Manila Megastack 3: Here we go! Final day is underway!
We are now at the final day of the Manila Megastack 3 at PokerStars Live Manila! The surviving 58 players are ready to battle it out, each one with the same mission, to bag all the chips and be proclaimed the champion. With only 36 seeing a profit, we will surely be seeing the short stacks shoving early to earn a double up and be in fighting contention.
The chip leader coming in today is Shih Chieh Su with 616,000 chips, and riding in his coat tails is Seung Soo Jeon with 605,000 chips. Both palyers were the chip leaders in their respective day one flights.
The past two days of the main event saw a total of 362 entries pony up the P10,000 buy-in. This affordable buy-in was lowered from the previous Manila Megastack events of P25,000, and it proved to be a good decision because the 2M guarantee was easily surpassed. Players are now looking at a total of P3,090,032 prize pool, that's fifty percent more than the advertised guarantee, giving players more mileage for their buck.
In addition to the first place cash prize of P726,000, PokerStars added a treat for the winner, a package to the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) 2M GTD Spadie (HKD2,000,000), inclusive of airfare to and from Manila, accommodations, and some spending cash. With that very handsome championship prize, we predict that the action at the felt today will be fast, grueling, and merciless.
Asia Player of the Year 2015
With the end of 2015 inching closer, it was of no surprise to see several players high up in the Asia Player of the Year 2015 leader board participate in the main event. Pete Chen, the reigning APOY champion, currently ranked fourth in the APOY 2015, and Fu Bang Huang, currently ranked sixth, fought hard in day 1b but both were unable to qualify into day 2 and will have to try to rake in points in the last remaining side event. Two players in the APOY 2015 who did make the cut were Alan King Lau, currently first in the APOY 2015 leader board, and Yang Zhang, who is third in rank. It is well to note that only 391 points separate these two players, so we will keep a close eye on them throughout the day to see who will go the distance.
Another interesting fact today is that exactly half the field are from the Philippines. Jester Intia leads that contingent with 363,000 chips. One starting stack behind him is Euryd Rivera with 333,000 chips. Both these players are very well known in the local circuit but have not yet sealed a win in any of the PokerStars Live Manila events. Let's see if today will change all that.
Good luck to all the players!