WPT National Philippines: Day 2 Main Event Recap with Norway’s Garberg on Top

The WPT National Philippines resumed today with 114 players returning to the felt for day 2 of the Main Event. By the end of regulation play, only 22 players survived the heat with Norwegian player Markus Garberg stealing the limelight and ending the day as the chip leader with 674,000 chips.

Chip Leader Garberg

Although Garberg travels around the world to play poker, he is certainly no stranger to the Asian circuit arena. Just last year, he won the APT Asian Series High Roller event and took home well over PhP1M. He has also frequented the big poker festivals in Macau.

During the last ten minutes of the Main Event today, Garberg was sitting with slightly over 330K chips while Filipino player John Costiniano held the chip lead with over 600k. In poker however, things can change in just a snap and that’s exactly what happened when Garberg was awarded a huge double up after flopping the nuts against Taiwan’s Li-ta “Leon” Hsu. This instantly catapulted Garberg to the top of the rung.

Bubble and ITM

After losing to Garberg, Hsu thought he was covered in chips only to happily discover that he had 3K left. He sat back down and managed to win several hands to bring his stack up to 65K. Hsu was not only the reason that Garberg ended up as the chip leader, he was also the reason the bubble burst. He eliminated Eddy Liang in 37th place with his ace-jack landing trips against Liang’s pocket nines. Shortly after, Seung Soo Jeon fell in 35th place, then later Raiden Kan in 26th. Just before the bagging, Sam Nee bowed out in 25th place and Kunal Patni in 24th place.

Other Notable Survivors

In addition to the leaders, another Norwegian survived the day, Kai Paulsen, a very well-known player in the Asian circuit. He bagged up 456,000 chips. Filipino player Marc Rivera also made the list despite his stack getting shaved down by China’s Cui Jia Bin. Rivera ended with 261,000 chips while Bin closed with 530,000 chips.

MArc Rivera

Marc Rivera, – 261,000 Chips

Bust Outs

One big surprise of the day was the amount of notable pros scalped way before the money despite having very good stacks, some with hefty stacks, to start the day. Players such as Linh Tran, John Tech, Lester Edoc, Sim Jae Kyung, SJ Kim, Pete Chen, and day 1b’s chip leader, Chane Kampanatsaynakorn, all fell in this category.

Day 3 of the Main Event will resume at 1pm tomorrow, January 7, 2016. They will play down to the final table of 6.

Chip Count

Markus Garberg – 674,000

John Niko Costiniano – 628,000

Louis Nyberg – 548,000

Jiabin Cui – 530,000

Kai Paulsen – 456,000

Andrei Kaigorodtcev – 429,000

Yuen Wai Loong – 384,000

Michael Tse Hua – 383,000

Alex Henry – 310,000

Samuele Moschetti – 307,000

William Kang – 302,000

Dennis Gamboa – 269,000

Marc Rivera – 261,000

Amit Roshanlal Jain – 243,000

Ying Lin Chua –  221,000

Martin Gonzales – 172,000

Kwangsuk Yuh – 156,000

Thomas Goh – 127,000

Terry Fan – 98,000

Soh Chee Wee – 76,000

Lita Hsu – 65,000

Takuya Yamashita – 37,000


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Louis Hartwell

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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