Cards are flying at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room for the final day of the P1M Guarantee Main Event. A total of 66 qualifiers from the combined results of the day one flights are batting it out for the first place purse of P357,300 plus the added value of P100,000 Macau Poker Cup package.
The Main Event saw a whopping 368 entries bringing the prize pool to P1,570,624, well over the guarantee. Only 36 players will be seeing the money, which means many short stacks will be aiming to double up as early as possible to get back in fighting contention.
Today’s leader is Filipino poker pro Jessie Leonarez who ended day 1a with 240,300 chips. Day 1b chip leader Korea’s Young Chull Kim is second in chip command with 203,600 chips.
In addition to the chip leaders, there are several players to certainly keep an eye on today, the Asia Player of the Year top contenders. King Lun Alan Lau from Hong Kong and Yang Zhang from China. Lau is currently second in the leader board and Zhang in fourth. With Ka Cheong Wong unable to qualify, Lau has a very good chance of stealing the first place spot from Wong if he goes the distance.
The past day one flights also saw two short stacks go from down in the dumps to riding high. At day 1a, Edward Warriner from the United Kingdom went from an ailing 3200 chips to end the day with 190,100 chips. At day 1b, Filipino player Timothy de Leon had a last level rush and went from around 8k in chips to 189,500. They are certainly players to watch out for today.
Good luck to all the players!
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