Poker Dream Manila opens with PH₱ 4.1 Million Warm Up prize pool; 48 advance to Final Day led by David Erquiaga

Poker Dream has finally made landfall in Manila, Philippines with opening games hitting the felt on April 26 and running through May 7 at the Grand Wing of Newport World Resorts.

Warmup Day1 B 132
David Erquiaga

It was a slow start at opening Warm Up Flight A then picked up pace during the last two heats as locals poured in for a piece of the PH₱ 3M guarantee. At the close, 314 turned up to build a richer prize pool of PH₱ 4,158,000 (~US$ 74,870). Filipino pro David Erquiaga bagged up a monstrous stack of 811,000 (100 big blinds). Erquiaga will return on the final day as overall chip leader.

Buy in: PH₱ 15,000 (~US$ 270)
Guarantee: PH₱ 54,000
Entries: 314
Prize pool: PH₱ 4,158,000 (~US$ 74,870)
ITM: 48 players

Flight A: 60 entries / 9 advanced
Flight B: 179 entries / 27 advanced
Flight C: 75 entries / 12 advanced

1 David Jansen Erquiaga Philippines 811,000
2 Xiyu Xie China 352,000
3 Ephraim John Guevarra Philippines 316,500
4 Christopher Mateo Philippines 313,000
5 Victor Guevara Lansag Philippines 289,000
6 Tsai Wei-Jung China 257,000
7 Jessie Leonarez Philippines 249,000
8 Edgar Asehan Philippines 246,000
9 Ferdinand Aguinaldo Philippines 227,000
10 Cezar Quiambao Ii Philippines 221,000
11 Duhan Lee Korea, South 213,000
12 Wai Keong Yong Malaysia 208,000
13 Geeheon Lee Korea 207,500
14 Janno Eliel Alvarez Philippines 199,000
15 Michael Bueza Philippines 199,000
16 Ricardo Singapan Philippines 198,000
17 James Leong Theng Aik Malaysia 197,000
18 Maxwell Rosete Philippines 194,000
19 Edwin Dela Cruz Philippines 191,000
20 Joseph William Magnotti USA 170,000
21 Mike Takayama Philippines 162,000
22 Alfredo Boligor Philippines 148,000
23 Junnie Pamplona Philippines 137,000
24 Wai Loong Lee Malaysia 128,000
25 Ryan Patrick Mc Allister United States 120,000
26 Jeffrey Calonge Philippines 118,000
27 Aifonso Baja Philippines 116,000
28 Alan Tsang Hong Kong 116,000
29 Danilo Ola Philippines 112,000
30 Joseph Talamayan Philippines 105,000
31 Cheong Yew Lee Malaysia 97,000
32 Chao Yan China 97,000
33 Chierro De Leon Philippines 97,000
34 Edmil Marcelo Philippines 93,000
35 Xia Oi Philippines 86,000
36 John Paul Flores Philippines 70,500
37 Jester Intia Philippines 70,000
38 Kannapong Thanarattrakul Thailand 70,000
39 Li Jun Zhang China 69,000
40 Richard Marquez Philippines 66,000
41 Wai Loon Ng Malaysia 65,500
42 Bryan Khoo Hou Hyin Malaysia 63,000
43 Kenny Kevin Richard Malaysia 62,500
44 Renato Alcano Philippines 61,000
45 John Niko Costiniano Philippines 56,000
46 Jie Jun Zhang China 52,000
47 Siew Key Yee Malaysia 42,000
48 Ahmadi Muqsith Indonesia 31,000

The 48 survivors return on Thursday, April 27 at 1pm to chase down the bragging rights first title of Poker Dream Manila. Everyone is guaranteed PH₱ 23,700 (~US$ 426) but all eyes will be on the handsome top prize of PH₱ 807,000 (~US$ 14,530). Somuchpoker will provide Live Updates until the champion is crowned.

Flight recap

Warmup Day1 A 113
Ferdinand Aguinaldo

Briefly recapping the day, each flight played down to ITM which was 15% of the field. Flight A drew the lightest turnout of 60 entries with 9 at bagging time. Alija Halkic‘s AdKc ran into Ferdinand Aguinaldo‘s AsAh to bust on the bubble. Ephraim Guevarra  bagged the first big stack of the day.

Flight B was the most popular with 179 entries. The bubble burst on Chin Dickson with AsJs dominated by Edwin Dela Cruzs AdKh. 27 players advanced led by Erquiaga.

Warmup Day1 C 83
Xiyu Xie

Last chance was at Flight C Turbo with 75 signing up and 12 making the cut. Decorated local Christopher Mateo cleaned out short stacked Edilberto Gopez on the bubble while China’s Xiyu Xie racked up the most chips.

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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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