Day 1 of WPT Alpha8 London is complete and what a fantastic day of poker it was.
The day started with 10 players spread across two tables and ended with 17 unique entries and 2 re-entries. Of those 19 entries, only 11 made it through to Day 2 with chips in their stacks.
As expected the best of the best arrived to play, including Antonio Esfandiari, Jeff Gross, WPT Alpha8 Florida champion Steven Silverman, Erik Seidel, Phiipp Gruissem, Tobias Reinkemeier, Tony G, Fabian Quoss, Talal Shakerchi, Dhru Patel, Richard Yong, Max Altergott, Scott Seiver, Viktor Blom, Igor Kurganoc and Sam Trickett.
Leading the way going into Day 2 is the German high stakes specialist Tobias Reinkemeier, who turned his 100,000 starting stack into a much more substantial 428,000. Reinkemeier soared to the top of the chip counts after a hand that eliminated Sorel Mizzi.
Second in chips going into Day 2 is the infamous Tony G and his 252,000 stack. Tony G arrived late after competing at WPT Paris and immediately ran well as he busted Erik Seidel.
Others who safely made it through include Viktor Blom (174,800), Fabian Quoss (271,200), Scott Seiver (131,700) and Philipp Gruissem (110,300).
The average chip stack is 172,700 and, if players buy-in at the start of Day 2, they will get a full starting stack of 100,000. Play finished at level 7 and blinds will start tomorrow at 1k/2k.
Day 2 commences at 12 pm GMT and continues until a champion is crowned. Late registration is open until the start of Day 2 and Bill Perkins is expected to join the field, while we may possibly see Sam Trickett and Erik Seidel decide to take another shot.
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