2:08AM: EURYD RIVERA wins the Metro 2M Main Event! 

Euryd Rivera, Metro 2M champion

It’s all over! In just a handful of hands, Euryd Rivera rose to victory defeating his brother Marc Rivera at heads up for the title and the additional P92,765. Due to the deal at four-handed, Euryd pocketed a grand total P362,765.

Congratulations to Euryd Rivera!

We will have a recap for you shortly. For now, enjoy the live updates to see how the Final Day unraveled.

2:07AM: Marc Rivera bows out in 2nd place – P240,000 
Level 35: Blinds 100000-200000 ante 30000

Marc Rivera, 2nd place

Marc Rivera three-bet all in and Euryd Rivera with the quick call. Marc had and Euryd with higher . Alike their first shoves, it had the potential to be a split pot, however, the board landed giving Euryd the higher five card spread. Marc bowed out in 2nd place and earned P240,000.

2:05AM: First all in… split pot!
Level 35: Blinds 100000-200000 ante 30000

Marc Rivera moved all in with , Euryd Rivera called with . The board ran to split the pot.

2:00AM: Rivera brothers go heads up!
Level 35: Blinds 100000-200000 ante 30000

Heads up! Marc Rivera vs Euryd Rivera

This may be the first time we’ve seen this at any major Metro championship event, Marc Rivera up against Euryd Rivera! Which Rivera will win the title?! We’ll soon find out!

Chip counts:
Euryd – 6.3M
Marc 4.25M

1:55AM: Mike Takayama downed in 3rd place – P190,000
Level 35: Blinds 100000-200000 ante 30000

Mike Takayama, 3rd place

Mike Takayama enjoyed a good run during the final four round and even reached chip leader status at three-handed. However, it all ended in 3rd place. He moved all in with and Euryd Rivera had . The board bricked to bring the field down to the two Rivera brothers. Takayama earned P190,000.

1:50AM: Marc Rivera doubles up through Takayama
Level 35: Blinds 100000-200000 ante 30000

Marc Rivera moved all in with 1.9M and Mike Takayama quickly made the call. Rivera had , Takayama with , and despite a slight scare on the board, , Rivera survived it and doubled up to 4M.

1:45AM: Mike Takayama nearing 5M
Level 35: Blinds 100000-200000 ante 30000

Mike Takayama has been shoving repeatedly, most often on top of Marc Rivera’s raise of limp. This has sent his stack soaring to 5M while Rivera dropped below 2M.

1:35AM: Euryd Rivera vs Marc Rivera
Level 35: Blinds 100000-200000 ante 30000

Marc Rivera limped in from the button and Euryd Rivera checked. At the flop , both checked. On the turn, E-Rivera bet 200k, M-Rivera raised to 500k, E-Rivera called. On the river, no bets were seen and E-Rivera won with two pair.

1:15AM: Mke Takayama doubles up through Marc Rivera
Level 35: Blinds 100000-200000 ante 30000

After knocking out John Tech, Marc Rivera shoved and Mike Takayama took on the challenge. Both players had A-9. No flush came and they split the pot. Two hands later, both players faced off again. Takayama with and Rivera with . No bad beat card arrived on the board and Takayama doubled up to 2.7M.

A few hands after, Takayama won another one off Rivera. He three-bet shoved Rivera’s 500k raise and won the pot with a fold from Rivera.

1:10AM: John Tech exits in 4th place – P290,000
Level 34: Blinds 80000-160000 ante 20000

John Tech, 4th place

John Tech may be guaranteed the biggest payout at the deal but he couldn’t close it out. He pushed all in with and Marc Rivera had better with . The board ran to end Tech’s run in 4th place.

Rivera with an enormous lead with 5.7M, over half of the chips in play.

12:50AM: Mike Takayama takes some back from Tech
Level 34: Blinds 80000-160000 ante 20000

Mike Takayama shoved with , John Tech shoved with , and the rest folded. Takayama doubled up his 620k stack with the board running .

12:45AM: John Tech doubles up through Takayama
Level 34: Blinds 80000-160000 ante 20000

John Tech shoved with , Mike Takayama called with . The board ran for a double up to Tech. Tech back to 3M, Takayama down to 640k.

12:20AM: John Tech getting pummeled, down to 1.18M
Level 33: Blinds 60000-12000 ante 20000

John Tech seems to be on a losing streak at the final four. He was once over 3.5M but players have been shaving him down at nearly every orbit. His latest loss was against Euryd Rivera. In a battle of the blinds, Rivera limped and big blind Tech checked. At the flop , Rivera bet 120k and Tech called. On the turn, Rivera check-called 160k. Then on the river, Rivera checked, Tech bet 280k, Rivera called. Rivera won with over Tech’s bluff.

11:55PM: Marc Rivera takes a chunk from Tech
Level 33: Blinds 60000-12000 ante 20000

The board completed , Marc Rivera doubled up with two pair.

11:40PM: Lester Edoc eliminated in 5th place – P190,000
Level 32: Blinds 50000-100000 ante 10000

Lester Edoc, 5th place

In a nutty hand, Lester Edoc survived against Marc Rivera with the board showing a flush . Rivera had and Edoc with with the shoves at the flop.

Edoc’s run ended with pocket threes defeated by Mike Takayama’s Q-J on a board of A-J-7-K-2. He took 5th place and the guaranteed payout of P190,000.

11:35PM: Mike Takayama doubles up twice through Edoc
Level 32: Blinds 50000-100000 ante 10000

It has been an all in fest among the short stacks. Mike Takayama doubled up twice through Lester Edoc with staying way ahead of throughout the board.

His second double up, he had and Edoc with . Though not needed, the board improved him to a full house to soar to 1.8M.

11:25PM: Euryd Rivera wins a sizable pot off Tech
Level 32: Blinds 50000-100000 ante 10000

On a board of , John Tech bet 140k, Euryd Rivera check-raised to 350k, Tech called. On the river, Rivera slid out 600k and won it with no call from Tech.

11:20PM: Deal reached!
Level 32: Blinds 50000-100000 ante 10000

Final 5 players

A deal has been reached among the five remaining players. Below is the breakdown:

John Tech – P290,000
Euryd Rivera – P270,000
Marc Rivera – P240,000
Lester Edoc – P190,000
Mike Takayama – P190,000

Action continues. They are now battling it out for an additional P92,765 and the trophy.

11:05PM: Deal being discussed
Level 32: Blinds 50000-100000 ante 10000

The final 5 players are discussing a deal….. John Tech has the largest stack with 3.510M.

11:00PM: Euryd Rivera doubles up big through Edoc
Level 32: Blinds 50000-100000 ante 10000

On a flop , Lester Edoc was all in and Euryd Rivera called. Edoc held overpair, Rivera two pair. The turn and river kept Rivera on top for a double up to 2.7M. Edoc dropped to

10:55PM: Harold Ian Acosta out in 6th place – P64,750
Level 32: Blinds 50000-100000 ante 10000

Harold Ian Acosta, 6th place

Harold Ian Acosta has just fallen in 6th place to the leader John Tech. He shoved on the cutoff seat with and button player Tech called with . The board ran for a straight to Tech. Acosta earned P64,750 for his deep finish.

Tech now at 3.5M. 5 powerhouse players remaining! Tech, Marc Rivera, Lester Edoc, Mike Takayama, and Euryd Rivera.

10:50PM: Blinds up! 6 players remaining
Level 32: Blinds 50000-100000 ante 10000

Chip count update:

Harold Ian Acosta – 1.3M
John Tech – 2.4M
Marc Rivera – 2.3M
Lester Edoc – 2.2M
Mike Takayama – 860k
Euryd Rivera – 1.3M

Average stack: 1,767,500

10:20PM: Harold Ian Acosta shoves on Marc Rivera
Level 31: Blinds 40000-80000 ante 10000

Marc Rivera raised to 200k, Harold Ian Acosta shoved 1.188 on the big blind, Rivera folded.

10:15PM: End of the line for John Jay Magadan; out 7th – P50,750
Level 31: Blinds 40000-80000 ante 10000

John Jay Magadan, 7th place

Action folded around the felt to the small blind John Jay Magadan who shoved. Big blind John Tech snap-called. Magadan turned over , Tech with , the board ran . Magadan was eliminated in 7th place. He earned P50,750 for his efforts.

10:10PM: John Jay Magadan down to 690k
Level 31: Blinds 40000-80000 ante 10000

After his huge double up earlier, John Jay Magadan has been losing chips. He is now down to 690k having just lost a pot to Marc Rivera. Magadan raised to 200k and Rivera matched it up. On the flop , Magadan checked then folded to Rivera’s 200k bet. Magadan showed his fold- . Rivera returned the gesture showing the top pair.

9:55PM: Harold Ian Acosta continues his ascent
Level 30: Blinds 35000-70000 ante 10000

Utg John Jay Magadan raised to 180k and bb Harold Ian Acosta called. At the flop , and turn , both players checked. On the river , Acosta led for 250k, and after deliberating, Magadan called. Acosta won it with full house. Acosta continues his ascent. Now at 1.6M. Magadan drops to 1.1M.

9:40PM: Harold Ian Acosta on attack mode
Level 30: Blinds 35000-70000 ante 10000

Harold Ian Acosta

After losing a huge chunk of his stack to John Jay Magadan, Harold Ian Acosta has been aggressive at the table. He pushed twice but found no callers. Then recently three-bet Mike Takayama’s raise of 150k to make it 400k to go. Takayama folded. Next hand he raised to 250k and won the blinds and antes. Acosta now up to around 1.3M.

9:25PM: John Jay Magadan lands a monster double to reach 2M
Level 30: Blinds 35000-70000 ante 10000

John Jay Magadan

John Jay Magadan has been biding his time looking for spots to boost his stack. He earned a nice pot in a four-way hand with his flush on a board .

Several hands later, Harold Ian Acosta moved all in on the button and small blind Magadan joined in putting himself at risk. Acosta had , Magadan , the board bricked, and Acosta had to fork out 947k. Magadan climbed to nearly 2M, Acosta dropped to 590k.

9:10PM: Carlos “Butch” Monton falls in 8th place – P43,750
Level 29: Blinds 30000-60000 ante 10000

Butch Monton, 8th place

With action folding all around to the button, Carlos “Butch” Monton moved all in and two spots over, big blind Mike Takayama called.

Monton
Takayama

The board bricked to end Monton’s run in 8th place. He pocketed P43,750 for his efforts.

9:05PM: Euryd Rivera climbs to 1.9M
Level 29: Blinds 30000-60000 ante 10000

Euryd Rivera

On a board of , Lester Edoc bet 170k then faced Euryd Rivera’s 420k raise. Edoc folded. Rivera shipped in the big pile of chips brewed in the middle. Rivera now up to 1.9M. Edoc dropped to 860k.

9:00PM: Kings no good for Jasper Salonga David, out 9th place – P36,750
Level 29: Blinds 30000-60000 ante 10000

Jasper Salonga David, 9th place

Mike Takayama has crossed seven-digits after sending Jasper Salonga David out in 9th place. After a limp by Carlos Butch Monton, David raised to 150k, Takayama three-bet to 304k, Monton folded, David moved all in, Takayama called.

David
Takayama

The flop was a good one for Takayama running to overtake with a set. The turn gave David outs a glimmer of hope for a flush, but the river turned him down to send him out in 9th place.

David has had a great run at the Main Event and will pocket P36,750 for his efforts.

8:45PM: Lester Edoc jams for the pot
Level 29: Blinds 30000-60000 ante 10000

John Tech limped in, small blind Carlos “Butch” Monton limped in, big blind Lester Edoc shoved for 737k. No callers.

Edoc won the blinds and antes on the next hand. He is now back in the million range with 1.1M.

8:40PM: Chip count update
Level 29: Blinds 30000-60000 ante 10000

9 players remaining, average stack is 1,173,311

Harold Ian Acosta – 2.190M
John Jay Magadan – 700k
John Tech – 1.6M
Marc Rivera – 1.78M
Butch Monton – 510k
Lester Edoc – 750k
Jasper David – 630k
Mike Takayama – 770k
Euryd Rivera – 1.515M

8:20PM: Marc Rivera on the rise, reaches 1.9M
Level 28: Blinds 25000-50000 ante 5000

Marc Rivera

Marc Rivera has just pikced up two pots back-to-back to bring his stack to 1.9M. His first win saw him raise to 110k and Jasper David calling from the button. At the flop , both players checked. On the turn, Rivera bet 80k and David called. On the river, Rivera checked, David bet 305k, Rivera shoved, and a quck-fold from David.

Next hand, Rivera raised to 110k, Lester Edoc three-bet to 280k, Rivera called. The board ran with no bets fired. Rivera won with 10-10 over Edoc’s 8-8.

Rivera now at 1.9M.

8:10PM: Carlo Rey Calingasan falls in 10th place – P29,750
Level 28: Blinds 25000-50000 ante 5000

Carlo Calingasan, 10th place

After nearly two hours of final table action, the first casualty has been delivered. Short stacked Carlo Rey Calingasan three-bet all in with his remaining 311k and original raiser John Tech called.

Calingasan 
Tech

The board ran for a pair spiked by Tech to send Calingasan out in 10th place. Calingasan pocketed P29,750 for his deep run.

7:20PM: Another pot for Harold Ian Acosta; leads with 2M
Level 27: Blinds 20000-40000 ante 5000

Harold Ian Acosta

We have a new chip leader! Harold Ian Acosta won a sizable pot off John Tech earlier then did the same to Mike Takayama. On a full board , Acosta bet 235k onto a big pot and Takayama folded. Acosta is now at 2M.

7:15PM: Carlos Monton
Level 27: Blinds 20000-40000 ante 5000

Carlos “Butch” Monton limped in, Lester Edoc raised to 80k, Monton called. No bets arrived until the river , Monton announced all in and Edoc folded. Monton showed his set as he scooped up the pot.

He later won another pot by shoving out Euryd Rivera. Rivera raised to 85k, big blind Monton shoved 488k. Rivera folded. Monton showed his .

7:10PM: John Tech’s woes not yet over, down to 1.28M
Level 27: Blinds 20000-40000 ante 5000

On a full board and a fat pot weighing down the center, Harold Ian Acosta bet 190k and won it with John Tech folding. Acosta showed his nut flush. Tech down to 1.28M. Acosta at 1.6M.

7:05PM: John Tech loses another, doubles up Carlo Calingasan
Level 26: Blinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

John Tech has been the ATM machine. After doubling up John Jay Magadan, he doubled up Carlo Rey Calingasan. Granted it was only 105k but it still added up. Calingasan’s bested Tech’s on a board that ran . Tech now has 1.485, nearly a million down from the start of the final table,

7:00PM: John Jay Magadan doubled up by Tech
Level 26: Blinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

John Tech lost another pot, this time to short stacked John Jay Magadan. Magadan was all in with that held against Tech’s . Magadan up to 800k.

6:55PM: Euryd Rivera wins a pot off the leader Tech
Level 26: Blinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

Euryd Rivera

Euryd Rivera shaved off a chunk from John Tech’s big stack. Action kicked off with Carlos Monton limping in, Euryd Rivera raised to 90k, big blind Tech three-bet to 211k, Monton folded, and Rivera called. On the flop , Tech c-bet 135k,  Rivera called. On the turn and river , no bets came from either and Rivera’s bested Tech’s .

6:50PM: Mike Takayama takes from Marc Rivera
Level 26: Blinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

Mike Takayama

Marc Rivera raised to 60k and was called by both Mike Takayama (button) and Harold Ian Acosta (bb). The board ran with no bets from anyone but on the river , action was checked to Takayama who slid out 96k. Only Rivera called. Takayama won with . Rivera mucked.

6:30PM: Final Table begins; 10 players remaining
Level 26: Blinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

Final table of the Metro 2M GTD

From two tables down to one! One of these players will be the newest Metro 2M champion!

Harold Ian Acosta – 1.6M
John Jay Magadan – 430k
John Tech – 2.4M (chip leader)
Marc Rivera – 1.038M
Carlo Rey Calingasan – 270k
Carlos “Butch” Monton – 380k
Lester Edoc – 700k
Jasper David – 1.650M
Mike Takayama – 530k
Euryd Rivera – 1.460M

Average stack is 1,055,980. Blinds have been rolled back one level. Good luck to all!

6:15PM: Mark Jerick Almusajin denied in 11th place – P22,750
Level 27: Blinds 20000-40000 ante 5000

Mark Jerick Almusajin, 11th place

Mark Jerick Almusajin denied! He was all in with with a short 320k stack left. Big stack Jasper David called with . When the flop landed , David connected for a set, and with the turn and river , Almusajin fell in 11th place. He earned P22,750.

We are now down to the final table with 10 players remaining.

6:07PM: Lester Edoc doubles up twice! Climbs to 1.2M!
Level 27: Blinds 20000-40000 ante 5000

Lester Edoc

It was just a few minutes ago when Lester Edoc was down to 270k. Well that’s all changed after shipping in two double ups. His first boost was with that held against John Tech’s .

Next one, on a flop , he was all in with and Carlo Rey Calingasan called with . The turn kept Calingasan ahead but the river improved Edoc to two pair to double up to 1.2M.

6:05PM: Christopher Mateo busts in 12th place – P22,750
Level 27: Blinds 20000-40000 ante 5000

Christopher Mateo, 12th place

Christopher Mateo was all in with his short stack holding . Marc Rivera challenged with . The board threw blanks to send Mateo out in 12th place He earned P22,750.

6:00PM: Lester Edoc loses two pots, down to 270k
Level 27: Blinds 20000-40000 ante 5000

Lester Edoc just took a beating losing two consecutive pots. The first one saw him double up Carlo Rey Calingasan. The board was , Calingasan had a winning over Edoc’s . Calngasan doubled to over 600k.

Immediately following that hand, Edoc raised to 90k, John Tech three-bet to 200k, Edoc called. At the flop , Tech bet and Edoc folded. Edoc is down to 270k.

5:40PM: John Tech vs Marc Rivera
Level 26: Bllinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

John Tech and Marc Rivera entered a preflop raise war that we caught as the dealer was taking in the chips. From what we saw, Tech bet 144k, small blind Rivera raised to 290k, Tech re-raised to 349k, and Rivera flat-called. The board ran with no bets fired. On the river, Rivera led for 140k, Tech raised to 290k, Rivera folded. Tech showed his set.

5:30PM: James Moriles out in 13th place – P19,250
Level 26: Bllinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

James Moriles, 13th place

James Moriles was all in with and Jasper David called with . The board felted for a dominating nut flush to David. Moriles earned P19,250 for his 13th place finish.

5:25PM: Ronald Dimaano exits in 14th place – P19,250
Level 26: Bllinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

Ronald Dimaano, 14th place

Another player has dropped in this round, Ronald Dimaano was the next casualty. He entered the day as one of the chip leaders over the million range but couldn’t get much going.

After losing a chunk of his chips to Harold Ian Acosta, he was down to below 300k. From utg, he shoved with and big blind Acosta called with . The board ran to end Dimaano’s run in 14th place. He earned P19,250.

5:20PM: James Moriles vs John Jay Magadan again
Level 26: Bllinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

John Jay Magadan and James Moriles faced off for their third shove of the day. Moriles with and Magadan with . The flop had a nice draw for Magadan, with plenty of outs to send Moriles packing. However, the turn and river were not  the cards he needed and Moriles snagged a double up with his two pair. Moriles still low at 200k.

5:15PM: Jesus Rivera railed in 15th place – P19,250
Level 26: Bllinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

Jesus Rivera, 15th place

Jesus Rivera didn’t get much going all day and was all in with his remaining 156k. Big stacked Euryd Rivera matched it up.

J-Rivera
E-Rivera

The flop came down , both players hit the board. On the turn J-Rivera was still ahead. But with the river E-Rivera improved to trips to boot out J-Rivera in 15th place. He laddered up to P19,250.

5:15PM: Harold Ian Acosta rivers it to stay in the game
Level 26: Bllinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

Harold Ian Acosta was all in with and Ronald Dimaano called with . The board ran keeping Dimaano ahead, but with the river , Acosta jumped in front for a double up.

5:10PM: Benjamin Mangaliman eliminated in 16th place – P15,750
Level 26: Bllinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

Benjamin Mangaliman, 16th place

The other table also saw shoves taking place with Benjamin Mangaliman all in with and was up against Euryd Rivera with a dominating . The board ran dry to send Mangaliman out in 16th place. He earned P15,750.

5:10PM: Carlo Rey Calingasan avoids the rail
Level 26: Bllinds 15000-30000 ante 5000

The new level kicked off with Carlo Rey Calngasan with a three-bet all in. Initial raiser John Tech with the snap call.

Calingasan
Tech

The board ran and Calingasan avoided the rail. He double up to around 750k.

5:00PM: Break time – Chip count update

Players are on a 10-minute break. 16 players remaining. Average stack is 662,500. Below are the estimated chip counts:

Table 16
Benjamin Mangaliman – 230k
Mark Jerick Almusajin – 780k
Mike Takayama – 600k
Euryd Rivera – 1.1M
John Jay Magadan – 290k
Jesus Rivera – 150k
Carlos “Butch” Monton – 500k
James Moriles 110k

Table 17
Marc Rivera 1.044M
Harold Ian Acosta – 380k
Ronald Dimaano 651k
Lester Edoc 865k
Christopher Mateo – 353k
John Tech 2.36M (chip leader)
Jasper David – 630k
Carlo Calingasan – 364k

4:45PM: John Jay Magadan doubles up through Moriles again
Level 25: Blinds 12000-24000 ante 4000

At the previous round, John Jay Magadan went head-to-head against James Moriles and scored himself second life with a double up. Once again, both players met with Magadan all in holding and Moriles challenging with . The board ran to award Magadan his second double up of the day. He is still low in chips with around 260k. Moriles down to 170k.

4:44PM: John Tech leads with 2.2M
Level 25: Blinds 12000-24000 ante 4000

John Tech continues to keep himself far from the pack climbing to over 2.2M with 16 players remaining. We saw him pick up two pots to help him get there. Christopher Mateo raised to 50k, Tech three-bet to 131k, Mateo folded.

A few hands after, Tech raised to 52k, Jasper David called, and Lester Edoc defended on the big blind. At the flop , Edoc checked, Tech c-bet 102k, David and Edoc called. On the turn, all checked. On the river , Edoc checked, Tech fired 147k, David called, Edoc bowed out. Tech opened and David mucked.

4:20PM: Euryd Rivera slides into second rank
Level 24: Blinds 10000-20000 ante 3000

With all the big stacks concentrated in one table, at the other table, Euryd Rivera has been busy collecting. He is now second in command after John Tech with 1.4M. In addition to taking all of Joemark Vasay’s chips, his most recent pot, he called Mark Jerick Almusajin’s 45k raise, and bb Jesus Rivera joined as well. At the flop , action was checked to Rivera on the button and his 90k bet was good enough to win it.

4:05PM: John Tech nears 1.8M; Jasper David drops to 870k
Level 24: Blinds 10000-20000 ante 3000

Two of the chip leaders went at it in this hand. Catching the action on a flop of , small blind Jasper David had a 150k bet laid out and button player John Tech shoved. David tanked then opted to fold. Tech climbed to nearly 1.8M while David dropped to around 870k.

4:00PM: Joemark Vasay eliminated in 17th place – P15,750
Level 24: Blinds 10000-20000 ante 3000

Joemark Vasay, 17th place

Joemark Vasay all in with , Euryd Rivera looking to bounce him out with . The board ran ending Vasay’s run in 17th place. He earned P15,750.

3:55PM: Christopher Mateo turns a double up
Level 24: Blinds 10000-20000 ante 3000

Christopher Mateo

Christopher Mateo aka Big Time was all in with and down the orbit, Harold Ian Acosta called . When the flop fell , Acosta stayed ahead, but when the fell on fourth street, cheers erupted for Mateo. The river completed the board and Mateo doubled up to 320k.

3:50PM: Chip leaders all on Table 17
Level 24: Blinds 10000-20000 ante 3000

John Tech 1.440M
Jasper Salonga David 1.3M
Lester Edoc 1.1M
Marc Rivera 950K
Ronald Dimaano 900K

All of these players are tabled together. Average stack is 623,824.

3:38PM: John Jay Magadan doubles up through Moriles
Level 23: Blinds 8000-16000 ante 2000

John Jay Magadan all in with , James Moriles challenging with . The board ran dry . Magadan doubled up to nearly 300k. Moriles dropped to around 200k.

3:30PM: Carlos Monton on the move
Level 23: Blinds 8000-16000 ante 2000

Carlos “Butch” Monton

Carlos Monton has been active at his table. Entering with 607,500, he shoved on the first hand and won the pot with no callers. Several hands later, he defended his big blind on a raise of 35k by Euryd Rivera. The flop came . Both checked. On the turn , Monton bet 130k, Rivera folded while showing A-Q and Monton scooped it while returning the gesture revealing K-2 two pair.

Monton also won the next pot. Jon Jay Magadan raised to 36k, Monton jammed on the small blind. Magadan folded. Monton opened A-K.

3:05PM: Harvey Orbeta railed in 18th place – P15,750
Level 23: Blinds 8000-16000 ante 2000

Harvey Orbeta, 18th place

The shortest stack of the 18 finalists, Harvey Orbeta three-bet all in with and initial raiser John Tech called with . The board ran to double up Orbeta with a flush.

On the next hand, Orbeta pushed again, this time holding and Jasper David called with . When the flop came down , it was an instant full house to David. With the turn and river , it was the end for Orbeta. He took 18th place for a P15,750 payday.

David climbs to 750k. We are down to 17 players.

3:00PM: Final day begins! 
Level 13: Blinds 8000-16000 ante 2000

Here we go! Final 18 players at their seats….. first deal on the way!  Stick with us for all the updates. Good luck to all!

2:30PM Race to the title begins at 3pm

Good afternoon! We are half an hour away from kicking off the Final Day of the Metro 2M Guaranteed Main Event! The final 18 players will be hunting down the P610,000 first prize, and for a majority, their first Metro championship title.

Average stack: 586,655
Total chips in play: 10,559,800
Opening blinds: Level 23 – Blinds 8000-16000 ante 2000
Level intervals: 40 minutes
Prize pool: P2,474,500
1st place: P610,000

Good luck to all the players!

Final Day players (by chip count)

1 John Tech 1,491,500
2 Lester Edoc 1,207,000
3 Marc Rivera 1,153,000
4 Ronald Dimaano 1,005,000
5 Harold Ian Acosta 636,000
6 Euryd Rivera 613,000
7 Carlos Monton 607,500
8 Jesus Rivera 582,000
9 Mark Jerick Almusajin 575,000
10 James Arnan Moriles 566,000
11 Jasper Salonga David 479,500
12 Mike Takayama 315,500
13 Carlo Rey Calingasan 306,000
14 Christopher Vecino Mateo 258,000
15 Joemark Vasay 227,000
16 John Jay Magadan 222,500
17 Benjamin Mangaliman 211,000
18 Harvey Orbeta 102,000