WPT Philippines: David Erquiaga bags one; Lester Edoc bubbles the 6 Max, 10 remain; Super High Roller up next

The 10K NLH Freezeout was the only WPT Philippines event that completed today and it was claimed by steady rising Filipino David Erquiaga. Ten players have now been awarded at the festival with more games to be conquered.

The other event lighting up the floor was the 6 Max NLH which no doubt was the hottest ticket pulling in 80 runners to Okada Manila. Well known pros were seated at every table including Asia Pacific Season XVIII Player of the Year joint leader Hamish Crawshaw. Crawshaw delivered a bad beat to Lester Edoc to wrap up the night at ITM with 10 remaining. Read up on the results below. 

Event 10: 10K NLH Freezeout – David Erquiaga – Php 178,088 (~US$ 3,500)

In a matter of 8 hours, the 10K NLH Freezeout was decided. Shipping it was Filipino pro David Erquiaga adding another Php 178,088 to his winnings. Just yesterday, Erquiaga earned Php 130,000 for 3rd place at the Bounty event. Last year was a strong year for Erquiaga who reached the final table in several major Asian circuit events that included runner-up finishes at the APT Vietnam Championships Event and the PKC Taiwan Main Event. 

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David Erquiaga

Reviewing the 10K NLH Freezeout action, 58 players signed up with only 8 guaranteed to money. Michael Doverklint delivered the bubble pushing with Kd6c on the small blind, called by big blind with AdJs, the board came 2s5d3c6dKh.

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Final Table

First to claim a piece of the pot was Hyper Turbo champion Brett Kennedy (8th). Kennedy lost a large portion of his stack to Naoya Fujihisa when his Jd10d top pair on the flop was outdrawn by 6d7d on a board that completed Js8d9h5h4d. He fell shortly after. 

Next out was Yosuke Shinjo (7th), then Erquiaga slid into the leader’s seat when he railed Doverklint (6th) with quad kings over nut flush. The five remaining players asked for an ICM breakdown but a deal wasn’t reached. Fujihisa jumped to a huge lead after doubling up through Erquiaga followed by claiming all of Viktor Zeitz’s chips. 

Reagan Benico swung before dropping out in 4th place. Short stacked Jeffrey Sayen couldn’t get past 10 bbs and fell to Erquiaga. Heads up rushed in with Erquiaga ahead in the count. He commanded the action until Fujihasa doubled up with QcJc outdrawing Ah9h with a jack on the turn. Despite the boost, two hands later it was all over. Erquiaga pushed with 8d8h, Fujihasa called for his tournament life with Ks9d, the final board was Kh7h5h8c3s

Buy-in: Php 10,000 (~US$ 2,000)
Entries: 58 players
Prize pool: Php 495,088 (~US$ 9,800)


1st David Erquiaga – Philippines – Php 178,088
2nd Naoya Fujihisa – Japan – Php 105,000
3rd Jeffrey Sayen – USA – Php 66,000
4th Reagan Benico – Philippines – Php 44,500
5th Viktor Zeitz – Sweden – Php 34,500
6th Michael Doverklint – Sweden – Php 27,000
7th Yosuke Shinjo – Japan – Php 22,000
8th Brett Kennedy – USA – Php 18,000

Event 11: 6 Max NLH – Day 1 results

The 6 Max NLH drew a field of 80 entries, among them were several star players such as Asia Pacific POY joint leader Hamish Crawshaw, Thailand’s top ranked Phachara Wongwichit, WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama, Iori Yogo, Markus Garberg, Cao Ngoc Anh, and gamer turned poker enthusiast Jinho Hong. The game bagged up at ITM with 10 remaining. Takayama holds the chip lead. 

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When they return on Thursday, February 13 at 1230pm, everyone will be guaranteed a minimum of Php 116,000. One player not in the final day lineup is Lester Edoc. The Filipino pro was knocked out on a lucky two-outer spiked by Crawshaw.

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Lester Edoc and Hamish Crawshaw

It was bubble time, 11 remaining, blinds at 1k – 2k ante 2k, Edoc raised to 4500, Crawshaw three-bet to 15k, Edoc four-bet, Crawshaw five-bet shoved, snap-called by Edoc with less chips. Edoc was ahead AdAc, Crawshaw 10d10s, the board ran 5dKh8s4c10c

Chip counts by rank

Mike Takayama – Philippines – 274,000
Seitaro Aso – Japan – 241,000
Hamish Crawshaw – New Zealand – 240,000
Terry Gonzaga – Philippines – 202,000
Sven McDermott – Ireland – 133,500
Kyungkun Lee – Korea – 132,500
Iori Yogo – Japan – 128,500
Cao Ngoc Anh – Vietnam – 127,000
Christos Vlahos – Australia – 70,500
Ryan McAllister – USA – 47,500

Final day opening blinds: 1000 – 2000 ante 2000
Start time: 1230pm
Chips in play: 1,600,000
Average stack: 160,000

Buy-in: Php 55,000 (~US$ 1,100)
Entries: 80
Prize pool: Php 3,880,000 (~US$ 76,700)
ITM: 10 places


1st Php 1,320,000 (~US$ 26,100)
2nd Php 757,000
3rd Php 473,000
4th Php 320,000
5th Php 242,000
6th Php 195,000
7th Php 173,000
8th Php 152,000
9th Php 132,000
10th Php 116,000

Upcoming events

On Thursday, February 13, while the 6 Max NLH resumes, two events join in, the Php 10K buy-in Superstack NLH Freezeout at 1pm and the Php 500k buy-in Super High Roller at 2pm.

The following day, Friday, February 14, the Main Event begins. Php 12 million (~US$ 237,300) is guaranteed. Buy-in is Php 75,000 (~US$ 1,500). 

Dates: February 14 to 17
Buy-in: Php 75,000 (~US$ 1,500)
Guarantee: Php 12,000,000
Re-entry: one allowed per day

Day 1A: Friday, February 14 at 4pm
Day 1B: Saturday, February 15 12pm
Day 2: Sunday, February 16 at 1pm
Final Day: Monday, February 17 at 1pm

The Somuchpoker team is on site to bring you all the results, recaps, pics, and videos so make sure to stick with us. We will also provide Main Event live coverage from start to finish. Main Event takes place from February 14 to 17 with two starting days. Php 12,000,000 (~US$ 237,300) is guaranteed. Buy-in is Php 75,000 (~US$ 1,500).

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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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