WPT Philippines: Main Event smashes guarantee; 344 entries, 79 advanced to Day 2 with Zheko Dinev leading

Amid travel bans and quarantines, WPT Philippines went on as planned at Okada Manila. The past two days were dedicated to entering the Main Event where a Php 12 million guarantee was on the table.

Despite numerous cancellations by avid supporters, the featured event drew a solid 344 total entries to crush the guarantee for a much richer prize pool worth Php 22,523,400 (~US$445,517). For the eventual champion, Php 4,812,000 (~US$95,182) awaits.

Let’s have a look at the numbers.

Day 1A: 126 entries
Day 1B: 218 entries
Total entries: 344

Buy-in: Php 75,000 (~US$ 1,500)
Prize pool: Php 22,523,400 (~US$ 445,400)
ITM: 43 places
1st prize: Php 4,812,000 (~US$ 95,200)

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Now that both starting days have completed, 79 players head to Day 2 taking place on Sunday, February 16.

Day 1A: 24 players
Day 1B: 55 players
Total Day 2 qualifiers: 79 players

Starting time: 1pm
Opening blinds: 1500 – 3000 ante 3000
Level duration: 60 minutes
Bagging time: Final table (9 players)

Chips in play: 10,320,000
Average stack: 130,632

Top 5 players

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Zheko Dinev – 387,000 – Day 1B chip leader
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Jaeho Kim – 312,000 – Day 1A chip leader
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Christopher Mateo – 310,500
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Christos Vlahos – 306,000
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Julien Weymouth – 290,000

Day 2 Chip Counts and Seat Draw

Asia Pacific Season XVIII Player of the Year race

Among the qualifiers are two players in contention for the top spot in the Asia Pacific Season XVIII Player of the Year race, Si Yang Phua and David Erquiaga.

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Si Yang Phua – 900 points – 80,000 stack
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David Erquiaga – 750 points – 189,500 stack

Si Yang Phua will need to reach at least 4th place and David Erquiaga must finish at least 2nd place to overtake the leaders Hamish Crawshaw, Hari Varma, and Brian Tougias all with 1500 points each. The latter two were unable to make the the trip however Crawshaw did attend missing the mark on both entry days. Also in the field was Sim Jae Kyung aka Simba. He was ranked 7th with 1263 points but he too failed to advance.

WPT Philippines Day 1B Live Updates

The Somuchpoker team will continue to bring you Live Updates on the Main Event action including recaps, results, photos, and videos of the ongoing festival. So stick with us!

WPT Philippines 2020 Live Coverage

[In Video] WPT Philippines – 344 Entries in the Main Event!

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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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