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February has been a grand gala month for poker in Philippines with three back-to-back series keeping the action going in the Filipino capital of Manila. Kicking off the month was the Philippine Poker Tournament (PPT) (Jan 31- Feb 4). Just as the series ended, it was followed by the first-ever run of the Okada Millions at the PokerStars LIVE Manila poker room (Feb 5-11). The action has now moved over to the PPPoker World Championship (PPWC) that kicked off at the Resorts World Manila on February 15 and is set to run all the way till February 21.
A total of 10 country-based teams entered the Teams Event at the series. Representing Team India in the Teams Event was a strong contingent of 10 Indian challengers. Captained by Pulkit Totla, Team India comprised of Rishab Jain, Kalyan Chakravarthy Cheekuri, Sahil Agarwal, Akshay Nasa, Jasven Saigal, Sajal Gupta, 2018 WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant and 2019 APT Vietnam Main Event winner Abhinav Iyer. Both Sushant and Iyer have flown in for the series from Australia, where Sushant comes in fresh off a title win (Weekly Wednesday at Star Poker Sydney -₹5.77 Lakhs), while Iyer too chopped an event with fellow countryman Vinod Megalmani last week (A$150 NLHE Monday MegaStack- Casino Crown Melbourne – ₹73,845)!
Team India (43 points) unfortunately was one of two teams that failed to make it past Day 2 alongside Team Chinese Taipei (45 points). However, all is not lost for our Indian challengers, as starting today is the Main Event with the first of three starting flights. The majority of the Indian crew is expected to jump into the Main Event and given the excellent track record of our players in Manila, we`d expect at least a few deep runs. Running alongside the Main Event will be nine other side events that should also attract a lot of Indian participation, so stay tuned on PokerGuru for regular updates.
Reporting back on the Teams Event, Team Malaysia topped the tally on Day 1 with 178 points followed by Team Brazil (121 points) and Team Singapore (119 points). These points however, will not be taken into consideration on Day 2 where the remaining eight teams will once again begin on an equal footing. Only the top two teams progressing to the Final Day will take home a share of the prize money!
Teams Event – Day 1 Recap
The PHP 10 Million (US$190,530) GTD Teams Event at the PPWC took off on February 15. While earlier only five international teams had confirmed their attendance for the event, a total of 10 teams eventually hit the felts on Day 1 at the event.
There were teams from Malaysia, India, Thailand, Brazil, Norway, Singapore, Australia, Philippines, USA and Chinese Taipei. Each team coughed up the PHP 550,000 (US$10,478) buy-in to enter the event.
The teams fought it out across three tournament formats i.e. 6-Max SNG, Double Heads-up and Heads-up. Only the top three finishers in the 6-Max SNG earned points for their team. While two players per team played the Double Heads-Up format, the Heads-up format saw representation from only one player from each team.
Team India captained by Pulkit Totla had Aditya Sushant, Jasven Saigal, Abhinav Iyer, Kalyan Chakravarthy Cheekuri, Akshay Nasa, Rishab Jain, Sahil Agarwal, and Sajal Gupta as the other team members. Team India managed to garner only 43 points on Day 1 of the Teams Event and fell out at 10th place. Team Chinese Taipei that scored 45 points, was the other team to be eliminated on Day 1.
Led by Ian Lee, Team Malaysia (178 points) topped the points tally on Day 1 and kept an upward drive all through the day. The team totally crushed the competition at the 6-Max SNG accumulating an impressive 108 points in the game. They then went on to win both the Double Heads-up and Heads-up games, adding another 70 points to their tally. In the Heads Up match, Ying Lin Chua from the team defeated Norwegian Team Captain Borse Dypvik.
Trailing Team Malaysia in points on Day 1 was Team Brazil (121 points) that had a mediocre start but then went on to win both the Heads Up rounds, while Team Singapore (119 points) finished third on the opening day.
Only two teams will survive Day 2 and make it to the final day when the Championship Round will take place. The Championship Round will be played in the same format but all the three games will take place simultaneously.
Top 8 Teams At The End Of Day 1 (Points)
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