It was an action-packed day at the most popular card room in the Philippines with the Metro Card Club kicking off a six day festival featuring a 2 MILLION GUARANTEED Main Event. This marked the second event of its kind this year with the first one held last February. The opening flight, Day 1A, drew in a sizeable field of 145 entries which was a superb start with three flights still to follow.

Day 1A of the 2M GTD

As always, the field was largely dominated by the local force with many notable players scattered around the room. At the end of the scheduled 15 rounds, a tight pack of 21 players remained. Impressively, Germany’s Markus Hennig defied the odds by closing out Day 1A as the chip leader. He amassed 191,300 which was nearly 13x the starting stack.

Markus Hennig

Trailing the leader by a very close margin was Filipino player Ian Acosta with 190,100.

Harold Ian Acosta

Joining the leaders in the survivors list were Flo Campomanes (145,800), Joven Huerto (78,900), and William Ysmael (71,800).


1 Hennig, Markus  191,300
2 Acosta, Harold Ian  190,100
3 Monton, Carlos  166,200
4 Rivera, Jesus  153,400
5 Campomanes, Florencio  145,800
6 King, John Francis  134,800
7 Ambata, Rick Jason  127,000
8 Cea, Sandy  124,600
9 Lugo, Antonio  121,800
10 Hombrebueno, Jimbo  119,500
11 Bagunu, Josie  83,500
12 Vasay, Joemark  83,500
13 Peñaflorida, Edward  83,200
14 Bulauitan, Maurillo  79,300
15 Huerto, Joven  78,900
16 Ysmael, William  71,800
17 Ola, Danilo  47,900
18 Abram, Anthony  46,300
19 Orcullo, Julius  43,700
20 Talosig, Jun  42,500
21 Bernal, Richard  40,000

While Day 1A survivors enjoy a few days break before the next elimination round, Day 1B flight gets underway at 3pm today, Thursday, August 23.

If you weren’t one of the players above, then head to the tables and lay bare those skills. It’s high time to earn your seat to the biggest poker festival currently heating up Manila. Buy-in is a very affordable P3500+P500 fee.  Each player is allowed one buy-in plus two re-entries per starting day. Players can also attempt for multiple stacks however only the best stack will advance to Day 2. 

Game info: Players start off with a stack of 15,000. Level 1 blinds open at 25-50 with increases every 30 minutes. Registration closes at the start of Level 8. Players bag and tag at the end of 15 levels. Day 2 and the Final Day will see the blinds increase every 40 minutes. Cards in the air at 3pm daily.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

Day 1A: Wednesday, August 22 (21 out of 145 advanced)
Day 1B: Thursday, August 23 (underway today)
Day 1C: Friday, August 24
Day 1D: Saturday, August 25
Day 2: Sunday, August 26
Final Day: Monday August 27

See you at the Metro!