PAGCOR Chairman's Cup: From 52 to a final nine

After last night's closing stages it's hard to imagine how this day might top it. But the chances are that it will.

At stake today is a place at the final table of the PAGCOR Chairman's Cup, but along the way everyone will be paid. Some 430 players came to Manila to win this event, these last 52 will at least go home with something to show for three long days at the tables. And that can mean a lot.

Play starts at 12.30pm. Right now, as players begin to arrive, the dealers are getting their briefing from tournament director Danny McDonagh and the bags of chips are laying in wait on the tables. Those last eight minutes of level 15 yesterday are up on the clock. We're ready.

Here's how they'll line up:

Table 9
1 - Jon Parsons - 115,500
2 - Mike Kim - 287,000
3 - empty
4 - Jeffrey Rapaport - 134,000
5 - Gordon Huntly - 354,000
6 - Kenny Shih - 342,500
7 - Hirohide Oka - 188,500
8 - Harold Louis Trinidad - 128,500

Table 10
1 - Philipson Chua - 100,500
2 - Harold Geong Bolz - 151,500
3 - David Felton - 52,000
4 - Terrence Chan -- 427,500
5 - Van Binh Pham - 211,500
6 - Roger Spets - 304,500
7 - empty
8 - Eric Sia - 80,500

Table 11
1 - empty
2 - Geoffrey Quiba - 137,500
3 - Jhana Hale - 94,000
4 - Amelito Segarra - 41,500
5 - Hyung Sun Jung - 159,500
6 - Bin Nguyen - 372,500
7 - Elton Tsang - 76,000
8 - Vahe Assadourian - 168,500

Table 12
1 - Victor Chang - 224,000
2 - empty
3 - Jose Garcia - 98,000
4 - Edgar Felix - 129,000
5 - Ernie Batalla - 33,000
6 - Steven Tegnelia - 219,000
7 - Percy Yung - 125,000
8 - Yong-suk Chang - 443,500

Table 14
1 - John Dalessandri -- 71,000
2 - Eric Mendoza - 127,000
3 - Badiyonaid Amito - 36,500
4 - Choon Kwang Lim - 270,500
5 - Paolo Filio - 24,000
6 - Edward Penaflorida - 42,000
7 - In Wook Choi - PokerStars qualifier -- 108,000
8 - Almond Cabral - 136,500

Table 15
1 - Danny Silk - PokerStars qualifier -- 264,500
2 - Marc Rivera - 590,000
3 - Rex Alvendia - 51,500
4 - Ramil Gentugaya - 141,500
5 - Albert Kim - 34,500
6 - Ferdinand Dizon - 156,000
7 - Anatacio Custodio - 192,500
8 - Monito Santos - 14,000

Table 16
1 - Hsuan Lee - 191,000
2 - Eric Cheung - 49,500
3 - Kay Kwok - 55,000
4 - Mel Mangaser - 49,500
5 - Jae Sin - 289,000
6 - Raul Aquino - 90,500
7 - Kirby Te - 67,000
8 - Charles Chua - 232,000

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The man who made all this possible, for the last 52, bubble boy Mikael Rosen

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Manila: Stephen Bartley and Marc Convey.