Thailand and Malaysia secure the money and advance to the PPWC Teams Event final day

It was make or break at the PPPoker World Championship Teams Event. What started out as 10 teams yesterday saw only 8 advance to today’s round. Once again the goal was to rack up the highest number of points over three games: 6 Max SNG, Double Heads Up, and Heads Up, however this time only the top two teams would advance to the final day and most importantly, be guaranteed a sizable portion of the enormous PHP 10 Million (US$190,530) prize pool.  

With big money on the line, tension was high.

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PPWC Teams Event – The Rail

In the end,  it was Team Thailand and Team Malaysia that proved their might, accruing the most points to move on to the final day and be that much closer to the PHP 7 Million (US$133,700) first prize. Runner-up team takes home PHP 3 Million ($US57,300).

Teams Event recap

TEAMS 6 Max SNG Heads Up Total
Thailand 109 30 139
Malaysia 43 70 113
Philippines 70 40 110
Australia 98 0 98
USA 62 30 92
Norway 13 70 83
Singapore 71 0 71
Brazil 31 40 70

Team Thailand came out with guns blazing winning three 6 Max SNG games and runner-up in another. They entered the Double Heads Up and Heads Up round well on top though still not a shoe-in for a final day spot. Team Australia also did well in this round with two wins and two 2nd places to earn 98 points.

Team Philippines bubbles

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Team Philippines and Team Singapore were the next two down the line, very close in points. Team Philippines – Jerick Almusajin faced off against Team Thailand – Kannapong Thannarattrakul – at the Heads Up round but after his loss, Thailand secured their spot into the money and the finals.

Team Australia’s strong start turned sour at the Heads Up rounds. They lost both of their bouts giving other chasing teams a chance to overtake. Team Malaysia did just that. They won both of their Heads Up rounds to go from a very low 6 Max SNG score to a total of 113 points.

As for Team Singapore, they too had their chance but fell flat on both final rounds for Team Malaysia to slide in and take the coveted second spot.

Team Thailand

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Team Thailand

Kannapong Thanarattrakul (captain)
Sittisak Phetroj
Metasit Pratipsangkom
Thanisorn Saelor
Chane Kampanatsanyakorn
Pakinai Lisawad
Sutipong Popitukkul
Wanchana Valaikanok
Thananat Therdtakoonrat

Team Malaysia

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PPWC – Team Malaysia

Ian Lee (captain)
Tan Kean Wei
Foo Lai Heng
Mak Wai Cheong
Loo Junzhong
Teoh Ming Juen
Teoh Ming Hong
Ying Lin Chua
Sebastian Tan Shi Ting

The Teams Event resumes tomorrow. Who will become the first-ever PPWC Team champion? Team Thailand or Team Malaysia? We will find out tomorrow!

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Article by Tricia David

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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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