Richest PokerStars LIVE Manila Megastack pays out over PHP 88 Million (~$1.5M)


PokerStars LIVE Manila closed out its richest Manila Megastack series to date paying out over PHP 88 Million (~USD 1.5 Million) across 36 events. Running from February 15 to 25, 2024, the 18th edition took place at the brand’s hub in Okada Manila in the Philippine metropolis.

As seen at previous editions, a solid force of Japanese players participated, walking away with an impressive eight trophies. This was topped by the large contingent of locals that snatched up twelve of the coveted PS spades.


The highlight of course was the Main Event which set out to be the richest, and easily delivered. The event generated a record prize pool of PHP 36,034,345 (~USD 644,500), exceeding its previous record by a substantial PHP 9.5 Million. Norway’s Henrik Tollefsen emerged victorious, locking up his second PokerStars LIVE Asia major and a noteworthy PHP 5,651,000 (~USD 100,500) payout. 

Norway’s Henrik Tollefsen wins the richest PS LIVE Manila Megastack 18 Main Event for PHP 5,651,000 (~USD 101K)

PS Manila Megagstack 18 – Coverage
PS Manila Megastack 18 – Festival Results
PS Manila Megastack 18 – Player Guide
PS Manila Megastack 18 – Photos 

Festival numbers

Date: February 15 to 25, 2024
Venue: Okada Manila, Philippines
Trophy events: 36
Festival prize pool:  PHP 88,383,870 (~USD 1,580,110)
Record Main Event: PHP 36,034,345 (~USD 644,500)
Main Event champion: Henrik Tollefsen – Norway – PHP 5,651,000 (~USD 100,600)
Multi-winners: Keijiro Shimojo (2), Anthony Cierco (2), Lester Edoc (2), David Erquiaga (2), Kenichi Nomoto (2)
Trophy by Flag: Philippines (12), Japan (8), South Korea (2), France (3), Singapore (2), Norway (1), Northern Mariana Islands (1), Taiwan (1), Latvia (1), China (1), Israel (1), Germany (1), Netherlands (1), Thailand (1)

Upcoming events by PokerStars LIVE Manila

PokerStars LIVE Manila has seven more events lined up for the rest of the year. Make sure to mark them on your calendars. All of the events will be held at Okada Manila.

Event Dates
Main Event GTD (PHP)
Manila Special March 17-24 3,000,000
Okada Manila Millions April 1-7 5,000,000
Manila Super Series 20 May 24 – June 2 TBA
APPT Warm Up July 2-9 3,000,000
APPT Manila July 25 – August 4 TBA
Manila Megastack 19 September 19-29 TBA
APPT Championships TBA TBA
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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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