PokerStars Festival Manila: Third and final Main Event flight underway
Attention please players: This is your last call to get among the PokerStars Festival Manila Main Event action! The third and final opening flight is now underway as players take to the felt here for Day 1C. Late registration will be open for the first nine levels of play.
Those joining the hunt will receive 30,000 in chips with blinds starting at 50/100. The plan is identical to the other two flights so we're in for 12 45-minute minute levels today with the action set to conclude at around 11:30pm.
Today's runners will add to the 309-strong field that made up Day 1A and Day 1B, and with 45 already registered here it looks like we'll have an impressive total by the time the tournament is locked out.
"It'll easily pass the 20 million (PHP) guarantee," said PokerStars LIVE's Fred Leung.
Those in today's flight will be chasing the current big stack Michael Falcon who flew the highest yesterday on Day 1B. He ultimately bagged up a sizable 307,100, out in front of second spot Andre Peters with 241,500. Falcon is fresh off a deep run in the World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker for $18,950 and backing that up with another impressive showing here this week.
As for today's field there are a few familiar faces at the tables already. India's first WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant has pulled up a seat, as has his fellow countryman Kunal Patni. Also in contention are Georges Georgiou, Mark Gruendemann, Ahyan Adgas, Hermann Lee and Tom Or-Paz.
Or-Paz found himself with a huge lead in the High Roller event earlier in the week but unfortunately for the Israeli things turned disastrous pretty quickly. He started the final day in a commanding position but within the first two levels he was already relegated to the rail. Or-Paz has fired and bricked a few bullets in earlier flights of the Main Event but he's returned again today to try his luck.
We'll be following the action today to find out how these players fare and whether anyone can fly higher than Falcon did last night. Let's see just how big the field and the subsequent prize pool can grow. For event highlights and stories stay tuned here at the PokerStars Blog, and for live coverage you can tune in to PokerNews.