P1Million: Up and running here at day 1b
Day 1b of the P1M Guarantee Main Event has just started here at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room inside City of Dreams Manila. This is the last day one flight so for those unable to attend yesterday's kickoff, this is your final chance.
For a quick recap of day 1a's results, there were a total of 170 entries recorded with 30 qualifying into the final day. Filipino poker pro Jessie Leonarez claimed the leader's position with 240,300 chips, running second was fellow countryman Mike Takayama with 198,600 chips, and in third was Edward Warriner from the UK with 190,100 chips.
Taking a quick glance around the room, several players who hit the rail on day 1a are already battling it out on the felt such as Asia Player of the Year top contenders Ka Cheong Wong, Alan King Lau, and Pete Chen. Other players also back in the field are local player Trifie Montebon, Dave Colclough of the UK, and Irishman Anthony White.
The P1M Guarantee Main Event is a re-entry tournament with a very affordable P5k buy-in. Late registration is available until the end of level 8, which is a total of four hours into the game. It is an unlimited re-entry. For players who qualified yesterday but would like to re-enter today, keep in mind that if you qualify again, only your largest stack will advance to tomorrow's final day.
At the end of late registration, we will be able to determine the total prize pool breakdown for the event, however, in addition to the first place cash prize, the winner will also receive an additional P100,000 MPC package which includes a seat and accommodations to the upcoming ACOP 2M Spadie.
There are also two side events on the schedule tonight. At 7pm we have the Flipout event with a P2k buy-in. For every table of ten, one hand will be dealt face up to each player and the winner of each table will advance to a finals where they will play for the pot.
At 10pm, there will be a Deep Stack Hyper Turbo Freezeout event with a P10k buy-in. Players begin with a 15,000 starting stack and blinds go up every 10 minutes.
Good luck to all the players! We will be posting day 1b updates throughout the day so keep an eye out on that for a good read on some of the action today.