty was seen with Marciel Cerbito heading for exit less than ten minutes into the game. The journey to the final table however, took over six hours of play before the field drew down to its final nine. The last three tables saw some of the field’s toughest contenders slip away including APPT Manila champion Ashley Patterson, Day chip leader Lagatuz, Filipino pro Christopher Mateo, and bracelet winner Mike Takayama

Manila Megastack 17 Kick Off Final Table

The final table gameplay kicked off with Marcial Lou in the lead after delivering several eliminations and running good all day. Lou sat atop the ranks since the first break and cruised through the field, bagging crucial pots, winning flips, and playing great defense to land the advantage. Aggressive runner Ryan Platon who similarly had his eye on the prize, managed to overtake the lead less than an hour in after eliminating Raymundo Gomez in 8th place in a set over set scenario. Platon used this boost to wield his big stack and hammer back at Lou. It was only until Lou’s AdAh was cracked by Alvir Inocentes’ KdQd did a new contender rise up to the ranks. 

The two short stacks left on the table then busted, leaving the final four to break an ICM deal for the remaining payouts. Inocentes took the biggest loot, setting aside the trophy and PHP 35,000 (~USD 630 ) to play for. With everyone guaranteed prizes, Inocentes carried on to secure the title after defeating Jayvon Carreon in heads up play for the win.

Date: December 4 – 6, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 15,000 (~USD 270)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~USD 54,150)
Prize pool: PHP 6,248,352 (~USD 112,990)
Entries: 488
ITM: 74 players

Flight A: 140 entries, 21 qualified
Flight B: 232 entries, 35 qualified
Flight C:116 entries, 18 qualified

Event #7: Kick Off Final Table Results

Place Player Flag Prize (PHP)
1 Alvir Inocentes Philippines ₱877,000*
2 Jayvon Carreon Philippines ₱788,000*
3 Marcial Lou Philippines ₱619,000*
4 Ryan Platon Philippines ₱596,000*
5 Wallac Chan Wai Hong Kong ₱330,000
6 Jan Jason Leoncio Philippines ₱260,000
7 John Clyde Tan Philippines ₱195,000
8 Raymundo Gomez Philippines ₱135,000
9 Canale Kier Philippines ₱108,852

*Denotes deal was made

Event #12: PLO Knockout: Gaby Sawma – PHP 111,616 (~USD 2,010)

Gaby Sawma

The first Pot Limit Omaha event on schedule drew in 56 players with only the final eight claiming a share of the PHP 422,016 (~USD 7,630) prize pool. Ecuador’s Alexis Palacios claimed the first payout of PHP 16,900 (~USD 305), having bowed out in 8th place. Elimination after elimination, the final table eventually drew down to its last two players with Singapore’s Ivan Tan and Lebanon’s Gaby Sawma agreeing to a heads up deal. The final hand saw Sawma clinch the title with Js8h3s5d against Tan’s Ac2s8s9d on board 8c2dJc4hQh. Both players landed two pair, Sawma with the better one to bag the top prize PHP 111,616 (~USD 2,010).

Date: December 6, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 10,000 (~USD 180)
Prize pool: PHP 422,016 (~USD 7,630)
Entries: 56
ITM: 8 players

Event #12: PLO Knockout Full Payouts

Place Player Flag Prize (PHP)
1 Sawma Gaby Lebanon ₱111,616*
2 Tan Ivan Singapore ₱106,600*
3 Rivera Euryd Philippines ₱59,100
4 Chen Ying Chan Taiwan ₱44,700
5 Chua Christian Philippines ₱34,600
6 Goodwin Jarod Peter United States ₱27,000
7 Chun Kit Lai Hong Kong ₱21,500
8 Palacios Alexis Ecuador ₱16,900

*Denotes deal was made

Note: PHP 56,000 in bounties not included

Event #14: Mini High Roller: Takashi Kawauchi – PHP 439,600 (~USD 7,950)

Takashi Kawauchi

The heftiest buy-in across the Manila Megastack 17 schedule to date, saw 16 runners battle it out for the Mini High Roller title and lion’s share of the PHP 1,047,600 (~USD 18,940) prize pool. With only four players geared a payout, the two-table field coursed through over six hours of play to get to the money. By this time, PhilippinesChierro De Leon held the lead and reached heads up play against Japan’s Takashi Kawauchi. Kawauchi however, managed to overtake his opponent and claimed the victory soon after for PHP 439,600 (~USD 7,950).

Date: December 6, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 75,000 (~USD 1,350)
Prize pool: PHP 1,047,600 (~USD 18,940)
Entries: 16
ITM: 4 players

Event #14: Mini High Roller Full Payouts

Place Player Flag Prize (PHP)
1 Kawauchi Takashi Japan ₱439,600
2 De Leon Chierro Philippines ₱293,000
3 Takayama Mike Philippines ₱189,000
4 Reyes Jaime Ramon United States ₱126,000

Event #15: Bubble Rush: Hyeongi Hong – PHP 82,428 (~USD 1,490)

Hyeongi Hong

Date: December 6, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 10,000 (~USD 180)
Prize pool: PHP 145,112 (~USD 3,540)
Entries: 17
ITM: 4 players

Event #15: Bubble Rush Full Payouts

Place Player Flag Prize (PHP)
1 Hong Hyeongi Korea, South ₱82,428
2 Cheong Mun Leong Singapore ₱55,000
3 Hong Soojing Japan ₱35,300
4 Miyamoto Masakazu Japan ₱23,600

Bernard Chua leads Mystery Bounty qualifiers into Day 2 Final

Bernard Chua

The qualifying rounds of the Mystery Bounty event also wrapped up yesterday and saw Philippines’ Bernard Chua bag the biggest stack from Flight B with 485,000 in chips. Following in second is China’s Wu Shenghao who likewise emerged as Flight A’s chip leader, bringing in a 326,000 stack for today’s final games. Only 29 runners are set to return to the felt with both flights seeing two players bust right on bubble time. Flight A saw Liu Zhiqiang and Takagi Sakae hit the rails while Flight B’s Griffith Darrell and Karlsson Peter Magnus will equally miss today’s exciting bounty action. Aside from the cash prizes to be won, the total bounty pot stands at PHP 1,206,000 (~USD 21,800) with the biggest being PHP 256,000 (~USD 4,630), leaving all survivors in for a thrilling knockout experience.

Date: December 6-7, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 20,000 (~USD 360)
Guarantee: PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 36,160)
Prize pool: PHP 2,225,472 (~USD 40,240)
Total Bounties: PHP 1,206,000 (~USD 21,800)
Entries: 201
ITM: 31 players

Flight A: 80 entries, 12 qualified
Flight B: 121 entries, 19 qualified

Top 10 Chip Counts

Pos. Player Flag Chip Count
1 Chua Bernard Philippines 485,000
2 Wu Shenghao China 326,000
3 Huang Cheng Wen Taiwan 322,000
4 Mateo Christopher Philippines 303,000
5 Nagami Kyosuke Japan 302,000
6 Derecho Emmanuel Australia 293,000
7 Nachor Jr. Vivencio Philippines 258,000
8 Kim Pyeongkang Korea, South 248,000
9 Tai Weiliang Singapore 247,000
10 Sayo John Carlo Philippines 242,000

Event #13: Final Table Payouts

Pos. Prize (PHP)
1 ₱462,972
2 ₱312,000
3 ₱220,000
4 ₱178,500
5 ₱141,000
6 ₱107,000
7 ₱78,000
8 ₱57,000
9 ₱47,500

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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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