PokerStars Live Manila Anniversary Special: Issa wins the Main Event, Tollefsen runner-up

Pokerstars Live Manila have been hosting their Anniversary Special Main Event this weekend, and will be pleased with a turnout of 534 entrants, who created a prize pool of PHP2,279,112 ($47,716). When play had concluded at the end of the first day, just 76 remained, with Henrik Tollefsen leading the way, with 528,000 chips. 

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Final Table

When the final table convened, there were four players from the Philippines still in contention, but Tollefsen continued his march, seemingly toward the title. When play reached heads up, the Norwegian faced UK player Jean Issa. Tollefsen held a comfortable chip lead of almost 5 to 1, but the early momentum swung heavily towards Issa, and in a surprisingly short period of time, he had taken the title, and PHP 486,600 prize money ($10,192). 50 places were paid, and the top 10 received a bonus prize of a PHP25,000 entry into the Megastack 5 Main Event.

Manila winner

Jean Issa

Payouts (top 10)

1st – Jean Issa – PHP486,600

2nd – Henrik Tollefsen – PHP314,600

3rd – Mike Takayama – PHP203,600

4th – Gerad Casey – PHP162,000

5th – Jenelee Dizon – PHP126,500

6th – Jay Lapinid – PHP106,200

7th – Carlo Aziz Hassan – PHP90,900

8th – Woo Young Kim – PHP80,800

9th – Joseph Sia – PHP70,700

10th – Nickolai Alexandrov – PHP60,312

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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