The WPT Alpha8 Travels to Las Vegas & Returns to London for Season 2

WPT Alpha8 has two stops for Season 2.

WPT Alpha8 has two stops for Season 2.

The World Poker Tour announced the first two stops of the second season of the WPT Alpha8 tour. The super high roller events returns to London for a £60,000 buy-in at the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair. Then the tour will set up shop at the Bellagio in December while the WPT is town for the Five Diamond World Poker Classic series for a $100,000 buy-in event.

“We are truly honored to announce WPT Alpha8 Long and WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas as our first events of WPT Alpha8 Season 2,” said Adam Pliska, WPT President. “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.”

The Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair will be the first venue to repeat hosting the tour and the first stop of the season.  When the tour travels to Las Vegas the event will run simultaneously as the Five Diamond WPC and Lynn Gilmartin, Ali Nejad and Olivier Busquet will be on-hand to film all the action for TV.

Season 1 of the WPT Alpha8 tour saw four stops on the schedule – Seminole Hard Rock, London, St. Kitts and Johannesburg. Steven Silverman won the inaugural event at the Seminole Hard Rock for $891,660 in a field that attracted 21 entrants. Philipp Gruissem won back-to-back Alpha8 titles in less than a month in London and St. Kitts. He picked up $1.3 million in London, which had a field of 18 players. Then he traveled to Bill Perkins‘ back yard and won the St. Kitts event for $1.08 million in a field of 28 entrants.

Daniel “Jungleman” Cates gave some truth to his nickname after winning the Johannesburg event at the Emperor’s Palace casino for $500,000. The tournament attracted just ten players and paid out the top three places. Local Kinesh Pather and Jason Mercier finished second and third respectively.

The first season saw more than 60 players and almost $9 million in prize money for the four events. Season 2 will be filmed and broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Monday nights.

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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 PokerNews.com. 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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