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PlayerEarning ($)
1Philipp Gruissem4,646,123
2Niklas Heinecker4,546,619
3Igor Kurganov3,362,109
4Tobias Reinkemeier3,231,706
5Sylvain Loosli2,885,832
6Max Altergott2,554,876

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Last updated on 2017-09-25.

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Gruissem wins another WPT Alpha8 tournament

The final day at the World Poker Tour Alpha8 high roller event in St. Kitts began Sunday at noonin the Caribbean and a tall order was on hand considering we had to play down from 16 players to one final champion. That champion finally emerged after 11 p.m. and it was none other than recent Alpha8 London winner Philipp Gruissem who won back-to-back titles with his victory tonight. This time Gruissem captured a top prize worth $1,086,400 to go along with his haul worth $1,385,273 from London. Gruissem proved that he is the alpha dog of the Alpha8 tonight in St. Kitts.

Play started briskly today as a collection of top professionals hit the rail on the way down to the final table of eight players. Tobias Reinkemeier (15th), Jeff Gross (12th), Antonio Esfandiari (11th), Sorel Mizzi (10th), and Alpha8 Florida champion Steven Silverman (ninth) were among the familiar faces that fell during the afternoon as the sun shined overhead and ocean waves lapped up on shore just a few feet away from the tournament.

Here is what the official final table looked like when cards got into the air just after 3 p.m.

Seat 1.  Scott Seiver  -  325,000  (54 bb)
Seat 2.  Isaac Haxton  -  288,000  (48 bb)
Seat 3.  Tom McDonald  -  660,000  (110 bb)
Seat 4.  Timothy Adams  -  161,000  (26 bb)
Seat 5.  Philipp Gruissem  -  274,000  (45 bb)
Seat 6.  Mike McDonald  -  448,000  (74 bb)
Seat 7.  Fabian Quoss  -  285,000  (47 bb)
Seat 8.  Jason Koon  -  360,000  (60 bb)

It took two hours for the first elimination to fall at the final table as the players settled into their seats to get down to the serious business of busting the money bubble when five remained. Fabian Quoss ran into a cooler when his pocket tens faced the pocket jacks of Isaac Haxton preflop to kick off the eliminations. The board brought no help and Quoss was out in eighth place. That bustout got things moving because just four hands later Haxton was all in himself. Haxton held pocket jacks once again when he called all in on a 9-8-6 flop but Mike “Timex” McDonald held pocket sixes for a flopped set. No rescue was found on the turn and river and the elimination of Haxton in seventh place took things down to the money bubble.

Bubble play took 18 hands to decide and Timothy Adams was the unfortunate one here under the sun. Timex scored his second knockout punch at the final table when his A-K had Adams K-Q dominated preflop. The board bricked out and that meant every player remaining would take home at least $217,280.

Scott Seiver busted two hands later when he called all in on the river of a rainbow board that ran out 9-7-4-9-8. Gruissem showed pocket sevens for a full house and Seiver mucked his hand as he got up from the table to collect his prize money. The bubble effect continued when Jason Koon took a final stand a few hands later with A-K offsuit preflop against the pocket nines of Timex. The nines held and Koon took home $298,760 as the fourth-place finisher.

It had taken 60 hands at the final table to reach the final three, but it would take more than twice as long to reach the heads-up final. Timex, Tom McDonald, and Gruissem were in a slugfest to determine who would advance to the final match. Gruissem doubled up on Hand 92 to push things past the century mark with three players and it was on Hand 124 that Timex got all in preflop on a short stack with two red deuces. Tom called with A7 and the board ran out 8759K. Timex took home $434,560 for his deep run in the tournament.

At the start of heads-up play Gruissem held the chip lead with 1,691,000 over the 1,110,000 of Tom. Gruissem pulled away to start the match but Tom doubled up when he hit pretty much every piece of a board reading with 9-6-6-A-5 with A-6 in the hole (Gruissem had called with Q-10). That double-up reset the chip stacks to where they sat at the start of heads-up play but Gruissem soon pulled ahead once again.

On Hand 150 Tom raised to 60,000 preflop and Gruissem reraised all in for 2.2 million. Tom tanked for a few moments and then called all-in one last time. Tom’s A6 was ahead of the A5 held by Gruissem, but the board was dealt J54K10 and Gruissem won the hand to grab his second Alpha8 title in three tries. It’s not every day you can say you win two-thirds of the events on a given poker tour, but that is the case tonight for Gruissem. Tom was eliminated in second place and took home a nice payday worth $679,000. Gruissem captured the top prize worth $1,086,400 and a custom Alpha8 champion trophy. His mantle back at home must be getting crowded.

Final Results:

1st:  Philipp Gruissem – $1,086,400
2nd: Tom McDonald – $679,000
3rd:  Michael McDonald – $434,560
4th:  Jason Koon – $298,760
5th:  Scott Seiver – $217,280




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