Manila Megastack 3: Cards are flying for day 1b
The final day one flight of the Manila Megastack 3 has just gotten underway here at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room at City of Dreams Manila. This event has a P10,000 buyin with late registration and re-entries available until the end of level 8. Starting stack is very deep, 30K, and blinds go up every thirty minutes. With a guarantee of PHP2m, which will likely be surpassed, this is the last chance to get into this very lucrative main event.
In addition to the prize pool guarantee, PokerStars has added an event package on top of the first place cash prize - a seat to the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) 2M GTD Spadie (HKD2,000,000), inclusive of airfare from Manila and some spending cash. Players have been asking if that is deducted from the prize pool. Just to be clarify, this is an added value making the first prize so much more enticing.
In the previous Manila Megastack series, the buyin for this event was at P25k with the same guarantee. Now with a lower entry fee and the same guarantee, players have the chance to get back - in the game in the event they bust out early - for a more affordable re-entry fee. Players may also enter today's flight even if they have already qualified yesterday. If they qualify again, only their higher stack will move on to day two. At this time, Srinivas Polishetty (India) is attempting to do just that. He qualified last night with a short stack of 57,000. Good luck to him today!
At yesterday's day one flight, there were a total of 168 entries bringing the prize pool to P1.4m. At one point there was a long list of alternates waiting to get seated. The room was literally pumpin'. After all was said and done, it was Seung Soo Jeon from South Korea who bagged the most number of chips, a massive 605k chips. Only 29 players qualified into day 2, that means we will be seeing some of them returning today. Among those seen at the felt right now are Alan King Lun Lau (Hong Kong), Pete Chen (Chinese Taipei), Fu Bang Huang (Chinese Taipei), Sammy Bolung (Indonesia), Edmil Marcelo (Philippines), and John Riad (Denmark).
Other notables also in the field are Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan), Mark Benasa (Philippines), Darshan Sami (UK), and Edgar Angelo Felix (Philippines).
We will be posting some live updates throughout the day so stay tuned for some of those stories.
*There will also be a P50,000 NLH side event at 10pm tonight.