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Poker Stars Live Manila Super Series 2023: Live Updates

Main Event – Live Updates – Day 1A

Date: May 31, 2023
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~US$ 270)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~US$ 53,320)
Day 1A: 144 entries / 22 ITM

CHIPS IN PLAY – 4,320,000


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22:39: Bubble bursts! Joonhee Kim eliminated
Level 18: 4000-8000 ante 8000

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Short stacked Joonhee Kim is all in with one big blind and Kd7h holecards, he is joined all in by the button Hayato Karuo who has AcKc, the blinds call then check down the board As4hKsQhAh. Karuo has a sweet full house spread, the blinds muck, Kim is eliminated on the bubble.


22:19: Choi Jaeki delivers a brutal defeat
Level 18: 4000-8000 ante 8000

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 On a flop 10d8h8c and 20,000 in the middle, under the gun checks, button Choi Jaeki bets 30,000, utg shoves, it doesn’t scare Choi who calls. Choi opens Qc9c gutshot, utg has Kd8d trips, the turn Ac and river 3c is a runner runner flush to Choi to clean one out in brutal fashion. 

Choi Jaeki – 580,000


22:15: Blinds up, 24 left, two to the money
Level 18: 4000-8000 ante 8000

Blinds are up again with 24 remaining. Only two left before the end of Day 1A and the money reached.


22:12: William Jones doubles up through Norbert Koh
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

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The shoves continue with William Jones’ responding to Norbert Koh’s 20,000 raise. Koh makes the call and opens 9s9h which is dominated by Jones’ JsJd. With the board running 10h2s10sQs5h, it’s a double up for Jones.

William Jones – 120,000
Norbert Koh – 170,000


22:04: Takumu Eguchi doubles up, Joonhee kim plunges
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

All in preflop, Takumu Eguchi AcQc, caller Joonhee Kim with 10s10d, the board runs As2s3s3d8h for a double up to Eguchi.

Takumu Eguchi – 80,000
Joonhee Kim – 8,000


21:57 Erwin Navarro boots one
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

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Action folds to the button who shoves, small blind Rahul Chinchalkar and big blind Erwin Navarro call. The board completes 9hKc10hAc3c, no side pot created, button shows 8d5h, Chinchalkar 2s2d, Navarro ships it and rails the button with Qh10d second pair.

Erwin Navarro – 220,000
Rahul Chinchalkar – 170,000


21:43 Hayato Karuo rails one
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Hijack player jams with KcQd and button Hayato Karuo calls with 10h10c for a flip. The board runs in Karuo’s favor 5h5s10h6c8s for a commanding full house takedown.

Hayato Karuo – 80,000


21:38: Blinds up, 26 remaining
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

26 players remaining, four more to the money.


21:30: Szu Jui Chiu scores big double up through Kelway
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

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Action folds to the small blind Szu Jui Chiu who shoves, big blind Kelway calls. Chiu has AhAs, Kelway with Jh9h. The board runs 8cJd8h2h8d for a higher full house to Chiu and a timely double up.

Szu Jui Chui – 300,000
Kelway – 15,000


21:22: Rico Dela Cruz gets lucky on Szu Jui Chiu 
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

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After paying a double up to Kelway, Rico Dela Cruz gets lucky against Szu Jui Chiu. From utg, Dela Cruz four-bets all in with 7c7s and is dominated by Chiu’s KcKs. With the board running 10h6d9s8h6s Dela Cruz lands a lucky straight to survive and double up. 

Rico Dela Cruz – 160,000
Szu Jui Chiu – 140,000


21:18  Kelway doubles up through Rico Dela Cruz
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

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All in preflop, Rico Dela Cruz with Ad5d, Kelway dominates with As10h, the board is 7h9sQs10s8c for a double up to Kelway. 

Kelway – 150,000
Rico Dela Cruz – 80,000


21:08: Blinds up, 28 players remaining
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

Blinds up, field is down to 28 players. Six more to the money round.


20:52: Erwin Navarro doubles up on a cooler
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

Erwin Navarro goes all in behind and is ahead with pocket Kings against pocket Queens. No bad beats arrive for a double up to 150,000. 


20:44: Another triple for Tracy Crisostomo
Level 15; 2000-4000 ante 4000

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Earlier in the event Tracy Crisostomo tripled up and doubled up, now she triples up again. Hand opens with cutoff Norbert Koh raising to 8000, small blind Crisostomo three-bet jams, big blind Chua Teck Heng joins with a four-bet shove, and Koh calls to put both players at risk. 

Crisostomo AdJd
Chua 10h10s
Koh QdQh

With the board fanning out 5c3dKd4d10c, Crisostomo improves to a flush for a triple up. Chua spikes a set on the river to survive and claim the side pot.

Tracy Crisostomo – 210,000
Chua Teck Heng – 55,000
Norbert Koh – 160,000


20:38: 32 players remaining at new level
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

32 players remaining at the new level. 


20:12: Chua Teck Heng doubles up through Joonhee Kim
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

Chua Teck Heng goes all in from under the gun with AcQc and hijack Joonhee Kim attempts to eliminate with 10s10d, with the board running AhQh2c3c3d, Heng doubles up. 

 Chua Teck Heng – 100,000
Joonhee Kim – 240,000


20:04 Hayato Karuo eliminates a player
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

All in preflop, Hayato Karuo with AcJs, at risk player with KsJh, board runs Kc8d10hJcAs, Karuo ships it with a higher two pair while booting one out. 

Hayato Karuo – 150,000


19:58: 36 players remaining at the new level
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

Getting closer to the money round. 36 players remaining at the new level.


19:52 Jun Kai delivers double bust
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

Three way preflop, Jun Kai ships it with Qd10d on a board 9dQhQs8c4s. He busts two players with Ac3c and As7h

Jun Kai – 230,000


19:45 Mike Takayama wins big pot
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

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On a flop 7sKc10h and 40,000 in the pot, lojack check-calls hijack Mike Takayama’s 12,000 bet. On the turn 8h Takayama bets 16,000 and is check-called. The river Jd, Takayama shoves, this time lojack opts to check-fold.

Mike Takayama – 170,000
Lojack – 35,000


19:35: Louie Princesa wins a big pot against William Ysmael
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

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Louie Princesa and William Ysmael battle for a pot that has grown to 70,000 on a board showing Js7h10c4d. Big blind Ysmael check-calls Princesa’s half pot bet of 35,000. The river Ad, Princesa shoves, Ysmael check-folds. 

Louie Princesa – 220,00
William Ysmael – 60,000


19:28: New level, 42 remaining
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

New level, 42 players remaining. Day 1A bags up at 22 players


19:17: Szu Jui Chiu eliminates one
Level 12: 1000-2000 ante 2000

Szu Jui Chiu three-bet jams and initial raiser from utg position calls. The board runs QsKh5dKs10c. Chiu’s AhQd dominates Ac5c to boot one out.

Szu Jui Chiu – 70,000


19:09: Norbert Koh delivers a double bust
Level 12: 1000-2000 ante 2000

Three way all in preflop, utg has AcKc, button also with AhKs, small blinf Norbert Koh has AsAd and the biggest stack. Aces hold on a board 8sKh10h2d9s for a double KO. 

Norbert Koh – 200,000


19:00: New level, 47 players remaining
Level 12: 1000-2000 ante 2000

The hunt to the money of 22 places is on! 47 remaining.


18:35: Hayato Karuo doubles up through Takuo Serita
Level 11: 1000-1500 ante 1500

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Preflop betting war leads to two players all in. Takuo Serita with KsQh and is flipping against Hayato Karuo’s 10d10c. The board runs 8sAs5cJh9c. Karuo doubles up.

Hayato Karuo – 80,000
Takuo Serita – 170,000


18:30: Registration closes with 135 entries
Level 11: 1000-1500 ante 1500

That’s it! Main  Event Day 1A registration is in the books. 144 entries for this flight. If you missed your chance, return tomorrow at 1pm for Day 1B. The remaining players now race to the money of 22 players.


18:00: Niro Logan doubles through Crisostomo
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

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Niroshan Logan and Tracy Crisostomo complete a board Ah6dAdAcQd and 40,000 in the pot. Both are all in. Crisostomo has KdKc full house, Logan has As9d quads to double up.

Niro Logan – 80,000
Tracy Crisostomo – 60,000


17:50: Last level to enter 
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

Last 30 minutes to enter. 131 entries. Sign up now and still have 25 big blinds to play with. Starting stack 30,000.


17:45: Louie Princesa sends one packing
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

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From under the gun Louie Princesa limps, hijack player raises to 3600, small blind three-bet jams, Princesa joins in, but no three-way with initial raise hijack opting to fold.

Princesa 8c8s
Small blind AdKd

With the board running 2s7sQsQc10s, the snowmen hold to boot out big slick.

Louie Princesa – 85,000


17:30: Samson Hui wins the three-way
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

Three way all in, Samson Hui has KhKd ahead of utg’s AhQh and lojack’s Ac10h. With the board running 6h6s7h9c3d lojack goes bus and Hui rises to 50,000.

Samson Hui – 50,000
Utg – 40,000


17:20: William Ysmael cleans one out
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

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5:23 William Ysmael eliminate one

On a board showing 9s10d6d4c and 12,000 in the pot, two players in the hand. Big blind player checks to cutoff William Ysmael who bets 8500, he is called. On the river 3d,  Ysmael shoves, big blind tank-calls for everything in the barrel, Ysmael opens 5d}8d flush on the river, bb busts with 10h3c two pair.

William Ysmael – 70,000


17:10: New round begins, 131 entries
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

Last two levels to join the action. 131 entries now and climbing.


16:50: Tracy Crisostomo on a roll, doubles up to 140,000
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

After a triple up, Tracy Crisostomo doubles up. Hand opens with two limpers, small blind Crisostomo raises to 6000, both limpers call. On the flop {8s}9d6c, Crisostomo c-bets 15,000, one player folds, the other jams, Crisostomo snap calls for her tournament life and opens AcAd, ahead of As7s. The turn {4c} and river {8d} are good for a double up to Crisostomo. 

Tracy Crisostomo – 140,000


16:45: New level, 115 entries
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

115 entries at the start of Level 8. Registration closing at 6:20 pm.


16:40: Tracy Crisostomo triples up
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

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On a board showing Jh5h9d3d and around 15,000 in the pot, lojack checks, hijack bets 10,500, cutoff Tracy Crisostomo three-bet shoves, and is called by both players who proceed to check the river Js.

Crisostomo opens 3s3c full house for a tripe up to 60,000.


16:30: Vishal Aswani rails one
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

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With 13,000 in the pot and a flop {Ks}3d10d, Vishal Aswani shoves and is called by a player with less chips. Aswani with Ad9d draw, at risk player has Qh10s pair. The turn Js and river Qc improves Aswani to a straight.

Vishal Aswani – 140,000


16:20: New level, 107 entries
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

New level, into triple digits with 107 entries. Registration open until the start of Level 11 at 6:20pm.


16:15: Andy Chan delivers a double KO
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

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With a pot of 4,000 brewed, three players take turns shoving on the flop {8s}7h2d. Andy Chan ahead 2c2h against a player with pocket Tens and pocket Nines. No help comes on the turn and river for the set to hold and ship it. Chan eliminates two players. 

Andy Chan – 90,000


16:05: Yang Jen Hung doubles up
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

With a pot of 50,000 and a board {2s}9d8d8hQd, Yang Jen Hung shoves and gets called. He shows 2c2h full house and doubles up against a player’s Kd10d flush. 

Yang Jen Hung – 80,000


15:50: Mehdi busts one
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

Two players all in on a flop 7sKsQd, Mehdi ahead KdQc against a player’s {Ah}Ac. The turn 2h and river 6s secures the win to Mehdi to crack and bust out aces. 

Mehdi – 55,000


15:45: New level begins, 89 entries
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

Level 6 sees 89 entries. Registration still open, closing at 6:20pm.


15:40: Kelway doubles up
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

All in preflop the board completes {9d}2cJcAs4c. Lojack has 10c10c, Kelway wins with Ac5s

Kelway – 55,000


15:25: Jenjen eliminates one 
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

On a board showing 5s8c3hQc8s and 26,000 in the pot, cutoff Jenjen checks then calls button player’s all in. Jenjen has 4c4h, all in player busts with AsJd

Jenjen – 60,000


15:15: JK doubles through Ledina
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

After doubling up, Jojo Ledina drops while JK doubles up. On a flop 4c10s5s and 12,000 in the pot, big blind Ledina check-raises all in and hijack JK risks it. Ledina has As10c top pair, JK has KsQs draw, the turn 4h is no help to JK but the river 8s is the flush for a double up.

JK – 50,000
Jojo Ledina – 27,000


15:00: New level, 83 entries
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

New level, entries now at 83. Late registration open until 620pm. Buy in is PHP 15,000. Guarantee is PHP 3,000,000. Come on over!


14:45: Jojo Ledina doubles up
Level 4: 200-400 ante 400

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Jojo Ledina

On a board of As4c5d3s7d, Jojo Ledina has Kc7c which is good for the win and the double up.

Jojo Ledina – 55,000


14:35: Robert William wins the three-way
Level 4: 200-400 ante 400

With a pot of 4000 in the middle, three players stare down a flop QcJd3h, small blind player Wallace checks, hijack player bets 1400, cutoff Robert William calls sending the decision back to Wallace who check-raises to 5500. Hijack goes all in, William and Wallace do the same for a three-way battle.

Wallace 3s3c set
William 10c9c open ended
Hijack AsQd top pair

The turn Kh and river 8d grants William the super straight to ship it.

Robert William – 45,000
Wallace – 35,000
Hijack – eliminated


14:30: New level, 74 entries
Level 200-400 ante 400

New level, entries now at 74. Late registration open until 620pm. Buy in is PHP 15,000. Guarantee is PHP 3,000,000. Come on over!


14:15: Asnani Harisha Kumar doubles up with rockets
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

Asnani Harisha Kumar is all in on a turn board 10h4h9d6c with AdAs on hand against a player’s Kd10s top pair. The river 4s is a double up for Kumar.

Asnani Harisha Kumar – 45,000


14:10: Sia Dastmalchi rails a player
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

On a board showing 2c9s6cKhQc, Sia Dastmalchi has Kc3c flush to win the pot and rail a player in the process.

Sia Dastmalchi – 75,000


14:00: New level, 58 entries
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

Level up, the previous round picked up 18 more entries for 58 total. Registration open until 620pm so plenty of time for latecomers to join the action.


13:50: Jaehoon Lee shoves out Baba
Level 2: 100-200 ante 200

Hijack player opens, called by cutoff Jaehooon Lee, small blind named Baba three-bets to 3600, hijack gets pushed out, Lee calls. At the flop 8h7c2c, Baba leads out 4500, Lee shoves and wins the pot.

Jaehoon Lee – 39,000
Baba – 17,000


13:35: New round begins
Level 2: 100-200 ante 200

More players have pulled up seats with 40 at the start of the new level. Blinds increase every 30 minutes. Players that sign up now start with a deep 150 times the starting 30k stack.


13:08: Cards in the air!
Level 1: 100-100 ante 100

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Light start with 15 players over two tables. More players lined up at registration. Five hours of late reg available closing at 620pm. Among the early go-ers is local pro Edilberto Gopez.


Welcome to the Manila Super Series Main Event! The series headliner kicks off today at the PokerStars LIVE Manila hub in Okada Manila with three starting flights running from May 31 to June 2. For a buy in of PHP 15,000 (~US$ 270), players have a shot at the PHP 3 Million (~US$ 53,320) guaranteed prize pool. Registration closes at the start of Level 11 which is at approximately 6:20pm (Philippine time). Unlimited re-entry and multiple stacks is allowed.

Day 1A: Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Day 1B: Thursday, June 1, 2023
Day 1C: Friday, June 2, 2023

It pays to get there early as players start off with 30,000 in chips which is equivalent to 300 times the opening blinds. Blinds increase every 30 minutes. Once registration closes, the remaining players race to the money round of 15% of the field then bag up for Day 2. For the qualifiers, Day 2 blinds increase at a slower 40 minute pace.

Day 2: Saturday, June 3, 2023
Final Table: Sunday, June 4, 2023

Cards in the air at 1pm. Stay tuned for the Live Updates.

Main Event – Live Updates – Day 1B

Date: June 1, 2023
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~US$ 270)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~US$ 53,320)
Day 1B: 220 entries / 33 ITM

CHIPS IN PLAY – 6,600,000

End of Day 1B survivors – 33 players

Edilberto Gopez 572,000
Cezar Quiambao 462,000
Zhiqiang Liu 399,000
Yun Rong Cheong 373,000
Mikko Cayetano 292,000
Ronny Tiang Luok Lee 287,000
Darren Yu 286,000
Yan Ke 275,000
Wei Hsiang Chen 268,000
Conor Berry Grimsley 264,000
Ryusuke Ota 263,000
Randy Lee 250,000
Edmil Marcelo 225,000
Dexter Santos 190,000
Gilson Chan 185,000
Andre Nagy 180,000
Sukki Kim 172,000
John Niko Costiniano 164,000
Dexter Manapat 164,000
Anthony Gabitan 142,000
Ivan Tabucal 139,000
Junghoon Choi 132,000
Emmanuel Segismundo 129,000
Meng Xuan Anh 120,000
Denis Mikolasenko 108,000
Santiago Dorwelo 100,000
Sergei Matveev 95,000
Marciel Cerbito 90,000
Jannodin Riga 84,000
Liao Pin Hung 66,000
Andy Chan 66,000
Magnus Martin 55,000
Albert Muir 54,000

22:21 Mikko Cayetano delivers the bubble
Level 18: 4000-8000 ante 8000

Manila Super Series 286

The bubble has been delivered with Mikko Cayetano cracking the ladies. It opened with a player raising to 17,000, small blind Cayetano shoved, utg called and showed QcQd. Cayetano was behind with 7s7d, however, with the board running Ks6c9cAs7c, Cayetano spiked the two-outer to end a player on a double whammy bad beat bubble. 


22:15: 34 players left, bubble time
Level 18: 4000-8000 ante 8000

Bubble time with 34 remaining….


21:42: Dexter Manapat doubles up through Andrej Nagy
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

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Under the gun Andrej Nagy raises to 12,000, acting next is Dexter Manapat who three-bet jams. Nagy calls to put Manapat at risk of elimination. 

Manapat KhKs
Nagy 5h5d

The board runs clean for the cowboys 9d6s10dAc4d, Manapat doubles up.

Dexter Manapat – 180,000
Andrej Nagy – 200,000


21:36: 38 players remaining, five more to the money
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Getting close to the bubble round with 38 remaining and the money just five spots away.


21:35: Mikko Cayetano doubles up, Rick Ambata plunges
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

Manila Super Series 250

All in preflop, Rick Jason Ambata with KcKd, Mikko Cayetano at risk with AdKs. With the board running 8s9cAcQd5s, Cayetano survives to double up while Ambata plunges to 8 big blinds

Mikko Cayetano – 120,000
Rick Jason Ambata – 40,000


21:30: Stephen Yen recovers through Cezar Quiambao
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

Manila Super Series 254

Having just lost a big pot to Cheong Yun Rong, Stephen Yen three-bet shoves utg’s Cezar Quiambao’s 11,000 bet. Quiambao calls to place Yen at risk of elimination. Quiambao opens 8d8h, Yen way ahead with KdKs, with the board running 5h2d7dJc6s, Yen recovers and rises to 250,000. 

Stephen Yen – 250,000
Cezar Quiambao – 420,000


21:24: Cheong Yun Rong win big pot against Stephen Yen
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

Manila Super Series 274

By the turn board 5h9sQdAs a massive 100,000 pot has been built. Under the gun Stephen Yen bets 45,000, beside him Cheong Yu Rong jams, much too much, Yen folds.

Cheong Yun Rong – 460,000
Stephen Yen – 110,000


21:14: Randy Lee claims a head
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

Under the gun player goes all in with Ad7d but is unable to steal the blinds and antes with big blind player Randy Lee calling with Kd6d. With the board running Ks9h5s6sQs, Lee improves to two pair to eliminate a player.

Randy Lee – 250,000


21:06: 43 players remaining, ITM at 33 players
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

The field has thinned out even more with 43 remaining. Only ten players are guaranteed a spot in Day 2.


20:55: Rick Jason Ambata win big pot against Shahir Rahman
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

Manila Super Series 271

On a board showing 10s7d8c7s6h and 80,000 in the pot, big blind Rick Jason Ambata bet 45,000 and Shahir Rahman folds.

Rick Jason Ambata – 160,000
Shahir Rahman – 80,000


20:48: Cezar Quiambao delivers a double KO
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

Manila Super Series 282

Three way all in preflop, Cezar Quiambao has AdAc, short stacked big blind As9h, and short stacked button player Ah2h. The board is 4sKh7d10d5h for a double bust to Quiambao.

Cezar Quiambao – 40,000


20:42: John Niko Costiniano exposes Mikko Cayetano’s bluff
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

On a board showing 4cQcKh6h4s and a huge pot of 80,000 weighing down the middle, button player Mikko Cayetano bets 30,000, lojack John Costiniano check-calls. Cayetano shows the failed bluff 8d7d, Cayetano wins the pot with AsQd.

John Niko Costiniano – 160,000
Mikko Cayetano – 60,000


20:36: 52 players remaining
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

Players are dropping fast. 52 players remaining, money is at 33 players.


20:23: Edilberto Gopez doubles up big
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

Manila Super Series 279

All in preflop, Edilberto Gopez with 2c2h and is flipping against a player with Kx3x. The board runs Kd2d4h10hQd for a double up to Gopez.

Edilberto Gopez – 340,000


20:08: Andrej Nagy lands two-outer to rail cowboys
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

Manila Super Series 261

Action folds to the button Andrej Nagy who raises to 6000, small blind three-bets to 16,500, Nagy four-bet jams and small blind makes the call with less chips. Nagy opens 9d9h, small blind KcKs, with the board running 6h6c9s2s10h, Nagy lands the two-outer to crack and bust out kings.

Andrej Nagy – 240,000


20:02: Lucky Gilson Chan rails Seung Yong Yi
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

Manila Super Series 236

By the turn 10d5sAc7d a 30,000 pot was built, two players are all in Seung Yong Yi AhQc, and Gilson Chan Ac9s. When the river dropped a 9d, Chan improved to two pair to rail Seung.

Gilson Chan – 100,000


19:50: JM San Manuel ends one
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

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Lojack JM San Manuel raises to 5500, hijack three-bet shoves, Manuel snap-calls and opens KsKd. Hijack has AcJs. The board runs 7s6cKc4hJh, Manuel ships it while ending one in the process.

JM San Manuel – 170,000


19:26: 80 players remaining
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

The previous round saw 16 players go bust. Only 33 players are guaranteed a spot to the next round.


19:20: Jen Hung Yang sends one to the rail
Level 12: 1000-2000 ante 2000

Manila Super Series 232

Jen Hung Yang and the big blind are all in preflop, Yang with QcJd, big blind Ad8h, the board runs to Yang’s favor 6d10d7sQs6s to win the pot and clean one out.

Jen Hung Yang – 90,000


18:56: 96 players remaining
Level 12: 1000-2000 ante 2000

96 players remaining at the start of Level 12. Day 1B plays down to the 33 players.


18:54: Oh Kwang Min wins a big pot

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Three players build a pot of 17,000 preflop, the flop comes 6c7c7h. Small blind Oh Kwang Min checks, utg+1 bets 5500, cutoff and Min call. On the turn 9d, Min shoves, no callers to take it down.

Oh Kwang Min – 80,000


18:45: Cyril Gallo doubles up
Level 11: 1000-1500 ante 1500

Another all in preflop situation with cutoff Cyril Gallo initiating and small blind calls to put Gallo at risk of elimination. Gallo is ahead AsAd, small blind QsJd, the board is 8h7c6s10s5c for a double up to Gallo. 

Cyril Gallo – 30,000


18:39: James Moriles eliminates one
Level 11: 1000-1500 ante 1500

Manila Super Series 44

Under the gun raises to 3500, hijack James Moriles three-bet shoves, small blind joins in, utg opts to fold. Moriles has AcKc, small blind behind As7s, the board is 4h6h9sKh8c. Moriles ships it and rails one.

James Moriles – 55,000 


18:32: Dexter Manapat doubles up
Level 11: 1000-1500 ante 1500

On a board showing Kh7h3dAh9h and 25,000 in the pot, big blind checks, lojack Dexter Manapat shoves, big blind calls, Manapat bags a double with As[qh}.

Dexter Manapat – 80,000


18:26: Registration closes at 220 entries
Level 11: 1000-1500 ante 1500

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Registration closes at 220 entries! This well surpassed the Day 1A entries of 144 to send the prize pool soaring to PHP 4.8 Million. There are 104 players remaining. The flight will play down to 33 players / ITM of 15% of the field. If you missed your chance, there is still Day 1C which takes place on Friday, June 2 starting at 1pm.


18:13: Conor Berry eliminates one
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

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Two player build a pot of 10,000 preflop, the cards fan out 2h3sKh. Small blind shoves with KsJh top pair, button player Conor Berry calls with 4h3h bottom pair flush draw. The turn is Jc and river 9h grants Berry the flush to boot one out of the field.

Conor Berry – 150,000


18:08: Kuan Wei Wang doubles up through Apling Pamplona
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

All in preflop, button Apling Pamplona all in with 9c9h, small blind Kuan Wei Yang risks it with Ad6c, the board runs Qc7dJsAc4c for a double up to Yang

Kuan Wei Yang – 35,000
Apling Pamplona – 20,000


18:02: Joven Huerto delivers double KO
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

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Under the gun shoves, small blind, joins in, then big blind Joven Huerto with a big stack makes it a three way. Under the gun Ah4h, small blind 2h2d, Huerto with AcQh. The board runs JsAd9c9hJh. Huerto ships it while knocking out tow in the process.

Joven Huerto – 55,000


17:53: Albert Muir burns one on the river
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

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On a flop Ah7s9s and 10,000 in the pot, heavy betting action follows. First, small blind Albert Muir checks, cutoff bets 2500, button raises to 88000, back to Muir who shoves, called only by the button. Muir has 10s8s open ended flush draw, button with 9c7c two pair, the turn Qd keeps the button ahead but the river 6c is the money card for Muir to burn the button.

Albert Muir – 80,000


17:46: 185 entries, new level
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

No new entries during the past level with the count still at 185. The is the last level to register. If you haven’t yet heard, the guarantee has been breached! Well over 320 entries at the moment. How high will it go? Join the action at Okada Manila. Buy in is PHP 15,000.


17:40: Seung Yong Yi wins a big pot
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

Big pot of 60,000 by the time the board completed 4dJc8cAh9c. Under the gun Seung Yong Yi shoves, button player folds.

Seung Yong Yi – 85,000


17:29: Magnus Brendan versus Randy Lee
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

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Magnus Brendan and Randy Lee build a pot of 20,000 by the turn Kc7d3s9h. Small blind Brendan bets 6000, button Lee calls. On the river 9c, Brendan sends out a smaller 5000 and despite the discount, Lee folds.

Magnus Brendan – 65,000
Randy Lee – 85,000


17:21: Darren Yu eliminates Alvin Sembrano
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

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Preflop action sees Darren Yu and Alvin Sembrano build an 8000 pot. The flop runs 3sJsQd. Under the gun Yu leads out 15,000, button Sembrano shoves, Yu calls and shows AhKh overcards. Sembrano has As6s nut flush draw. The turn 4d and river 3d are no help to Sembrano to bust out.

Darren Yu – 60,000


17:16: 185 entries at start of Level 9
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

The blinds are up again, now at 600-1200 ante 1200. The tally is 185 entries with one hour left of late registration. If you haven’t yet heard, the guarantee has been breached! How high will it go? Join the action at Okada Manila. Buy in is PHP 15,000.


17:14: James Moriles doubles up
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

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Two players have their chips out front preflop, one of them is James Moriles with AhQd that dominates his opponent’s Ad10s. With the board running 7c7hQs5cKc Moriles further improves to a pair to double up.

James Moriles – 15,000


17:06: Cyril Gallo doubles up
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

From under the gun+1 Cyril Gallo goes all in and small blind calls. Gallo has 4c4h, sb with KsQs for a flip. The board runs 5h6s6h6s3s. Gallo double up with a full house.

Cyril Gallo – 25,000


17:00: Big pot for Seung Yong Yi
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

On a board showing 8c6c7cJs3c and 24,000 in the pot, Seung Yong Yi shows Qc10h flush to win the pot. His opponent mucks.

Seung Yong Yi – 55,000


16:53 Randy Lee eliminates one
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

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With 16,000 in the pot and a turn board As6sJc3s, two players are all in, Randy Lee with Ad6d two pair and big blind with AcKs. Both players improve on the river Ah, and Lee ships it with a full house, railing bb in the process.

Randy Lee – 100,000


16:46: 159 entries, Main Event crosses over 300 entries
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

Tables are buzzing with players with entries now at 159. This has surpassed the Day 1A flight of 144 entries. Combined, the tally is 303 entries and rising. If you haven’t yet heard, the guarantee has been breached! How high will it go? Join the action at Okada Manila. Buy in is PHP 15,000.


16:45: Cezar Quiambao doubles up
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

Showdown between Cezar Quiambao and the lojack player. Quiambao behind Ah5c against Ad7d, with the board running 5dKh9hAc3s, Quiambao improves to two pair to avoid elimination.

Cezar Quiambao – 20,000


16:27: Seung Yong Yi eliminates one
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

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Preflop all in by short stacked cutoff player, button Seung Yong Yi calls. Cutoff has 7s9s, Seung with 10c10s which holds on a board 9hKc10dAd7h

Seung Yong Yi – 60,000


16:21 Ramdrick Asnar bests Emman Segismundo
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

Ramdrick Asnar and Emmanuel Segismundo stared down a turn board 7hAd4c5h with 18,000 in the pot. Lojack Segismundo checks then calls Asnar’s 7300 bet. On the river Js, Asnar sends out 11,100, this time Segismundo’s check follows a fold.

Ramdrick Asnar – 60,000
Emman Segismundo – 35,000


16:16: Blinds up, 142 entries
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

Blinds up, start of the last four levels of registration. 142 entries and climbing. Just three more needed to surpass the Day 1A entries. If you haven’t yet heard, the guarantee has been breached! How high will it go? Join the action at Okada Manila. Buy in is PHP 15,000.


16:15: Shahir Rahman head to head against John Niko Costiniano
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

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Cutoff Shahir Rahman raises to 1500, big blind John Costiniano three-bets to 5500, Rahman calls and both head to the flop KsQc5s. Costiniano c-bets 4000 and is called. Both players check the turn Js to bring the river 2d. Costiniano checks again, Rahman bets 55,000, Costiniano folds.

Shahir Rahman – 55,000
John Niko Costiniano – 85,000


16:05: Apling Pamplona wins a big pot
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

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On a board showing Ad10d6dJs and 16,000 in the pot, big blind Apling Pamplona bets 4500 and is called by a player from cutoff position. On the river 10h, both players check. Pamplona is first to show and opens Kd5d nut flush to win the pot. 

 Apling Pamplona – 40,000


15:51: Senon Pastores wins the flip
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

Hjack player raises to 1500, cutoff Senon Pastores three-bet jams, small blind joins the shoving, and initial raiser opts to fold. Pastores has 10s10c, small blind with AdKd, with the board running Jc8c2h5d7s, Pastores wins the flip for a much needed double up.

Senon Pastores – 20,000


15:46: Day 1B at 127 entries, closing in on Day 1A’s 144 entries
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

More players have graced the felt. The tally is now 127 entries at the start of Level 6. Four levels left to join the action and have a shot at the hugely growing pot. If you haven’t yet heard, the guarantee has been breached! How high will it go? Join the action at Okada Manila. Buy in is PHP 15,000.


15:30: John Costiniano eliminates one for a big pot
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

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From under the gun, John Costiniano raises to 5000, he finds two callers until it reaches cutoff who three-bet jams. Costiniano joins the shove and the two callers opt to fold. Costiniano has AcQd and is ahead of Ks3s, the board runs 9cAh10dAsJh for Costiniano to ship it and boot one in the process.

John Niko Costiniano – 100,000


15:21 Ramdrick Asnar doubles up through Alvin Sembrano
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

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Two players have built a pot of 20,000 by the river 3s7cJc4s10s. Utg+1 Ramdrick Asnar shoves and gets called by hijack Alvin Sembrano. Asnar has AcAs, Sembrano mucks.

Ramdrick Asnar – 45,000
Alvin Sembrano – 30,000


15:14: Big pot for Cyril Gallo
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

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Under the gun raises to 2000, acting next Cyril Gallo calls, more action down the orbit with cutoff three-betting to 8000, utg and Gallo call. At the flop 6sKd6c. Gallo bets 6000, cutoff folds, utg check-calls. Both players check the turn 3s, then on the river 4d, utg bets 6000, Gallo calls, utg shows JcJh, Gallo wins the pot with KsJs top pair.

Cyril Gallo – 75,000


15:06: Blinds up, 110 entries, guarantee breached!
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

Action has picked up significantly with 110 entries at the start of Level 5 which means the PHP 3 Million guarantee has been dusted! Plenty of time for latecomers to jump in with registration closing at the start of Level 11. 


15:05: Another pot for Richard Marquez
Level 4: 200-400 ante 400

Shortly after winning with a flush, Richard Marquez picks up another pot. By the turn 7c5h7h3c and 6000 in the middle, Marquez bets near pot of 5000 and is check-called. On the river 8d, Marquez shoves and wins the pot.

Richard Marquez – 48,000


14:55: Richard Marquez gets there on the river
Level 4: 200-400 ante 400

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With a pot of 11,000 and a board KcAcKd5s, cutoff Richard Marquez bets 2000 and big blind check-calls. On the river 9c, Marquez fires 3300, gets called, shows 5c8c flush to win the pot against AsQh.

Richard Marquez – 35,000


14:40: Alvin Sembrano doubles up
Level 4: 200-400 ante 400

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Around 10,000 is in the pot and a turn board on the felt 5d9s3c5c, hijack player Alvin Sembrano bets over half the pot of 6000, button raises all in, Sembrano calls for his tournament life with 7c7s. His opponent has 2h2s. The river 5h secures the win and the double up for Sembrano.

Alvin Sembrano – 35,000


14:35: Blinds up, 65 entries
Level 4: 200-400 ante 400

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Blinds are up again, 65 entries so far. Registration is open for several more hours, closing at 6:20pm, at the start of Level 11. Buy in is PHP 15,000. The Main Event features a PHP 3 Million guarantee.


14:30 Liao Po Hsun wins the preflop war
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

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Hijack player opens for 600, cutoff calls, button three-bets to 3000, small blind Liao Po Hsun four-bet jams, no takers.

Liao Po Hsun – 20,000


14:20 Munkherdene doubles up
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

Another double up here with player Munkherdene getting the max for his set. The betting reached the river board 2cAc7dJd5s with 20,000 already in the pot. Munkherdene jammed his 10,000 stack on the big blind and was called by the small blind. Munkherdene showed 7h7s, sb mucked.

Munkherdene – 40,000


14:15: Jose Colada drags in a big one 
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

Two players bump up a  pot to 18,000 by the river board As9h3d6dKh. Lojack position Jose Colada bets 11,500 and wins it to rise to 40,000.

Jose Colada – 40,000


14:06: Blinds up, 46 entries
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

Blinds are up to 100-300 ante 300. 46 entries so far. Registration is open until the start of Level 11 which is at 6:20pm.


14:05: Kenneth Thariyan doubles up
Level 2: 100-200 ante 200

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With 13,000 in the pot and a board that completed QcAdJc3h7c, Kenneth Thariyan shoves and gets called. He opens AcJd two pair and wins a double up back to near starting stack.

Kenneth Thariyan – 25,000


13:57 Serge Matveev wins a big pot
Level 2: 100-200 ante 200

Three players are still in on a turn board 8hAcQc3c and 12,000 brewed in the pot, small blind Serge Matveev bets 6000 and his two opponents call to beef up the pot further. On the river 6s, Matveev fires 13,000, finds just one caller. Matveev opens 4c5c flush and claims the big pot.

Serge Matveev – 70,000


13:47: Ryusuke Ota doubles up
Level 2: 100-200 ante 200

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By the turn board 4c5dKh10c two players have built a 6000 pot. Ryusuke Ota bets 4000 and gets check-called. On the river 3s. Ota jams, gets called again and open Ac{kd which outkicks Ks8c for a double up.

Ryusuke Ota – 36,000


13:35: 41 players and rising
Level 2: 100-200 ante 200

The numbers have quickly climbed to 41 entries. Registration is open until 6:20pm. For a chance at the PHP 3 Million guarantee,  buy in is just PHP 15,000.


13:05: Card are flying! 
Level 1: 100-100 ante 100

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Cards are flying for Main Event Day 1A with 16 players over three tables already on the hunt. Blinds increase every 30 minutes so players will be looking to chip up as fast as possible to get a good start on the latecomers.


Welcome to Day 1B of the Main Event featuring a PHP 3 Million guarantee! Cards are in the air here at Okada Manila for the 17th edition of the Manila Super Series. Players start with 30,000 in chips which is 300 times the opening blinds. Registration is open until the end of Level 10 which is at 6:20pm. Buy in is PHP 15,000.

The Manila Super Series is one of the most popular PokerStars LIVE event in the Philippines. Its past editions of the Main Event has seen its guarantee surpassed as pros and recreational players from all over the world come out to compete for the title. One of the largest prize pools was back in March 2018 with 1,118 entries for a PHP 9.1 Million pot. Filipino pro Lester Edoc won it for a handsome payout of PHP 1.3 Million (~US$ 26.450).

The ongoing event will be looking to breach those numbers with 144 entries at Day 1A. Two flights remain with Day 1B currently underway. Stick with us here for all the updates.

Main Event – Live Updates – Day 1C

Date: May 29 to June 4, 2023
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~US$ 270)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~US$ 53,320)
Day 1A: 144 entries / 22 ITM
Day 1B: 220 entries / 33 ITM
Day 1C: 382 entries / 58 ITM
Total entries: 746
Prize pool: PHP 9,551,784 (~US$ 170,918)
ITM: 113 players

1st prize: PHP 1,762,000 + APPT Manila Main Event Package worth PHP 105,000
2nd prize: PHP 1,075,000 + APPT Manila Main Event Seat worth PHP 65,000


End of Day 1C survivors – 58 players

Ricardo Singapan 728,000
Alexis Cruz 539,000
Wai Sing Wilson 486,000
Richard Marquez 470,000
Jay Gerardo Lubas III 411,000
Sang Ho Cho 365,000
Ting Yi Chen 360,000
Jeremy Noguero 335,000
Soochang Lee 334,000
Po Hsun Liao 332,000
Florencio Campomanes 299,000
David Lennard Ang 288,000
Hai Shien Tan 285,000
Joven Huerto 276,000
Siavasch Dastmalchi 268,000
Seung Yong Yi 266,000
Mitsuya Matsubara 266,000
Johnson Tan 230,000
Alexander Goh 227,000
Takashi Shiono 227,000
Richard Ko 221,000
Munkh Natsagdorj 192,000
Vivencio Nachor 186,000
Marc Regalario 181,000
Stefano Giuriolo 176,000
Chua Feng Ji 175,000
Michael Gabby Concepcion 173,000
Rick Jason Ambata 171,000
Teck Heng Chua 163,000
Hsing Hsiung Tai 146,000
Kazuki Yamashita 140,000
Mark De Vera 136,000
Masafumi Kimura 132,000
William Ysmael 132,000
Jie Hui Chang 128,000
Hirotaka Kihara 128,000
Manuel Mascunana 122,000
Jae Yi Chang 121,000
Kenneth Ching 116,000
Ruzzel Jose 114,000
Digno Camacho 113,000
Genesis Pilao 110,000
Allan Daypuyart 109,000
Jody Kitchen 107,000
Sangmook Park 104,000
Gary Lantoria 101,000
Jharome Pena 98,000
Tsunyin Ng 84,000
Edgar Asehan 77,000
Lester Timonera 75,000
Junji Matsubara 72,000
Kenneth Thariyan 72,000
John Philip Baider 62,000
Shih Hung Huang 61,000
Mc Yeldarb Mantos 57,000
Yukiko Fujiki 55,000
Fujiki Daisuke 50,000
Ricardo Torres 29,000

 


DAY 1C CHIPS IN PLAY – 11,460,000


22:25: Bubble bursts! Ricardo Singapan delivers the bubble
Level 18: 4000-8000 ante 8000

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The bubble round didn’t last long with Ricardo Singapan eliminating a player. The hand sees cutoff Singapan raise to 17,000, small blind three-bet shoves, back to Singapan who calls and shows JcJs. Small blind opens AsKs for a flip. The board runs out 10d7c2s6hQd. Singapan’s jacks ship it to end Day 1C. 


22:05: Blinds up, 59 players, bubble round begins
Level 18: 4000-8000 ante 8000

Blinds are up and the field is down to 59 players which means it is bubble time.


21:58: Yukiko doubles up through Ricardo Torres
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

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Hijack Ricardo Torres raises to 13,000, big blind Yukiko Ogisawara three bet jams, Torres calls. Yukiko ahead KdKc of Torres’ QhJs. The board runs Qd5s4h4s4c for a higher full house to Yukiko and a double up. Torres drops to 5 big blinds. 

Yukiko Ogisawara – 80,000
Ricardo Torres – 33,000


21:43: Takashi Shioho knocks one out
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Hijack shoves, cutoff calls, big blind Takashi Shioho three-bets all in, again cutoff calls for a three-way showdown. Hijack JdJc, cutoff AcQh, Shioho QsQd. The board runs Kd9c4cQc7d, Shioho wins the pot as one player goes bust.

Takashi Shioho – 160,000


21:35: 64 players remaining, blinds up
Level 17: 3000-6000 ante 6000

Blinds are up and the field has trimmed some more. Only eight spots to the money round. 64 remaining.


21:34 Jody Kitchen doubles up through Jose Colada
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

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Hijack Jody Kitchen goes all in with 4s4c, Jose Colada attempts to eliminate with As10c. The flip goes to Kitchen on a board running 8c3dAh4d2d.

Jody Kitchen – 130,000
Jose Colada – 6,000


21:20: John Philip Baider triples up
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

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Three way all in preflop, lojack John Philip Baider with AhKd, button player shortest with QcJc, small blind Allan Daypuyart with Js10d. The board runs low 5h5d2s7s4c for big slick to hold and tripl up.

John Philip Baider – 120,000
Allan Daypuyart – 170,000


21:05: 80 players remaining, blinds up
Level 16: 2000-5000 ante 5000

Blinds are up again. Sixteen players go bust on the previous round to bring the field down to 80 players. The race is for one of the final 58 spots into Day 2.


20:53: Chua Xue Wei doubles up against Rick Jason Ambata

Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

All in preflop, Chua Xue Wei with AdKd, Rick Jason Ambata Ac7c, Chua further improves to a flush on the board 3d2d3sQc8d for a double up.

Chua Xue Wei – 80,000
Rick Jason Ambata – 120,000


20:46: Alex Goh with a boat to bust two
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

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All in preflop, cutoff with Kd10d, button Alex Goh with AsAh, and short stacked small blind with Jh2c. The board runs AcKh2s7dKs for a sweet boat to Goh to ship it all. 

Alex Goh – 160,000


20:40: Mark Devera ends one and rises to six digits
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

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Under the gun limps, lojack Mark De Vera raises to 12,000, back to utg who calls. At the flop 6h8d2d, De Vera c-bets 1000, utg check-raises all in, De Vera calls and shows AsKd over cards. Utg is also drawing with 10s9s. The turn Ks gives De Vera a pair and with the river 6d, De Vera rails one and rises to 100,000. 

Mark De Vera – 100,000


20:35: Down to 96 players, blinds up
Level 15: 2000-4000 ante 4000

Blinds are up and the field is dropping fast. Only 96 players remaining. 58 players are guaranteed a spot into Day 2.


20:20: Lee Soochang doubles up through Khoo Fong Chee
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

On a board showing 5hAc2h4s and 60,000 in the pot, big blind Khoo Fong Chee checks, hijack Lee Soochang shoves, Khoo calls. Lee opens KdKc, Khoo has 7d6s open ended, The river 7c is a double up for Lee. 

Lee Soochang – 120,000
Khoo Fong Chee – 220,000


20:12: Gerardo Lubas III eliminates a player
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

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Under the gun player goes all in and nearly steals the blinds and antes with Gerardo Lubas III defending. Utg has Ad7c, Lubas with 9c9s, the board runs 10c7d4sQs5d. Lubas rails one and rises to 90,000. 

Gerardo Lubas III – 90,000


20:04: Li Chien Lee doubles up
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

Another all in face-off with under the gun / short stacked Li Chien Lee risking it holding 8h6c and small blind putting the heat on with Jc10c. With the board running 8d6s7d4s2h, Lee is saved to rise to 40,000. 

Li Chien Lee – 40,000


19:59: David Tai claims a big pot and rails one
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

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Under the gun raises to 5500, hijack calls, small blind David Tai (CTP / Asia Poker Arena founder) three-bets to 35,000, utg four-bets all in, hijack folds, Tai calls. Utg opens As10s, Tai ahead with AhQs. The board runs 2dJh3d5s6c, Tai has the better spread to ship it and rail one in the process. 

David Tai – 250,000


19:55: Blinds up, 112 remaining, Marquez leads
Level 14: 1500-3000 ante 3000

Blinds are up, 1500-3000 ante 3000. Out of the 112 remaining players vying for one of the 58 spots into Day 2. In the lead is Richard Marquez with 350,000 in chips.


19:47: Kazuki Yamasita triples up, Jenjen busts one
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

Three players are all in by the river Kd9h8s7d9c. Button Kazuki Yamashita wins the main pot with Jh10c straight, player nicknamed Jenjen claims the side pot with 10s6s straight, and small blind AsAh is eliminated. 

Kazuki Yamashita – 140,000
Jenjen – 110,000


19:21: Blinds up, 125 players remaining
Level 13: 1000-2500 ante 2500

Blinds are up, 125 players remaining. They race down to 58 remaining before bagging up.


19:17: Lee Soochang dominates with aces
Level 12: 1000-2000 ante 2000

Lee Soochang scaled

All in preflop, Lee Soochang with AhAc dominates utg+1 JcJs. Lee further improves on a board 6hJh10dAsQs to ship it and send one packing. 

Lee Soochang – 80,000


19:09: Richard Ko claims another head
Level 12: 1000-2000 ante 2000

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Action folds to the button who jams, small blind Richard Ko challenges, big blind folds. Button opens Qc9c, Ko has AcKd, the board runs 7c5hJc4d7s. Button is eliminated and Ko chips up to 170,000. 

Richard Ko – 170,000


19:04: Chua Feng Ji doubles up through Ruzzel Jose
Level 12: 1000-2000 ante 2000

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By the flop 8c8h7c and 170,000 in the pot, hijack player Chua Feng Ji bets his last 5000 and cutoff Ruzzel Jose calls the very affordable bet. Chua has KdKc overpair, Jose with AsKh air. The turn Ks and river 6d further improves Chua for a double up to 180,000. 

Chua Feng Ji- 180,000
Ruzzel Jose – 140,000


19:00: Richard Kool ends one
Level 12: 1000-2000 ante 2000

Preflop all in with under the gun holding Ah10c and hijack Richard Ko looking to rail with KcJs. With the board running Jd2d5s5c8h, Ko spikes a pair to clean out a player and rise to 140,000. 

Richard Ko – 140,000


18:55: 160 players remaining, blinds up
Level 12: 1000-2000 ante 2000

The race is on for a spot into Day 2. Only 58 players will go through and join the 55 players from the previous flights. We will also have the official prize pool and payouts shortly.


18:25: Day 1C registration closes at 382 entries; 746 entries total
Level 11: 1000-1500 ante 1500

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Registration for the Main Event has closed! Day 1C pulled in 382 entries, which was more than the combined total of the first two flights. The event drew a 746 entries total for a prize pool of over PHP 9.5 Million,  making it the richest Manila Super Series in history. A total of 58 players qualify for ITM and advance to the next round.


18:03: Ronnie Jimenez doubles up
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

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Hijack Ronnie Jimenez goes all in with Ac10s and is challenged by the small blind with KsQs. The board runs out QhJcJdAs8d for a higher pair to Jimenez and a double up. 

Ronnie Jimenez – 40,000


17:57: Jonald Garcia outdraws one out of the running
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

Short stacks continue to shove hoping for a double or bust and re-enter before reg closes. Hijack player raises, button Jonald Garcia three-bets all in, back to hijack who goes all in with Ah4h. Garcia opens KdJh. The board runs 6c7sKs7dQc, Garcia outdraws to claim the pot and rail one.

Jonald Garcia – 40,000


17:50 Allan Daypuyart triples up, Chua Xue Wei wins side pot
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

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Three way all in preflop with short stack Allan Daypuyart AsAh, big stack Chua Xue Wei JsJh and the mid stacked player 8c8s. With the board running 3h3c10hQsQh, Daypuyart scores the main pot for a triple up, Chua wins the side pot while railing one in the process.

Allan Daypuyart – 30,000
Chua Xue Wei – 90,000


17:45: Last level to register, 350 entries
Level 10: 600-1200 ante 1200

This is the last level to join the Main Event. The pot continues to brew and is now at PHP 9.1 Million with a combined total of 714 entries. Registration closes at the start of Level 11 which is at 620pm so make sure to jump in before it closes! Buy in is PHP 15,000


17:42: Ronnie Jimenez eliminates a player
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

Preflop all in with short stacked cutoff holding Ah2h and Ronnie Jimenez defending the big blind with 7d8d. With the board running 10d6h2d7hJs, Jimenez ships it and sends one packing. 

Ronnie Jimenez – 20,000


17:34: Danilo Ola doubles up
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

Danilo Ola 1 scaled

Next to send it all in is Danilo Ola and the big blind player. Ola ahead with KsJs, bb with Kd9s, both players connect on the board Kh10h5c3c4d. Ola has the higher five-card spread to ship a double up.

Danilo Ola – 25,000


17:26: Kuei Yang Chen doubles through Ricardo Torres
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

More preflop shoves taking place with Kuei Yang Chen and Ricardo Torres going head to head. It is a flip with Chen holding AdJs and Torres 5c5s. With the board running 3sAcJhQh4c, Chen doubles through to 20,000.

Kuei Yang Chen – 20,000
Ricardo Torres – 90,000


17:19: Noguero Izquierdo busts one
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

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On a board showing 10h4h8cAs and 30,000 in the pot, under the gun Noguero Izquierdo bets 10,000, button player jams, back to Izquierdo who makes the call and opens 10s9s top pair. Button player has QdJc gut shot and overcards. The river 5s is not one of the outs for the button to bust out.

Noguero Izquierdo – 120,000


17:15: New level, 300 entries
Level 9: 600-1200 ante 1200

Blinds are up again which means two levels left of late registration. The count is 300 entries with the prize pool now at PHP 8.4 Million. Registration closes at the start of Level 11 which is at 6:20pm. Buy in is PHP 15,000.


17:09: Lia Po Hsun outkicks a player
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

Cutoff player shoves preflop with Kc10s, big blind Lia Po Hsun calls with KsQh, the board runs 6dJh7hKh4c for Lia’s higher kicker booting out a player. 

Lia Po Hsun – 40,000


16:57: Munkherdene eliminates Richard Marquez
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

Preflop betting war begins with under the gun +1 raising to 2500, cutoff Munkherdene calls, big blind Richard Marquez three-bets all in, back to utg+1 who opts to fold while Munkherdene calls to put Marquez at risk of elimination. Marquez opens 10s10h and is flipping against Munkherdene’s AhQh. With the board running 9hKh4s3sAd, Munkherdene connects on the river to rail Marquez.

Munkherdene – 65,000


16:50: Janno Alvarez recovers some lost chips
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

Janno Alvarez scaled

After paying a double up to Hernan Villa, Janno Alvarez is down to 14,000 and finds luck on his side. He comes from behind with 6d6c flush against a player’s 7h7s set on a board 7c5c3cJc4h.

Janno Alvarez – 30,000


16:47: Hernan Villa connects on the river to luck out
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

Hernan Villa scaled

On a flop 5h3h9s and 16,000 in the pot, Hernan Villa and Janno Alvarez find themselves all in. Cutoff Alvarez ahead with 6d6h against big blind Villa’s 5s7s, the turn comes 2c and the river 5d for trips to Villa for a lucky double up.

Hernan Villa – 45,000
Janno Alvarez – 14,000


16:45: New level, 299 entries
Level 8: 500-1000 ante 1000

Blinds are up, only three rounds left to register. 299 entries so far. The pot has grown to PHP 8.4 Million. The prize pool to beat is PHP 9.54 Million amassed back at Manila Super Series 6 in 2018. Registration closes at the start of Level 11 which is at 6:20pm. Buy in is PHP 15,000.


16:36: Chris Pasion lucks out on the river
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

All in preflop, Allan Daypuyart with AdQc that dominates Christopher Pasion’s Ac5c, the board runs Ks3c10s4s5h for a pair to Pasion on the river. He avoids the rail and climbs to 30,000.

Chris Pasion – 30,000
Allan Daypuyart – 15,000


16:28: John Jay Magadan has trips for the pot
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

Two players stare down a board AhQd8sAd5c and 26,000 in the pot. Small blind John Jay Magadan bets 10,100, utg+1 calls, Magadan has AcJd trips, his opponent mucks and is down to 5000.

John Jay Magadan – 50,000


16:23: Chen Shao Ching wins the draw
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

On a flop 5c7h4h and 12,000 in the pot, Chen Shao Ching and button player are all in. Chen with 6h9h draw and button with Jh8h higher flush draw, the turn Qs is no help to either player but the river 3s is an out for Chen to complete the straight. Chen ships it and rails one in the process.

Chen Shao Ching – 90,000


16:18: Victor Zhuchkov jumps to 100 bb
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

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By the turn 9d3c10cJd with 20,000 in the pot, small blind Victor Zhuchkov check-raises from 8000 by the button player to make it 40,000. Button calls for everything behind. Zhuchkov opens KhQc straight, button with 10s10h set, the river Ah doesn’t pair the board for Zhuchkov to ship it and rail the button.

Victor Zhuchkov – 80,000


16:15: Blinds up, 265 entries
Level 7: 400-800 ante 800

Blinds are up again, event now enters Level 7. The field has grown to 265 entries which means the pot has now spilled over PHP 8 Million and continues to rise. The prize pool to beat is PHP 9.54 Million amassed back at Manila Super Series 6 in 2018. Registration closes at the start of Level 11 which is at 6:20pm. Buy in is PHP 15,000.


16:10: Ho eliminates one
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

Player nicknamed Ho Sn and another player have built a pot of 36,000 by the river 10h9c9sJcAc. Under the gun +1 bets 10,000, hijack Ho Sn shoves, utg+1 calls for everything and opens 8s7s straight. Ho Sn ships it with KdQd higher straight.

Ho Sn – 70,000


16:03: Stefano Giuriolo’s rockets stand firm against ladies
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

Another preflop all in, Stefano Giuriolo has the nuts AcAs against an at risk player with QsQc. The board runs low to send one packing and Giuriolo to chip up to 65,000.

Stefano Giuriolo – 65,000


15:56: Alexis Cruz eliminates one
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

lexis Cruz scores a player’s stack. It was all in preflop with Cruz AhKd flipping against a player’s JcJs. The board was QhKhQd5s7s.

Alexis Cruz – 50,000


15:50 Teng I Huang eliminate a player
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

Teng I Huang raises to 1600 from hijack, cutoff calls, button player three-bet jams, back to Huang who joins with all his chips, cutoff folds. Huang opens 8s9s, button with AdKs. The board runs to Huang’s favor 3hQd9c2s8c. Huang outdraws big slick to ship it and rail one in the process.

Teng I Huang – 45,000


15:45: Day 1C surpasses Day 1B entries, 223 entries and rising
Level 6: 300-600 ante 600

Blinds are up and so is the field with 223 entries and rising. With the screens flashing 223 entries, that means Day 1C has surpassed the Day 1B count. Only five levels left to join the action. The pot is now at PHP 7.5 Million. For all those fence sitters, make sure to get in before registration closes at the start of Level 11, which is at 6:20pm. Buy in is PHP 15,000.


15:28: How Wee Meng outdraws one to ship it
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

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From under the gun How Wee Meng raises to 1000, lojack player three-bet shoves, small blind and Meng both call. At the flop 10c4c6c, sb checks, Meng bets 5000 for a side pot but sb folds. Meng opens 4s6s two pair, lojack with AhJd, the turn 3d and river Kd completes the board. Meng ships it and boots lojack.

How Wee Meng – 60,000


15:20: Li Chien Lin eliminates one
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

Under the gun Li Chien Lin raises to 1500, utg+1 three-bets all in, small blind calls, back to Li who also calls. Both sb and Li check down the board 7h4s8h4cQh, Li opens AhQc and ships the pot while railing one in the process.

Li Chien Lin – 50,000


15:15: Battluga Ganbold doubles up
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

Lojack raises to 1300, hijack and cutoff call, small blind Battulga Ganbold three-bets to 8200, back to initial raiser lojack who shoves. only Battulga joins and puts himself at risk of elimination. Lojack AhJs opens, Battulga way ahead with AcAs, the board runs 2s2d9s3d4c, Battulga doubles up.

Battulga Ganbold – 60,000


15:08: Khoo Fong Chee delivers a double KO
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

Khoo Fong Chee scaled

We missed the action but on a board showing 6c4c10h2d3c, big blind Khoo Fong Chee has 10c7c flush to ship the pot and rail two players – under the gun KhKc and utg+1 JhJc.

Khoo Fong Chee – 90,000


15:05: New level opens with 180 entries
Level 5: 200-500 ante 500

Blinds are up, 180 entries up to this point and rising. Still plenty of time to sign up. Prize pool is currently pushing into PHP 7 Million. Don’t miss out! Buy in is PHP 15,000. Registration closes at the start of Level 11 at 6:20pm.


14:54: Jae Chang eliminates a player
Level 4: 200-400 ante 400

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Jae Chang raises to 1100 from lojack, button player calls, big blinds three-bet shoves, back to Chang who four-bets to 7100, button opts to get out of the way. Chang opens As6s, big blind has KhJs. The board runs 9s5d4s6h2d

Jae Chang – 40,000


14:42: Rick Jason Ambata doubles up
Level 4: 200-400 ante 400

Rick Jason Ambata scaled

Two players stare down a board 5s8s2hQh2c and 20,000 in the pot, small blind Rick Jason Ambata shoves holding Ks2s trips, lojack has AhAs. Ambata ships it for a double up.

Rick Jason Ambata – 60,000


14:35: Blinds up, 151 entries
Level 4: 200-400 ante 400

Blinds are up again and number of entries as well with 151 flashing on the screens. It will be a big one today so for all those fence sitters, time to sign up. Buy in is PHP 15,000. Registration closes at the start of Level 11 at 6:20pm.


14:33: Xin Wang doubles up
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

After a preflop war, Xin Wang is all in from cutoff with 10s10c for around 13,000 and dominates small blind’s 8d8s. With the board running QcJsAd3d7c, the higher pocket pair holds for a double up to Wang.

Xin Wang – 26,000


14:20 Jing Fang Lin cleans one out
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

By the turn 2d3d10d9c, two players have built a pot of 36,000. Under the gun checks, button Jing Fang Lin bets near pot of 26,700, utg goes all in with less chips and shows QcQs. Jing opens Ad5d flush, utg is drawing dead. The river was 2s.  

Jing Fang Lin – 80,000


14:12: Joseph Santos doubles up through Yu Chiu Hu
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

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It’s a classic flip with defending champion Joseph Santos holding QhQc and Yu Chiu Hu with AhKd, the board is 8hQs9hAs2c for the ladies to stand firm and earn Santos a double up.

Joseph Santos – 80,000
Yu Chiu Hu – 15,000


14:05: 120 entries and rising
Level 3: 100-300 ante 300

Blinds have gone up! The previous level saw the headcount cross over 100 with 120 entries currently flashing on the screens. It will be a big one today so for all those fence sitters, time to sign up. Buy in is PHP 15,000. The prize pool is well over PHP 6.2 Million and rising fast. Registration closes at the start of Level 11 at 6:20pm.


14:03: Stefano Giuriolo busts one
Level 2: 100-200 ante 200

Under the gun down in chips, decides to shove with Qc9c, lojack Stefano Giuriolo calls with AcKc, the board runs Ks5dQs6s3s. Giuriolo ships it while busting utg in the process.

Stefano Giuriolo – 35,000


13:57: Noguero Izquierdo Je crack aces to survive
Level 2: 100-200 ante 200

Noguero Izquierdo 2 scaled

On a board showing 4d2d9dJs and 15,000 in the pot, under the gun Noguero Izquierdo bets it all, lojack player calls. Izquierdo opens 9s9c set, lojack has AsAc, the the river Qs is a double up for Izquierdo as he cracks aces. 

Noguero Izquierdo – 75,000


13:49: Khoo Fong Chee’s ladies rails one
Level 2: 100-200 ante 200

From hijack, Khoo Fong Chee raises to 800 then four-bets all in after big blind three-bets to 3000. Big blind calls with less chips. Khoo opens QdQh, big  blind with AsQc, the board runs 9dKs2c7c5h. Khoo ships it and rails one.

Khoo Fong Chee – 60,000


13:35: Blinds up, 59 entries
Level 2: 100-200 ante 200

The field has more than doubled with 59 entries and rising. This is the last flight to enter this event. If you haven’t heard, the pot is now over PHP 4.6 Million. To enter, buy in is PHP 15,000. Registration closes at the start of Level 11 at 6:20pm.


13:15: Early double up for Chen Shao Ching
Level 1: 100-100 ante 100

Heavy action on the first level with Chen Shao Ching already banking a double up. It opened with hijack Jerson Quiras raising to 5000, cutoff Chen three-bet all in, Quiras with the call. Chen opens As[qc}, Quiras JhJd it’s a flip. The board runs 8cAh7h3d10s for a higher pair to Chen. 

Chen Shao Ching – 60,000
Jerson Quiras – 2,000


13:05: Cards in the air for Day 1C
Level 1: 100-100 ante 100

Welcome to Day 1C of the Main Event! This is the last flight to enter the headliner of the Manila Super Series 17. The past two days drew a combined 364 entries to shatter the PHP 3M guarantee. Players are now looking at a prize pool north of PHP 4.6 Million. We will have the official number once Day 1C registration closes which is at 6:20pm tonight.

To enter this event, head to Okada Manila, Philippines. Buy in is PHP 15,000 with unlimited re-entry. Players can attempt for multiple stacks but only the biggest one moves forward. You can track the action right here.

Main Event – Live Updates – Day 2

Date: May 29 to June 4, 2023
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~US$ 270)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~US$ 53,320)
Day 1A: 144 entries / 22 ITM
Day 1B: 220 entries / 33 ITM
Day 1C: 382 entries / 58 ITM
Total entries: 746
Prize pool: PHP 9,551,784 (~US$ 170,918)
ITM: 113 players

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CHIPS IN PLAY: 22,380,000

Final 9 players

Rank Player Flag Stack
1 Yun Rong Cheong Singapore 5,590,000
2 Hai Shien Tan Singapore 4,050,000
3 William Ysmael Philippines 3,420,000
4 Takashi Shiono Japan 3,370,000
5 Ting Yi Chen Taiwan 1,770,000
6 Gerardo Lubas III Philippines 1,235,000
7 Joven Huerto Philippines 1,125,000
8 Ronny Lee Malaysia 950,000
9 Edgar Asehan Philippines 875,000

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20:20: Ke Yan eliminated in 10th place – PHP 109,500 (~$1,955)
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

Ke Yan 6 scaled

After losing a chunk to William Ysmael, Ke Yan three-bet shoved with 5s5c and initial raiser Yun Rong Cheong called with As10d. With the board running 4s9d10sKc9h, Yan was eliminated in 10th place.

Yun Rong Cheong – 5,590,000
Ke Yan – eliminated in 10th place


20:18: William Ysmael bumps up again
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

William Ysmael scaled

On a board 6hKh6c and 240,000 in the pot, under the gun William Ysmael bets 300,000 and big blind Ke Yan check-calls. On the turn 8c more chips land with Yan leading out 575,000, and Ysmael making the call. On the river 8h, both opt to check, Ysmael has the higher two pair with KcQs over Yan’s Ad7s.

William Ysmael – 3,400,000
Ke Yan – 900,000


20:14: Lubas survives the flip against Ysmael
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

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Button player raises to 125,000, small blind William Ysmael calls, then big blind Jay Lubas III shoves, button folds while Ysmael calls. Lubas has 5s5h, Ysmael with overcards Ks10c, the board runs 3cAhQdQs7d for a double up to Lubas.

Gerardo Lubas III – 1,300,000
William Ysmael – 2,200,000


20:05: Takashi Shiono wins a sizable pot against Huerto
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

A pot of 350,000 was brewed by the flop 10dQd2h. Hijack position Joven Huerto bets 145,000 and big blind position Takashi Shiono check-raises to 375,000. Huerto calls. On the turn Kh, Shiono leads out 300,000, Huerto calls. On the river 6s, both players check. Shiono is first to show and has Ks7d, Huerto mucks.

Takashi Shiono – 3,100,000
Joven Huerto – 1,100,000


20:00: Ronny Lee spikes the two-outer to stay in the game
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

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Ronny Lee is all in with 7s7c, Ke Yan dominates with QdQs, when the flop comes 7h4h4c it’s an instant full house to Lee. With the turn 10h and river 8s, it’s a double up to Lee.

Ronny Lee – 1,300,000
Ke Yan – 2,600,000


19:55: Ricardo Singapan eliminated in 11th place – PHP 109,500 (~$1,955)
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

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The day’s entering chip leader Ricardo Singapan will not be bringing home an MSS Main Event trophy having fallen in 11th place to Takashi Shiono. It was all in preflop with the short stacked Singapan risking it on the small blind with Js5d. His attempt to steal the blinds and ante was denied by big blind Shiono with AdJd on a board Jc6c6s3s8d.

Takashi Shiono – 2,200,000
Ricardo Singapan – eliminated in 11th place


19:53: Richard Marquez eliminated in 12th place – PHP 97,500 (~$1,741)
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

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End of the road for Richard Marquez. On a board Ad9cJs5s and 400,000 in the pot, Marquez check-calls Ke Yan’s shove. Marquez with KsJd mid pair, Yan with 6d7d gutshot, the river 8c delivers a sick bad beat to Marquez with Yan improving to a straight.

Ke Yan – 3,100,000
Richard Marquez – eliminated in 12th place


19:45: Lester Timonera eliminated in 13th place – PHP 97,500 (~$1,741)
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

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Lester Timonera looked down at AhAd and was glad to get it all in. She faced Ting Yi Chen with a lesser pair 5c5s. However with the board running 5h9s2dJs5d, Chen improved to quads to crush Timonera’s aces out in 13th place.

Ting Yi Chen – 1,700,000
Lester Timonera – eliminated in 13th place


19:43: Blinds up, 13 players remaining
Level 27: 30,000-60,000 ante 60,000

Blinds are up, 13 players remaining for the hunt to the a final 9 seat.


19:34: Cheong doubles through Marquez
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante 50,000

Yun Rong Cheong 2 scaled

Under the gun player raises to 110,000, small blind Richard Marquez and big blind Yun Rong Cheong call to see the flop 5c6h9s. All three check, the turn is 5s, Marquez leads out 200,000, only Cheong continues. On the river 6s, Marquez fires 250,000, Cheong jams, Marquez folds.

Yun Rong Cheong – 4,000,000
Richard Marquez – 1,000,000


19:27: Raymundo Gomez eliminated in 14th place – PHP 88,000 (~$1,571)
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante 50,000

Under the gun Joven Huerto raises to 120,000, button Raymundo Gomez three-bets, Huerto calls and shows 10c10d. Gomez with AdQs for a flip. With the board running 2s2c2hJc7h Huerto wins the flip and Gomez goes bust in 14th place.

Joven Huerto – 2,000,000
Raymundo Gomez – eliminated in 14th place


19:19: Set over set! Ysmael back up over 3M
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante 50,000

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Hijack player Ke Yan raises to 110,000 then calls cutoff William Ysmael’s 335,000 raise. Both players proceed to check the board to the river 7d6hKs5sQc. Yan bets 300,000, Ysmael raises to 800,000, Yan calls. Ysmael has QsQd set and wins the pot. Yan shares his hand 5c5h lower set.

William Ysmael – 3,200,000
Ke Yan – 1,400,000


19:17: Rick Jason Ambata eliminated in 15th place – PHP 88,000 (~$1,571)
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante 50,000

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Rick Jason Ambata shoves with Ad7h and needs to get lucky against Hai Shien Tan’s JcJd. The board runs 4s8sAhJh6c. Ambata improves but so does Tan to end Ambata’s run in 15th place.

Hai Shien Tan – 3,100,000
Rick Jason Ambata – eliminated in 15th place


19:16: Big slick awards Huerto the max
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante 50,000

Joven Huerto scaled

Button player Joven Huerto shoves with AcKc, small blind Rick Jason Ambata attempts to rail with As10s, the board runs 2d9s7hJcAh. Huerto doubles up.

Joven Huerto – 1,100,000
Rick Jason Ambata – 200,000


19:11: Erwin Navarro eliminated in 16th place – PHP 78,500 (~$1,402)
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante 50,000

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On a board showing Ah3sAsQd9s and 900,000 weighing down the middle, button player Yun Rong Cheong goes all in, big blind Erwin Navarro check-calls for all he’s got and shows Ad4s trips. Cheong wins the pot with 10s6s flush to send out Navarro in 16th place.

Yun Rong Cheong – 2,600,000
Erwin Navarro – eliminated in 16th place


19:08: Ke Yan doubles up through Matsubara
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante 50,000

On a flop 3hJd2c and 200,000 in the pot, Ke Yan bets 75,000, Mitsuya Matsubara shoves, back to Yan who calls for all he’s got. Yan opens Jh9h top pair, Matsubara with 4h5c open ended. The turn Ks and river 3c are no help to Matsubara for a big double up to Yan. 

Ke Yan – 2,600,000


19:05: Tan rails Takayama
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante 50,000

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All in preflop, Mike Takayama with Ad7c, Hai Shien Tan with 10s8d, the board runs out 9c8c3hQcQd. Takayama is eliminated. 

Hai Shien Tan – 2,900,000
Mike Takayama – eliminated


19:00: Marquez outdraws Guiriolo
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante 50,000

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From hijack, Richard Marquez raises to 100,000, cutoff Stefano Guiriolo three-bets jams 165,000, Marquez calls putting the all in player at risk. Guiriolo opens Ah9s, Marquez with Js10s, the cards fan out 8d10c5s2s7h for top pair to Marquez. Guiriolo is eliminated.

Richard Marquez – 2,200,000
Stefano Guiriolo – eliminated 


18:56: Ysmael pays Chen, drops rank
Level 26: 25,000-50,000 ante 50,000

All in preflop, Ting Yi Chen with AdKd, William Ysmael attempts to eliminate with