WPT Manila USD$200K Triton SHR series – Cali Cup: Ivey, Dwan, Cates & Rob confirmed

In what will be one of the biggest buy in tournaments ever to be held in Asia, the USD$200,000 buy in, Triton SHR series – Cali Cup, will take place during the WPT National Philippines, in Manila.

 Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Daniel Cates, and Andrew Robl confirmed

This event is only a couple of short weeks away, and the list of registered players is expanding by the day, with several poker superstars set to play. Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Daniel Cates, and Andrew Robl are just a few of the high stakes cash specialists that have been confirmed. They will be accompanied by other big names, including Vivek Rajkumar, Andrew Pantling and Fedor Holz.

Alongside these illustrious names will be the businessmen and semi professional players, who will include Paul Phua, and Aussie Millions AUD$100K Challenge winner, Richard Yong. The Cali Group, who sponsor this event, will have their own CEO, Lei Tim Meng buying in too, in what will be the largest buy in WPT event ever held. Numerous other wealthy amateurs are also confirmed, and include, Allbet CEO, Mui Man Bok, Qin “The Chairman” Si Xin, and also the winner of the 2012 Macau Super High Roller event, Stanley Choi.

Phil Ivey Manila

Phil Ivey has been seen playing at Solaire few days ago. 
Photo Peter Chan & PKC Manila

A kick off on January 2nd

The WPT National kicks off on January 2nd, with the Cali Cup Super High Roller starting on the 3rd, and the Solaire Resort and Casino set to host the event. The CEO of Cali Group has stated his excitement at the sponsorship of their first event in Manila, and his hopes that the location will grow to become the leading poker location in Asia in the coming years. The total prize pool figure is still unknown, with more entries expected in the run up to the event. But, it can be said with certainty, that the winner will not only walk away millions of dollars richer, but they will also take home a hand crafted, solid gold MasterCard worth $14,000 as a memento of their achievement. As the days tick down to this exciting event, it will be interesting see the list of participants grow. Certain poker pros who have a history of success in High Rollers but aren't yet confirmed, may well enter, and with a rising number of businessmen registering too, we should in for a treat when the event kicks off.

These events always provide a riveting struggle between pros and amateurs, and with a backdrop of the WPT National, and a popular location such as Manila, it should be quite a spectacle.


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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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