Posts Tagged ‘Alpha8’

Philipp Gruissem Claims Alpha8 St. Kitts

by | Published: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

German Poker Professional Philipp Gruissem has claimed his second straight World Poker Tour Alpha8 title after his win in London only a few weeks ago was followed by a victory in the $100,000 buy-in St. Kitts event this past Sunday.

Outlasting a skilled field of 23 players at the Royal Beach Casino, Gruissem claimed an attractive $1,086,400 for his troubles and has now won two of only three Alpha8 high roller events since the inception of the series earlier this year.

Day two of the tournament began with 16 players still in contention for the seven-figure prize; however after hours of play it was a heads-up meeting with Tom McDonald that stood between Gruissem and the major prize.

On the final hand of the match, Gruissem moved all-in prior to the flop with an AH-5D hand, immediately called by McDonald who featured the slightly stronger AD-6C; essentially meaning the champ would have to hit a five to claim the entire pot.

That is precisely what happened when the board turned out JH, 5H, 4C, KS, 10H, securing the second major title in succession for Gruissem and awarding McDonald a healthy $679,000 runners-up check.

As a result of finishing positions, there was a lot of movement all over the Lock Poker Lock Poker Player of the Year table, peaking with Gruissem and fellow final-table player Scott Seiver moving into the overall top 10.

This tournament marked the ninth final table for Seiver this season, who also won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure super high roller tournament for over $2 million and finished runner-up to Gruissem at the memorable London Alpha8 tournament in October.

Jason Koon, who finished fourth for a cool $298,760 and 300 POY points also made a move, registering his sixth final table of the season and consolidating position 30 on the overall standings sheet.

The St. Kitts event was the last World Poker Tour Alpha8 event for 2013, with play scheduled to resume at the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino in Johannesburg, South Africa in February 2014.

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Steven Silverman Takes Out Inaugural WPT Alpha8 High-Roller

by | Published: Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The Inaugural World Poker Tour Alpha8 $100,000 buy-in event has been won by Steven Silverman, who defeated 2013 World Series of Poker November Nine chip leader JC Tran in a heads-up battle.

Following seven levels of high quality action, nine players of an original 21 returned on the final day to play to a winner in the event sponsored by, exhibiting a winner’s purse of more than $890,000!

The win marked the second high roller victory for Silverman this year, who previously too out the €25,000 High Roller event at the 2013 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final in May for €775,400.

It took only nine hands for the first elimination to occur, when Bill Perkins was beaten all-in by Isaac Haxton, who exhibited a stronger hand of Ace-eight off suit. Perkins departure left 10 players and the official final table was set.

While many players managed to hang in there for at least a while, a constant stream of big loses eventually saw the numbers dwindle to a final four of Silverman, Tran, Jeff Gross and Matt Glantz, all in a position to make an assault on the top prize.

On hand #137, start-of-the-day chip leader Glantz moved all in for 262,000 and was called by Gross, who turned over a much stronger hand of Ace-six to Glantz’s ten-eight to send Glantz to the runner-up bar and set up a three-way showdown.

After Silverman moved over the top of Gross eight hands later, what looked to be the most likely final showdown between the day’s most consistent performers began.

Highlighting the close nature of the whole tournament’s play, the final hand saw Tran Pull a queen-eight, just less than Silverman’s championship hand of Queen-nine. While both players managed two-pair, Silverman’s slightly stronger hand meant the difference of over $300,000 in prize money and of course, the title of inaugural Alpha8 champion.

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