WPT Alpha8 Announces Third Stop for Season II in St. Kitts

Philipp Gruissem after winning Alpha8 St. Kitts in Season I. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Philipp Gruissem after winning Alpha8 St. Kitts in Season I. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

The world of super high roller tournaments grew again with the addition of a third stop on Season II of the WPT Alpha8 tour. The $100,000 buy-in event takes place November 2 with Bill Perkins hosting the event at the Royal Beach Casino and Christophe Harbour.

The exclusive event has a 48-player cap with a film crew on-site to film for a TV broadcast on FOX Sports 1 in 2015.

“I love St. Kitts. It’s a beautiful, warm, friendly, Caribbean island with the best topography and beaches in the Atlantic, and Christophe Harbor represents the best of the island,” Perkins said.

“I also love poker, especially elite high stakes No Limit Hold’em competition, Perkins continued. “I am blessed, honored, and pleased to host a second WPT Alpha8 event at Christophe Harbor, and I look forward to winning my first tournament.”

The St. Kitts stop was the largest of the first season with 28 entries. The event was held outside near the beach and some players took a swim during play. “The was a special moment during our first trip last season where nearly all of the players in St. Kitts went for a swim in the ocean during a break on Day 1,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “Where else can you go for a casual dip in the sea while playing for millions of dollars?”

“Christophe Harbour is an immaculate destination, offering an authentic Caribbean experience and world-class amenities,” Pliska added. “The players who attended the record-setting WPT Alpha8 St. Kitts in Season I thoroughly enjoyed themselves on and off the felt, and the word has spread throughout the poker community about this event, leading to our much-anticipated return,”

Players can wire money in advance to secure a seat in the event and unlimited re-entries are allowed through the first six levels. Days after winning the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller Olivier Busquet, one of Alpha8’s commentators, confirmed that he would play the event. “The combination of the of the venue, buy-in and the field makes this the most excited I have ever been to play in a poker tournament,” Busquet said. “I hope to continue some of my recent success that I’ve had in super high rollers.”

Philipp Gruissem won his first Alpha8 title in London and then a month later he took down the St. Kitts stop for $1,086,400. In the Caribbean he bested a final table with a $2.7 million prizepool that included Mike McDonald, Jason Koon and Scott Seiver.

The first stop on WPT Alpha8’s Season II is in London October 6 and the tour will travel to Las Vegas for the first time December 18 at the Bellagio running alongside the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic.

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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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