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PokerStars Okada Manila Millions: Jose Colada clinches back to back Main Event titles; PJ Aratea, Wonjae Lee, Flo Campomanes among side winners


PokerStars LIVE Manila
concluded its first live event of the calendar year with the 3rd edition of Okada Manila Millions taking place on January 3 to 9 at Okada Resort Hotel & Casino. Among the 14 players that walked away with brand new spade trophies, it was defending champion Jose “JC” Colada earning the highest honors for his back to back Main Event victory. Read up on Colada’s road to the top and all festival results down below. 

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Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

Festival results

Grand total prize pool: ₱ 5,655,760 (~US$ 109,705)
Total entries: 1,599
Festival unique: 428
Countries: 18 
Total winners: 14
Main Event prize pool: ₱ 3,370,013 (~US$ 65,370)
Biggest winner & payout: Jose Colada – ₱ 557,700 

Main Event: JOSE COLADA – ₱ 492,700 (~US$ 9,560)

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Jose Colada, Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

Despite the challenges posed by the current health crisis, the Main Event exceeded all expectations. Out of the three editions, it amassed the largest prize pool of ₱ 3,370,013 (~US$ 65,370) with 1,128 entries across seven entry flights. The largest turnout was at the Day 1F flight with 182 uniques and 104 re-entries for a total of 286 entries. After seven days of action, local player Jose “JC” Colada successfully defended his title to secure ₱ 492,700 (~US$ 9,560) in cash plus a seat worth ₱ 65,000 (~US$ 1,260) to the upcoming APPT Manila Main Event. Recap below. 

Date: January 3 to 9 
Buy in: ₱ 3,500 (~US$ 68)
Guarantee: ₱ 3,000,000 (~US$ 58,190)
Entries: 1,128
Prize pool: ₱ 3,370,013 (~US$ 65,370)
ITM: 135 players
*Four way ICM deal

Final day payouts – 56 players

Place First Name Last Name Country Cash Prize
1 Jose Colada Philippines ₱ 492,700*
2 Luis Bernardo  Philippines ₱ 377,400*
3 Ann Klein Lazo Philippines ₱ 335,700*
4 Junnie Pamplona Philippines ₱ 312,400*
5 Ji Eon Han South Korea ₱ 129,300
6 Robert Anthony Bryan USA ₱ 89,700
7 Choi Chang Ui South Korea ₱ 76,500
8 Amit Nautiyal India ₱ 66,600
9 Yaoguo Wang China ₱ 56,813
10 June Brix Nuestro Philippines ₱ 46,800
11 Michael Bueza Philippines ₱ 36,900
12 Aristotle Sigua Philippines ₱ 36,900
13 Kenzo Mendoza Philippines ₱ 30,300
14 Edwin Dela Cruz Philippines ₱ 30,300
15 Alvin Jeff Sembrano Philippines ₱ 30,300
16 Eun Hwan Lee South Korea ₱ 30,300
17 David Jansen Erquiaga Philippines ₱ 24,000
18 Algerico Tabacon Philippines ₱ 24,000
19 Lester Edoc Philippines ₱ 20,400
20 Ken How Voo Malaysia ₱ 20,400
21 Audrius Karbauskas Lithuania ₱ 20,400
22 Jasper David Philippines ₱ 31,700
23 Jerick Medina Philippines ₱ 24,700
24 Jasper Borcena Philippines ₱ 17,700
25 Jonald Garcia Philippines ₱ 15,300
26 Niel Ortillo Philippines ₱ 15,300
27 Alvin Chio Philippines ₱ 15,300
28 Renato Pacayra Philippines ₱ 15,300
29 Tracy Crisostomo Philippines ₱ 15,300
30 Jose Drilon Philippines ₱ 15,300
31 Cesario Corpuz Philippines ₱ 15,300
32 Jan Jason Leoncio Philippines ₱ 22,300
33 Jonathan Dimaculangan Philippines ₱ 13,800
34 Gerald Ganab Philippines ₱ 13,800
35 Janno Alvarez Philippines ₱ 13,800
36 Ruderico Dela Cruz Philippines ₱ 13,800
37 Rodrigo Sequite Philippines ₱ 13,800
38 Jungchul Lee South Korea ₱ 20,800
39 Cris Colangoy Philippines ₱ 13,800
40 Karen de Castro Philippines ₱ 13,800
41 Joseph Bartolome Carbonell Philippines ₱ 19,500
42 Wonjae Lee South Korea ₱ 12,500
43 Jefrey Agravante Philippines ₱ 12,500
44 Conrad Lumaban Philippines ₱ 12,500
45 Mark Lorca Philippines ₱ 12,500
46 John Carlo Cura Philippines ₱ 12,500
47 Wendell Garcia Philippines ₱ 12,500
48 Marciel Cerbito Philippines ₱ 12,500
49 John Jay Magadan Philippines ₱ 11,500
50 Conrado Pumicpic Philippines ₱ 11,500
51 Venoni Paltep Philippines ₱ 18,500
52 Pan Yao China ₱ 11,500
53 Emmanuel Segismundo Philippines ₱ 18,500
54 Jeorge Lagatuz Philippines ₱ 11,500
55 Hyeonjun Gwon South Korea ₱ 18,500
56 Gus Perez Philippines ₱ 11,500

Champion’s story and Main Event recap

Colada’s young live tournament career kicked off in 2020, just before the world went on lockdown, where he reached five final tables within a span of one month. During that time he bagged his first live win at the 2nd edition of Okada Manila Millions Main Event and pocketed a personal high payout of ₱ 700,000 (~US$ 13,870). 

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Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

Returning this year, Colada fired two bullets in Day 1C but failed to advance. He tried his luck at Day 1D, and this time his second bullet was the charm, closing out the heat as chip leader. 

Out of the 1,128 total entries, only 56 advanced to the final day. Just before the final two tables were formed, Philippine pro Lester Edoc fell in 19th place to China’s Yaoguo Wang with A-8 dominated throughout by A-10. Short stacked Algerico Tabacon (18th) was out next followed by pro player David Erquiaga in 17th place who bricked twice holding A-K. In turn, Erquiaga’s fall gave rise to Junnie Pamplona with nearly back to back double ups to zoom from around 10 BB to one of the chip leaders. 

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Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

Down to two tables, heavy action unfolded at 13 remaining. Luis “Don Don” Bernardo scooped up a massive pot, shoving on a turn board 6h9s2s10s with Ks3s flush, called by Kenzo Mendoza with 7c8h straight while Wang opted to fold and show AdAh (hand pictured above). Another crazy hand was the elimination of side event champion June Brix Nuestro in 10th place with AhQh nut flush rivered by South Korea’s Ji Eon Han’s 2d2h full house on a board 3h3dKh6h3s. Colada finished off short stacked Wang in 9th place to form the final table

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Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

The final chase kicked off with Bernardo as chip leader. At five handed, a cooler sent Colada soaring with AdAc doubled up huge by Han’s KcKd. Two hands later, Colada took the rest of Han’s stack, and after a couple of hands, a four way ICM deal was struck. From there, monster stacked Colada went on to crush the rest of his opponents to secure the back to back victory and the APPT Manila Main Event seat. 

Event #1: Kickoff – Re-entry – PEE JAY ARATEA – ₱ 83,000 (~US$ 1,600)

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Pee Jay Aratea, Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

The festival opened up featuring the ₱3K Kickoff event with 129 entries (101 uniques, 28 re-entries) to more than smash the ₱300K guarantee. The top 17 players earned a piece of the ₱ 330,343 (~US$ 6,408) prize pool. Pee Jay Aratea emerged victorious for his first known live victory. He defeated Rick Jason Ambata at heads up to collect a career high payout of ₱ 83,000 (~US$ 1,600). For runner up Ambata, he earned ₱ 56,000 and went on to place 4th at the ₱2,500 No Limit Hold’em Single re-entry for ₱ 14,000. 

Date: January 3
Buy in: ₱ 3,000 (~US$ 58)
Guarantee: ₱ 300,000 (~US$ 5,819)
Entries: 129
Prize pool: ₱ 330,343 (~US$ 6,408)
ITM: 17 places

Place First Name Last Name Country Prize
1 Pee Jay Aratea Philippines ₱ 83,000
2 Rick Jason Ambata Philippines ₱ 56,000
3 Edwin Dela Cruz Philippines ₱ 36,400
4 Melvin Francis Cuevillas Philippines ₱ 30,100
5 Proceso Reyes Philippines ₱ 24,400
6 Joseroy Jeremias Jr Philippines ₱ 19,300
7 Joseph Antonio Toral Philippines ₱ 14,800
8 Amiel Uy Philippines ₱ 11,100
9 Michael Bueza Philippines ₱ 8,243
10 Eduardo Sinajon Philippines ₱ 6,800
11 Mc Edwin Montanes Philippines ₱ 6,800
12 Siegfredo Pescador Philippines ₱ 6,000
13 Mark Harold Carlos Philippines ₱ 6,000
14 Jessie Renoir Trance Philippines ₱ 5,500
15 Jeffrey Pardales Philippines ₱ 5,500
16 Christopher Gavan Philippines ₱ 5,200
17 Jun Talosig Philippines ₱ 5,200

Event #14: ₱6K NLH Superstack Re-entry – WONJAE LEE – ₱ 143,400 (~US$ 2,780)

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Wonjae Lee, Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

The festival closer ₱6K NLH Superstack Re-entry also offered a guarantee of ₱500K and this too was surpassed with 109 entries for a pot of ₱ 558,254 (~US$ 10,829). South Korea’s Wonjae Lee shipped it for his first known live victory and ₱ 143,400 (~US$ 2,780). He was the only non-Filipino player to win a spadie at the series. Lee also cashed at the Main Event in 42nd place for ₱ 12,500. 

Date: January 9
Buy in: ₱ 6,000
Guarantee: ₱ 500,000 (~US$ 9,698)
Entries: 109
Prize pool: ₱ 558,254 (~US$ 10,829)
ITM: 15 places 

Place First Name Last Name Country Prize
1 Wonjae Lee South Korea ₱ 143,400
2 Redentor Edoc Philippines ₱ 98,500
3 Conrad Lumaban Philippines ₱ 64,800
4 Pan Yao China ₱ 52,500
5 Jeffrey Pamplona Philippines ₱ 42,200
6 Rommel Angeles Philippines ₱ 33,000
7 Eric Roy Andres Philippines ₱ 26,000
8 Venoni Paltep  Philippines ₱ 19,900
9 Marciel Cerbito Philippines ₱ 14,554
10 Hyeonjun Gwon South Korea ₱ 11,800
11 Jie Meng China ₱ 11,800
12 Rodrigo Sequite Philippines ₱ 10,400
13 Ronn Ryan Mesina Philippines ₱ 10,400
14 Adones Carmona Philippines ₱ 9,500
15 Sandro Bruni Italy ₱ 9,500

Other events

Event #3: ₱10K NLH Knockout Turbo Freezeout 

Date: January 3
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~US$ 194)
Entries: 31
Prize pool: ₱ 264,616 (~US$ 5,133) 
ITM: 5 places 
Winner: KENDRICK TAN – Philippines – ₱ 75,000 (~US$ 1,455)

2nd Mike Takayama – Philippines – ₱ 51,700
3rd Wangming Li – China – ₱ 33,000
4th Pan Yao – China – ₱ 23,900
5th Harold Neal Ruaya – Philippines – ₱ 19,016

Event #4: ₱2,500 No Limit Hold’em Single Re-entry

Date: January 4
Buy in: ₱ 2,500 (~US$ 48) 
Entries: 42
Prize pool: ₱ 89,528 (~US$ 1,737)
ITM: 6 places
Winner: JUNE BRIX NUESTRO – Philippines – ₱ 14,000* (~US$ 271)

2nd Richard Marquez –  Philippines – ₱ 19,628*
3rd Cesario Corpuz –  Philippines – ₱ 14,000*
4th Rick Jason Ambata –  Philippines – ₱ 14,000*
5th Mike Takayama –  Philippines – ₱ 14,000*
6th Joven Huerto –  Philippines – ₱ 14,000*
*Six way payout deal 

Event #5:  ₱10K NLH Turbo Freezeout 

Date: January 4
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~US$ 194)
Entries: 9
Prize pool: ₱ 76,824 (~US$ 1,490)
ITM: 3 places
Winner: ERIC ROY ANDRES –  Philippines – ₱ 38,500 (~US$ 747)

2nd Sandro Bruni – Italy –  ₱ 23,100
3rd Jiho Kim – South Korea –  ₱ 15,224 

Event #6:  ₱2,500 PLO Knockout [Bounty  ₱500] – Single re-entry 

Date: January 6 
Buy in: ₱ 2,500 (~US$ 48)
Entries: 43
Prize pool: ₱ 91,672 (~US$ 1,778)
ITM: 6 places
Winner: RAPHAEL BERROYA BULAONG – Philippines – ₱ 16,600 (~US$ 322)

2nd Namsoo Lee – South Korea –  ₱ 23,900
3rd Jody Kitchen – Canada –  ₱ 10,600
4th Rodrigo Sequite –  Philippines – ₱ 8,100
5th Nicholas John Woodward – UK –  ₱ 6,400
6th Arnel Casquejo –  Philippines – ₱ 4,662   

Event #7:  ₱10K NLH Turbo – Single re-entry

Date: January 5 
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~US$ 194)
Entries: 8
Prize pool: ₱ 68,288 (~US$ 1,325)
ITM: 3 places 
Winner: EDGAR ASEHAN –  Philippines – ₱ 34,200 (~US$ 663)

2nd Harold Neal Ruaya –  Philippines – ₱ 20,500
3rd Eden Dailo –  Philippines – ₱ 13,588

Event #8: ₱5K NLH Shot Clock – Single Re-entry

Date: January 6
Buy in: ₱ 5,000 (~US$ 97)
Entries: 33
Prize pool: ₱ 140,844 (~US$ 2,732)
ITM: 7 places 
Winner: JEFFREY PAMPLONA – Philippines – ₱ 20,844* (~US$ 404)

2nd Edwin Dela Cruz – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
3rd Rodrigo Sequite – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
4th Ronald Gorgonia – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
5th Mike Takayama – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
6th Emmanuel Segismundo – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
7th Christopher Mateo – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
*Seven way payout deal

Event #9: ₱10K NLH Hyper Turbo – Single re-entry 

Date: January 6 
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~US$ 194)
Entries: 8
Prize pool: ₱ 68,288 (~US$ 1,325)
ITM: 3 places
Winner: RONN RYAN MESINA – Philippines – ₱ 34,200 (~US$ 663)

2nd Sandro Bruni – Italy – ₱ 20,500
3rd Jeff Legarda – Philippines – ₱ 13,588

Event #10: ₱10K NLH Knockout [Bounty ₱5K] – Single re-entry

Date: January 7
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~US$ 194)
Entries: 22
Prize pool: ₱ 187,792 (~US$ 3,643)
ITM: 4 places
Winner: RICARDO TORRES – Philippines – ₱ 32,700 (~US$ 634)

2nd Anthony Castro – Philippines – ₱ 21,800
3rd Wendell Garcia – Philippines – ₱ 14,100
4th Ken How Voo – Malaysia – ₱ 9,192

Event #11: ₱20K NLH Shot Clock 

Date: January 7 
Buy in: ₱ 20,000 (~US$ 388)
Entries: 10
Prize pool: ₱ 174,600 (~US$ 3,387)
ITM: 3 places
Winner:  FLORENCIO CAMPOMANES – Philippines – ₱ 73,350 (~US$ 1,423)

2nd Alan Honyin Tsang – USA – ₱ 66,250
3rd Edgar Asehan – Philippines – ₱ 35,000

Event #12: ₱15K NLH Freezeout

Date: January 8
Buy in: ₱ 15,000 (~US$ 291)
Entries: 8
Prize pool: ₱ 104,760 (~US$ 2,032)
ITM: 3 places
Winner: ROMMEL DONES – Philippines – ₱ 52,260 (~US$ 1,013)

2nd Arthur Soliano – Canada – ₱ 31,500
3rd Ronald Gorgonia – Philippines – ₱ 21,000 

Event #15: ₱8K NLH Freezeout 

Date: January 9
Buy in: ₱ 8,000 (~US$ 155)
Players: 19
Prize pool: ₱ 129,747 (~US$ 2,517)
ITM: 4 places
Winner: HAROLD NEAL RUAYA – Philippines – ₱ 45,000

2nd Emmanuel Segismundo – Philippines – ₱ 34,650
3rd Michael Manlapaz – Philippines – ₱ 34,650
4th Mansour Khorramsh – Iran – ₱ 15,447

Up next for PokerStars LIVE Manila

PokerStars LIVE Manila plans to return next month with the Manila Super Series running on February 20 to 27 however due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, it remains subject to regulatory approval. Following that event, also awaiting the green light are APPT Open Manila which is scheduled for March 22 to 28, and the highly popular APPT Manila scheduled for July 29 to August 7. For those planning to attend, Covid-19 vaccination is required to enter the premises. Stay tuned for more updates. 

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Triccia David

Triccia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits. She spent a year working part time with Poker Portal Asia and later became the editor and writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live blogger for several other major events in the Philippines. Currently, she is in charge of events reporting for Somuchpoker.

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