Manila Megastack 17: Jean Paul Berdejo and Daisuke Kanai emerge triumphant; Kaoru Kishimoto, Thomas Young, Jukka Jaervinen, and Anthony Castro share spotlight


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The last segment of the Manila Megastack 17 festivities at Okada Manila, Philippines saw six more tournament runners rise to victory and cash in on top payouts across the 40-event lineup. Peru’s Jean Paul Berdejo for one, claimed one of the biggest returns of the day after outlasting the 400-entry field Megastack Turbo event to claim the title. Japan’s Daisuke Kanai likewise, secured the Mini Main Event title following a dominating table run to bag the largest six figure payout. Tournament runners Kaoru Kishimoto, Thomas Young, Jukka Jaervinen, and Anthony Castro also shared the spotlight having clinched spade trophies themselves across the side events.

Manila Megastack – Coverage
Manila Megastack – Festival Results
Manila Megastack – Schedule

Today, December 12th marks the last day of the series with the last three events – PHP 500K GTD Knockout, 6 Handed Turbo, and Last Chance Super Hyper Turbo, playing down to a winner to wrap up the series.

Event #16: Megastack Turbo: Jean Paul Berdejo – PHP 456,000 (~USD 8,200)

Jean Paul Berdejo

The multi day Megastack Turbo played through five days of action and ran alongside the record-breaking Main Event. Charging a modest PHP 10,000 (~USD 180) for a slice of the PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 36,160) guarantee, the tournament welcomed 400 entries to its tables across four starting flights. This eye-catching turnout smashed the guarantee by far and brought the prize pool up to PHP 3,414,400 (~USD 61,660). Each flight played down to 15% of the field and saw 62 survivors advance to the Final Day, claiming a minimum payout of PHP 15,000 (~USD 270).

Local pro Emmanuel Segismundo led the charge after coming out as the Flight B chip leader to top the overall counts. Segismundo delivered the bubble to cap his flight having sent Kobayashi Hisanor out with Ks10s one spot short of the money against the latter’s Ah8s. Segismundo spiked a king on the turn 6s6d8dKh4d and claimed the lead into the final games. The Filipino runner ran deep in the tournament but eventually bubbled the final table in 10th place.

Megastack Turbo Final Table

The final table kicked off with South Korea’s Kang In O in the forefront, stacking 2.5x the average chip count. It wasn’t until he doubled off Anastasios Pavlou with Ah2s against his opponent’s AsKd did he lose a chunk of his stack. Pavlou on the other hand, went on to bust Harold Ian Acosta and Xiangyu Zhao in 4th and 6th place respectively to claim the chip leader status. 

By three handed, an ICM deal was put in place, leaving only the trophy to play for. Pavlou was already guaranteed the biggest payout when he railed in third after losing two all-in situations to In O Kang. Kang eventually lost his advantage after Jean Paul Berdejo won a race with QhJc against his Kd3c. Berdejo carried on to finish him off with Qc8c vs Kang’s 5d3d in an all-pre flop situation to clinch the title.

Date: December 6 – 10, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 10,000 (~USD 180)
Guarantee: PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 36,160)
Prize pool: PHP 3,414,400 (~USD 61,660)
Entries: 400
ITM: 62 players

Flight A: 49 entries, 8 qualified
Flight B: 84 entries, 13 qualified
Flight C: 105 entries, 16 qualified
Flight D: 162 entries, 25 qualified

Event #16: MegaStack Turbo Final Table Results

Place Player Flag Prize (PHP)
1 Jean Paul Berdejo Perù ₱ 456,000*
2 Anastasios Pavlou Korea, South ₱ 404,000*
3 In O Kang Cyprus ₱ 505,000*
4 Harold Ian Acosta Philippines ₱ 235,000
5 Federick Cruz Philippines ₱ 185,000
6 Xiangyu Zhao China ₱ 144,000
7 Lenart Ecarma Philippines ₱ 105,000
8 Kar Huat Alex Tiew Singapore ₱ 77,000
9 Woobeen Lee Korea, South ₱ 60,400

*Denotes deal was made

Event #31: Mini Main Event: Daisuke Kanai – PHP 771,808 (~USD 13,880)

Daisuke Kanai

The single day Mini Main Event gave players who missed to land a spot into the Day 2 games, a second chance at a title. First on the schedule of Day 8 of the festival, Event #31: Mini Main Event drew in a total of 302 entries to generate a PHP 3,866,808 (~USD 69,560) prize pool. The final 39 runners cashed in on a return and kept their eyes locked in on the PHP 771,808 (~USD 13,880) top payout.

Mini Main Event Final Table

The field eventually drew down to its final table where Japan’s Daisuke Kanai was spotted heavily dominating the games. Kanai rose to the lead after Yosuke Kuroda gave him a full double up with QsQh vs the former’s AhAs during short handed play. Kanai then proceeded to bust all the remaining players, Lok Wang Siu, Alan Tchung, and Long Hin Shiao in third, fourth, and fifth place respectively to get to heads up against fellow Japanese, Kuroda. The duel however, didn’t last long with Kanai bringing in a massive stack to shortly crush his opponent. Kuroda got his last 16 big blinds in with 8s8h and faced Kanai’s Kc10c for a flip. The board ran 6c2hJsKh4c and sealed the win for Kanai, earning him PHP 771,808 (~USD 13,880) in winnings for his impressive victory.

Date: December 10, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 15,000 (~USD 270)
Prize pool: PHP 3,866,808 (~USD 69,560)
Entries: 302
ITM: 39 players

Event #31: Mini Main Event Full Payouts

Place Player Flag Prize (PHP)
1 Daisuke Kanai Japan ₱ 771,808
2 Yosuke Kuroda Japan ₱ 515,000
3 Lok Wang Siu Hong Kong ₱ 377,000
4 Alan Tchung Australia ₱ 304,000
5 Long Hin Shiao Hong Kong ₱ 239,000
6 Woojun Lim Korea, South ₱ 181,000
7 Raymundo Gomez Philippines ₱ 133,000
8 Rishi Mehra India ₱ 97,000
9 Yen Huang Ting Taiwan ₱ 81,000

Event #29: High Roller: Kaoru Kishimoto – PHP 602,740 (~USD 10,840)

Kaoru Kishimoto

The two-day High Roller event met only nine players put out the PHP 150,000 (~USD 2,700) entry fee with only three runners collecting a payout. The most expensive buy-in on schedule was adjusted to 20 minute blinds instead of the advertised 40 minutes to make way for the ongoing Main Event games. Following a quick final table gameplay, Japan’s Kaoru Kishimoto captured the win and took home the lion’s share of the PHP 1,204,740 (~USD 21,670) pot.

Date: December 9-10, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 150,000 (~USD 2,700)
Prize pool: PHP 1,204,740 (~USD 21,670)
Entries: 9
ITM: 3 players

Event #29: High Roller Full Payouts

Place Player Flag Prize (PHP)
1 Kaoru Kishimoto Japan ₱ 602,740
2 Adrian Chua Singapore ₱ 361,000
3 Linus Sivalingam Singapore ₱ 241,000

Event #32: Win The Button: Thomas Young – PHP 133,156 (~USD 2,395)

Thomas Young

Date: December 10, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 10,000 (~USD 180)
Prize pool: PHP 392,656 (~USD 7,060)
Entries: 46
ITM: 6 players

Event #32: Win The Button Full Payouts

Place Player Flag Prize (PHP)
1 Thomas Young Indonesia ₱ 133,156
2 Tetsuro Tomita Japan ₱ 92,500
3 Paolo Boccaletti Italy ₱ 59,000
4 Takemi Munakata Japan ₱ 45,000
5 Daijiro Tomoto Japan ₱ 35,500
6 Keijiro Shimojo Japan ₱ 27,500

Event #33: Hyper Turbo Knockout: Jukka Jaervinen – PHP 132,416 (~USD 2,380)

Jukka Jaervinen

Date: December 10, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 15,000 (~USD 270)
Prize pool: PHP 421,416 (~USD 7,580)
Entries: 54
ITM: 7 players

Event #33: Hyper Turbo Knockout Full Payouts

Place Player Flag Prize (PHP)
1 Jukka Jaervinen Finland ₱ 132,416
2 Tadayoshi Uemura Japan ₱ 96,000
3 Yung Yu Hsieh Taiwan ₱ 61,000
4 Lo Ricky Indonesia ₱ 46,500
5 Philip Reyes Philippines ₱ 36,000
6 Fukutomi Shinya Japan ₱ 27,500
7 Chee Kiong Goh Singapore ₱ 22,000

Event #34: Super Hyper Turbo: Anthony Castro – PHP 80,235 (~USD 1,440)

Anthony Castro

Date: December 10, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 5,000 (~USD 90)
Prize pool: PHP 267,235 (~USD 4,800)
Entries: 58
ITM: 8 players

Event #34: Super Hyper Turbo Full Payouts

Place Player Flag Prize (PHP)
1 Anthony Castro Philippines ₱ 80,235
2 Jaejoong Kim Korea, South ₱ 58,000
3 Hangeul Lee Korea, South ₱ 37,500
4 Taeyoon Kim Korea, South ₱ 28,500
5 Gene Chan Canada ₱ 22,000
6 Sim Kyuwan Korea, South ₱ 17,000
7 Prolan Fandialan Philippines ₱ 13,500
8 Shuhei Yamazaki Japan ₱ 10,500

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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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