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PS Live Manila Megastack 18 (2024): Live Updates


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Key Info PokerStars LIVE Manila Megastack 18

  Location: Okada Manila

  Dates: February 15 - 25, 2024

  Main Event Buy-In: PHP 45,000

  Schedule: Manila Megastack 18 Schedule

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The live tournament scene across the Asian region has been brimming with excitement as poker players find their calendars packed with chart-topping action week after week. Only at the start of its 2024 season, PokerStars LIVE is already gearing up to take the spotlight with its richest Manila Megastack edition set to hit the felt in seven days at Okada Manila, Philippines. The 18th running of its flagship tournament this time boasts its biggest PHP 37,000,000 (~USD 660,400) in festival guarantees to be awarded this coming February 15th through 25th.

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The boosted Manila Megastack pot appears to be in line with the extended 11-day schedule now featuring 55 events, fifteen more from its previous season. Buy-ins remain within the PHP 5,000 (~USD 89) to PHP 200,000 (~USD 3,570) range, allowing players of varying bankrolls to find a game suitable to their liking. While majority of the games fall under the mid tier, those looking for bigger action can turn their attention to at least five High Roller events on schedule including the highest priced Super High Roller on the 21st. 

Manila Megastack 18 Main Event
Date/s: February 21 – 25, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 45,000 (~USD 804)
Guarantee: PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 357,430)

Flight A: Wednesday, February 21
Flight B: Thursday, February 22
Flight C: Friday, February 23
Flight D (Turbo): Friday, February 23
Day 2: Saturday, February 24
Final Day: Sunday, February 25

The most eye-catching highlight of the series however, remains to be the upgraded Manila Megastack 18 Main Event which now lists a PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 357,430) guarantee, double of last December’s offerings. Accompanying the boost in prizes also comes a PHP 10,000 (~USD 89)  hike on the price tag, now charging a PHP 45,000 (~USD 804) entry fee.

Four Main Event flights are available on schedule with each playing down to 15% of the field (ITM) for a spot into Day 2. All qualifiers (except for the Turbo) and Day 2 will run through 40 minute blinds and longer 60 minute intervals for the final table gameplay. In addition to their seven-figure payouts, the top two winners will also receive PHP 120,000 valued 2024 APPT Event Packages taken from the prize pool.

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The 17th edition of the festival racked up to be the largest in both field and prize pool numbers across the tour’s nine year history with Japan’s Masafumi Matsushita claiming close to PHP 4 Million (~USD 71K) following a heads up deal. The staggering 870-entry turnout broke records and made the Main Event pot swell to over PHP 26 Million (~USD 475K). This surpassed the 2018 festivities which collected an enormous 695 entries and awarded a bonus USD 30,000 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship Platinum Pass to the winner.

Manila Megastack Main Event History

Date Manila Megastack  Edition Champion Prize (PHP) Prize (USD)  Entries Prize pool
December 2023 17 Masafumi Matsushita ₱3,941,000* $71,249* 870 ₱26,582,850
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

Growing in number, this season’s Manila Megastack games look to go beyond last year’s PHP 70 Million (~USD 1.265 Million) awarded festival pot with eight guaranteed tournaments lined up in addition to the Main Event. Three of these kick off right on opening day with the single day Early Bird running simultaneously as the first flights of both the Kickoff and Hot Hyper Turbo. Three more PHP 2 Million (~USD 35K) guaranteed trophy events follow through with the second largest PHP 5 Million (~USD 89K) Megastack Turbo offering those who fail to qualify in the Main Event games another chance to claim a sizeable prize.

Aside from the cash to be won, players who top some of the fields will find themselves claiming either a Main Event seat or entries/ packages to the APPT games scheduled later in the year.

  • Early Bird – Top three receives PHP 45,000 Main Event entry
  • Kickoff – Winner receives PHP 120,000 APPT Main Event Package
  • Mystery Bounty – Top two receives PHP 75,000 APPT Manila Main Event entry 
  • Megastack Turbo – Winner receives PHP 120,000 APPT Main Event Package 

Guaranteed Events

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Early Bird
Date/s: February 15, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 10,000 (~USD 178)
Guarantee: PHP 1,000,000 (~USD 17,870)

Kickoff
Date/s: February 15-17, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 16,500 (~USD 295)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~USD 53,615)

Hot Hyper Turbo
Date/s: February 15-18, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 5,000 (~USD 89)
Guarantee: PHP 1,000,000 (~USD 17,870)

DeepStack Challenge
Date/s: February 17-18, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 55,000 (~USD 980)
Guarantee: PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 35,740)

Mystery Bounty
Date/s: February 18-19, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 20,000 (~USD 357)
Guarantee: PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 35,740)

Hot Turbo
Date/s: February 18-21, 2024
Buy-in:  PHP 10,000 (~USD 178)
Guarantee: PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 35,740)

Megastack Turbo
Date/s: February 21-25, 2024
Buy-in:  PHP 15,000 (~USD 268)
Guarantee: PHP 5,000,000 (~USD 89,350)

Freezeout Challenge
Date/s: February 24, 2024
Buy-in:  PHP 30,000 (~USD 536)
Guarantee: PHP 1,000,000 (~USD 17,870)

Manila Megastack 18 E-Player Guide

Main Event – Flight A – Live Updates

00:17: Shin Hyeonho tops the first Main Event flight!
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Shin Hyeonho

After nearly 11 hours of play, action on today’s Main Event Flight A has concluded with 27 players making it through to Day 2 out of the 176-entry field. South Korea’s Shin Hyeonho leads the pack with a 511,000 chip count after delivering at least four crucial eliminations throughout the day. Joining him are ₱25K NLH Turbo winner Christopher Mateo, last season’s Manila Megastack Kickoff champion Alvir Inocentes, and Philippines #1 All-Time Money Lister Marc Rivera.

Chip Counts

Player Flag Chip Count
Shin Hyeonho Korea, South 511,000
Nguyen Andrew United States 445,000
Mateo Christopher Philippines 423,000
Sayo John Carlo Philippines 407,000
Liu Zhiqiang China 352,000
Young Thomas Indonesia 260,000
Sembrano Alvin Jeff Philippines 256,000
Cheong Yun Rong Singapore 250,000
Jaeki Choi  Korea, South 245,000
Rivera Marc Philippines 235,000
Ciklamini Patrik Slovakia 231,000
Inocentes Alvir Philippines 218,000
Lewis Anthony Thomas United States 216,000
Parsacalla Rodillo Jr Philippines 203,000
Arberg Mads Andahl Denmark 151,000
Anthony Kenneth Singapore 105,000
Marcial Lou Philippines 103,000
Ang Virgo Singapore 86,000
Magadan John Jay Philippines 80,000
Choe Hwanho Korea, South 79,000
Hyodo Kazuya Japan 79,000
Li Jun United Kingdom 79,000
Yu Darren Philippines 73,000
Castillo Ellezer Philippines 64,000
Hopper Paul Darcy British Antarctic Territory 48,000
Hayashi Tatsuhiko Japan 46,000
Gomez Raymundo Philippines 36,000

00:11: Chan William Chun Kuang exits as the day’s bubble
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Bubble Time

Cutoff Parsacalla Rodillo Jr. opened to 11,000 and called off small blind Chan William Chun Kuang’s 36,500 all-in.

Chan JhJd
Parsacalla Qs6h

The board 5s7c8c4d9s ran a straight for Parsacalla, sending Chan packing as the stone cold bubble.

Parsacalla Rodillo Jr. – 200,000
Chan William Chun Kuang – Eliminated


00:05: Edwin Dela Cruz falls victim to Christopher Mateo once again
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Edwin Dela Cruz

Following a monstrous loss just minutes ago, Edwin Dela Cruz got his last 120,000 in with QhQc and faced opponent Christopher Mateo once more. Unfortunately for Dela Cruz, Mateo had it this time, with his KhKd remaining to be a huge favorite. The board 3sAsAh4hKs sealed the win for Mateo, busting Dela Cruz two spots short of the money.

Christopher Mateo – 440,000
Edwin Dela Cruz – Eliminated


23:49: Hopper Paul Darcy triples up
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Hopper Paul Darcy

Cutoff Hopper Paul Darcy flicked in his 22,000 stack and was called by both button John Carlo Sayo and small blind Choe Hwanho. Playing for a side pot, Sayo bet the turn 9d10s5s9c and convinced Choe to fold.

Hopper Kd10d
Sayo 3s3d

Hopper ahead, the river 4h changed nothing, earning him a triple up to 15 BB.

Hopper Paul Darcy – 76,000
John Carlo Sayo – 400,000
Choe Hwanho – 90,000


23:47: Blinds up!
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

It’s almost bubble time with 29 players left in today’s Main Event Flight A. Only 27 are guaranteed a spot into Day 2!


23:32: Christopher Mateo banks huge
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

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Christopher Mateo

With a few more eliminations to go, big blind Christopher Mateo put maximum pressure on his opponents and squeezed all-in for 124,000 against an early open and a call. Edwin Dela Cruz with AhKh put in the chips, leaving Mateo’s 3s2d at risk. Still a race, Mateo luckily found a pair on board 2c6d8c10s8s to survive.

Christopher Mateo – 262,000
Edwin Dela Cruz – 120,000


23:19: Shin Hyeonho finishes off Edilberto Gopez
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

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Shin Hyeonho

Utg+2 Edilberto Gopez opened and called off for his 10 BB stack with AcQh and found himself in rough shape against chip leader Shin Hyeonho’s QdQc. Drawing slim, the queen high board 6s7hQs6d10c offered no help for Gopez, leaving him to exit the Main Event arena.

Shin Hyeonho – 510,000
Edilberto Gopez – Eliminated


23:16: Ciklamini Patrik continues to chip up
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

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Ciklamini Patrik

An all-in preflop situation, Ciklamini Patrik got his 195,000 stack in with QdQc and faced Andrew Nguyen’s AdKs. A classic NLH flip, the board QsJs2h7h4c quickly favored Ciklamini, saving him from elimination.

Ciklamini Patrik – 390,000
Andrew Nguyen – 145,000


23:11: Shin Hyeonho running hot
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Facing a cutoff open, button Shin Hyeonho threw in a three bet to 18,500 and called off small blind Edgar Asehan’s 103,000 jam. Shin shows 8h8d and is in for a flip against Asehan’s Ad10c. The board Qh9d5sAc8s landed Shin a set of eights on the river to knock out his opponent.

Shin Hyeonho – 250,000
Edgar Asehan – Eliminated


23:07: Blinds up!
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

33 players remain in today’s Main Event Flight A with six more eliminations to go before the day wraps up.


23:06: Edilberto Gopez gives it up
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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Liu Zhiqiang

Utg+1 Liu Zhiqiang opened to 7,500 and called a 21,000 three bet from Edilberto Gopez behind. On flop Js10c3c, Liu went with a check call for 18,000 and headed to turn Ah. Gopez fired another 30,000 yet folded shortly after Liu moved all-in for his remaining 35,000.

Liu Zhiqiang – 350,000
Edilberto Gopez – 35,000


22:44: Alvir Inocentes gets Takami Kohei to pay off
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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Alvir Inocentes

Utg Alvir Inocentes opened to 8,000 and called Takami Kohei’s three bet to 25,000. Both players checked the board Ax Qx 4x Jx 2x through to the river where Inocentes led all-in for 45,000. Takami puts in the call, revealing his opponent’s top two pair Ace-Queen to beat his pocket kings.

Alvir Inocentes – 147,500
Takami Kohei – 60,000


22:41: Nakanishi Hirotaka falls short
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

Utg+1 Nakanishi Hirotaka open shoved his 35,000 stack in with KcQh and was called by Ciklamini Patrik with As10c. Up for a race, the board ran 8h7h2d10dJs, leaving Nakanishi’s king high headed for the muck.

Ciklamini Patrik – 330,000
Nakanishi Hirotaka – Eliminated


22:35: Edgar Asehan remains in the game
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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Edgar Asehan

Button Marc Rivera opened to 8,000 and called off big blind Edgar Asehan’s 35,000 all-in with KcJd. Asehan a favorite with As8s, remained ahead all the way on board 6c7s2s10cJs and went on to secure the double up with his nut flush.

Edgar Asehan – 74,500
Marc Rivera – 128,000


22:19: Break Time!
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

38/176 players remain in the running with the day set to conclude at 27 players remaining.

Top Chip Counts

Ciklamini Patrik – 345,000
Edwin Dela Cruz – 330,000
John Carlo Sayo – 330,000
Liu Zhiqiang – 305,000
Shin Hyeonho – 275,000


22:18: No sweat for Jaeki Choi
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Jaeki Choi

Utg Jaeki Choi opened to 5,000 and called Anthony Cierco’s 45,000 jam with QhQc. Cierco is behind with 9h9s and failed to catch up on board Qs5c3d10h2c for his elimination.

Jaeki Choi – 223,000
Anthony Cierco – Eliminated


22:04: Andrew Nguyen survives flip
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

Facing an open and a three bet, button Andrew Nguyen shoved his remaining 63,000 in and was called by Chan William Chun Kuang. Nguyen with AsKc is in for a flip against Chan’s JhJc. The board ran ace high Qs7s2d6dAd, keep Nguyen in the Main Event games with his top pair.

Andrew Nguyen – 138,000
Chan William Chun Kuang – 45,000


21:54: Double barrel does it for Cheong Yun Rong
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Cheong Yun Rong

Cutoff Edwin Dela Cruz opened to 5,000 and called the 9,000 more three bet from button Cheong Yun Rong. On flop Kd10d7d, Dela Cruz check called 9,000 and headed to turn Js. Again with a check, Cheong barreled a heftier 22,000 to which Dela Cruz was unable to continue.

Cheong Yun Rong – 170,000
Edwin Dela Cruz – 190,000


21:46: Ciklamini Patrik rises to the top
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Ciklamini Patrik

Cutoff Ciklamini Patrik completed his raise following a 15,000 three bet from button Leon Alf Marlon. Flop 10s3cKs saw Ciklamini check call 12,000 and another 22,000 on turn Ac. River Js completed the board and Ciklamini this time, bet all-in, called by Leon for his remaining 95,000. Ciklamini reveals 8s9s for a rivered flush, good against Leon’s QhJc turned straight.

Ciklamini Patrik – 390,000
Leon Alf Marlon – Eliminated


21:41: Lewis Anthony Thomas busts Tsujisaka Tetsuya
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Lewis Anthony Thomas

Utg Lewis Anthony Thomas opened and called off Tsujisaka Tetsuya’s 65,000 jam with QsQh. Tsujisaka with AcJh, is in search of an ace which failed to come on board 4c3s2dKh10d. Lewis’ premium pair holds up for the pot, sealing Tsujisaka’s fate.

Lewis Anthony Thomas – 150,000
Tsujisaka Tetsuya – Eliminated


21:37: Blinds up!
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

52 players remain in the Main Event Flight A games with 27 runners geared to make it through to Day 2.


21:25: Edilberto Gopez ships it with two pair
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

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Nguyen Andrew

Edilberto Gopez completed his big blind against utg Nguyen Andrew’s open and saw flop 5cJd9s. Checked to Nguyen, he bet 5,000 and called Gopez’ raise for 7,000 more. Turn 3s saw Gopez fire 23,000 and a final 37,500 on river 5d. Nguyen called both streets with 10h9h and was crushed to see his opponent’s better Js9c.

Edilberto Gopez – 157,000
Nguyen Andrew – 90,000


21:17: Arberg Mads Andahl stuffs it in
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Utg+2 Arberg Mads Andahl completed his open against Edilberto Gopez’ three bet to 11,000 and headed to flop 9s2s10h. Checked to Gopez, he continued for 15,000 yet quickly gave up the fight after his opponent raised all-in.

Arberg Mads Andahl – 140,000
Edilberto Gopez – 75,000


21:07: Alvin Jeff Sembrano flops the nuts
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

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Alvin Jeff Sembrano

A five way raised pot saw flop 8c6d4s roll on the board. All players check it through, revealing turn 4h. Small blind led for 8,000, called by the big blind. Action on Tsujisaka Tetsuya, he shoved all-in, called by button Alvin Jeff Sembrano. Both blinds get out of the way and Tsujisaka finds his Ac4d drawing thin against Sembrano’s flopped straight 5d7d. The river 5h bricks and Tsujisaka heads for the exit.

Alvin Jeff Sembrano – 120,000
Tsujisaka Tetsuya – Eliminated


21:00: Stochita Ionut suffers bad beat
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

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Virgo Ang

Folded to small blind Stochita Ionut, he slammed all-in his remaining 19,000 and was called by big blind Virgo Ang with KsQd. Stochita, dominating his opponent with AdKc, was out of luck after the board KdQs3d9cJs turned up on the felt.

Virgo Ang – 82,000
Stochita Ionut – Eliminated


20:58: Blinds up!
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

58/176 players remain in the Main Event Flight A games with 27 runners guaranteed a spot into Day 2.


20:52: Shin Hyeonho delivers double elimination
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

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Shin Hyeonho

Utg opened and saw three players join the action behind. Flop Js9c8c was checked to button Michael Bueza, who fired a bet of 8,000. Small blind Shin Hyeonho calls and is followed by a raise to 22,000 from big blind Michael Cerbito. Original raiser folds and Bueza stuffs in his 41,000 stack. Shin raises all-in and Cerbito makes the final call for his 100,000 stack for a three way pot.

Bueza Qc4c
Shin 6c7c
Cerbito Kh10d

All with draws, the turn 10c sealed the win for Shin Hyeonho, giving him a straight flush to knock both opponents out.

Shin Hyeonho – 320,000
Michael Cerbito – Eliminated
Michael Bueza – Eliminated


20:40: Cezar Quiambao hero calls with ace high
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Morvan Romain defended his big blind vs lojack Cezar Quiambao’s open to 3,500 and saw flop 9h7h2c. Both players check it through and head to turn Qc. Morvan leads out a bet of 7,000 and calls a raise for 9,000 more from his opponent. Morvan checks the river 6s, pushing Quiambao to send out 24,000. Morvan answers with an all-in for Quiambao’s tournament life (31,000 behind) with the latter finding the call with Ad3d. Quiambao’s ace high is good against Morvan’s busted Js10c for the win.

Cezar Quiambao – 150,000
Morvan Romain – 9,000


20:17: Registration is closed!
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Registration for Flight A is sealed with a total of 176 entries. Play will wrap up once the field is down to 15% at 27 players.


20:07: Break Time!
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

68 players remain out of the 176-entry field with registration set to close after the break.

Top Chip Counts

Edwin Dela Cruz – 260,000
Liu Zhiqiang – 180,000
Shin Hyeonho – 160,000
Choi Jaeji – 150,000
Puskadija Marko – 140,000


20:02: Anthony Cierco stacks high
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

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Anthony Cierco

Hijack John Carlo Sayo opened to 2,500, called by button Kyung Ho Moon and big blind Anthony Cierco to see flop 6d8d10s. Sayo continued for 4,400, Kyung with a call. Action on Cierco, he check raised all-in for 39,400 and merited no calls from either opponent.

Anthony Cierco – 57,500
John Carlo Sayo – 120,000
Kyung Ho Moon – 21,000


19:47: Edwin Dela Cruz takes it down
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

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Edwin Dela Cruz

Cutoff Edwin Dela Cruz completed his open vs button Cheong Yun Rong’s three bet to 7,000 and saw flop Kh2h10c. Cheong continued for 5,500, check called by his opponent. Turn Jh merited no bets and saw Dela Cruz lead for 8,000 on river Ah. Cheong gives up the fight and makes the fold.

Edwin Dela Cruz – 270,000
Cheong Yun Rong – 60,000


19:40: Mike Takayama scoops three way all-in
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

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Mike Takayama

Utg Mike Takayama opened to 2,500, called by Kapoor Jason Tyler behind. Button Khodov Vladimir shoved all-in for 17,000, followed by another all-in for 27,000 from the raiser and a final call from Kapoor for the three way rumble.

Khodov 7c7d
Takayama 9c9s
Kapoor AdKh

The board ran 5c10c4h8h3d, leaving Takayama’s pocket pair to hold up for the win.

Mike Takayama – 74,000
Kapoor Jason Tyler – 45,000
Khodov Vladimir – Eliminated


19:27: Blinds up!
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Last level to register! 172 entries have so far been recorded for today’s Main Event Flight A with the field set to play down to 15% of the field.


19:20: Talampas Marius jams for the win
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

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Talampas Marius

Cutoff Renniel Galvez opened to 2,500 and was met with a three bet to 5,000 from button Talampas Marius. Galvez clapped back with another raise to 18,000 yet shortly folded after Talampas shoved all-in for 44,500.

Talampas Marius – 65,500
Renniel Galvez – 68,000


19:13: Renniel Galvez with the rockets
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

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Renniel Galvez

An all-in preflop situation, Renniel Galvez collected a quick double up after his AhAc went to showdown against Leon Alf Marlon’s JsJc. Galvez cruised through the queen high board to ship the 73 BB in the middle.

Renniel Galvez – 87,700
Leon Alf Marlon – 100,000


19:10: John Carlo Sayo gets max value
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Cutoff Hyodo Kazuya opened to 2,500, called by small blind John Carlo Sayo. Flop came Ad10hQh and saw Sayo check call for 3,500. Hyodo continued for another 16,000 on turn 7h, Sayo with another call. River 7d completed the board, pushing Sayo to shove all-in for 21,400. Hyodo makes the final call, revealing Sayo’s flush 6h4h to claim the pot.

John Carlo Sayo – 102,000
Hyodo Kazuya – 200,000


18:49: Blinds up!
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

169 entries have so far been collected for today’s Main Event Flight A with registration open for two more levels. Hyodo Kazuya continues to lead the pack with a massive stack of over 200 BB.


18:48: Michael Bueza wins race
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

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Michael Bueza

Utg+2 Michael Bueza opened to 2,500 and called Anthony Cierco’s 23,200 jam with AsJc. At risk, Cierco’s KhQh needs to pair up for his survival which unfortunately didn’t come on board 7s5c8c9c4h.

Michael Bueza – 80,000
Anthony Cierco – Eliminated


18:38: Split pot for Leon Alf Marlon and Lewis Anthony Thomas
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

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Leon Alf Marlon

Facing an open and a three bet, button Leon Alf Marlon fired another raise behind to 15,000. Big blind Lewis Anthony Thomas shoved all-in for 32,000 and was called by Leon with AsQc. Holding the same hand AdQh, the two split the pot on a queen-high board.

Leon Alf Marlon – 150,000
Lewis Anthony Thomas – 37,000


18:23: Snowmen good for Cezar Quiambao
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

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Cezar Quiambao

Khodov Vladimir defended his big blind vs utg Cezar Quiambao’s open to 2,200 and saw flop 7d10c9h. Quiambao continued for 1,800, Khodov with a check call. Turn 7h raked in no bets, leading to river 7s. Khodov sent out a 12,000 bet and Quiambao makes the call. Khodov shows a busted straight draw QhJh, no good against Quiambao’s 8c8s for a full house.

Cezar Quiambao – 63,000
Khodov Vladimir – 100,000


18:13: Shin Hyeonho answers with four bet
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

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Shin Hyeonho

Folded to button Shin Hyeonho, he opened to 2,100 and was met with a three bet to 5,500 from big blind Joemark Vasay. Shin followed with a four bet to 15,500 to which Vasay made the fold.

Shin Hyeonho – 50,000
Joemark Vasay – 45,000


18:07: Blinds up!
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

163 entries in so far for today’s Main Event Flight A. Pot is now up to PHP 6,403,455, registration open for two more hours.


17:53: Trips good for Joemark Vasay
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

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Joemark Vasay

Utg+1 Joemark Vasay opened to 1,600, joined by two opponents on flop 6d6h2d. Big blind Li Jun led out a 4,500 bet, called by the raiser. Turn Kc saw Li barrel another 6,500 and another 15,000 on river 3s. Two-time MSS champion Vasay called both streets and takes the pot down with trips 6s7s, good against Li’s ace-high.

Joemark Vasay – 70,000
Li Jun – 15,000


17:32: No chop for Arberg Mads Andahl
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

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Arberg Mads Andahl

An all-in preflop situation, small blind Arberg Mads Andahl got his stack in with AdKd against big blind Takagi Yosuke’s AhKh. Both with suited ace-kings, the board 2dJd8h8d5c favored Arberg’s diamonds, awarding him the pot and delivering Takagi his elimination.

Arberg Mads Andahl – 97,000
Takagi Yosuke – Eliminated


17:15: Break Time!
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

149 entries are in so far for today’s Main Event Flight A with registration open through Level 10 @ 20:10.

Top Chip Counts

Hyodo Kazuyo – 145,000
Villanueva Renato Jr – 120,000
Liu Zhiqiang – 100,000
Khodov Vladimir – 100,000
Leon Alf Marlon – 90,000


17:07: Kyung Ho Moon sends Jacky Ho packing
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

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Kyung Ho Moon

With 9,000 in the pot blind vs blind, flop As2s3c saw small blind Kyung Ho Moon check raise all-in, called by Jacky Ho for his remaining 37,200. Kyung tables 2d2c, way ahead of Ho’s top pair Ah10s. The runout runs blank and Kyung piles it high with a 138 BB stack.

Kyung Ho Moon – 83,000
Jacky Ho – Eliminated


16:51: Czar Ian Marcos doubles with kings
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

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Czar Ian Marcos

Hijack Czar Ian Marcos opened to 1,800 and shortly got the rest of his stack in after William Ysmael five bet jammed all-in.

Ysmael 10s10c
Marcos KsKc

A great spot for Marcos, no tens were seen on board 8h8d6h3d9c, earning him an easy double up.

Czar Ian Marcos – 39,100
William Ysmael – 8,000


16:37: Blinds up!
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

133 entries in for today’s Main Event Flight A with over three hours left on the clock before registration closes.


16:33: Edilberto Gopez lands a monster flop
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

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Edilberto Gopez

Utg+2 Shin Hyeonho opened to 1,000, joined by three players on flop 10s10h6c. Board is checked through, peeling turn Qc. Checked to Shin, he bets 1,500 and is met with a raise to 5,500 from big blind Edilberto Gopez. Shin min clicks to 10,500, called by his opponent. Gopez shoves all-in for 23,700 on river 4h and Shin makes the final call. Gopez shows full house 10cQs, crushing Shin’s AdQh entirely.

Edilberto Gopez – 73,100
Shin Hyeonho – 16,000


16:20: Top pair no good for Lester Edoc
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

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Shin Hyeonho

Shin Hyeonho defended his big blind vs Lester Edoc’s open and saw flop 6sQh3s. An action packed flop, stacks flew to the middle – Edoc with top pair QcJh way behind against Shin’s 3c3d. Drawing thin, Edoc was crippled down to 12 BB shortly after and went on to bust the following hand.

Shin Hyeonho – 51,100
Lester Edoc – Eliminated


16:05: All-in does it for Murakami Yuta
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

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Murakami Yuta

Hijack Murakami Yuta pushed a three bet to 3,100, called behind by Kyung Ho Moon to see flop 9d8d4d. Murakami check called a 5,900 bet from his opponent and headed to turn Ah. Both players check it through, revealing river 6s. Murakami shoved all-in for 22,000, Kyung with a fold.

Murakami Yuta – 44,000
Kyung Ho Moon – 16,000


15:56: Blinds up!
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

Flight A has racked up a total of 123 entries so far with registration open through Level 10 @ 20:10.


15:40: Tsujisaka Tetsuya lands a double up
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

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Tsujisaka Tetsuya

Utg Tsujisaka Tetsuya opened to 900, called by two players behind. Button Stanley Damien Peter put in a squeeze to 5,500 and saw Tsujisaka shove all-in for 19,800 total. Stanley makes the call with AdKc and is in for a flip against Tsujisaka’s 5h5c. The board ran 2c10s10h8d10c, awarding Tsujisaka a full double up.

Tsujisaka Tetsuya – 42,400
Stanley Damien Peter – 41,800


15:29: Liu Yen Hung gets coolered
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

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Hyodo Kazuya

A four bet pot preflop, all the chips went in the middle on 3s4s4c. Hyodo Kazuya ahead with AsAc against Liu Yen Hung’s QcQh. Gunning for two outs, Liu found no help on the runout and was eliminated from the table.

Hyodo Kazuya – 87,000
Liu Yen Hung – Eliminated


15:25: No showdown for Kravchenko Maksim
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

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Kravchenko Maksim

Utg opened to 900, called by two other players. Hijack Kravchenko Maksim fired a three bet to 4,000 to which only Ghanem Michel made the call. Board 5dJh10c7hQd was checked down to the river and saw Kravchenko fire a 5,000 bet. Ghanem folds and Kravchenko claims the pot.

Kravchenko Maksim – 30,000
Ghanem Michel – 12,000


15:06: Break Time!
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

89 entries have so far been recorded for today’s Main Event Flight A! Registration open through Level 10 @ 20:10.

Top Chip Counts

Puskadija Marko – 90,000
Khodov Vladimir – 70,000
Colada Jose – 67,000
Araniel Noel – 65,000
Mateo Christopher – 65,000


14:48: Marvin Cerbito gets crushed
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

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Christian Lortie

Already 14,700 in the pot, action was seen with Marvin Cerbito all-in for his remaining 21,000 on board 9sQh5s7h. Unfortunately for him, Christian Lortie held a higher set with QdQs, sending him out early from the Main Event games.

Christian Lortie – 60,000
Marvin Cerbito – Eliminated


14:27: Blinds up!
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

69 entries in for today’s Main Event Flight A with seven more levels to go before registration closes.


14:27: Michael Bueza ahead all the way
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

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Michael Bueza

Another three bet pot preflop, Michael Bueza defended his open and found all his chips in the middle on flop Qh10c4d. Bueza in a good position to double up with 10h10d against John Dela Cruz’s AsQs, did just so after the turn Ac and river Jc completed the board.

Michael Bueza – 54,500
John Dela Cruz – 6,000


14:14: Asnani Harish Kumar wins preflop war
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

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Asnani Harish Kumar

Utg Asnani Harish Kumar opened to 700, called by a player behind. Cutoff Kuroda Shohei pushed a three bet to 4,200, urging Asnani to bump the stakes even more to 18,000 total. Both players fold and Asnani claims the boost.

Asnani Harish Kumar – 41,000
Kuroda Shohei – 25,000


14:07: Christian Lortie gets aces cracked
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

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Rodillo Parsacalla Jr

A three bet pot preflop, both players checked flop 7cQc10h through and saw turn 5d. Aggressor big blind Christian Lortie led for 10,000 and called Rodillo Parsacalla Jr’s 21,000 jam with AcAs, ahead of his opponent’s mid pair Kc10d. The river Kh however, turned things around, saving Parsacalla from elimination.

Rodillo Parsacalla Jr – 49,000
Christian Lortie – 10,000


13:56: Kravchenko Maksim pays up
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

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Liu Yen Hung

With 9,000 in the middle on board 3cKd10hJd8h, Liu Yen Hung bet all-in for 10,300, check called by big blind Kravchenko Maksim. Liu reveals a set with 3s3h, good against Kravchenko’s two pair Ks8s.

Liu Yen Hung – 31,000
Kravchenko Maksim – 20,000


13:47: Blinds up!
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

45 entries in so far for today’s Main Event Flight B! Registration remains open through Level 10 @ 20:10.


13:44: Pocket aces wins it for Hayashi Tatsushiko
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

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Hayashi Tatsushiko

Small blind Khalife Hanna defended his open and called big blind Hayashi Tatsushiko’s three bet to 1,500. On board 9s6hJc3d9d, Tatsushiko bet all three streets and saw his opponent snap call all the way to showdown. Tatsushiko reveals AhAc and secures the boost after Khalife threw it in the muck.

Hayashi Tatsushiko – 42,000
Khalife Hanna – 9,000


13:33: Yoon Kyosung takes it down
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

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Yoon Kyosung

Preflop action saw button Christian Lortie three bet to 1,000, joined by small blind Yoon Kyosung along with the original raiser. Flop came 8c3c6h and Lortie was seen with a raise to 3,600, check called by Yoon. Other player folds and turn comes 9c. Yoon leads out for 6,400, Lortie quickly snap folding his way out.

Yoon Kyosung – 36,000
Christian Lortie – 25,000


13:24: Taehwa Paul Kim double barrels through
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

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Taehwa Paul Kim

Cutoff Taehwa Paul Kim pushed a three bet to 1,200, called by the button and original raiser Raphael Bulaong. On flop 7s5s4h, Kim continued for 2,000, called by Bulaong. Kim bet another 4,500 on turn Ks and took the pot down after Bulaong threw in the fold.

Taehwa Paul Kim – 35,000
Raphael Bulaong – 25,000


13:06: Cards are in the air!
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Main Event Flight A action begins, good luck to all the players!


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Midway through the tour’s richest Manila Megastack series at Okada Manila, Philippines, several spadies have already been awarded in the past five days yet no festival remains complete without its crown jewel Main Event. This Wednesday, February 21st marks the first day of the awaited PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 357,430) guaranteed Main Event where Flight A is set to play through. Three more flights complete the qualifying rounds through the 23rd with each playing down to 15% of the field (ITM).

Registration will remain open through Level 10 @ 20:10.

Manila Megastack 18 Main Event

Date/s: February 21 – 25, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 45,000 (~USD 804)
Guarantee: PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 357,430)

Flight A: Wednesday, February 21
Flight B: Thursday, February 22
Flight C: Friday, February 23
Flight D (Turbo): Friday, February 23
Day 2: Saturday, February 24
Final Day: Sunday, February 25

Main Event – Flight B – Live Updates

00:35: Lester Edoc reigns as Flight B chip leader
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Lester Edoc

After almost 12 hours on the felt, the Main Event Flight B games wrapped up with a total of 231 entries recorded and 35 players qualifying through to Day 2. Philippines’ own Lester Edoc topped the charts with a massive 159 BB stack after cracking both pocket aces and kings as the last hand of the day. Also making the list are APPT Main Event champion Henrik Tollefsen, WPT winner Jonald Garcia, and Metro Team pro Joseph Sia.

Chip Counts

Player Flag Chip Count
Edoc Lester Philippines 797,000
Ungria Jr Alexander Philippines 465,000
Cerbito Marvin Philippines 403,000
Lesmana Charles Singapore 360,000
Cardyn Nicolas France 302,000
Gnusaev Dmitrii Russia 289,000
Concepcion Michael Gabby Philippines 255,000
Haitao Luan China 247,000
Ang Boon Seng Singapore 242,000
Gur Ben Israel 239,000
De Lara Christopher Philippines 235,000
Chang Shao Chi China 233,000
Chua Bernard Philippines 224,000
Tsujisaka Tetsuya Japan 223,000
Paulsen Kai Norway 222,000
Yoo Gyeong Tae Korea, South 190,000
Benor Daniel Israel 189,000
Anderhofstadt Leon Alf Marlon Germany 171,000
Garberg Markus Norway 170,000
Seonghun Jeong Korea, South 166,000
Katsuragawa Yohei Japan 155,000
Tollefsen Henrik Norway 126,000
Dela Cruz James Philippines 124,000
Almerez Marco Philippines 122,000
Garcia Jonald Philippines 109,000
Yburan Alejevel Philippines 106,000
Cheung Jose Philippines 95,000
Chen Jingliang China 75,000
Zak Elan Canada 71,000
Foster Mitchell Alan Canada 70,000
Sia Joseph Philippines 66,000
Ionov Sergei Russia 61,000
Flores John Paul Philippines 49,000
Kim Min Hwa Korea, South 34,000
Jose Ruzzel Philippines 27,000

00:31: Ionov Sergei bubbles Flight B
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Bubble Time

An insane three way all-in was caught right on bubble time with Foster Mitchell Alan covering both opponents with AsAc. Ionov Sergei is at risk with KsKd – 117,000, along with Lester Edoc with QhQs – 335,500. The board drew Qd8d10hAdQc and wrapped up the flight with Edoc’s pocket queens rivering quads for the win.

Lester Edoc – 797,000
Foster Mitchell Alan – 70,000
Ionov Sergei – Eliminated


00:12: Hand for hand continues
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Chen Jingliang

Folded to small blind Chen Jingliang, he shoved his remaining 24,000 with Ah10h and was called by big blind Marco Almerez with 4h8c. Running a race, Chen secured the double up on board 10dQc3hKs7c and avoids bubble elimination.

Chen Jingliang – 53,000
Marco Almerez – 125,000


23:57: Top pair no good for James Dela Cruz
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Marvin Cerbito

Button James Dela Cruz opened to 10,000, called by both players on the blinds. On flop 10h4s8c, small blind Marvin Cerbito was seen leading out for 21,000. Big blind Lesmana Charles made the call and was followed with a raise to 55,000 from Dela Cruz. Cerbito jams all-in for 112,500 total, Lesmana folds, and Dela Cruz puts in the rest.

Cerbito AcAd
Dela Cruz Qs10s

Crushed against Cerbito’s over pair, Dela Cruz found no help on either turn 6c or river Js, shipping the pot to his opponent.

Marvin Cerbito – 281,000
James Dela Cruz – 150,000
Lesmana Charles – 360,000


23:48: Blinds up!
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Almost bubble time! 37 players remain on the felt with 35 guaranteed a spot in the Day 2 games.


23:46: Rex Richard crashes with aces
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

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Rex Richard

Both Tsujisaka Tetsuya and Rex Richard were spotted with their stacks in the middle, each holding a premium pocket pair. Rex is ahead with AcAs against his opponent’s KsKh. A cooler situation, Tsujisaka immediately flopped quads on KdKc9c10d8d to steal the pot.

Tsujisaka Tetsuya – 220,000
Rex Richard – Eliminated


23:38: Ricardo Torres runs into kings
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

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Ang Bong Seng

Facing a utg open and a call, small blind Ricardo Torres shoved his 112,000 stack in with AdJc and was called by original raiser Ang Bong Seng with KcKh. Up against a premium, Torres exited shortly after no ace peeled on board 5h8c10s8d10h.

Ang Bong Seng – 266,000
Ricardo Torres – Eliminated


23:20: Set good for Haitao Luan
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Utg Rodolfo Cruz limped and saw cutoff Gur Ben bump it up to 12,500. Small blind Haitao Luan joins the action along with Cruz and heads to flop 2h8hJd. All three players check it through, revealing turn Qc. Haitao leads for 16,000 and Cruz stuffs in his 57,000. Gur makes the call and faces another jam for a bigger 126,000 total. Gur folds and the two go to showdown.

Cruz QsJh
Haitao 8c8d

Drawing to four outs, Cruz was knocked out after the river 9d failed to fill up his two pair.

Haitao Luan – 285,500
Rodolfo Cruz – Eliminated


23:12: Khodov Vladimir bows out
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Cutoff Yoo Gyeong Tae opened to 6,500 and called off button Khodov Vladimir’s 117,500 jam with JhJd. Khodov is behind with 8h8c and headed out the door shortly after the board KhAhAs2h3h rolled up on the felt.

Yoo Gyeong Tae – 248,500
Khodov Vladimir – Eliminated


23:05: Blinds up!
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

41 players remain in today’s Flight B with six more eliminations before the day wraps up.


23:05: Leon Alf Marlon slams it in
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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Leon Alf Marlon

Button Leon Alf Marlon opened to 7,000 and was met with a three bet to 20,000 from small blind Yoo Gyeong Tae. Leon answered with an all-in for his entire 88,500 stack to which Yoo folded. Leon shows AhKc and secures the pot.

Leon Alf Marlon – 114,500
Yoo Gyeong Tae – 105,000


22:48: Ang Bong Seng pulls a squeeze
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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Ang Bong Seng

With an open and two calls in front of him, big blind Ang Bong Seng threw in a squeeze to 80,000 and was met with no callers. Ang takes the boost, picking up the dead money.

Ang Bong Seng – 200,000


22:33: Christopher De Lara wins crucial flip
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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Li Jun

An all-in preflop situation saw Li Jun (92,500) at risk with 10c10d, called by slightly bigger stacked Christopher De Lara with AhKc. In for a flip, the board ran 9h9s8hQcKh, pairing up De Lara’s overcards for the win.

Christopher De Lara – 200,000
Li Jun – Eliminated


22:18: Break Time!
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

50 players remain in today’s Main Event Flight B with 15 eliminations to go before the day concludes.

Top Chip Counts

Ungria Jr Alexander – 430,000
Lesmana Charles – 400,000
Foster Mitchell Alan – 350,000
Dela Cruz James – 320,000
Gnusaev Dmitrii – 250,000


22:13: Ungria Jr Alexander triple barrels
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Bernard Chua

Utg+1 Ungria Jr Alexander opened to 5,000 and was called by button Bernard Chua. On board 2d9s4h6dKh, Ungria triple barreled all the way to the river with Chua calling behind two streets. Facing a final bet of 40,000, Chua gave it up and put in the fold.

Ungria Jr Alexander – 430,000
Bernard Chua – 225,000


21:54: Thoo Ming Ken suffers bad beat
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Thoo Ming Ken

With an open in front of him, Khodov Vladimir pushed his 84,500 stack in with 10h10s and ran right into big blind Thoo Ming Ken’s KsKd. In rough shape, the runout QcJh8s10d4c landed Khodov a set to dodge elimination.

Khodov Vladimir – 177,500
Thoo Ming Ken – 50,000


21:49: Marvin Cerbito’s aggression pays off
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Marvin Cerbito

Facing an open and a call, cutoff Marvin Cerbito slammed all-in his 70,500 stack and was cold called behind by Ricardo Torres with AhKh. Cerbito is dominated with Kd7d but immediately turned the tables after the board 7s4s2dQs9d paired him up.

Marvin Cerbito – 156,000
Ricardo Torres – 150,000


21:41: Paulsen Kai saved from elimination
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Paulsen Kai

Utg Paulsen Kai open shoved his 64,000 in with 10s10c and was called by Christopher De Lara with JcJd. At risk, Paulsen luckily was able to spike his two outer on board 10h{qc9s7c2c to save him from elimination.

Paulsen Kai – 131,500
Christopher De Lara – 110,000


21:39: Blinds up!
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

60 players remain out of the 231 entry field with only 35 runners geared to make it through to Day 2. Foster Mitchell Alan currently leads with a stack of 370,000.


21:19: Noel Llamedo bricks runout
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

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Jose Cheung

Button Noel Llamedo opened to 5,000, called by big blind Jose Cheung. On flop As10d4d, Cheung bet all-in for 28,000. Llamedo put in the call with a straight draw KsJc and is drawing slim against Cheung’s 4c4s. Turn 2c and river 3h ran blank, giving Cheung a quick double up.

Jose Cheung – 69,000
Noel Llamedo – 150,000


21:10: Christopher De Lara misses to get value
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

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Jose Ruzzel

A five way raised pot saw flop 7d8cJs. Action was checked through to turn Qd where hijack Jose Ruzzel churned out a 12,000 bet. Only small blind Christopher De Lara made the call and peeled river 10s. Both players checked it down with De Lara showing a set 7h7c, good against Ruzzel’s 10dJd.

Christopher De Lara – 170,000
Jose Ruzzel – 85,000


20:58: Blinds up!
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

71/231 players remain in today’s flight with half the field guaranteed a spot into Day 2.


20:19: Registration closed!
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

That’s it for Main Event Flight B! 231 entries were recorded following ten levels of registration with play set to conclude once the field is down to 35 players.


20:09: Registration about to close!
Level 11: 1,000 – 1,500 ante 1,500

Registration will close following the ten minute break. 225 entries are in so far for today’s flight with 83 players remaining on the felt.

Top Chip Counts

Li Jun – 250,000
Ungria Jr. Alexander – 235,000
Dela Cruz James – 190,000
Chang Shao Chi – 180,000
Seonghun Jeong – 155,000


20:06: Easy boost for Jung Kelvin Hyuki
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Utg+1 Jung Kelvin Hyuki opened to 2,500, called by the cutoff. Small blind Tominaga Yuma squeezed all-in for 17,300 and was called by the raiser with AcJd. Tominaga is dominated with 7cJc and found no help on board 2s6d3h6h10s to knock him out.

Jung Kelvin Hyuki – 85,000
Tominaga Yuma – Eliminated


19:52: Stochita Ionut dodges elimination
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

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Stochita Ionut

Button open was followed by an all-in from Stochita Ionut for 15,400. Big blind Ching Li Lok puts in the chips and reveals AhAs, crushing Stochita’s 9h9d. Lucky for the short stack, the board 3s2h10d9sJc peeled a nine to save him from elimination.

Stochita Ionut – 34,600
Ching Li Lok – 115,000


19:33: John San Nicolas claims pot
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

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John San Nicolas

Utg John San Nicolas opened to 2,600, joined by three other players on flop Kc7h9d. All four check it through, leading to turn 10h. Checked to the raiser, he bet 4,000. John Paul Flores behind, bumps it up to 10,000, prompting both players on the blinds to fold. San Nicolas puts another raise to 20,000 and takes it down after Flores makes the final fold.

John San Nicolas – 95,000
John Paul Flores – 80,000


19:28: Blinds up!
Level 10: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Last level to register! Total entries for today’s Main Event Flight B currently stands at 221. Generated pot up to PHP 15.5 M with two more flights to go.


19:20: Shah Chirag dominated
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

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Shah Chirag

Cutoff Shah Chirag open shoved 19,000 in with 7s7h and was called by Mehra Rishi with 10c10h. In rough shape, Shah was eliminated after the board rolled 10sJh8c8sAs.

Mehra Rishi – 190,000
Shah Chirag – Eliminated


19:10: One bet does it for Florencio Campomanes
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

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John Niko Constiniano

With an open and call in front of him, big blind John Niko Constiniano threw a three bet to 10,300. Both players complete and head to flop 6d7hJs. Small blind Florencio Campomanes leads out for 21,500 and was awarded the pot after both opponents folded.

Florencio Campomanes – 60,000
John Niko Constiniano – 45,000


19:04: Christopher De Lara swipes pot from Li Jun
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

Utg Li Jun opened to 2,500, called behind by Christopher De Lara to see flop Kc10s4s. Li continued for 2,000 and another 7,000 on turn Jh with De Lara calling both streets. Li checked the river 8h where De Lara fired a 10,200 bet. Li gives it up and throws his hand in the muck.

Christopher De Lara – 105,000
Li Jun – 200,000


18:55: No showdown for Jinlong Hu
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

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Jinlong Hu

Utg Ungria Jr. Alexander defended his open vs Jinlong Hu’s three bet to 8,500 and saw flop 9c9h4h. Both players check it through, revealing turn As. Ungria leads for 7,000 yet folds shortly after Hu put in a raise to 26,500.

Jinlong Hu – 55,000
Ungria Jr. Alexander – 160,000


18:49: Blinds up!
Level 9: 600 – 1,200 ante 1,200

219 entries in for today’s Main Event Flight B with closing of registration approaching in ~an hour.


18:41: Rex Richard claims preflop war
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

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Rex Richard

Utg Haitao Luan opened to 2,000, followed by a three bet to 5,600 from Lesmana Charles. Action on small blind Rex Richard, he sent out another raise to 20,500 total. Both players fold and Rex picks up the dead money.

Rex Richard – 90,000
Haitao Luan – 115,000
Lesmana Charles – 65,000


18:30: Terrible runout for Javalera Ireneo
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

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Kim Byungsung

A raised pot from utg Javalera Ireneo saw flop 7c9c5d against two opponents. Javalera bet all-in for 20,300, called behind by Kim Byungsung with 9h8h. Javalera is ahead with As9d but quickly came crashing after the turn Jc and river 10s rolled on board.

Kim Byungsung – 70,000
Javalera Ireneo – Eliminated


18:20: Joseph Sia cracks aces
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

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Joseph Sia

Utg+2 Katsuragawa Yohei opened to 2,500, called by both players on the blinds. Flop QdKd5h saw big blind Joseph Sia lead out all-in for 8,700. Katsuragawa raises to 25,000 and the small blind folds. Sia shows Jd5d for pair flush draw against the raiser’s AhAd. The runout 4d4h gave Sia the flush, cracking Katsuragawa’s aces along the way.

Joseph Sia – 25,900
Katsuragawa Yohei – 110,000


18:09: Blinds up!
Level 8: 500 – 1,000 ante 1,000

213 entries in for today’s Main Event Flight B! Players have until Level 10 to register at 20:10.


18:02: Seonghun Jeong triple barrels against Mehra Rishi
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Utg+2 Seonghun Jeong opened to 1,600, joined by two players on flop Ks3s9h. Seonghun continued for 3,000 and another 13,500 on turn 6h, called by Mehra Rishi behind on two streets. River Ah saw Seonghun pull a final 28,500 which merited a fold from his opponent.

Seonghun Jeong – 175,000
Mehra Rishi – 100,000


17:49: Christopher De Lara delivers double elimination
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

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Christopher De Lara

Facing an open and a call, small blind Tai Chun Min three bet to 6,600 to which both players completed. On flop 3d6d5c, all the chips piled in the middle with original raiser Christopher De Lara ahead of both opponents with 5s5d.

Tai 9c9h
Cezar Quiambao Qd8d

The turn 10h and river Jh completed the board, leaving De Lara’s flopped set good for the take down.

Christopher De Lara – 160,000
Tai Chun Min – Eliminated
Cezar Quiambao – Eliminated


17:45: James Dela Cruz doubles off of Mehra Rishi
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

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James Dela Cruz

With both players all-in preflop, Mehra Rishi found himself left drawing thin with his JsJc up against James Dela Cruz’s KcKs. The board ran 6c3c4h7sAc, sparing no bad beats this time.

James Dela Cruz – 74,000
Mehra Rishi – 95,000


17:34: Seonghun Jeong double barrels through
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Utg+1 Ma Keon Yong opened to 2,000, called by button Seonghun Jeong. Flop came Jh6d9d and saw Ma pull a check raise to 6,000. On turn Ah, checked to Seonghun, he bet 13,500. Ma put in the fold, saving his 19 BB behind.

Seonghun Jeong – 160,000
Ma Keon Yong – 15,000


17:18: Break Time!
Level 7: 400 – 800 ante 800

Total entries now up to 203 for today’s Main Event Flight B! More to come with registration open for three more hours.

Top Chip Counts

Seonghun Jeong – 150,000
Li Jun – 140,000
Mehra Rishi – 130,000
Benor Daniel – 110,000
Kapoor Jason Tyler – 100,000


17:16: Foster Mitchell Alan lands winning end of a cooler
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

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Foster Mitchell Alan

An all-in preflop situation saw Iwaki Yosuki at risk with KcKh, running smack right into Foster Mitchell Alan’s AsAd. No kings on board 2dJc7d10hJh meant Iwaki is knocked out of the flight and a big boost for Foster.

Foster Mitchell Alan – 80,000
Iwaki Yosuki – Eliminated


17:06: Jonald Garcia good with overcards
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

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Jonald Garcia

Facing a three bet from small blind Park Sangyong, Jonald Garcia reshoved all-in for 24,100 with AhKh and was called by Park with QcQs. Running a flip, the board revealed As7s8h6d10c, giving Garcia top pair for the double up.

Jonald Garcia – 49,400
Park Sangyong – 9,200


17:00: Monziar Villariaza gets countered
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

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Monziar Villariaza

Utg+1 Alessandro Taranto opened to 1,200 and saw both players on the blinds make the call. Flop came 7c9c4s and small blind Takagi Yosuke led for 1,300. Big blind Monziar Villariaza bumped it up to 5,000, called by both opponents. On turn 9d, Villariaza pushed another 7,000 and collected two folds behind. Villariaza claims the pot and shows 7h4h.

Monziar Villariaza – 41,200
Takagi Yosuke – 18,000
Alessandro Taranto – 26,500


16:45: James Dela Cruz saved by the river
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

Utg+2 Mehra Rishi opened to 1,300, joined by two opponents on flop AdJdQh. Checked to Mehra, he continued for 3,500, called by big blind James Dela Cruz. Turn 6h saw Mehra bet all-in and Dela Cruz check called off for his remaining 14,700. Mehra shows QcJh for two pair, ahead of Dela Cruz’s Ah2h. The river 2s however, gave Dela Cruz a better two pair enabling him to survive.

James Dela Cruz – 41,200
Mehra Rishi – 160,000


16:38: Blinds up!
Level 6: 300 – 600 ante 600

A staggering 188 entries have so far been recorded for today’s Main Event Flight B, already exceeding yesterday’s turnout. Registration open for five more levels!


16:23: Li Jun sends Kim Byuong Soo packing
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

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Li Jun

Utg Li Jun opened to 1,000, called by a player behind. Kim Byuong Soo a seat after, shoved all-in for 6,700 with 2h2c, allowing Li to isolate with 6s4s. Caller gets out of the way and the two run the board 3c6c9dQd5h. Kim loses the flip and is eliminated from the games.

Li Jun – 65,000
Kim Byuong Soo – Eliminated


16:18: Florencio Campomanes gets paid with aces
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

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Florencio Campomanes

Hijack Florencio Campomanes opened to 1,100, called by three other players. Flop came 4h6s2d and saw Campomanes continue for 3,100. Button Kim Siung put in a raise to 7,000, leaving both players on the blinds to fold and Campomanes to reshove all-in. Kim puts in the call with 9c9h and is behind his opponent’s AdAh. Turn 3c and river 2h changed nothing, giving Campomanes the double up and Kim crippled to 1.5 BB.

Florencio Campomanes – 31,500
Kim Siung – 700


16:08: Mehra Rishi claims another
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

Hijack Shah Chirag opened to 1,100, joined by Mehra Rishi and Cheong Mun Leong on flop 9s2c8d. Checked to Mehra, he bet 2,000, called by both opponents. All three checked turn 10h through, leading to river 2s. Mehra fired a final bet of 8,500 to which both players folded.

Mehra Rishi – 180,000
Shah Chirag – 12,200
Cheong Mun Leong – 27,500


16:02: Chang Shao Chi triples up
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

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Chang Shao Chi

With 8,000 in the middle on flop Ac2sQh, three players found theirs stacks rushing in to build a 128 BB pot. Chang Shao Chi is ahead with top two pair AdQd against Lugman Alghanim’s Ah4c and Lee Yongsung’s As2d. The turn 9s and river 7c sealed the win for Chang, giving him a full triple up to continue through.

Chang Shao Chi – 64,000
Lee Yongsung – 6,500
Lugman Alghanim – Eliminated


15:59: Blinds up!
Level 5: 200 – 500 ante 500

167 entries are in so far for today’s Main Event Flight B with registration open through Level 10 @ 20:10.


15:42: No escape for Soh Puay Hwee
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

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Amada Reiji

A five bet pot preflop, utg Amada Reiji and big blind Soh Puay Hwee found themselves in a battle for the 15,700 in the middle on flop 4s4d5s. Checked to Amada, he bet all-in for 7,800, called by Soh with QcQd. Amada is ahead with KhKd and secured the boost not long after.

Amada Reiji – 31,700
Soh Puay Hwee – 14,000


15:34: Shah Chirag unable to continue
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

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Shah Chirag

Utg+2 Shah Chirag opened to 1,000 and called a three bet to 3,000 from hijack Mehra Rishi. On flop 10cKd4h, Shah check called a 5,500 continuation bet and headed to turn 3d. Mehra fired a heftier 16,000, successfully convincing Shah to put in the fold while showing Ks.

Mehra Rishi – 155,000
Shah Chirag – 21,000


15:29: James Dela Cruz gives up the fight
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

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James Dela Cruz

With 15,000 in the middle on board 4sAs6h6s, James Dela Cruz was left in a pickle after his opponent Mehra Rishi raised him all-in following his 8,500 bet. Dela Cruz tank folded, saving his 45 BB behind.

Mehra Rishi – 145,000
James Dela Cruz – 18,000


15:24: Mehra Rishi continues to chip up
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

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Mehra Rishi

A three-way three-bet pot preflop saw aggressor Seonghun Jeong continue for 4,000 on flop Ks4c3s. Both opponents make the call, revealing turn Ad. Checked to Seonghun, he bets another 5,000. Button Mehra Rishi bumps it up to 20,500, original raiser folds, and Seonghun snap calls. River Jh goes check check, revealing Seonghun’s As10s to be no good against Mehra’s Ah3h two pair.

Mehra Rishi – 120,000
Seonghun Jeong – 54,000


15:07: Break Time!
Level 4: 200 – 400 ante 400

127 entries have so far been recorded for today’s Main Event Flight B with registration open for seven more levels.

Top Chip Counts

Mehra Rishi – 90,000
Katsuragawa Yohei – 84,000
Seonghun Jeong – 80,000
Tsujisaka Tetsuya – 70,000
Yoo Gyeong Tae – 65,000


15:03: Katsuragawa Yohei crushes with kings
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

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Katsuragawa Yohei

Utg Ibarra Juanito defended his open vs big blind Katsuragawa Yohei’s three bet to 2,500. On flop 9c6s4s, both players found their stacks in the middle with Ibarra’s QhQs behind against Katsuragawa’s KsKd. Left drawing to two outs, Ibarra found himself out of the games shortly after the turn Jd and river 2c failed to reveal a queen.

Katsuragawa Yohei – 84,000
Ibarra Juanito – Eliminated


14:54: Kapoor Jason Tyler wins huge flip
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

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Kapoor Jason Tyler

Another all-in preflop situation, 133 BB was spotted in the middle with Ebarle Benjamin at risk with QsQc against Kapoor Jason Tyler’s AhKs. The classic flip ran board Js4s6h6sAs, giving Kapoor’s overcards a higher flush for the win.

Kapoor Jason Tyler – 58,000
Ebarle Benjamin – Eliminated


14:37: Set good for Yoo Gyeong Tae
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

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Yoo Gyeong Tae

Cutoff Yoo Gyeong Tae opened and called a three bet to 4,100 from small blind Sergei Sergio to see flop 10d8d4s. Sergei continued for 3,500 and was met with a raise to 9,000. Sergei answered with an all-in for 30,000, called by Yoo.

Sergei Ad10c
Yoo 8c8h

Top pair vs set, Yoo cruised to a win after the runout KdJh completed the board.

Yoo Gyeong Tae – 80,000
Sergei Sergio – Eliminated


14:25: Blinds up!
Level 3: 100 – 300 ante 300

95 runners are in so far for today’s Main Event Flight B with a long way to go before registration closes!


14:23: Wallac Chan Wai runs into aces
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

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Seonghun Jeong

An all-in preflop situation, Wallac Chan Wai got his stack in with AcKc and ran right into Seonghun Jeong’s AhAs. Drawing slim, the board 7d6hKh5cJd offered no help for Wallac, leaving him crippled down to 5BB and out the next hand.

Seonghun Jeong – 75,700
Wallac Chan Wai – Eliminated


14:12: Khodov Vladimir spikes two outer
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

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Khodov Vladimir

Facing an open and a three bet, button Koh Tsunezawa shoved all-in for 12,600 with JcJs and was called by Khodov Vladimir with 10h10c. A good spot to double up, Koh was instead sent packing after the board Ks10d8hKhAs rolled a full house for Khodov.

Khodov Vladimir – 42,000
Koh Tsunezawa – Eliminated


13:55: Christopher De Lara delivers first bust of the day
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

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Christopher De Lara

A five way raised pot on flop 7h6d4d saw the original raiser continue for 1,000. Cutoff Christopher De Lara made the call and big blind Tamura Marcelo shoved all-in for 9,400 total. All the rest got out of the way with only De Lara putting in the chips.

Tamura 7c4c
De Lara JcJs

Ahead with two pair, Tamura unfortunately, ran out of luck as the turn 5h and river 5c gave his opponent a better two pair to send him out as the day’s first casualty.

Christopher De Lara – 42,000
Tamura Marcelo – Eliminated


13:50: Sergei Davydov Sergio takes it down
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

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Sergei Davydov Sergio

With 5,500 in the middle on board QcAc4d10h, action was seen on button Sergei Davydov Sergio with a bet of 2,800. Opponent Lenart Ecarma check called and headed to river Ad. Sergei fired another 5,600 and took the pot down shortly after Ecarma put in the fold.

Sergei Davydov Sergio – 41,000
Lenart Ecarma – 22,200


13:45: Blinds up!
Level 2: 100 – 200 ante 200

On an early start, 48 entries have so far been recorded for today’s Main Event Flight B! Registration runs through Level 10 @ 20:10.


13:25: Back to back pots for Joseph Magnotti
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

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Joseph Magnotti

Joseph Magnotti defended his big blind against button Mehra Rishi’s open and saw flop 4s3d5h. Mehra continued for 600, check called by Magnotti, and another 1,200 on turn Qd. Magnotti this time, put in a check raise to 3,600 to which Mehra folded.

Mehra Rishi – 27,300

Button Cheong Mun Leong opened to 400 and called a three bet to 1,400 from small blind Magnotti. On board AsQs9s5d, Magnotti barreled two streets, convincing Cheong to throw in the towel by the turn.

Joseph Magnotti – 33,800
Cheong Mun Leong – 27,000


13:03: Shuffle up & deal!
Level 1: 100 – 100 ante 100

Main Event Flight B action begins, good luck to all the players!


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The PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 357,430) guaranteed Main Event action at Okada Manila, Philippines is in full swing with the second of four flights set to hit the felt today. Flight B begins at 13:00 and will play down to 15% of the field (ITM). Tomorrow marks the last day to secure a spot into Day 2 with both Flight C and D (Turbo) completing the qualifying rounds.

Registration will remain open through Level 10 @ 20:10.

Manila Megastack 18 Main Event

Date/s: February 21 – 25, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 45,000 (~USD 804)
Guarantee: PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 357,430)

Flight A: 176 entries, 27 qualified
Flight B: Thursday, February 22
Flight C: Friday, February 23
Flight D (Turbo): Friday, February 23
Day 2: Saturday, February 24

Main Event – Flight C – Live Updates

00:55: Ryan Jerico Platon bags the lead
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Ryan Jerico Platon

Today’s Main Event Flight C recorded the biggest turnout with a smashing 372 entries recorded across ten levels of registration. It took close to twelve hours on the floor before the 56 qualifier pack was set led by Philippines’ Ryan Jerico Platon. Platon stood to be the chip leader by the time registration closed and managed to preserve his big stack all the way through. Platon delivered a crushing bust in the last hour to amass more chips and claim the top spot for today’s flight.

Chip Counts

Player Flag Chip Count
Platon Ryan Jerico Philippines 650,000
Edoc Redentor Philippines 537,000
Ghanem Michel Lebanon 512,000
Ambata Rick Jason Philippines 462,000
Morikawa Yuta Japan 425,000
Landry Crag Australia 388,000
Catalig Jeremy Philippines 337,000
Rivera John Michael Philippines 337,000
Wong Anthony  Philippines 319,000
Leonarez Jessie Philippines 295,000
Taneo Alex Philippines 294,000
Dela Cruz Ivan Philippines 293,000
Osete Reynaldo Philippines 277,000
Chang Jae Yi Korea, South 273,000
Takayama Mike Philippines 266,000
Aban Leonard Philippines 256,000
Chogo Kento Japan 251,000
Bulaong Raphael Philippines 234,000
Gonzaga Terry Philippines 225,000
Cenicola Silvio Australia 213,000
Sung Hakyoung Korea, South 208,000
Villariaza Monziar Philippines 198,000
Enriquez Kim Michael Philippines 192,000
Magnotti Joseph United States 191,000
Steiner Bernhard Michael Switzerland 189,000
Cheong Leonard Singapore 189,000
Sugiyama Masakazu Japan 183,000
Tan John Clyde Philippines 181,000
Vebruggen Tom Henricus Netherlands 179,000
Magbutay Riener Philippines 173,000
Michl Joris Netherlands 171,000
Shah Chirag India 156,000
Sawma Gaby Lebanon 152,000
Tech John Philippines 127,000
Thoo Ming Ken Malaysia 127,000
Messina Ron Ryan Philippines 121,000
Huerto Joven Philippines 118,000
Vasay Joemark Philippines 110,000
Stanley Damien Peter Australia 106,000
Kyung Ho Moon Korea, South 105,000
Calamiong John Philippines 101,000
Galvez Renniel Philippines 99,000
Hu Jinlong China 90,000
Sim Jae Kyung Korea, South 89,000
Iwaki Yasuki Japan 87,000
Ashen Edgar Philippines 83,000
Segismundo Emmanuel Philippines 77,000
Penaflorida Edward Philippines 75,000
Ecarma Lenart Philippines 73,000
Intia Jester Philippines 61,000
Rivera Euryd Philippines 57,000
Sunars Kevin Alfonsi Indonesia 55,000
Takami Kohei Japan 54,000
Gau Chiun Shiang China 48,000
Oyama Masaharu Japan 42,000
Jung Kelvin Hyu-ki Canada 37,000

00:51: Thomas Lee bubbles Flight C
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Bubble Time

Folded to Thomas Lee on the small blind, he shoved his remaining 43,000 with As9d and was called behind by Jorise Michl with AhJd. At risk, Lee failed to catch up on board QcJs5d10hQs and exits as the day’s bubble.

Jorise Michl – 150,000
Thomas Lee – Eliminated


00:51: Takami Kohei saved from bubble elimination
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Bubble time saw Takami Kohei jam in his last 21,000 with AdQd vs Edgar Asehan’s open. Asehan makes the call with 7c7h and the two run the board AhKs9d3sAs. Takami survives with trip aces and makes Day 2.

Takami Kohei – 54,000
Edgar Asehan – 83,000


00:26: Rick Jason Ambata gets full value
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Rick Jason Ambata

Mitsugi Shunsuke defended his big blind against button Rick Jason Ambata’s 12,000 open and saw flop 5h4c2s. Ambata continued for 7,000, check called by Mitsugi. On turn 5c, Ambata went for another 20,000 and was met with a raise to 60,000. Ambata moved all-in, leaving Mitsugi to call off his 100,000 behind.

Ambata Ah3c
Mitsugi AcJc

Drawing to any club, the river 7d didn’t spare Mitsugi from elimination, falling at two spots short of the money.

Rick Jason Ambata – 450,000
Mitsugi Shunsuke – Eliminated


00:15: Ryan Jerico Platon on the rise
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

Button Horikoshi Shingo opened to 11,000 and called a three bet to 31,000 from big blind Ryan Jerico Platon. On flop 6d4s4h, Platon opted to check raise Horikoshi to 75,000. Horikoshi clapped back with an all-in for 140,000 and collected a snap call from his opponent.

Horikoshi 5c5d
Platon 7d4d

Drawing to two outs, Horikoshi exited the Main Event arena after the turn Js and river Jh missed to show a five.

Ryan Jerico Platon – 660,000
Horikoshi Shingo – Eliminated


00:10: Ace high good for Renniel Galvez
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

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Renniel Galvez

Cutoff Renniel Galvez opened to 10,000 and saw big blind Mitsugi Shunsuke complete, revealing flop Qx 7x 4c. Both players check it through, heading to turn 5c. Mitsugi leads for 15,000, called by Galvez. River 4d completes the board and Mitsugi bets all-in for Galvez’ tournament life. Galvez calls off his remaining 50,000 with Ac3c and is good against Mitsugi’s 2c8c busted draw.

Renniel Galvez – 160,000
Mitsugi Shunsuke – 200,000


23:58: Blinds up!
Level 16: 2,000 – 5,000 ante 5,000

62 players remain in today’s flight with only 56 guaranteed to move on to Day 2. Final prize pool is listed at PHP 36,024,345!


23:47: Joseph Magnotti survives flip
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

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Joseph Magnotti

Utg+1 Edgar Asehan opened to 9,000 and called off big blind Joseph Magnotti’s 60,000 jam with 9c9d. At risk, Magnotti is flipping for his tournament life with AcKd. The board ran Kh8s5cJhJs, quickly giving Magnotti top pair to save him from elimination.

Joseph Magnotti – 126,000
Edgar Asehan – 115,000


23:35: Kings no good for John Niko Constiniano
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

Utg+2 Osete Reynaldo opened to 10,000, called by John Niko Constiniano behind along with the big blind. On flop, Qh5d8d, Constiniano check raised all-in for 53,000 against Osete’s 13,000 continuation bet. Osete makes the call with AhQd and is behind his opponent’s KsKd. Lucky for Osete, the turn came Ad, giving him two pair for the win.

Osete Reynaldo – 320,000
John Niko Constiniano – Eliminated


23:28: Blinds up!
Level 15: 2,000 – 4,000 ante 4,000

67 players remain in today’s Main Event flight with 11 more eliminations to go before the day wraps up.


23:25: Thomas Lee dodges bust
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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Thomas Lee

Folded to small blind Thomas Lee, he shoved all-in for 63,500 with Ah5h and was called behind by big blind William Ysmael with 9d9h. Whilst ahead, the board Ac8s2sKs2c ran in favor of Lee, crippling down Ysmael to 1 BB.

Thomas Lee – 131,000
William Ysmael – 3,000


23:22: Ghanem Michel piles it high
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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Osete Reynaldo

Button Ghanem Michel opened to 8,000, joined by both players on the blinds on flop JcAc7s. Checked to Ghanem, he continued for 10,000, called only by small blind Osete Reynaldo. Ghanem barreled another 30,000 on turn Qs, Osete with a check call once more. River 5h welcomed no more bets with Osete showing Qc10c, no good against Ghanem’s AhJh.

Ghanem Michel – 500,000
Osete Reynaldo – 230,000


23:12: Ryan Jerico Platon continues to dominate
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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Ryan Jerico Platon

Utg+1 Ryan Jerico Platon opened to 6,500 and called a three bet to 21,000 from Sung Hakyoung to see flop AcQc6d. Sung continued for 12,000, check called by Platon. Turn 6c went check check, leading to river 7c. Platon this time, pushed out a hefty bet of 55,000 and Sung tank folds.

Ryan Jerico Platon – 500,000
Sung Hakyoung – 200,000


23:04: More aces up on the felt
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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Joris Michl

Short stacked Joris Michl got his last 23,500 in with AsAh and faced Sung Hakyoung’s KcJd. While drawing slim, Sung flopped some straight outs on 10dQc7d3dQs but bricked the runout to seal his loss.

Joris Michl – 53,000
Sung Hakyoung – 240,000


22:58: Kyung Ho Moon sends Alexis Lim home
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

An all-in preflop situation ensued with Alexis Lim calling off his 85,000 with 10c10d against Kyung Ho Moon’s AhAd. At risk, Lim was left in pieces after the board AcJh6h9c3d offered no hope.

Kyung Ho Moon – 240,000
Alexis Lim – Eliminated


22:52: John Calamiong crushes with aces
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

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John Calamiong

Utg+1 Ricardo Torres opened to 6,500, called by two other players behind. Button John Calamiong put in a raise to 26,000 and called off original raiser’s 75,500 all-in. Torres shows JcJs and is crushed to see Calamiong’s AhAs face up on the felt. Board 9d6h5d8cQh spared no bad beats, leaving Torres out of the Main Event.

John Calamiong – 210,000
Ricardo Torres – Eliminated


22:12: 30 minute break!
Level 14: 1,500 – 3,000 ante 3,000

88 players remain in the Main Event Flight C games with only 56 set to qualify through to Day 2.

Top Chip Counts

Platon Ryan Jerico – 400,000
Cheong Leonard – 370,000
Ghanem Michel – 320,000
Ivan Dela Cruz – 280,000
Morikawa Yuta – 280,000


22:02: Morikawa Yuta dominates Kim Michael Enriquez
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Morikawa Yuta

Utg+2 Morikawa Yuta opened to 5,500, called by the cutoff. Big blind Kim Michael Enriquez threw in a raise to 20,000 total and called off the 53,000 more after Morikawa moved all-in.

Morikawa AdQs
Enriquez Ac4c

Dominated, Enriquez found no help on board 2c5s7d7c7s, shipping Morikawa the 62 BB pot.

Morikawa Yuta – 155,000
Kim Michael Enriquez – 35,000


22:00: Set over set hurts Jester Intia
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Jester Intia

Jester Intia defended his big blind vs button Cenicola Silvio’s open and saw flop 5s6s7h. Intia proceeded to check call a 15,000 bet from his opponent, revealing turn 8s. Checked to Cenicola once more, he bet all-in for 80,000, Intia with a final call with 5d5c. Cenicola is ahead with 7d7c and locked in the win after the river Kd completed the board.

Cenicola Silvio – 212,000
Jester Intia – 89,000


21:50: Lenart Ecarma stuffs it in
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Lenart Ecarma

Utg+1 opened to 5,800, called behind by Lenart Ecarma. Action on small blind John Tech, he put in a raise to 18,000. Original raiser folds and Ecarma shoves all-in, Tech with a final fold.

Lenart Ecarma – 105,000
John Tech – 87,000


21:43: Back to back wins for Jinlong Hu
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

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Jinlong Hu

Utg Mike Takayama opened to 5,000 and called Jinlong Hu’s 39,500 all-in with As10c. Hu reveals AcJd and wins a double up after the board rolled 10s5d8h5cJh.

Jinlong Hu – 85,000
Mike Takayama – 135,000

Minutes later, hijack Tan Hai Shien open shoved his last 30,000 with QdQh and was called by big blind Jinlong Hu with AhKh. Running a flip, Hu continued his momentum, spiking top pair on Kd10c6c7d3s.

Jinlong Hu – 120,000
Tan Hai Shien – Eliminated


21:29: Blinds up!
Level 13: 1,000 – 2,500 ante 2,500

105 runners remain in today’s Main Event Flight C with play concluding at 56 players remaining.


21:26: Osete Reynaldo ships pot with jacks
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Utg Osete Reynaldo opened to 5,000 and called a raise for 8,000 more from Florencio Campomanes to see flop 4d2s2c. Both players check the action, revealing turn 9h. Osete leads for 15,000 and calls Campomanes’ raise to 55,000. River 10s saw no more bets and Osete shows JdJs, Campomanes with a muck.

Osete Reynaldo – 220,000
Florencio Campomanes – 100,000


21:20: One bet does it for John Niko Constiniano
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

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John Niko Constiniano

With an utg open and a call in front, cutoff John Niko Constiniano raised the stakes to 20,000 and saw only caller Florencio Campomanes complete. On flop 8s2s5c, Constiniano fired another 20,000 and Campomanes check folds.

John Niko Constiniano – 100,000
Florencio Campomanes – 170,000


21:11: Easy win for Ching Li Lok
Level 12: 1,000 – 2,000 ante 2,000

Folded to hijack Sohiel Ighani, he open shoved 30,500 in with Ah4d and was called behind by button Ching Li Lok. Ching is ahead with QhQs and remained that way after the board Qd