The last big buy-in tournament of 2014 kicked off Thursday afternoon with a bang at the Bellagio, and when the bags came out at the end of Day 1 of a record-setting WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas Noah Schwartz was the only player holding more than 1 million.
Schwartz’s 1,095,000 puts him a fair bit ahead of the other 29 players who advanced to Day 2. Phil Laak (783,000), Jason Koon (747,500) and Jake Schindler (736,500) are bunched up in second through fourth, while Darren Elias ended the night in sixth after playing the WPT Five Diamond Main Event for the first half of the day.
— Darren Elias (@DarrenElias) December 19, 2014
The previous record for largest Alpha8 field came in Season I, when they drew a total of 28 entries in St. Kitts. By the end of the first level at the Bellagio, a new milestone had been set. By the time play wrapped after six levels, there were 48 entries in the Alpha8 Las Vegas field – 30 of whom advanced – with registration and re-entry open until 3:15 pm PST Friday.
As you might expect in a $100,000 buy-in tournament, the names read like a who’s who of the high stakes world. Dan Colman jumped out to the chiplead early and more than doubled his stack by the close of Day 1; Brian Rast and Scott Seiver also ended with over 600,000.
Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Smith, Igor Kurganov, Ben Tollerene were among those who busted but made it through to Day 2 on their second bullet. Andrew Lichtenberger, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and recent WPT Alpha8 St. Kitts runner-up Kathy Lehne were among those to fall on Day 1 – but they still have a chance to re-enter on Day 2 if they so desire.
Play moves over to one of the ballrooms at the Bellagio for Day 2, as the Alpha8 set has been constructed there.
WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas – End of Day 1 Chip Counts
- Noah Schwartz – 1,095,000
- Phil Laak – 783,000
- Jason Koon – 747,500
- Jake Schindler – 736,500
- Jason Les – 668,000
- Darren Elias – 643,000
- Dan Colman – 635,000
- Brian Rast – 623,000
- Scott Seiver – 607,500
- Tom Marchese – 550,000
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