2:40AM: Day 1a ends
Day 1a has just concluded with 49 players remaining. Chinese Taipei player Hao-Che Luo bagged the largest stack of 345,500 chips, Singapore’s Alex Lee second-in-chips with 272,500 chips, and rounding out the top three is Hong Kong’s Alan “Kinglune” Lau with 249,500 chips.
2:30AM: Chua gets hit, Jo doubles up
Ying Lin Chua called Handong jo’s raise of 20k preflop and watched the flop land 8♦6♥8♣. Jo checked to Chua who bet 25k and Jo called. On the turn of 6♦, Jo took the reins and moved all in. Chua folded. Jo showed pocket tens.
2:10AM: Bolung triples up into the 200k zone
Action began with a player moving all in with his 50k stack and was called by two players, one was Sammy Bolung. Bolung intended to move all in for a total of 69k but since he said call, he was all in blind with his cards face up. The flop landed 2♣8♥9♣, Bolung’s all in was called and all the hole cards were revealed. Bolung with A♣K♣ and was up against A♠K♠ and J♥10♠. The turn of 5♣ gave Bolung his nut flush, and with the river of 3♥, he was awarded the massive triple up pile and crossed the 200k zone
2:00AM: Alex Lee climbing
Alex Lee recently won a pot against Soo Jo Kim and shortly after, he picked up an even bigger pot when he eliminated a player who went all in on the turn board of 4♥9♥5♠3♠. Lee had 10♣10♠ and was up against Q♦J♥. The river landed 2♠ and Lee shipped it.
1:45AM: Short stacks double up
We are entering the last two levels of the Main Event and from every corner, short stacks are pushing and shoving. At one table, Seung Soo Jeon went all in with K♥Q♠ and had to get lucky against pocket sevens. A queen landed on the board and his higher pair earned him a doubled up.
At another table, Benjie Bustillo shaved Ying Lin Chua’s stack when he was pushed by Chua on a board of 2♠2♦3♠10♠K♠. He called and his A♣A♦ prevailed against Chua’s J♣7♦. Like Bustillo, Masaki Nakamura also landed a double up with pocket aces. He was called by a player with pocket nines.
1:15AM: Namiki rails Jeong; Hasse doubles up
With the blinds fairly high, short stacks are shoving at almost every turn. At one table, Jae Hyeon Jeong moved all in and was called by Wataru Namiki. Namiki had Q♣Q♠ and Jeong had A♠K♣. The board bricked and Jeong was eliminated.
At a separate table, Julian Hasse was all in with A♥Q♣ and was up against pocket tens. The board gave him trips with two ladies showing up and he doubled up.
1:00AM: Tollefsen takes some from Gonzaga
Henrik Tollefsen is raking in the chips. Having recently claimed a big double up against Alexis Lim, he earned another sizable pot this time against Terry Gonzaga. During the hand, Gonzaga raised to 5k, Tollefsen three-bet to 12k, and before Gonzaga called, he told Tollefsen he doesn’t fold. On the flop of 5♣7♥9♦, both players checked to get a free turn card of 10♠. Gonzaga checked, Tollefsen bet 13.5k, then Gonzaga pumped it up to 30k. Tollefsen called. On the river of 10♣, Gonzaga bet another 30k, Tollefsen flat-called, and Tollefsen won with his 10♦8♥ against Gonzaga’s J♣9♠.
12:30PM: Tollefsen doubles up huge through Lim
Intense hand between Alexis Lim and Henrik Tollefsen just before the break. Action began with a player min-raising to 3200, Lim calling, then Tollefsen three-betting to 11,300. The initial raiser tanked for a bit but folded. Lim called. On the flop of 3♠2♣6♠, Tollefsen led out for 10,800 and Lim called. On the turn of 4♥, Tollefsen moved all in sending Lim to the edge of frustration. After getting a count, Lim still struggled, and minutes after the break began, he finally called. Tollefsen had J♥J♠ and Lim had A♦K♥. The river of 9♠ was no help to Lim and Tollefsen earned a big double up.
12:20PM: A sly straight for Camanyag
Reynaldo Camanyag kicked off the action with a raise to 3500 preflop and was called by Nickolai Alexandrov. At the flop of Q♦7♥10♠, both players checked. On the turn of A♣, Camanyag bet 3500 and Alexandrov called. On the river of 4♦, Camanyag continued to milk Alexandrov and bet 4500. Alexandrov took the bait and was surprised to see Camanyag’s K♠J♣ straight. Camanyag won the pot with Alexandrov folding.
12:15PM: War of the raises between Kotani and Lagman
With a raised pot preflop already brewed in the middle, the dealer spread the flop of 4♠J♥10♣. A bet of 3500 was laid out by Tempei Kotani and Julius Lagman check-raised to 7500. Responding back, Kotani re-raised to 17,500, but Lagman was not going anywhere and he answered back with a raise to 36,500. This was enough to get Kotani to fold up and hand over the pot to Lagman.
11:30PM: Sia takes on Worth
Limp pots can get costly sometimes while pumping up a player in return. In this hand, Justin Worth, Reynaldo Camanyag, and sb player In Sin all limped in, and bb Joseph Sia checked. The flop ran 5♥J♥A♥, and everyone checked. On the turn of 6♣, Sin checked to Sia who bet 2700, and everyone called. On the river of 4♣, action was checked to Worth who bet 6k. This was good for a fold from Camanyag and Sin but Sia tanked. He took some time to decide, trying to get a tell from Worth, but he mustered up the guts to call and it was a good one. Worth had K♥Q♦ for missed draw while Sia had 6♦5♠ two pairs.
11:15PM: Jeong’s snowmen hold firm
Jae Hyeon Jeong called a player’s all in with 8♥8♠ against A♣J♥. The board bricked and Jeong eliminated one. From what we heard, Jeong has been having a good win rate at the table.
11:10PM: Xiao Long He’s cowboys rail the ladies
Xiao Long He was in a preflop raise war that ended with all the chips in the middle. He had K♥K♥ and his opponent had Q♦Q♣. The board ran 2♦K♦6♦ making it an exciting hand with a flush possibility. The turn of J♣ and river of 2♠ were good for He and he was awarded the chips while sending a player packing.
11:05PM: Gomes out Reyes doubles up and more
Immediately after Tse Ian Lee won a three-way pot, he called the all in of both Jose Reyes and Jordan Gomes. Reyes had 8♣8♦, Gomes with 5♦5♠, and Lee with 9♠8♠. The board bricked and Reyes won the pot.
11:00PM: Tse Ian Lee scoops three-way shove
Big pot awarded to Tse Ian Lee who was in a three-way all in action that began with Jordan Gomes limping in, then Koh Zhi Rong Winston shoving with 14.9k, followed by Lee who also jammed with 27.3k. Action folded all the way back to Gomes who tanked for some time. He had both players covered but if he were to lose, he would be severely crippled. He called. Winston had A♥J♠, Lee had K♥Q♦, and Gomes had K♣J♥. The board ran Q♠9♥K♦3♠8♣ and with Lee landing two pairs, he was shipped the massive pile while eliminating Winston in the process. Gomes fell to 6300 chips.
10:45PM: Day 1a tally
It is confirmed. There were 220 entries to the Main Event with 150 remaining after registration closed. The total prize pool amounted to a massive P4.8M.
10:00PM: Hasse dominates Gabitan
We only caught the action at the river betting with Julian Hasse and Anthony Gabitan staring down a board of 4♣8♠4♠A♠6♣. Hasse bet 3k, Gabitan raised to 9k, and Hasse tanked for a bit. He eventually called and won with his A♥4♥ full house against Gabitan’s K♠5♠.
9:50PM: Kumar doubles up Horii
Yoshiki Horii was all in against Jude Kumar with Horii holding A♥A♦ and Kumar with A♠J♣. The board ran blanks and Horii doubled up.
9:45PM: Rule delay and pot goes to Gomes
There was a pause at Jordan Gomes’s table due to a ruling that had to be clarified. It began with a raise by the utg player, then called by a mid position player, and then Gomes on the button announced a re-raise. After laying out the chips to match the initial raiser’s bet, he counted out chips and slid them in for his re-raise. The mp player felt what Gomes did was against the rules so the TD was called to verify whether his two-motion bet was considered a minimum bet or it was valid. The rule was to Gomes’s favor; the TD confirmed that since he announced a raise, the two motions was acceptable.
Action resumed and the initial raiser folded but the mp player called. On the flop of 6♥10♣6♦, action was checked to Gomes who bet 10.7k and won the pot without being challenged.
9:15PM: Quads for Wu, stack up to 120k
According to one of the players at the table, Chuang Yi Wu was in a hand with Michael De Leon with his pocket fives landing quads on the flop. Unbeknownst to De Leon, the board continued with a king on the turn and a king on the river. One thing led to another, all the chips were in the middle, and Wu won with his quads against De Leon’s full house with a king in his hand.
8:45PM: Lagman gives it up to Tiu’s check-raise
With four players in a raised pot, there was over 6k in the middle and a board of A♠6♣7♣, Raymond Tiu bet 1800 and found one caller in Julius Lagman. On the turn of K♠, Tiu checked to Lagman who bet 2600 then Tiu check-raised to 5500. Lagman opted to fold up.
8:30PM: Takarabe cripples Lubas
Catching the action only at the shipping, Jay Lubas was very frustrated at the turnout of this hand. The completed board was 6♥4♣3♣3♠3♥ and he had five-seven for a straight while Takarabe had A♠A♣ for a full house. Lubas down to 600chips.
8:20PM: Tran earns a good pot with a full house
In a raised pot preflop, the board ran K♥A♠A♦ and Julien Tran called a bet of 1625. On the turn of Q♥, both players checked and the river card was Q♦. Tran bet 3500 and was called. He revealed his A♥6♣ and won with a full house.
8:15PM: Longabela tanks but won’t budge
Michangelo Longbela was happy to share this hand with us against Chuang Yi Wu. It began with Wu limping in, Longabela raising to 550, and Wu calling. At the flop of 4♦4♠8♠, Wu jumped at the action with a bet of 3k. This sent Longabela tanking for some time. He eventually called. On the turn of 7♦, Wu made the bet even higher, 7k, sending Longabela to the tank again. He eventually called and the river card of K♠ was felted. Wu continued and bet 15k, and Longabela called. Longabela had A♠Q♠ for the nut flush and claimed a big pot.
7:15PM: Notables on the felt
With entries now over 200, there are quite a number of notables to acknowledge: Germany’s Julian Hasse, Hong Kong’s Alan “Kinglune”Lau (APOY 2015), Korea’s Seung Soo Jeon, Singapore’s Zi Sheng Teo, Korea’s Soojing Hong, USA’s Cecil Bounds, China’s Yongqi Ren, and Russia’s Andrei Dementev, Malaysia’s Alex Lee, Filipino Lester Edoc, and Macau Poker Cup 24 Champion Ying Lin Chua to mention a few.
7:00PM: Over 180 players
We are an hour into the Main Event and there are 180 entries already posted on the screen with four players hitting the rail. One of those bust outs was USA’s Gerald Casey whose pocket aces was cracked.
The Main Event of the Manila Megastack 5 is underway at PokerStars Live Manila. The Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila is already filling up with players, while the registration line has many eagerly awaiting to get to their seats. The Main Event entry fee is P25,000 with unlimited re-entry and late registration until the end of round 8, which is equivalent to 4 hours. Random updates will be posted right here so check back with us to see who’s heating up the felt.