Manila Megastack 6: Final Day Live Updates

Over the past two days, the Philippine poker world witnessed a record-breaking weekend with a monstrous field of 646 entries for the sixth installment of the Manila Megastack 6 Main Event. Held at the PokerStars Live Manila hub at City of Dreams Manila, Philippines, each player coughed up the buy-in of P25,000 bringing the total prize pool to a massive PHP14,098,950, easily crushing the advertised P6M guarantee.

We will have random live updates on the action at the tables posted below. 

10:40PM: Siong Boon Heng wins the Main Event!

Level 34: Blinds 150,000-300,000 ante 50,000

Siong Boon Heng (Photo Chris Librojo, Courtesy of PokerStars)

By the way Yi Te Wu was running, it seemed he was headed for the championship title. Wu came into the heads up round against Siong Boon Heng with an over 5:1 chip advantage. But in just five hands, the result was the very opposite with Heng eliminating Wu to claim the victory. The final hand saw Wu go all in and Heng snap-call. Wu held Qd 4c and Heng with Ad 8d. The board ran 3d Jh 3h Ks Jc and with neither getting a hit, Heng’s higher kicker played to claim the Main Event title.

Wu earned PHP1,649,000 for his 2nd place finish. Heng takes home the massive PHP2,771,000 first place prize.

10:35PM: Roles reversed! Siong Boon Heng takes the chip lead

Level 34: Blinds 150,000-300,000 ante 50,000

 Siong Boon Heng doubles up again! Heng shoved with 8.19M and Yi Te Wu snap-called. Heng had 7d7s and Wu with AcQs. The board bricked, 8d2d3d8sKh, and Heng shipped in 16.380M. Wu dropped to 2.9M

10:30PM: Siong Boon Heng wins two pots, reaches 8M

Level 34: Blinds 150,000-300,000 ante 50,000

 Despite the huge chip deficit, Siong Boon Heng has taken early control of the heads up round, winning the first two pots. The first hand saw Heng raise to 600k and Yi Te Wu call. The flop ran Th7d3c, Wu checked, Heng bet 700k, and Wu folded.

On the next hand, Wu shoved and Heng snap-called. Wu opened 2h-9s and Heng had better with AhJd. The board ran 5c9dQc giving Wu the lead with a pair. On the turn of 3h, Wu stayed ahead, but when the river spiked Ac, Heng doubled up to 8M. Wu dropped to around 11M.

10:20PM: Heads up between Yi Te Wu and Siong Boon Heng

Level 34: Blinds 150,000-300,000 ante 50,000

 After 157 runners, it is now down to the final two players. Yi Te Wu has over 5:1 chip advantage against Siong Boon Heng.

 Wu 16.2M vs Heng 3.2M

10:15PM: Sidney Gilpatrick eliminated in 3rd place – PHP1,179,000

Level 34: Blinds 150,000-300,000 ante 50,000

 It’s all Yi Te Wu! After finishing off Wing Fung Tsao in 4th place, he continued to dominate the table and scalped another player, Sidney Gilpatrick in 3rd place. Wu shoved his big stack on the small blind and big blind Gilpatrick called with less chips. Wu had Jc6c and Gilpatrick with 4s4h. The board ran 5c6dKhKcAd. Gilpatrick earned PHP1,179,000 for his deep run at the Main Event

10:05PM: Wing Fung Tsao eliminated by Wu in 4th place PHP903,000

Level 33: Blinds 120,000-240,000 ante 40,000

 Yi Te Wu had Wing Fung Tsao’s number at the final four. After shipping in a huge double up to usurp the chip lead, Wu three-bet shoved Tsao’s opening 600k raise and Tsao called. Wu had AdQh and Tsao with 6d6h. The coin flip saw the board run QsKh9dTc8d and Tsao was eliminated in 4th place. He earned PHP903,000.

 We are down to the final three players. Wu now has over 12M in chips. Siong Boon Heng has 3.7M. Sidney Gilpatrick with 1.7M.

9:55PM: Yi Te Wu takes the chip lead from Tsao

Level 33: Blinds 120,000-240,000 ante 40,000

 With four players remaining, action has slowed down a bit. Wing Fung Tsao was the dominating chip leader until he ran smack hard into Yi Te Wu. The hand saw Wu bet 1M on a turn board of 7d8h8sAh and Tsao called. On the river of 4d, Tsao checked, Wu announced all in, and Tsao called. Wu held 8d4h full house and Tsao could only shake his head with his Qd8c trips defeated. Wu doubled up to 7M while Tsao dropped to 5.5M.

9:20PM: Yasuyuki Asakura railed in 5th place – PHP715,000

Level 32: Blinds 100,000-200,000 ante 30,000

 Yasuyukin Asakura was all in against Jeff Wing Fung Tsao on a board of 8d-2d-As-2c. Asakura held 3hXx and Tsao with AdKd. The river landed 9d for a nut flush to Tsao and the boot to Asakura in 5th place. He earned PHP715,000 for his finish.

9:15PM: Soo Ghee Lim’s ladies burned, finishes in 6th – PHP557,000

Level 32: Blinds 100,000-200,000 ante 30,000

 Singaporean Soo Ghee Lim said he never wins with queens and that’s exactly what happened. He was all in with QsQd and fellow countryman Siong Boon Heng called with 8c8s. It was another dramatic board running Kh2s2d3c and an 8h on the river to give Heng a set and all of Lim’s chips. Lim finished in 6th place and earned PHP557,000.

9:10PM: Tomofumi Watanabe takes 7th place – PHP406,000

Level 32: Blinds 100,000-200,000 ante 30,000 

Tomofumi Watanabe was all in with QsQd and Sidney Gilpatrick took on the challenge with his AcQc. The board ran 3sAsTc2dKh giving Gilpatrick the higher pair and Watanabe a 7th place finish. Watanabe earned PHP406,000 for his finish.

9:05PM: Sick hand sends John Tech out in 8th place – PHP277,500

Level 32: Blinds 100,000-200,000 ante 30,000

 John Tech entered the final table with a very healthy stack but in one crazy hand, it all came crashing down. It was an all in showdown with Yi Te Wu with XxKc and Tech with 9c9h. And here comes the sick board of 8sJs8h8d8c. With his ace kicker, Wu doubled up and Tech fell to 255k. Two hands later, Tech was eliminated in 8th place. He earned PHP277,500 for his finish.

9:00PM: Kevin Chia-Wei Chang eliminated in 9th place – PHP219,050

Level 32: Blinds 100,000-200,000 ante 30,000

 The shortest stack at the final table, Chia Wei Chang, moved all in with Ad5s and was called by Siong Boon Heng with KsQs. The board ran QcAs4s8s2d and Chang was eliminated in 9th place. He earned PHP219,050 for his finish.

8:05PM: Final table of 9

Final Table (Photo Chris Librojo – Courtesy of PokerStars)

After eight hours of play, the final table of 9 was reached after John Tech eliminated Anders Hellberg in 10th place. One of these players will be taking home the PHP2,771,000 first prize. Here is a quick look at the final nine.

Wing Fung Tsao – Hong Kong – 4,595,000

 Hong Kong’s Wing Fung Tsao leads the final table with 4,595,000 in chips. Tsao earned his hefty stack after eliminating Hao Che Luo in 12thplace and Khanh Le Ngoc in 11th place.

 Yasuyuki  Asakura – Japan – 2,890,000

 Japan’s Yasayuki Asakura takes the second spot in the chip count with 2,890,000. Asakura held the largest stack at 14 players remaining and kept his lead until Wing Fung Tsao overtook him with two big eliminations.

 John Tech – Philippines – 2,575,000

 John Tech is the lone local pro left in the Main Event. He was in danger of elimination after his bluff was called out by Yasayuki Asakura but found a way to bounce back, doubling up huge through Chia-Wei Chang and further increased after eliminating Hellberg in 10th place. Tech has the third largest stack of 2,575,000.

 Yi Te Wu – Taiwan – 2,400,000

 Taiwan’s Yi Te Wu comes in fourth in chips with 2,400,000. His stack was swinging all day but managed to hold and secure a big double up against Khanh Le Ngoc to stay in the running.

 Sidney Gilpatrick – USA – 2,220,000

Sidney Gilpatrick is one of the few Americans to join the Main Event and is holding the flag high with a stack of 2,220,000. He is running fifth in chips. To amass his stack, Gilpatrick eliminated Filipino hopeful Ellezer Castillo.

 Soo Ghee Lim – Singapore – 1,840,000

 Singapore’s Soo Ghee Lim comes in with 1,840,000 and is sixth in the rung. Lim had an erratic day at the felt but impressively recovered from a very short stack to be in contention for the coveted top prize.

 Siong Boon Heng – Singapore – 1,085,000

 Another Singaporean is in the final table, Siong Boon Heng. Heng railed several players all day to earn him the seventh in chips spot.

 Tomofumi Watanabe – Japan – 1,050,000

 Japan’s Tomofumi Watanabe enters the final table running 8th in chips with 1,050,000. He earned a double up late in the game with his A-K to cross the million mark.

 Chia-Wei Chang – Taiwan – 680K

 Coming in with the shortest stack is Chia-Wei Chang with 680K. Chang had a steady run all day and held the chip lead for quite some time until he banged heads with John Tech. His stack went spiraling down to 100k but managed to double up a couple of times to land a seat in the final nine.

8:00PM: Anders Hellberg railed by John Tech in 10th place

Level 31: Blinds 80,000-160,000 ante 20,000

 John Tech has just denied Anders Hellberg a final table berth. Hellberg was all in with Ah4h but faced off against John Tech with AsQd. The board ran Qc6h7c6c4s and the rail erupted with Tech’s victory. Hellberg out in 10th place.

They are now down to the final table of 9 players.

7:40PM: Khanh Le Ngoc downed in 11th place

Level 30: Blinds 60,000-120,000 ante 10,000

 Khanh Le Ngoc was not happy at the turnout of the hand that sent him packing. He was all in with QsQd against Wing Fung Tsao’s Ad2d. The board ran 3dJs2h2cJc giving Tsao a full house and Ngoc an 11th place finish.

7:35PM: Hao Che Luo burned by Tsao in 12th place

Level 30: Blinds 60,000-120,000 ante 10,000

Hao Che Luo was all in with As7h and was called by Wing Fung Tsao with AhJh. The board landed 2hQs8s5hQc and after a chip count, Luo was covered by just a few chips. Tsao climbs to 2.7M.

7:20PM: Chia-Wei Chang crippled by John Tech

Level 30: Blinds 60,000-120,000 ante 10,000

 There is a changing of the guards with the short stacks making their way back into the game while the once big stacks are getting pummeled. In this hand, John Tech was all in with 1.2m and was called by Chia-Wei Chang with who had him covered. Tech opened up AhJc and Chang with Qs9s. The flop ran 2sTsQh giving Chang the lead with top pair. At the turn of Tc, Chang still up but Tech now had a gutshot. The river of Kc saw Tech jump out of his seat in celebration for completing a straight and avoiding the rail. Tech zoomed to 2.6M while Chang fell to 100k.

7:15PM: Ellezer Castillo out in 13th place

Level 30: Blinds 60,000-120,000 ante 10,000

 Ellezer Castillo could not hold on to his big stack, eventually tumbling down and out at the hands Sidney Gilpatrick. His final hand was AxJx up against Gilpatrick’s JxJx The board bricked an Castillo finished in 13th place.

7:10PM: John Tech doubles up

Level 30: Blinds 60,000-120,000 ante 10,000

 John Tech doubles up with his pocket nines besting Sidney Gilpatrick’s pocket fours.

7:00PM: John Tech’s bluff called by Asakura

Level 29: 40,000-80,000 ante 10,000

 On a board of 8x2x8x9x, John Tech tried to steal the pot from the chip leader Yakasuki Asakura with a big bet on the river but was still called. Tech held 4x offsuit and Asakura had QdQs. Asakura is the current leader with 4.2m.

6:50PM: Ellezer Castillo doubles up two players

Level 29: 40,000-80,000 ante 10,000

 Ellezer Castillo is down to below average with 1.1m in chips after doubling up two short stacks. On the first one, Castillo called Soo Ghee Lim’s all in of around 200k. Lim had Th9h and Castillo with Qs3h. The board landed 6sTc2s7dXx.

On the next one, Castillo raised to 180 preflop then called Sidney Gilpatrick’s all in of 300k. Castillo had Jh-4h and Gilpatrick with Ad-Jc. The board ran 5d-Qs-Qh-2d-Kh.

6:30PM: Tomofumi Watanabe doubles up to average

Level 29: 40,000-80,000 ante 10,000

Tomofumi Watanabe is one of the short stacks with less than 700k behind, but not anymore. He just doubled up with his AcKc and is up to 1.4M, which is the average stack.

6:20PM: Kazeyuki Tanemuka out in 14th place

Level 28: Blinds 30,000-60,000 ante 10,000

With action folding all the way to the small blind, short stacked Kazeyuki Tanemuka went all in and Wing Fung Tsao on the big blind called. Tanemuka had AhQh and Tsao with 4h 3c. The board came 2c 4d 6c 6c 7h and Tanemuka was out with Tsao landing a pair.

6:10PM: Jung Bae out in 15th place

Level 28: Blinds 30,000-60,000 ante 10,000

 Jung Bae was next in line to hit the rail. Hao Che Luo raised to 200k from the button, Bae went all in with his short stack on the small blind, and Luo called. Luo had Kc Td and Bae with As 6h. The board ran Js Tc 9h 7s 2d. Luo up to 1.6M in chips.

 6:05PM: Franklin Nuguid falls in 16th place

Level 28: Blinds 30,000-60,000 ante 10,000

 Franklin Nuguid just could not lay down his hand and instead fell out of the running in 16th place. The hand kicked off with Nuguid raising to 160k, Sion Boon Heng moved all in, and Nuguid tanked. He eventually called for his tournament life holding Kc Qc but was behind Heng’s Ad Jh. The board drew blanks, 7h 2h Td 2s 4c, and Nuguid was out in 16th place. Heng up to 2M.

5:55PM: Siong Boon Heng finishes Darius Normontas in 17th place

Level 28: Blinds 30,000-60,000 ante 10,000

 Darius Normontas was all in with KxQx offsuit and was called by Siong Boon Heng with JdJs. The board ran low and Normonatas was out in 17th place.

5:45PM: Hao Che Luo eliminates Jonjon Lumanian in 18th place

Level 27: Blinds 25,000-50,000 ante 5,000

One of the day’s entering chip leaders, Hao Che Luo, has been on a steady beat all day and continues to pick up pots. He eliminated local player Jonjon Lumanian with his 4h4s full house against Lumanian’s As9c. The board was Jd4dJh8hQc.

17 players remaining.

4:50-5:20PM: Seung Soo Jeon out; Kevin Chia-Wei Chang doubles to 1.9M

Level 26: Blinds 20,000-40,000 ante 5,000

 The eliminations just keep on coming. Joseph Sia was seen walking out followed by Seung Soo Jeon right behind him. For Jeon, his AsJs was ahead of Rex Hunt Ai’s AhTs preflop, but when the board completed to 4hTd7sJcTc, Ai’s trips took the lead and Jeon was eliminated.

 Having just been moved to a new table, Taehyung Kim jumped straight into the action. Kevin Chi-Wei Chang raised to 100k from the cutoff seat, Kim three-bet to 260k from the small blind, and Chang called. At the flop of Qs8h9h, Chang bet 300k, Kim moved all in, and Chang snap-called. Kim held KdQd top pair and Chang had better with AsQc higher kicker. The turn of 6c and river of Jc kept Chang ahead and he doubled up to a massive 1.9m chips. Kim fell to 400k.

4:20-4:50PM: Ellezer Castillo zooms to 2.5M, becomes massive chip leader

Level 25: Blinds 15,000-30,000 ante 5,000

 Big stacked Ellezer Castillo went head-to-head against another big stack, Sangmin Lee, and shipped in the biggest pot of the day so far. It began with Lee raising from the utg+1 seat to 65k preflop and Castillo called from the button. At the flop of 2c 8h 4d, Lee continued with a 100k bet and Castillo flat-called. The turn of 2d saw Lee waste no time counting out his bet and simply signaled he was all in. Castillo quickly called. Lee held Js Jh for two pair but Castillo had better with 2h 5h trips. The river of 8d further improved Castillo to a full house. Castillo is now the massive chip leader with 2.3m while Lee fell out of the running.

Ellezer Castillo (Photo Chris Librojo, Courtesy of PokerStars)

3:40-4:10PM: Chip leaders over 1.2M

Level 24: Blinds 12,000-24,000 ante 4,000

 We are down to 39 players with four players well past 1.2M in chips, Ellezer Castillo, Fumimasa Hirasawa, Yasayuki Asakura, and Taehyung Kim.

 Although we weren’t able to catch how the first three players rose past the million range, we did see Kim claim a big pot against Asakura to achieve his status. On a completed board of Ts3h6hJc9c, and big pile of chips in the middle, Asakura laid out a small 65k bet and Kim quickly called. Asakura showed 8s3s bottom pair but was way behind Kim’s Qh9h mid pair.

3:10-3:40PM: Rex Hunt Ai doubles up through Nasu; Sangmin Lee rising

Level 23: Blinds 10,000-20,000 ante 3,000

 Action folded around the table to button player Rex Hunt Ai who raised to 55k. On the small blind was Masahiko Nasu who three-bet to 150k. Ai responded with a shove of an additional 134k and Nasu called. Ai held AdKh and Nasu with 8c8s. With the board running Ah2cQcKc5s, Ai didn’t have to get up instead picked up a happy double up.

 At the next table, Sangmin Lee is on the move winning two big pots. The second shipment saw him send a player to the rail with his AxKx. Lee is now over 600k in chips.

2:40-3:10PM: 60 players remaining; Lucky river for Taehyung Kim

Level 22: Blinds 8,000-16,000 ante 2,000

 With 60 players remaining, the current chip leaders are Chia-Wei Chang and Ken Harono with over 700k, and Pete Yen Han Chen with over 600k.

 Taehyung Kim has also become one of the chip leaders after shipping in a crazy double up against his nemesis, Harold Ruaya, who doubled him up in the previous level. In a battle of the blinds, Kim limped in from the sb seat, Ruaya shoved from the bb, and Kim tank-called. Ruaya had Ac8d and Kim with Ah4c. The board ran 3c7hTd9c4d, spiking a pair for Kim on the river. He now sits with 690k in chips.

2:00-2:30PM: Chip leaders; Taehyung Kim wins big double up vs Ruaya

Level 21: Blinds 6,000-12,000 ante 1,000

Current chip leaders are Joseph Sia with around 600k, Chia-Wei Chang with 600k, and John Tech with 570k.

Taehyung Kim only had 63k left and survived the bubble round with a double up against Michael Kim Falcon. That win has certainly given him new life as he is now well above the average stack after winning another double up, this time against Harold Ruaya. Kim moved all in with AsKs and faced Ruaya with pocket nines. The board was more than generous to Kim as it dropped Qs3sQh7s7h for a nut flush. He now has over 400k.

Taehyung Kim (Photo Chris Librojo, Courtesy of PokerStars)

1:30-2:00PM: All in craziness until the bubble bursts

Level 20: Blinds 5,000-10,000 ante 1,000

With 97 players remaining and two more to bust before the money round, it was a wild all in action at three separate tables.

On a raised pot preflop four players went to see the board run 9x2x2x. Action was checked to Regie Ann Delos Reyes, who bet 30k, was check-raised to 60k by Shao Kang Yu on the big blind, then Reyes three-bet shoved all in. Yu called. Reyes held TxTxbut was sorely behind Yu’s 5x2x. The turn and river offered no help and Reyes was out.

 Next table saw Taehyung Kim all in for 63k and Michael Kim Falcon with the snap-call. Kim held pocket eights and Falcon with overcards AdTd. The board bricked and Kim was safe from the bubble with a double up.

The bubble finally burst when Siong Boon Heng called the all ins of Ben Soon Yun Loo and Jose Arceo. Heng had AsKh, Loo with AhJc, and Arceo with 7c7s. The board ran 2dQc9cQs8s, Arceo tripled up, and Loo was eliminated by Heng as the bubble.

Ben Soon Yun Loo (Photo Chris Librejo, Courtesy of PokerStars)

1:00-1:30PM: Abdulaziz Bin climbs to 450K; Walder triples up

Level 19: Blinds 4,000-8,000 ante 1,000

 Abdulaziz Yousef Bin entered the day with a very healthy stack of around 230K and has now increased it up to around 450K. On one of those winning pots, Bin defended his big blind against button player Ngoc Bao Pham who raised to 18k. At the flop of Qs 9h 9c, Bin checked to Ngoc who continued with a 17k bet, Bin check-raised to 34k, and Ngoc called. The turn of 5s saw both check it but on the river of 3s, Bin led out for 55k and won it with a fold from Ngoc.


 Three-way action began with short-stacked Alain Walder all in for 16k, he was called by Michael Kim Falcon, then Trifie Montebon jammed his stack all in for another 44k to Falcon. He called for a side pot. Walder showed KcQh, Falcon with 7c 8s, and Montebon with QdJh. The board ran 6s 7s Kd Ac 9s. Walder tripled, Falcon won the side pot, and Montebon was eliminated.

12:30-1:00PM: Walder’s stack drops below average; Nuguid triples up

Level 18: Blinds 3,000-6,000 ante 1,000

With blinds increasing quite fast, it is nonstop action at the tables. At table 27, there was a three-way shove between Ji Young Kim, Franklin Nuguid, and Viet Hung Nguyen. Kim had As9s, Nuguid with KdKs, and Nguyen with AhJc. The board drew blanks and Nuguid tripled up while Kim was sent out of the tournament.

At a separate table, kickoff winner, Alain Walder, fell below average stack after doubling up Beppu Kiyoka with his Ad 9s losing against her Td9d. The all in happened at the flop on a board that ran Tc8c5h7hTh.

12:00-12:30PM: First level of the Final Day

Level 17: Blinds 2,500-5000 ante 500

The final day of the Main Event has begun and quickly 15 players have been sent to the rail by the end of the first level. There are now 142 players remaining.

12:00: Notables in the field

PokerStars Live Manila (Photo Chris Librojo – Courtesy of PokerStars)

Returning to the felt today are 157 runners eager to scoop up the PHP2,771,000 first prize. Only 95 of them will see a profit. The man with the largest stack entering today is Singapore’s Aurelius Tan with 353,000 in chips followed by Tawainese players Hao Che Luo with 345,000 and Chia-Wei Chang with 342,000. Other notable players in the field include Seung Soo Jeon, Czardy Rivera, Linh Tran, the winner of the APPT Manila 9. Pete Yen Han Chen, Azusa Maeda, and the festival’s Kickoff winner Alain Walder to mention a few.

More: Day 2 Chip Counts


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