WPT Alpha8 St. Kitts – Gruissem Wins Second Alpha8 Title

Philipp Gruissem

The inaugural season of the World Poker Tour Alpha8 continued across the past two days as the 3rd ever instalment of the $100k buy-in High Roller brought in 23 players hoping to hit it big. Though there were 23 players by the time Day 1 had finished there were 5 players that opted to fire two bullets to bring the total registrations up to 28.

Come the end of Day 1 that field had been shortened to just 16 players as we lost the likes of Jonathan Duhamel, Bill Perkins and Erik Seidel. It was PokerStars Team Pro that finished up as the chip leader going into the final day with 462,000 chips.

The 16 that started Day 2 then had to try and establish themselves on the final table of 8, knowing that even that would not ensure that they finished the event with any money as only the top five would have that honour.

The Final Table Seating And Chip Counts

St 1) Scott Seiver – 325,000

St 2) Isaac Haxton – 288,000

St 3) Tom McDonald – 660,000

St 4) Timothy Adams – 161,000

St 5) Philipp Gruissem – 274,000

St 6) Mike McDonald – 448,000

St 7) Fabian Quoss – 285,000

St 8) Jason Koon – 360,000

Despite starting the day with the chip lead Haxton could only muster a 7th place finish as the likes of Scott Seiver, Jason Koon and Mike “Timex” McDonald surged past him into the top five. By the time we were three handed it was McDonald, his namesake Tom McDonald and winner of the last Aplha8 event in London in Phillip Gruissem.

Gruissem was looking in good shape to do the unprecedented and win two of only three Aplha8 events that have been played so far. This achievement then became a huge possibility when Mike McDonald was sent home in third place.

He had more than a 2-1 chip advantage over his opponent during heads up and despite a good fight back and battle from McDonald, he eventually went on to claim the second Aplha8 title of his career and a payout of$1,086,400.

How It Finished

1st) Philipp Gruissem – $1,086,400

2nd) Tom McDonald – $679,000

3rd) Mike McDonald – $434,560

4th) Jason Koon – $298,760

5th) Scott Seiver – $217,280

6th) Timothy Adams

7th) Isaac Haxton

8th) Fabian Quoss