PokerStars Okada Manila Millions: Jose Colada clinches back to back Main Event titles; PJ Aratea, Wonjae Lee, Flo Campomanes among side winners

PokerStars LIVE Manila concluded its first live event of the calendar year with the 3rd edition of Okada Manila Millions taking place on January 3 to 9 at Okada Resort Hotel & Casino. Among the 14 players that walked away with brand new spade trophies, it was defending champion Jose “JC” Colada earning the highest honors for his back to back Main Event victory. Read up on Colada’s road to the top and all festival results down below. 

image4Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

The brand plans to return next month with the Manila Super Series running on February 20 to 27 however due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, it remains subject to regulatory approval. Following that event, also awaiting the green light are APPT Open Manila which is scheduled for March 22 to 28, and the highly popular APPT Manila scheduled for July 29 to August 7. For those planning to attend, Covid-19 vaccination is required to enter the premises.

Festival results

Grand total prize pool: ₱ 5,655,760 (~US$ 109,705)
Total entries: 1,599
Festival unique: 428
Countries: 18 
Total winners: 15
Main Event prize pool: ₱ 3,370,013 (~US$ 65,370)<
Biggest winner & payout: Jose Colada – ₱ 557,700 

Main Event: JOSE COLADA – ₱ 492,700 (~US$ 9,560)

image7Jose Colada, Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

Despite the challenges posed by the current health crisis, the Main Event exceeded all expectations. Out of the three editions, it amassed the largest prize pool of ₱ 3,370,013 (~US$ 65,370) with 1,128 entries across seven entry flights. The largest turnout was at Day 1F, seeing 182 uniques and 104 re-entries. After seven days of action, local player Jose “JC” Colada successfully defended his title to secure ₱ 492,700 (~US$ 9,560) in cash plus a seat worth ₱ 65,000 (~US$ 1,260) to the upcoming APPT Manila Main Event. Recap below. 

Date: January 3 to 9 
Buy in: ₱ 3,500 (~US$ 68)
Guarantee: ₱ 3,000,000 (~US$ 58,190)
Entries: 1,128
Prize pool: ₱ 3,370,013 (~US$ 65,370)
ITM: 135 players
*Four way ICM deal

Final day payouts – 56 players

Place
First Name
Last Name
Country
Cash Prize

1
Jose
Colada
Philippines
₱ 492,700*

2
Luis
Bernardo 
Philippines
₱ 377,400*

3
Ann Klein
Lazo
Philippines
₱ 335,700*

4
Junnie
Pamplona
Philippines
₱ 312,400*

5
Ji Eon
Han
South Korea
₱ 129,300

6
Robert Anthony
Bryan
USA
₱ 89,700

7
Choi Chang
Ui
South Korea
₱ 76,500

8
Amit
Nautiyal
India
₱ 66,600

9
Yaoguo
Wang
China
₱ 56,813

10
June Brix
Nuestro
Philippines
₱ 46,800

11
Michael
Bueza
Philippines
₱ 36,900

12
Aristotle
Sigua
Philippines
₱ 36,900

13
Kenzo
Mendoza
Philippines
₱ 30,300

14
Edwin
Dela Cruz
Philippines
₱ 30,300

15
Alvin Jeff
Sembrano
Philippines
₱ 30,300

16
Eun Hwan
Lee
South Korea
₱ 30,300

17
David Jansen
Erquiaga
Philippines
₱ 24,000

18
Algerico
Tabacon
Philippines
₱ 24,000

19
Lester
Edoc
Philippines
₱ 20,400

20
Ken How
Voo
Malaysia
₱ 20,400

21
Audrius
Karbauskas
Lithuania
₱ 20,400

22
Jasper
David
Philippines
₱ 31,700

23
Jerick
Medina
Philippines
₱ 24,700

24
Jasper
Borcena
Philippines
₱ 17,700

25
Jonald
Garcia
Philippines
₱ 15,300

26
Niel
Ortillo
Philippines
₱ 15,300

27
Alvin
Chio
Philippines
₱ 15,300

28
Renato
Pacayra
Philippines
₱ 15,300

29
Tracy
Crisostomo
Philippines
₱ 15,300

30
Jose
Drilon
Philippines
₱ 15,300

31
Cesario
Corpuz
Philippines
₱ 15,300

32
Jan Jason
Leoncio
Philippines
₱ 22,300

33
Jonathan
Dimaculangan
Philippines
₱ 13,800

34
Gerald
Ganab
Philippines
₱ 13,800

35
Janno
Alvarez
Philippines
₱ 13,800

36
Ruderico
Dela Cruz
Philippines
₱ 13,800

37
Rodrigo
Sequite
Philippines
₱ 13,800

38
Jungchul
Lee
South Korea
₱ 20,800

39
Cris
Colangoy
Philippines
₱ 13,800

40
Karen
de Castro
Philippines
₱ 13,800

41
Joseph Bartolome
Carbonell
Philippines
₱ 19,500

42
Wonjae
Lee
South Korea
₱ 12,500

43
Jefrey
Agravante
Philippines
₱ 12,500

44
Conrad
Lumaban
Philippines
₱ 12,500

45
Mark
Lorca
Philippines
₱ 12,500

46
John Carlo
Cura
Philippines
₱ 12,500

47
Wendell
Garcia
Philippines
₱ 12,500

48
Marciel
Cerbito
Philippines
₱ 12,500

49
John Jay
Magadan
Philippines
₱ 11,500

50
Conrado
Pumicpic
Philippines
₱ 11,500

51
Venoni
Paltep
Philippines
₱ 18,500

52
Pan
Yao
China
₱ 11,500

53
Emmanuel
Segismundo
Philippines
₱ 18,500

54
Jeorge
Lagatuz
Philippines
₱ 11,500

55
Hyeonjun
Gwon
South Korea
₱ 18,500

56
Gus
Perez
Philippines
₱ 11,500

Champion’s story and Main Event recap

Colada’s young live tournament career kicked off in 2020, just before the world went on lockdown, where he reached five final tables within a span of one month. During that time he bagged his first live win at the 2nd edition of Okada Manila Millions Main Event and pocketed a personal high payout of ₱ 700,000 (~US$ 13,870). 

image3Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

Returning this year, Colada fired two bullets in Day 1C but failed to advance. He tried his luck at Day 1D, and this time his second bullet was the charm, closing out the heat as chip leader. 

Out of the 1,128 total entries, only 56 advanced to the final day. Just before the final two tables were formed, Philippine pro Lester Edoc fell in 19th place to China’s Yaoguo Wang with A-8 dominated throughout by A-10. Short stacked Algerico Tabacon (18th) was out next followed by pro player David Erquiaga in 17th place who bricked twice holding A-K. In turn, Erquiaga’s fall gave rise to Junnie Pamplona with nearly back to back double ups to zoom from around 10 BB to one of the chip leaders. 

image2 1Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

Down to two tables, heavy action unfolded at 13 remaining. Luis “Don Don” Bernardo scooped up a massive pot, shoving on a turn board 6h9s2s10s with Ks3s flush, called by Kenzo Mendoza with 7c8h straight while Wang opted to fold and show AdAh (hand pictured above). Another crazy hand was the elimination of side event champion June Brix Nuestro in 10th place with AhQh nut flush rivered by South Korea’s Ji Eon Han’s 2d2h full house on a board 3h3dKh6h3s. Colada finished off short stacked Wang in 9th place to form the final table

image1 1Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

The final chase kicked off with Bernardo as chip leader. At five handed, a cooler sent Colada soaring with AdAc doubled up huge by Han’s KcKd. Two hands later, Colada took the rest of Han’s stack, and after a couple of hands, a four way ICM deal was struck. From there, monster stacked Colada went on to crush the rest of his opponents to secure the back to back victory and the APPT Manila Main Event seat. 

Event #1: Kickoff – Re-entry – PEE JAY ARATEA – ₱ 83,000 (~US$ 1,600)

The festival opened up featuring the ₱3K Kickoff event with 129 entries (101 uniques, 28 re-entries) to more than smash the ₱300K guarantee. The top 17 players earned a piece of the ₱ 330,343 (~US$ 6,408) prize pool. Pee Jay Aratea emerged victorious for his first known live victory. He defeated Rick Jason Ambata at heads up to collect the ₱ 83,000 (~US$ 1,600) first prize. For runner up Ambata, he also placed 4th at the ₱2,500 No Limit Hold’em Single re-entry for ₱ 14,000. 

image5Pee Jay Aratea, Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

Date: January 3
Buy in: ₱ 3,000 (~US$ 58)
Guarantee: ₱ 300,000 (~US$ 5,819)
Entries: 129
Prize pool: ₱ 330,343 (~US$ 6,408)
ITM: 17 places

Place
First Name
Last Name
Country
Prize

1
Pee Jay
Aratea
Philippines
₱ 83,000

2
Rick Jason
Ambata
Philippines
₱ 56,000

3
Edwin
Dela Cruz
Philippines
₱ 36,400

4
Melvin Francis
Cuevillas
Philippines
₱ 30,100

5
Proceso
Reyes
Philippines
₱ 24,400

6
Joseroy
Jeremias Jr
Philippines
₱ 19,300

7
Joseph Antonio
Toral
Philippines
₱ 14,800

8
Amiel
Uy
Philippines
₱ 11,100

9
Michael
Bueza
Philippines
₱ 8,243

10
Eduardo
Sinajon
Philippines
₱ 6,800

11
Mc Edwin
Montanes
Philippines
₱ 6,800

12
Siegfredo
Pescador
Philippines
₱ 6,000

13
Mark Harold
Carlos
Philippines
₱ 6,000

14
Jessie Renoir
Trance
Philippines
₱ 5,500

15
Jeffrey
Pardales
Philippines
₱ 5,500

16
Christopher
Gavan
Philippines
₱ 5,200

17
Jun
Talosig
Philippines
₱ 5,200

Event #14: ₱6K NLH Superstack Re-entry – WONJAE LEE – ₱ 143,400 (~US$ 2,780)

The festival closer ₱6K NLH Superstack Re-entry also offered a guarantee of ₱500K and this too was surpassed with 109 entries for a pot of ₱ 558,254 (~US$ 10,829). South Korea’s Wonjae Lee shipped it for his first known live victory and ₱ 143,400 (~US$ 2,780). He was the only non-Filipino player to win a spadie at the series. Lee also cashed at the Main Event in 42nd place for ₱ 12,500. 

image6Wonjae Lee, Photo Credit – PokerStars LIVE Manila

Date: January 9
Buy in: ₱ 6,000
Guarantee: ₱ 500,000 (~US$ 9,698)
Entries: 109
Prize pool: ₱ 558,254 (~US$ 10,829)
ITM: 15 places 

Place
First Name
Last Name
Country
Prize

1
Wonjae
Lee
South Korea
₱ 143,400

2
Redentor
Edoc
Philippines
₱ 98,500

3
Conrad
Lumaban
Philippines
₱ 64,800

4
Pan
Yao
China
₱ 52,500

5
Jeffrey
Pamplona
Philippines
₱ 42,200

6
Rommel
Angeles
Philippines
₱ 33,000

7
Eric Roy
Andres
Philippines
₱ 26,000

8
Venoni
Paltep 
Philippines
₱ 19,900

9
Marciel
Cerbito
Philippines
₱ 14,554

10
Hyeonjun
Gwon
South Korea
₱ 11,800

11
Jie
Meng
China
₱ 11,800

12
Rodrigo
Sequite
Philippines
₱ 10,400

13
Ronn Ryan
Mesina
Philippines
₱ 10,400

14
Adones
Carmona
Philippines
₱ 9,500

15
Sandro
Bruni
Italy
₱ 9,500

Other events

Event #3: ₱10K NLH Knockout Turbo Freezeout 

Date: January 3
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~US$ 194)
Entries: 31
Prize pool: ₱ 264,616 (~US$ 5,133) 
ITM: 5 places 
Winner: KENDRICK TAN – Philippines – ₱ 75,000 (~US$ 1,455)

2nd Mike Takayama – Philippines – ₱ 51,700
3rd Wangming Li – China – ₱ 33,000
4th Pan Yao – China – ₱ 23,900
5th Harold Neal Ruaya – Philippines – ₱ 19,016

Event #4: ₱2,500 No Limit Hold’em Single Re-entry

Date: January 4
Buy in: ₱ 2,500 (~US$ 48) 
Entries: 42
Prize pool: ₱ 89,528 (~US$ 1,737)
ITM: 6 places
Winner: JUNE BRIX NUESTRO – Philippines – ₱ 14,000* (~US$ 271)

2nd Richard Marquez –  Philippines – ₱ 19,628*
3rd Cesario Corpuz –  Philippines – ₱ 14,000*
4th Rick Jason Ambata –  Philippines – ₱ 14,000*
5th Mike Takayama –  Philippines – ₱ 14,000*
6th Joven Huerto –  Philippines – ₱ 14,000*
*Six way payout deal 

Event #5:  ₱10K NLH Turbo Freezeout 

Date: January 4
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~US$ 194)
Entries: 9
Prize pool: ₱ 76,824 (~US$ 1,490)
ITM: 3 places
Winner: ERIC ROY ANDRES –  Philippines – ₱ 38,500 (~US$ 747)

2nd Sandro Bruni – Italy –  ₱ 23,100
3rd Jiho Kim – South Korea –  ₱ 15,224 

Event #6:  ₱2,500 PLO Knockout [Bounty  ₱500] – Single re-entry 

Date: January 6 
Buy in: ₱ 2,500 (~US$ 48)
Entries: 43
Prize pool: ₱ 91,672 (~US$ 1,778)
ITM: 6 places
Winner: RAPHAEL BERROYA BULAONG – Philippines – ₱ 16,600 (~US$ 322)

2nd Namsoo Lee – South Korea –  ₱ 23,900
3rd Jody Kitchen – Canada –  ₱ 10,600
4th Rodrigo Sequite –  Philippines – ₱ 8,100
5th Nicholas John Woodward – UK –  ₱ 6,400
6th Arnel Casquejo –  Philippines – ₱ 4,662   

Event #7:  ₱10K NLH Turbo – Single re-entry

Date: January 5 
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~US$ 194)
Entries: 8
Prize pool: ₱ 68,288 (~US$ 1,325)
ITM: 3 places 
Winner: EDGAR ASEHAN –  Philippines – ₱ 34,200 (~US$ 663)

2nd Harold Neal Ruaya –  Philippines – ₱ 20,500
3rd Eden Dailo –  Philippines – ₱ 13,588

Event #8: ₱5K NLH Shot Clock – Single Re-entry

Date: January 6
Buy in: ₱ 5,000 (~US$ 97)
Entries: 33
Prize pool: ₱ 140,844 (~US$ 2,732)
ITM: 7 places 
Winner: JEFFREY PAMPLONA – Philippines – ₱ 20,844* (~US$ 404)

2nd Edwin Dela Cruz – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
3rd Rodrigo Sequite – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
4th Ronald Gorgonia – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
5th Mike Takayama – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
6th Emmanuel Segismundo – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
7th Christopher Mateo – Philippines – ₱ 20,000*
*Seven way payout deal

Event #9: ₱10K NLH Hyper Turbo – Single re-entry 

Date: January 6 
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~US$ 194)
Entries: 8
Prize pool: ₱ 68,288 (~US$ 1,325)
ITM: 3 places
Winner: RONN RYAN MESINA – Philippines – ₱ 34,200 (~US$ 663)

2nd Sandro Bruni – Italy – ₱ 20,500
3rd Jeff Legarda – Philippines – ₱ 13,588

Event #10: ₱10K NLH Knockout [Bounty ₱5K] – Single re-entry

Date: January 7
Buy in: ₱ 10,000 (~US$ 194)
Entries: 22
Prize pool: ₱ 187,792 (~US$ 3,643)
ITM: 4 places
Winner: RICARDO TORRES – Philippines – ₱ 32,700 (~US$ 634)

2nd Anthony Castro – Philippines – ₱ 21,800
3rd Wendell Garcia – Philippines – ₱ 14,100
4th Ken How Voo – Malaysia – ₱ 9,192

Event #11: ₱20K NLH Shot Clock 

Date: January 7 
Buy in: ₱ 20,000 (~US$ 388)
Entries: 10
Prize pool: ₱ 174,600 (~US$ 3,387)
ITM: 3 places
Winner:  FLORENCIO CAMPOMANES – Philippines ₱ 73,350 (~US$ 1,423)

2nd Alan Honyin Tsang – USA – ₱ 66,250
3rd Edgar Asehan – Philippines – ₱ 35,000

Event #12: ₱15K NLH Freezeout

Date: January 8
Buy in: ₱ 15,000 (~US$ 291)
Entries: 8
Prize pool: ₱ 104,760 (~US$ 2,032)
ITM: 3 places
Winner: ROMMEL DONES – Philippines – ₱ 52,260 (~US$ 1,013)

2nd Arthur Soliano – Canada – ₱ 31,500
3rd Ronald Gorgonia – Philippines – ₱ 21,000 

Event #15: ₱8K NLH Freezeout 

Date: January 9
Buy in: ₱ 8,000 (~US$ 155)
Players: 19
Prize pool: ₱ 129,747 (~US$ 2,517)
ITM: 4 places
Winner: HAROLD NEAL RUAYA – Philippines – ₱ 45,000

2nd Emmanuel Segismundo – Philippines – ₱ 34,650
3rd Michael Manlapaz – Philippines – ₱ 34,650
4th Mansour Khorramsh – Iran – ₱ 15,447

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