Pinoy Briefs: Koki Takeishi wins Manila Super Series 13, PokerStars Manila announces 7 events for 2020

PokerStars Manila at Okada Resort and Casino, Philippines,  has been busy these past few days with the conclusion of the  Manila Super Series 13. Seven additional events have also been announced for 2020.

Koki Takeshi wins Manila Super Series 13 Main Event

Koki Takeishi
Koki Takeishi – Photo PokerStars

The 13th edition of the Manila Super Series has come to a close with Koki Takeishi (Japan) topped a field of 540 entries taking down the trophy, the title and the top prize money worth PHP 925,000 (USD 18,268). Takeishi emerged victorious from a tough final table line-up that included local poker veterans, Joey Pardeles (Philippines), Christopher Mateo (Philippines), and Joseph Sia (Philippines).

Final Table PokerStars
Final Table – Photo PokerStars

Takeishi opened the final table as chip leader with 2,085,000 while Pardeles and Chien Chung Cheng (Taiwan) were just a few big blinds behind having 1,465,000 and 1,205,000 respectively. Compared to the three leading stacks, there were three short stacked players, Jineok Song (Korea) with 305,000, John Dela Cruz (Korea) with 385,000 and John Ong (Philippines) with 470,000.

Sia having a stack of 765,000 starts 4th in chips, he was followed by Gilson Chan (Singapore) with 735,000 and Mateo with 580,000. The Singaporean, and two Filipinos were just one double-up away from a potential leap on the leaderboard making the final table dynamic more interesting.

Takeishi and Pardeles were able to maintain their positions as 1st and 2nd, as the tournament ended with a two-way deal between them. Pardeles cashes out PHP 800,000 (USD 15,800) for his 2nd place finish.

The final payouts are as follows:

1st – Koki Takeshi (Japan) – PHP 925,000 (USD 18,269)*
2nd – Joey Pardeles – PHP 800,000 (USD 15,800)*
3rd – Gilson Chan (Singapore) – PHP 476,000 (USD 9,401)
4th – Chien Chung Cheng (Taiwan) – PHP 371,000 (USD 7,327)
5th – Jinseok Song (Korea) – PHP 291,000 (USD 5,747)
6th – Joseph Sia (Philippines) – PHP 228,000 / USD 4,503
7th – Christopher Mateo (Philippines) – PHP 170,000 / USD 3,357
8th – John Ong (Philippines) – PHP 118,000 / USD 2,330
9th – John Dela Cruz (Korea) – PHP 93,328 / USD 1,843

Deal made*

Manila Super Series – Side Events winners

Rick Jason Ambata
Rick Jason Ambata

A total of 12 side events were hosted along-side the Main Event in the duration of the Manila Super Series 13. Winner of the events were predominantly Asian players with only Event 3: ₱10,000 NLH Knockout Turbo winner Loic Vaux (France) and Event 7: ₱8,000 NLH Deepstack +1R winner Ruslan Islamov (Russia) as exceptions.

Other notable side-event winners were local tournament specialists Jason Estong (Philippines), Vamerino Magsakay (Philippines), and Edilberto Gopez (Philippines). They won the Megastack (₱500,000 GTD) – Re-Entry, ₱6,000 SuperStack – Single Re-Entry, and the ₱10,000 NLH Super Knockout – Freezeout respectively.

PokerStars Live Schedule for 2020: 7 events in Manila

PokerStars Live Manila 2020 Schedule

A few hours ago, PokerStars has announced its 2020 live tournament poker schedule.

Asian players are expected to have an action packed year with PokerStars since seven out of its 22 announced events will be held in Manila, Philippines.

These past years Manila has been PokerStars‘ preferred location for hosting events in Asia.

The full PokerStars live whole year schedule is as follows:

Dates Tour Event
Dec. 16-22 Road to PSPC in France Road to PSPC Paris
Jan. 4-11 Manila Red Dragon Manila
Jan 13-19 Road to PSPC in Spain Road to PSPC Barcelona
Jan. 15-19 Road to PSPC in France Road to PSPC Le Harve
Jan. 30-Feb. 4 BSOP BSOP Brasilia
Feb. 11-16 Road to PSPC in France Road to PSPC St. Amand
Mar. 4-8Road to PSPC in Spain Road to PSPC Valencia
Mar. 9-15 Manila Okada Manila Millions
Mar. 10-15 Road to PSPC in France Road to PSPC La Grande Motte
Mar. 19-24 BSOP BSOP Sao Paulo
Mar. 20-29 EPT EPT Sochi
Mar. 31 – Apr. 5 Road to PSPC in Spain Road to PSPC Madrid Grand Via
Apr. 23-May 2 EPT EPT Monte Carlo
May 22-31 Manila Manila Megastack 14
Jun. 10-14 Road to PSPC in France Road to PSPC Cannes
Jul. 1-5 Road to PSPC in Spain Road to PSPC Madrid Torrelodones
Jul. 6-12 Manila Manila Super Series 14
Jul. 15-22 BSOP BSOP Winter Millions Sao Paulo
Jul. 31-Aug. 9 Manila APPT Manila
Aug. 12-30 EPT EPT Barcelona
Sep. 22-28 Manila Manila Super Series 15
Dec. 6-13 Manila Manila Megastack Challenge