WPT ALPHA8 LONDON (NON-TV)

October 06-7 | Palm Beach Casino Mayfair London | London, England
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Dan Colman Wins WPT Alpha8 London!

02:25 AM, 10/08/14

Dan Colman Wins WPT Alpha8 London (£600,000); Max Altergott Eliminated in 2nd Place (£350,000)

02:00 AM, 10/08/14

Max Altergott Doubles Through Dan Colman

01:58 AM, 10/08/14

Dan Colman Doubles Through Max Altergott

01:56 AM, 10/08/14

Altergott Doubles Again

01:46 AM, 10/08/14

Altergott Doubles Through Colman

01:42 AM, 10/08/14

Talal Shakerchi Eliminated in 3rd Place (£224,000)

12:44 AM, 10/08/14

Dan Colman Doubles Through Max Altergott

12:16 AM, 10/08/14

Isaac Haxton Eliminated in 4th Place (£160,000)

09:46 PM, 10/07/14

Sorel Mizzi Bubbles A8 London

09:25 PM, 10/07/14

Chip Counts at the Break

08:52 PM, 10/07/14

Vladimir Troyanovskiy Eliminated by Talal Shakerchi

06:48 PM, 10/07/14

Colman Wins a Big Pot From Mizzi

06:31 PM, 10/07/14

Christoph Vogelsang Eliminated by Sorel Mizzi

06:19 PM, 10/07/14

Sam Trickett Eliminated by Talal Shakerchi

06:09 PM, 10/07/14

Alpha8 Final Table

05:29 PM, 10/07/14

Stephen Chidwick Eliminated by Talal Shakerchi

05:22 PM, 10/07/14

Unofficial Final Table

04:58 PM, 10/07/14

Igor Kurganov Eliminated by Vladimir Troyanovskiy

04:55 PM, 10/07/14

Fabian Quoss Eliminated by Vladimir Troyanovskiy

04:44 PM, 10/07/14

Faisal Alfalasi Eliminated by Dan Colman

04:32 PM, 10/07/14

Philipp Gruissem Eliminated by Stephen Chidwick

04:09 PM, 10/07/14

£600,000 For the Winner

03:59 PM, 10/07/14

Faisal Alfalasi Joins; The Final Number of Entries is Now 23

03:24 PM, 10/07/14

Shakerchi Puts a Dent into Haxton’s Stack

02:51 PM, 10/07/14

Erik Seidel Eliminated by Philipp Gruissem

02:08 PM, 10/07/14

Shuffle Up and Deal

02:04 PM, 10/07/14

The First Alpha8 Champion of Season II Will Be Crowned Today

12:09 PM, 10/07/14

Day 1 Concludes; Shakerchi Leads the Final 11

12:51 AM, 10/07/14

Max Altergott Eliminated by Talal Shakerchi

12:39 AM, 10/07/14

Daniel Cates Eliminated by Isaac Haxton

11:37 PM, 10/06/14

Jean-Noel Thorel Eliminated by Max Altergott

11:03 PM, 10/06/14

Chip Counts: End of Level 6; Gruissem and Cates Return

10:48 PM, 10/06/14

Philipp Gruissem Eliminated by Christophe Vogelsang

09:17 PM, 10/06/14

Dan Colman Eliminated by Fabian Quoss

09:14 PM, 10/06/14

Elior Sion Eliminated by Jean-Noel Thorel

08:51 PM, 10/06/14

Dan Cates Eliminated by Jean-Noel Thorel

08:39 PM, 10/06/14

Chip Counts: End of Level 4

07:20 PM, 10/06/14

Chidwick’s Dreams Come True: AA v KK v KK

07:07 PM, 10/06/14

Fabian Quoss Eliminated by Igor Kurganov

06:29 PM, 10/06/14

Chip Counts: End of Level 2

05:02 PM, 10/06/14

Jean-Noel Thorel Eliminated by Vladimir Troyanovskiy

04:44 PM, 10/06/14

Seating Plan

02:54 PM, 10/06/14

Shuffle Up and Deal

02:54 PM, 10/06/14

Welcome to Day 1 of the WPT Alpha8 London

01:36 PM, 10/06/14

Live Tournament Updates

ClubWPT Player of the Day - Scott Baumstein

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Sorted In: Featured Blog, ClubWPT Player of the Day, Jessica Welman, Scott Baumstein, Bay 101, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season X
11:01 AM, 03/08/12

WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, Day 2 Recap

Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

By BJ Nemeth


5718 Jeannie Duffy and the Bay 101 Fans
Royal Flush Girl Jeannie Duffy recorded a very brief segment (about 10 seconds) in one take as she introduced the cheering Bay 101 fans to the TV cameras.


4815 Antonio Esfandiari Eliminated
Shooting Star Antonio Esfandiari speaks with the WPT cameras after his elimination in the first level of the day.


4896 David Williams Eliminated
See that empty seat behind the chips? That seat belongs to Shooting Star David Williams. He was all in preflop with 8diamond8heart against the Aclub10club of Kevin McGowan (not pictured). The flop came KclubJclub10heart to give McGowan a higher pair with a gutshot straight flush draw, and Williams wasn't interested in sweating his two-outer.

Williams didn't see McGowan make the flush on the turn, and by the time the river card hit, Williams was completely out of sight. Williams did return a short while later to autograph the Shooting Star bounty t-shirt for McGowan and pose for a photo.


4919 Mike Matusow Eliminated by Jonathan Little
Shooting Star Mike Matusow (standing) got it all in preflop with pocket kings, only to see Jonathan Little (foreground, right) have pocket aces. A third player (not pictured) was also all in with pocket queens. The board would come 5diamond3club2heart8diamond4heart to give Little an unnecessary five-high straight to eliminate both players and collect Matusow's Shooting Star bounty.


5127 Scott Seiver Eliminated in 4-Way Pot
When short-stacked Shooting Star Scott Seiver (left) was all in preflop, there was a line of players waiting to bust him -- it was a four-way preflop all-in situation.

Seiver had 10heart10spade, and he was up against the KdiamondKspade of Mike McClain, the QclubQdiamond of Tu Dinh, and another player's 7club7heart.

The board came Qheart3diamond2clubJdiamondAheart, and Dinh won the main pot with a set of queens. Unfortunately, when the chip stacks were counted down, he didn't have enough to cover Seiver, so the Shooting Star bounty went to McClain, who won the side pot.


5234 Kathy Liebert Doubles Thru Michael Mizrachi
Shooting Star Michael Mizrachi (left) was hoping to pick up a bounty when he called the preflop all in from fellow Shooting Star Kathy Liebert (right), but Mizrachi's Qspade9spade was dominated by Liebert's AdiamondQheart. Mizrachi turned a flush draw but missed his outs, and Liebert doubled up.


5080 Elky Grospellier Eliminated by Jonathan Duhamel
Shooting Star Elky Grospellier (left) was all in preflop with AheartQspade, but couldn't catch up to the 3club3diamond of fellow Shooting Star Jonathan Duhamel (right). During the dinner break, Duhamel would post this picture on Twitter, writing, "The highlight of my day so far, with @elkypoker!!"


5488 Taylor Von Kriegenbergh
Taylor von Kriegenbergh, who won a WPT title late last season, carried his momentum forward from Day 1B, still contending for the chip lead throughout much of Day 2.


5578 Marko Trapani and Chris Trapani
Short-stacked with the money bubble approaching, Marko Trapani, Jr. (center) was in bad shape, all in preflop with AheartQdiamond against Tom Marchese's QclubQheart. But Trapani caught an ace on the turn to double up, receiving a hug from his brother Chris (right) as he gestured to his late father's office window that overlooks the poker room.

Marko Trapani, Sr. was one of the owners of the Bay 101 Casino, and the man who created the Shooting Star tournament. Trapani was beloved by the players, including the top pros who were regularly invited to play as Shooting Stars. Trapani passed away in the summer of 2010.

In last year's WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament, it was brother Chris Trapani who made a deep run, finishing 12th. This year, it's the older brother's turn, as Marko Trapani, Jr. is still in the hunt with 20 players left.


5631 Michael Mizrachi Signs His T-Shirt
Shooting Star Michael Mizrachi was eliminated when he was all in preflop with Adiamond9diamond against the dominating AclubKclub of Tri Huynh. Once again, Mizrachi picked up a flush draw, but missed his outs as he was eliminated.


5699 Chau Giang Doubles Up
Shooting Star Chau Giang (right) was all in quite a bit on Day 2, but caught what he needed to stay alive. Here, he was all in preflop with 9club9spade against Andrew Badecker's 6club6diamond. It looked like an easy double up until Badecker turned a set of sixes, and Giang was facing elimination.

But Giang caught a nine on the river to win with a higher set, doubling up with a smile.


5936 Chau Giang Eliminated by Taylor Von Kriegenbergh
Shooting Star Chau Giang (foreground left) would be all in again at a new table a little later, and he had to wait as Taylor Von Kriegenberg (top right, in red) moved all in over the top, forcing Owais Ahmed (top left) to a decision for all of his chips.

Ahmed eventually called with AdiamondKspade, and Giang turned over AspadeKheart. Von Kriegenbergh had them both dominated with AclubAheart and went on to win the pot, eliminating both players as he moved into the chip lead.


5951 Chau Giang Eliminated by Taylor Von Kriegenbergh
Shooting Star Chau Giang signs his bounty t-shirt for Taylor Von Kriegenbergh after the hand.


5982 Men Nguyen Decision on the Bubble
With 37 players remaining and only 36 getting paid, it was time for the money bubble. And it was a long one, continuing for about an hour. In this hand, Andrew Badecker (seated left, in red) three-bet after a flop of Aclub5spade3club, putting Shooting Star Men Nguyen (seated, center) to a decision as the crowd watched. Nguyen eventually folded.


6054 Kathy Liebert Eliminated 37th by Men Nguyen
Shooting Star Kathy Liebert (center) reraised all in preflop, and fellow Shooting Star Men Nguyen (foreground left) asked how much the bet was, saying, "If it's less than 100,000 then I call!" The dealer counted it down, and it was 92,000. Nguyen called.

Liebert showed AdiamondKspade, and Nguyen turned over Aclub10club. Liebert was a dominant favorite to double up, until the flop came 10spade9club8club, giving Nguyen top pair and a flush draw. The 5club on the turn completed Nguyen's flush and left Liebert drawing dead as she was eliminated in 37th place, bursting the money bubble.


6094 Kathy Liebert Eliminated 37th by Men Nguyen
Marko Trapani, Jr. (left), still short-stacked, celebrates making the money with Shooting Star Men Nguyen, as Kathy Liebert (seated in the background) can only scratch her head after bubbling the tournament on a bad beat.


6185 Linda Johnson Eliminated by Danny Le
After a flop of 9spade7club5club, Shooting Star Linda Johnson (left) moved all in with 7spade5spade for two pair, and Danny Le (right) called with Jheart7heart for a shared pair of sevens. Johnson was in great shape until Le caught a queen on the river to win the pot with a higher two pair and collect her $5,000 Shooting Star bounty. Johnson took home $16,000 for 33rd place.


6213 Allen Cunningham Eliminated by Joe Serock
Shooting Star Allen Cunningham (right) poses in mock anger with Joe Serock after his elimination on a bad beat. Cunningham had been all in preflop with AspadeKclub against Serock's AdiamondQdiamond, but a queen on the flop gave the pot to Serock.

Cunningham finished 28th, and it was the second bounty of the tournament for Serock, who eliminated Marvin Rettenmaier earlier in the day.


6231 Jason Mercier Eliminated by Jonathan Duhamel
Shooting Star Jason Mercier (left) was all in preflop and dominated with 10club10spade against the KclubKdiamond of fellow Shooting Star Jonathan Duhamel (right). Mercier never improved, and he was eliminated in 27th place.


6260 Jason Mercier Eliminated by Jonathan Duhamel
Shooting Star Jonathan Duhamel (right) picked up his second bounty ($5,000 and an autographed t-shirt) for busting Shooting Star Jason Mercier (left). Duhamel was one of only two Shooting Stars to reach the final 20, and he is above average in chips as he looks to make his first televised six-handed WPT final table.


6276 Brandon Wong vs Scott Baumstein
After the initial flurry of short-stacked post-money bubble bustouts, the pace slowed down a bit during the final level of the day. But there was still big action, as chipleader Scott Baumstein (right) five-bet all in preflop against Brandon Wong (left). Wong would eventually fold.


6383 JC Tran and Josh Arieh
Josh Arieh (right) watches as Shooting Star J.C. Tran (left) doubles up late in the day by winning a race with 4diamond4spade against Danny Le's AclubKspade. Tran would be one of two Shooting Stars to survive into the final 20, along with Jonathan Duhamel. Arieh wouldn't be as lucky, busting out a short while later.


6495 Andrew Badecker
Shooting Star Men Nguyen was eliminated in the final level when his AclubAheart was cracked by the JclubJheart of Andrew Badecker (pictured above). They were all in preflop, but Badecker caught a jack on the turn to win with a set and collect Nguyen's $5,000 bounty. Badecker wasted no time putting on the bounty t-shirt.


6579b Marko Trapani Jr
Marko Trapani, Jr. finished the day 17th in chips with 20 players remaining, but he is the hometown favorite as play resumes Thursday for Day 3.



Day 2 came to an end after eight 90-minute levels with 20 players remaining, and the average chip stack is around 546,000 (68 big blinds). Here are the official chip counts:

1.  Scott Baumstein  -  1,301,000  (162 BBs)
2.  Andrew Badecker   -  ,106,000  (138 BBs)
3.  Moon Kim  -  1,016,000  (127 BBs)
4.  Joseph Elpayaa  -  861,000  (107 BBs)
5.  Erik Cajelais  -  807,000  (100 BBs)
6.  Jonathan Duhamel  -  751,000  (93 BBs)
7.  Taylor von Kriegenbergh  -  737,000  (92 BBs)
8.  Joe Serock  -  647,000  (80 BBs)
9.  Mike McClain  -  537,000  (67 BBs)
10.  Danny Le  -  443,000  (55 BBs)
11.  Amir Lehavot  -  376,000  (47 BBs)
12.  Ubaid Habib  -  365,000  (45 BBs)
13.  Michael Wywrot  -  336,000  (42 BBs)
14.  Adam Geyer  -  296,000  (37 BBs)
15.  Brandon Wong  -  286,000  (35 BBs)
16.  Steven Michaelis  -  275,000  (34 BBs)
17.  Marko Trapani Jr.  -  257,000  (32 BBs)
18.  Tu Dinh  -  223,000  (27 BBs)
19.  J.C. Tran  -  145,000  (18 BBs)
20.  Amir Khaziri  -  103,000  (12 BBs)

Day 3 begins Thursday at 12:00 noon PT, and they will battle for the six seats at the televised WPT Final Table. Return to WPT.com for continuing live coverage throughout the day.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Bay 101, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season X
10:17 AM, 03/08/12

Day 2 Ends with 20 Players and Scott Baumstein Leading

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Level 18 draws to a close and the final 20 players bag up their chips for the night. Scott Baumstein ends the night on top with 1,301,000, but Andrew Badecker and Moon Kim are also in seven-figure territory with 1,106,000 and 1,016,000 respectively.

After starting the day with 149 players and 19 Shooting Stars, we end with twenty players and just two bounties remaining. Shooting Star Jonathan Duhamel ended strong despite fighting a cold, finishing with 751,000. Shooting Star JC Tran had a little rougher go of it and will begin Day 3 action as the second shortest stack in the field with 145,000.

Marko Trapani Jr., son of the late Marko Trapani who helped come up with the Bay 101 Shooting Star event, is also still in the running for the final table. He ended the day with 257,000. 

The Day 2 survivors will get to sleep in a little tomorrow as Day 3 will get underway at 12pm PT. Until then, here are the top five chip leaders going into Day 3 action. Full official chip counts can be found on the chip counts page:

1. Scott Baumstein - 1,301,000
2. Andrew Badecker - 1,106,000
3.Moon Kim - 1,016,000
4. Joe Elpayaa - 861,000
5. Erik Cajelais - 807,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Andrew Badecker, Scott Baumstein, Bay 101, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season X
01:17 AM, 03/08/12

Ubaid Habib Doubles Thru Steve Michaelis

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Adam Geyer raises to 13,000 from under the gun and Steve Michaelis reraises to 35,000 behind him. Ubaid Habib is in the big blind and moves all-in for 172,000. Geyer folds.

Michaelis asks for a count and thinks a minute or so before calling with KclubQdiamond. Habib shows Aclub10club.

"I need some paint," Michaelis says. He does get paint on the Jclub6heart5club, but it is not the card he is looking for. Habib remains out front with the 3heart on the turn and improves to a pair of aces with the Adiamond on the river.

Ubaid Habib - 365,000 (61 BBs)
Steve Michaelis - 275,000 (46 BBs) 

Sorted In: Ubaid Habib, Steve Michaelis, Bay 101, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season X
01:09 AM, 03/08/12

Cliff Lee Eliminated in 21st Place ($22,420)

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

On a flop of 6club5diamond4diamond, Cliff Lee is all in with Kclub7club against Amir Lehavot's Aheart7heart.

The turn and river are the 10spade and the Qspade. Lehavot's ace-high wins the pot and Cliff Lee is eliminated in 21st place ($22,420) on the last hand of the night. 

Amir Lehavot - 376,000
Cliff Lee - eliminated in 21st place ($22,420)

Sorted In: Amir Lehavot, Cliff Lee, Bay 101, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season X
01:06 AM, 03/08/12

Josh Arieh Eliminated in 22nd Place ($22,420)

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

JC Tran opens the pot for 16,000 from under the gun, Josh Arieh moves all in for 126,000 from middle position, Danny Le re-shoves for 251,000 from the button and Tran folds.

Danny Le leads before the flop with QdiamondQclub against Arieh's AclubJdiamond.

The board is 7diamond6heart3club3spadeQheart, giving Danny Le a full house on the river to win the pot. Josh Arieh is eliminated in 22nd place ($22,420) while Danny Le moves up to about 350,000 in chips.

Danny Le - 350,000
Josh Arieh - eliminated in 22nd place ($22,420)

Sorted In: Josh Arieh, Danny Le, Bay 101, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season X, Featured Blog
12:49 AM, 03/08/12

Marko Trapani Jr. Doubles Thru Erik Cajelais

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

After a series of bets and raises, Erik Cajelais moves all-in preflop from the small blnd. Marko Trapani Jr. is on the button and thinks a while before calling all-in for his last 143,000.  

Cajelais shows Aclub10spade and Trapani is out front with AspadeQheart.

Anthony Ajlouny, who is one of Trapani's friends watching him on the rail, yells out, "How about a lady?" right before the dealer brings the QdiamondQspadeJspade flop which gives Trapani trips and leaves Cajelais drawing to a gutshot straight.

The turn brings the Qclub giving Trapani quads.  Trapani puts his face in his hands, shocked at his good fortune. He yells back at Ajlouny, "How about four ladies?"

The river is an inconsequential 8diamond and Trapani takes the pot with quad queens to double up.

Marko Trapani Jr. - 260,000 (43 BBs)
Erik Cajelais - 805,000 (134 BBs)

Sorted In: Erik Cajelais, Marko Trapani Jr, Bay 101, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season X
12:40 AM, 03/08/12

Danny Le Picks Off Josh Arieh's Bluff

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

With around 80,000 in the pot and the board reading Kspade10diamond3spadeJclub5diamond, Danny Le checks from the big blind and Josh Arieh bets 62,000 on the button.  The bet represents around a half of Le's remaining stack, so he thinks a couple of minutes before calling.

Arieh taps the table and then turns over 6diamond8diamond for eight-high, a total bluff. Le shows QclubJspade for a pair of jacks and takes the pot.

Danny Le - 265,000 (44 BBs)
Josh Arieh - 103,000 (26 BBs)

Sorted In: Danny Le, Josh Arieh, Bay 101, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season X
12:36 AM, 03/08/12

Shooting Star Men Nguyen Eliminated in 23rd Place ($22,420)

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Shooting Star Men Nguyen is all in before the flop with AheartAclub against Andrew Badecker's JheartJclub.

The board is 7heart3heart2clubJdiamondQdiamond, giving Badecker a set of jacks on the turn to win the pot. Men Nguyen is eliminated in 23rd place ($22,420) while Andrew Badecker collects the $5,000 cash bounty and takes the chip lead with 1.1 million.

Andrew Badecker - 1,100,000
Men Nguyen - eliminated in 23rd place ($22,420)

Sorted In: Men Nguyen, Andrew Badecker, Bay 101, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season X
12:29 AM, 03/08/12

Marko Trapani Jr. Doubles Thru Mike McClain

Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Mike McClain raises from middle position to 15,000, Shooting Star Men Nguyen calls from the button, and Marko Trapani, Jr. moves all in from the small blind for 62,000. McClain reraises to 115,000, and Nguyen thinks for a while before he folds.

Trapani shows 9club9diamond, and he's a favorite to double up against McClain's 8diamond8heart.

The board comes Kclub6club2heartQdiamondAspade, and Trapani wins the pot with his pocket nines to double up in chips.

Marko Trapani, Jr.  -  154,000  (25 BBs)
Mike McClain  -  530,000  (88 BBs)

Sorted In: Marko Trapani Jr, Mike McClain, Bay 101, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season X
12:25 AM, 03/08/12

 

Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $957,390
2 $558,478
3 $357,426
4 $255,304

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 200-400 50
2 250-500 75
3 300-600 100
4 400-800 100
5 500-1,000 100
6 600-1,200 200
7 800-1,600 200
8 1,000-2,000 300
9 1,200-2,400 400
10 1,500-3,000 500
11 2,000-4,000 500
12 2,500-5,000 500
13 3,000-6,000 1,000
14 4,000-8,000 1,000
15 5,000-10,000 1,000
16 6,000-12,000 2,000
17 8,000-16,000 2,000
18 10,000-20,000 3,000
19 12,000-24,000 4,000
20 15,000-30,000 5,000
21 20,000-40,000 5,000
22 25,000-50,000 5,000
23 30,000-60,000 10,000
24 40,000-80,000 10,000
25 50,000-100,000 15,000
26 60,000-120,000 20,000
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