Manila Megastack 4: Final Event of 2015 at PokerStars Live Manila Day 1b

We are back at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room at City of Dreams Manila, Philippines for the final day one flight of the Manila Megastack 4 Main Event series. This is a 2M Guaranteed Main Event with a P10k buy-in and unlimited re-entries. With a 30,000 starting stack, players can expect to get in on lots of action early. This series marks the end of PokerStars Live Manila 2015 events having had a total of seven poker festivals throughout the year plus the APPT 9 Manila.

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Yesterday saw 163 entries with only 22 players remaining by the end of tournament play. With this number, the 2M guarantee will surely be surpassed early today. It was also decided at day 1a that the Main Event would run for a maximum of 16 levels, or 8 hours of total play, or down to roughly around ten percent of the field whichever was reached first.

Ending day 1a with an overwhelming amount of chips was the Philippines top tournament poker player John Tech with 681k chips. In breakdown, that's about 22 starting stacks amassed throughout the day. Running second was Korea's Jae Wook Shin who had a fantastic run of cards catapulting him into the chip leader's zone for most of the day. Shin eliminated several players including previous Manila Megastack champion Euryd Rivera and Team PokerStars Pro Asia Bryan Diwei Huang. Shin ended the day with 382k chips. Running third just behind Shin was Germany's Sebastian Benz with 377k chips.

There was also one side event on schedule yesterday, the Turbo Bounty Freezeout event. Only ten players participated in this event, and in the late hours of the night, Park Yu Cheung aka Sparrow from Hong Kong defeated Korea's Dong Hyun Kim to capture the first place cash prize of P67,300. There will be one side event on deck as well today, the Flipout event at 6pm with the final table at 8pm.

We will be posting random updates on the action at day 1b, and if you want to read up on some of the action at day 1a, just head to the Manila Megastack 4: Day 1a updates.

Triccia David
@PokerStars in News