Poker Dream Manila: Winfred Yu overcomes a deficit at heads up to win the White Horse Cup Short Deck Super High Roller

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Poker Dream founder, Winfred Yu, overcame fellow hard-hitters to capture the first ever White Horse Cup Short Deck Super High Roller title. Yu came from behind at heads up against Triton founder Paul Phua to claim the PHP 18,700,000 (~US$ 336,970) top cash prize.

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Event Info

Buy in: PHP 1,380,000 (~US$ 25,300)
Guarantee: PHP 55,000,000 (~US$ 987,350)
Entries: 41
Prize pool: PHP 55,000,000 (~US$ 987,350)
ITM: 6 places

Place Player Flag Payouts in PHP
1 Winfred Yu Hong Kong 18,700,000
2 Paul Phua Malaysia 12,920,000
3 Chan Kong Ming Malaysia 8,250,000
4 Danny Tang UK 6,330,000
5 Jun Yap Malaysia 4,950,000
6 Ming Hong Teoh Malaysia 3,850,000

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The White Horse Cup was the most expensive dish on the Poker Dream Manila menu with buy in at a staggering PHP 1,380,000 (~US$ 25,300). It was also the first event that the young brand tagged with a seven figure prize pool – PHP 55,000,000 (approx. 1 Million USD).


As expected, the field was tight and exclusive, a mini Triton of sorts. Among the fallen without any pay were Triple crown Triton champion Wai Kin Yong, WSOP Online bracelet winner Paul Teoh, and hot running Rene Van Krevelen who already crushed two Short Deck events at the series. Day 1 closed at the fall of Ewe Eng Siang on the bubble.

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Entering the final day, six players returned with Winfred Yu in the driver’s seat backed by a massive 115 bb stack. After the fall of Ming Hong Teoh in 6th place to Danny Tang, businessman Phua raked in two big pots against Yu to steal the lead.

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As Phua continued to rise, Yu dropped further down to 18 bb and nearly busted with AcKc when a lucky river King saved him from Chan Ming Kong’s {JsJh. Shortly after, Kong fell to Phua in 3rd place.

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Chan Ming Kong

Heads up proceeded with Phua up nearly 3:1, 76 bb to 27 bb. Phua kept a tight grip on the lead until just before the first hour of heads up play. Yu shoved with AcKd, Phua called with AdQs, the board ran {Jd7c7hAh10c, to send Yu back up top.

Ahead 52 bb to Phua’s 21 bb, the duo battled for another hour when the final hand was tabled. Phua shoved with Ad8s, Yu called with JdJc. The board came As9sJh10d8c for a set over two pair.

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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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