Pinoy Briefs: William Ysmael wins the Metro 2M; John Tech ranking up; upcoming Manila events

William Ysmael wins the Metro 2M Main Event

William Ysmael - Photo Metro
William Ysmael – Photo Metro


With no major poker events on the burner at the already tropical country of the Philippines, chips were still being shuffled around the felt with one local club picking up the slack.

The Metro Card Club, the country’s largest and most popular poker room, held its second edition of the 2M Guaranteed 2017. The event ran from August 30th – September 4th, and like its predecessor back in January, this latest one drew in a big crowd with 600 total entrants.

Through the years, the Metro has continuously produced highly attended tournaments and this success is attributed to many factors, including the very affordable entry fees such as the Php4,000 buy-in of the 2M event. This created a prize pool of Php2,037,000 (~US$39,800) with 60 players receiving a slice of the pie.

While there were a few well known local pros in the money round such as John Sayo (6th), Moses Saquing (16th) and Mike De Leon (19th), the title was claimed by William Ysmael, a familiar face in the local scene. Ysmael has consistently run deep in several big local events but but has yet to make his mark on the international stage. For his victory, Ysmael earned the largest piece of the pie of Php560,000 (~US$10,900).

Final Table payouts 
1st – William Ysmael – P560,000
2nd – Riener Magbutay III – P285,000
3rd – George Salud – P147,000
4th – John Lambert Sarmiento – P90,000
5th – Venoni Paltep Jr – P64,000
6th – Dave Erquiaga – P52,000
7th-  JC Sayo – P44,000
8th-  Christopher Lingbaoan – P36,000
9th-  Patrick Jolas Guerrero – P32,000
10th – Arnold Santiago – P28,000

John Tech up in rank after MBP victory

John Tech - Macau Billionaire Poker
John Tech – Macau Billionaire Poker

After clearing over US$350K at the Macau Billionaire Poker Club Hope Cup, John Tech has now moved up the ranks in the GPI Philippines and GPI Philippines POY 2017.

At the GPI Philippines rankings, Tech jumped from 5th rank to 2nd rank, leaping over John Sayo, Joseph Sia, and Lester Edoc. Sitting at the top with a 157.04 advantage over Tech is Mike Takayama. However, at the GPI Philippines POY 2017, Tech jumped from 9th rank and now sits at the very top with a 155.6 lead over Takayama.

We had a chance to talk with Tech about his life changing MBP victory.

Read more: Interview with the 2017 MBP Hope Cup Main Event champion John Tech

Save the date: Upcoming events in Manila

The last quarter of the calendar year will be bringing in some big events to the Philippines so time to mark down these dates as 2017 heads to a close.

On September 13th – 21st, the Asian Poker Tour will be hosting the 2017 APT Philippines II featuring a US$1,650 Main Event and 13 side events ranging from US$165 – US$770. There will also be a High Rollers event at US$2,150. The nine-day event will take place at Resorts World Manila.

More: APT Philippines 2017 II Schedule

Taking the reins the next month is the PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 4. This event runs from October 2nd – 8th offering a Php3,000,000 Guaranteed Main Event with a Php10,000 entry fee. All PokerStars LIVE Manila events take place at City of Dreams Manila.

Then on November 6th – 14th, the APT Manila 2017 will take place at the Winford Hotel & Casino. The Main Event will feature a PhP38,500 (US$750) buy-in.

The only event scheduled towards the close of the year is the Manila Megastack 8 slated for November 27th – December 3rd. This is the second of its kind held this year with the 7th edition held in late May. While details have yet to be disclosed, the previous edition featured an Php8,000,000 guarantee for a Php30,000 entry fee, however with a massive turnout of 507 entries, the prize pool surged to over Php13M. With PokerStars successfully pooling in huge numbers to their Manila events, it is likely this upcoming one will be no different.

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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