Manila Megastack 17 Day 2 highlights: Niroshan Loganathan, Wallac Chan Wai top multi-day events; Anthony Gabitan, Lee Woobeen win spadies


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Action packed day at PokerStars LIVE Manila with Day 2 of Manila Megastack 17 lighting up the tables at Okada Manila. Two events were the star attractions – Deepstack Challenge and Kickoff – both events highlighted by a ₱ 3 Million guarantee. Additionally, two side events closed the night with Anthony Gabitan and Lee Woobeen lifting coveted PS spade trophies. Here are the highlights.

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Deepstack Challenge – Day 1 results

Niroshan Loganathan

The Deepstack Challenge was the first of the big buy in tournaments scheduled. While it a attracted a decent 53 entries, it was not enough to pump up the pot past the guarantee. Day 1 wrapped up with Canadian player Niroshan Loganathan knocking out Joshua Figuerres on the bubble with Ks9h spiking the King against Ac3h on a board 5d2h10hKd10c. Figuerres three-bet shoved on the turn then missed the river.

Loganathan has the best chance of locking up this event as he enters the final day with a massive 134 bb stack. The seven returning players are guaranteed ₱ 48,000 but the top prize ₱ 933,000 (~$16,840) is the target. Follow the final day action via the live updates.

Date: December 4 to 5, 2023
Buy in: ₱ 55,000 (~$1,000)
Guarantee: ₱ 3,000,000 (~$54,150)
Entries: 53
Prize pool: ₱ 3,000,000 (~$54,150)
ITM: 7 places

Chip Counts

Loganathan Niroshan 806,000
Reyes Jaime Ramon 374,000
Cardyn Nicolas 276,000
Wang Weixuan 202,000
Shin Hyeonho 182,000
Say John Carlo 132,000
Wu Shenghao 48,000


1 ₱933,000
2 ₱675,000
3 ₱430,000
4 ₱326,000
5 ₱252,000
6 ₱193,000
7 ₱156,000

Kickoff – Flight A results

Wallac Chan Wai

First flight of the Kickoff attracted 140 entries with only 21 advancing to the next round. Well known Filipino Joseph Sia eliminated Jose Ruzzel on the bubble to with KcQc dominating Ks5s and bagged up a healthy 25 bb stack. Claiming the flight leader status was Hong Kong’s Wallac Chan Wai with 48 bb at bagging time.

The survivors have a day break before returning to action on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 for the final day. They await the results of Flight B and Flight C, both taking place on Tuesday, December 5, 2023.

Date: December 4, 2023
Buy in: ₱ 15,000 (~$270)
Guarantee: ₱ 3,000,000 (~$54,150)
Flight A: 140 entries / 21 ITM

Chip Counts

1 Wallac Chan Wai 384,000
2 Hara Yosuke 342,000
3 Boccaletti Paolo 336,000
4 Canale Kier 312,000
5 Young Thomas 291,000
6 Kyung Ho Moon 268,000
7 Fandialan Prolan 268,000
8 Henriquez Antonio 258,000
9 Zhuchkov Viktor 232,000
10 Sia Joseph 207,000
11 Ching Li Lok 205,000
12 Shah Chirag 170,000
13 Dela Cruz John 162,000
14 Chang Jae Yi 140,000
15 Galvez Renniel 112,000
16 Inocentes Alvir 96,000
17 Cerbito Marciel 94,000
18 Chua Bernard 89,000
19 Khoang Quoc Cuong 85,000
20 Elliott Paul John 74,000
21 Sequito Rodrigo 73,000

Anthony Gabitan wins Deepstack

Filipino Anthony Gabitan snatched his career third PS spade trophy at the Deepstack event, outlasting the 83 entry field. He defeated Finland’s Toni Voulle at heads up to pocket the ₱ 194,788 (~$3,515) top prize.

Anthony Gabitan

Before the money started flowing, Voulle doubled up during the bubble round with AsQd winning the flip against Josh Chargualaf’s pocket Sixes, and AdAs dominating Christopher Mateo’s Ace-Eight offsuit. The bubble came down on David Chargualaf whose Ac10s top two pair was outdrawn by Robert Kuang‘s Js5h straight on a board 8c9hAh10h7c.

Leading up to heads up, Gabitan  delivered a double knockout – Kuang (9th) and James Moriles (8th) – with AdKh dominating KsQs and AsJc. As more players dropped out, Voulle eliminated Chargualaf in 3rd place with Ac8s running into QcQd. This gave Voulle a 2:1 chip advantage against Gabitan entering heads up.


Gabitan’s heads up skill proved better than Voulle’s as he successfully grinded to overtake. The final hand was Ac3c straight over Ah9d on a final board 2h4s5d4d8d.

Date: December 4, 2023
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~$180)
Entries: 83 (64 unique)
Prize pool: ₱ 708,488 (~$12,790)
ITM: 11 places

Event #5: Deepstack Full Payouts

1 Anthony Gabitan Philippines ₱194,788
2 Toni Voulle Finland ₱138,500
3 shua Chargualaf United States ₱90,700
4 Darrell Griffith United States ₱69,800
5 Christopher Mateo Philippines ₱55,300
6 Ernesto Thorne Perù ₱43,200
7 Mun Leong Cheong Singapore ₱34,000
8 James Moriles Philippines ₱26,600
9 Robert Kuang Philippines ₱20,200
10 Shun Samura Japan ₱17,700
11 Alexis Lim Philippines ₱17,700

Woobeen Lee knocks out 10 players at KO Bounty Hyper Turbo

South Korea’s Woobeen Lee did a demolition job at the Knockout Bounty Hyper Turbo sending ten players to dust to capture his maiden PS title and a payout of ₱ 69,892. In addition, he earned ₱ 55,000 in bounties to bring his grand total winnings to ₱ 124,892 (~$2,255).

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Woobeen Lee

On Lee’s road to victory, he eliminated Andrey Pozdnyakov on the bubble in a stunning full house over trips. Lee had 4s4d, Pozdnyakov KsQd, board was KhKd7h10s4h. Backed by a large stack at the final table, Lee proceeded to rail Darren Yu in 3rd place with Qh10c outdrawing Ac2s on a board Js10h5s9hKc. To win it, Lee eliminated Chierro De Leon on a bittersweet one card flush QcJd over 10s9d on a board 5c3cAc10c4h.

Date: December 4, 2023
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~$180)
Entries: 72 (59 unique)
Prize pool: ₱ 254,592 (~$5,000)
ITM: 11 places

Event #8: Knockout Hyper Turbo Full Payouts

1 Woobeen Lee South Korea ₱69,892
2 Chierro De Leon Philippines ₱49,800
3 Darren Yu Philippines ₱32,600
4 Jonald Garcia Philippines ₱25,100
5 Lenart Ecarma Philippines ₱19,900
6 Karen Talamayan Philippines ₱15,500
7 Tsuchiya Masahiko Japan ₱12,200
8 Nohjun Park South Korea ₱9,500
9 Jayvon Carreon Philippines ₱7,300
10 Winifred Obedoza Philippines ₱6,400
11 Ka Tsun Johnny Luk Hong Kong ₱6,400
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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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