Okada Millions Main Event attracts record 1,464 entries; Gideon Galpo wins the Metro PPT Main Event title

Winners galore in the Philippines with two tournaments running back-to-back in Manila. From January 31 to February 4, the Metro Card Club held the Philippine Poker Tournament (PPT) with a Php 2M Guaranteed Main Event. 487 runners took to the felt with Gideon Galpo crushing the competition. Following that, PokerStars LIVE Manila held a six-day event called Okada Millions which ran from February 5 to 10. The Main Event also had a Php 2M guarantee. It attracted 1,464 entries making it the largest field seen in the country. Coming out on top for that event was Hernan Jaybe Villa.

PPT Main Event review

PPT Metro
Gideon Galpo

The Philippine Poker Tournament Main Event drew out 487 entrants over the course of four starting days. Everyone contributed the Php 4,500 entry fee however it still wasn’t enough to surpass the Php 2M guarantee. 50 players earned a piece of the pot with Gideon Galpo claiming the largest along with the first Metro title of 2019.

According to the live reports, during the final day race, Galpo knocked out three players to enter the final table of ten players as chip leader. He held on to the position, knocked out two more players before facing Metro regular Jester Intia at heads up. It was only during this final duel did Galpo lose his lead after paying Intia a big double up. However, Intia was unable to hold on and once Galpo reclaimed it, it was pretty much history. Galpo went on to defeat Intia to claim his sixth elimination of the final day and lift the trophy. With no prior live tournament stats, this could well be Galpo’s first-ever cash.

Final table payouts

1st Gideon Galpo – P389,000 (deal)
2nd Jester Intia – P230,000 (deal)
3rd Danvic Ruiz – P340,000 (deal)
4th Trifie Montebon – P98,000
5th Joel Melchor – P72,000
6th Christopher Chua – P56,000
7th Jolas Guerrero – P44,000
8th Geno Gendrano – P36,000
9th Izutsu Shojiro – P28,000
10th Jimmie Javier – P24,000

Okada Millions review

Okada millions field
Okada Millions

PokerStars LIVE Manila hosted the first-ever Okada Millions with 13 events spread across the six days. What everyone came piling in the venue for was the Php 2M guaranteed Main Event. Buy-in was Php 2,500 with four starting days plus two turbo flights. This gave everyone plenty of chances to be one of the 12% that reached ITM.

Getting a look at the list of attendees, the event pulled in players from out of the woodwork. By the end of all the starting heats, a record 1,464 signed up making this the largest field in Philippine poker history. In turn, it also produced a much richer pot of Php 3,124,176 (~US$60,000). Out of that, 178 players got paid. Earning the largest share of Php 386,000 was Hernan Jaybee Villa for his victory. This was Villa’s first-ever career victory and his biggest career score.

Jaybee Villa
Hernan Jaybee Villa – Photo PokerStars Live Manila

Final table payouts

1st Hernan Jaybee Villa – P386,000 (deal)
2nd Stepan David – P336,000 (deal)
3rd Leoncio Cruz – P304,000 (deal)
4th Richard Marquez – P352,500 (deal)
5th Christopher Pasion – P109,000
6th Rogelio Pacheco – P78,000
7th Tyrone Lim – P66,000
8th PUrev Srenjav – P57,000
9th Giovanni Jariol – P48,676
10th Janus Clinton Villaflor – P40,500

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Desun Bang
Desun Bang

The festival opened with the NLH Deepstack event. This was the only other event that extended a guarantee. 195 runners jumped in to more than double the prize pool to P499,356. Korea’s Desun Bang managed to overcome the local heavy final table to ship the P110,000 first prize.

Final table payouts

1st Desun Bang – Korea – P110,000
2nd Jonald Garcia – Philippines – P74,700
3rd Lemmor Patulot – Philippines – P51,400
4th Christopher Pasion – Philippines – P41,900
5th Martin Corpuz – Philippines – P33,500
6th Emman Segismundo – Philippines – P25,700
7th Michael Bueze – Philippines – P18,700
8th Azusa Maeda – Japan – P13,600
9th Nanami Murata – Japan – P11,156
10th Espen Hoo Bjorknes – Malaysia – P9,500

Article by Tricia David

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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