PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 20 kicks off in two weeks, over PHP 16.5M (~USD 287K) in prizes up ahead


PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series is set to take on the scene at Okada Manila,

Just two weeks away, another running of the local favorite PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series is set to take on the scene at Okada Manila, Philippines, celebrating its 20th edition since its debut back in 2017. This season’s festivities are geared to run from May 24 – June 2, 2024 featuring a total of 34 events for a combined guaranteed prize pool of over PHP 16,500,000 (~USD 287,720). 

A bulk of this pot comes from the headliner Main Event which boasts an eye-catching PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 174,380) in guarantees, similar to that of its previous offering early this year. Buy-ins remain affordable for many, ranging from PHP 5,000 (~USD 87) to its highest at PHP 50,000 (~USD 870). Aside from the awaited Main Event, at least five other events across the lineup post a guarantee, along with other exciting tournaments such as the multi-day High Roller, Mystery Bounty, and a number of deepstack events.

Manila Super Series 20 – Player Guide

Manila Super Series 20 Main Event

MSS 20 circled around the esteemed PHP 20,000 (~USD 350) buy-in Main Event

Players attending the popular low-tiered festival can expect 26 trophy events to fill up their week, circled around the esteemed PHP 20,000 (~USD 350) buy-in Main Event kicking off on the 29th. Four starting heats are available on schedule, each running 30 minute blind levels except for the final turbo flight which offers a shorter 15 minute blind duration. All Day 1 entries buy runners a starting stack of 30,000 to course through the field and land a spot amongst the surviving 15% for a minimum payout. Day 2 plays down extended 40 minute levels all the way through to the final table and the eventual champion by the series’ concluding day. As an added incentive, top two finishers of the Main Event will receive an APPT Manila Main Event Package – seat and accommodation, valued at PHP 120,000 (~USD 2,090) taken from the prize pool.

With several opportunities to run up a stack, the Best Stack Forward policy will be in effect while also allowing unlimited re-entries for those with padded bankrolls. Those who find the buy-in slightly too steep on the other hand, can make their way through the Main Event qualifiers available daily for a fraction of the price at only PHP 3,000 (~USD 52).

Dates: May 29 – June 2, 2024
Buy in: PHP 20,000 (~USD 350)
Guarantee: PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 174,380)
ITM: 15% of the field

Flight A: Wednesday, May 29
Flight B: Thursday, May 30
Flight C: Friday, May 31
Flight D Turbo: Friday, May 31
Day 2: Saturday, June 1
Final Day: Sunday, June 2

Taking a look back at last edition’s Main Event winner, local runner Joemark Vasay etched his name in MSS’s history after locking up a second victory to be the flagship tournament’s first two-time winner. Vasay kicked off the January festivities with a win right off the bag, claiming the Warm Up trophy and following it with another astonishing triumph at the Main Event. Vasay banked a notable ₱1,807,000 (~USD 34,678) payout, more than twice as big as his MSS 14 win two years ago.

Philippines’ Joemark Vasay ships second Manila Super Series Main Event victory; Ronald Gorgonia and Reiner Magbutay claim side events 

Since the end of the pandemic, results of the previous Manila Super Series editions have seen a huge rise in attendance with its numbers growing to more than double in value. This season’s festivities appear no different with the PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 174,380) guarantee sure to draw in its share of local and international runners, and build another hefty sum to vie for.

Manila Super Series Past Main Event Results

Date Manila Super Series Edition Champion Prize (PHP) Prize (USD)  Entries Prize pool
Jan 2024 19 Joemark Vasay ₱1,807,000 $34,678 649 ₱11,079,728
September 2023 18 Paolo Boccaletti ₱1,767,000 $31,167 1,034 ₱13,239,336
June 2023 17 William Ysmael ₱1,867,000 $33,339 746 ₱9,551,784
October 2022 16 Joseph Santos ₱1,000,000 $16,966 366 ₱4,792,770
July 2022 15 Jason Magbanua ₱1,340,000 $23,961 500 ₱6,457,500
February 2022 14 Joemark Vasay ₱720,000 $14,014 398 ₱5,211,810

Other Guaranteed Events

Running alongside the Main Event festivities are five other guaranteed events with the first two, SuperStack and Warm Up, beginning right on opening day. Together with the Main Event, the six festival highlights make up the combined guaranteed prize pool of PHP 16,500,000 (~USD 287,720).

Additionally, the Warm Up champion will take along with him an PHP 80,000 (~USD 1,395) APPT Manila Main Event entry as well as the Super Series Turbo champion for the third PHP 120,000 (~USD 2,090) APPT Manila Main Event Package to be awarded.

Date/s Event Guarantee (PHP) Buy-in (PHP)
May 24 1 SuperStack ₱500,000 ₱5,500
May 24-26 3 Warm Up ₱2,000,000 ₱10,000
May 24-27 4 Hot Hyper Turbo ₱1,000,000 ₱5,000
May 28-29 12 Survivor Knockout ₱1,000,000 ₱7,500
May 29 – June 2 19 Super Series Turbo ₱2,000,000 ₱10,000

Manila Super Series 20 Full Schedule

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First Timers to PokerStars LIVE Manila

If you’re new to the scene, PokerStars LIVE Manila stands as one of the metropolis’s most popular poker hubs. Daily tournaments and cash tables are offered. The poker room is conveniently situated within Okada Manila making it easily accessible for guests staying in the premises. Additionally guests can indulge in breathtaking views of Manila Bay and its captivating sunsets from the hotel, adding to the overall experience.

For international travelers, Okada Manila is within 5-10 minutes drive from NAIA Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. For NAIA Terminal 3, the trip to Okada is just 15 minutes. To avoid getting ripped off , the best way to get to the venue is by Grab Car.


PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series is set to take on the scene at Okada Manila
Okada Manila

Of course the best place to stay while attending the event is at Okada Manila. The resort is rated one of the best and most luxurious. Make sure to contact PokerStars LIVE Manila as special player rates may still be available. For those who would like to explore other options, there are a plethora of places to stay in the area and all are nearby.

Contact PokerStars LIVE Manila: +63-956-736-9676

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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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