Metro’s first event of the year draws big numbers; Edoc in the top three

 The Metro Card Club, the biggest poker room in Asia, held its first big event of the calendar year, the 2M Guaranteed. The event ran for six days, from January 25th-30th in Pasig City, Philippines.

691 entries

Through the years, Metro has been known for their relatively small buy-in events with big guarantees. Players come in droves from different parts of the country, producing very large fields. At the recently concluded 2M Guaranteed, it was packed from wall to wall. With a buy-in of only PHP4,000 (USD 80.45), the total number of entries reached 691 over the combined four starting flights. This boosted the prize pool above the guarantee to PHP2,345,945 (USD 47,188).

Lester Edoc and Flo Campomanes

As expected, many local pros were in attendance. The likes of John Tech, Czardy Rivera, Ian Brion, and Moe Saquing all found their way into the money round but none of them would grace the final table. Instead, it was Lester Edoc who was once again in familiar territory.

Lester Edoc (Photo Metro Card Club)

Last year, Edoc won two of Metro’s events, and this year, he was looking to get a jumpstart with a win at the 2M Guaranteed. Just earlier this month, Edoc claimed three APT titles and clearly the fire was still burning red hot. He entered the final table, eliminated several players, including Flo Campomanes, and was the dominating chip leader entering three-handed.

Mc Edwin Montanias claims the title

However despite his experience, his run didn’t last. His hunt for the title was put to a dead halt when both of his opponents, Carlrex David Co and Mc Edwin Montanias won a majority of duels against him. Montanias eventually eliminated the pro in 3rd place and then went on to win the event in just a few hands against Co.

Montanias was awarded the PHP700,000 (USD 14,080) first prize and his first ever Metro Main Event championship title.

Edwin Montanias
Mc Edwin Montanias (Photo Metro Card Club)

Final Table payouts
1st Mc Edwin Montanias – PHP700,000
2nd Carlrex David Co – PHP351,000

3rd Lester Edoc – PHP165,000

4th Flo Campomanes – PHP90,000

5th Kruschev Varona – PHP70,000

6th Philip Baider – PHP56,000

7th Jun Javalera – PHP46,000

8th Ronald Dimaano – PHP38,000

9th Tyrone Lim – PHP32,000

10th Trifie Montebon – PHP26,000

Article by Triccia David

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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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