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Poker Stars Live Manila Super Series 2023 – 18: Live Updates


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Main Event – Live Updates – Day 1A

21:28: Day 1A action closes
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

The 198-entry field has dwindled down to 15% or 30 players to wrap up today’s games. Two more flights – Day 1B and Day 1C are available on schedule with all qualifiers returning to the Day 2 games on Saturday, September 23.

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Shin Hyeonho leads the 30-player pack with 507,000 in chips (~101 BB), followed by Ashley Patterson with 485,000 (~97 BB). Runners Ronato Alcano (482,000, ~96BB), John Tech (347,000, ~69BB), and Jester Initia (328,000, ~65BB) bag big stacks as well to cap the day.


21:28: Huang Yu Chen bubbles in 31st
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Left with less than 5BB to work with, Huang Yu Chen jumped the gun with Qd10h and was called by small blind Ronato Alcano with AcJc. The board ran Jd4h5c7h9s, giving Alcano top pair for the win. Huang exits as Day 1A’s bubble with two more chances to return for a chance of the Manila Super Series 18 Main Event title.

Ronato Alcano – 482,000


21:28: Ye Jiaxian exits two places short of the money
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Running a short stack, Ye Jiaxian flicked in his 34,000 stack with 7h7d and was called by big blind Ashley Patterson with Ks8s. Whilst a flip, Ye was quickly left drawing thin after Patterson paired up on the flop 4h9d8c and further improved to two pair on runout JcKh. Ye exits in 32nd, just two spots short of qualifying into Day 2.

Ashley Patterson – 490,000


21:26: Anthony Cierco crippled 
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Folded to the hijack, Anthony Cierco moved all-in with Ah10d and was called by shorter stacked Reynolds Nicholas behind with 9s9d. Up for a flip, Reynolds faded all Cierco’s outs on board 6sQc7hKsKh and dodged an untimely elimination.

Reynolds Nicholas – 140,000
Anthony Cierco – 20,000


21:23: Marko Puskadija falls into trap
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Hijack Oleg Mordassov opened to 10,000, called behind by Hong Jung Gi. Button Marko Puskadija squeezed all-in for 80,000 total, Mordassov folds, and Hong quickly puts the chips in.

Puskadija AsJc
Hong KhKc

The board 5h8d7sKd8c was no sweat for Hong as his full house easily put Puskadija out a few places before bubble time.

Hong Jung Gi – 230,000
Oleg Mordassov – 265,000


21:19: Top pair no good for Yee Shun Jian
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Facing an open jam from bigger stacked Kim Kihyung, Yee Shun Jian called off for his remaining 70,000 with As9h and was crushed to face Kim’s KsKd. The board AdKc3c10s8d landed Yee top pair but still remained behind against his opponent’s set of Kings.

Kim Kihyung – 170,000


21:14: Lee Wei quickly recovers
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Following the loss a few minutes beforehand, short stacked Lee Wei dodged a potential elimination after he moved all-in against utg Ashley Patterson’s open. From the small blind, Reiji Amada shoved behind for 68,000 total, prompting the original raiser to fold.

Lee 9h10h
Amada AdKd

The flop 3s9sJh instantly gave Lee a pair of nines and was good enough to claim the 75,000 pot after Amada failed to pair up on the turn or river.

Lee Wei – 75,000
Reiji Amada – 46,000
Ashley Patterson – 440,000


21:11: Monster flop for Jester Initia
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

An early open from Jester Initia saw two players call behind, revealing a flop of 5d5c6c. Initia continued with an 8,000 bet, raised by cut off Lee Wei to 21,000. Initia made the call and moved on to turn 10c. Both players checked round and the river 7h completed the board. Initia fired a 21,000 river bet and Lee made the final call. Initia showed trips 9d5h, followed by a muck from Lee to secure his win.

Jester Initia – 260,000
Lee Wei – 27,000


21:04: Ivan Tabucal runs into aces
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

After raising utg to 12,000, Ivan Tabucal called a 68,000 all-in from Jose Cheung with AcQc. Whilst a premium hand, it was no match for Cheung’s AdAh and was left with little hope after the board ran low and dry.

Jose Cheung – 146,000
Ivan Tabucal – 40,000


20:58: Ashley Patterson puts on the pressure
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Utg+1 Kenzo Mendoza opened to 11,000, called by cut off Ashley Patterson and button Lee Wei. On the small blind, Reynolds Nicholas opted to squeeze to 47,000 total, leaving only Patterson with the call behind. Heads up, the flop came KhJh8d, and Reynolds bet folded 35,000 after Patterson raised for 65,000 more.

Ashley Patterson – 450,000
Reynolds Nicholas – 125,000
Lee Wei – 70,000
Kenzo Mendoza – 100,000


20:50: No showdown for Shin Hyeonho
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Oleg Mordassov opened on the button to 9,000, called by the small blind and saw a three bet from big blind Shin Hyeonho to 45,000. Mordassov makes the call and small blind folds. Action went check-check on both flop 5d6s6h and turn Ah. The river 5c saw Shin throw in a 120,000 overbet to which Mordassov folded.

Shin Hyeonho – 330,000
Oleg Mordassov – 360,000


20:43: Great spot for Amada Reiji 
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

With an open from the cut off, button Gosai Diven fired a three bet to 35,000 and was committed to calling off after small blind Amada Reiji slammed his short stack in for 4,000 more. Original raiser folds and the two table:

Reiji AcJs
Diven QhJh

Runout revealed a dry ten-high, giving Reiji’s ace-high the win.

Amada Reiji – 96,000
Gosai Diven – 90,000


20:39: John Tech stacks more chips
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Cutoff John Tech kicked off the action with an open to 8,000 and was met with a three bet from small blind Bardauskas Aivaras. Tech decided to go with it and put his opponent all-in. Aivaras made the call with AcJh and was ahead against Tech’s Kh8h. The board 10s7c7d7s remained safe for Aivaras up until the river 8d paired up Tech for a full house.

John Tech – 410,000


20:37: Ye Jiaxian double barrels
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Utg+1 Ye Jiaxian opened to 10,000 and Anthony Cierco defended his big blind. The two saw a flop of AdQdJh and Ye continued with a 10,000 bet, check-called by Cierco. Turn came 10s and Ye fired another 15,000, to which Cierco folded.

Ye Jiaxian – 130,000
Anthony Cierco – 100,000


20:25: Break Time!
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

41 players remain in the running out of the 198 total entries recorded. Day 1A play ends after ITM is reached at 30 players.

Top Chip Counts:

Oleg Mordassov – 370,000
Koo Bomil – 320,000
Beaudoux Bertrand Zo – 300,000
John Tech – 290,000
Shin Hyeonho – 280,000


20:15: Alvir Inocentes with a better ace
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Folded to Alvir Inocentes on the button, he raised all-in with AcQc and was called by big blind Gerges Kyrillos with Ad7h. An ace high flop 5dAh8d gave both players top pair but the run out 2sJc meant that kickers would place. Inocentes locked up the win with the better ace for a full double up.

Alvir Inocentes – 70,000
Gerges Kyrillos – 160,000


20:11: Lee Wei wins flip for survival
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Beginning with a limp from Reiji Amada, small blind Lee Wei jumped the gun and moved all-in for his 34,000 stack. Amada made the call with 10s10d and was up for a flip against Lee’s AcKc. The board ran Js9cKh2c7s, giving Lee top pair for the win.

Lee Wei – 72,500
Reiji Amada – 50,000


20:00: Sidark Amanda drops down to 6BB
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Preflop action was spotted with all the chips in the middle with Sidark Amanda’s 10h10d up against Reynolds Nichols’ QhQs. The flop Qd7d5d gave Nichols a set but left Amada drawing to a diamond flush. The runout however, drew blank as Nichols took down the pot, leaving Amanda with 6BB behind.

Reynolds Nichols – 230,000
Sidark Amanda – 20,000


19:48: Mason Warren secures a double
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Facing an open from Yee Shun Jian, big blind Mason Warren went all-in for 25,500 total and was called by his opponent with KcJh. Warren was ahead with QdQh and scooped up a double after the board ran 4d7d4c8h8c.

Mason Warren – 54,500
Yee Shun Jian – 100,000


19:43: Reiji Almada coolers Abesamis Antonio
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Another preflop all-in situation, Abesamis Antonio found himself as the underdog in a cooler spot against bigger stacked Reiji Almada.

Almada KsKh
Antonio QcQd

Unfortunately for Antonio, the jack-high board 8c6dJhJc5d wasn’t good enough to save him from being eliminated.

Reiji Almada – 110,000


19:36: Dexter Santos heads for the rails
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Short stacked Dexter Santos was facing pressure from the increasing blinds and decided to go with Jc9s for his 9BB stack. Big blind Hong Jung Gi made the call with As8d for a race. Hong remained ahead all the way on a board of 10c4d5sKh4h and successfully secured the additional 20,000 boost to his stack.

Hong Jung Gi – 140,000


19:32: Ishikawa Yusuke catches river bluff
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Cut off Ken Okumura opened to 5,000, called behind by button Ishikawa Yusuke and big blind Alcano Ronato. Flop came 5d8h6s and first to act Ronato checked, Okumura bet 12,000, called only by Yusuke. Turn saw a 6h, checked by both players. A 9h completed the board and Okumura bet all-in. Yusuke makes the call with Ad9d for rivered top pair, well beating Okumura’s king-high bluff KdJc. Okumura is eliminated while Yusuke boosts to a healthy 52BB stack.

Ishikawa Yusuke – 130,000


19:24: Jayson Langlan runs into Jeon Changhyun’s top range
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Folded to small blind Jayson Langlan, he shoved his 10BB stack in with 6c10h and was snap called by big blind Jeon Changhyun with QdQc. Langlan flopped a pair on 10c8sKd7c8h but was not enough to beat his opponent’s holdings.

Jeon Changhyun – 80,000


19:17: Beaudoux Bertrand Zo scores double elimination
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

A three-way all-in preflop ensued with Beaudoux Bertrand Zo covering both short stacked Marc Rivera and Choi Hyeonwoo.

Zo QcQd
Rivera As10h
Choi AdQs

A nine high board 6d9h7h3c7d faced up with Zo’s two pair queens and sevens, enough to send both players out.

Beaudoux Bertrand Zo – 260,000


19:11: Gosai Diven busts Myungil Ryu
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

With half his stack already in, Myungil Ryu called for his remaining 15,000 in after small blind Gosai Diven raised all-in.

Ryu 8d8h
Diven Qc10c

Up for a flip, Ryu’s hopes were immediately crushed after the flop revealed JsKd10s with no eights coming up on either turn or river. Diven’s pair of ten secures the win as Ryu is eliminated.

Gosai Diven – 75,000


19:07: Oesterstroem Phenix loses preflop battle
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Utg Oesterstroem Phenix opened to 4,000, followed by a three bet to 12,000 from Karl Batao two seats behind. Oesterstroem clapped back with another raise to 30,000, and Batao pushed a five-bet to 62,000 total. Oesterstroem found the fold, saving his chips for a better spot.

Karl Batao – 250,000
Oesterstroem Phenix – 70,000


19:02: Jester Initia sends Giovanni Belcastro out
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Folded to hijack Giovanni Belcastro, he open shoved his 16BB stack in and was called behind by Jester Initia for a flip.

Belcastro AhQs
Initia 10h10d

Board 5hKh7c5c7h faded Belcastro’s outs, sending him out in today’s games.

Jester Initia – 220,000


18:59: Julio Anicete doubles off Kenzo Mendoza
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Early position Julio Anicete opened to 5,000 and defended his raise against Kenzo Mendoza’s three bet to 17,000. Flop came 3h10hJd, and Anicete check-called Mendoza’s all-in bet with two pair.

Mendoza AhKs
Anicete Jh10d

Mendoza was left drawing to four outs for a straight or a runner-runner situation. The runout 9s8d showed none of that as Anicete bagged the 140,000 pot.

Julio Anicete – 140,000
Kenzo Mendoza – 80,000


18:51: Alvir Inocentes dodges bust
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Utg Alvir Inocentes stuffed his short stack in and was called by small blind Lee Wei with Qh10c. Inocentes revealed Kh3d and secured a double up after the board ran 5d7dJd6cKc.

Alvir Inocentes – 15,000
Lee Wei – 30,000


18:47: Karl Batao outruns Myungil Ryu
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

A button vs big blind battle, all the chips piled high in the middle preflop after Myungil Ryu fired a final five-bet jam of 96,500 total. Karl Batao found the call for his tournament life, only to find himself as the underdog.

Batao AdQc
Ryu AhKc

Dominating his opponent for the huge pot, Ryu unfortunately saw a terrible runout on board 5d9hKd10d4d as the river completed Batao’s nutflush.

Karl Batao – 195,000
Myungil Ryu – 15,000


18:40: Rebei Karim delivers three eliminations in three minutes
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

After outflopping Zhuchkov Viktor’s KdQh with KcJh just the hand prior, Rebei Karim delivered two more eliminations following his momentum. Karim opened to 4,000, and called small blind Tan Wei Chuan’s 22,000 shove while also including Sato Hajime’s 2BB stack.

Karim KdQd
Tan 10s10d
Sato 10c4c

The flop gave Karim no sweat as it instantly revealed 2d4dKs with the runout continuing to fade Tan’s one outer. Karim scoops up the pot, eliminating both players in quick fashion.

Rebei Karim – 190,000


18:31: Antonio Angeles heads for the exit
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Facing a button open, big blind Antonio Angeles jammed his short stack in with 4s4h and was up against Jose Cheung’s AhQs. Board 5dJs9s7sQd fared well for Angeles up until the river landed him his unfortunate demise.

Jose Cheung – 95,000


18:31: John Tech collects value
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Cut off John Tech opened to 3,500, and button Doroshenko Bogdan and big blind Tomoto Daijiro both called behind. Flop saw Ac4s5d and action went Daijiro with a check-fold to Tech’s 6,000 bet. Bogdan made the call and saw a turn of 7s to which both players checked round. Another 7h showed up on the river and Tech sent out an 8,500 bet. Bogdan made the final call, revealing Tech’s Ah9d for the win.

John Tech – 130,000
Doroshenko Bogdan – 45,000
Tomoto Daijiro – 90,000


18:15: Late Registration closes
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Registration is closed for Day 1A with a total of 198 entries recorded and a generated prize pool of PHP 2,535,192. Remaining field will play down to ITM at 30 players to cap the first flight on schedule.

Big stacks spotted:

Gerges Kyrillos – 230,000
Beaudoux Bertrand Zo – 230,000
Edgar Asehan – 190,000
Oleg Mordassov – 160,000
Egor Starovoitov – 150,000


17:38: Lau Chun Ming wins preflop war
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Button Edwin Dela Cruz opened to 2,500, small blind Ho Tung Chun three-bet to 6,600 and big blind Lau Chun Ming decided to four-bet squeeze all-in. Both players fold and Lau Chun Ming takes the preflop pot down with his aggression.

Lau Chun Ming – 95,000
Ho Tung Chun – 28,000
Edwin Dela Cruz – 35,000


17:33: Reiji Almada scores double elimination
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Action began with an early open from Paolo Boccaletti, called behind by John Tech and Reiji Almada. Flop came 10d9dAs and was checked to button Almada who bet 5,500. Boccaletti raised all-in to 12,400, followed by Tech who came over the top with 22,500, and Almada called to complete the action.

Boccaletti 10c10s
Tech AcKc
Almada AdQd

Covering both opponents, Almada spiked the flush on the turn 3d and sealed the win as the river 8c missed to pair the board.

Reiji Almada – 170,000


17:17: Overcards does it for Junnie Pamplona
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Cut off Junnie Pamplona opens to 2,400 and calls button Steve Arnold’s short stack all-in of 7,500.

Pamplona Js9s
Arnold 2c2h

The board ran 3dQh9d7c9c, leaving Arnold out one level left before registration closes.

Junnie Pamplona – 55,000


17:11: Doroshenko Bogdan wins three bet pot
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

Utg Egor Starovoitov opened to 2,200, Marc Rivera right behind three-bets to 5,000 and cut off Doroshenko Bogdan joins the action, as well as Starovoitov. The three see a flop of JdJh4c and Starovoitov checks, Rivera bets 3,000, and Bogdan raises to 7,000. Starovoitov folds and Rivera continues to the turn 2d. Rivera checks and Bogdan moves all-in, prompting the Filipino pro to fold.

Doroshenko Bogdan – 140,000
Marc Rivera – 18,000
Egor Starovoitov – 90,000


17:02: Tomoto Daijiro piles in more chips 
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

On a lucky streak, utg Tomoto Daijiro opened to 2,500, Egor Starovoitov fired a three-bet to 7,000, and big blind Karim Rebei cold-called behind. Action back on Daijiro he reraised to 22,000 total, Starovoitov folds and Rebei shoved his 30,000 stack in. A quick call from Daijiro, revealed both players’ hands:

Rebei Js3s
Daijiro JdJc

Rebei, way behind found no luck as the board ran 3h5h4h9dKh, guaranteeing his elimination. Daijiro takes the easy win and climbs to 160,000 in chips.


16:55: Pablo Pastores loses back to back pots
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

After losing 19,000 in the pot beforehand, Pablo Pastores opened under the gun and was answered with a three-bet to 4,500 by small blind Tomoto Daijiro. Pastores raised all-in for his remaining 25,000 and Daijiro made the call.

Pastores AcAs
Daijiro 3s3c

In a sweet spot for a double up, Pastores couldn’t fade his opponent’s two outs as the board ran 3d7h6hKh7s. Pastores’ pocket aces is cracked, eliminating from the games.

Tomoto Daijiro – 120,000


16:42: No suck outs on Ju Jaeheung’s watch
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Facing a late open, button Ju Jaeheung three-bet to 5,300 and big blind Chierro De Leon pushed all-in for 18,000 total. Original raiser folds and Jaeheung makes the call.

De Leon As10s
Jaeheung JcJh

The flop 10h8cAd favored De Leon, but the runout 9dQs gave Jaeheung a straight, giving his pocket pair justice.

Ju Jaeheung – 90,000


16:34: Dexter Santos turns up the aggression
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Hijack Dexter Santos opened to 2,400 and was met with a three-bet behind from Georges Chenade to 6,200. Santos completes and moves on to see a flop of 10s2h8h. Santos checks, Chenade fires a bet of 4,600 and action back on Santos sees him raise to 10,400 total. Chenade gives up the fight and slips his cards face down.

Dexter Santos – 60,000
Georges Chenade – 25,000


16:12: Kuchin Yu wins flip
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Facing an open, Kuchin Yu threw in his remaining 11BB and was called behind by small blind Ju Jaeheung. Original raiser folds and the two run a flip.

Yu 7c7s
Jaeheung QsJs

Board ran 7hJh6c4dAc, giving Yu a set right on the flop and a smooth double up to remain in the game.

Kuchin Yu – 20,400
Ju Jaeheung – 70,000


16:05: Anicete Julio gets max value
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Hijack Anicete Julio opened to 1,800, called by small blind Lau Chun Yin. Flop came Ah9hJd and Yin check-raised to 5,500. Julio made the call and saw a turn of 9c. Yin continued with a 7,000 bet and called Julio’s all-in behind.

Julio Qs9d
Yin AcJh

River came blank and Julio’s turned trips against Yin’s two-pair earns him the double up.

Anicete Julio – 56,000
Lau Chun Yin – 1,400


16:12: Lucky turn for Edgar Asehan
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

Preflop action saw Lee Youngsai open to 1,200, Jinwoo Yu called, and button Edgar Asehan raised to 8,000. Only Yu completed and immediately bet all-in (10,000) on a flop of AhJhKd. Asehan made the call with AcQs, behind Yu’s two pair KcJd. The turn 10s however, gave Asehan the nut straight with the river 9h sealing his win.

Edgar Asehan – 120,000


16:05: Lau Chun Yin eliminated
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

Folded to Lau Chun Yin on the button, he shoved his remaining 6,700 in with Kh9s. Small blind Ishikawa Yusuke made the call with 7h7s and the two saw a board of 7d10h6c2c3h. Yusuke’s flopped set scoops the win and Lau Chun Yin is eliminated with king-high.

Ishikawa Yusuke – 22,000


15:59: Aces kicks Yuki Watanabe to the curb
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

Utg Beaudoux Bertrand Zo opened and called button Yuki Watanabe’s three-bet to 2,200. Flop revealed Kd3c2d which saw all the chips quickly pushed in the middle within a few minutes.

Zo Ks2s
Watanabe AdAc

Runout came 9s5h, leaving Zo’s flopped two pair ahead all the way.

Beaudoux Bertrand Zo – 160,000


15:36: Break Time!
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

First break of the day sees 144 runners in and the pot up to PHP 1,843,776.


15:28: Shikanai Shota busts first bullet
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

Button open to 1,100 was met with a three bet from small blind Abesamis Antonio to 5,000, followed by a four-bet all-in of 13,000 from big blind Shikanai Shota. Button folds and Antonio makes the call.

Shota AsQs
Antonio 7c7d

Board ran Jc3c3sKs2h, dodging all of Shota’s outs as he headed for the rails.

Abesamis Antonio – 30,000


15:19: All-in does it for Kirishima Akinobu
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

Utg Christian Ong opened to 1,200, called by Kirishima Akinobu on the cut-off. Big blind Mark Ortiz answered with a three bet to 4,600 with only Akinobu completing behind. The two went on to see a flop 10d10s4d and Ortiz continued with a 3,500 bet. Akinobu called and turn a third diamond 5d. Ortiz checked and Akinobu shoved for 12,300 total. Ortiz folds and gives up the fight.

Kirishima Akinobu – 30,400
Mark Ortiz – 28,000


14:57: Sule Hugh pays off
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

A four-way pot beginning with an open from Christopher Mateo, the flop 6h2s10h saw all the chips pile in the middle after action was checked to Beaudoux Bertrand Zo on the button. Zo bet 3,500, Kaktsuka Tetsuya called, and was raised by Mateo to 15,000. Hugh made the call behind and Zo raised all-in over the top. Mateo folds and Hugh makes the call.

Beaudoux Bertrand Zo 10c10s
Sule Hugh KcKh

A 3c2c runout completed the board, improving Zo’s flopped set to a better full house.

Beaudoux Bertrand Zo – 80,000
Sule Hugh – 40,000
Christopher Mateo – 7,000
Kakitsuka Tetsuya – 25,000


14:49: Queens no good for Chen Zhigang
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

Hijack Ju Jaeheung opens to 1,200, called by Karl Batao on the button. Big blind Chen Zhigang raises to 5,200, called by both behind. Flop came Ad6sJh and Chen checked. Ju fired a bet of 6,300 and the two mucked their hands one after the other, not after Chen showed QcQh.

Ju Jaeheung – 65,000
Karl Batao – 20,000
Chen Zhigang – 28,000


14:23: Beaudoux Bertrand Zo’s pocket kings cracked
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

Action began with an open from Won Jongmin to 700, called by Sule Hugh behind. On the button, Beaudoux Bertrand Zo raised to 2,100 and both players made the call. Flop came 7s10s9d and Won led out a 3,500 bet. Hugh folds and Zo raised all-in. Won snaps with the nuts Jc8c, leaving Zo’s KsKd drawing dead.

Won Jongmin – 40,000
Beaudoux Bertrand Zo – 11,000


14:16: Lau Chun Yin survives
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

Action began with a ~15BB open shove from Lau Chun Yin on the cut off, called by Almir Alimkulov on the big blind.

Yin Kd10d
Alimkulov As5c

Board ran 8d6s9d7s5c, giving Yin a higher straight for the pot.

Lau Chun Yin – 10,000
Almir Alimkulov – 23,000


14:00: Giovanni Belcastro takes it down
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

A three-bet pot with small blind David Rodgers as the aggressor, three players went on to see a flop of QdJc6c. Rodgers continued with a bet of 2,500, called behind by Giovanni Belcastro. Turn came 7c and Rodgers check-called Belcastro’s 5,000 bet. The river 2s completed the board and Rodgers check-folded a final 10,000 bet from his opponent.

Giovanni Belcastro – 37,000
David Rodgers – 21,000


13:54: Cowan Graham doubles up
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

Following a limp-limp, button Won Jongmin bumped it up to 800 and both players made the call. Flop came 5s3sAh and action checked to Jongmin where he bet 1,500. Cowan Graham raised all-in and Jongmin made the call.

Cowan Graham 4s9s
Won Jongmin Ad9c

Turn immediately saw a 7s, completing Graham’s flush for the win.

Cowan Graham – 30,000
Won Jongmin – 18,000


13:30: Mark Ortiz flops the nuts
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Hijack Javalera Ireneo opens to 300, joined by Mark Ortiz on the button and Kirill Gladchenko on the big blind. Flop came 9s5h6h. Checked to Ortiz, he fires 500, called by both players. Turn saw 4c and Gladchenko led out 1,100, Ireneo folds, Ortiz bumps it up to 3,500. Gladchenko makes the call and sees an Ad complete the board. Gladchenko check calls a 9,000 bet from Ortiz. Ortiz shows 8h7h for a flopped straight.

Mark Ortiz – 45,000
Kirill Gladchenko – 15,000


13:18: Top pair good for Ryoma Kochi
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Preflop action began with an early open from under the gun and three callers behind. Ryoma Kochi on the big blind led out an 800 bet on flop 10c8h2s, called by all three opponents. Turn came 5d and Kochi sent out another 2,000 bet. Only Cowan Graham threw in the chips and saw the river 4d. Kochi fired a 4,000 river bet, commanding another call from Graham. Kochi revealed As10d for top pair, top kicker, good enough to take down the pot.

Ryoma Kochi – 40,000
Cowan Graham – 22,800


13:00: Action begins!
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Shuffle up and deal, good luck to all the players!


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The crown jewel Main Event of the Manila Super Series 18 kicks off today at the PokerStars hub at Okada Manila Resort & Casino at 13:00 sharp! The first of three starting flights will play down to ITM or 15% of the field heading into Day 2, Saturday September 23rd. Buy-in is set at PHP 15,000 (~USD 264) with each entry starting off with a 30,000 stack, commencing 30 minute blind levels throughout Day 1A.

Late Registration will be open until Level 10 @ 18:20.

Manila Super Series 18 Main Event

Dates: September 20-24, 2023
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~USD 264)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~USD 52,842)

Start Time: 13:00
Starting stack: 30,000

Main Event – Live Updates – Day 1B

21:35: Day 1B action wraps up
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

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Day 1B action has concluded with 47 players remaining in contention for the PHP 6,517,236 pot. Local runner Mark Dela Cruz ends the day with the lead, stacking a 593,000 high chip count, followed closely behind by Michael De Leon with 522,000.

Last chance to qualify runs tomorrow Day 1C at 13:00!

Top Chip Counts:

Mark Dela Cruz – 593,000
Michael De Leon – 522,000
Hsieh Hao An – 510,000
Ronald Acosta – 425,000
Cowan Graham – 401,000
Alexis Lim – 346,000
Hachimine Munehiro – 333,000


21:35: Oleg Alex Kaminski exits as day’s bubble
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

Oleg Alex Kaminski opened from early position and was called by Michael De Leon on the cut off. Flop came Kh4sJc and Kaminski bet all-in. De Leon made the call with QsJs, behind against Kaminski’s overpair AcAs. The river Qd however, gave De Leon two pair to burst the bubble and eliminate Kaminski in a painful bad beat.

Michael De Leon – 522,000


21:34: Ronald Acosta crushes with kings
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

Facing an open from Ronald Acosta, Stephen Howell moved all-in behind for 107,000 total and was immediately called by the original raiser.

Howell AcQh
Acosta KcKs

Two spots away from the money, Howell was in deep trouble after the flop came Kh10s2h. Acosta further improved to a full house following the runout 7d10c, leaving Howell headed for the exit.

Ronald Acosta – 420,000


21:29: Top pair no good for Rio Shinohara
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

Another button vs blind preflop all-in, Rio Shinohara dropped down to 50,000 in chips after Michael De Leon locked in the win with a set of sevens on board 7d4dJh3d4c.

De Leon 7h7s
Shinohara Ax Jx

Michael De Leon – 410,000


21:27: Kim Hyeongjae spikes runner runner
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

A button vs blind battle, all the chips went in preflop with big blind Kim Hyeongjae at risk for his tournament life.

Kim KsQs
Alexis Lim JsJh

The flop Jd5h3c was ready to send Kim packing yet changed things quickly after the runout 9h10h completed the board. Kim rivers the king-high straight to top Lim’s flopped set of jacks.

Kim Hyeongjae – 160,000
Alexis Lim – 330,000


21:22: Hsieh Hao An triple barrels against big blind
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

Small blind Hsieh Hao An started the action with an open to 15,000. Cowan Graham on the big blind came in and saw a flop of 3d4d6s. Hsieh continued with the aggression and fired 20,000, called by Graham. Turn Kh saw Hsieh with another 74,000 bet, called again behind. The river 4s did nothing to stop Hsieh as he sent out a final 120,000. Graham decides to fold as Hsieh climbs past the 500k mark.

Hsieh Hao An – 510,000
Cowan Graham – 400,000


21:14: Yee Shun Jian crushes with better ace
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Utg Ang Kai Loon opened to 10,000 and raised all-in for 137,000 total after big blind Yee Shun Jian three bet to 30,000. Yee with a call, was in a good spot against Ang’s AhQh, with AdKd.

The board ran As10h10c6cKh, leaving no chops and a huge win for Yee.

Yee Shun Jian – 300,000
Ang Kai Loon – Eliminated


21:12: Triple up for Otsubo Megumi
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Hijack Otsubo Megumi shoved his 26,000 stack in and was called by both players on the blinds – Stephen Howell and Paolo Boccaletti. The board ran 8c5hKc9sAh with no side pot action seen between the two.

Megumi AcQc
Howell QdJs
Boccaletti Kd2d

Megumi’s top pair ends up good for the win, earning him a nice triple up to 83,000.

Stephen Howell – 145,000
Paolo Boccaletti – 200,000


21:09: Michael De Leon gives up the fight
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Button Rio Shinohara opened to 10,000 and was met with a three bet to 32,000 from small blind Michael De Leon. Shinohara completes and sees the flop Qc6d8s. De Leon continues with a 30,000 bet and folded shortly after Shinohara raised all-in.

Rio Shinohara – 190,000
Michael De Leon – 230,000


21:06: Ang Kai Loon’s pocket pair holds
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Utg Arnold Steve open shoved his 55,000 stack in and was called by small blind Ang Kai Loon with 10d10s. Arnold’s Ad7c needed to spike an ace for his tournament life, none of which came on board 3d4c6sJd3s. Ang’s pocket pair holds for the win, eliminating Arnold from the tables.

Ang Kai Loon – 135,000


20:55: Double barrel does the job for Paolo Boccaletti
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Hijack Otsubo Megumi opened to 8,000 and called small blind Paolo Boccaletti’s three bet to 22,000. Flop came 9sKh10h and Boccaletti continued with 18,000, called behind by Otsubo. The turn 7s was enough for Boccaletti to fire another 35,000, to which Otsubo folded.

Paolo Boccaletti – 220,000
Otsubo Megumi – 80,000


20:51: Euryd Rivera railed by Bryan Santos
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

With 50,000 left, Euryd Rivera open shoved all-in and was called by button Bryan Santos with AcJs. Rivera found himself behind with KsQd yet flopped well on Kc10h9s. The turn Qc however, gave Santos the nut straight and sealed the win after the river 9c completed the board.

Bryan Santos – 240,000
Euryd Rivera – Eliminated


20:38: Ho Tung Chun cripples Jason Kyle Magbanua
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

After firing a three bet to 22,000, Jason Kyle Magbanua called off Ho Tung Chun’s four bet jam for 78,000 total.

Ho 10c10s
Magbanua AhKc

In for a crucial flip, the board 6h8h7dQs2d faded either Magbanua’s ace or king outs with Ho’s pocket tens holding for the win.

Ho Tung Chun – 166,000
Jason Kyle Magbanua – 17,000


20:25: Break Time!
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

64 players left in the running with 17 more eliminations to go before Day 1B action wraps up.

Top Chip Counts:

Hsieh Hao An – 420,000
Mark Dela Cruz – 328,000
Cowan Graham – 285,000
Cheng Wai Chiu – 274,000
Chua Boon Seah – 260,000


20:22: Hachimine Munehiro dominated
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Following the preflop battle, a massive 109 BB pot was seen in the middle with Mark Dela Cruz ahead with AsKh, dominating small blind Hachimine Munehiro’s AcQd. The board 8sJh4c5d2c failed to pair either player and awarded Cruz the huge stack with ace-king high.

Mark Dela Cruz – 328,000
Hachimine Munehiro – 180,000


20:16: Conrad Lumaban wins flip
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Another crucial flip, preflop saw all the chips pile in the middle with Conrad Lumaban’s 8s8h up against big blind Maurillo Bulauitan’s Ad10h. The board KsKh4s7s6c failed to pair Bulauitan’s overcards, eliminating him from the games.

Conrad Lumaban – 130,000


20:08: Ang Kai Loon gets coolered
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

An all-in preflop situation, Ang Kai Loon’s JcJd was no match against Alexis Lim’s QdQs for the 61BB pot. The board Ad4d4c10c10d served justice to Lim’s better pocket pair for the win.

Alexis Lim – 183,500
Ang Kai Loon – 110,000


20:05: Midpair good for Andy Chan
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Hijack Andy Chan opened to 6,500, called by Ireneo Javalera behind. Flop came 6s7h9c and Chan fired a 7,500 bet. Javalera raised to 15,000, called by Chan. The turn 10s and river 3c saw no more action continue as Chan reveals pair of nines with Ac9d. Javalera mucks and moves on to the next hand.

Andy Chan – 130,000
Ireneo Javalera – 120,000


20:00: Jason Kyle Magbanua recovers with aces
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Hijack Jason Kyle Magbanua opened to 6,000, called by Hsieh Hao An behind. Button Kirill Gladchenko squeezed to 22,500 and called Magbanua’s all-in preflop after Hsieh folded.

Magbanua AsAh
Gladchenko KhQs

The board ran AcKs3s8c3h and awarded Magbanua’s set of aces the win.

Jason Kyle Magbanua – 110,000
Kirill Gladchenko – 150,000


19:54: Alexis Cruz lands monster flop
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Defending his big blind against Ono Takuma, Alexis Cruz saw a flop of 5d5s2h. Cruz check-raised Takuma’s continuation bet and led out 21,000 on turn 7h. Takuma raised all-in and Cruz quickly made the call.

Cruz 5h10s
Takuma QcQs

The river Ad sealed the win for Cruz’ trip fives, taking the pot away from his opponent.

Alexis Cruz – 130,000
Ono Takuma – 110,000


19:51: Jose Cheung hits two outer
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Up against Fernan Co’s JcJh for his last 6.5BB, Jose Cheung’s 6c6s luckily spiked his much need two outer to survive. The board ran 6d5cQs8dKd, keeping Cheung in the action.

Jose Cheung – 35,500
Fernan Co – 150,000


19:44: Michael Philip Piedragoza draws thin
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Facing an utg open from Alexis Lim, small blind Michael Philip Piedragoza slammed his 17,000 in with Ah9h and was snap called by the original raiser. Lim, ahead with QcQs, kept his advantage throughout the board 10s5h10d5s2d, and sent Piedragoza out of the Main Event games.

Alexis Lim – 90,000


19:32: Ho Tung Chun claims three way pot
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Utg+1 Kirill Gladchenko opened to 5,500, and was called by both Ho Tung Chun and big blind Jason Kyle Magbanua. Flop came Ah2h4c, checked to Gladchenko, he continued with a 5,000 bet. Both players call and reveals turn Jc. Action went check-check, and button Ho sent out 20,000 which was met with no calls from either opponent.

Ho Tung Chun – 170,000
Kirill Gladchenko – 220,000
Jason Kyle Magbanua – 90,000


19:26: Yeo Chong Jin collects easy double
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

An all-in preflop situation, Yeo Chong Jin managed to bag a smooth double up with 10c10d after his opponent showed 8s8d. The board ran 6sQhAs10h3s, quickly earning him the 44BB pot.

Yeo Chong Jin – 110,000


19:16: Nick Hozjan reveals aces
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Utg open and a call from Suzuki Kenjiroh, button Nick Hozjan raised to 15,000 total. Original raiser folds and Suzuki completes. Hozjan pushed all-in out of turn even before the flop ran 3sKdJd. Suzuki folds and Hozjan reveals AdAs while raking the pot.

Nick Hozjan – 80,000
Suzuki Kenjiroh – 25,000


19:08: Gerardo Lubas sends Ogiwara Taisei packing
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

After being spared from elimination just a few hands prior, Ogiwara Taisei stuffed his 23,500 once more and was called by big blind Gerardo Lubas. Whilst ahead this time with Ac6d, the board 10hKd8d8c3c gave Lubas’ KcJh two pair, serving Ogiwara his exit.

Gerardo Lubas – 67,000


19:04: Short stack vs short stack
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Having opened to 5,000, Chen Ying Chang called for his remaining 8,000 and found himself ahead of Zorig Angar’s Kc10s. Chen with a slightly better KdJs left his opponent crippled down to 2BB after the board 7d9d6c10d2d tabled four diamonds for a flush.

Chen Ying Chang – 31,000
Zorig Angar – 3,500


19:00: Ricardo Torres suffers bad beat
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

All the chips went in on the flop 4d5d10h with Ricardo Torres’ overpair JcJs ahead against big blind Shikanai Shota’s Ac10s. Unfortunately for Torres, the turn Ad and river 10c gave his opponent a runner-runner full house for the win.

Shikanai Shota – 105,000
Ricardo Torres – 44,000


18:55: Teck Guan Low loses flip for tournament life
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

A massive preflop all-in situation, Teck Guan Low pushed the final all-in for his 107,500 stack and was called by utg raiser Chua Boon Seah.

Teck JhJd
Chua AhKs

A flip for a pot over 145 big blinds, the board ran 9h8s4s2sKc with the river sealing Teck’s fate and elimination.

Chua Boon Seah – 240,000


18:48: Stephen Howell claims pot with overpair
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

A blind vs blind battle, Stephen Howell opened to 4,000, called by Chen Ting Yi behind. Flop came 2s5c6d and Howell continued with another 4,000 bet. Chen raised all-in, called by his opponent.

Chen 5h3h
Howell 10s10c

A pair with a straight draw, Chen missed to hit any of his outs on either turn Kd or river 8s. Howell’s pocket pair holds for the win.

Stephen Howell – 80,000
Chen Ting Yi – 27,000


18:41: Gladchenko Kirill gets lucky
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Hijack Gladchenko Kirill opened to 3,000, called by the button. Big blind Ho Tung Chun fired a raise to 14,000 total, to which Gladchenko answered with an all-in for 46,500. Button folds and Ho throws in the chips.

Gladchenko 4c5c
Ho QhQd

Up against a monster, Gladchenko’s aggression earned him a double up after the board ran 2c9c2s10c10d for a flush.

Kirill Gladchenko – 98,500
Ho Tung Chun – 75,000


18:37: Set good for Murase Hajime
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Murase Hajime called an utg open and was up against a three bet from cut off Adel Bautista. Original raiser folds and Hajime raised all-in for 20,500 total, called by Bautista.

Hajime JcJs
Bautista AsQc

The flop QsJh5h hit both players, Hajime with a set and Bautista with top pair. Turn 8h and 6h changed nothing as Hajime racked the double up.

Murase Hajime – 48,000
Adel Bautista – 33,000


18:33: Chen Ying Chang dodges elimination
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Facing an open and a call, Chen Ying Chang flicked his 6.5BB in and was called by the original raiser Otsubo Megumi with Kh5h. Chen with AhJs secured the pot after the board missed to pair both parties, deeming Chen’s ace-high good for the take down.

Chen Ying Chang – 21,000
Otsubo Megumi – 45,000


18:20: Registration is closed!
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

That’s it for Day 1B with a total of 311 entries recorded across ten 30 minute levels. Prize pool has swelled to double in value amounting to PHP 6,517,236! Action will close when 15% of the field remains (ITM) at 47 players.

Big stacks spotted on the felt:

Hsieh Hao An – 300,000
Kim Joonhee – 250,000
Hachimine Munehiro – 238,000
Archie Mariano – 180,000
Oleg Alex Kaminski – 170,000
Bardauskas Aivaras – 170,000
Ron Ryan Mesina – 150,000

One starting flight left to go as Day 1C runs tomorrow at 13:00.


17:42: Archie Mariano delivers double elimination
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Hijack Dexter Santos open jammed his 10,000 stack in, called by small blind Archie Mariano. Big blind Cezar Quiambao reshoved for 65,000 total, called again by Mariano.

Santos Ah2c
Mariano 9h9s
Quiambao AcKh

The board ran 9d4c5cAd8s and Mariano successfully knocks out both opponents, stacking 160,000 in chips following the win.


17:32: Top pair holds for Jayvon Carreon
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

A three way all-in was spotted on wet flop 7s4cQs.

Jayvon Carreon KcQc
William Ysmael As5s
Alexis Lim Ks10s

Turn 9h and river 10c filled up the board with Carreon’s top pair holding for the win. Lim takes the side pot while defending champion Ysmael is eliminated.

Jayvon Carreon – 70,000
Alexis Lim – 30,000


17:24: Ron Ryan Mesina bluff catches opponent
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Utg+1 Ron Ryan Mesina opened and called a three bet from Uchiyama Hiroaki behind. Board came 2d9s6h4s and Mesina was seen check-calling two barrels from his opponent. River 6c saw both players check, with showdown revealing Mesina’s 10d9h for the win.

Ron Ryan Mesina – 110,000
Uchiyama Hiroaki – 20,000


17:11: Chu Baekho completes a flush
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

All the chips went in right on the flop 4cJs2c with Chu Baekho drawing for a flush with Ac10c against Ronald Gorgonia’s 2h4h. Turn Jc immediately completed Chu’s flush and the river missing to improve Gorgonia’s two-pair to a full house.

Chu Baekho – 80,000
Ronald Gorgonia – 10,000


17:04: Daniel Johnston spikes overcards
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

After utg Daniel Johnston limped, button Kim Jaegwang opened to 2,400 and was followed by a three bet to 8,000 from big blind Ivan Tabucal. Both players join in and see a flop of JcJs8d. Checked to Kim, he bets all-in for 9,400 and Johnston with a call with KhQc. Kim ahead with 7c7h for two-pair, was eliminated shortly after the runout Qh5d completed the board.

Daniel Johnston – 120,000
Ivan Tabucal – 45,000
Kim Jaegwang – Eliminated


16:58: Joseph Magnotti scoops up three bet pot
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

Utg+1 Cezar Quiambao opened to 2,200, called by the button. Big blind Joseph Magnotti decided to three bet to 8,000 with only Quiambao completing the action. Flop came 6dKc4s, Magnotti check-calls Quiambao’s 2,500 bet. Turn saw 5c and Magnotti check-raised all-in, convincing Quiambao to fold.

Joseph Magnotti – 45,000
Cezar Quiambao – 38,000


16:50: Chua Boon Seah outruns Ting Yen Huang
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

An early open from Chua Boon Seah saw him call off Ting Yen Huang’s short stack shove with 10c9c. Ting ahead with Ac8s flopped top pair on As10sQd but failed to dodge Chua’s remaining outs on turn and river 10dQc. Chua bags the pot with a full house tens over queens for the win.

Chua Boon Seah – 55,000
Ting Yen Huang – Eliminated


16:42: Cezar Quiambao gets a lucky double 
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

First hand of the day for Cezar Quiambao saw him pile all his chips right in the middle against Yoki Watanabe’s nutted AcAd. Quiambao with the second best KcKh, quickly turned the tables as the flop revealed 8h4cKd. Turn and river saw 6s6h improve his set kings to a full house for a complete double up.

Cezar Quiambao – 62,000
Yoki Watanabe – 13,000


16:29: Unlucky river sends Benedict Koh out
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Following an open and a call, button Benedict Koh pushed all-in for 15,000 total, called by Shayne Villanueva with AdQh. Koh ahead with QdQc faded the ace up until the river As completed the board.

Shayne Villanueva – 120,000
Benedict Koh – Eliminated


16:21: Christopher Mateo crushed
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

On flop 4h10d8d, small blind Christopher Mateo bet 5,000 on a 6,400 pot and called an all-in for 21,000 effective from Hachimine Munehiro.

Mateo 10s9c
Munechiro 8s8c

Falling behind, the turn 4s left Mateo drawing dead against his opponent’s full house as he headed for the exit.

Hachimine Munehiro – 125,000


16:12: Lee Joongwon eliminated
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

Having opened the cut off to 1,200, Ireneo Javalera called Lee Joongwon’s 5,500 shove behind with Jh9h. Lee’s Ad5c was slightly ahead but the board 6s9d10dQcKs favored Javalera and sent the former packing.

Ireneo Javalera – 120,000


16:09: Terrible runout for Edmon Rebadulla
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

Following an open and two callers behind, big blind Jayvon Carreon squeezed to 13,500 and called for his remaining chips after original raiser Edmon Rebadulla pushed all-in.

Rebadulla QdQh
Carreon 6h6s

Aggression paid off for Carreon as the board 7s8c9d4s10s ran a one card straight to his six for the win.

Jayvon Carreon – 55,000
Edmon Rebadulla – 20,000


15:55: Richard Marquez gets paid
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

Two players limped and cut off Richard Marquez bumped it up to 2,000, called by three opponents. The flop saw As5dJc and was checked around. Turn came 5c and small blind Kuen Chong led out for 3,700, player folds and Marquez raises to 14,000. Button folds and Chong calls for his remaining chips.

Marquez 5h8h
Chong Ac10d

Drawing dead against Marquez’ turned trips, Chong heads for the rails with Marquez taking the boost to his stack.

Richard Marquez – 40,000


15:34: Break Time!
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

A total of 217 entries have joined Day 1B’s games with late registration open for five more levels. Pot is now listed at PHP 5,313,660.


15:32: Raymundo Gomez heads for the rails
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

Having limped from utg, Angar Zorig called Raymundo Gomez’ 11BB shove with 2s3s. Gomez was ahead with AsQd but failed to pair up on board 9c2d10c5d8d. Zorig claims the pot with his bottom pair, eliminating Gomez from the table.

Angar Zorig – 25,000


15:27: Raymond Mcglinchey behind all the way
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

A four way pot preflop saw both players on the blinds build action on flop 4d6d8s. Raymond Mcglinchey led out a 3,000 bet, raised by Ireneo Javalera to 6,000, and folded back to Mcglinchey who raised for 16,500 total. Javalera calls another bet on turn 7c as well as an all-in from Mcglinchey on river 10d.

Mcglinchey 4h8h
Javalera 6c6s

Javalera’s set of sixes tops Mcglinchey’s flopped two pair for the win.

Ireneo Javalera – 140,000
Raymond Mcglinchey – Eliminated


15:13: Chu Baekho takes it down
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

Four players went on to see a flop of Ad10s4h and saw small blind Chu Baekho lead for 1,600. Ronald Morfe and Lemmor Patulot called behind, and headed to the turn 4s. Action checked round and Chu sent out 13,400 on river Qs. Both players fold and Chu is awarded the pot.

Chu Baekho – 65,000
Ronald Morfe – 13,000
Lemmor Patulot – 70,000


15:00: Kevin Bortfeld spared
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

Utg+1 Dexter Santos opened to 1,300 and called an all-in from small blind Kevin Bortfeld.

Santos KcKh
Bortfeld 10c10d

A huge underdog, Bortfeld was spared after the board ran a straight flush 3s4s5s2s6s for a chop.

Dexter Santos – 27,000
Kevin Bortfeld – 24,000


14:52: Ho Swee Ngee folds to all-in
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

A three way three bet pot ensued with small blind Ho Swee Ngee as the aggressor. Flop came 9d8h3h and Ho continued with a 6,500 bet on an 11,900 pot. Only Stephen Howell called and moved on to turn 4c. Ho checks, Howell moved all-in, pushing Ho to give up the battle.

Stephen Howell – 47,000
Ho Swee Ngee – 16,500


14:44: River bet does it for Kim Sangyoon
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

Having called a three bet from Hsieh Hao An preflop, Kim Sangyoon check raised Hsieh’s continuation bet to 6,500 on flop Ks7h5h. Hsieh calls and another Kc popped up on the turn. Kim leads for 5,000, called by Hsieh. River Ad prompts Kim to send out 13,500, to which Hsieh folded.

Kim Sangyoon – 70,000
Hsieh Hao An – 24,000


14:32: Ohara Yuta spikes lucky river
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

Beginning with an open and two callers behind, big blind Ohara Yuta fired a three bet to 3,500. Action went fold-fold, and small blind Reynaldo Tuason clicked back to 7,00. Ohara calls and the flop tables 5sAsKh. Tuason continues for 2,000, called by Ohara. Turn 10s saw Tuason with another bet of 7,000, called again behind. River Qd was checked by Tuason, allowing Ohara to move all-in for his remaining 14,800. Tuason makes the call and mucks shortly after Ohara reveals JsJh for a straight.

Ohara Yuta – 63,000
Reynaldo Tuason – 15,000


14:23: Kim Hyeonjae suffers bad beat
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

On a flop of Ks3cQc, all the chips piled in with Kim Hyeonjae’s set of threes 3h3d ahead against John Jay Magadan’s top two pair KhQh. The run out Kd7c however, hit Magadan’s four outer for a better full house and a humongous double up.

John Jay Magadan – 60,000
Kim Hyeonjae – 1,000


14:15: Oleg Alex Kaminski collects a full double
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

Cut off Oleg Alex Kaminski opened to 800, raised by big blind Murase Hajime to 2,000. Kaminski calls and sees a flop of 9c6cKh. Murase check-calls Kaminski’s 3,000 bet and sees turn 2h. Murase opts for another check-call for a bigger 6,000 and heads on to river Qc. Murase leads out for 15,000, raised all-in to 21,600 by Kaminski. Murase makes the call with top pair AcKd and is crushed by Kaminski’s top set KcKs.

Oleg Alex Kaminski – 65,600
Murase Hajime – 10,000


14:03: Guarantee breached!
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

After only two levels of registration, the generated pot has already breached the PHP 3,000,000 (~USD 52,842) guarantee. 108 entries has been recorded so far with the prize pool now listed at PHP 3,918,024. 


13:59: Kings in the muck for Benedict Koh
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

Facing a limp, cut off Alejandro Rottier raised to 800, and big blind Benedict Koh three-bet to 3,200 total. Rottier completes and flop 5s4h2c is revealed. Both players check and move on to turn 3h. Koh check-calls a 6,000 bet from Rottier, with no more action seen on river 5c.

Rottier AcQc
Koh KsKh

Rottier takes down the pot with a straight, cracking Koh’s Kings for the win.

Alejandro Rottier – 45,000
Benedict Koh – 15,000


13:54: Teck Guan Low snags four bet pot
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

Utg Teck Guan Low opened to 400 and was met with a three bet from big blind Huang Guo Lun. Teck pushed a four bet to 6,500, and a call from Huang. Pot is at 13,000 when flop came As4h7h to which Huang check-called a 4,100 continuation bet from Teck. Turn saw another Ac and Huang check-folded after Teck fired another 8,000.

Teck Guan Low – 37,000
Huang Guo Lun – 20,000


13:46: Keun Chong doubles through Cheun Eui Ho
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

Following a limp, small blind Cheun Eui Ho raised to 1,100, called by big blind Keun Chong. Flop came 9c7d6s, Cheun continued with a bet of 1,100, and Chong makes the call. Turn saw 8d and Cheun check-called a 2,400 bet from Chong. River came a 4s and raiser Cheun once again checked. Chong moved all-in for 6,000, called by Cheun. Chong shows a ten-high straight with As10s, followed by a muck from his opponent.

Keun Chong – 21,600
Cheun Eui Ho – 15,700


13:30: Two pair good for Murase Hajime
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Cut off Ho Young Jung opened to 400, called by button Yoki Watanabe. Small blind Murase Hajime decided to three-bet to 1,200 with only Watanabe completing the action. Flop came 10h7h5h and Murase check-called a 1,000 bet from Watanabe. Turn saw 4c and Murase check-called another 1,500 bet. River Jh was checked down and Murase showed 5s4s for two pair, good for the win.

Watanabe Ad10s

Murase Hajime – 40,000
Yoki Watanabe – 25,000
Ho Young Jung – 28,000


13:18: Alfredo Boligor fires triple barrel bluff
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Utg Johnston Daniel opened to 300, called behind by Alfredo Boligor and button Paolo Bocaletti. Flop came Ad5sKh, Johnston checks, Boligor bets 1,200, and Bocaletti calls. Original raiser folds and turn saw another As. Boligor continues with 3,000, called again by Bocaletti. River 6h completed the board and Boligor once again fired 8,000. Bocaletti makes a final call and Boligor throws his hand face down.

Alfredo Boligor – 17,500
Paolor Bocaletti – 43,000
Daniel Johnston – 29,000


13:02: Action begins!
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Cards are in the air, good luck to all the players!


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The Manila Super Series 18 festivities at Okada Manila Resort & Casino, Philippines is in full swing with its Main Event games playing through its Day 1B starting flight today. Day 1A completed yesterday with 198 entries recorded for a generated pot of PHP 2,535,192 (~USD 44,530) so far.

Action is set to play down to ITM or 15% of the field moving forward to Day 2, Saturday September 23rd. Buy-in is set at PHP 15,000 (~USD 264) with each entry starting off with a 30,000 stack, commencing 30 minute blind levels throughout.

Late Registration will be open until Level 10 @ 18:20.

Manila Super Series 18 Main Event Review

Dates: September 20-24, 2023
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~USD 264)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~USD 52,842)

Day 1 Results

1A: 198 entries / 30 advanced

Day 1 Live Updates
Day 1A Recap

Main Event – Live Updates – Day 1C

22:00: Day 1C concludes
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

The third and last flight for the Manila Super Series 18 Main Event has closed the action with 79 players qualifying into Day 2. Today’s pack will join the 77 runners from Day 1A and Day 1B combined, in contention for the PHP 13,239,336 (~USD 233,240) prize pool. All remaining players are guaranteed a minimum payout upon their return to the felt tomorrow at 13:00 sharp.

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Local runner Butch Bautista ends the day as the flight’s chip leader with a stack of 630,000. Bautista scored the boost minutes before the bubble burst after pushing Aoyama Takanobu to fold half of his remaining stack to the money.

Top Chip Counts:

Butch Bautista – 630,000
Lee Wei – 547,000
Kim Michael Enriquez – 485,000
Joshua Figuerres – 473,000
Ivan Dela Cruz – 442,000


22:00: Piete Douglas Tooley closes flight as bubble
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

Action began with an open from Kim Enriquez to 14,000, called by Piete Douglas Tooley behind. Button Christopher Oswald threw in a three bet to 35,000 to which both players completed. Board ran all the way to the river 6hKh3cAd9s with no action seen prior. Checked to Piete, he bet all-in for 15,000 and was called behind by Oswald.

Piete QsJs
Oswald 7d6d

Piete bubbles with queen high, closing the action on the Day 1C festivities.

Christopher Oswald – 239,000
Kim Enriquez – 485,000
Piete Douglas Tooley – Eliminated


21:58: Butch Bautista spikes up the aggression
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

Utg Aoyama Takanobu opened to 16,000, called behind by Butch Bautista. The two head on to the flop As4s3c and Takanobu continued for 34,000. Bautista fired a raise to 86,000, Takanobu clicked back to 150,000, and Bautista pushed the final all-in for his opponent’s 171,000 behind. Takanobu folds, giving up the fight as the bubble approaches.

Butch Bautista – 630,000
Aoyama Takanobu – 171,000


21:46: Worst spot for William Evans
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

An all-in preflop situation, there was nothing William Evans could do but get his pocket kings in against Michael Bueza’s AhAc. The jack-high board 5cJs10s7s9d locked in his fate as Bueza raked in the 58 BB pot.

Michael Bueza – 440,000
William Evans – Eliminated


21:41: Joshua Figurres piles it high
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

With chips to spare, big blind Joshua Figurres called a 40,000 all-in from the hijack with 7h10h and was up against AcJs. The board 6d10c8s2hKh favored Figurres, giving him a pair of tens for the win.

Joshua Figurres – 485,000


21:38: Full house for Isogai Taichi
Level 17: 3,000 – 6,000 ante 6,000

Utg Joel Leo Sheng open shoved his 75,000 stack in and was called by small blind Isogai Taichi for a flip.

Sheng KhQh
Taichi 9c9s

A terrible flop Qs9dAh for Sheng, Taichi’s set would remain ahead as the runout Qd6d completed the board. Taichi claims the pot with a full house, eliminating Sheng from the running.

Isogai Taichi – 160,000


21:33: Ivan Tabucal rakes it in with aces
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

After bagging a double just the hand prior, Sim Myeonghun found himself in bad shape after piling all the chips in on flop 8d6cQs against small blind Ivan Tabucal’s overpair.

Sim AsQc
Tabucal AcAd

Gunning for two outs, the runout 8h5c sealed Sim’s defeat with ten players left to the money.

Ivan Tabucal – 320,000
Sim Myeonghun – Eliminated


21:29: Sim Myeonghun lands crucial flip
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Hijack Sim Myeonghun opened to 10,000 and called off small blind An Jungwoon’s shove for his tournament life.

An AhQh
Sim 3c3h

In for a flip, An spiked top pair on flop As4s2s but was immediately drawing dead when the turn 5h faced up on the table. Sim survives with a straight, crippling Sim to 1.5BB.

Sim Myeonghun – 150,000
An Jungwoon- 8,000


21:20: Smooth double for Joseph Magnotti
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

William Evans fired a three bet to 30,000 after utg opened and called off small blind Joseph Magnotti’s jam for 74,000 total.

Magnotti AdAc
Evans AsJh

Crushed by the best hand in poker, the Qh8d2c4c2d board did not save Evans from forking over the 34 BB pot.

Joseph Magnotti – 168,000
William Evans – 130,000


21:12: Li Minghui draws thin
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Facing an utg open from Cheong Yun Rong, Li Minghui raised all-in for 73,000 total, called by Cheong.

Li 8d8c
Cheong JdJc

In a pickle, Li failed to improve on board 9c4d5cJs9s, giving up his chances of making it to Day 2.

Cheong Yun Rong – 190,000
Li Minghui – Eliminated


21:02: Sim Myeonghun dominated
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Cut off Sim Myeonghun opened to 9,000, called by two players behind. Big blind Ivan Tabucal squeezed all-in for 77,000 and was called by the original raiser.

Tabucal AdKd
Sim AcAc

Dominated, the As9s8c flop changed nothing for Sim with the runout 2hKs improving Tabucal’s top pair to two pair for the pot.

Ivan Tabucal – 164,000
Sim Myeonghun – 120,000


20:52: Great play by Tan Hai Shien
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Cut off Tan Hai Shien opened to 8,000 and was met with a three bet from button Christopher Pasion to 20,000. Tan clicked back to 50,000 to which Pasion completed. Both players checked the flop 4s6sQd and headed to the turn 10s. Tan bet all-in for 111,000, Pasion with a call.

Tan KdKc
Pasion Jd10c

Tan’s overpair takes the cake after the river 2d ran blank for Pasion’s five remaining outs.

Tan Hai Shien – 342,000
Christopher Pasion – 105,000


20:47: Berdejo Jean Paul dodges elimination
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Hijack Berdejo Jean Paul shoved all-in for 17,000 and was called by small blind Isogai Taichi.

Berdejo Jd9h
Isogai Ks8h

The board ran 6s4hJhAs2s with Berdejo’s pair of jacks good for the double up.

Berdejo Jean Paul – 42,000
Isogai Taichi – 110,000


20:42: Top pair good for John Clyde Tan
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Four players saw a flop of Kc2s9h. Small blind Jimmy Suico and big blind John Clyde Tan moved all-in for 48,000. Two players fold behind and Suico makes the call.

Tan Kd5h
Suico 6h6c

Tan ahead with top pair, scoops up the pot after runout Jh10h completed the board.

John Clyde Tan – 132,000
Jimmy Suico – 85,000


20:25: Break time!
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Break time sees 133 / 525 players left in the running. Day 1C set to conclude with 79 players remaining.


20:17: Ang Boon Seng scores a double
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Button Ellezer Castillo opened to 7,000, called by small blind Ang Boon Seng. Flop came 4h4c6d and Ang check-called Castillo’s all-in for his remaining 60,500.

Castillo 8h8s
Ang KsKh

Ang remained ahead on turn Qd and river 10d for the win.

Ang Boon Seng – 141,000
Ellezer Castillo – 46,000


20:10: Richard Marquez packs in more chips
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Down to 12 BB, hijack Dave Erquiaga moved all-in for 36,500 and was called by big blind Richard Marquez.

Erquiaga Ah9s
Marquez JhJs

The board 4s10c5h5dKd ran king-high and was no scare for Marquez as he sent local pro Erquiaga out of the Main Event games.

Richard Marquez – 360,000


20:05: Zhang Lijun gets coolered
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Utg Zhang Lijun open shoved his 56,000 in and was quickly called by Michael Bueza behind. Zhang held premium AsKd but was no match against Bueza’s KsKh. A cooler spot, the board ran 5hJd4s10s3s, sealing Bueza’s win and Zhang’s unfortunate elimination.

Michael Bueza – 170,000


19:59: Bottom pair good for Andrew Nicholas
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

With 20,000 in the pot, four players headed to a flop of 2d5h3c. Small blind Andrew Nicholas checks and big blind Eman Segismundo moved all-in for 16,000. Both players behind fold and Andrew makes the call.

Segismundo Ac6s
Andrew 7c2c

A ton of outs for Segismundo, the turn 5c and river 9h changed nothing, leaving Andrew’s pair of deuces good for the pot.

Andrew Nicholas – 150,000
Eman Segismundo – Eliminated


19:52: Ron Ryan Mesina picks up dead money
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Cut off opened, button Sakui Sho three bet to 20,000. Big blind Ron Ryan Mesina moved all-in for 110,000 total, pushing both players to fold.

Ron Ryan Mesina – 149,000
Sakui Sho – 40,000


19:46: Rick Jason Ambata shows down pocket aces
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Utg Ricardo Torres opened and called a three bet to 11,000 from Rick Jason Ambata. Flop came Ks9s2h, Torres led out a 5,000 bet and again called Ambata’s raise to 16,000 total. Turn Qs and river 7c saw no more betting action as the two headed for showdown. Ambata reveals AcAh and Torres mucks behind.

Rick Jason Ambata – 120,000
Ricardo Torres – 55,000


19:39: Benedict Koh runs into monster hand
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Button Jose Colada opened to 6,000 and called a 57,000 shove from big blind Benedict Koh.

Colada QcQh
Koh Kc10d

Board ran 3c7d6hQsJh and Colada quickly picked up the pot with his set of queens.

Jose Colada – 140,000
Benedict Koh – Eliminated


19:34: Joven Huerto’s big blind defense pays off
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Hijack Jayvon Carreon opened to 6,000 followed by a big blind call from Joven Huerto. Flop came 5h7c8d and Huerto check-raised to 14,000. Carreon clapped back and raised for Huerto’s entire stack. Huerto made the call and was ahead with top pair straight draw.

Carreon KsJh
Huerto 8h9h

The turn 6h killed any chances for Carreon, giving Huerto the pot and a full double up.

Joven Huerto – 70,000
Jayvon Carreon – 300,000


19:25: Jimmy Suico scoops another pot
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Hijack Jimmy Suico opened to 4,500 and called big blind Lin Zhiqiang’s 36,000 shove with 9d9h. Lin behind with Ad4h, saw no ace on board 3hJh8cKc4s leaving him to head for the exit.

Jimmy Suico – 250,000
Lin Zhiqiang – Eliminated


19:23: Maxwell Rosete gets a tiny boost
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Hijack Maxwell Rosete open shoved all-in and Marion Lato called with a shorter stack right behind.

Rosete JcJs
Lato AhJh

Rosete claimed the pot after the board 9h7c7dQh8c faded the ace for a 5BB boost to his stack.

Maxwell Rosete – 36,000
Marion Lato – Eliminated


19:20: Terrible runout for Jeoffrey Sibal
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Utg+1 Zhuo Xinghua open shoved all-in with Ad10s and was called behind by Jeoffrey Sibal with a better AcKh. Lucky for Zhuo, the board 5c3d6dQd2d ran a one card flush to his diamond for the win. Zhuo claims the double and survives with 16BB.

Zhuo Xinghua – 32,000
Jeoffrey Sibal – 70,000


19:16: Cen Zhuoyue busts by river
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Utg Cen Zhuoyue flicked in his short stack 13,500 and was called by big blind Kawai Yuki.

Cen 10h10c
Kawai Ks8c

The board Js8d5hQd steered clear of Kawai’s one overcard up until the river hit Kd. Kawai wins with two pair and sends Cen packing.

Kawai Yuki – 100,000


19:14: No sweat for Shimabukuro Shoji
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Utg Hosoya Ryona open shoved all-in with Ah3s and was called behind by Shimabukuro Shoji with a better AcKh. The board 9dQsKcAs2c was an easy win for Shimabukuro’s top two pair and a quick bust for Hosoya’s weaker ace.

Shimabukuro Shoji – 165,000


19:10: Justice for Jimmy Suico on the river
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Utg+1 Jimmy Suico opened to 5,500 and Raymundo Gomez decided to move all-in for 30,500 one seat after. Suico made the call with AcKd, ahead of Gomez’ Qs9s. The flop came Qd10s2s giving Gomez top pair, but was soon followed by 2hKc, claiming justice for Suico’s overcards.

Jimmy Suico – 160,000
Raymundo Gomez – Eliminated


19:04: Bonifacio Mondalo railed
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Left with 5BB to work with, Bonifacio Mondalo open shoved with Qh9h, called by cut off Han Yoonseung with Ac2h. Already a favorite, Han flopped top pair on As6c10c and locked in the win shortly.

Han Yoonseung – 120,000


18:54: Suditu Madalin bags flip
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Having opened the button to 3,000, Suditu Madalin called the big blind’s shove with AhJc and was up against 5c5h for a flip. Board Ad2s6h4d6s ran in Suditu’s favor, busting his opponent from the table.

Suditu Madalin – 100,000


18:48: Lin Zhiqiang gets outpipped
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Action began on Jimmy Suico with an open to 3,500, called by Jayvon Carreon behind. Button Lin Zhiqiang fired a three bet to 12,500 and was joined by both opponents. Flop came 4hQc8s. Checked to Lin, he bet all-in, called only by Suico.

Lin As10h
Suico AcJh

Holding a better ace, Suico secured the pot after the runout Ad5c gave both players top pair, Suico with a higher kicker.

Jimmy Suico – 55,000
Lin Zhiqiang – 15,000
Jayvon Carreon – 320,000


18:35: Sugai Takatumi wins race
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Facing an open from cut off Do Songhyun, button Sugai Takatumi shoved all-in for 23,000 total and was called by Do.

Takatumi KhJs
Do 8c10h

The board ran 2c2s6h7s2d with Takatumi’s king-high earning him a double up.

Sugai Takatumi – 50,000
Do Songhyun – 27,000


18:33: Berdejo Jean Paul bricks runout
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

A three bet pot preflop with button Do Songhyun as the aggressor, Do continued on flop Ac10cKc with an all-in after action was checked to him. Original raiser Berdejo Jean Paul found the call and was in for a combo draw against Berdejo’s top pair.

Do As7s
Berdejo JdJc

Runout revealed 9h10d, leaving Do’s pair of aces good for the win.

Do Songhyun – 50,000
Berdejo Jean Paul – 20,000


18:28: Thomas Lamb crashes into chip leader
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Following two limps, Thomas Lamb shoved all-in for 40,500 and crashed into Jayvon Carreon’s AcAs right behind. Lamb with 9c9d was left gunning for two outs which failed to show up on board 6sJd2h2d5h, leaving him to exit the Main Event arena,

Jayvon Carreon – 330,000


18:24: Registration is closed!
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Day 1C registration for Manila Super Series 18 Main Event is now closed with a whopping total of 525 entries collected for the last flight on schedule. A record breaking prize pool of PHP 13,239,336 has been generated across three starting flights, making this season’s Main Event festivities the richest in its 18-installment history. Day 1C play will conclude after 15% of the field (ITM} or 79 players remain.

Top Chip Counts:

Jayvon Carreon – 290,000
Kim Enriquez – 220,000
Malortigue Lex – 190,000
Aoyama Takanobu – 180,000
Ivan Dela Cruz – 170,000
Oleg Alex Kaminski – 160,000


17:41: Rong Xiang heads for the exit
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Following an open and both blinds in the action, the flop 5c4s3s saw Jayvon Carreon lead out for 5,500. Big blind Rong Xiang pushed all-in for 33,000, raiser folds, and Carreon takes the spot.

Xiang Jc2s
Carreon 5d2c

Both with an open ender, Carreon claimed the pot with his pair of fives after both draws missed.

Jayvon Carreon – 210,000
Rong Xiang – Eliminated


17:34: Aoyama Takanobu pulls all-in bluff
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Facing an open and a call, small blind Nino Carlo Mercado fired a three bet to 7,500 total and was called by both players. Flop came 8c4d2c, Mercado continued with another 7,500, original raiser folds, and button Aoyama Takanobu moved all-in. Mercado makes the call with overpair QdQc. Takanobu with KhQs, lost his chance to win the pot after his three outer missed on runout 6h3d.

Nino Carlo Mercado – 85,000
Aoyama Takanobu – 160,000


17:28: John Harold Beveridge delivers double elimination
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Hijack Chan Wai Wallace opened to 2,500, called behind by John Harold Beveridge. Big blind Khalife Hanna stuffed his 9BB stack in, allowing Chan to reshove all-in. Beveridge makes the final call and covers both players.

Khalife Ac2s
Chan Ah5h
Beveridge JhJc

Board ran 6cQs9sKh4d with Beveridge’s pair of jacks enough to knock out both opponents in quick fashion.

John Harold Beveridge – 120,000
Chan Wai Wallace – Eliminated
Khalife Hanna – Eliminated


17:18: Ng Wee Meng misses to get value
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Four players headed into the flop 4d10c2c. Original raiser Christopher Pasion continued with a bet of 2,000 and was raised behind by Ng Wee Meng to 6,000. Two other players fold and Pasion makes the call. Turn Ac and river Kh were checked on both streets to showdown.

Pasion Ah5h
Ng 10h10d

Ng claims the pot with his set of tens good against Pasion’s top pair.

Ng Wee Meng – 70,000
Christopher Pasion – 80,000


17:10: Flush over flush
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

With 11,400 in the middle on flop 9c5c3s, Kim Minsu check-raised all-in with Qc10c and was called by Aoyama Takanobu with Ac3c. Turn 6c immediately killed any hopes for Kim as his lower flush sent him to the rails.

Aoyama Takanobu – 240,000
Kim Minsu – Eliminated


17:06: Michael Piedragoza fires double barrel
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

Utg+2 Ernesto Sarmiento opened to 2,200, called by button William Teoh. Action on small blind, Michael Piedragoza threw in a three bet to 7,000 total, to which both players called. Flop came 4c7d3h and Piedragoza bet 6,500 into 22,000. Sarmiento calls, Teoh opts out. Turn saw Ah and Piedragoza pulled the trigger with an all-in for 12,700, enough for Sarmiento to surrender.

Michael Piedragoza – 48,700
Ernesto Sarmiento – 22,500
William Teoh – 25,000


16:57: Easy call for Ivan Tabucal
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

Utg+1 Fujii Takuto open shoved 11,000, followed by another all-in from Bucinkas Darius, and a quick call from big blind Ivan Tabucal.

Fujii AhJs
Bucinkas Ac10c
Tabucal KsKh

The board ran jack-high with Tabucal raking in the 60 BB pot.

Ivan Tabucal – 60,000
Fujii Takuto – 11,000
Bucinkas Darius – Eliminated


16:49: Cooler spot for Joseph Chong
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

All the chips were seen stuffed in the middle preflop with Joseph Chong’s AdKh in deep trouble after running into William Kang’s AcAh. The board 9c9dKcQc2d paired up Chong but was not enough to beat Kang’s pair of aces.

William Kang – 120,000
Joseph Chong – Eliminated


16:41: Lamb Thomas delivers huge badbeat
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

Utg Tay Fu Jie opened to 2,000 and saw mid position Thomas Lamb shove all-in for 222,000 total. Tay snap calls with KhKd and is way ahead of Lamb’s JsJh. The flop Jd2h2d however, instantly crushed Tay’s premium pair, landing him a terrible badbeat after the runout 3h8c sealed his fate.

Thomas Lamb – 464,000
Tay Fu Jie – 4,500


16:41: Lamb Thomas delivers huge badbeat
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Utg Tay Fu Jie opened to 2,000 and saw mid position Thomas Lamb shove all-in for 222,000 total. Tay snap calls with KhKd and is way ahead of Lamb’s JsJh. The flop Jd2h2d however, instantly crushed Tay’s premium pair, landing him a terrible badbeat after the runout 3h8c sealed his fate.

Thomas Lamb – 464,000
Tay Fu Jie – 4,500


16:33: Kim Yonggoo clips some off chip leader
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Utg Kim Yonggoo opened to 1,600, raised to 3,200 behind by chip leader Aoyama Takanobu. Kim completes and check-calls a flop bet of 4,500 on 7h7c5s. Turn Kc went check-check and Kim led out 5,000 on the river 9d. Aoyama called the final bet but mucked quickly after Kim showed Ac5c.

Kim Yonggoo – 55,000
Aoyama Takanobu – 205,000


16:26: Battle of the aces
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Folded to the button, Cezar Quiambao pushed all-in for 8,400 total and was called by big blind Saito Tetsunori with As4h. Quiambao ahead with Ah7s, was saved after the turn 9d4s2s7d6d gave him a higher pair.

Cezar Quiambao – 18,000
Saito Tetsunori – 25,000


16:18: Nicholas Andrew cracks kings
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

With 10,000 in the middle on board 10hKsAdJs, Mike Takayama bet all-in for 5,200 and was called by the player behind. Button Nicholas Andrew raised to 35,000, pushing the third player to fold.

Takayama KdKh
Andrew Qs10d

River came 4d and failed to fill up Takayama’s set to a full house. Andrew takes the pot with a straight.

Nicholas Andrew – 75,000
Mike Takayama – Eliminated


16:13: Mike Takayama dominated
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

All the chips piled high in the middle preflop with Mike Takayama’s AsQc behind against Zhang Lijun’s better AcKd. The board 2sJd7d10s6c offered no help to Takayama as he dropped down to 13 BB.

Zhang Lijun – 40,000
Mike Takayama – 8,000


15:58: Cezar Quiambao cuts stack in half
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

Utg+1 Anacleto Quijano opened to 1,300, called by two players behind. Action on small blind, Cezar Quiambao squeezed three bet to 9,000 total with only Quijano making the call. Flop came Kd9h3c and Quiambao continued with a small bet of 4,500, Quijano, again with the call. Turn saw Jh and Quiambao check-folded after Quijano bet for the rest of his chips.

Anacleto Quijano – 45,000
Cezar Quiambao – 12,000


15:51: Jayden Zalac wins preflop war
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

Utg+1 Jayden Zalac opened to 1,200 and was met with a three bet to 2,100 from Roberto Alcano. Small blind Richard Tolentino pushed a cold four bet to 7,000 which did not convince Zalac to back down. Zalac jammed all-in for 27,900, urging both players to fold behind.

Jayden Zalac – 38,200
Roberto Alcano – 65,000
Richard Tolentino – 22,000


15:34: Break time!
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

First break of the day sees 347 runners in for today’s flight. Prize pool has swelled to a sweet PHP 10,960,224! Late registration remains to be open until the end of Level 10 @ 18:20.


15:25: Chia Ka Siong Roger scores lucky triple up
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

Utg+1 Ahmed Raul opened to 2,100, hijack George Manolas raised all-in and button Chia Ka Siong Roger called all-in with a smaller stack. Back to Ahmed, he makes the call, covering both opponents.

Manolas AsAd
Chia QdQc
Ahmed AhKd

Lucky for Chia, the flop Qh6d7s instantly gave him a set with the last ace on deck missing to show up on turn 9d and river 3s. Chia takes the triple up while Manolas takes the side pot.

Chia Ka Siong Roger – 50,000
George Manolas – 11,000
Ahmed Raul – 6,000


15:16: Ito Akira runs into aces
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

An all-in preflop situation, Ito Akira was in trouble after getting it in with JhJs against Nishike Nariyoshi’s AdAs. The flop 2h5d4s left Ito drawing to two outs, none of which came on turn Kc and river Ks.

Ito Akira – 5,000
Nishike Nariyoshi – 60,000


15:08: Big pot for Malortigue Lex
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

Hijack Malortigue Lex opened to 1,200 and was called by three players behind. Flop came 6s10dKh and saw the small blind push all-in for 4,000. Malortigue bumped it up to 9,000, raised again by Ruderico Dela Cruz behind for 18,000 total. Button folds and Malortigue stuffs his remaining chips, called by Dela Cruz.

Malortigue Ks10s
Dela Cruz AsKc
Small Blind Kd8h

Malortigue’s flopped two pair scoops the pot, eliminating his short stacked opponent and crippling Dela Cruz to 6BB.

Malortigue Lex – 70,000
Ruderico Dela Cruz – 3,000


14:59: Nitatwichit Nutpakan’s pocket pair holds
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

Nitatwichit Nutpakan opened from utg and called a short stack all-in of 5,600 from Monziar Villariza.

Villariza AdJh
Nutpakan 2c2h

Board ran 9s9d9h6cQs, completing Nutpakan’s small pocket pair to a full house.

Nitatwichit Nutpakan – 60,000
Monziar Villariza – Eliminated


14:48: Eldee Lim claims three bet pot
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

Hijack Eldee Lim opened to 900 and called a three bet behind from Kawai Yuki. Kawai continued with a 1,600 bet on flop Qc3cJh but folded to Lim’s raise to 5,200.

Eldee Lim – 31,000
Kawai Yuki – 20,000


14:41: Monster flop for Li Minghui
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

Utg+1 Li Minghui opened to 800, called by both players on the blinds. Flop came Ad4d4s and saw big blind Yuto Seki lead out for 1,500. Both players make the call and see a turn of 9c. Action checked to raiser Li who fired 2,500, called by blinds Oesterstroem Phenix and Yuto. River came 3d and both Oesterstroem and Yuto check-folded Li’s 7,000 bet.

Li shows Ah4h and takes the boost to his stack.

Li Minghui – 45,000
Oesterstroem Phenix – 10,000
Yuto Seki – 40,000


14:26: Two double ups for Giovanni Belcastro
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

Following three limpers, big blind Giovanni Belcastro threw in his 2,200 stack and was called only by Zorig Angar.

Belcastro 2s2h
Zorig Ah5d

Up for a flip, the board ran Kd9hQd8d4s, saving Belcastro from elimination and a double to 5,400.

Zorig Angar – 40,000

A few hands after, Belcastro open shoved with 5c5h and was called by Yewale Jayant with AhQh. Belcastro once again dodged his opponent’s overcards as the board ran Jd9d9c3cKc.

Belcastro Giovanni – 12,000
Yewale Jayant – 28,000


14:11: Rockets for Soh Phay Hwee
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

Three players went on to flop 2h9d7s after calling small blind Soh Phay Hwee’s three bet to 2,300. Soh continued for 2,500, called only by Khalife Hanna behind. Turn Ks and action went check-check. River 9c saw Soh lead out for 3,500, called by Khalife.

Soh AcAd

Soh’s overpair wins the pot as Khalife throws his hand in the muck.

Soh Phay Hwee – 43,000
Khalife Hanna – 12,000


14:03: Carmona Adones busted by the river
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

Utg Toh Wei Min Alvin opened to 500 and was met with a three bet behind from Cho Minseong. Short stacked Carmona Adones shoved 3,100 from the big blind, called by both players. Board ran 8h5d2d9sQc with Toh and Cho checking back to the river. River saw Toh put a 3,000 into the side pot, to which Cho folded.

Toh KsQd
Carmona JcJd

Toh claims the pot with his rivered top pair enough to beat Carmona’s pocket jacks.

Toh Wei Min Alvin – 50,000
Cho Minseong – 34,000
Carmona Adones – Eliminated


13:52: Queens good for Shimazaki Kenji
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

A three bet pot preflop with big blind Shimazaki Kenji as the aggressor, Shimazaki double barreled on board Kd9d2s4s6c against original raiser Huang Yu Chen. River saw no action and Shimazaki showed a pair of queens QsQc to claim the pot.

Shimazaki Kenji – 38,000
Huang Yu Chen – 19,000


13:43: Ang Boon Seng takes it down
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

A 5-way pot on flop 9c5c7s, action checked to button Ang Boon Seng who bet 1,200. Only Seo Jung Il continued to the turn 3h. Seo check-called another 2,200, and check-folded on the river Ac after Ang fired a final bet of 5,000.

Ang Boon Seng – 35,000
Seo Jung Il – 25,000


13:35: Aihara Takayaki tables full house
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Four players joined the action and saw a flop of 6sAsJs. Preflop raiser Ahmed Raul continued with a 1,100 bet, called by Aihara Takayaki and the button. Turn revealed 8h, Ahmed pulled another 5,000 bet, this time only called by Aihara behind. River Jc saw Ahmed check-call a 5,000 bet from Aihara.

Aihara reveals full house 6d6h for the win.

Aihara Takayaki – 45,000
Ahmed Raul – 18,000


13:12: Bhatt Yagyavalk pulls river bluff
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Utg Bhatt Yagyavalk opened to 400, called by the button and big blind Siang Theng Chee. Flop came 6h4d8h. Siang check-raises Bhatt’s 1,200 bet to 2,200, button folds, and Bhatt makes the call. Turn saw Jd and Bhatt check-called Siang’s 2,600 bet. River 8s, Bhatt leads out for 7,500, and Siang with a fold.

Bhatt shows Qh3h for a busted flush draw.

Bhatt Yagyavalk – 37,000
Siang Theng Chee – 24,700


13:03: Action begins
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Shuffle up & deal, good luck to all the players!


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The last starting flight for the Manila Super Series 18 Main Event kicks off today at Okada Manila, Resort & Casino, Philippines. A total of 509 entries have so far been recorded, building the prize pool up to double in value at a massive PHP 6,517,236 (~USD 114,683).

Similar to the previous flights, Day 1C will play down to 15% of the field (ITM) with today’s qualifiers set to join the 77 player list returning to the felt on Saturday, September 23rd. Buy-in is set at PHP 15,000 (~USD 264) and each entry starting off with a 30,000 stack, commencing 30 minute blind levels throughout.

Late Registration will be open until Level 10 @ 18:20.

Manila Super Series 18 Main Event Review

Dates: September 20-24, 2023
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~USD 264)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~USD 52,842)

Day 1 Results

1A: 198 entries / 30 advanced
1B: 311 entries / 47 advanced

Day 1 Live Updates
Day 1A Recap
Day 1B Recap

Main Event – Live Updates – Day 2

23:35: Day 2 closes with final nine set
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 ante 80,000

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Day 2 action is officially closed with the final nine players returning tomorrow in contention for the PHP 2,400,000 (~USD 42,232) top prize. Xia Qi leads the pack with over 6.3 Million in chips, followed closely by Ho Tung Chun with 6.2 Million. Final table gameplay resumes tomorrow on Level 29: 50,000/100,000 ante 100,000 at 13:00 sharp!

Chip Counts:

Xia Qi – 6,345,000
Ho Tung Chun – 6,215,000
John Clyde Tan – 4,270,000
Paolo Boccaletti – 3,270,000
Shah Chirag – 3,245,000
Edilberto Gopez – 2,740,000
John Jay Magadan – 2,480,000
Shin Hyeonho – 1,520,000
Ivan Dela Cruz – 775,000

Remaining Payouts

1st – PHP 2,400,000
2nd – PHP 1,450,000
3rd – PHP 1,020,000
4th – PHP 765,000
5th – PHP 590,000
6th – PHP 430,000
7th – PHP 315,000
8th – PHP 225,000
9th – PHP 176,336


23:28: Darrell Griffith bubbles final table in 10th place – PHP 147,000
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 ante 100,000

Utg Ho Tung Chun opened to 225,000 and called off small blind Darrell Griffith’s 1,150,000 all-in for a race.

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Ho