How time flies! At the start of the year, PokerStars opened up a hub at City of Dreams Manila, Philippines, the PokerStars Live Manila poker room, and since then, has held three Manila Megastack series, three P1M Guaranteed events, the prestigious Asian Pacific Poker Tour 9 Manila, weekly tournaments, and now, to close out their successful first year in the Philippines, the fourth leg of the Manila Megastack running from December 1-6, 2015.
Throughout the year, PokerStars Live Manila has awarded numerous big cash prizes and trophies to players from all over the region. Some of them were well-known poker personalities in the Asian circuit such as Mike Kim and Wally Sombero, pioneers of poker in the region.
In early August, the APPT 9 Manila drew in a massive field with Australian poker pro Aaron Lim making PokerStars history by winning his second PokerStars Main Event championship title.
Slated on the schedule for today’s final series of the year is day 1a of the 2M Guaranteed Main Event. This event has a P10k buy-in with unlimited re-entries. Starting stack is 30,000 so players can enjoy a lot of playing time. The previous winner of this event was Filipino player Euryd Rivera who captured the title in late September along with a cash prize of P529,000.
Leading up to the 2M Guaranteed Main Event were a few side events that kicked off earlier in the week. The P250K Guarantee saw 157 players with Filipino player Noel Araniel scooping all the chips to earn the first place purse of P107,954.
The next side event was the Megastack Freezeout (P300,000 Guarantee) with 103 players taking to the felt. In the end it was Michael Victor Jose from the Philippines who rose to victory to claim the P121,200 top prize.
Lastly, the P500,000 Guarantee event kept the floor busy throughout yesterday until Malaysian player Zhen Xiong Lye defeated Singaporean player Edmund Eng in the heads up round. Lye collected P183,730 for his first place finish.
Congratulations to all the winners! Stay with us as we will be posting random updates on the action at the Manila Megastack 4 Main Event. There will also be a Turbo Bounty Freezeout (5 tables max) side event at 9pm with a P20k buy-in fee.