Matt Glantz Leads the Final Nine of First WPT Alpha8 Final Table

Matt Glantz carries the chip lead into Day 2 of the WPT Alpha8. (Photo by Thomas Keeling)

Matt Glantz carries the chip lead into Day 2 of the WPT Alpha8. (Photo by Thomas Keeling)

The first stop of the World Poker Tour’s Alpha8 High Roller series kicked off at the Seminole Hard Rock on Monday. Eighteen players ponied up the hefty $100,000 entry fee to play with the world’s biggest players – and three players re-entered. After 11 levels of play Matt Glantz leads the remaining nine players with 410,500.

When Day 2 begins Jason Mercier (375,500) and Steven Silverman (372,500) will form the chase pack behind Glantz. Rounding out the final table are Daniel Alaei, Isaac Haxton, Jeff Gross, Joseph Cheong, J.C. Tran and Bill Perkins.

Only the top four players will earn a cash, with first place earning $891,660 from the $2 million plus prize pool. Second place pays $526,890, third place will earn $364,770 and the fourth place finisher will pick up $243,180.

Andrew Lichtenberger, Tom Hall, Jason Koon, Philipp Gruissem, Brandon Steven, Dan Shak, Erik Seidel, Daniel Perper and Chris Klodnicki were eliminated throughout the day. Alaei, Haxton and Perper were the three players that opted to re-enter after getting eliminated.

At the start of the day 11 players took to the field, including the September BLUFF cover story, Koon. Four players – Gruissem, Justin Bonomo, Glantz and David “Doc” Sands – were intending to play but were still in Day 3 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event. Gruissem and Glantz were the only two of the group to play the Alpha8.

Gruissem was the last player eliminated on the night when he open-shoved 42,500 and Glantz called from the big blind with Q 9. Gruissem tabled A 7, watched the board run out 9 8 3 3 4 and was eliminated. The nine players redrew and combined to one table.

Steven was eliminated in a three-way all in preflop hand that gave Glantz the momentum to grab the chip lead. A preflop raising war found Steven all in with A A, Glantz held J J and Gruissem had the worst of it with pocket tens. The board ran J 6 4 6 9, Glantz flopped a set, Gruissem dipped to 26 big blinds and Steven was eliminated.

Tran, a 2013 November Niner, conveniently drew Seat 7 when the field redrew – the same seat he’ll have in November. He tweeted, “9 players left and I drew seat 7. Same seat as November. I’m asking each guy to look up who they are supposed to mock and help me out.”

Alpha8 Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Matt Glantz – 410,500
  2. Jason Mercier – 375,500
  3. Steven Silverman – 372,500
  4. Daniel Alaei – 293,500
  5. Isaac Haxton – 218,500
  6. Jeff Gross – 140,500
  7. Joseph Cheong – 106,000
  8. J.C. Tran – 94,000
  9. Bill Perkins – 89,000

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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