Gruissem Ships WPT Alpha8 London

German continues high roller success in London

Yesterday we brought you the news that just 20 players ponied up the staggering £100,000 for the second Alpha8 tournament, which meant almost half the field would final table! And businessman Bill Perkins bought in on Day 2, injecting some much needed value into the tournament.

But Phillip Gruissem is on a high roller…roll, and not even a jet-lagged Perkins could stop him. He now has two wins, six final tables and eight cashes this year in high buy-in events, and added another £862,400 to his bankroll yesterday evening at the Palm Beach Casino in London.

Unfortunately, our favourite politician, Tony G, was the bubble boy. He missed out on the £235,200 min-cash when he ran his pocket sevens into the eventual winners pair of Queens pre-flop. It meant Russian-born Igor Kurganov sneaked into the money.

He was joined in the prizes by another German, Tobias Reinkemeier, while Scott Seiver fell just short in second place. The final hand of heads-up play saw Gruissem hold with A♥-J♦ against the K♥-Q♠ of Seiver. There was a sweat on the J♥9♠-4♠ flop, but a 5♦4♥ run out handed the trophy to Gruissem. 

Next stop for the struggling tour is a stop on the island of St.Kitts in the Caribbean. Hopefully the luxury destination can attract a few more runners who might couple the tournament with a few days on the beach. If PokerPlayer had a spare $100,000 lying around I’d probably join them…

WPT Alpha8 London results:

1) Philipp Gruissem £862,400 
2) Scott Seiver £509,600
3) Tobias Reinkemeier £352,800
4) Igor Kurganov £235,200

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