Manila Megastack 17 Main Event’s first flight sees halfway through the PHP 10M (~USD 180K) guarantee; Two more qualifiers remain


The crown jewel of the Manila Megastack 17 held at PokerStars LIVE’s hub in Okada Manila, Philippines, recorded a great start on its first day on the felt. Flight A of the PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 180,830) guaranteed Main Event played down today with 26 players advancing through to Day 2. India’s Shah Chirag snagged the lead from Malaysia’s William Teoh late in the game and came out to top the field once the flight wrapped up.

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Two more flights complete the schedule with Flight B slated to run through today at 13:00. Registration will remain open across ten levels, closing down at 20:10 to wrap up the total flight entries. Players are welcome to re-enter as many times as they wish and are allowed to qualify multiple times with the Best Stack Forward format in place.

Main Event Flight A Recap

Shah Chirag

A strong attendance was seen in today’s Main Event festivities with a total of 167 entries collected for its first flight on schedule. By the time registration closed at Level 10, only a third of the field was left in the games. Flight chip leader Shah Chirag was already sitting among the top ranks, stacking just behind William Teoh. It wasn’t until the flight’s last level in did Shah overtake Teoh for the lead. In a four bet pot preflop between the two, both players found their chips pile high in the middle on Ad5d9c, Shah with AcQd against Teoh’s AsJd. The pot ended up going to Shah with his top pair, better kicker earning him the 111 big blind pot. 

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Tai Weiliang

Following closely in second is Singapore’s Tai Weiliang who bagged an equally healthy stack of 370,000 to start the Day 2 games. Tai amassed his stack, having won a cooler with pocket kings against Liu Zhiqiang’s ace-king, as well as delivering the bubble to cap the day. The final hand saw short stacked Juanito Ibarra shove his remaining 10 big blinds with KsQc, called by Tai with AcQs. Ibarra in rough shape, exited as the day’s bubble shortly after, guaranteeing the rest a minimum payout to conclude the flight.

Date: December 7 – 11, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 35,000 (~USD 630)
Guarantee: PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 180,830)
ITM: 15% of the field

Flight A: 167 entries, 26 qualified

Flight B: December 8, Friday
Flight C: December 9, Saturday
Day 2: December 10, Sunday
Final Day: December 11, Monday

Top Chip Counts

Pos. Player Flag Chip Count
1 Shah Chirag India 402,000
2 Tai Weiliang Singapore 370,000
3 Jeon Seungsoo Korea, South 298,500
4 Dela Cruz John Philippines 294,000
5 Liu Zhiqiang China 277,500
6 Chong Kai Shing Peter Philippines 273,500
7 Nagy Andrej Slovakia 266,500
8 Sayo John Carlo Philippines 258,000
9 Teoh William Malaysia 255,500
10 Seshimoto Sayaka Japan 213,500

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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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