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Steven Silverman Wins Inaugural WPT Alpha8

Steven Silverman Wins Inaugural WPT Alpha8

Steven Silverman Wins Inaugural WPT Alpha8The Seminole Hard Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida played host to the super high-roller event.

After outlasting an exclusive field of 18 players, Steven Silverman would be crowned the first Alpha8 champion. His victory would be good for $891,660, more than 40 percent of the total prize pool. On route to winning the title, Silverman would have to fade a plethora of feared and respected pros including Joseph Cheong, Jason Mercier, and 2013 November Niner JC Tran.

Featuring a staggering $100,000 buy-in, the sponsored tournament would only pay the top four finishers, with a min-cash worth approximately $250,000. Nine players would return from the Day 1 field and of the three players who re-entered into the tournament, (Issac Haxton, Daniel Alaei and Daniel Perper) none would cash.

Businessman and recreational player Bill Perkins would be the first player eliminated as his A♣4 could not stand up against Issac Haxton’s A8. Shortly thereafter, Mercier would tangle with JC Tran. The two would get it all in pre-flop. Mercier showed AA for the pre-flop nuts and Tran A♠10♠. But in a stunning reversal of fortune, Tran would hit the nut flush on the river, leaving a stunned Mercier crippled. Mercier would lose the rest of his chips to Alaei, who would go runner-runner trips against Mercier’s flopped two pair. Mercier, who is notorious for running good at live tournaments, started the day second in chips, only to bust in eighth – tough break.

Alaei would drop in seventh and Joseph Cheong in sixth. Jeff Gross would min-raise to 20,000 with Q♣4♣ from the button and Cheong would defend rather loosely with 65♠. Both players would flop the equivalent of gin for their marginal hands as the flop came 5♣96♣. Cheong would lead on the draw heavy board, and call Gross’s all-in for 75k more. The 10♣ hit right on the turn, and Cheong would not improve on the river, sending him to the rail in sixth.

Poor Issac Haxton, who already was in for $200k, would be the bubble boy, when his 10♠10 couldn’t hold against JC Tran’s A♠Q♣. Giantz, who began the day as the chip leader, would be bounced in fourth.

Shortly after, Gross would shove with K10♣ from the button only to looked up by Silverman’s big blind special – A♠K♣. The flop brought an Ace and Gross was drawing nearly dead. He failed to improve and was eliminated in third, good for more than $364k.

The heads-up battle between Tran and Silverman would last a mere 10 hands, despite both players being approximately equal in chips and fairly deep. In what goes down as a mild cooler, Silverman would take a huge early lead when his 9♣9 would hold against Tran’s AJ. Soon after Silverman would shove with Q9 and the pot-committed Tran would call with Q♠8. Unfortunately for Tran, he was dominated. However, Tran would take the lead on the flop – spiking an 8♠. But the turn brought a 9♠ and the river a Q and Silverman was declared the winner. Tran received a lofty $526,890 for his efforts – mere pocket change compared to what he could win in November.

For Silverman it was the second biggest cash of his six-year professional career. Earlier this year, he won the EPT $25,000 NLHE High Roller event at Monte Carlo. His victory was good for slightly over $1 million.