PokerStars LIVE’s Manila Megastack 17 Main Event boasts PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 180,830) in guarantees, Day 1A runs today


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Midway through the Manila Megastack 17 festival at Okada Manila, Philippines, PokerStars LIVE is pulling out all the stops with its PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 180,830) guaranteed Main Event about to hit the felt. The first of three flights begins today, December 7th with the players set to play down to 15% of the field. Qualifiers advancing to Day 2 are guaranteed a piece of the pie and a fighting chance to become this season’s biggest winner. 

Each entry will set players back PHP 35,000 (~USD 630) with unlimited re-entries allowed for all starting flights. Considering this, runners can take advantage of the opportunity and try their luck in building stacks and qualifying multiple times. The Big Stack Forward format remains in play with survivors bringing their largest Day 1 stack through and receiving the minimum payout for their shortest stack.

All Main Event players start off with a 30,000 chip count and will cruise through 40 minute blind levels through to Day 2. Registration will remain open across ten levels, closing down at 20:10 to wrap up the flight entries. Final Table sees a longer 60 minute gameplay, allowing more room for postflop play and for players to put their skill set to test.

Date: December 7 – 11, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 35,000 (~USD 630)
Guarantee: PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 180,830)
ITM: 15% of the field

Flight A: December 7, Thursday
Flight B: December 8, Friday
Flight C: December 9, Saturday
Day 2: December 10, Sunday
Final Day: December 11, Monday

Manila Megastack – Coverage
Manila Megastack – Festival Results
Manila Megastack – Schedule


An event definitely not to miss, last February’s Main Event saw its prize pool swell to over PHP 16 Million (~USD 285,360) with local runner Terry Gonzaga clinching the trophy and claiming PHP 2 Million (~USD 37,229) in winnings following a three-way ICM deal. 

Manila Megastack Main Event Past Winners

Date Season  Champion Prize (PHP) Prize (USD)  Entries Prize pool
February 2023 16 Terry Gonzaga ₱2,051,000* $37,229* 533 ₱16,285,815
November 2022 15 Bell John Perez ₱2,234,000 $40,017 487 ₱ 14,880,285
September 2019 13 Hiroshi Naito ₱2,840,000 $54,824 435 ₱12,531,915
May 2019 12 Lisa Tan ₱3,186,000 $61,086 485 ₱13,972,365
March 2019 11 Alex Lee ₱3,173,000 $60,772 483 ₱13,914,747

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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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