PS LIVE Manila Megastack 18: Day 4 and Day 5 winners


The past two days in the Philippine metropolis have been sizzling with nonstop poker excitement as players battle for PokerStars spadies at the 18th edition of the Manila Megastack. Taking place at the luxurious Okada Manila, the festival opened on February 15 and will run through February 25, 2024. On Day 4 and Day 5, a total of nine players were minted with Japan’s Keijiro Shimojo and France’s Anthony Cierco becoming the first players to win two festival trophies.

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Japan’s Keijiro Shimojo wins a second spadie

Keijiro Shimojo

On opening day, Japan’s Keijiro Shimojo beamed in joy after securing his first ever live victory at the Knockout [2K Bounty] Turbo. Unbeknownst to Shimojo, it was the start of a hot run. On Day 4 of games, he outlasted the 48-entry field of the PLO event to capture a second PS spade to become the first player to win two events.

Date: February 18, 2024
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~USD 270)
Entries: 48 (28 unique)
Prize pool: PHP 614,592 (~USD 10,980)
ITM: 7 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in PH₱
1 Keijiro Shimojo Japan ₱ 199,792
2 Po Yi Wu Taiwan ₱ 132,100
3 Marius Zalpys Lithuania ₱ 89,100
4 Johnson Tan Philippines ₱ 67,600
5 Boon Seng Ang Singapore ₱ 52,200
6 Sheridan Cracknell Australia ₱ 41,500
7 Keita Kitamura Japan ₱ 32,300

Anthony Cierco wins second title at Mini High Roller

Anthony Cierco

Come from behind second win for France’s Anthony Cierco! At four-handed, the Frenchman zoomed from just 4 bb to chip leader and carried the momentum to the end defeating Florencio Campomanes at heads up with flush over trips. Cierco outlasted the 28 entry field to secure a payout of PHP 697,300 (~USD 12,460). Two days prior, Cierco won the Super Deep Freezeout. He has now earned over PHP 1.1 Million in winnings and two PS spadies.

Date: February 19, 2024
Buy in: PHP 75,000 (~USD 1,340)
Entries: 28 (24 unique)
Prize pool: PHP 1,833,300 (~USD 32,760)
ITM: 5 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in PH₱
1 Anthony Cierco France ₱ 697,300
2 Florencio Campomanes Philippines ₱ 449,000
3 Kelvin Hyu-Ki Jung Canada ₱ 298,000
4 Hyeonho Shin Korea, South ₱ 215,000
5 Edgar Asehan Philippines ₱ 174,000

Woojin Kang comes from behind to win Deepstack Challenge

Woojin Kang

The Deepstack Challenge wasn’t as popular as expected with only 41 runners taking interest. However, this meant a healthy prize for the eventual champion. After two days of play, Woojin Kang emerged victorious, though not before a rollercoaster ride to heads up. He entered the final table as chip leader, then dropped to 6 bb, doubled up, then survived to reach heads up against the bulldoziing Ionut Stochita. The momentum shifted back to Kang’s favor and was able to overcome the chip deficit to nail down the win. This was Kang’s first ever live title.

Date: February 17 to 18, 2024
Buy in: PHP 55,000 (~USD 980)
Guarantee: PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 35,740)
Entries: 41 (35 unique)
Prize pool: PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 35,740)
ITM: 6 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in PH₱
1 Woojin Kang Korea, South
₱ 690,000
2 Ionut Stochita Romania
₱ 450,000
3 Ryuhei Nakagawa Japan
₱ 310,000
4 Akito Mori Japan
₱ 230,000
5 John Niko Costiniano Philippines
₱ 180,000
6 Yun Rong Cheong Singapore
₱ 140,000

Li Ming Liu unwavers at the Freezeout Turbo

Li Ming Liu

Taiwan’s Li Ming Liu stepped out of his comfort zone and took on the Manila felt for his first poker trip outside of home soil. It was a good decision. Liu topped the 24 player field of the Freezeout Turbo to rein in his first ever live title, PS spade, and a career high PHP 116,796 (~USD 2,086) payout.

Date: February 18, 2024
Buy in: PHP 25,000 (~USD 450)
Players: 24
Prize pool: PHP 307,296 (~USD 5,490)
ITM: 5 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in PH₱
1 Li Ming Liu Taiwan ₱ 116,796
2 Kenki Okumura Japan ₱ 75,300
3 Kin Meng Ng Malaysia ₱ 49,900
4 Satoshi Ii Japan ₱ 36,100
5 Sandro Bruni Italy ₱ 29,200

David Erquiaga snags career 9th PS spade

Dave “Spade” Erquiaga

Another light turnout event with only 12 jumping in the 25K NLH Turbo. In the end, the glory went to highly decorated Filipino pro David Erquiaga for his career 9th PS spade. Erquiaga is having a strong year with a big win at The Wynn Las Vegas in January for six figures.

Date: February 18, 2024
Buy in: PHP 25,000 (~USD 450)
Entries: 12 (9 unique)
Prize pool: PHP 261,900 (~USD 4,680)
ITM: 3 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in PH₱
1 David Jansen Erquiaga Philippines
₱ 130,900
2 Aivaras Bardauskas Lithuania ₱ 79,000
3 Wai Fung Tang Hong Kong ₱ 52,000

Hwanho Choe wins Mystery Bounty, Christopher Mateo draws the biggest

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Hwanho Choe

The Mystery Bounty event attracted 250 across three flights with 33 advancing to the final day, each secured a piece of the prize pool. The tight race witnessed Hwanho Choe surge at the final table, eliminating three players to secure a heads up spot against WSOP bracelet holder Henrieto Acain.

Henrieto Acain

After an ICM deal, Choe went on to win it. He earned PHP 476,000 plus six bounties amounting to PHP 110,000 for a combined PHP 586,000 (~USD 10,470) payday. Despite falling 2nd, Acain pocketed the highest payout of PHP 492,000 plus bounties amounting to PHP 249,000 for a combined PHP 741,000 (~USD 13,240).

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Christopher Mateo

Fourth placer Christopher Mateo also did extremely well. He drew the coveted top bounty prize of PHP 280,000 plus the third largest of PHP 134,000. In total, Mateo collected PHP 670,000 (~USD 11,970), making him the second earner.

Date: February 18 to 19, 2024
Buy in: PHP 20,000 (~USD 360)
Guarantee: PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 35,740)
Entries: 250 (159 unique)
Prize pool: PHP 4,268,000  (~USD 76,270)
ITM: 33 places

*Heads up ICM deal, play for trophy and bounties

Place Player Flag Payout in PH₱
Bounties in PH₱
1 Hwanho Choe Korea, South ₱ 476,000*
₱ 110,000
2 Henrieto Acain United States ₱ 492,000*
₱ 249,000
3 Joris Michl Netherlands ₱ 271,000
₱ 133,000
4 Christopher Mateo Philippines ₱ 220,000
₱ 450,000
5 Thomas Young Indonesia ₱ 173,000
₱ 43,000
6 Kento Chogo Japan ₱ 130,000
₱ 29,000
7 Adones Carmona Philippines ₱ 93,000
₱ 20,000
8 Ronald Gorgonia Philippines ₱ 67,000
9 John Paul Flores Philippines ₱ 57,000
₱ 108,000

Full payouts in the Festival Results page

Christopher Mateo wins 25K NLH Turbo

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Christopher Mateo

Soon after finishing 4th at the Mystery Bounty, Christopher Mateo jumped in the 25K NLH and topped the 7 entry field to add PHP 99,775 to his day’s winnings. He lifted his career 8th PS spade.

Date: February 19, 2024
Buy in: PHP 25,000 (~USD 450)
Entries: 7 (6 unique)
Prize pool: PHP 152,775 (~USD 2,730)
ITM: 2 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in PH₱
1 Christopher Mateo Philippines ₱ 99,775
2 Akito Mori Japan ₱ 53,000

Hyodo Kazuya wins the Megastack

Hyodo Kazuya

Plenty of action at the Megastack with 119 on register for a prize pool of PHP 1,489,047 (~USD 26,610). Japan dominated the final table in numbers with four in the round. One of their own, Hyodo Kazuya, navigated to victory for his maiden title and career high payout of PHP 390,776 (~USD 6,980).

Date: February 19, 2024
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~USD 270)
Entries: 119 (89 unique)
Prize pool: PHP 1,489,047 (~USD 26,610)
ITM: 17 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in PH₱
1 Kazuya Hyodo Japan ₱ 390,776
2 Jeong (Peen) Seonghun Korea, South ₱ 244,300
3 Katsuki Ohnishi Japan ₱ 174,500
4 Keita Kitamura Japan ₱ 134,200
5 Toshihiko Hokodate Japan ₱ 103,200
6 John Niko Costiniano Philippines ₱ 79,400
7 Dmitrii Opekunov Russia ₱ 62,800
8 Richard Marquez Philippines ₱ 52,300
9 Sangjin An Korea, South ₱ 43,600

Full payouts in the Festival Results page

Edwin Dela Cruz wins Win The Button

Edwin Dela Cruz

After numerous attempts, the highly decorated Filipino player Edwin Dela Cruz finally secured his first PS spade at the Win The Button event. Dela Cruz had been hunting this coveted trophy since 2019, falling in second place four times. The curse has now been broken. Dela Cruz overcame the charging Anthony Thomas Lewis at heads up to earn the PHP 189,972 (~USD 3,400) top prize.

Date: February 19, 2024
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~USD 270)
Entries: 43 (35 unique)
Prize pool: PHP 550,572 (~USD 9,840)
ITM: 6 places

Place Player Flag
Payout in PH₱
1 Edwin Dela Cruz Philippines ₱ 189,972
2 Anthony Thomas Lewis United States ₱ 123,900
3 Stephen Nathan United Kingdom ₱ 85,300
4 Lenart Ecarma Philippines ₱ 63,300
5 Kang Feng Lien Taiwan ₱ 49,600
6 Leon Alf Marlon Anderhofstadt Germany ₱ 38,500
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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead 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 and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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