If you are in Asia, most especially in the Philippines, the place to be for the next 11 days is the Metro Card Club. Most commonly known by the locals as the Metro, the standalone card room is the largest and most popular poker room in the country with over 30 tables. Due to their highly affordable events, the room has continuously attracted both locals and foreigners. Numerous Filipino pros got their start here and they continue to frequent the place. The chances of seeing local superstars Marc Rivera, Lester Edoc, and WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama are quite high.
Starting tomorrow, the house will ignite with the start of the annual Metro Summer Event. The festival runs from April 5 to 15. A wide variety of games is lined up including the top attraction, the P3,000,000 (~US$57,600) guaranteed Main Event.
J88Poker Tour wrapped up another successful festival at the CTP Club – Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association. The first edition in December 2018 – which so happened to be their first-ever live venture – saw a packed house everyday that this second edition was staged just a short three months after.
The festival ran for six days from March 29 to April 3. Players from all over Asia attended representing nations and regions: Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and of course Taiwan. The Main Event not only smashed the advertised guarantee but it also doubled up to NT$10,170,000 (US$330,000). Winning it was Taiwan’s own Chi Hang for NT$2,152,000 (US$69,000). Hang also claimed the highly coveted WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket and the J88PT championship bracelet.
It took over 8 hours of intense final table action for the J88Poker Tour Main Event to complete. When it did, it was local player Chi Hang reveling in all the glory. Chi spiked a lucky two-outer on the turn against Jin Ho Hong to capture NT$2,152,000 (~US$69,000), the J88PT champion’s golden bracelet, and a seat to the WSOP 2019 Main Event.
Final 9 recap
With the J88Poker Tour 2019 – Main Event – down to the Final 9 players, it’s time to give the side events a bit of attention. Four events have concluded after opening day. We’ve got those results for you below.
Deep Stack Turbo: CHIH YING LIANG
The Deep Stack Turbo drew 147 runners for a prize pool of NT$ 769,986 (~US$25,000). 20 players earned a piece of the pot with Chih Ying Liang claiming the biggest for his victory. Liang pocketed NT$184,896 (~US$6,000).