The $100k buy-in World Poker Tour Alpha8 may have only attracted 9 players and just 10 entries but the winner is still set to take home a healthy payout of $500k. By the time Day 1 came to a close it was Dan “Jungleman” Cates that finished up as the chip leader of the remaining seven players going into Day 2.
leading WPT alpha 8 in Johannesburg atm with 7 left (out of 9 lol), after this going to go on a safari and see some lions and stuff
— Daniel Cates (@junglemandan) February 14, 2014
He bagged up 317,000 chips to put him a good 110k ahead of his closest rival in Kinesh Pather and has him in the best position to take down this title. The others that are going into Day 2 included Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, Philipp Gruissem, Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel, all big names looking to be the latest WPT Alpha8 champion.
Finished the day with 175k which I think is 2nd in chips, 7 players left. Top 3 get paid. 500k for first. Alpha8 100k Johannesburg
— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) February 14, 2014
There were three eliminations on the day but Esfandiari bought back in and managed to see himself into Day 2. The two that decided not to buy back in were Phil Ivey and Max Altergott who are now $100k poorer. Phil Ivey wont mind so much however having just recently netting himself a $4 million payout for winning the Aussie Millions $250k Challenge.
The prize pool that was created stood at $975,000 and will mean that only the top three will take home payouts of $500,000, $275,000 and $200,000 respectively.
Final Table Chip Counts And Seating
St 1) Jason Mercier – 175,000
St 2) Philipp Gruissem – 62,000
St 3) Antonio Esfandiari – 102,000
St 4) Erik Seidel – 25,500
St 5) Kinesh Pather -204,500
St 6) Jeff Gross – 114,500
St 7) Daniel Cates – 317,000
Be sure to check out our final report on Day 2 tomorrow where we will be able to reveal to you who will be the next World Poker Tour Alpha8 champion and new owner of an extra $500,000.