It’s time again for another PokerStars Festival Manila Main Event flight as Day 1B is now underway. The second of three opening flights, today’s plan is identical to yesterday with 12 45-minute levels on the cards, which means Day 1B will conclude at around 11:30pm. Players start with 30,000 in chips and blinds commencing at 50/100.
We’ll see if the field today can eclipse yesterday’s 132 runners for Day 1A. Of those who joined the hunt it was 38 who survived the action, with local Elan Zak bagging the most chips. He had 234,200 when play wrapped up and will be the one to chase today.
Others who will be joining today’s survivors on Day 2 include the past three Asia Players of the Year, Pete Chen (2014), Alan Lau (2015) and Jack Wu (2016). And also finding a bag on Day 1A was the man who currently sits atop the APOY leader board, Sparrow Cheung.
As for the Day 1B field it’s a humble half a century at the moment but with late registration open until the end of Level 9 that number is expected to swell significantly. Among those we’ve already spotted some familiar faces across the tournament floor. Maxim Sorokin, Jun Obara, Kunal Patni, Georges Georgiou, Haibo Jiang, Michael Falcon and Yo Seb Rhee have all pulled up seats. A few of those players were in contention yesterday for Day 1A but are making the most of this Main Event’s repechage format, which allows for unlimited re-entries and players to fire multiple flights.
Also in attendance fresh off a first place finish in the High Roller is Australian Peter Plater who picked up PHP3,100,000 ($61,520) for his impressive run. Plater satellited in for just PHP33,000 and navigated all the way through to victory. We’ll tell you all about that soon here on the PokerStars Blog.
Now it’s back to the Main Event here at City of Dreams Manila. We’ll be here all day to see how big the field can grow and whether someone is able to best Zak’s stack from last night. Stay with us for stories from on and off the felt, and check in with our friends at PokerNews for all your live reporting needs. You can also get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #PSFManila.