PS LIVE Manila Megastack 18: Day 6 and Day 7 winners


The thrill continues at PokerStars LIVE in the Philippines with the 18th edition of Manila Megastack completing another round of side events. To date, 26 out of the 49 trophies have now been claimed. The latest winners are listed below. You can also view the results via link provided.

PS Manila Megastack 18 – Festival Results
PS Manila Megastack 18 – Player Guide
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PS Manila Megastack 18 – Daily Updates

The festival has been ongoing since February 15 and will run through February 25, 2024. The crown jewel Main Event featuring a PHP 20 Million guarantee took center stage on February 21, 2024 with Day 1A drawing 176 entries. The heat wrapped up at 27 remaining led by Korean young gun Hyeonho Shin with 118 bb . Read up on the action via the live updates link.

PS Live Manila Megastack 18 (2024): Live Updates

Side Event winners

Ingus Arajs wins Super Stack

Ingus Arajs

Ingus Arajs outlasted the 123 entry field of the Super Stack to claim his maiden live title and a career high payout of PHP 404,092 (~USD 7,220). Arajs was the first player from Latvia to win at the ongoing series.

Date: February 20, 2024
Buy in: PHP 15,000 (~USD 180)
Entries: 123 (95 unique)
Prize Pool: PHP 1,574,892 (~USD 28,140)
ITM: 17 places

Place Player Flag Payout in PH₱
1 Ingus Arajs Latvia ₱ 404,092
2 Raymundo Gomez Philippines ₱ 252,500
3 Thomas Young Indonesia ₱ 180,300
4 Yonghyun Park Korea, South ₱ 138,700
5 Elmer Kalaquian Philippines ₱ 106,700
6 Alvir Inocentes Philippines ₱ 82,100
7 Benjamin Ebarle Philippines ₱ 64,900
8 Jonald Garcia Philippines ₱ 54,100
9 Mathias Schell Ireland ₱ 45,100

Jinlong Hu wins the flip at Single Day High Roller

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Jinlong Hu

No stranger to winning, China’s Jinlong Hu lifted his career fourth PS spade after winning the flip at heads up against fellow countryman Haitao Luan. Leading up to the final two, Jinlong was on a tear, delivering the bubble then eliminating Christopher Mateo (4th) and Lester Edoc (3rd). The final two quickly agreed to an ICM deal then flipped for the trophy. To spice it up, Luan had to win the first two flips against the massive chip leader Jinlong. But it was not to be. Jinlong won the first flip to be crowned champion.

Date: February 20, 2024
Buy in: PHP 100,000 (~USD 1,800)
Entries: 16 (11 unique)
Prize Pool: PHP 1,396,800 (~USD 24,960)
ITM: 4 places

*Heads up ICM deal, flipped for the trophy

Place Player Flag Payout in PH₱
1 Jinlong Hu China ₱ 544,000
2 Luan Haitao China ₱ 433,800
3 Lester Edoc Philippines ₱ 251,000
4 Christopher Mateo Philippines ₱ 168,000

Israel on the board as Ben Gur takes down KO PLO Bounty

Gur Ben

Ben Gur put Israel on the board after defeating Hyung Kim Tae at heads up of the KO PLO Bounty event. This was Gur’s first PS live win. He pocketed the PHP 232,536 champion’s purse plus seven bounties amounting to PHP 35,000 for a grand total PHP 267,536 (~USD 4,780).

Date: February 20, 2024
Buy in: PHP 20,000 (~USD 360)
Entries: 63
Prize Pool: PHP 1,075,536 (~USD 24,960)
ITM: 8 places

*Bounties not included in the payouts

Place Player Flag Payout in PH₱
1 Ben Gur Israel ₱ 232,536
2 Hyung Kim Tae Korea, South ₱ 152,000
3 Wallac Chan Wai Hong Kong ₱ 110,000
4 Ng Kwan Tung Karen Hong Kong ₱ 84,000
5 Tech John Philippines ₱ 65,000
6 Anderhofstadt Leon Alf Marlon Germany ₱ 49,000
7 Cho Min Ho Korea, South ₱ 38,000
8 Hong Seulki Korea, South ₱ 30,000

Elmer Kalaquian wins 25K NLH Turbo

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Elmer Kalaquian

At the 25K NLH, Filipino player Elmer Kalaquian denied two time series winner Keijiro Shimojo at heads up to claim his first ever PS spade and a payout of PHP 178,275 (~USD 3,185). Shimojo had to settle for a runner up finish and PHP 112,000. The event drew 19 entries with the top 4 earning a cut of the PHP 414,675 prize pool.

Date: February 20, 2024
Buy in: PHP 25,000 (~USD 450)
Entries: 19
Prize Pool: PHP 414,675 (~USD 7,410)
ITM: 4 places

Place Player Flag Payout in PH₱
1 Elmer Kalaquian Philippines ₱ 178,275
2 Shimojo Keijiro Japan ₱ 112,000
3 Cheun Eui Ho Korea, South ₱ 74,600
4 Vebruggen Tom Henricus Netherlands ₱ 49,800

Rommel Angeles wins Hot Turbo

Rommel Angeles

The four day Hot Turbo event was definitely one hot ticket with 297 turning up over three flights to build a richer PHP 2,535,192 (~USD 45,300) prize pool. 40 players advanced to Day 2, each one guaranteed to cash. Chip leader Lester Edoc was stopped in 13th place while Rommel Angeles entered the final table at the top of the counts. By heads up, Angeles found himself behind the aggressive Li Jun but one double up switched them up with KsKd over QsJd missed draw on a board 4c9c10s2s7s. Angeles went on to close it out with a blaring 2s2c quads over Ac9h on a final board 2dJs10h2h10s. This was Angeles career fifth PS spade trophy and PHP 506,000 (~USD 9,040).

Date: February 18 to 21, 2024
Buy in: PHP 10,000 (~USD 180)
Guarantee: PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 35,700)
Entries: 297
Prize pool: PHP 2,535,192 (~USD 45,300)
ITM: 40 players

Place Player Flag
Payout in PH₱
1 Rommel Angeles Philippines
₱ 506,000
2 Jun Li United Kingdom
₱ 335,000
3 Chen Chien Wen Taiwan
₱ 245,500
4 Vivencio Nachor Jr. Philippines ₱ 197,500
5 Raymundo Gomez Philippines
₱ 154,500
6 Ivan Dela Cruz Philippines ₱ 116,500
7 John Clyde Tan Philippines ₱ 84,500
8 Nam Hyungwoo Korea, South ₱ 61,500
9 Sangjin An Korea, South ₱ 50,192

Head to the Festival Results tab for the full payouts

Korea dominates NLH final table, Sehoon Jin ships it


The NLH drew 19 entries with only 5 players earning a piece of the PHP 414,675 prize pool. Koreans dominated the action, with four players advancing to the final table. By ITM, Sehoon Jin was ahead and went on to claim the title on an ICM heads up deal. For his monstrous stack, Sehoon was awarded the PS spadie and the larger payout of PHP 181,232 (~USD 3,240). Runner up Phenix Oesterstroem earned PHP 150,000 (~USD 2,680). This was Sehoon’s career first PS title and first triumph outside of home turf Korea.

Date: February 21, 2024
Buy in: PHP 25,000 (~USD 450)
Entries: 19
Prize Pool: PHP 414,675 (~USD 7,410)
ITM: 4 places

*Heads up ICM deal, chip leader awarded the trophy

Place Player Flag Payouts
1 Jin Sehoon Korea
₱ 181,232*
2 Oesterstroem Phenix Sweden
₱ 150,000*
3 Ishibashi Tsuyoshi Japan ₱ 86,000
4 Jinsung Chung Korea ₱ 62,000
5 Cho Min Ho Korea ₱ 50,000

Yonghyun Park holds takes down the Freezeout

Yonghyun Park

The Freezeout event attracted 34 players for a prize pool of PHP 890,460 (~USD 15,900). For a majority of the day, UK’s Stephen Nathan dominated the chip counts until the final table. At five handed, Korea’s Yonghyun Park sucked out on Ryuhei Nakagawa with JcJd spiking the two-outer to dust KsKd. Park went on to rail Akito Mori next then claimed the win on a heads up ICM deal with Nathan.

Date: February 21, 2024
Buy in: PHP 30,000 (~USD 540)
Players: 34
Prize pool: PHP 890,460 (~USD 15,900)
ITM: 6 places

*Heads up ICM deal, chip leader awarded the trophy

Place Player Flag Payout in PH₱
1 Yonghyun Park Korea, South ₱ 268,460*
2 Stephen Nathan United Kingdom ₱ 240,000*
3 Akito Mori Japan ₱ 138,000
4 Tane Hiroyuki Japan ₱ 102,000
5 Ryuhei Nakagawa Japan ₱ 80,000
6 Ryo Oikawa Japan ₱ 62,000
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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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