Karen Talamayan bags massive stack at Manila Super Series 20 Main Event Flight B

Manila Super Series 20
Manila Super Series 20

The 20th Edition of PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series concluded another Main Event flight at premier resort Okada Manila in Manila, Philippines and once again it was an action-packed day. The second of four entry heats drew a larger 330 entry field for a combined 558 entries. This sent the prize pool soaring just inches away from the PHP 10 Million (~USD 171,180) guarantee. With two flights yet to take place, a new record for this event is a certainty. The question is, how high will it be?

Manila Super Series – Main Event

Karen Talamayan rules the day

Karen Talamayan
Karen Talamayan

Recapping Flight B, the field was decorated with players from all over including a large contingent of Korean players. To close out the day, well known pro Seungmook Jung delivered the bubble with pocket Queens dusting Ryuki Shirase’s pocket Sevens. While this drew cheers from the remaining players, earning the highest praise was Karen Talamayan who amassed a towering 929,000 stack. This was equivalent to 31 starting stacks, sixty big blinds ahead of the closest challenger.

Throughout the day, Talamayan was a wrecking ball, knocking out players at every turn. One hand was quite a shocker, holding 4c3c on utg that improved to a full house to crush a player’s straight. You can read up on her impressive day via the live updates.

William Ysmael at Manila Super Series 20
William Ysmael

Also powering through was Manila Super Series 17 Main Event champion William Ysmael, he is the second MSS champion to advance following Jason Kyle Magbanua at Flight A. Other notables to advance were Czardy Rivera and Kai Paulsen. A total of 50 players advanced to Day 2 from this flight.

End of Flight B – Top 10 in chips

Rank Player Flag Stack BB
1 Karen Talamayan Philippines 929,000 155
2 Wonjae Lee Korea 570,000 95
3 Eunjung Yoo Korea 536,000 89
4 Czardy Rivera Philippines 410,000 68
5 Peter Chung Canada 380,000 63
6 Richard Tolentino Philippines 371,000 62
7 Cezar Quiambao II Philippines 362,000 60
8 Ching Li Lok Australia 347,000 58
9 Mariano Balfagon Argentina 338,000 56
10 Lenart Ecarma Philippines 321,000 54

You can check out the complete survivors list via the Live Updates link just below.

Pokerstars Live Manila Super Series 20

Main Event – Info

Dates: May 29 to June 2, 2024
Buy in: PHP 20,000 (~USD 350)
Guarantee: PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 171,80)
ITM: 15% of the field

Main Event – Schedule

Manila Super Series 20
Manila Super Series 20

With two flights in the books, players looking to get in still have two chances at the massively brewing pot. Flight C and Flight D Turbo both run on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 1pm and 6pm. As proven by the previous flights, the room will be buzzing from the get-go so get there early to secure your seat.

The Main Event entry flights bag up when ITM is reached which is the top 15% of each flight. Entering players start with a stack of 30,000, equivalent to 300 times the opening blinds.

For Flight C blinds increase every 30 minutes while a shorter 15 minutes duration is scheduled for Flight D Turbo. Registration closes at the start of Level 11.

Flight A: 228 entries / 35 ITM – completed
Flight B: 330 entries / 50 ITM – completed
Flight C: Friday, May 31 at 1pm
Flight D Turbo: Friday, May 31 at 6pm
Day 2: Saturday, June 1 at 1pm
Final Day: Sunday, June 2 at 1pm

Survivors will then move forward to extended 40 minute gameplay for Day 2 until the final 9 players is reached. In addition to the juicy payouts, the 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.

Somuchpoker will be onsite from start to finish. You can track the action via the Live Updates.

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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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