After a long and grueling final table, the PokerStars Live Manila P1M Guarantee held at City of Dreams Manila, Philippines, ended with poker veteran Rey Concepcion outlasting the overwhelming youth at the table to claim the first place cash prize of PHP200,000 plus a seat to the APPT 9 Manila Main Event.
Revered as one of the most experienced and admirable poker players in his home country, Concepcion definitely did not disappoint. He took off running at the start of the final day with two significant double ups. His first was with K-Q winning a coin flip against Edgar Felix’s pocket tens, then two hands after, chipping up big when he railed Dilip Ajitkumar Menon with his pocket kings dominating Menon’s queens.
With a very healthy stack for the final table, Concepcion displayed old school poker prowess. He engaged in many pots, as if he were in a saloon with his buddies, raising whenever he wanted, no matter what position he was in. He also knew when to slow down and let others take control such as when Korean player Jutae Kim started running hot and eliminated three of his countrymen one after the other. Later, Concepcion railed one for his own, Filipino player Raphael Berroya Bulaong in 6th place, bringing his stack close to six-digits.
During five-handed, action slowed down significantly. With less chips than the rest, Nickolai Alexandrov seemed to be in the hot seat, proving tough for quite some time, but was eventually eliminated in 5th place. Then a deal was made between the four remaining players, each of them agreeing to receive an equal share of the remaining cash prize pool. That meant, they would then be playing for the coveted APPT 9 Manila Main Event seat and the tournament trophy. The question was, who wanted it more?
Concepcion? Angeles? Casey? Kim?
Angeles took the early lead by eliminating Gerald Casey in 4th place with his A-Q offsuit getting lucky against Casey’s A-K. Immediately after, Concepcion railed Kim in third place and entered the heads up round against Angeles with a 2-to-1 chip lead. In just two hands, Concepcion proceeded to scalp Angeles with his K♣10♣ against Angeles’ Q♦6♦ on a board that ran 7♠9♠7♦6♥10♥.
Congratulations to Rey Concepcion for a very well-deserved win!
Payouts: P1 Million Guarantee (PHP)
Total Entries: 368
Prize Pool: 1,249,360
1st- Rey Concepcion – Philippines – 143,590 + APPT 9 Manila Main Event seat
2nd- Bernardo Angeles – Philippines – 143,590
3rd- Jutae Kim – Korea – 143,590
4th- Gerald Casey – United States – 143,590
5th- Nickolai Alexandrov – United States – 75,000
6th- Raphael Berroya Bulaong – Philippines – 65,000
7th- Adora Gonzaga – Philippines – 55,000
8th- Cary Allen Ison – Philippines – 45,000
9th- Nicolas Arceo – Philippines – 35,000
10th- Edgar Angelo Felix – Philippines – 30,000
11th- Antonio Lugo – Philippines – 25,000
12th- Dilip Ajitkumar Menon – India – 25,000
13th- Anthony Gabitan – Philippines – 20,000
14th- Leonardo Aban – Philippines – 20,000
15th- Jester Intia – Philippines – 20,000
16th- Jose Javier Medina – Philippines – 20,000
17th- Edward Tan – Philippines – 20,000
18th- Wyngard Brillo – Philippines – 20,000
19th- Byeongcheol Kim – South Korea – 15,000
20th- Kilsuck Yang – Korea – 15,000
21st- Mark Lloyd – Australia – 15,000
22nd- Edwin Marzan – Philippines – 15,000
23rd- May Josef – Philippines – 15,000
24th- George Martel – Philippines – 15,000
25th- Khoo Zhongren – Singapore -15,000
26th- Justin Mondero – Philippines – 15,000
27th- Mark Race – Philippines – 15,000
28th- Manuel Regis – Philippines – 15,000
APPT 9 Manila Main Event Satellite: 3 Seats Awarded
John Jay Magadan – Philippines
Romeo Catayas – Philippines
Richard Tolentino – Philippines