Day 1b of the PokerStars Live Manila Anniversary Special Main Event has just gotten underway here at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room in City of Dreams Manila, Philippines. This event has a P2M Guarantee for an affordable P5,000 buy-in fee. Unlimited re-entries are available until the end of level 12 or 3 hours of play. As determined by day 1a, regulation play will end five minutes into level 20.
Today will also see day 1c take flight at 7pm this evening and will also run the same length of time as the other flights. There will be a 9-table max to accommodate for the lucrative cash games on the floor. We will also be posting updates on the action at Day 1b and Day 1c so be on the lookout for that on the blog site. Day 1a updates area also available on the site.
At day 1a, UK’s Carlos Aziz Hassan bagged the largest stack with 190,000 chips. Filipino player Joseph Sia came in second with 165,000, and in third was Filipino player Anacleto Quijano, who was the runner-up at the Manila Megastack 4 in December. There were a total of 8 players out of 59 qualified into day 2.
Running alongside the Main Event was the second side event of the weeklong festival, the P300,000 Guarantee. There were a 132 entries for this event, bringing the prize pool to P345,708. Coming out on top was Detlef Heckenbach from Germany who claimed the first place cash purse of P78,400 and a seat worth P25,000 to the Manila Megastack 5. Norway’s Kai Paulsen, a regular in the Asian circuit, came in second and earned himself P53,200 plus a seat to the MM5 as well. Other notables who saw a profit were USA’s John King, Filipino player Edwin Marzan, and UK player Jean Issa.
Among those who entered but found the rail instead were Filipino players John Tech, Mike Takayama, Joven Huerto, Noel Araniel, Regie Ann Delos Reyes, Korean players Soo Jo Kim, Ilkwon Kim, Seonghwan Ahn, and others such as Stuart Brodie from South Africa and Srinivas Polishetty from India to mention a few. These are all well-known players in the Asian circuit.