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WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg

Tags: Alpha8, Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Cates, High Roller, Phil Ivey, World Poker Tour, WPT Johannesburg.
Posted on 14 February 2014 by "T".

Cards are in the air at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to WPT's website, 7 players (Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Cates, Jeff Gross, Max Altergott, local player Kinesh Pather, and back-to-back Alpha8 champion Philipp Gruissem) have registered for the Day 1 of the $100,000 buy-in tournament.

The televised tournament is the fourth Alpha8 event in World Poker Tour history and players will begin with 100k in chips with the blinds at 200-400 with a 50 ante. Levels will be 60-minutes long and registration will remain open for the first 6 levels. Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier and a few other big names have been spotted elsewhere at the Emperors Palace. Let's hope that they (and many others) will join the tournament and give the prize pool a well-needed boost!

We will be back with a final table recap on Monday morning. Have a nice weekend!


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6 comments on "WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg"

 doubletop77714/02/2014 11:55:36 GMT
It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this unique event.The list of players are all future Hall of famers so it will come down to a bit of luck as well as skill to see who wins
 Heskor14/02/2014 13:11:50 GMT
Yeah agree lots of hall famers, good luck to those guys, I hope Ivey continues in his streak and bag another big win here.

Ante tournaments at the first level is interesting, lots of actions and will finish quick compare to standard tournaments. Cheers will be fun to follow!
 noonlion14/02/2014 18:40:38 GMT
Well, that's an intimate group of holidaymakers - going to all the nice spots to play some high stakes poker as a side. Seriously that's what its like, an elite poker holiday tour.

Be one special feat if Gruissem won AGAIN but I seriously can't see it, you don't get that lucky against these top top guys.
 Macubaas14/02/2014 20:46:19 GMT
Both the game and the location promise a lot and if this will be on air it will be even better since all we can watch it Big Smile

It's interesting how Cates will do, i know that he mainly plays online so it will be interesting to see his evolution.
 bowie198414/02/2014 21:17:30 GMT
It will be interesting to see who comes out ALIVE from this unique event. The south african public safety is basicly non existent so I will be curious to see will there be an incident along with this tourey or not.
The World Cup there wasn't a cakewalk too...
But man this list is also killer Big Smile Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Cates, Jeff Gross, Max Altergott, Philipp Gruissem plus Seidel and Mercier. I hope we see some key hands and whatnot plus at least brm will be covering the results and the final table, Im really curious how this tournament will turn out.
Starting with 250 BB - man this is some nice deep stack tourey for sure.
 Theapple15/02/2014 23:59:33 GMT
the reality is there are way too many 'highroller' events atm, so some people play 1 or 2 tops and miss most of the other big buyin events, like this one.

Sure there are some that can afford just about every highroller event ticket fee but those are rare, it would be much better if there were like 2-3 tops events per year, so we would have all the top players there, at the same place :/

also, there are about 300 different 'champion' crowns now... lol

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