It is fitting that the last event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour is taking place in Manila, as it was here the tour began back in 2007. This marks the end of an era for Asian poker with the APPT concluding, but also heralds a new beginning with the PokerStars Championship & PokerStars Festival starting in 2017.
The Manila Megastack has come a long way from its start as a small tournament series back in January 2015 with 61 players taking part in the main event, which Korea’s Joon-Han Lee took down for ₱439,000 (~US$8,800).
May 2016’s Megastack 5 saw nearly an eight-fold increase in player numbers with Bruno Tzu Chieh Lo emerging triumphant over the 478-strong field for a ₱2,392,350 (~US$48,000) payday.
The final PokerStars Asia event of 2016 – the Manila Megastack 6 – is in full swing at the City of Dreams Manila, with the ₱25,000 (~US$500) main event starting at 6pm local time–eight hours ahead of GMT and ET +13. With a ₱6 million (~US$120,850) guarantee and two starting flights we are expecting a full house (and probably several bad beats along the way) here in Manila, especially if the turnouts in the side events are anything to go by.
Switzerland’s Alain Walder triumphed over a field of 489 runners to take down the ₱10,000 (~US$200) opening Event #1, earning ₱795,000 (~US$16,000) for his first place finish with the ₱4,174,104 prize pool easily surpassing the ₱2 million (~US$40,000) guarantee. Events #2 and #3, the ₱5,000 Freezeout and ₱10,000 Knockout, attracted 140 and 222 runners respectively with Singapore’s Mohamed Noordin taking home ₱110,980 (~US$2,200) for winning Event #2 and fellow countryman Paul Hsien Wee taking down Event #3 for ₱326,792 (~US$6,500).
With three other events currently running – including the ₱100,000 (~US$2,000) High Roller – in addition to the main event, the riffle of poker chips sounds like a horde of hungry crickets has taken over the card room. With a 30,000 starting stack and 30 minute levels there is plenty of play in this opening flight so stay tuned to the PokerStars blog and we will bring you all the tournament thrills and spills as they happen.