MANILA, Philippines - The P10 million Philippine Poker goes outside of Metro Manila for the first time tomorrow when the Squeeze Poker Club in Dau, Mabalacat City hosts the sixth leg of the nationwide series that aims to discover a Philippine representative to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas next year.
The six-day event, which has a guaranteed prize of P1 million, will have the usual buy-in of P5,500. Cards fly starting at 4 p.m.
PPT founder lawyer Jojo Allado said sit and go tournaments offering seats to the main event are now being held at the venue with a buy in of only P550. In addition, six side events are also slated daily starting Saturday. These are the No Limit Hold’em Freezeout, Ladies event, Head Hunter, Pot Limit Badugi, Six-handed event, and the Pot Limit Omaha Hi.
Halfway through the 10-stop series, veteran Martin Corpuz continued to turn the tour into his own playground as he widened his lead in the Player of the Year race.
The fourth leg winner, who had cashed in all of the PPT legs held so far, including a Badugi side event at the Resorts World Manila, has jacked up his POY total to 645 points following his seventh place finish in the fifth leg at the Midas Touch Poker Sports Club in Pasig City last month.
Rene Pacayra, the third leg champion, is a far second with 360 points followed by perennial contender Jojo Tech with 350. First leg top notcher Dexter Luna and Edwin Marzan are tied in fourth to fifth places with 295 points each.
The player with the most points at the end of the season will receive P100,000 cash, a PPT Player of the Year token and a limited edition PPT Player of the Year merchandise. He will also be recognized and featured in the PPT website and Facebook page.
Corpuz’s winnings brought him closer to the top of the PPT money list with P464,000, next only to Luna’s P626,000. Pacayra is running third with P438,000 followed by second leg winner Rebel Magdagasang with P335,200 and fifth leg champion Auggie Nasser with P330,000.
With five legs to go in the tour, a mad scramble is expected for the remaining berths in the Battle of Champions in March featuring all 10 leg winners in the nationwide series. The Grand champion will be sent all-expenses paid to Las Vegas for the WSOP main event next year.
The P700, 000 package consists of a round trip plane ticket to Las Vegas, hotel accommodation, pocket money and the US$10,000 buy-in money.