The WPT Alpha8 launched on Monday at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida.
The turn-out was probably a little less than they had hoped.
Around mid-afternoon, only 14 had entered. The players agreed to keep registration open to 8pm ET, allowing time for a few more entrants. By close of registration, the field grew to 21. Still, the 21 has to be viewed as a slight disappointment. Why the lower than anticipated (by us) turn-out? Some thoughts:
- Very few U.S. American pros have the bankroll for frequent super high-roller events
- Look at the field–few (if any) Euros crossed sea to play
- Some U.S. Americans that do have the bankroll are saving it for the bigger field high-rollers in Europe/Australia
- Euros don’t care about U.S. TV coverage–does them little good
- Still too close to the WSOP–not enough time to rebuild bankroll/appetite for a high buy-in event
Play concluded with nine remaining. Matt Glantz leads them all with 410,500. Also alive are Jason Mercier (375,500), Joseph Cheong (106,000), and the spectacularly-breasted JC Tran (94,000). Get full chip counts here.
At the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, 21 players remain. Mukul Pahuja leads the way stacked at 8,125,000.
Other notables still in the field include Blair Hinkle (6,550,000), N9′er Amir Lehavot (4,895,000), Justin Bonomo (4,215,000), Mark Radoja (2,930,000), David Sands (2,850,000), and Krystal Seiling, a woman, who above explains how she’s playing for a great cause (1,315,000).
Get full chip counts here.