On July 18, World Poker Tour (WPT) announced the first two cities for the eagerly anticipated second season of the super high-roller poker tournament series Alph8. Those two cities are the British capital London and, for the first time in Alpha8 history, Las Vegas.
WPT Alpha8 London takes place on October 6-7, 2014 at the prestigious and exclusive Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair, one of the most affluent areas in the United Kingdom. The £60,000 buy-in event is not televised, but that should not stop poker’s superstars from descending on London and creating a massive prize pool.
When the glitz and glam of the Alpha8 was last in London, in October 2013, the then £100,000 buy-in was paid by 20 players and a whopping £1,960,000 prize pool created. The lion’s share of that huge sum of money went to German high-stakes guru Philipp Gruissem who defeated Scott Seiver heads-up to scoop £862,400. Seiver collected £509,600 for his runner-up finish while Tobias Reinkemeier (£352,800) and Igor Kurganov (£235,200) also received payouts.
Once the excitement of WPT Alpha8 London dissipates, the super high-roller tour heads across the Atlantic Ocean and across the United States of America to Las Vegas, Nevada. Amazingly, there has been no Alpha8 in Las Vegas, but that is all set to change on December 18 when WPT Alpha8 heads to Bellagio for a televised $100,000 buy-in event.
“We are truly honored to announce WPT Alpha8 London and WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas as our first events of WPT Alpha8 Season 2,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “Not only are we returning to one of the most prestigious locations in the world at the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair, but we are also bringing WPT Alpha8 to the home of high-stakes poker at Bellagio in Las Vegas, where we are already expecting to draw one of the largest fields in WPT Alpha8 history.”
Pliska and fan of Alpha8 have every right to be excited and to look forward to a potentially record-breaking field because during the recent 2014 World Series of Poker, a $100,000 rebuy event took place at Bellagio that saw 66 entries and 21 rebuys and a total prize pool of $8,613,000. If the Alpha8 event at Bellagio sees anywhere near as many entrants, and there is no reason at all why it shouldn’t, it will smash all previous Alpha8 records to smithereens!
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